Administrative Staff


Courtney Millbrook, Executive Director

Courtney (Cooley) Millbrook brings several years of non-profit management and development experience to her role as Executive Director of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. She has served on the staff of Michigan State University's Wharton Center for Performing Arts, Fredrik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and American Cancer Society. Courtney has a BA in Sociology from The George Washington University (Washington, DC) and immediately upon graduating, spent two years in Japan teaching English as a part of the JET program. She currently resides in her hometown of Grand Ledge with her husband, Travis, son, Grady, daughter, Vivian and dog, Daisy.


Karen Dichoza, Director of Finance & Operations

Karen (Cutshaw) Dichoza is a life-long resident of the Lansing area. She has held legislative, executive and administrative assistant positions with various political and lobby organizations, and has worked in various positions at the Sheraton Lansing Hotel. She attended Lansing Community College were she holds an Associate Degree in Business Management, as well as, Grand Valley State University where she holds a degree in Hospitality Tourism Management.


Ashleigh Miller, Link Up/Young People’s Concert Coordinator                                                                        

Born and raised in the East Lansing area and graduating from Haslett schools, Ashleigh Miller attended Central Michigan University ('11) where she obtained her Bachelor of Music Education. Since then, she has taught elementary general music in two locations, and is currently the K-3rd grade music and technology teacher for Olivet Community Schools.  A successful grant writer and strong advocate for music education, Ashleigh has served on a variety of local and state boards.  Additionally, Ashleigh will be graduating from the University of Michigan soon with her Masters of Music in Music Education. 

Salvatore Parillo, Marketing & Communications Intern                                                                 

While currently attending Michigan State University, where he is pursuing his Masters in Arts & Cultural Management, Salvatore "Sal" joins the LSO as a communications intern. He is originally from Melbourne, FL, and went to school in Orlando, FL. Sal graduated in May 2016 from the University of Central Florida, where he earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Performance on the flute. Outside of LSO, Sal is also the Director of Private lessons for the Philadelphia International Music Festival, in Bryn Mawr, PA. Ever since beginning to play the flute at 8 years old, Sal has had a passion for music and its performance.