Board of Directors

Dale Facey, President

Compliance Professional, Trainer, Attorney and Manager, Dale is interested in training and teaching, marketing and compliance in all industries, retirement product roles and any form of policy and procedure development, process improvement or team building activities.

Specialist in process improvement, designing and delivering training programs and preparing and reviewing documented policies and procedures. Developer and manager of teams for Fortune 100 and small entrepreneurial firms. Focused experience in regulatory review of financial services industry marketing materials.

Dee Swope, Vice President

(John) Dee Swope
As a native Dallasite, Dee has enjoyed the arts all his life. After graduating from Texas Tech and receiving his Texas architectural license in the early 1970’s, he worked at creating Dallas SkylineCareer Development Center Architecture Cluster for DISD. Many prominent Dallas architects
received their early training from this program. After spending a couple of years at El CentroCollege in their Pre-Architecture and Interior Design programs, he joined Corgan Associates in Downtown Dallas ultimately becoming a Principal in the 1990’s. His 30+ year Corgan career
included projects for American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines,
Dallas County, DISD, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, Boeing, Love Field, DFW International Airport, Hillwood, MIA International Airport and many others.
His most significant work includes the following. Lead architect for DFW’s Skylink stations which received a merit design award from the Dallas A.I.A. Chapter in 2005. For most of his career, he assisted AA with managing their headquarters’ facility design projects as well as handling design of many AA system worldwide roll-out projects such as new branding, oneworld graphics, new check-in processes, self-service devices, gate readers and
implementation of airport facility integrations for several of their mergers. He was also successful in securing Corgan as on the three architectural firms to work for the Boeing team to implement the TSA’s baggage screening projects at all US airports after 9-11.
Now retired, Dee travels extensively, mainly overseas but with frequent trips to his favorite get-away at Disney World.
Considering the arts, Dee is a 40+ year season subscriber to the Dallas Symphony and Dallas Opera. For several seasons, he was even a Dallas Opera supernumerary. He is also a long-time season subscriber to many of Dallas’s finest theatrical groups such as Dallas Theater Center, Winspear Broadway Series, Lyric Stage, DSM and others. He is the Blue Candlelight Board Vice President and actively participates in all board activities including concerts (usually at the check-in table) and assisting in managing the Board’s QuickBooks financial program.

Barry Crossman, Treasurer

Barry Crossman has had a distinguished career as CEO of two technology companies and several multinational energy companies. Upon opting for early retirement he has worked with numerous non profits around the world. His affiliations have taken him across several continents with his family where he has practiced a myriad of skills from negotiating to baking superb lemon bars.

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Vitali Bartusov

Born in 1967, grown up in Zaporozhye, Ukraine
Moved to Tallinn, Estonia in 1984, married Viktoria in 1990.
Emigrated to USA in 1993, first 13 years lived in Sioux Falls, SD where our two kids were born. Opened and operated Russian and European grocery store, received 2005 Businessman of the year By the Business Advisory Council of National Republican Congressional Committee. Sold business and move to Edwardsville, IL in 2006 for Viktoria’s school.
Moved to Frisco, TX in 2009, got my Real Estate licence same year and am a full time Realtor for almost 10 years.

Baya Kakouberi

Daredjan Baya Kakouberi

Dr. Daredjan Baya Kakouberi, pianist, hailed as a “treat to watch and hear”, was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and made her debut at the age of eleven. After graduating from Tbilisi Special School of Music for the Talented and Gifted, she entered the Moscow Conservatory, where she continued her studies on the Master’s and Doctoral levels under the tutelage of professor Sergei Dorenski, and Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist, Vladimir Krainev.

Noted as an outstanding chamber music artist, Ms. Kakouberi is the Artistic Director of the Blue Candlelight Music Series in Dallas, Texas, where she enjoys collaboration with internationally renowned artists. She has appeared multiple times at the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, CO, where she was also a frequent soloist. She is a household name at the major venues in North Texas, such as the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts where she has appeared as a concerto soloist.


Zarina Eleeva

Zarina Eleeva is a Director of IT with PwC. She has experience in technology strategy, design, development and implementation over a broad range of Information technology functions including governance, program and project management.

Zarina Eleeva was born and raised in a southern region of Russia called the North Ossetian Republic. She attended music school with a major in piano. After graduating from North Ossetian State University with degree in Mathematics, she came to the USA to study Business and Information Technology.

Gary Levinson

Gary Levinson

Gary Levinson enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician and a pedagogue. In 2013 he accepted the prestigious post of Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth. Praised for his intense musicality and adroit technique by American and European critics, he has served as the Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony since 2002. He was chosen by Zubin Mehta to join the New York Philharmonic before the completion of his undergraduate degree from the Juilliard School in 1988. Mr. Levinson then made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in 1991, under the baton of Erich Leinsdorf, coinciding with the completion of his Master’s of Music degree at The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Dorothy DeLay, Glenn Dicterow and Felix Galimir.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Levinson began studying the violin at the age of five with Professor Sergeev at the Leningrad Special Music School. After immigrating to the United States in 1977, he won the top prize at the 1986 Romano Romanini International Violin Competition in Brescia, Italy, as well as becoming the top American Prize winner at the 1987 Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris, France.


Sonja Bilger Romanowski

Sonja Bilger Romanowski

 David Pellecchia

David Pellecchia is a Business Unit Executive with IBM Cloud Professional Services, North America. He is a PMI certified project management professional with project and program management experience in application development, systems integration, and operations management. His IBM work spans internal I.T. delivery and commercial engagements for IBM’s clients.

 Leonard Hayes

Concert Pianist Leonard Hayes is the Head of Piano Studies and Assistant Director of Music Conservatory in the Music Conservatory at the Booker T. Washington HSPVA (Dallas, TX) where he is a former student.

Mr. Hayes is a winner of numerous national piano competitions including first prize in the 2015 National Piano Competition sponsored by the National Association of Negro Musicians. As recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Hayes has performed across the U.S. and abroad which include notable venues such as Sweelinkzaal at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Wisconsin Union Theater, Hammond Hall at the Winspear Opera House, Steinway Hall (Dallas, TX and Appleton, WI), Hatch Hall and Kilbourn Hall (Eastman School of Music), Memorial Chapel (Lawrence University), Ayers Recital Hall (Texas Lutheran University) and Thrasher Opera House (Green Lake, WI). As a scholar, Leonard was awarded the prestigious 2015 Links Scholarship. The award, a cooperative effort between the Rochester, New York Chapter, The Links, Incorporated and the Eastman School of Music, recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary talent of an African-American scholar musician.

Mr. Hayes holds a High School Diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music. Currently, Mr. Hayes is pursuing a Master of Education, on full scholarship at the Southern Methodist University Annette Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

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