|Linda McConnaughay, Director
Linda is a mom of four and a retired U.S. Navy spouse. Throughout her career, she has worked in government, private, and non-profit child and family programs. Prior to taking the Director’s position at Redeemer Renaissance, she was a social worker for the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program. She holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree and a Certificate in Child and Family Services from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her Master’s work in Public Administration is through Troy State University in Alabama.
Delphine joined the After-School Program staff in 2013. An experienced teacher, she has taught at the Redeemer Preschool since 2007. Born in France, she is bilingual and has completed extensive Early Childhood Education classes. You can find her at Redeemer facilitating French Club, homework assistance and art projects. She is married and has four children, three of whom attended Redeemer programs. Delphine previously worked as a translator and in the travel industry.
Sabrine has been on the After-School Program staff since 2017 and has recently joined the Redeemer Preschool staff. She is fluent in French, Arabic and English and enjoys reading with the children. She holds a B.S.N. from the Nursing School in Tunis, Tunisia, and a Bachelor’s in Health Administration from George Mason University. Sabrine has experience tutoring students in French, providing homework assistance and engaging children in physical and health education. Her favorite pastimes are hiking and biking while exploring National Parks. Currently, she is studying for a Master’s in Health Informatic and Cyber Security.
Mike joined Redeemer Renaissance in 2018 after retiring from Fairfax County Public Schools Transportation after 40 years as a supervisor. His professional skills and dedication to providing safe bus transportation for children as they come to Redeemer and also go on field trips is unparalleled. In his free time, many of his hours are filled with activities as he cares for his four grandchildren; watching them grow up. Jack and Bailey, his two horses, are very happy to be his pets!
Soheyla began working at the After-School Program in 2018. She provides homework support and tutoring for students during their time at Redeemer. Currently, she is an FCPS employee at Churchill Roads Elementary School.
Amy graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 and holds a graduate degree in education from George Mason University. Previously, she worked at Redeemer Renaissance Camps. In addition to tutoring at Redeemer Renaissance, Amy is an elementary school teacher for FCPS.
Charlene has been on staff at the Redeemer Renaissance After-School Program since it opened in 2008. She attended Old Dominion University and Early Childhood Education trainings and conferences. In both private and non-profit childcare settings, she brings smiles and over two decades of experience working with children ages 3 mos. – 12 years . Currently, she also serves as a teacher at Mt. Olivet Preschool in Arlington, VA.
| Judith Spokes Cho, Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano,
Judith Cho is a versatile musician who has studied several instruments. She pursued Doctoral studies in Violin Performance at the Graduate School and University Center of the City in New York where she studied with Itzhak Perlman. She has performed in France, Germany, China, Israel, Jordan and Bermuda. Mrs. Cho has won many prizes and awards. In 2002 she received a Fellowship to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. As part of winning a number of concerto competitions, she has performed as soloist with the Manhattanville Symphony, the Manchester Chamber Players and the Killington Festival Orchestra. Ms. Spokes is a member of the Army Strings.
| Victor Simonson, Piano and Voice
Victor Simonson, Composer, Music Director, Pianist. Mr. Simonson is a multi-disciplinary composer, conductor and pianist who is comfortable as a collaborator across many genres. As a composer, Mr. Simonson created the groundbreaking HIPHOPERA, Stomping Grounds that premiered at Glimmerglass Festival in 2017. many of Victor’s original songs and compositions can be heard on Victory (debut self-produced CD, 2008) and his musical arrangements and compositions were featured for the production of Amen Corner, at the Shakespeare Theater in February 2020. Mr. Simonson also collaborated with Lester Lynch (On My Journey Now: Spirituals and Hymns, Pentatone Records). He served as collaborative pianist for Denyce Graves, Angela Brown, Richard Leech, Kate Aldrich and music directed Three Mo’ Tenors. He toured as Associate Conductor of Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple and Memphis The Musical. He is set to join the creative team of American Prophet, the original story of Frederick Douglas at Arena Stage in Washington D.C in 2021. He studied voice, piano and composition at the Eastman School of Music and was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for best musical direction (Three Mo’ Divas) in 2007. He is also a candidate for the Masters of Divinity Degree at Wesley Theological Seminary. He has two children, Victoria Grace and Immanuel Justice who are 8 and 5 and gives God all the praise for the blessings of faith, family and music! victorsimonson.com.
| Rob Holmes, Saxaphone, Clarinet & Flute
Rob Holmes has been playing the saxophone professionally for more than twenty years and is currently based in the Washington, DC area where he is performer, educator, and composer/arranger. Rob attended the University of Miami, FL School of Music earning his Bachelor’s Degree in jazz saxophone performance in 1989. In 1992, Rob received his Master’s Degree in Music Composition from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rob has performed with numerous jazz musicians and ensembles and has recorded 3 of his own CDs. Rob currently records with smooth jazz guitarist and composer, Ken Navarro. Rob can be heard performing regularly with several jazz ensembles, and as the baritone saxophonist with the United States Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble.
|Abby Madden, Piano, Percussion & Guitar
Abby Madden is a worship leader, composer, teacher and collaborator. Abby holds a BA in Music Composition and Percussion from Messiah College as well as a MA in Theology and the Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary. She currently serves as the Worship Coordinator for Haymarket Church in Haymarket VA where she directs and oversees all creative aspects of worship. Currently living in Alexandria VA, Abby teaches piano and percussion in the DC area. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, attending concerts and learning how to cook new things. You can listen to some of Abby’s music at soundcloud.com/aemadden .
| Billy Kluttz, Piano
Billy Kluttz works as Director of Music at Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, DC and Evening Service Coordinator at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (USA) in McLean, VA. He studied organ and vocal performance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
|Rachel Pacheco, Piano|
|Fumiko Reeder, Piano
Fumiko is native of Yamaguchi and Kobe, Japan, Mrs. Reeder is a graduate of St. Catherine University in Matsuyama, Japan where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. After moving to the United States, she studied piano performance at Taccoa Falls College in Taccoa, Georgia. She currently holds memberships with the American College of Musicians and the National Guild of Piano Teachers, to which she was named on the “National Honor Roll” in 1999. An accomplished pianist and teacher, Mrs. Reeder’s piano students have received national recognition from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Society of American Musicians and the National Arts Recognition Program.
|George Waltemire, Guitar
George Waltemire, is with The U.S. Army Band Downrange. Born and raised in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, he began his musical studies at age six on the piano and branched out to the world of guitar at age ten. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance (Guitar) from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Throughout his years at Messiah College, he performed with numerous musical ensembles in a variety of genres, often as a featured soloist, from jazz and gospel, to blues and country, pop and rock, and even funk. As an educator, George loves to share musical variety and instruct guitar to students of all ages and all skill levels. Along with teaching the basic guitar fundamentals, George strongly advocates music theory to not only form a great guitarist, but to ultimately form a great musician.
|Dr. Kimberly Hess, Piano
Director of Music and Liturgy in Memorial Chapel at Ft. Myer in Arlington, VA and Instructor of Music at Marymount University also in Arlington, VA. In addition, she is currently Dean of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Her website is dcorganist.com.
|Dawson Taylor, Guitar|
|Anastasia Christofakis, Clarinet
Anastasia Christofakis enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Anastasia has presented solo and chamber performances at numerous universities, conferences, and music festivals. She has been invited to play with the Charlottesville Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Pensacola Symphony. Dr. Christofakis is an advocate of new music, believing strongly in the commissioning of new works, and is a member of new music ensemble What is Noise. In addition, she was the winner of the Presser Music Award for her project relating to Armenian music. She received her Doctor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance at Florida State University, her Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Roosevelt University and her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from James Madison University.
As a teacher, I hope to create a learning environment where my students feel safe and welcome to grow as musicians and as people. A positive student-teacher relationship in a is vital to student progress. My goal as a teacher is to foster lasting relationships within the walls of our own studio. In this way, the lessons that are taught and learned become a part of who we are and are carried with us forever.