PORTLAND, Maine — The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ announced that Christi Razzi and Eugene Story have been appointed to the Portland non-profit’s Board of Directors. “It is indeed a pleasure to welcome both Christi and Gene to the FOKO board of directors,” said FOKO’s Executive Director Kathleen Grammer. “Their vast professional experience and knowledge will bring a wealth of expertise to the organization. I look forward to working with both of them as we celebrate the reopening of the Kotzschmar Organ.”
Christi Razzi is currently the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at the Portland Museum of Art, where she manages fundraising and membership programs for the foundation, corporate and government funders and affinity groups, solicitation of media sponsors, and prospect research. Prior to her experience at the PMA, Razzi served as Development Officer for the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, and as both Assistant Director of the Muhlenberg Fund and Director of the Phonathon at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Razzi is a Muhlenberg College graduate with a B.A. in English and a minor in music. Her musical interests include the piano, viola da gamba, and the violin, which she has played for over twenty years.
Eugene Story is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Story spent the first half of his career in Naval Architecture designing and supervising the building of tankers for major oil companies worldwide. The advent of direct-access minicomputers led him to start a marine computer business, through which he engaged in joint ventures with such companies as BP Tankers, Comsat General Communications, GE, and Sperry Corp. After retirement, he joined his love of boats and new technology and his concern for the environment by forming Maine Electric Boats, where he has partnered with the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard to develop a hybrid electric lobster boat. Story now serves as Chairman of the Board for both Hybrid Marine Technologies and the Maritime Simulation Institute in Newport, RI, and also serves on the Board of the Friends of Long Creek Youth Development Center in Portland.
FOKO is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to support the Kotzschmar Organ. Each year, the organization presents a diverse concert season, engaging renowned organists and guest artists from around the world. FOKO provides funds to produce and promote concerts; to maintain, repair, and enhance the organ; and to sponsor lectures, organ demonstrations, and tours. FOKO also supports a growing education program to bring awareness and understanding of Portland’s “King of Instruments.” To learn more about the FOKO and the Kotzschmar Organ, please visit www.foko.org