Buzz: Rome Symphony Orchestra announces three new board members. For the third time since 2016, Apple names Darlington an Apple Distinguished School. Rome-Floyd Development Authority meets this morning.

Buzz: Rome Symphony Orchestra announces three new board members. For the third time since 2016, Apple names Darlington an Apple Distinguished School. Rome-Floyd Development Authority meets this morning.

Lauren Bowling Seeger
Jessica Lindsey
Molly Kelly Steeves

The Rome Symphony Orchestra announces three new members to its Board of Directors. Lauren Bowling Seeger, Jessica Lindsey and Molly Kelly Steeves were voted onto the board this summer in advance of the symphony’s 100th season.

  • Lauren Bowling Seeger is a Rome native and the owner of Beehive Digital, a content marketing consultancy. Seeger is perhaps best known for her award-winning personal finance website, Financial Best Life, which she sold to The Motley Fool in 2020. A graduate of both Darlington School and The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Seeger has had her work and expertise featured in publications such as CNN, CNBC, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Redbook, Woman’s Day magazine and more.
  • Jessica Lindsey is currently an associate creative director at Razorfish, an Atlanta marketing and technology agency. Over the course of her career, Lindsey has assisted many big-name brands with their digital transformation, including Carters, American Airlines, The Home Depot, Coca Cola, UPS and more. Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Furman University. Jessica and her husband, Todd Lindsey, recently relocated back to Rome, where he is a native.
  • Molly Kelly Steevesis a native Roman and REALTOR® with Hardy Realty. A third-generation graduate of Darlington School, Molly holds a B.A. in Art History from Hollins University and boasts a 20-year career in event planning. Molly has managed events around the world at major sporting events including tennis Grand Slams (Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open and US Open), Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup and Rugby World Cup. In addition to the board of the Rome Symphony Orchestra, Molly proudly serves on the board of directors of the Open-Door Children’s Home, Cancer Navigators, and the Rome Area Council for the Arts (RACA).

“Adding these three talented people to our board allows us expand our strategic initiatives,” says symphony board President Liz Tierney. “Currently, the board has a great synergy and has worked hard to develop and implement plans to continue to provide beautiful music for the next 100 years.”

From left: Chad Woods, Upper School director; Stefan Eady, assistant head of school for academic resources; Beth Wardlaw, technology integration coordinator; Derek Fine, director of information technology; and Brent Bell, head of school celebrate the achievement. Photo: Tannika King Director of Communications


For the third time since 2016, Apple has named Darlington an Apple Distinguished School, recognizing the school for its commitment to teaching students technology skills to solve real-world problems as an integrated part of its curriculum. This new three-year designation required a rigorous review process to determine continued growth and commitment to this program and extends Darlington’s designation until 2024.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation,  leadership, and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to connect students to the world, fuel creativity, deepen collaboration, and make learning personal.

“We are thrilled to receive this honor again for the next three years, and to share this accomplishment with our wonderful teachers and students. It is only possible because of the great work they are doing,” said Beth Wardlaw, technology integration coordinator. “The process of becoming an Apple Distinguished School has become much more rigorous as Apple looks beyond just the software and hardware, but how our school is using technology in an innovative and creative way. For our renewal, we were able to share what our students and teachers are doing on a daily basis.”

Added Stefan Eady, assistant head of school for academic affairs: “Darlington has worked with teachers, students, and parents over the years to develop a philosophy of technology integration that supports the school’s mission. While Apple’s affirmation of our continued dedication to our unique technology integration program is important, I am more excited about future opportunities that we are now working with Apple to develop for our students. This will allow us to continue improving the student experience in this area over the next three years.”

The Rome Floyd County Development Authority will meet Tuesday, Sept.  21, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom at 800 Broad St., Suite 102.

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