Board of Directors 2017 - 2018

Executive Board

Dale Rudy, Chairman; The Northern Trust Co.
Tom Sharp, Treasurer; Morgan Stanley
Rhona Reagen, Secretary; Suzuki Talent Education
Allan Dennis, President; Midwest Young Artists Conservatory

Patrick Burke, AON Hewitt
Tom Chmielinski, Apple
Kelly McNamara-Corley, Discover Financial Services
Eric Falberg, Anthem Propane
Carol Mavrakis, MYAC Parent
Ken Michaels, Bauch & Michaels, LLC
Sharon Mullins, MYAC Parent

Board of Directors

Jeff Andreasen, Market Probe
James Butler, McDonnell Investment Management
Ares Dalianis, Franczek Radelet P.C.
George Ferguson, W.W. Grainger, MYAC alum
Gary Fry, High-Touch Music
John Gremer, Walgreens
Derek Gover, Realtick/EZE Software
Derek Han, Grant Thornton LLP
Greg Harman, W.W. Grainger Inc.
Neville Hedley, The Northern Trust Co.
Mee Kim, Kim Koo Foundation
John Livingston, MYAC Parent/Entrepreneur
Jess Merten, The Allstate Corporation
Michael Mullins, Winston & Strawn
Stacy Overby, O’Halloran, Kosoff, Geitner and Cook, LLC
Michael Papierniak, Retired, UOP
J Schneider, 64-4 Consulting
Dennis Siau, Astellas US LLC
Poh S Toe, MYAC Parent
Wei M Sun, Illinois Gastroenterology Group
Susan Wright, Lake Forest Bank and Trust

Honorary Artistic Advisors

Lang Lang Lang Lang International Music Foundation
Yo-Yo Ma Chicago Symphony Orchestra Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant

Board of Advisors

Richard Sugar President Emeritus, Honorary Board Chair; Sugar, Felsenthal,  Grais & Hammer LLP
Don Civgin, Allstate
H.Y. Kim Bingrae, South Korea
The Hon. Mark Kirk U.S. Senator
Catherine Mouly Alum Parent
Daryl Nelms Alum Parent
Jeffrey A. Rein Alum Parent
Larry Ter Molen Ter Molen, Watkins & Brandt

Music Advisors

Charles Pikler Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin Music Advisor
John Bruce Yeh Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Young Professionals Board

MYA Conservatory’s Young Professionals Board is a group of promising young leaders who share the same love and passion for youth performing arts. The Young Professionals Board’s focus is to help raise visibility of the Midwest Young Artists mission and support the programs through fundraising and mentoring. Its members also desire to promote better understanding and exposure to live classical and jazz music.

George Ferguson YPB President; W.W. Grainger, MYAC alum
Tom Magarian YPB Vice President; The Law Offices of Thomas C. Magarian, P.C., MYAC alum
T.J. Johnson YPB Development Chair; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, MYAC alum
Jessica Jordan YPB Secretary; Northwestern University, North Park University and Lake Forest College, MYAC alum
Robert Bassill YPB Treasurer; Lake Forest High School, Midwest Young Artists, MYAC alum
Tessa Andreasen aQity Research and Insight, MYAC alum
Jonathan Felbinger U.S. Government Accountability Office, MYAC alum
James Mayer Licensed Massage Therapist, MYAC alum
Ember Miller Private Music Teacher, MYAC alum
Robert Moss Quantitative Risk Management, MYAC alum
Daniel Pritchard Brooklyn Boulders, LLC, MYAC alum
Nathan Sackschewsky Lake Zurich School District, MYAC alum
Emily Steadman Abbvie, MYAC alumt

MYA’s Young Professional Board is for you if:

  • you are between the ages of 25 and 40
  • you are interested in networking with other young professionals and connecting with the Board of Directors
  • you enjoy listening to classical and jazz music
  • you are interested in getting involved with the community and making a difference

If you are interested, please complete this application and send it to with a copy of your résumé or, if you have any questions, call 847-926-9898.

Board Handbook