Board of Directors 2016-2017

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
Carol Mavrakis, MYAC Parent
Ken Michaels, Bauch & Michaels, LLC
Sharon Mullins, MYAC Parent
Cathy Popp, MYAC Alumni Parent


Board of Directors

Jeff Andreasen, Market Probe
Ellen Distelheim, Distelheim & Solon, LLC
Eric Falberg, Anthem Propane
Gary Fry, High-Touch Music
John Gremer, Walgreens
Derek Han, Deloitte and Touche LLP
Neville Hedley, The Northern Trust Co.

Mee Kim, Kim Koo Foundation
John Livingston, MYA Parent/Entrepreneur
Kelly McNamara-Corley, Discover Financial Services
Richard Mesirow, Mesirow Financial
Michael Mullins, Winston & Strawn
Stacy Overby, O’Halloran, Kosoff, Geitner and Cook, LLC
Michael Papierniak, Retired, UOP
Dennis Siau, Deloitte and Touche LLP
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, Jr. 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 MYAC alum
Jonathan Felbinger MYAC alum
Carl Jasieniecki MYAC alum
James Mayer MYAC alum
Ember Miller MYAC alum
Rebecca Rudy Naperville CUSD 203, MYAC alum
Caroline Rothstein Northwestern University Music Academy, MYAC alum
Nathan Sackschewsky Willowbrook High School, MYAC alum
Emily Steadman Abbvie, MYAC alum
Rian Watt Deloitte, MYAC alum

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 mya@mya.org with a copy of your résumé or, if you have any questions, call 847-926-9898.

Board Handbook