The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body and fiduciaries for the Merit School of Music. Our Trustees are passionate ambassadors for Merit and music education, and contribute their skills in various ways to fulfill our mission. Trustees are nominated by the Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees and elected by a majority of the Board of Trustees.


Board Chair

Charles K. Huebner*
RCP Advisors, LLC

Vice Chair

Ryan DeVore*
William Blair

Ellard L. Pfaelzer, Jr.*
Bruss Company (ret.)

Elizabeth Williams*
&Minds Partners

Julie Baumeister*
Ernst & Young

Elizabeth Williams*
&Minds Partners


Susan S. Aaron†
DePaul University; Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development

Duffie A. Adelson†
Merit School of Music (ret.)

Michael Andrews
Reynolds Consumer Products, LLC

David P. Bolger†
Civic Leader

JeNyce Boolton
US Bank & Trust

Jeffrey Breslow
Jeffrey Breslow Gallery

Binta Niambi Brown
Omalily Projects

Nick W. Bubnovich†
Willis Towers Watson (ret.)

Huan J. Chang
University of Illinois-Chicago & Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Carol Clavadetscher
Polaris Charter Academy

Samuel H. Ellis†
Samuel H. Ellis & Co.

Ginny Foreman†
Civic Leader

Peter B. Foreman†
Sirius Partners, LP

Jason Gatchell
JPMorgan Chase

Joseph B. Glossberg†*
Gofen and Glossberg, LLC

Howard L. Gottlieb†*
Glen Eagle Partners (ret.)

Janice Honigberg†
Sun Belle Inc.

Judith A. Istock†
Civic Leader

Jeremiah S. James†
Edward R. James Partners, LLC

Debra Kerr

Emily T. Knight†
Clinical Psychologist

Marisela Rosales Lawson
Sagence, Inc.

Thomas Leopold
Bank of America (ret.)

Thomas Linguanti*
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

J. Barry Mitchell†*
ComEd (ret.)

Jennifer MontagueA*

Cynthia Mufarreh
CAM Comm

Shelley Ochab†*
Civic Leader

Edward H. Oppenheimer†
Oppenheimer Family Foundation

Harry Porterfield†
CBS (ret.)

Jon L. Powell†
People Advisory Services

Michael J. Powers
Howard and Howard

David Rosen
The Competence Group

Earl J. Rusnak, Jr.†
Harris Associates L.P. (ret.)

Raymond L. Rusnak†
Civic Leader

Julie K. Stapel
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Nina G. Stillman†
Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, LLP (ret.)

Thomas H. Stone†
Stone Capital Group, Inc.

Susie Pfaelzer Sultan
Advocate Medical Group

David P. Thomas*
Bright Horizons Family Solutions (ret.)

Richard L. Thomas†
First Chicago NBD Corp. (ret.)

Catie Wloch#
Davis Bancorp

Thaddeus Wong*

John F. Young
Clean Law, PC

*   Executive Committee
†   Life Trustee: Life Trustees are individuals who have served at least four terms as a Regular Trustee and have given outstanding service to Merit.
A   Merit Alumni
# Associate Board Representative

Steven, viola

"My dream is to be a professional violist, and Merit is helping me to reach this goal with quality training and excellent performance opportunities."

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