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

Immediate Past Chair
Nina G. Stillman*
Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, LLP (ret.)

Vice Chair
Ryan DeVore*
William Blair

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

Julie Baumeister
Ernst & Young

Elizabeth Williams
Tenneco Inc.


Susan S. Aaron†
Civic Program Design, 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

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

Helen Y. Chang
Healthcare Executive Consulting

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

Carol Clavadetscher
Five Keys Consulting, LLC.

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

Ginny Foreman†
Civic Leader

Peter B. Foreman†
Sirius Partners, LP

Joseph B. Glossberg†*
Gofen and Glossberg, LLC

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

Justin Greis
Ernst & Young; Indiana University

Janice Honigberg†
Sun Belle Inc.

Judith A. Istock†
Civic Leader

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

Debra Kerr

Jules F. Knapp†*
Grisham Corporation

Emily T. Knight†
Clinical Psychologist

Thomas Leopold
Bank of America (ret.)

Marisela Rosales Lawson
Sagence, Inc.

Thomas Linguanti*
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

J. Barry Mitchell*
ComEd (ret.)

Jennifer MontagueA*

Shelley Ochab†*
Civic Leader

Edward H. Oppenheimer†
Oppenheimer Family Foundation

Thomas F. Pick†
Pick Associates

Harry Porterfield†
CBS (ret.)

Jon L. Powell†
Ernst & Young

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

Thomas H. Stone†
Stone Capital Group, Inc.

Susie Pfaelzer Sultan
Advocate Medical Group

David P. Thomas*
Bright Horizons Family Solutions

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

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
In Memoriam
# 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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