Associate Board

The Merit Associates are a group of Chicago-area professionals committed to supporting Merit School of Music and its mission of providing high-quality music education to students in metropolitan Chicago. The Merit Associates strive to develop themselves as model philanthropic leaders and next-generation advocates for the musical arts. Their primary goal is to work together to develop new resources for and to increase public awareness of Merit’s music education programs and services.

The Associates also sponsor an annual fundraising event that helps support Merit School of Music’s music education programs and helps keep the cost of programming affordable for all Chicago families.


Catie Wloch
Davis Bancorp

Vice Chair
Nishad Parmar
LOUD Capital

By-laws Chair
McKay Harline
Mayer Brown LLP

Finance Chair
Jake Schnur
Fifth Third Bank

Fundraising Co-Chairs
Allison Fox

Tyler Groharing
JPMorgan Chase

Member Relations Chair
John Kalil

Annette Sayre
West Monroe Partners

School Relations
Gabrielle Klein
Spencer Stuart


Nicole Allen
Jenner & Block LLP – Chicago

Alexandra Armada
Northwestern Hospital

John Boryk
PNC Bank

Lori Bravi
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Fred Carmean

Luis Catalan

Tucker Deeter
Wenk Aviation Insurance

Jamal Elam
Encore Event Technologies

Jerald Gary
Community Capital Investment Partners LLC

Jacob Gehl
McDonald’s Corp

Damian Joseph
SE10 Creative

John Thomas Lang

Terrance McKinneyᴬ
Toast – New York

Pamela Meadowsᴬ
University of Illinois at Chicago

Emily Meier
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Deborah Newman

LeRoy Ousley, Jr.
Moody’s Investor Service

María Luisa Paúl

Geoff Rothman

Emily Schmitt
Smith Bucklin

Andrew Scroggins
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Joshua Sultan
Nora & Partners, LLP

Matt Wloch
JPMorgan Chase – Private Banking


Tammy Adams

Matthew Hanna
CIT Bank

Sara Kobaissi
Deloitte & Touche LLP – Chicago

Mary Pat Kohberger
Deloitte & Touche LLP – Chicago

Cathleen Marine

Rachel Pawlisz
Kaplan Higher Education

Colleen Walter
United States District Court for Northern District Illinois

James Walter
Northwestern Memorial Hospital


ᴬ Merit Alum

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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