Faculty & Staff

Mark Richard

Director of Institutional Giving


Northwestern University, BS, Speech


Mark came to Merit in 2014 by way of Chicago’s theater community, where he worked as a performer, director, writer and administrator for many years. As a business writer, he has also worked for some of the largest companies in the Chicago area.


I’m a huge fan of jazz vocalist Elaine Dame. She performs nationally, but is based in Chicago and has two marvelous CDs.

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“Understanding music, as a listener and still more as a performer, stimulates all our senses and cognitive faculties. It serves as a catalyst, turbo-charging all other types of learning. Merit’s deeply caring, talented and experienced faculty galvanize that learning experience for students, regardless of their age, background, or experience level.”