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JOHN HUSTON, Chairman 


John Huston is a partner at Tressler, LLP, in downtown Chicago.  Huston has established himself as an expert in all areas of tort litigation with an emphasis on complex products and professional liability in the fields of architecture and engineering. Huston has a bachelor's degree in industrial administration and a BE in electrical engineering, both from Yale University, and a JD with a concentration in litigation and administrative law from Loyola University of the Chicago School of Law.

Huston served as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserves, where he was the Electrical Officer on the flagships of the NATO (2nd) and Mediterranean (6th) fleets, and an engineering instructor at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center as part of the Nuclear Power Program. Huston is also a percussionist and has been a VanderCook board member since 1998.

GEORGE QUINLAN Jr., Vice Chairman 

Trustee6393George Quinlan Jr. serves as the President of Quinlan & Fabish Music Company. Prior to joining Quinlan & Fabish, Quinlan worked in marketing at both the Selmer Company and G. Leblanc Corporation. In addition to serving on the VanderCook board, Quinlan also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Music Merchants-International Music Products Association, and is secretary/treasurer of the National Association of School Music Dealers. He has served previously on the board of directors of the South Shore Brass Band. Quinlan has Bachelor of Music Cum Laude from the University of Miami in Florida.



Atac,_SohYoon_headshot_CROPSohYoon Atac received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Chicago, graduating with honors in three years. During her time there, she translated classical Korean poetry into English for the university's literary publication. She received her JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law and later founded Atom Law Group, specializing in immigration services.





Beach_B_218R_cropBarbara Beach is the Associate Director of the Corporate Legal Assistant Program at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.  She has been with Kirkland & Ellis for 20 years and oversees the corporate paralegals in the Chicago and Houston offices. Her training and development program spans offices from the east to the west coasts.  She received a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University.  Beach alsohas music, theatre and acting experience, having performed on stage in both Chicago and New York.  Her strong family roots in music education and music publishing led her to VanderCook.




CHERNOFFDavid Chernoff received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago, and retired as Associate General Counsel of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2012.  Prior to joining MacArthur Foundation, he was a partner in a Chicago law firm where he specialized in corporate transactions and real estate law.    

He is a member of the Bar in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. Court of International Trade, and is active in the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and the Real Property Law and Federal Tax Committees of the Chicago Bar Association. He is a member of the Illinois Attorney General's Charitable Trust Advisory Council and is an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School. Chernoff also chairs a taskforce of the Exempt Organization Committee of the ABA's Section of Taxation, which is now working with the IRS to finalize recommended changes in the Treasury Regulations dealing with program-related investments by private foundations. 

In addition to his role as trustee at VanderCook, Chernoff is Vice Chair of Goodcity NFP, Treasurer of the Cliff Dwellers Club, and chairs the Planning & Zoning Committee of the Mid-North Association. He previously served on the Boards of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Bar Foundation and Chicago Bar Association, and chaired the CBA’s Real Property Law and Corporate Law Departments Committees. 

Chernoff has published numerous articles on various aspects of non-profit law, practice and governance, and a monograph Duties and Responsibilities of Directors and Trustees of Illinois Private Foundations.  He has spoken at many conferences and seminars hosted by the American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago-Kent Law School, Council on Foundations, Midwest TE/GE Council, and other organizations.  


Dunne_RETOUCH_CROPLiz Dunne currently leads marketing and consumer research for Uber in Chicago. She previously worked at Benenson Strategy Group in Los Angeles, where she led all aspects of research to develop compelling communications, from proposal development and the execution of research and quantitative/qualitative data analysis. Prior to Benenson, Dunne worked at MSHC Partners where she executed direct mail and online persuasion, membership, and IE programs for federal, state-, and county-level candidates and organizations like Rock the Vote, AFL-CIO, National Education Association, and Sierra Club. She also spent several years at a small government affairs shop in Washington, DC, where she focused on intellectual property protection for the fashion design industry as well as funding opportunities for important health care IT and transportation projects. A Chicago native, Dunne holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Eagle,_Joan_headshotJoan Eagle comes to VanderCook after years of litigation experience representing employers in federal and state courts and agencies in the areas of labor law, labor relations, employment discrimination and school law.  Prior to her law career, Eagle taught music in Skokie School District 68, and taught piano privately. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a J.D. with High Honors at the IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law.




Trustee6488Saul Friedgood is Executive Vice President of Eastman Music Company, a leading maker and supplier of fine stringed instruments. He earned his BA in political science at American University.   






Dennis Galle spent his entire life in the Joliet, IL area.  He attended the Joliet Public schools, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he earned an engineering degree, and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He worked for Commonwealth Edison in Chicago for 35 years, retiring as a VP of Nuclear Operations in 1993. He then became a consultant to the nuclear power industry, serving on safety review boards for various nuclear plants until he retired in 2014.  Mr. Galle is also a trombone player, having played with various musical organizations including the Joliet Grade and High school bands, the Chicago Youth Symphony, and the University of Ilinois Concert and Marching Bands. Currently he is a member of the Joliet Junior College Concert Band, Frankfort IL Brass Band, and the University of Lewis Jazz Ensemble amongst others.



Jon Harris is President of Harris-Teller Inc., a full-line music products distributor based in Chicago. Harris served on the board of directors for the International Music Products Association from 2008 to 2010. He is past president and current historian of the Music Distributors Association and a member of the National Association of School Music Dealers. He also served on the Latin School of Chicago Alumni Board from 2008 to 2011. Harris received a BA from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1992.



Trustee6482Dr. Mead Killion has spent 21 years in the hearing aid industry, and founded Etymotic Research, Inc., in 1983. Dr. Killion helped develop the first subminiature ceramic microphone, subminiature electrets microphone, and subminiature directional microphones. He is probably best known for developing earmold coupling systems to improve both the useful bandwidth and the sound quality of hearing aids. Dr. Killion earned degrees in mathematics from Wabash College and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and completed his doctorate in audiology at Northwestern University. Dr. Killion has taught and given lectures on audiology around the world and is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the Audio Engineering Society. He has been presented with many awards in appreciation of his contributions to the field of hearing. Dr. Killion is also an accomplished choir director, violinist and jazz pianist.


Trustee6383Herman Knoll is the Senior Vice President of Hal Leonard Publications. Knoll joined Hal Leonard during the early 1980s and led the team that wrote and designed the landmark Essential Elements series, redefining the way students and teachers approach the early stages of music education. This is one of countless products Knoll has helped develop since joining Hal Leonard. Knoll’s approach to his publications includes the idea of getting out to the schools to witness first-hand how the students are being taught in order to develop meaningful materials to assist both student and teacher.




Following his years in senior management positions with Billboard Magazine, Forbes, McGraw-Hill and Dow Jones & Company, Irwin Kornfeld founded In Tune Partners in 2003 and currently serves as its CEO. In Tune Partners publishes the music education magazines In Tune Monthly, Music Alive! and their websites. In Tune and Music Alive! reach a half million student musicians in grades 4-12 and their teachers in 45,000 music classrooms across America.

In Tune publishes Teaching Music magazine for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Drum Corps International magazine and The DCI Yearbook for Drum Corps International, WGI Focus for WGI Sport of the Arts, and a series of music education textbooks in partnership with the Hal Leonard Corporation. In Tune also manages public relations and channel development for hearing health company Etymotic Research.

Kornfeld is also CEO of Westchester Media, Inc., which he founded in 2003. Westchester Media produces concerts and other live events including ASCAP’s “I Create Music” EXPO,” in Los Angeles. Westchester Media also publishes Playback magazine for ASCAP, and represents and the ASCAP Inside Music e-newsletter to advertisers. 


73823David Mann is a senior partner in the Business Practice Group at the national law firm of Holland & Knight. Mann is an active member of the Chicago and American Bar Associations, serving on various committees and serving on the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association. Mann is the chair of the Sun-Times Fellowship Awards selection committee, serves on the Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Scholarship selection committee, pro bono and public service awards selection committee, and is panel chair of the inquiry board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Illinois Supreme Court. Mann is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.


i-MLQV9vT-X2_2Karl Maurer is a First Vice President and Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Oak Brook, IL, and has spent his career in the investment industry. He serves a select group of successful families as a portfolio manager, helping them achieve their financial goals through careful planning and managing market risks. Maurer is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and a member of the Illinois CPA Society.

An avid blues guitar player, Maurer frequently entertains patients and their families at Ronald McDonald House, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Misericordia Home and other charities on a volunteer basis. He also serves as a volunteer music therapist, helping to inspire musically inclined patients facing medical challenges. Karl has served on numerous non-profit boards for local colleges, hospitals, professional associations, community foundations and chambers of commerce. He played key roles as a board member in building the Blues Hall of  Fame in Memphis and the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and he is currently helping to build the Illinois Rock and Roll Museum on Route 66 in Joliet, IL.  Maurer graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with concentrations in history and accounting, and earned his MBA from DePaul University. He is also chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee.



Christopher Motogawa is a Director at Quest Turnaround Advisors LLC.  Quest provides business consulting, crisis management and turnaround advisory services to company stakeholders. He attended Northwestern University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1994, and DePaul University, where he earned his CPIM Certification in 1996. Previously, Motogawa was a managing director for The Brandenburg Group, Inc. He was also the chief financial officer of MotorCoach Industries, Inc., corporate controller at SourceLink, Inc., and principal for Harmonie Coffee and Beverage. Throughout his career, he has served in various financial and accounting positions. Motogawa also serves on the Board of Directors of Changing Worlds, a nonprofit educational arts organization that works with students to improve literacy through community-building writing and arts programs. He has been on the VanderCook Board since 2007.


Trustee6400Ray Spaeth is President Emeritus of Lakeside Bank. He studied at DePauw University, and began his career in banking at Lakeside Bank in 1966 as a loan officer. In 1982, when Illinois law changed to allow branch banking, Spaeth convinced his board to open a branch facility in Chinatown. Over the years he has helped develop Chinatown to what it is today, financing many of the restaurants and businesses vital to this community.  Spaeth has served several terms as president and chairman of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve on the boards of the Chinese American Service League Senior Housing Corporation and the Chinatown Parking Corporation. Spaeth has also served as a trustee of Illinois Institute of Technology.


Trustee6415Chris Sweetland is the Senior Vice President at FirstMerit Bank, in charge of the north and northwest regions. Prior to joining FirstMerit, Sweetland was Subsidiary Bank CEO, Chairman of Windtrust Financial Corporation, Senior Vice President and Group Manager of Charter One Bank, and Senior Vice President of Harris Bank. Sweetland graduated from Wabash College, where he earned a BA in German and a BS in economics.




FRANKFrank N. Tsamoutales is founder and CEO of Tsamoutales Strategies, a business and government relations firm located in Tallahassee, Florida.  Tsamoutales advises some of America’s most recognizable and trusted Fortune 500 companies.  His strategic thinking skills are known as some of the most effective in the global consulting community.

Most recently, Tsamoutales Strategies was hired to lead the bi-partisan political activities for the ONE Foundation, founded by pop star Bono along with Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and other notable entrepreneurs and entertainers.


Danny Wilson is a Senior Relationship Manager of New Business with the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Wilson joined United Way in 1988, with the United Way of Central Alabama, Birmingham as a Campaign Associate, later becoming a Resource Development Director with the United Way of Tarrant County in Fort Worth, TX. Wilson is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, African American Business Resource Group with United Way World Wide. He has held the position of Technical Resource Specialist with the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company in Addison, TX, and  Public Relations Coordinator for the Governors Special Commission on Education in Baton Rouge, LA. Wilson received a BA in journalism, and a MA in media communications from Southern University in Baton Rouge. He is a past chairman of the Community Schools of the Birmingham Board of Education, and a veteran of the United States Air Force/Air National Guard. Wilson helps support the Wounded Heroes Foundation, Comcast Internet Essentials Learning Zone Team, and Illinois Joining Forces. 


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