Our Board

Curtis Smith, President, is a Financial Associate at Thrivent Financial with a passion for working in neighborhoods where many have not had access to financial services. He is also President of the non-profit organization One Northside.

Ed Jamison, Treasurer, is the former General Manager of Trackside Restaurant of Arlington Park Racetrack. He is also the volunteer Registrar and former Treasurer of the Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly’s Planning Council.

Danny Silbert, Secretary is a Senior Public Service Administrator at the State of Illinois Division of Behavioral Health where he works in project management. He has graduate degrees in business and social work, and enjoys exploring the positive psychological effects of music on its listeners.

Tom Clowes is a Chicago-area cellist and teacher, and founder and Executive Director of Crossing Borders Music. Tom was a student of internationally acclaimed cellist Wendy Warner and is a past member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He learned about arts administration in classes with past Chicago Symphony Orchestra President Henry Fogel. Over the summers, he teaches at music camps in Haiti.

Devyn Taylor is Art Director at Golin, a marketing agency. Devyn has degrees in Art Direction, Education and Social Change, and Anthropology. Prior to her marketing work, Devyn taught high school students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Devyn’s amazingly diverse background and skills include physics, African Studies, and reptile husbandry!

Molly Tullis got her Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University Chicago, as well as certificates from Central St. Martin’s, Parsons New School, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She’s worked with brands like Topshop, Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Christopher Kane, and Covergirl in digital marketing and branding. Her first book, Blogger in Chief, was published in 2016 and ranked within the Top 100 Entrepreneurial Books on Amazon. Currently based in Chicago, Molly has worked in Paris, London, and New York in order to get a grasp on communications in the digital age. She often speaks on social media and branding; she currently works in corporate social media – when not running her blog or working freelance.

Suzanne Wint received her PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago, and has taught classes at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and as a Visiting Professor at Reed College. She specializes in Ugandan music, especially Western-style music education programs and compositions. She currently teaches at St. Olaf College.