Our Board

Curtis Smith, President, is a Financial Associate at Thrivent Financial. He is past President of Lakeview Action Coalition (now One Northside), and a former member of the Second Unitarian Church of Chicago Board of Trustees.

Joel Cohen, Secretary, is President of USPlate Glass Insurance Company, a position in which he has served since 2004. He is also President of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, and a former Director of the Suzuki Orff School of Music’s Board of Directors.

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.

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, former Detroit Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Italo Babini, and Lawrence University Conservatory of Music Professor Janet Anthony. With the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, he played under conductors Riccardo Muti, Peter Oundjian, Larry Rachleff, and Cliff Colnot. Over the summers, he teaches at music camps in Haiti.

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.