Kevin P. Fox, President
With over 20 years of participation at Music Center of the Northwest, either as volunteer, Board member and currently member of the Centerpiece Band, Kevin aspires to nurture and enhance Music Center’s goals of music access for all, regardless of means or skills. Born into a multi-generational musical family, Kevin also serves on the Boards of ArtsFund and Classical KING FM. He’s Chair Emeritus of the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority. Kevin is a Senior Vice President for US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management where he’s worked for almost 30 years. He’s a member of the Seattle Estate Planning Council and serves on the King County Library Planned Giving Council. Kevin is happily married to Lynne, and his two kids both participated in Music Center activities.
Ross Miller, Vice President
Ross Miller is a financial professional active in the Seattle business community. He learned and became enthusiastic about Music Center in his last job, working with past-president Brian Paulen. At age 5, he began studying cello as a student of the Suzuki Method, and has been an avid musician and music-lover ever since. He collects and plays guitars, and is currently focused on mastering Country & Western-style techniques. He lives with his wife, Kelly, and daughter Emmy, in West Seattle, and travels every weekend with his family to Music Center to participate in the Music Together program.
Laura Doehle, Secretary
Laura Doehle’s background in recruiting and HR has led to her to head up Resourceful HR’s business development and sales efforts. In this capacity, she enjoys taking the weight off executives’ shoulders through creative, business-oriented HR solutions. Laura has an MBA from Auburn University and a BS from the University of Illinois. She enjoys playing flute with the Around the Sound Community Band. The opportunity to join the Music Center of the Northwest Board in June 2016 was one she couldn’t pass up as she fully appreciates the transformative power of music and wants to ensure everyone has access to high-quality musical experiences.
Cindy Zu, Treasurer
Cindy Zu has been an avid musician all her life, taking piano and violin lessons at the Eastman School of Music from a young age. She has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and most recently the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. She began her career at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, and Seattle in various roles within the Corporate Investment Bank and Asset Management. She became the Head of Business Development and Strategy for an early stage AI fintech startup and she's currently a Business Development Executive at PitchBook Data, focusing on the Private Equity, Venture Capital, and M&A space.
David Corry served for 13 years as Music Center’s founding board president and subsequently for another seven years as a board member. He began music study on viola in fourth grade, later adding violin, and has enjoyed the same Monday night quartet group for about 30 years. After moving to Seattle knowing no one he was inspired by founding director Janice Gockel’s “Closet Violinists” group to pick up the viola after a long hiatus. The social and artistic nourishment provided by participation in music and the resulting formation of a community of friends was his motivation to help with the establishment of Music Center in 1989. Dave has been involved in numerous real estate renovation projects in Washington and Montana, including an 1892 home in Seattle that was specifically designed for concerts and fundraisers. Seeing Music Center flourish for nearly 29 years has been immensely rewarding and Dave is happy to have been asked back on the board in 2018.
Charlotte Green, a member of Music Center’s founding board in 1989, returns to the board to help secure Music Center’s future by successful purchase of the building which has been its home for the past 23 years. She has been an active Music Center participant since start-up, playing violin in the string orchestra and chamber music groups, organizing special events, serving two additional terms on the board, volunteering in community outreach activities, and currently playing with the resident Rain City Symphony. Charlotte brings to the board entrepreneurial leadership, business acumen, and expertise in adult learning design as well as love of music. After an initial career in college teaching and university administration, she earned her MBA and founded her business, The Internet Training Group, in 1994. She was an early Internet pioneer, instrumental in equipping business and higher education leaders to be change agents in their organizations. She is especially supportive of Music Center’s New Perspectives programs for adults.
Emiko, a native of Japan, graduated from renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington Indiana for Piano Performance, performed at various places including Banff Centre, Canada, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, and others. Emiko became fascinated with technology and continued her study in Computer Science at Boston University. Emiko has managed to divide time between performing piano solo / chamber music and working in several Seattle technology companies; Mercent, CommerceHub, Microsoft, and currently at Starbucks Digital Commerce Team as a liaison between HQ and Starbucks Japan. As the advocate of Engineering Process Improvement, Software Quality, and Technical Program Management, Emiko also has been an active presenter at Technical Conferences such as Women Who Code CONNECT Conference, SQLSaturday Albany, Women Who Code Silicon Valley Chapter, MoDev Code Writers Workshop, Google Developer Group / Women Techmakers at Google.
Mr. Hulak has over 25 years of international experience in corporate development, M&A banking, private equity and operations at such multi-national firms as Microsoft, BEA Systems, Hewlett Packard, JP Morgan and Goldman, Sachs & Co. At Microsoft, he led a team supporting various Microsoft business units in acquisitions, investments and divestitures, and managed Microsoft’s China Investment Program. He is an Adjunct Professor at Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics and is very active in his community with board memberships at the King County Library System Foundation and Bloodworks NW.
David retired in November 2017 after 36 years as an Information Technology professional. He now writes short stories and plays saxaphone in the Around The Sound Community Band. He took up violin from 5th grade through high school, and did not play again until he was 50 years old. He believes that there is joy and completeness in making music, also focus and discipline in learning to make better music. Since 2006, David has donated annually to the various Music Center scholarship funds, donated music equipment and instruments, volunteered for painting and lighting projects as well as helped every year with the annual fundraising gala. David hopes that his passion and commitment can help Music Center bring the benefits of music to others.
Alida Skold appreciates the importance of the Music Center of the Northwest mission to provide the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to have access to music. She began playing the piano at age 6 after an old Chicago & Sons upright was gifted to her family, and her great aunt gave her lessons. During high school, Alida won a state competition in classical piano and a national audition to attend summer school at the University of Kentucky before her senior year. Alida also played French horn in her high school concert band and trumpet in the marching band. As a consultant who owns her own firm, Alida works in other countries and has attended White House briefings and met with members of Congress to discuss policy and inclusive economic growth. She chaired the Public and Global Affairs Committee of The Rainier Club and has been a Board Vice President of the World Affairs Council of Seattle. Alida believes music is the universal language that transcends all cultures.
Debra developed her love of music at an early age, where classical piano lessons opened the doors to a variety of great experiences over the years. Her position as IT Development Manager at Pivotal is the latest challenge after over 25 years in the Seattle tech industry at startups (Aventail, Isilon Systems) and big players (UW, EMC) alike. Debra also spent 10 years serving on the board of the Data Management Association's Seattle chapter. Her professional background is in software development, data management and analytics, CRM and system integrations. She also presented at several conferences over the years including Salesforce's Dreamforce, Forcelandia and Grace Hopper.
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