Our Team

Great music is all about collaboration— the composer with the lyricist, the bandleader with the band, the drummer with the guitarist.

Music & Youth Initiative has embraced this philosophy since our founding in 2004.  Our core organization is small but the collective results have been significant.

We lead a broad collaborative that leverages resources: funding, talented people, and physical space.

Management Team

Gary Eichhorn – Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer


Gary has been an executive, board member and investor in a number of technology and medical device companies. Gary is an amateur Jazz guitarist and a fervent believer in the power of music! He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Colgate University and attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program.

Joan Eichhorn – Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer


Joan has an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Syracuse University and a Masters degree in Accounting from Bentley College. As a CPA she previously worked for Arthur Andersen and Scheid & Mara.

David Bickel – Associate Executive Director


David was previously the Music Clubhouse director for the Lawrence Music Clubhouse. He is a drummer who holds an undergraduate degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from the Berklee College of Music and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.

Board of Directors

  • Gary Eichhorn – Chairman and co-founder
  • Joan Eichhorn – Co-founder
  • Mark Duffy – Technology entrepreneur
  • Rick Eichhorn – Product Manager, Wayfair
  • Tom Hamilton – Aerosmith
  • Andrea Howard – Executive Director, West End House Boys & Girls Club
  • John LeClaire – Partner, Goodwin
  • Michael Mancuso – Retired CEO, Philips Healthcare
  • Heather Sullivan – Sales Manager, Hewlett-Packard

Learn more about our Youth Development Partners here.