Music and Youth EcoSystemGreat music is all about collaboration – the composer with the lyricist, the bandleader with the band, the drummer with the guitarist.

The 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.  Our network currently boasts a number of vibrant, active Music Clubhouses in the Greater Boston area.  Each Clubhouse is run by a full time director and staff who work for our Youth Development partners in their facilities.

Management Team

Gary Eichhorn – Founder and Chief Executive Officer/Chairman BOD

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 – Founder and Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer BOD

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

David Bickel – Associate Executive Director

David has previously been the Music Clubhouse director for the Lawrence Music Clubhouse. David 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.

Tamar Skowronski – Director of Communications

Tamar comes to Music & Youth with prior business experience in both corporate and nonprofit settings. She holds an undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science from Vassar College and professional certification in Digital Filmmaking from the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at BU.

Board of Directors

Gary Eichhorn – Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Joan Eichhorn – Founder, Chief Financial Officer

Mark Duffy – Technology entrepreneur

Rick Eichhorn – Product Manager, Wayfair

Tom Hamilton – Aerosmith

Andrea Howard – Executive Director, West End House Boys & Girls Club

Robert Inches – Senior Managing Director, New Providence Asset Management

John LeClaire – Partner/Chair Private Equity Group, Goodwin Procter, LLP

Michael Mancuso – Retired CEO, Philips Healthcare

Heather Sullivan – Sales Manager, Hewlett Packard Co.

Board of Advisors

Mike Gallup – Retired Marketing Executive, Hewlett Packard

Keith Garde – Recording/Artist Management Consultant

Arthur Lauretano – Physician

Jim McCoy – Actor/Filmmaker

Joe O’Connor – Medical Entrepreneur

Susan Yanofsky – Economic Development Consultant