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.

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 Boston 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.