Our Team

Board of Directors

Paul Lowden

Paul Lowden

PresidentPaul Lowden has been playing music all of his life. He has been a professional musician, orchestra leader and accompanist for many performers. Paul is a successful businessman and hotelier in Las Vegas, Nevada. At one time he was the majority owner of 4 hotels in Southern Nevada, including the famous Sahara Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. He has served on many non-profit boards including the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Paul received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from MDA. Paul hosted the famous Jerry Lewis MDA telethon at the Sahara Hotel for many years. Because of his love of children in need and the arts, he has devoted much of his philanthropic efforts towards young people. The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, a magnet public school, named it’s new facility The Lowden Theatre to honor the Lowden family for their dedication and financial support towards the young people at the school. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Paul started working in Nevada in 1961. Paul has been married for 34 years to his wife, Sue. They have 4 children and 2 grandchildren who all reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. Paul continues to play keyboards and supports numerous charitable organizations including the Nevada Military Support Alliance, Opportunity Village, Nevada Dance Theatre/Smith Center for Performing Arts and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Association. Paul currently serves on the Board of the Great American Songbook Foundation, founded by Michael Feinstein, a cultural affiliate of the Los Angeles based Grammy Museum.

Vice PresidentJill Lenhardt was raised in Bozeman, Montana and played several instruments in the public schools there. She attended Macalester College and went on to a career in finance and investment, including positions at Merrill Lynch in Chicago and Bariston Partners in Boston. From 1998-2001 she was Founding Executive Director for New England SCORES – an after-school program that serves inner-city youth through an innovative program combining soccer, creative writing and service learning. She served on the New England SCORES Board of Directors from 2001-2005. She has also been actively involved with Macalester for many years as an Alumni Chapter Leader, President of the Alumni Board and currently as a member of the Campaign Steering Committee for Macalester’s Step Forward Campaign.

Barry Kingston

Barry Kingston

TreasurerBarry Kingston, , has been a Wealth Advisor with UBS Financial Services since January, 2012. In addition to providing advice to families and corporations on wealth planning, succession, and estate issues, he specializes in the area of retirement plans and planning. Previously, he held a similar role at Morgan Stanley and its predecessor firms from 1984 – 2012. He served as founding Branch Manager of the Westborough, MA office from 1999 – 2008, opening a new territory for the firm. Barry has been married to his wife Deborah since 1983 and they have two children, Nathaniel and Emily. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a Master’s from Florida International University. He loves traveling, fly fishing, and studying the markets. He is currently Treasurer of Classics for Kids Foundation.

Randy Bean

Randy Bean is a Colorado-based freelance writer and documentary filmmaker with over four decades’ experience in broadcast journalism, video and television production, strategic media planning and soup-to-nuts non-fiction documentary creation. Her most recent project, American Creed, is an exploration of what it means to be an American at this fractured time in our history. The feature-length film aired nationally on PBS and is now part of high school history and social studies curricula all across the country. (See http://www.americancreed.org) For 14 years, Randy worked as executive producer for documentaries and special television projects at Stanford University, creating a C-Span-like cable channel with university content, heading up the university’s video production enterprise and spearheading a television programming partnership with National Geographic Television in Washington, DC. In addition, Randy served as a consultant on media and communications for the Stanford Center on Longevity, managing the creation, production and distribution of SCL content, in video and other formats. Prior to working at Stanford, Ms. Bean enjoyed a long career as an award-winning documentary filmmaker and experienced broadcast journalist, covering politics and social issues. She worked as a producer with Bill Moyers at WNET in New York, and covered major news stories for both ABC News and NBC News in their Washington bureaus. She came to Stanford as a Knight Professional Journalism Fellow, and moved to California to be a staff producer, director and writer of current affairs programs and investigative documentaries at KQED in San Francisco. Her freelance work as writer and producer/director includes projects for the Center for a New Generation, the Support Network for Battered Women, Peninsula Open Space Trust, Health Care Education Network, and the Stanford Historical Society.

Georgia Godfrey is the Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Emeritus Dr. Condoleezza Rice, serving as Dr. Rice’s principal counselor. Ms. Godfrey previously served at the White House as the Senior Press Advance Representative and Press Office Manager for the Executive Office of the President, and she has extensive experience in communications, government and international affairs strategy. Ms. Godfrey is the Founder of Trailblazer Public Affairs, which provided strategic communications and media guidance to a variety of organizations and companies. In her spare time, Ms. Godfrey is an accomplished violinist.

Michelle Horowitz is a classically trained pianist. A native of Korea, she began her piano training at the age of 7. Michelle attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studied at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg. At age 16, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Pasadena Youth Orchestra and at age 18, she performed Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto with the Los Angeles Chamber Ensemble. In 2017, Michelle performed a piano duet with Dr. Condoleezza Rice at a benefit for Classic for Kids Foundation. Michelle currently serves on the boards of the Pacific Symphony, the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Classics for Kids Foundation. In 2011, she helped lead the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on a tour to Bulgaria with conductor Maxim Eshkenazy. Michelle’s past leadership rolls include the Dean’s Leadership Council of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. Michelle’s philanthropic interests include fundraising efforts for the MIND Research Institute, the Orange County Museum of the Art, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Discovery Science Center, the Shady Canyon Charitable Foundation, the Pacific Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Michelle strongly believes that all children should be exposed to classical music at an early age. As her family’s designated cultural ambassador, she takes great joy in chaperoning young members of the family to music, ballet, and theatrical performances designed for young audiences. Michelle continues to perform at private recitals, benefits, and music salons. She currently lives in Shady Canyon, Irvine with her husband, David.

Seth Johnson

Iris M. L. Model was born in Berlin, Germany and was educated in Berlin, London and Paris. In 1964 she came to the USA on vacation, and fell in love with New York City which consequently became her home. Her career started with Rudi Gernreich, the world-renowned American fashion designer and innovator whose NY showroom she co-managed for a few years. In 1968 she became part of a small founding team launching Clinique Lab. Inc., the enormously successful international skin care and makeup company. After 28 years, she retired as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development. During her professional career she served on the board of several industry organizations. Her many interests include the arts, environmental conservation and learning about different cultures. To this end she has traveled all over the world and has been in almost all of the 50 states in the Union. In 2001 she created Indian Uprising Gallery located in Bozeman, MT, showcasing American Indian art of the Plains region and providing an appropriate setting to help known and unknown contemporary Native artists to receive wider public recognition. She is presently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the Rockies where she is also on the Executive Committee.

Dr. Angus Muir is a practicing oncologist living in Fredericksburg, Virginia. On the Board of the Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts since its inception, he is an active supporter of the arts in northern Virginia. A graduate of George Washington University, Case Western University, and the University of Rochester, he has been practicing medicine since 1966. He was the Director of Human Genetics at Case Western Reserve University from 1973-1984. He is a member of numerous scientific and honorary societies, including the American Societies of Hematology and Human Genetics. He is also founding member of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Scottish Games, and breeds Highland cattle at his home in Virginia. He is presently in private practice of oncology in Fredericksburg.

Lynn Hackeman Weidner

Lynn Weidner—In addition to her years of service on the Board of Directors of the Classics for Kids foundation, Lynn Weidner has served in leadership roles for many other worthy Charitable and Arts related organizations.

After serving on the Board of Directors of the Miss America Organization for ten years, Lynn became Chairman of that Board and served in that capacity for three years. The Miss America Organization is the world’s largest supplier of scholarships for women. In addition to her role as Chairman, she also served as a trustee of the 501(c)(3) Miss America Scholarship Foundation and on the Board of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen scholarship foundation.

She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Las Vegas Jewish Federation.

Lynn currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Great American Songbook foundation, headquartered in Carmel, Indiana. GASF was founded by singer/musician Michael Feinstein and is dedicated to the preservation of great American music. GASF recently opened the American Songbook museum and music conservation facility for this purpose. GASF also reaches out to young people in high schools throughout the United States. This youth initiative activity culminates in their annual Songbook Youth Academy and competition in Indiana.

For the past 12 years, Lynn has served on the Board of Directors of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy Foundation in Los Angeles, California. The DADA Board raises funds to provide dance education scholarships for children in need. DADA is currently conducting a capital campaign to build a new arts school and performance facility in LA.

Lynn received her Communications degree from Rutgers University and worked at New Jersey Public Broadcasting and later as a Producer and Newscaster at an independent television station in Atlantic City, NJ.

Lynn is a former “Miss New Jersey”, and for six years was the International Tourism Representative for the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism. In that role, she was the official spokesperson for the New Jersey tourism industry and traveled the country and abroad promoting New Jersey tourism as well as explaining the crucial NJ casino legislation on television and radio programs throughout the United States and Canada when it passed in 1976.

For many years, Lynn was a sought after public speaker and MC of numerous charitable, political, pageant related and other events.

Lynn is married to William P. Weidner, currently Chairman and CEO of Global Gaming Asset Management LLC and Weidner Resorts. They live primarily in Las Vegas NV and have three children and four grandchildren.

Michael Reynolds, Executive and Artistic Director of CFKF

Michael Reynolds, Executive and Artistic Director of CFKF

Executive/Artistic DirectorMichael Reynolds is co-founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Classics for Kids Foundation, which has given hundreds of matching grants for excellent student instruments valued to string programs around America since its inception in 1998. He is founding and current cellist of the world-renowned Muir String Quartet, which began its career in 1979. As a member of the Muir Quartet and as soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Reynolds has performed well over 2,000 concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Far East, and he has performed with such diverse artists as Benny Goodman, Leon Fleisher, Menachem Pressler, Gil Shaham, Richard Stoltzman, and Phyllis Curtin. Accolades he has won with the Muir Quartet include first prize at the Evian Competition, the 1981 Naumburg Award, two Grand Prix du Disques, the Gramophone Award, a Grammy nomination and a Grammy on the EcoClassics label he founded, and an internationally acclaimed PBS broadcast, “In Performance at The White House” for President and Mrs. Reagan. A native of Montana, he received his professional training at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a student of David Soyer and Martita Casals, continuing with Karen Tuttle and George Neikrug and studies at Yale University. Mr. Reynolds has appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout the U.S, and his recording of the complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello on the EcoClassics label has received much critical acclaim. Recent and upcoming recordings include the Muir Quartet performing Berg Op. 3, Kreisler Quartet and Schulhoff 5 Pieces on the KidsClassics label, the Beethoven Clarinet Trio (after the Septet) and Zemlinsky Trio with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist Judith Stillman on KidsClassics, and the Weber Clarinet Quintet and works from the Klezmer Tradition with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein. Profits from these recordings support Classics for Kids Foundation’s grant programs.

Mr. Reynolds has taught at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts since 1983. His students continue to develop successful careers in music, including members of the Boston Symphony and other orchestras, teachers at universities and other institutions internationally, four Boston Symphony Competition and numerous other competition winners. He is also Artistic Director of ArtsLIVE! (artsliveva.org) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the Montana Chamber Music Society (montanachambermusicsociety.org), the first statewide chamber music society in America.

Mr. Reynolds has served on the faculties of New England Conservatory, Rutgers University, the University of Utah, and UC Santa Cruz. He received an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island College in 1995, and is a recent recipient of the Blue and Gold Award from Montana State University. In his spare time he is an avid flyfisherman and outdoorsman.

Advisory Board

Paul Brest is the president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, and serves as the director of its Philanthropy Program. Mr. Brest received an A.B. from Swarthmore College in 1962 and an LL.B from Harvard Law School in 1965. He served as law clerk to Judge Bailey Aldrich and Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan, and practiced with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in Jackson, Mississippi, doing civil rights litigation before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969, where his research and teaching focused on constitutional law and problem solving/decision making. From 1987 to 1999, he served as the dean of Stanford Law School. Mr. Brest is co-author of Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (5th ed. 2007), and of Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (Oxford University Press, 2010). Together with Hal Harvey he is co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy (Bloomberg Press, 2008). He teaches a course on Judgment and Decisionmaking in the Public Policy Program at Stanford. Mr. Brest holds honorary degrees from Northeastern Law School and Swarthmore College, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Roger Kirk, co-founder of CFKF, is Manager of several hydroelectric projects, including: Shasta Hydroelectric projects: Isabella Hydroelectric, South Dry Creek and Strawberry Creek. He is also President of the Diamond T Bar Ranch Corporation and Sherwood Developers, LLC. Roger is Past Director of the Montana Chamber Music Festival. Roger is also on the Board of Directors of HeadRoom Corporation, which creates and manufactures high-end audiophile equipment.

Judy Salter is the former President and CEO of Turtle Bay Exploration Park, an $82 million educational and cultural complex along the Sacramento River in Redding, California Ms. Salter has a background in business, government, and non-profit management. She served on the Washington staff of Senator Lloyd Bentsen, on the Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign, as the first Administrative Director of Fort Mason Center in San Francisco (the first urban national park) and as the director of corporate and government relations for two major natural resource based companies. She has served widely on numerous arts and environmental boards and is a frequent host for public television educational programming.

Michael Tree’s principal studies were with Efrem Zimbalist on violin and viola at the Curtis Institute of Music. Subsequent to his Carnegie Hall recital debut at the age of 20, Tree has appeared as violin and viola soloist with major orchestras, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles and New Jersey. As a founding member of the Marlboro Trio and Guarneri Quartet, he has played throughout the world and recorded more than 80 chamber music works. Prominent among these are ten piano quintets and quartets with Artur Rubenstein. Tree serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Bard College Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, University of Maryland School of Music, and Rutgers School of Music, and regularly performs at the Marlboro Music School and Festival.

Dr. Thomas Wolf’s career spans over four decades and encompasses the fields of philanthropy, education and the arts. He established the Cambridge office of WolfBrown in 1983 after serving as the founding Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts for seven years. His clients have included ten of the fifty largest US foundations, government agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, and treasured international cultural institutions like the British Museum, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Kennedy Center. Dr. Wolf has consulted directly with the leaders of major cities, including Chicago, Cleveland, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Dallas on the creation of vibrant cultural communities. His workshops and convocations for trustees, administrators and volunteers have earned him national recognition. Tom holds a doctorate in education from Harvard, and has taught at Harvard and Boston Universities. He is the author of The Search for Shining Eyes: Audiences, Leadership and Change in the Symphony Orchestra Field, Managing a Nonprofit Organization in the 21st Century and Presenting Performances in the 21st Century, among numerous articles and books. A professional flutist, he is listed in the International Who’s Who of Music.