MEET THE MUSIC OVER MILES BOARD of DIRECTORS:
T.C. Leonard, Executive Director, Chairman of the Board 708-479-6613
TC is the founder and President of Grant Staff, a Mokena, IL based consulting firm that provides not-for-profit organizations with grant writing, research, strategy, and marketing services. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) specializing in fund development and holds a Masters Degree in Leadership Studies from Lewis University. Prior to founding Grant Staff, TC worked for a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Trailways Council, Senior Services Center of Will County, Greater Joliet Area YMCA, and more. During her 21 years in fund development, she has raised over $30.2 million for not-for-profit organizations. TC is very active in the community. She serves on the Board of Directors of the One Love Global Wellness Foundation and helps run their Mission Meals program in Mokena, which provides participants with hot, nutritious meals in a restaurant setting and provides bags with food, toiletries, and other necessities to homeless individuals. TC’s hobbies include marathon running and competitive ballroom dancing, and she is a black belt world competitor in karate.
Kathleen Gallagher, President of the Board
Kathleen Gallagher, resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and is the owner of Gallagher Media and Marketing, LLC, a boutique marketing/communications agency. Kathleen has a Bachelor of Arts, Literature, and Communications from Loyola University and an MBA from Lewis University. Kathleen has spent 40 years in various local, regional and national leadership, sales and marketing positions with experience in print/digital publishing, advertising, business development, mobile application development, media planning, video production, social media and tradeshow & event planning. Kathleen has a strong background in fundraising and volunteer projects within the Catholic School system as well as other charitable organizations and not-for-profit foundations and is a strong supporter of music and the arts.
Jeremy Heer, Board Treasurer
Jeremy is the Senior Portfolio Manager for the Strategy group at the University of Chicago Office of Investments. Prior to joining the University in 2010, Jeremy held positions in investment management and other investment-related roles for UBS and Morgan Stanley. He earned an MBA with concentrations in finance and statistics from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a BS in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he holds the CFA and CAIA charters. He has held several nonprofit board and advisory group positions over the years with the CFA Society of Chicago, Boy Scouting, Brookfield Little League, Bulldog Wrestling Club, and the St. Louise/Guardian Angel Players. Jeremy is active in the music and theater communities, having performed on stage or in the pit in over twenty musical productions. He also plays several instruments and performs as a solo musician and in a band.
Kenneth L. “Buzz” Hunter, Board Member
Kenneth L. “Buzz” Hunter recently has served as teacher and administrator for over 40 years. The first 21 years were spent working in Chicago’s Catholic schools, the next 20 in Chicago Public schools. Buzz has earned degrees from Loyola University Chicago and the University of Chicago. He has been a member of boards at Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago’s Art Institute and Brookfield Zoo. In addition, Buzz was Executive Producer of “Love is a Verb”, a film chronicling the growth and effectiveness of the Gulen/Hizmet movement, and has recently completed 2 CDs of original music with his son, Patrick, who teaches at the McKinley Park Math and Science Academy.
MEET THE MUSIC OVER MILES ADVISORY BOARD
David Fisher ‘The Rock & Rope Warrior
Guinness World Record holder, David Fisher, aka The Rock ‘N’ Rope Warrior, has released two critically acclaimed children’s/family CDs. “A master of puns and wordplay,” Fisher combines his humerous poetry/story songs with upbeat and energetic music. One if his latest songs, “JUMP” was just selected to be included in a national compilation CD along with the top names in the children’s music genre.
David is an international performer/spokesperson/educator having performed for Boris Yeltsin in Russia, and for Presidents Clinton and Bush at their inaugurations. He has set three world records in rope jumping, written three books, and has made over 100 National Television appearances.
Ms. Louisa Hayward is the Strategic Board Advisor of www.musicovermiles.org. Louisa resides in Glenview, IL and is President of Hayward Consulting and also works as a marketing exec for an information security technical firm. Louisa is a very creative and hard-working individual and has an MBA from Kellogg/Northwestern University. She has special expertise in marketing, health information management, and information/computer security, and is well connected to fundraising, investing, and business development opportunities that may benefit the organization.
Whether it is in a night club playing jazz, or on the stage of an auditorium, you can often find Connor Tetzlaff performing with his trombone. Currently a student at Ferris State, Connor has continued his musical career through participation in a variety of groups. Including the Ferris State symphony band, jazz band, and pep band, as well as the West Central Concert Band, and even with jazz group Swing Operation. The music Connor enjoys playing the most, is the blues. When you hear his playing, there will be no doubt where, or who, the sound is coming from.
Jeffery Tytel, Advisory Board Member
Passionate about music, Jeffery Tytel is in the Advisory Role at Music Over Miles and volunteers in the website development and updates. He is a life-long musician, playing 5 different string instruments. He has played professionally in rock bands and with church praise teams. In the day to day world he has a distinguished record in advertising, marketing, lead generation, prospecting and business development, with over thirty years of business-to-business expertise. Lifelong commitment to a deep comprehension and talent for connecting the dots in team leadership, encouragement, creative direction, marketing campaigns and client communication services.
Jeffery has been in advertising and marketing his entire career and today is helping small to medium sized business develop and execute long-running and successful marketing campaigns. Mr. Tytel also worked closely with students as an Adjunct Professor at Olivet University.
Alyssa Wilkins – Advisory Board Member
Alyssa is a passionate Autism provider, Board Certified Music Therapist, music educator and yoga instructor. Her holistic approach, engaging expertise and determined drive have led to the reality of her life-long goal, opening Dynamic Lynks: a therapeutic center for children. A graduate of the University of Miami, Alyssa studied Music Therapy, Music Education, and Psychology. Alyssa’s passion lies in early intervention for children with Autism and providing the best therapeutic services possible to help these children reach their fullest potential!
Numerous individuals serve as volunteers representing multiple regions of the country. We thank all of them for their service, time, and creative ideas which support Music Over Miles.