Board of Directors

Karl Berger, PhD, is co-founder and artistic director of the Creative Music Studio, the nonprofit he established in 1971 with Ornette Coleman and Ingrid Sertso. Berger is a musician, educator, composer, arranger, conductor and author.

Bill Dubilier is an investor and philanthropist with deep knowledge and passion for music. He was a video editor in NYC and has helped launch record labels, record stores and the careers of several musicians.

Mike Gassmann practiced law in Washington, D.C. for thirty-five years, mostly as partner and of counsel with Drinker Biddle & Reath. He specialized in corporate, litigation and insurance law and retired at the end of 2013. Mike is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. 1975) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1978). He has been involved in music most of his life, and plays guitar regularly with jazz and improvisational groups in the Washington, D.C. area and New York City.

Hollis Headrick is a consultant for arts, education and philanthropic organizations and his clients have included Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), League of American Orchestras, and Lincoln Center Education. From 2003-06 he was the Director of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall; he was founding Executive Director of the Center for Arts Education (CAE) 1996-2003 and from 1990-96 he was Director of the Arts in Education Program, New York State Council on the Arts. He has a B.A. from the University of Missouri and attended the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, and Creative Music Studio. He plays drums with jazz, pop, and theatre groups in the US and Europe.

Ilene Marder Hinchey has worked in media, communications, politics and the arts for more than 40 years. Highlights of her career include: being spokesperson/press director for the Woodstock Music Festivals 1994/1999; State Capitol political reporter for WCBS News Radio 88; and becoming one of NYC's most in-demand Argentine Tango DJs. She was the first student of Creative Music Studio/Woodstock and its administrative coordinator for its first seven years. She is married to the Honorable Maurice Hinchey, a retired U.S. congressman from the Hudson Valley.

Bill Horberg is an independent film producer. He was partners with director Sydney Pollock and produced Milk, Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr Ripley among scores of others.

Stuart Leigh worked with CMS from 1981 to 1983 recording concerts and conversations with its guiding artists for public radio presentation. From 1984 he has worked in audio and video for education and social development both in the US and overseas - widely across Africa and in the Philippines. Since 2008, he has evaluated numerous education projects funded by US Agency for International Development. He plays guitar with ever increasing focus as a lifelong-learning musician. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Rick Maurer is an adviser to leaders in large organizations on ways to build support for change in their organizations. He is author of many books, including Beyond the Wall of Resistance. He has a bachelor's degree in music, a master's in education, and significant post-graduate work in organizational psychology. In addition to his consulting practice, he is a part-time jazz musician and performs regularly in DC and NYC.

John Mower is a self-employed tax accountant, a real estate agent and flea market entrepreneur. He was the financial services manager at the Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center and Treasurer for the Saugerties School District. John graduated from SUNY New Paltz, with a BA in Accounting, in 1991 and earned the Enrolled Agent designation that allows him to represent clients before the IRS.

Jill Paperno began her career at the William Morris talent agency before becoming a Production Assistant on Broadway shows and movies. She produced commercials for Coke, Miller and Wendy’s, including the legendary “ Where's the Beef?” spot. She ran a music production company that scored music for commercials.

Ingrid Sertso is a co-founder of the Creative Music Studio. A vocalist and poet, she has performed on numerous recordings, including her own, and teaches vocal workshops around the world.

Lloyd Trufelman is a strategist for the tech, media, green and arts industries. He served as the founder and CEO of Trylon SMR, a NYC media and tech marketing agency from 1990-2015, serving clients such as HBO, Hearst Entertainment, and Discovery Networks, among others. Prior to starting the agency, Trufelman was director of communications for VH-1 and WNYC public radio, and has worked with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, PS 122, the Public Theatre, Artist’s Television Network, Performing Artservices, among others.

Elena Zang is a renowned potter and art gallery owner.