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United Sound is an organization whose mission is to provide musical performance experiences for students with special needs through peer mentorship.

Michael Kumer

Michael Kumer is the Principal of BoardsMTO (Made to Order), a boutique consulting firm helping community benefit boards attain excellence in all areas of governance, including strategic planning, board member recruitment, and effective board structures. An exceptional facilitator, Michael is often called upon to help organizations achieve consensus.

As an enthusiastic, energetic and inspiring speaker, Michael’s presentations are in demand. His programs enjoy a cumulative enrollment of thousands of board members, staff, and volunteers, representing hundreds of nonprofit agencies. He is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of community leadership at local, regional and national conferences.

For the past decade Michael served as the Executive Director of Duquesne University’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI), and as Associate Dean of the University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. He also served as the Program Director, Community Leadership Concentration, for Duquesne’s Master of Science in Leadership degree program.

In addition to his acumen on current trends in community leadership, Michael enjoys sharing personal experiences accumulated as a board or advisory council member for such prestigious organizations as the Allegheny County Library Association, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Music for All, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and Youth Education in the Arts. Most recently, he served as vice president for the board of PANO, the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations.