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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.

National Board 1

Kelli Archibald, Private Foundation Practice Leader, Ernst & Young, LLP

Kelli Archibald is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Exempt Organization Tax Services practice. Kelli has been with EY for more than 25 years and currently serves private foundations and exempt organizations across the country.  

At EY, Kelli focuses specifically on private foundation tax law.  She assists clients with foundation planning and advises clients with issues regarding private foundation/public charity status including assistance with conversion to and from public charity and private foundation status, joint ventures, tax aspects of financial reporting for private foundations, alternative investment impact and reporting, and the excise penalty taxes.   She has experience dealing with private foundation tax controversy and IRS audit representation, and many general 501(c)(3) issues such as excess benefit transactions and unrelated business income tax.  She works with family foundations, large legacy foundations, institutional investors and many corporate foundations.   Other clients served include public charities such as employee assistance organizations and large healthcare systems.

Kelli received her B.S. in Accounting and her Master’s degree in Accountancy - Taxation from Brigham Young University and is an Arizona CPA.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Arizona Society of CPAs. 

Dr. Rhoda Bernard , Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

Dr. Rhoda Bernard, Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

Dr. Bernard is the Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, a catalyst for the inclusion of all individuals in all aspects of visual and performing arts education. The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs provides arts education programs for people with disabilities ages three and up, first-of-their-kind graduate programs in Music Education and Autism, and teacher professional development in teaching the arts to students with disabilities, including an annual two-day conference, as well as consultations, mini-courses, study groups, and workshops. Dr. Bernard holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in government from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Music with academic honors in jazz voice from New England Conservatory. She earned both her Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bernard regularly presents research at conferences throughout the United States and abroad, and she provides professional development workshops for educators in local, national, and international forums. Her work has been published in several book chapters and in numerous journals, including Music Educators Journal; Music Education Research; Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; Mountain Lake Reader; and Arts and Learning Research Journal. Bernard has been honored with the Berklee Urban Service Award (2017), the Boston Conservatory Community Service Award (2011), the Boston Conservatory Faculty/Staff Spirit Award (2007), and the Outstanding Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention (Second Place) from the Arts and Learning Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. A vocalist and pianist who specializes in jazz music and Jewish Music in Yiddish and Hebrew, she performs regularly with a number of klezmer bands and has recorded two CDs with the band Klezamir.

Suzanne D’Addario Brouder , Executive Director, D’Addario Foundation

Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Executive Director, D’Addario Foundation

Suzanne grew up in the music industry as a 4th generation family member of D’Addario and Company, global manufacturer of instrument accessories. A graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a BS in business administration and marketing, Suzanne ironically received a scholarship to play division 1 field hockey and participated in the sport throughout her college tenure.

 Serving as the executive director of not-for-profit D’Addario Foundation for over 8 years, Suzanne has overseen the growth and refinement of effective grant-making processes that ensure the up to $1 million dollars in monetary and product support invested annually in quality music education, has a high likelihood for sustained impact.  Through a disciplined vetting system, Suzanne leads the extensive evaluation that results in support to 200+ high quality, robust music instruction programs yearly.  

Suzanne has served as a conscientious ambassador for the Foundation, significantly increasing the visibility of the Foundation’s work and spearheading the Foundation’s first successful development efforts.  Recently Suzanne was able to acquire a substantial commitment to launch the Foundation’s College Scholarship Program that will encourage low-income students to apply to college by providing monetary assistance to cover expenses. Suzanne initiated the relaunch and growth of the D’Addario Performance Series providing U.S. debut performances to the world’s best emerging guitarists. And, she helped establish the Foundation’s first-ever direct service program providing under-privileged students with eight hours a week of free stringed instrument instruction in a school district that has not had a string program in over 30 years. The program, now in its 6th year, has won multiple awards and has been featured in major publications.

Under Suzanne’s tenure, the D’Addario Foundation has won the Music and Sound Retailer Community Service Award five years in a row voted on by her peers in the music industry.  Suzanne also serves as a board member of Harmony Project of America as well as an advisor board member to the Midori and Friends organization.