Marilyn Caton – President
Marilyn He is a marketing analytics expert at Peapod, the world’s first grocery delivery e-commerce site, where she uses data to link marketing campaigns and revenue generation. She holds a BA in Psychology and Economics from Columbia University.
Outside the office, Marilyn is classically trained in piano performance – in every sense of the word – and is incredibly inspired by ACM’s dedication to fostering creativity in their music schools. She hopes to use her corporate powers for good, having taught Data-Driven Marketing in partnership with the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, and is looking forward to collaborating with ACM for years to come.
Brandon Harrington – Treasurer
Kimberly Schlechter – Secretary
Kim is a professional videographer who specializes in live performance music videos, especially the seemingly disparate worlds of classical music and electronica. She received her undergraduate in Broadcasting from the prestigious journalism school at the University of Missouri Columbia, where she also sang in a choir with ACM’s founder Seth Boustead.
Kim is happy to serve on the ACM board and also donate her time and talents to recording all live events in videos. Her favorite classical music is by far contemporary music. It’s fascinating to see what composers from around the world are doing and where else but in contemporary music would the worlds of classical music and electronica intersect?
Tony Scott-Green – Director
Tony Scott-Green is a composer of music for film, TV and commercial projects and has crafted music for independent features, documentaries, marketing/advertising agencies and financial services companies.
He has been playing music and guitar for over 20 years. A Scotsman, he now composes and records in Chicago-based GreenHouse Sound studios. He studied at Northwestern University and the Berklee School of Music and is a recipient of numerous grants and awards.
His two solo CDs, “Slim Pickings” and “One Riot One Ranger” feature an eclectic mix of instrumental acoustic and electric guitar with classical, flamenco, fingerstyle and folk influences.
In addition to composing, his side projects include performing/improvising solo jazz guitar and playing in the Western swing band The Howdy Neighbors. Tony is drawn to the ambitious nature of ACM’s mission. Let’s change the world!
Jessica Richardson – Director
Jessica Richardson is a fundraising technology professional at OneCause, a provider of powerful fundraising solutions for nonprofits of all sizes. She streamlines successful fundraising events, while ensuring maximum revenue and client satisfaction.
Her journey in the classical musical world began at a young age with piano and later clarinet. She is now a parent of an ACM piano student and shares her enthusiasm for ACM’s vision and events with other parents and community members.
George Thiruvathukal – Director
George K. Thiruvathukal is Professor of Computer Science at Loyola University Chicago and Visiting Faculty at Argonne National Laboratory in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division, where he collaborates in high-performance distributed systems and bioinformatics.
Dr. Thiruvathukal’s work has recently resulted in a book, High-Performance Java Platform Computing, Prentice Hall and Sun Microsystems Press, which was cited in the Java Specification Request, JSR-166 (Concurrency Utilities) as a related/existing work.
Dr. Thiruvathukal’s research is and has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, DARPA, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also received corporate support from Hostway Corporation in Chicago, Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, and Typesafe.
He is also a pianist whose kids attend the ACM School of Music and he and his wife Nina are a frequent fixture at ACM concerts.
Randall West – Director
Randall West is a composer, artist, software developer, and leader in arts and technology management.As a composer, Randall writes music in order to tell stories; his music is about color, theater, games, and choice. Originally trained as an economist and computer programmer, he draws from behavioral models and decision trees, and he often asks performers to interact through games and systems. He writes for the concert hall as well as electroacoustic, vocal, and experimental music. He is inspired by the gamut of 20th century modernism, Indian classical, Japanese folk, electronic, avant-garde, and popular music.
In the arts community, Randall is committed to promoting and producing new music in Chicago. In 2010, Randall co-founded the Chicago Composers Orchestra and serves as co-artistic director and vice-president of its board of directors. He also serves on board of directors for Access Contemporary Music, which advances contemporary music as a living, thriving art form through its concerts, music schools, ensemble-in-residence Palomar, and composer membership program.
As a technology leader, Randall develops software and explores interactive music, algorithmic composition, and sound design. His interactive and electronic work has been presented in concert halls, galleries, and abandoned warehouses. By day, Randall manages a software development team.
Randall has been awarded fellowships by the Seasons Music Festival and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His works have been read or performed by the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Palomar, the Yakima Symphony, the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, VOX 3, Chicago Opera Vanguard, UnTwelve, and S.O.N.G. among others. Recordings of his work have been featured on Chicago’s WFMT and released on commercial CD by VOX 3. He also enjoys studying and performing piano and Japanese taiko drumming.