Cathy Roy

Director of Education, Mayo Performing Arts Center Panelist: Driving Innovation, Opportunity & Personal Growth through the Arts Cathy began working at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in 2005.  Over the last 15 years she has put her passion for Arts Education into developing high quality education programs accessible to all students.   She is especially proud…

Brian G. Pertl

Dean, Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University Panelist: Driving Innovation, Opportunity & Personal Growth through the Arts Brian Pertl is currently the Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. He is a leader in bringing change to a field of study in desperate need of change. He strives to combine a culture of play, curiosity,…

Alain Merville

Founder and CEO, YousicPlay.com Panelist: Driving Innovation, Opportunity & Personal Growth through the Arts Alain Merville is founder and CEO of YousicPlay.com — an online platform offering music students around the world access to the greatest musicians and comprehensive lessons catering to all levels of talent and experience.  A professor of music at the renowned Berklee…

Kevin J. Kurdziel

CEO and Director Middlesex County Workforce Development Board and Office of Career Opportunity Panelist: Driving Innovation, Opportunity & Personal Growth through the Arts Kevin Kurdziel 30 years of experience in social services, workforce development, and prisoner reentry services in both the public and private sectors.  His career began in 1990 as a Family Service Worker…

Kirk Madsen

VP of Sales, 1Huddle Moderator: Driving Innovation, Opportunity & Personal Growth through the Arts Kirk Madsen is the VP of Sales for 1Huddle.  1Huddle is a Newark-based company with a workforce engagement and employee training platform that is shaping the future of work across more than a dozen industries.  Prior to leading sales at 1Huddle,…

Justin J. Kiczek

Executive Vice President, F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc. Thought Leadership Guest: How The Arts Creates Innovation & Opportunity? Justin Kiczek serves as Executive Vice President of the F. M. Kirby Foundation, based in Morristown, N.J. As such, he oversees the family foundation’s grantmaking to programs in the arts and humanities, human services, environment, health, education,…

Michael Schmidt

Senior Finance Director, Southwest Region at Quest Diagnostics, Former Chair, First Night Morris County Thought Leadership Host: How The Arts Creates Innovation & Opportunity? Born and raised in Morristown, NJ, Michael L. Schmidt is a former Chairman of First Night Morris County.  Mr. Schmidt attended First Night Morris with his parents as a child, performed…

Kelly Brozyna

State Director & Chief Executive Officer at America’s SBDC New Jersey (NJSBDC) Guest: Artists as Entrepreneurs Rutgers Business School recently appointed Kelly Brozyna as State Director & CEO of the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network. Ms. Brozyna formerly served as the Colorado SBDC’s State Director for many years. She also founded the Colorado Business…