President Karen Karpowich

Karen Karpowich has been a leader in both the corporate and not for profit communities. She is a Founding Trustee of The Way of The Rain, an arts, education, and environmental initiative, created by the painter and performance artist, Sibylle Szaggars Redford. Karen helped to create its operating structure and board development plan. The group performed in Abu Dhabi honoring former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, at The Salk Institute and at Carnegie Hall with appearances by Robert Redford, former Vice President Al Gore and the Pulitzer Prize winning author N Scott Momaday. As Chief Executive Office for the St. George’s Society she instituted a new branding and marketing campaign while overseeing their most successful annual fundraiser, the English Ball, honoring Sir Martin Sorrell. At the Financial Women’s Association, she restructured the operating team and advanced their social media profile. As President of the New York Women’s Agenda (NYWA), she collaborated with a coalition of over one hundred women’s groups representing over 100,000 individuals advocating for the economic empowerment of women and families. She chaired NYWA’s Star Breakfast attracting 1,000 attendees annually with honorees that include; Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Barbara Walters, Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Ken Chenault, Ron Perlman and Billie Jean King. While on the board of the New York Women in Communications she chaired the Strategic Planning and Scholarship Committees. Karen was the founding Chairperson of the Board of Directors for She’s the First, a girl’s education and empowerment organization. In her commercial career she served as the Senior Vice President for two New York ad agencies, Scali, McCabe Solves and Ketchum Advertising and as the Vice President for iVillage, the first women’s internet company. As a poet, Karen’s work appeared in the Red River Review, Mudfish, In the Orange Room and in the anthologies, An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind and If the World Was Your Classroom What Would You Teach a Girl. Her poem, In Central Park was featured at The Symphony Space event commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Her other works include, A Poem Against the War that inspired the creation of a new symphony by the Dutch composer, Harrie Janssen. Karen and her husband Ian Calderon are native New Yorkers and they reside in Manhattan.

Heather N. Bowen, Esq

Heather N. Bowen, Esq. holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Tampa (UT), where she double majored in Government & World Affairs and Music and minored in Criminology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude. Heather is a solutions-oriented entertainment and business law attorney who focuses her practice on intellectual property, technology, and data privacy matters. She has experience serving as corporate counsel to global companies in both the media & entertainment and healthcare technology spaces. Heather has also helped over 125 startup businesses in New York avoid pitfalls as they navigated from newly-commenced startups to established and successful corporate entities. She continues to be a thought leader through frequent publications in the legal press and leadership in multiple bar association committees.

Heather began studying clarinet when she was eight, piano at thirteen, violin at fourteen, and organ when she was in college. Her passion for music led her to join the co-ed music fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi while at The University of Tampa. While there, she performed multiple recitals and concerts with the bands, orchestras, and colleagues. She was awarded the “Marvin Hamlisch Scholarship Fund within the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay” award, the “Sant’Yago Education Foundation Scholarship,” the “Terry Mohn Senior Instrumentalist Award,” and the “AEA Scholarship” for striving for the highest in everything she set her mind to achieve.

While in law school, Heather performed on the clarinet and violin at The Moody Church, violin with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra (CBASO), and clarinet for a summer event with the Chicago Philharmonic. After moving back to New York, Heather taught children and adults the basics of piano instruction for a period of time. In addition, she has performed on the violin with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra (BSO) as well as the handbells and chimes with Calvary Baptist Church. She continues her passion for music by encouraging individuals of all ages to get involved in the arts and study the field.

Timothy Cowan

Timothy Cowan has been a serial entrepreneur in the Technology sector and is currently heading a product development and technology consultancy in New York City. His philanthropic interests have spanned supporting Central Park (through the Central Park Conservancy), veterans, cancer research and improving education. Tim believes that inclusion of Arts education, particularly music education, helps students to be more well-rounded, better in certain disciplines like mathmatics and more confident.

Tim holds a bachelor’s in finance from Colorado Technical University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He also holds numerous certifications in various technologies and Organization Change Management functions.

Conor Grimes

Conor Grimes

Conor currently works as an analyst for an investment fund in midtown New York. He began studying piano when he was five and minored in music during college, whereafter his career went down a very different path into finance. Conor came across Piano Outreach of New York in 2004 and has been involved since, helping primarily with the financial and strategic aspects of the organization. Growing up on Long Island and living in NYC now, he still plays piano casually and is thrilled to be a part of such a worthy cause so close to his home. Prior to his current position, Conor worked in both investment banking and private equity. He received his AB in Economics with a minor in Music from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jim Kao

Jim has a unique background in music and business. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is currently the Head of Internal Audit at Oscar Health. To remain involved in the music industry, Jim volunteers his time with music-related non-profits. He is a strong supporter of music education and believes there is intrinsic value in studying music.

Jim started playing the piano at the age of five and cello a few years later. He developed a passion for music and earned a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from the University of Georgia where he won the school’s concerto competition performing the 1st movement of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In addition to his piano studies, Jim has performed in the cello section with a number of symphony orchestras, including a tour through China with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta.

Jim lives in NYC with his wife and enjoys cooking, playing basketball, and traveling.

Kenneth Wolski

Kenneth Wolski is a Chicago boy, born, bred and educated (Loyola Chicago, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Internal Medicine and Rheumatology/Immunology). His youth, however, was consumed by music from the day he got his first clarinet at age 8. He played clarinet, saxophone and flute in bands, orchestras, jazz bands, marching bands and community organizations until his first overseas assignment in Japan. After a career in academic medicine (Northwestern, University of Wisconsin), US Army (Vietnam Era, Major) and private practice, he pursued his love of clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry as a division/corporate officer and as a consultant to senior management. His career in the industry gave him 15 years of living and working outside the USA (Japan, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Italy and Canada). He now spends most of his time continuing to grow in his love and understanding of music, especially grand opera. He volunteers for The Piano School of NYC because music has informed every day of his life both in pleasure and as a tool that helped him grow in science and in medicine. He feels that STEM courses should add another M as critical for an education that contributes to a happy and productive life. In a tiny way he wants to help add music to the life of as many children as possible.