Board of Trustees
Michael F. Colosi (Chairman/Trustee) General Counsel and Secretary, Weight Watchers International
Michael is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Weight Watchers International, Inc., a leading, global-branded consumer company and the world's leading provider of weight management services. He has been a singing member of NYChoral since 1994 and has served as a member of its Board of Trustees since 2007 and as Chairman since 2009. Michael has also been a member of the boards of numerous other charitable, professional, political, and cultural organizations. He is a frequent speaker and writer on a wide range of legal issues and his work has been recognized by many professional, charitable and community institutions.
Lindsay Wilczynski (President/Trustee) Spark Investment Management
Lindsay heads the Strategic Planning group at Spark Investment Management, a New York-based hedge fund manager. She graduated with honors from Cornell University with majors in English and Government. Lindsay joined NYChoral in 2011 and sang a solo at Carnegie Hall in her first season with the chorus. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2013.
Joanne W. Lawson (Executive Vice President/Trustee) has retired after thirty-five years of senior management and executive positions with nonprofit organizations and advertising agencies. For half her career she worked at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF where she was Director of the UNICEF Greeting Card Program and later served as Executive Vice President and was a member of the Executive Committee. She has been head of direct marketing fundraising programs for CARE and the ASPCA. She was one of the four founders of Darcy Direct (now Gray Direct) and served as Vice President of Market Strategy.
Carl Ellison (Treasurer/Trustee) is a computer system designer specializing in distributed systems, computer security and cryptography. He retired from Microsoft in July 2009 and moved with his wife and family to New York in September 2009. He has a one-man consulting company but is mostly retired: reading, tutoring, attending lectures, etc. He came late to serious singing, joining a 12-voice Renaissance group in 1982 and the Harvard Radcliffe Chorus in 1989. Since then, he has lived and sung in Cambridge, MA; Baltimore, MD; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA and now NYC.
Kaylynn Callister (Secretary/Trustee) is a Human Resources Leader at Johnson & Johnson, a Fortune top 10 in largest healthcare organizations. Kaylynn has a Master's degree in Human Resources and expertise in the medical device and pharmaceutical fields. Kaylynn joined the chorus in 2015 upon her relocation to New Jersey and joined the Board of Trustees in 2016. Previously, Kaylynn sang with the San Francisco Choral Society and the Val Paraiso Singers, a singing and performing traveling troupe. She is also an accomplished pianist and violinist.
Karen Artz Ash (Trustee) Partner, KattenMuchinRosenman LLP
Designers and apparel manufacturers seek out Karen Artz Ash, national co-head of Katten's Intellectual Property practice and co-head of the Trademarks and Trademark Litigation practice, because of her experience in all aspects of intellectual property, trademarks and copyrights. Karen is a member of the firm's Board of Directors and also serves as chair of the national Pro Bono Committee. She has worked in fashion law for more than 20 years. In addition to fashion, Karen represents clients in the publishing, banking, financial services and consumer electronics industries. Karen is an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School focusing on courses in fashion law licensing, a Mediator in the Southern District of New York, and has also been a lecturer at Columbia Law School.
Edith DuPuy (Trustee) is an active volunteer in New York City. Prior to living in Manhattan, she resided in Milwaukee, where she was Manager of the Graduate Student Chamber Ensemble program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition, she was a board member of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and Early Music Now.
Ruth Ferguson (Trustee) Senior Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ruth is a Senior Vice President and the Human Resources Executive for Global Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. From June 2010 to April 2013 she was the Head of Human Resources for Bank of America Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong, where she held HR responsibilities across 12 countries and approximately 8,000 employees. Prior to her work at BAML, Ruth spent fifteen years at JPMorgan. Ruth has been a singing member of NYChoral since 1995 and has served as a member of its Board of Trustees since 2008. She is also on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Dickinson College based in Carlisle, PA.
Joanna Grossman (Trustee) Windward Realty Corp.
Joanna is engaged in property management, construction and renovation supervision, is a licensed real estate broker in New York State, the Vice President of Windward Realty Corp. in East Hampton, New York, and the past Vice President of Amagansett Square Corp. in Amagansett, New York. Her prior career was in film editing at NBC News, WNET and with independent producers.
Daniel M. Hubert (Trustee) Computer Solutions International, Inc.
Daniel is founder and president of Computer Solutions International, Inc., a Manhattan computer software firm specializing in business applications and business consulting.
Andowah A. Newton, Esq. (Trustee) Director, Legal Affairs, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.
Andowah reports directly to the General Counsel on all non-employment legal disputes for 25 luxury brands. She directs trial strategy, resolves legal disputes, supervises outside counsel, and advises senior management in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Andowah litigated complex cases at top law firms for 8+ years and clerked for the First Vice President Judge at the International Criminal Court. She began her career as a CPA/auditor at Estée Lauder and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Andowah is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds dual degrees in U.S. and French law from Cornell Law School and La Sorbonne. She is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish; coaches and mentors students in Legal Outreach and Inroads; and has been a singing member of NYChoral since 2001.
Gary Pai (Trustee) Pai Financial Technologies
Gary is the founder and owner of Pai Financial Technologies, a boutique consulting and software development firm specializing in financial technology. Prior to that, he was a product director at Netik LLC, overseeing their product offerings to prime brokers and fund administrators. He has been a singing member of NYChoral since 2000, served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2008 and currently chairs the Development Committee. Gary is also actively involved in the Princeton University alumni community, having served in numerous leadership positions in various alumni organizations and committees.
Bette S. Rice (Trustee) Vice President, JPMorgan Chase
Bette joined JPMorgan Chase in 2016 as Vice President, Global Infrastructure Technology Strategy and Transformation. Before JPMorgan Chase, Bette worked at Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch over the course of a 25-year career in banking. She’s also actively involved in the non-profit sector; previously as the Director of Corporate Partnerships at the Whitney Museum of American Art and currently serving on the Board of the New York Pops Orchestra. Bette began her choral music interests as an undergraduate, singing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has been a member of the New York Choral Society since 2002.
Michael Roos (Trustee) Perlin Tamblyn Associates
Michael is a senior consultant with Perlin Tamblyn Associates, a firm that specializes in salary surveys for Information Technology professionals and executives. As a Trustee he underwrote the first season of NYChoral Summer Sings at Symphony Space. He was also instrumental in establishing a relationship with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which added the NYChoral archive to its collection and mounted an exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the chorus. In addition, Michael has actively supported the NYChoral educational outreach program.