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Help students be inspired through music


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Help students be inspired through music


 

UpBeat Music and Arts, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), is working to provide all youth the opportunity to be inspired through the arts.  Scholarships are provided, based on financial need, to ensure a quality music education for under-resourced students. 

"Upbeat Music and Arts provides youth an excellent opportunity to explore and develop their talents. Scott has a tremendous ability to establish rapport with youth that invites them to give their very best. He ensures they recognize their strengths and provides them with direction to utilize them in all areas of their life. A worthy investment!"

-Joe Wronka Vice President, The Academy Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

"Connecting with UpBeat this past summer was the best connection I’ve made for my daughter. UpBeat instructors offer much more than just their expertise in music, but a true connection and mentorship."

-Parent

In 2016, UpBeat provided over 30 students with scholarships for enrollment in our After-School Classes and Summer Music Camps.

 
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OUR MISSION


OUR MISSION


Mission Statement

 

UpBeat Music and Arts inspires and mentors through the arts to help youth reach their full potential.

Vision

To provide all Chicago-area youth the opportunity to experience and be inspired through the arts.

Core Values

Equality / Compassion / Excellence / 

Community / Creativity

Equality

All youth should have the opportunity to learn and grow. We are excited about developing relationships and providing students a music education and mentoring, regardless of financial background or ethnicity. UpBeat works to keep music classes financially accessible and provide scholarship opportunities for those that may not have the resources.

Excellence

Creating excellence requires attention to detail, discipline, and focus. We aim to provide a top-notch music education through thoughtful curriculum, talented teachers, and an open mind. We strive to do our best in everything we do–training, parent interaction, teaching, mentoring, and running an efficient organization that is passionate about inspiring youth.

Compassion

We want to understand each other and make peoples’ lives better. Above all at UpBeat, we connect with our students, parents, and supporters by showing kindness, being honest, and demonstrating compassion towards each other. Music is important, but treating each other with love and respect is first.

Community

Our youth are the world’s most valuable asset and our responsibility is to build a community that supports and inspires them. We are partnering with schools, local organizations, parents, other non-profits, and businesses to help ensure that all youth are cared for.

Creativity 

While we approach our operations from an efficiency perspective, the arts provide unlimited possibilities and a most powerful conduit to communicate.  We are continually exploring new ways of teaching and providing creative outlets for our students.

 
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Meet Our Board Members


Meet Our Board Members


RICHARD H. JOHNSON

RICHARD H. JOHNSON

 

Rich Johnson is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Spark Ventures. He was born and spent his early childhood in Japan and California, prior to moving to northern Illinois. Rich received a BA in Communications and MA both from Trinity International University. His work experience has included business marketing and consulting, leadership and management for several nonprofits, and higher education administration. Rich is currently serving as an advisor and board member with several Chicago-area nonprofits and social enterprises.

 


LISA RUBLE MURPHY

LISA RUBLE MURPHY

In her professional life, Lisa is the owner of Lisa Ruble Murphy, LLC, a mediation firm specializing in family law mediation. Previously, Lisa served as a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in the Domestic Relations Division from December, 1994 to December, 2015 handling divorce and custody cases. Prior to joining the judiciary, Lisa served as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of the Committee on Finance of Chicago City Council, chaired by Alderman Edward M. Burke, from 1989-1994 and as a staff attorney from 1984-1987. During her years with the Committee on Finance, Lisa was responsible for drafting legislation, operations of the Committee and redistricting. Lisa also worked as an attorney with the law firm of Altheimer & Gray from 1987-1989 concentrating in government, zoning and real estate law.

During the past twenty years, Lisa has been involved in several not-for- profit organizations. For over 13 years, Lisa was very involved in the Frances Xavier Warde School, an independent Catholic elementary school in downtown Chicago. Lisa served on the FXW Parent Group Advisory Board, the FXW Board of Trustees and The Children At The Crossroads Foundation Board. During her tenure as Chair of the FXW Board of Trustees, Lisa led the FXW community through its first strategic planning process and implementing a new governance model. In addition to her work with FXW, Lisa also served as a member of the board of trustees of The Hope Institute Foundation.

Lisa graduated from Smith College in 1980 with a bachelor of arts in government. Lisa graduated, with honors, from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1984. Lisa lives on the Near West Side of Chicago and has two sons, Morgan and Brendan. Lisa enjoys golf, cooking, entertaining and travel.


ROB HON

ROB HON

Rob Hon graduated with a bachelor of science in marketing, University of Southern Indiana and later attended Universidad Autonama de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico for an independent study on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Rob has 21 years of experience providing wealth management services to high-net- worth and ultra-high- net-worth individuals, family offices and corporate clients.  He has served as Vice President of Investments for Wayne Hummer Investments and Credit Suisse Investments, LLC, both in Chicago.  He currently serves as a Managing Director – Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors and is currently the lead portfolio manager with his group. Rob has also worked very closely with a number of local and regional organizations including Vanderburgh County Humane Society, Buddies Project, and Spark Ventures.  He also serves as a scout leader for his son’s cub scouts.

Rob and his wife, Stephanie, have 5 children; Catrina, Cassandra, Derek, Camden and Alexandria. While the three older children are grown and live on their own, he and his wife reside in Wilmette, Illinois, with their twins and beloved lab, Kya. They spend their weekends hiking, biking, skiing, camping and enjoying the outdoors.


MICHAEL LOHNES

MICHAEL LOHNES

Mike grew up in Decatur, Illinois, and moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to attend The University of Southern California.  Upon graduation, he worked for a defense contractor before moving to Washington, DC to attend The George Washington University Law School.  After receiving his JD, Mike returned to the Midwest to practice law at the Chicago office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

Now a litigation partner at Katten, Mike focuses his practice on disputes related to the financial services industry, state and federal securities laws, regulatory and internal investigations, white collar defense and anti-fraud counseling.  As a result of his work, Mike was recognized as a Rising Star by The National Law Journal.  He also serves as a Co-Chair of Katten’s summer associate program and is an active participant in the firm’s partnership with the Chicago public school, Jose de Diego Community Academy, called “Lawyers in the Classroom.”  In addition, Mike serves as a mentor through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.  

Prior to joining Katten, Mike served as a law clerk for the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington, DC and as Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at the Legal Aid Bureau in Chicago.   

Mike lives in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood with his wife and two children.


ANNE WORTEL

ANNE WORTEL

Anne Wortel (née Beckwith) was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. She attended Lehigh University in Pennsylvania where she received a BA in Psychology.  She returned to Chicago after college and worked as a Media Buyer and Manager in Advertising for 10 years. Always having an interest in art and design, she attended The Harrington Institute of Interior Design while working and earned her Associates Degree.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, Bill, and their two children, Ryan and Clara (both UpBeat students).  She is a stay-at-home mother, but works as a Residential Interior Designer when the kids are in school.


JEFF BREADEN

JEFF BREADEN

Jeff grew up in Eugene, Oregon and moved to the Chicago area in 1995 to attend Northwestern University, and graduated in 1999 with a BA in history and economics. He has worked in the commercial real estate industry for 17 years and is currently Senior Vice President of Prime, a Chicago-based real estate investment and development firm. Jeff has been responsible for asset/project management, overseeing finance, legal, property operations, capital transactions, and business plan-related oversight of design and construction. Jeff has helped develop or re-develop several high profile Chicago assets including the 115-unit luxury condo building at 10 East Delaware, the 610-key JW Marriott Chicago and the 381-key Residence Inn Marriott, and worked on a variety of other projects in Chicago and around the country.


JEFF RADTKE

JEFF RADTKE

At Huron Jeff works with client teams to design and execute corporate and business unit problem-solving strategies. His primary areas of focus center on the use of technology to drive profitable growth, enhance business processes, and optimize performance measurement and management. He has more than 20 years of experience in the technical and strategic consulting domain with a concentration in the Office of Finance and complex transformation initiatives.

Prior to joining Huron, Jeff has held leadership and project management roles at several companies, including Hyperion (now part of Oracle), Ernst & Young, and Deloitte Consulting. Jeff has broad experience with leading both management consulting and technical implementation initiatives for a variety of Fortune 500 companies.