Board of Trustees
Mr. Crocker Coulson - Chair
Crocker is a Senior Advisor for investor relations and marketing to companies including Serco Inc., Spotify, and Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk. He was formerly the President of CCG Investor Relations, a global investor relations consultancy. Crocker graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Freie Universitat of Berlin, Germany.
While Crocker is not blessed with any musical talent whatsoever, he enthusiastically attends Brooklyn's operas and concerts, including classical, experimental, indie rock, American roots, and world music. His two children both study instruments at the Brooklyn Music School.
Mr. Jeffrey Tannenbaum - Vice-Chair
Jeff is the President of Tanner Bolt & Nut Corp. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of BMS since 2006 and while serving as President was responsible for overseeing a financial turnaround that preserved the future of this century old institution.
Jeff obtained his B.A. in Economics from NYU and then went on to get an Executive MBA from NYU's Stern School.
Ms. Beth Haddock - Secretary
Beth has enjoyed counseling and teaching on ethics, governance and legal issues for over two decades. Beth has served as a governance and ethics executive at AXA Financial, Brown Brothers Harriman and, most recently, at Guggenheim Partners. Beth has lectured at many financial services industry conferences and served as an adjunct professor at NYU and Mercy College. As a BMS trustee - she's furthering her dedication to education, her passion for music and a rich family tradition of serving the Brooklyn community.
Mr. Daniel Torockio - Treasurer
Dan is a Senior Accountant at Spotify and is a licensed CPA. Prior to joining Spotify, he was an Finance Manager at Time, Inc. and a Manager in Deloitte’s Risk Analytics group providing advisory services for financial information systems.
Dan graduated cum laude from The University of Pittsburgh and received his Masters of Science in Accountancy from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business with distinction.
Dan began playing music at a very early age, experimenting with the piano, violin and trombone before picking up the guitar and eventually the mandolin. He is influenced by a wide variety of musical genres and is frequently attending concerts around the city. Music has played an integral part in Dan’s life and he is proud to be a part of an organization such as the Brooklyn Music School that encourages others to express themselves through performing arts.
Ms. Manasee Atre
Manasee Atre is a Vice President on the Credit Management Team at BNY Mellon, which is responsible for business credit strategy and sponsoring credit transactions for a multi-billion dollar portfolio. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Manasee served as an Investment Specialist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and she was also a Senior Associate on the Business Development Team at Providence Equity Partners, where she managed relationships with corporate & public pensions, foundations, endowments and sovereign wealth funds. Manasee began her career as an Analyst in the Goldman Sachs Private Equity Group, where she evaluated investments in private equity funds, secondary investments, and co-investments. Manasee received a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
A Brooklyn resident, Manasee has played violin since childhood, participating in private lessons, summer music camps, string quartets, and orchestras. She believes strongly in the power of music to inspire and transform children’s lives and is proud to become more involved in the Brooklyn community through the Brooklyn Music School.
Mr. Drew Bernstein
Drew Bernstein is recognized as one of the leading authorities on accounting practices and financial due diligence for cross-border transactions with Chinese and developing market companies. He co-leads Marcum's China practice, Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk (Marcum BP), and has helped the firm to become a top-three auditor of Chinese companies listed on the U.S. markets.
Drew's industry experience encompasses the technology, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, pharmaceutical, professional practices, and real estate sectors, and he has worked with clients across the United States, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Drew co-founded Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP in 1983. Prior to that, he worked at a predecessor firm of Grant Thornton LLP and graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Accounting.
Drew has a strong interest in making the performing arts accessible to everyone regardless of age, income, previous experience or professional aspirations and believes in the benefits of BMS's mission and programming to building a stronger New York City for the future.
Mr. Mark Braithwaite, D.D.S., M.A.
Mark is the Chief, Dental and Oral Medicine, VA Connecticut Healthcare specializes in periodontology and implant dentistry for the Department of Veteran Affairs.
He has held numerous positions in public service and private practice within the dental profession, including service at Harlem Hospital, Loyola University of Chicago Medical Center and Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center and as Chief of Dental and Oral Medicine for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Connecticut Healthcare System. He has received grant funding for post-doctoral research in cellular and molecular biology, to study oncology and periodontal disease in oral health. Mark is also an alumnus of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Mark has had a lifelong interest in jazz music and its history, having been a disc jockey for jazz programming at WKCR FM radio in New York City while attending Columbia University. He is currently studying saxophone at BMS and contributing his jazz muse as a senior member of the BMS Jazz Orchestra.
MR. John Flores
John Flores is a Managing Director in the Consumer and Retail team at RBC Capital Markets, where he is responsible for structuring and underwriting debt financing transactions and providing corporate banking relationship coverage for private and public corporations. Prior to RBC, John was a Vice President at GE Capital, where he managed debt restructurings for corporate bank loans. John began his career at JPMorgan, where he served as an Associate in the Chemicals Group and in Latin America M&A. John received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biological Sciences from Santa Clara University and an MBA from the University of Texas McCombs Business School.
As a New York transplant, John is excited to get involved on a community level and believes strongly in the mission of BMS - bringing music and arts education to everyone regardless of their background and resources.
Ms. Windy Lawrence
Windy is the General Counsel of AXA Insurance Company, where she is responsible for overseeing all legal and compliance issues for AXA. Prior to this, she served as Chief Compliance Officer, Lead Director and Associate General Counsel at AXA Distributors LLC and Social Media Compliance Associate General Counsel at AXA Equitable and held several other roles there, after beginning her career at the law firm of Hughes, Hubbard, & Reed, LLP. Windy obtained her BA from Wellesley College in Political Philosophy and got her JD at Duke University School of Law. A resident of Brooklyn, she is passionate about creating educational opportunities for young people and building a stronger community.
Ms. Sarah Nehmeh
Sarah is an Assistant Relationship Manager a Bank ABC, an international bank headquartered in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain with a primary focus on Trade Finance, Treasury, Project & Structured Finance, Syndications, and Corporate & Institutional Banking. She was formerly an Associate at PIMCO in Institutional Marketing, and an Analyst in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. She graduated cum laude from American University with a B.S. In Business Administration and B.A. in Economics.
Sarah has an active volunteer focus on young women empowerment, early childhood education, and multicultural diversity program. She is a cuddler in the mother-baby and NICU units at the New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, and a mentor at iMentor for a student at an inner New York City high school.
In addition to serving on the Board, Sarah studies cello at the Brooklyn Music Schoo, and she also plays piano.
Mr. Emanuel Nunn
Emanuel is in the Partner Strategy/Brand Solutions group at BET Networks within Viacom while also serving as a creator and brand strategist for numerous clients as a consultant. For over 15 years he has served as a marketing and advertising executive for such companies as Accenture and Publicis Groupe servicing a myriad of client groups ranging from Toyota and Allstate to Bacardi and Nike Sportswear.
With a passion for the arts and all things creative, Emanuel became an advocate for the Brooklyn Music School after his first visit where he saw firsthand the imaginations sparked in students learning musical instrumentation for the first time. A huge proponent for how the arts and music in particular can be a gateway to shaping personal and social paths, BMS immediately struck a chord in Emanuel.
Emanuel obtained his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Managerial & Organizational Behavior, Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship; he received a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in Communications.
MR. Phil Rutherford
Ms. Hadas Shahar
Hadas is Senior Program Manager at Google Cloud. Prior to joining Google, she was a consultant and Ernst and Young and a software developer for SAP.
Hadas graduated magna cum laude in Accounting and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Hadas started playing the piano as kid and continue to do so until today. She enjoy many different kinds of music, theatre and art. She believes that music and learning music can be used in many different ways and is excited to give back to the community through Brooklyn Music School.
Mr. Chuck Swartz
Chuck is a Management Consultant at Satori Consulting, a boutique firm focused on the pharmaceutical and financial services industries. He works with clients across North America, sharing his expertise in project management, data modeling, and process improvement.
Chuck is a life-long music enthusiast. He studied guitar and drums at Tulane University, while pursuing a degree in Finance and Business Administration. Chuck believes discovering new music to be his most rewarding pastime. He is honored to be a part of the Brooklyn Music School, helping others to realize the far-reaching benefits of music education.
Drew Bernstein, Chair
Haddas Shahar, Chair
Samuel Thomas, non-board member
John Flores, Chair
Knox Martin, non-board member
Real Estate Committee
Phil Rutherford, Chair
Capital Campaign Committee