Jerome H. Kern
CEO / Co-chair of the Board of Trustees
Jerome H. Kern has been the President of Kern Consulting, LLC since 2002. Kern joined Nomura Securities International in August 2010 as a senior advisor to the America’s Investment Banking Division with a specific mandate to develop technology, media and telecommunications opportunities. Prior to that, he served as interim chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.; was the managing partner in Enki Strategic Advisors, consultants to the broadband and mobile industry from 2007-2009; and the chairman and CEO of On Command Corporation. An acknowledged media veteran and mega-deal maker in complicated, multi-party transactions, Kern served as vice chairman and a member of the board of directors of Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI). He was the architect of the AT&T/TCI merger, and TCI’s representative in a number of other high-profile mergers and acquisitions, including the Time Warner/Turner Broadcasting merger. Prior to TCI, Kern was a senior partner at Baker & Botts, LLP, where he was the senior corporate lawyer in the New York office. For more than twenty years, he was the principal outside legal counsel to TCI and Liberty Media.
Kern graduated from the New York University School of Law (L.L.B., 1960, cum laude) where he was a Root Tilden Scholar and managing editor of the New York University Law Review (1959-60), and was named to the Order of the Coif. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University (A.B. 1957). Kern is a member of the board of trustees of the New York University Law Center Foundation, Volunteers of America (Colorado Chapter), the Institute for Children’s Mental Disorders and co-chair of Colorado Symphony Association.
P. Evan Lasky
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Evan Lasky has been involved with the Colorado Symphony since its inception in 1989. He served as president of the Colorado Symphony League and a member of the Symphony Board of Trustees for eight years. In October 2011, he joined the management team as an executive consultant and formally joined the staff as EVP & COO in September 2012.
Lasky has a diverse business background. He owned and operated three high-fashion women’s shoe stores in Tucson, then returned to Denver as president of his family’s Budget Tapes & Records, a wholesale distributor of pre-recorded music and a franchisor of retail record stores. He joined Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc, and as president and CEO, took the chain of franchised pack and ship stores to over 500 locations in 5 countries representing over $150 million in annual sales.
Lasky earned a bachelor of science in marketing and retailing at Dartmouth College and the University of Denver. He remained at the University of Denver to pursue graduate studies in finance.
Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning
Robert Neu was Vice President and General Manager of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1995-2014 and was responsible for working closely with the Music Director in implementing the Orchestra’s artistic planning. Previous to that, he was Orchestra Manager of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Neu received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Formally active as a professional clarinetist and piano accompanist, he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and New York City Ballet Orchestra.
Mr. Neu has served as a grants panelist for the Ohio and Wisconsin state arts councils and is a former President of the Organization of Ohio Orchestras. He has been a frequent consultant for Telarc Records in the area of vocal repertoire, and he teaches masterclasses in audition techniques for the University of Minnesota’s opera department.
Also active as a theater creator and director, Mr. Neu has collaborated with a number of orchestras in adapting and directing performances of plays with incidental music including “Peer Gynt,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Romeo and Juliet.” He has directed over 60 productions of plays, musicals and operas throughout the Twin Cities and across the country.
Senior Vice President of Program Innovation
Tony Pierce joined the Colorado Symphony in September 2010 as Vice President of Artistic Operations. As the Director of Artistic Operations for the Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony Orchestra for the past six seasons, Pierce was responsible for all aspects of artistic planning, concert production and orchestral operations. He is known for having energized the Charleston musicians in a collaborative way with the music director and the board. A trained cellist, he began his professional career as a CPA with a “Big Four” accounting firm, an experience that has enhanced his understanding of orchestral operations, resulting in expertise in budget origination and expense management. Additionally, he gained significant staff management experience while working to create an environment of innovation and creativity. Pierce received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and music from Furman University and a master’s of accountancy from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Board of Trustees
Mary Rossick Kern
Co-chair of the Board of Trustees
Mary Rossick Kern has more than twenty years experience working in the non-profit sector. She was membership director for KRMA television until 1989, when she became the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s first director of development. In addition, she was vice president of development for Volunteers of America in Colorado, and she and her husband Jerry served as co-chairs of the board of trustees from 2001 to 2006. Mary holds a PhD in medieval literature from Birmingham University and her interests include reading, writing, scuba diving and her dog Mikey.
Susan Bowles joined the Colorado Symphony in 1980 after receiving her bachelor’s and master’s of music performance from the University of Oregon School of Music under J. Robert Hladky. A member of the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra since 1975, her recordings with the Oregon Bach Festival include J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concertos, Bach Orchestral Suites, Handel Messiah and the Grammy® Award-winning Penderecki’s Credo. Bowle’s talents aren’t all in the musical arena. A 2003 National Champion Athena in the 40+ category at the USA Triathlon Nationals, she is a USA Triathlon coach, a certified ChiRunning (technique combining the inner focuses of T’ai Chi and the movement of running) instructor and a USA Triathlon official. Susan is a breast cancer survivor.
Dr. Christopher Ott
Dr. Christopher Ott is the Chief Medical Officer for St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, a role he has served in since 2012. From 2009 through 2012 he served as the Emergency Department Medical Director for St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. He is a former partner in the Apex Emergency Group P.C. Apex provides Colorado-based emergency department physician services to St. Anthony Hospital, St. Anthony North Hospital, St. Anthony North Medical Pavilion, Avista Adventist Hospital, and St. Anthony Summit County Medical Center. Since 2001 Ott has been the Corporate Medical Director for Air Ambulance Specialists Inc, a fixed wing air medical transport company headquartered at Centennial Airport in Engelwood,. Ott currently serves on the boards of directors for the Denver Medical Society and the American College of Emergency Physicians Colorado Chapter. He is also a current member of the boards of directors for One Colorado and the Community First Foundation.
Ott graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in history and holds a doctorate in medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He relocated to Denver from Milwaukee in the summer 1997. Ott completed an internship in internal medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in 1998 and a residency in emergency medicine at Denver Health in 2001. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.