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.
Chief Financial Officer
Coreen Miller joined the Colorado Symphony Association in July, 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for managing the financial operations of the Symphony to achieve long-term sustainability and ensure fiscal responsibility and integrity. She also supervises the human resources function at the Symphony.
Ms. Miller has extensive background in not-for-profit and governmental accounting and management including serving as Director of Finance at DSST Public Schools in Denver Colorado, Controller at Katy Independent School District in Katy, Texas and at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. Before moving into the not-for-profit and governmental sectors, Ms. Miller worked in public accounting. She was the Partner in Charge of Audit Quality for Kemper CPA Group and began her career at a “Big Eight” accounting firm upon graduation from college.
Ms. Miller holds a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a CPA, licensed in both Texas and Colorado.
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 master classes 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.
Vice President of Development
Before joining the CSO, Christina served as the Director of Development at DSST Public Schools and the Executive Director of the Family & Intercultural Resource Center in Summit County, Colorado. Christina’s professional background includes teaching, child protection case work, and fundraising. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and is currently the Vice Chair of The Odyssey School of Denver’s board. She is passionate about education and the cultural arts. Christina was born and raised in Denver and believes that a thriving art and culture community, including the Colorado Symphony, is critical to the fabric of her beloved Denver. Christina was named Newsmaker of the Year in 2005 by the Summit Daily for her work surrounding immigrant integration. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Willamette University and an M.S.W. from the University of Denver. Christina spends her free time with her family which includes her children John and Samson.
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.
Stephanie Donner, Esq.
Stephanie Donner is the Chief Legal Counsel for Governor John W. Hickenlooper. Stephanie advises the Governor on legislative and policy issues, judicial appointments, and emergency management issues.
Prior to assuming the position of Chief Legal Counsel, Stephanie was the Deputy Chief of Staff and Executive Director and General Counsel for the flood recovery. In those roles, Stephanie advised on a variety of legal issues and led the coordinated response to recover from the largest natural disaster in the state’s history. Stephanie pursued and advocated for millions of dollars to assist Coloradans recovering from fires and floods. Mrs. Donner was an associate at Morrison & Foerster. Stephanie represented public companies, and their directors and officers, in securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and special investigations. Stephanie also routinely defended clients in breach of contract and employment disputes. Mrs. Donner also clerked at the Federal District Court for the District of Colorado, and spent time as an associate at Brownstein, Hyatt, and Farber.
Mrs. Donner graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston Law Center, Order of the Coif and Order of the Barons. While in law school, she served as Notes and Comments Editor for the Houston Law Review. Stephanie serves on the Corporate Committee for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and also serves as a board member for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.
July 2015, Mrs. Donner will start a new position as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Galvanize, Inc.