Advisory Board

CMF Board of Advisors


Lisa Fitzhugh – Former CMF Board Chair
Partner, Creative Ground

Lisa Fitzhugh is founder and former executive director of Arts Corps, an arts education program reaching underserved communities throughout King County. Arts Corps’ award winning program has become a national model for combining arts education with social change. Lisa was selected as one of Redbook Magazine’s 2005 “Mothers and Shakers.” Redbook’s award recognizes individuals who have created extraordinary grassroots community efforts that have the potential to create national and international models for change. Today she is sought after as a “creativity catalyst,” facilitating creative practice for individual and organizational transformation through her company Creative Ground (

Eric Booth
Musician, Author

As an actor, Eric performed in many plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway and around the country. As a businessman, he started a small company, Alert Publishing, that in seven years became the largest of its kind in the U.S., analyzing research on trends in American lifestyles. He’s a frequent public spokesperson on trends with three books and regular appearances on CNN, NBC and in major print media. As an author, his book The Everyday Work of Art won three awards and was a Book of the Month Club selection, and his latest book, Music Teaching Artist’s Bible (Oxford University Press) was released Nov. 2008. He is the Founding Editor of the Teaching Artist Journal.

In arts learning, he has been on the faculty of Juilliard (13 years) where he founded their Arts & Education and Mentoring Programs, and has taught at Lincoln Center Institute (25 years), The Kennedy Center (11 years), Stanford University, NYU, and Tanglewood, and he has given classes for every level from kindergarten through graduate school. He has given workshops at over 30 universities and 60 cultural institutions. He has designed and led over 20 arts learning research projects, and seven online courses and workshops.

He was the Faculty Chair of the Empire State Partnership program for three years (then, the largest arts-in-education project in America), and held one of six chairs on The College Board’s Arts Advisory Committee for seven years. He serves as a consultant and innovation coach for many organizations (including seven of the nation’s 10 largest orchestras, six national service organizations, and five performing arts centers), cities and states and businesses around the country. Formerly the Director of the Teacher Center of the Leonard Bernstein Center (now on the Board of Directors), he is a frequent keynote speaker on the arts to groups of all kinds.

Dee Dickinson
Founder, New Horizons for Learning

Dee Dickinson is the retired CEO and founder of New Horizons for Learning, a non-profit, education network based in Seattle. She has been a school administrator and has taught on all levels from elementary school through university, has produced several series for educational television, including nine international conferences on education. She is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and has been a consultant to educational systems and organizations, community colleges and universities, policy-making groups, and corporations including Motorola, IBM, and Prudential. She has also worked as a consultant to software companies including Microsoft, Disney Interactive, Word Perfect, and Sierra/Bright Star.

Formerly, she was vice-president of the International Accelerative Learning Association, based at the University of Rio de Janeiro, and director of the Seattle Creative Activities Center. She founded the Northwest Art Project, and currently serves on a number of local, national, and international boards, including the University of Washington College of Education, KCTS TV, the Institute for Research on Learning, Child Research Net (Japan), the Learning Forum/SuperCamp. and formerly the Whitehouse Task Force on Learning, the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, the International Association for Accelerative Learning (Brazil), the European Lifespan Learning Initiative (Belgium), and the National Inventive Thinking Association (U.S. Patent Office).

She has been the recipient of the Maverick Award by the Washington Governor’s Leadership Institute, the Annual Leadership Award by the Citizens Education Center, and the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Award for Community Service. She has also received the prestigious International Junior Leagues Mary Harriman Award for Leadership.

Her report Positive Trends in Learning: Meeting the Needs of a Rapidly Changing World was commissioned and published by IBM in 1991, and her book Creating the Future: Perspectives on Educational Change was published by Accelerated Learning Systems in England also in 1991, and is co-author of Teaching and Learning Through Multiple Intelligences. Since her retirement, the New Horizons website has been transferred to Johns Hopkins University’s Graduate School of Education and their Neuro-Education Initiative. She is now a member of the Johns Hopkins University Interdisciplinary Studies in Education Advisory Board.

Kathy Fahlman Dewalt
Children’s Author, Music Instructor, Executive Producer ‘Ten Grands’

Kathy Fahlman Dewalt is a music educator (voted top teachers of the year in Issaquah district in 2006), children’s author, creator of children’s music TV programming and most recently Executive Producer of the annual Ten Grands/Snowman Foundation musical education benefit concert. She received her undergraduate training from Oregon State University, Masters in Arts of Teaching-Music Education from Lewis and Clark and received another post graduate degree from City University in Principal/Administrative Leadership.

Kathy created the top selling video series  WEE SING TOGETHER which has sold over 4 million videos, she has written several children’s books with Price/Stern/Sloan, Golden Song Books and Tapes and Western Publishing. She developed a 13 week children’s music series with the Disney Channel. Kathy has taught private piano since she was 16 and plans to teach until she is 102. Most recently has brought the Ten Grands program from Portland to Seattle and will be continuing on to Sun Valley and beyond in the near future. Recently, she and her husband, Bellevue Rotarian Steve Dewalt, were awarded the KOMO Brotherton Community Champion for their volunteer work in the community associated with Ten Grands and the Snowman Foundation.

Kathy’s passion is giving every child the opportunity to have music in their life. Her motto in which she lives by is : “Life is a celebration and music is a celebration of life”!

Dr. Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed.

Dr. Judy Willis, a board-certified neurologist and middle school teacher in Santa Barbara, CA, has combined her training in neuroscience and neuroimaging with her teacher education training and years of classroom experience. She has become an author in the field of learning-centered brain research and classroom strategies derived from this research. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate of Williams College, Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine, where she remained as a resident and was ultimately Chief Resident in Neurology. She was in private practice for 15 years and then received a credential and master’s degree in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has taught in elementary, middle, and graduate schools; was a fellow in the National Writing Project; and currently teaches at Santa Barbara Middle School. Her articles about the neurology of learning have been published in many educational journals, and she is speaker at state and national professional education conferences. She is also the author of the ASCD book Research Based strategies to Ignite Student Learning (2006).

Susan R. Snyder Ph.D.

Sue Snyder is principal member of IDEAS—Inventive Designs for Education and the ArtS, LLC, a company dedicated to facilitating child appropriate educational models and programs. She has taught at all levels, Pre-K – post-graduate, and holds a BS and MA in Music Education, a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, an Orff Master Teachers Certificate, and a Cooperative Learning Trainers’ Certificate. Sue has extensively studied specific topics in education including arts education, brain compatible learning, creativity, curriculum design, early childhood, literacy/integrated language arts, learning theory, MI, movement, multicultural education, and special learners.

Sue combines her interests to develop curriculum designs and products that promote activity based, integrated learning. She most recently created and now teaches Total Literacy, a literacy program in, about, and through the arts for emergent and young readers. She continues to develop this program with teachers in urban, suburban, and rural school districts across the United States and Canada. She is an Author of Macmillan/McGraw Hill’s Music and You series, Senior Author of Share the Music, Grades K-6, Contributing Author of Glencoe’s Choral Connections, and Author/Publisher of Integrate with Integrity, Teaching Music in the Elementary School: A Guide for the Classroom Teacher, and ArtSmart: Arts Activities for the Classroom Teacher. Sue produces and publishes Music Memory for Grades 3-6 in conjunction with the University Interscholastic League (TX), and the Riverside (NY) Symphony Orchestra.

Sue is an internationally respected clinician, and actively teaches and consults at universities, school districts, for teacher groups and media corporations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. She recently completed a two-year appointment as Scholar-in-Residence for the BEST program at the Connecticut State Department of Education, has been involved in development of the HOT (Higher Order Thinking) Schools program for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and works with MACH’s (Music and Arts Center for Humanity) Start with Arts program in conjunction with Bridgeport Headstart. She is also involved in development of Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools initiative, the Kaleidoscope program in Michigan City, IN; and development of the Dearborn, MI music initiative.

Dr. Pilin Chang, MD

A native of Taiwan, Pilin Chang is a retired pediatrician and a proud mother of two. She received her MD degree in 1993 from the Medical College of Wisconsin through its accelerated 7-year medical program. Her passion to care for children prompted her towards the field of pediatrics.

After completing her residency training at Children’s Hospital in Wisconsin in 1996, Pilin moved to Washington where she worked at Tacoma’s Downtown Community Health Center on Hilltop providing healthcare to the underprivileged children. A year later, with the birth of her first child, she joined Pediatrics Associates, now known as Allegro Pediatrics. While there she served as the medical director for its satellite clinic in Kirkland. She was also a member of the Board of Directors and the Medical Issues Committee.

She retired as a pediatrician in 2014. Currently she manages her husband’s medical practice. She is also the co-chair for Bellevue High School Class of 2018 Parent Advisor Committee. Pilin is a supporter of Camp Korey, a non-profit organization that provides medically disadvantaged children summer camp experience free of charge. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at the HopeLink

Amy Walker
Senior Regional Outreach Manager at Committee for Children

Amy Walker has been working in education sales for nearly 15 years in the field of social-emotional learning (SEL). In that capacity, she has worked with hundreds of educators around the country and has spoken at numerous conferences. She also worked in international sales both in her work with Committee for Children, and in international shipping in Australia. She taught English at St Andrews College and The University of Aconcagua in Argentina.

Amy has been working with school systems for many years to help them implement social emotional learning programs. Much of the work of SEL is to help teach kids skills to manage their emotions so they can get to the business of learning. Amy believes that music can be a very powerful tool to change brain chemistry, set a tone in a classroom, help kids calm down, and get them excited about learning!

Amy holds a degree in International Cultural Studies from Western Washington University

Dr. Joanna Goode

Dr Joanna Goode is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, and leader of our research effort commencing fall 2008. Her research examines issues of access and equity for underrepresented students of color and females in computer science education. As a former urban high school mathematics and computer science teacher, Goode considers the relationship between teacher development and opportunities to learn for students.

Joanna Goode also examines the potential of GIS maps to be used as both a learning tool in the classroom and as a means of informing policymakers on educational issues.

EDUCATIONPh.D., Education Division of Urban Schooling, UCLA, 2004
M.Ed., UCLA, 1998
B.S., Applied Mathematics, Specialization: Computing, UCLA, 1997

Bill Price

Bill Price is President of Driva Solutions, the North American arm of LimeBridge, a customer service consultancy whose clients include Dell, Hyatt, McDonald’s, and TiVo. Prior to founding Driva Solutions, Bill was’s first vice president of Global Customer Service, a vice president at MCI, and a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company. A frequent keynote speaker, Price has written numerous articles and white papers. He is co-author of a recently released book titled The Best Service is No Service.