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Ear Candy is dedicated to providing every child access to music education and these individuals are committed to perpetuating the organization’s growth and fulfilling our mission. We are committed to building a sustainable, community drive model that will be replicated to impact thousands in other communities across the country. The need for music education has never been greater and the country needs Ear Candy more than ever!!

Some of our greatest needs as growing and impactful organization are:
  • Strong Board Leadership with Non-Profit Experience
  • Establish Relationships with Community Supporters and Corporations
  • Volunteer Coordination & Program Visit Leaders
  • Special Event Planning and Implementation
  • Professional Service Support (Legal, Accounting, etc)
  • Board Development including Meeting / Retreat Planning
Serving on the Governing Board is no small undertaking and requires a great deal of commitment! If you are interested in applying for a position on the Ear Candy Governing Board please fill out the Online Application Here

If you are interested in helping the EAR CANDY mission but cannot commit to serving on the Governing Board please entertain joining our Advisory Board or becoming an EAR CANDY Advocate.

Kimber Lanning

Kimber is an entrepreneur, arts advocate and community activist who works to cultivate strong, vibrant communities and inspire a higher quality of life in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Lanning is actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance and responsible growth for Arizona. In 2003, Lanning founded Local First Arizona, a non-profit organization working to establish vibrant, unique businesses at the forefront of the valley’s identity, as well as creating a sustainable and healthy region through the implementation of diverse local economies.

She also owns Stinkweeds and Modified Arts, founded SilverPlatter.info, and serves on the boards for Alliance for Audience and Metropolitan Arts High School. Oh, and she plays the drums.

Maria Brunner
Maria owns an entertainment marketing company called Insight Mgt. Clients range from the sublime classic rockers to the fabulous Burn The Floor dancers, to our favorite animal guru, Cesar! Her passion for music is equal to Nate’s, which further supports his contagious an unstoppable energy to help make music education in schools happen on a broad basis. Maria teaches at various universities including, The University of Montana in Missoula, California State University at Channel Islands and occasionally at universities in the state of Tennessee. Maria teaches entertainment business programs at these universities.

Hobbies include hiking, going to hear new music groups and fostering dogs, which the total is now up to three. "I am very excited to be part of the board for Ear Candy, as we continue to reach out of the box to help children and their passion and drive for music education."

Louie Moses

Fast Company Magazine has called Louie the poster child for creativity in Arizona. His ad agency, Moses Anshell, has won more creative awards than any other agency in the state including Emmys, Clios, London International Awards, Cannes Ad Festival, New York Art Director Club and Addys. Moses Anshell handles national clients such as Nintendo of America, US Airways, Ubisoft, Shutters On The Beach and the Arizona Office of Tourism.

Louie has been a musician since the age of 12 and continues to play drums in his own garage band called Random Karma.

"Music is one of the most important things in my life." Louie says. " As an artist and musician I've been able to make a living doing what I love. Music is a big part of our commercials because it makes such a strong emotional connection with people. I believe that children who play an instrument learn more than just a tune; they learn how to communicate emotionally. That human connection makes them happier people."

Jackie Thrasher
Jackie is the band and orchestra director at Lookout Mountain Elementary School in Phoenix, teaching in the Washington School District for 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Arizona State University and is a former Arizona State Representative. Jackie’s awards include the 2008 Arts Heroes Award, Arizona Action for the Arts; 2008 Friend of Education Award, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International; 2007 Legislative Partner Award, Arizona Business and Education Coalition; and 2001 Lamp of Learning Award, Washington Elementary School District. John Siceloff and Jason Maloney also featured her in Your America, Democracy’s Local Heroes. These inspiring stories include Mrs. Thrasher’s journey from teacher to legislator.

Jackie serves on the board of Ear Candy Charity, Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts and the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names. Jackie and her husband John are the proud parents of two grown children, Jessica and Jason.

Greg White
Greg, a Phoenix native, owes a lot of his music prowess to his grade school music teacher who let him take a bass guitar home in the 8th grade to learn it. Never looking back, Greg now anchors the rhythm section of indie rock band, Random Karma, with fellow Ear Candy Board member, Louie Moses.

By day, Greg is a pediatric orthopedic and spinal deformity surgeon at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and has been voted a Phoenix Magazine “Top Doc” the last five years.

Nate Anderson
Nate is the authentically over-flowing Founder and President of Ear Candy. His passion to share music is uncanny, unstoppable and contagious. He is a dreamer, a visionary and a man of action. Nate is perpetually inspired by children, dedicated emerging artists, and Dave Matthews Band. He's currently learning bass guitar and lives in the Phoenix area with his giant puppy Isha, the Ear Candy mascot. When he's not giving music to children, he's typically exploding at a live music concert or festival somewhere in the world!!!

Alisa Clyne
Alisa has surrounded herself with music her whole life. A mother of three kids and wife to a touring professional musician, Roger Clyne, Alisa has always found herself dancing to music while others create it. “There is no such thing as ?enough music.’ People need the emotions, healing power, mind expansion, workout soundtracks, etc. that music brings. There is no end to the thirst for music by the human soul. So why should we limit music education to all those creative little minds that are growing and expanding and soaring to bigger heights better when music is in their lives and schools? The mission of Ear Candy is vital and I am excited and honored to help.”

Michael Bucci
Michael is the managing partner of Bucci Entertainment Group, L.L.C. Bucci Entertainment Group is focused in film and television production, artist management and facilitates many varied business-to-business endeavors within the film, television and music industries. Michael is the proud father of three children, David, Dan and Carina and in addition to his passions of film and music; he enjoys many sports including baseball (Red Sox!), football (Patriots!) and ice hockey (Bruins!). Probably easy to tell he was raised in New England, eh? Before Ear Candy, he has served on many business and charity boards including the American Cancer Society and the Boys and Girls Club of Metro-Phoenix.

Neal Bookspan
Neal is an attorney at Jaburg/Wilk. He helps businesses and their owners manage their legal risks, whether through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution or litigation. Neal has lived in the Phoenix area for most of his life and it is where his love of music started, including music lessons. Though he won't go out on a limb and say he is a musician, he plays instruments and is continually instilling his love of music in his children, two of whom are young musicians, as well as his friends and family. When not working Neal can be found with having fun with his family or seeing live music. The Ear Candy message is important to Neal, who believes in exposing children to music and instruments early on as part of a well rounded education.
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