Carder grew up in a musical piano industry family. His father and mother have spent their lives in the piano education industry. His experience consists in piano manufacturer relationships, piano consulting, piano logistics, warehousing and service.
As Executive Director, he manages the day to day operation of the organization, including developing relationships with potential grantees, administration, marketing, and piano loan programs.
Mr. England has 48 years of experience in the piano industry with extensive relationships with global piano manufacturers. He consults with public and private schools, universities, and many other musical venues on a regular basis. In 1976, he founded one of the Metro Atlanta Music Teachers organizations (Gwinnett County Music Teachers Association). He has served several other Music Teachers Associations over the years. He truly fits his position on the Board of Directors given his passion for what piano lessons and playing the piano has meant to his life. When he speaks to various groups, his personal piano story is quiet amazing and impressive. He has played piano since age 8 and still enjoys what playing the piano continues to contributes to his life.
Mr. England duties as President includes overseeing the direction of the organization, developing and maintaining relationships with potential donors and grantee organizations.
Ian Hebel, MBA
Ian Hebel is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business with a masters in management and marketing. From the piano in the living room to the many guitars on display throughout his childhood home, music has been heavily involved throughout Ian’s life. His experience in business management and marketing provide great value to the board of directors. He currently is the director of planning and merchandising at MSI.
Elena Dorozhkina, DMA
Dr. Elena Dorozhkina has graduated from the renowned Saint-Petersburg State Music Conservatory named after N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov, Russia, with degrees in piano performance, collaborative piano, and piano pedagogy, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas, USA.
Elena has performed solo and collaborative recitals in concert halls throughout the United States, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, and Ukraine. Elena won prizes in a number of International Piano Competitions in the US and abroad.
Most recently, Dr. Dorozhkina served as a director and piano instructor at the Music Preparatory School at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA, piano instructor at Atlanta International School, Atlanta, GA, and Chair of Atlanta Piano Festival. Currently, Elena is a President of Atlanta Music Teachers Association.
Jeffery Funderburk, EdS
Jeff Funderburk is the former director of choral activities at the DeKalb School of the Arts in Atlanta, GA, having retired in 2020. He is also currently on the Board of Directors for the DeKalb School of the Arts Foundation. Jeff is a graduate of Auburn University receiving the degrees of Bachelor of Music Education, the Master’s in Education, and the Education Specialist degree. Jeff has been very involved with the Georgia Music Educators Association having served as Vice-President for Evaluations, State Choral Chair, District Choral Chair, District Treasurer, and organizer for All-State Chorus.
He has served in churches for over 40 years in the roles of music director, organist or combination organist/music director. He is currently the Organist/Music Director at Columbia Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia.
Mr. Funderburk began piano lessons at the age of 8 and knows how important the role of music is in the development of the total person. He has advocated piano education his entire career and believes that you are never too old to start!