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UNI Suzuki Association

The UNI Suzuki Association is a non-profit corporation established to support the UNI Suzuki School.  Members of the association's governing board are parents and other interested adults who are charged with the responsibility supporting the school by serving as an advisory board for setting policy and charting the course for the future as well as coordinating volunteers and raising funds.  This is a working board, and many helping hands are needed for communication, hospitality, etc.   Your participation and interest are needed and your ideas are welcomed.  The UNI Suzuki School is an organization which believes parents need to have, and should have, a say in their children's education.  

Parents interested in serving on the board should contact the current board president, their teacher or the Suzuki Director or Coordinator.

Current officers are:  (to meet current board members or for their contact information, scroll down)

•Gowri Gulwadi, president

•Tamara McKenzie, vice president

•Jennifer Christiason, secretary

•Sharon Mord, treasurer

Board members have assisted with:

•redesigning the registration procedures

•helping with play-ins and other special performances

•assisting with workshops and master classes

• hosting parent meetings

•planning the family ice cream social and talent show

•organizing volunteers

•updating the UNI Suzuki School Handbook

•donations to the Streed Memorial Library

•participating in summer civic events

•working to get media coverage of our events

•contacting parents to help with treats at all of our events

•fund raising-Because fees do not cover all operating and financial aid expenses during the year, a special fund raising committee organizes several events during the year. The proceeds benefit everyone and enhance the quality of our program.  The committee welcomes your ideas and suggestions.


Gowri Gulwadi and her family are fortunate to be associated with the Suzuki School. Her daughter is a violinist and her son plays the cello. Through their experiences, her family relives their own musical memories rooted in India, and rejoice that music has no boundaries.

Tamara McKenzie is mom to Rebecca, who began the Suzuki School in the 3rd grade.  She joined the board last year and has enjoyed getting to know the other parents in the program.  She continues to be delighted with the quality and variety of musical instruction provided by the program. 



Jennifer Christiason is mom of two current Suzuki students, violinist Ben (12th Gr.) and cellist Lars (9th Gr.).  Jen is a nurse working for Allen College & loves to run, read fiction, watch Netflix and connect with friends.  Jen says, “Suzuki has been with us through many life transitions and its music is a soothing language in our home.  Hang in there when your child balks at practice, and the running to and fro seems overwhelming - because I promise (the commitment of your time in this program) seeps in their soul, one day, one recital, one aha moment at a time & before you know it, they’re saying, ‘WOW - I get it!’  (...and maybe in a decade or two, they may actually even THANK YOU, ha!....)   Should you need a venting buddy or ask a question, we will be offering “Coffee/Tea & Treat Nights” periodically during the school year (during Group Lessons) to connect with interested parents to share the highs & lows!!  Stay tuned!!”


Lingyu Chai, was born in China.  She graduated from UNI Business Collage MBA program. She has been a Cedar Falls citizen for 15 years and likes living here a lot! She is married and has a daughter who is a violin student at the Suzuki School. I like reading, hiking and cooking.


Sharon Mord (along with her husband-- Jan) has three boys, the youngest of which is Andrew (9th grade at Peet), who is involved in the UNI Suzuki School and plays cello.  Sharon teaches at UNI in the Textile & Apparel program, is originally from Central Illinois, and is a farm girl at heart.


Meredith Christ can be found at Russell Hall more days than not each week.  Her three sons are all in the program-Ethan plays guitar, Alex cello, and Ben currently plays violin with the intent of switching to viola next year.  This is the family's fifth year at the Suzuki School.


Jan Nagle had two daughters in the Suzuki School starting in 1980, and now has a granddaughter in the school.  She works in their family-owned business, Nagle Signs, Inc. with her husband John and all three of her children.

President: Gowri Gulwadi

Vice President: Tamara McKenzie

Secretary: Jen Christiason

Treasurer: Sharon Mord

at large member: Jan Nagle  (t-shirts)

at large member: Meredith Christ

at large member: Lingyu Chai

at large member: to be announced 

UNI: Suzanne Bullard (UNI Suzuki School director)

UNI: Therese Fetter (UNI Suzuki School Artistic Advisor)

UNI: Julia Bullard (UNI School of Music liaison)

UNI: Cathy Craig (UNI Suzuki School coordinator)











Gowri Gulwadi

phone: 319-553-9363


Vice President

Tamara McKenzie




Jen Christiason

phone:  319-268-1194



Sharon Mord

phone:  319-231-5566


at large member:

Jan Nagle  (t-shirts)

phone: 319-233-7514 (wk)


at large member:

Meredith Christ



at large member:

Lingyu Chai

phone:  319-290-0325


at large member:

to be announced




Suzanne Bullard (UNI Suzuki School director)

phone:  319-273-2548



Therese Fetter (UNI Suzuki School Artistic Advisor)

phone: 319-273-6113


Julia Bullard (UNI School of Music liaison)

phone: 319-273-4723 or 319-273-3074



Cathy Craig (UNI Suzuki School coordinator)

phone: 273-2508 (Tues & Thurs afternoons) 266-9283 (home)