Board of Directors
Peter Ashton, Chair
Peter Ashton, Acton, is semi-retired and the former President of Innovation and Information Consultants, Inc., an economics and management consulting firm he co-founded over 30 years ago. As President he testified before the U.S. Senate, Federal, State, and Tax courts on economic issues related to gasoline and crude oil pricing. Peter holds an A.B. in economics and government from Colby College and a Master’s in economics and business from Columbia University. In addition to his professional career, he served as a Selectman in Acton for 9 years, and was Chair of the Open Space Committee, Community Preservation Committee, and Senior Tax Relief Committee, and was Co-Chair of the Regionalization School Study Committee. Peter has also served as Treasurer and a Board member of several non-profit organizations, including Change Better, Infant-Toddler Children’s Center, Acton-Boxborough United Way, and Cambridgeport Children’s Center.
“I am thrilled to be a member of the Indian Hill Music Board as it offers me an opportunity to contribute to an exciting and vibrant organization that provides music to a diverse and appreciative community. I truly believe in the transformative power of music, and the exciting prospect of our Groton project which will bring world class music performance and education to central Massachusetts and far beyond is as I have said often, a once in a millennium opportunity. It is truly a privilege to be part of this organization.”
Simon Jones, Vice-Chair
Simon Jones, Harvard, is President and CEO at Regenacy Pharmaceuticals, a startup biotech company in Boston, resulting from the successful acquisition of his prior company Acetylon Pharmaceuticals. He is responsible for corporate operations in developing novel therapies in areas of high unmet medical need, defining corporate strategy, and establishing business partnerships. Simon holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry from King’s College, University of London. He moved to the Boston area in the 80s to pursue his career in the biological sciences, initially at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and subsequently, at various biotech companies. His philanthropic activities focus in the areas of conservation, social support services and cultural activities. His love of music, in particular the classical genre, stems from his father’s pivotal influence, and is shared by his partner Richard.
“Indian Hill Music’s mission checks all the right boxes for my personal beliefs and values! They have a unique blend of musical activities through performance, teaching and, most importantly, giving back to those that need most in the community. Indian Hill’s passion, vitality and dedication to music in all its forms, is simply amazing.”
Jonathan Panek, Treasurer
“Through music, Indian Hill welcomes and nurtures our emotional, associative, non-linear and intuitive selves: our fundamental human-ness. Music is a universal language that connects human beings by bypassing our logic centers and speaking directly to our hearts and souls. It is a language I have been learning all my life and want to share with the world.”
Phil Francisco, Clerk
“As a child, I played in the fields surrounding Indian Hill in Groton. Our farm was located on Peabody Street, and my attachment to the area runs deep. It is a wonderful to see such a beautiful facility being built on a piece of ground I loved so much. I feel as though I am coming home again.”
“As a true neighbor to the new Indian Hill Music site, I am thrilled to support the new directions of Indian Hill Music. I feel this is an amazing community asset and hope that I can be an advocate for the organization as an active member of the board and Groton community member.”
Jeffrey C. Fuhrer
Stephen J. Irish
Steve Irish is Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Enterprise Bank and Managing Director of Enterprise Wealth Management. Steve joined Enterprise in 1988 as one of the Bank’s first employees. Following military service with the U.S. Navy, Steve worked for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency-U.S. Treasury as a national bank examiner, followed by positions in consulting and information services at Arthur Andersen & Co., Briercroft Savings Association, BKW Systems, Inc. and First Bank. Steve previously was a member of the adjunct faculty of the Operations and Information Systems Management Department of the Manning School of Business at UMASS-Lowell. He received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine, his M.S. in Management Information from the University of Arizona, and was a fall 2010 participant in Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. Steve also serves on the boards of the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The Lowell Humane Society, and Operation Delta Dog.
“I take pride in serving on the Board of Indian Hill Music. The power of music to enhance life is undeniable. Indian Hill Music brings that power to some many lives in so many different ways, unlike any other organization I know.”
“When we moved to Groton 10 years ago, friends introduced us to Indian Hill Music. After attending concerts, signing up for lessons and learning more about Indian Hill’s outreach efforts, I quickly became impressed by how many ways we make music accessible to everyone. Making Music, Creating Community is more than a slogan for this great organization – it’s a mission that Indian Hill Music lives out every day.”
“I choose to serve on the board of IHM because it is a mission-driven non-profit organization that supports musicians and music performance, creates meaningful learning opportunities for students of all ages and talents, and provides the community with access to a broad and diverse range of musical experiences.”
Robert E. Anderson, Honorary Director
Bob Anderson, Groton, is a Past Board Chair of Indian Hill Music. A former CEO of GenRad, Inc. and a former Director of LeCroy Corp., he co-founded a startup electronics company, and for over 25 years has been a director or advisor to multiple startups and emerging companies. His B.S. degrees in E.E. and Industrial Management are from MIT. Bob has an avid interest in classical music and is a piano jazz student at Indian Hill Music. He and his wife Judy have lived in Groton for 28 years.
“It has been a pleasure to serve on the Board to help Indian Hill Music grow into a premiere organization providing outstanding professional performances, teaching music skills to thousands of adults and children, and donating both to underserved communities.”
Ralph G. Brown, Honorary Director
David Moulton, Honorary Director
David Moulton, Groton, is a Past Board Chair of Indian Hill Music. A retired educator and musician who specialized in music production, acoustics, and loudspeaker design, he holds degrees from Bard College and the Juilliard School of Music. Dave chaired audio programs at the State University of New York and Berklee College of Music. He also helped to invent Acoustic Lens Technology (ALT) for loudspeakers, which was sold to audio firm Bang & Olufsen, and featured on the cover of Time Magazine and adopted by automakers Audi, Aston-Martin, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. He created Golden Ears (ear-training for audio engineers) and the textbook Total Recording. He has also written for Recording Magazine and TV Technology magazine. In 2000, Dave was nominated for a Grammy Award and in 2014 was made a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society. He has taught at numerous colleges and served as a trustee/director for several institutions. In retirement, he has become active in natural music and landscape art.
“Music took over my life at about age 13, when I discovered the recordings of Count Basie. I have since learned more about life, love, health and joy from music than from any other subject. Indian Hill Music has been a wonderful place to devote my energies since I came to Groton in the 1980s, and I have been honored to serve, however I can, ever since.”