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Basically Beethoven Board of Directors

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Basically Beethoven's Board of Directors is an all-volunteer board of experts in business, finance, and the arts. 

* If you are interested in learning about becoming a Basically Beethoven board member, please contact Executive Director Morgan Vaughan

Board President

Cindy Karm

Board President Cindy Karm is an attorney who practices construction and general business law at Cutler-Smith, P.C. She received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and juris doctor from SMU Dedman School of Law. She comes from a musical family and currently performs with Concert Bells of Fort Worth, an auditioned, community handbell choir, and also serves as member of the board of directors. Although she received 10 years of formal piano lessons in her youth, she apparently can no longer play well enough to entertain her two cats, who scurry under the bed at the sound of the first note!

Board Treasurer

Daniel Stampfel

Board Treasurer Daniel Stampfel is a Senior Vice President at U.S. Bank and has over 25 years of corporate banking experience. He has been dedicated to the music communities of Dallas and New York for over 30 years as a singer, songwriter, saxophonist, and guitarist. Stampfel was the founding member and songwriter of the bands: The Skastarians, The Inevitable Breakups, and At The Moment. He appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien with the Skastafarians as the winner of their 10th Annual Best College Band Search. Stampfel enjoys collaborating with other musicians and has appeared on recordings for Screamin’ Rebel Angels, Marco With Love, Brett Boyett, Aurelio Valle, Tremolo Bones, and The Cosmetics. Stampfel has a BBA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. 


He currently resides in the Historic District of McKinney, TX with his wife and son. He enjoys being active in the local community with his family.

Board Secretary

John Corrigan

John Corrigan is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal, LLC. John is a member of the Energy Practice, and has over 20 years experience consulting to energy and utility companies.  John’s expertise is in corporate, business unit and energy market strategies, he also supports clients in cost and performance management. John has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Board Director

Winston Fant

As Head of Commercial Real Estate Treasury Services, Winston Fant leads JPMorgan Chase’s focus on optimizing and executing real estate companies’ payments and liquidity strategies across the globe. Since joining in 2017, Winston developed JPMorgan Chase’s coverage and capabilities to provide world class solutions and service for the real estate industry. He was awarded the Commercial Real Estate Tech Influencer of the Year award by GlobeSt in 2022.
Winston graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He holds the Certified Treasury Professional designation and received GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum’s Diversity Champion award in 2021 for advocating for women and diversity in the real estate industry.
Winston lives in Plano, Texas with his wife and two children. While he loves music, it became apparent when attempting to play the piano and trombone at an early age that Winston’s musical ability would not develop much past the third grade level. Though he does not play, Winston found his early exposure to classical music foundational to his appreciation of it today, and is a strong proponent of access for everyone (whether or not their talents develop past the third grade).

Board Director

Patricio Gallo

Patricio Gallo is a Project Manager at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), where he works in the Planning Department. His division is in charge of managing data and providing detailed ridership reports; using Geographic Information Systems in conjunction with Census and employment data to perform geographical analysis for the planning process and adjusting DART’s transportation system. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Advertising from Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial in Quito, Ecuador, and a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been involved in the musical education of his kids for the last 18 years in a household where music and the arts play a substantial role.

Board Director

Barbara Sypult

Ms. Barbara Sypult moved to Dallas in 1968 following her husband's completion of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Actively involved in the community, and a notable arts patron, Ms. Sypult has served many nonprofit organizations as President / Board member. She enjoys working with young people and enhancing the arts experience in Dallas. In addition to her role with the Fine Arts Chamber Players, her roster of current board involvement includes: Dallas Symphony Orchestra, A.W.A.R.E., Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, University of Texas - Dallas, Meadows School of the Arts - SMU, among others. She is also a tennis player, gardener, enjoys reading, knitting, and - most of all - being a grandmother, enjoying times with her husband of 58 years and her grandchildren.

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