Our Board


Lindsey Jarrett founded Music Across Borders with her husband, Nick Jarrett. Lindsey contributes in various ways to her family, her profession and to her community. For her family, she is committed to creating love, joy and laughter together each and every day. For her profession as a Researcher for a global healthcare IT company, she works to create an ecosystem where all people who consume and provide health care services are able to communicate efficiently with one another to improve health outcomes for all people. For her community, Lindsey is dedicated to facilitating the connection of people to the resources they need to get the lives they want. Lindsey’s vision for Music Across Borders is to create a community of music education as a means to freedom.

Nicholas “Nick” Jarrett has been a musician for over 30 years, starting violin at the age of four. He studied at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO. He later went on to study violin, piano, and voice at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music, and carried those instruments into his studio offerings. Nick is a private music teacher in the Kansas City metro area collaborating with area schools, music studios, musicians, teachers and individuals engaging in music programming.

Nick has chaired and adjudicated local competitions, led specialized clinics at area public schools and performs as a freelance musician for all types of events. As the Founder of Strings for Uganda, and now Music Across Borders, Nick is committed to creating opportunities for everyone to participate in music education. He believes that music education provides value not only as a career path, but also in the areas of self-expression, confidence and in building relationships.


Corby Garner serves as the President for Music Across Borders. While possessing no music talent of her own, Corby has always appreciated the joy that music can bring to people’s lives. After visiting St. Mary Kevin in the summer of 2016 and seeing how music lessons gave the students a sense of belonging and purpose, she returned with a desire to help continue to the work of Music Across Borders.

Vice President

Dave DeCecco is currently the Vice President and Fundraising Chair for Music Across Borders. He has worked with various non-profits throughout the United States in fundraising and operations. His passion for music comes from his time in the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and he holds a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Kansas.


Abby Judah serves as the Secretary for the Music Across Borders Board. Abby works as a staff attorney with Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s Economic Development Unit, partnering with Kansas City neighborhoods to remedy vacant, blighted homes and promote healthy communities. Before joining the legal profession, she studied voice at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, and still sings with the William Baker Festival Singers. As a life-long musician, she is excited to join this team to help more children gain access to music education.


Emily Gooden, CPA, serves as the Treasurer for Music Across Borders. She began her career in the Kansas City and Boston audit practice of KPMG and currently works as the Financial Reporting Director for a publicly traded community bank in Kansas City. Emily earned her Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from William Jewell College. She is a lover of music having studied violin and piano through her college years, and is excited to be a part of an organization that brings music education to communities local and abroad.

Additional Members

Pianist Maya Murthy is a member of the Music Across Borders Board. She earned her Masters degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music under Karen Kushner. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied privately with Henry Upper and Jean-Louis Haguenauer. Since graduating, she continues to perform as a soloist and as a chamber musician locally and internationally. Along with performing, Maya has served on the music faculties of Kansas City Kansas Community College and the Community School of the Arts through Kansas City Young Audiences. In her free time, Maya enjoys travel, basketball, running, and The Simpsons. She also has a keen interest in the welfare and ethical treatment of animals.
Bob Vaught is a member of the Music Across Borders Board. Bob  has had a lifelong love and appreciation for the arts and philanthropy. As a lover of the KC Symphony, Opera and arts scene Bob see the value that music brings to a society. Bob’s commitment to the children of our next generation is to help facilitate an interest in music and the arts.