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Board of Directors

Founder, President and Treasurer Jannie Spain Vice President Jim Mirel Vice President Paul Klinger Vice President of Publicity Catherine Herrod Secretary Joanna Goodman

Michael J. Owen (1969 - 2012)

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Michael J. Owen

Michael J. Owen was a close family friend of MJOMEF founder Jannie Spain.  His sudden death in 2012 at age 43, and his passion for music inspired Jannie to start MJOMEF.  Michael’s family has provided major financial support to the organization. Michael was a gifted instrumentalist (cello and guitar) and talented vocalist.  MJOMEF was founded both to honor Michael and his quiet, but deep passion for music and to help foster greater interest in instrumental music among under-served students in Seattle elementary schools. Michael opted to live a rather simple life with music at the center of it.  Although he certainly was fun-loving, Michael was also a serious student and performer of diverse musical forms.   After graduating from Roosevelt High School, Michael (Mo to his friends) studied voice at North Seattle Community College.  He was both a soloist in a church choir and lead singer guitarist in a local heavy metal band. The goal of MJOMEF is to help ensure that all children, and especially those attending elementary schools with a high portion of low-income families, have a rich opportunity for music-making so, like Michael, they can enjoy music throughout their lives.

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Michael J. Owen