MFH Board of Directors
MFH Board of Directors:
Current MFH Board members.

Barry Adelman
Barry Adelman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1949. His involvement with music began when he started taking guitar lessons at the age of 12. He stopped however (within 6 months), in favor of playing sports. He became a starting player on his high school (New Utrecht) basketball team. Upon graduation from high school he wanted to refocus his energy from sports to an activity he could do throughout his life, even into old age. He chose music and began taking flute lessons. After graduation from college (University of Michigan) he began taking classical and flamenco guitar lessons while continuing to play flute. Eventually he began writing songs. He has donated the use of his original compositions to Music for Humanity.

Barry is also a successful businessman; he is the owner of 2 retail clothing/footwear stores in Chester and East Hampton NY ( He is also a marketing consultant for other businesses, He resides in Walker Valley, NY.

Johnny Karas
Board Member

Johnny Karas, originally from Buffalo, New York, is the lead vocalist and tenor saxophonist for the Grammy Award winning Jimmy Sturr Band. Johnny has regaled audiences with his virtuosity for over forty years. His intensity, versatility and creativity on the tenor sax have resulted in most observers describing him as one of, if not the best saxophonist ever in the polka field. His unique vocal styling and phrasing have afforded him the recognition of being one of the finest vocalists in the industry. Bobby Vinton has called Johnny the "heart and soul" of the Jimmy Sturr Band. His performances are a trademark of the Jimmy Sturr Band.

John has performed and recorded with Bobby Vinton, Willie Nelson, The Oakridge Boys, Bill Anderson, Mel Tillis, Myron Floren, and the legendary Boots Randolph. He has appeared in numerous videos as well as nationally televised shows and at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Grand Ole Opry. Johnny was inducted into the International Polka Association's Hall of Fame located in Chicago in 2001. In 2002 while performing in Buffalo, Johnny was presented with resolutions acknowledging his contributions and commitment to music and the Polish-American Community. The Buffalo City Council and Erie County Legislature named October 13th as Johnny Karas Day. He is also a consultant with Quest Financial Services in Goshen, New York.

Past Board Members:

Kurt Irmiter

Kurt grew up in Clemson , SC. When he was about 10 years old, he met a man his Dad was purchasing a travel trailer from. For some reason Kurt found this man interesting, liked something about him and asked his Dad what the man did. Kurt's Dad said "he owns several businesses, he is a real entrepreneur." Kurt told his Dad, "That's what I want to be!". Kurt's first entrepreneurial effort was a lawn cutting business at age 12, forty something years later, he has owned and operated an entertainment booking agency, video taping service, festival food concession, college corner bar, and an ice cream/sandwich shop.

Kurt currently co-owns Festival Network Online. Along the way Kurt managed a movie theater, delivered and sold news papers, pumped gas, picked peaches, was an insurance claims adjuster, boarded horses, ran a ball park concession and managed his singer/comedian brother, Kier. A music lover from his early teen years singing with his brothers and playing drums in garage bands through working in the music business for 15+ years, Kurt still loves music. He has a BS in Financial Management from Clemson University and he and his wife Connie have lived in Asheville, NC for 18 years.  Kurt plans to be an entrepreneur the rest of his life.

Robin Rabii
Board Member

Robin Rabii's love of music and musicians began at an early age. Growing up one block away from the St. Albans, New York homes of James Brown (the "Godfather of Soul"), Count Basie and Brook Benton, his parents introduced him to an eclectic mix of calypso, classical, pop, gospel, opera and R & B.  This blend of sounds, beats and harmonies paved the way to his appreciation of music from all corners, cultures and countries. At 8, he started playing drums, and at age 10, guitar lessons. In college, it was the electric bass and after graduation, it was the banjo.

Earning a Masters in Public Administration from Stony Brook University, and then becoming their Director of Human Resources and Payroll Administration for 11 years, delayed, but did not damper his passion for music. He returned to his "roots" and with his brother, son, daughter, nephews and cousin, started the Drummers, a unique all-drum band that plays instrumental compositions to ignite the flames of harmony in the hearts of humanity.

Currently, Robin is the Director of the New York State Payroll. In this capacity, he provides oversight and direction of the organization that is responsible for making the salary payments to over 250,000 employees of the New York State Government.

Robin is also a small business owner; he is co-owner of Riverview Laundromat & Car Wash in Narrowsburg, NY.

He resides in Lake Huntington, NY with his family.