Ravinia Festival Administration

Executive Management

Welz Kauffman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Jamie Laing, Director, Information Technology
Shari Massey, Director, Finance
Leslie Muir, Director, Human Resources
Nick Pullia, Director, Communications
Anthony Roberts, Director, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute
James Schmitz, Director, Park Operations, Facilities & Grounds
Christine Taylor, Director, Reach*Teach*Play Education Programs
Greg Walters, Director, Development
Angus Watson, Director, Ticket Operations


Mindy Moore, Director, Group Events & Dining Services
Russell Jenkins, Senior Associate Director, Advertising & Creative
Trish Dolan, Associate Director, Retail Operations
Pedro de Jesus, Manager, Press & Social Media
Patrick Gipson, Manager, Video & Photography
Nick Panfil, Manager, Publications
David Rodriguez, Manager, Interactive Communications
Kyle Dunleavy, Video Producer
Ashley Kresser, Assistant Manager, Retail Operations
Alexandra Pikeas, Graphic Designer
Allie Brightwell, Coordinator


Stephanie Borash, Associate Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Dylan Commeret, Associate Director, Programs & Operations
Mercedes Rohlfs, Associate Director, Major Gifts
Melissa Beringer, Manager, Corporate Relations
Deanna Braun, Manager, Annual Fund Campaign
Lisa Connolly, Manager, Major Gifts
Heather Nash, Manager, Foundation & Government Relations
Mark Pearlman, Manager, Associates Board Operations
Marie Roth, Manager, Women’s Board Operations
Mary Butler, Coordinator, Donor Services
Jennifer Loiacono, Coordinator, Donor Records


Sue Pateras, Associate Director
Kendra Stevens, Payroll & Benefits Manager
Kevin Fishbein, Staff Accountant
Michelle Bringham, Accounting Coordinator

Information Technology

Preston Carter, Systems Administrator
Kurt McClintock, Network & Database Administration


Artistic Administration and Production

Erik Soderstrom, Artistic Producer, Operations & Budgets
Stephen R. Smoot, Artistic Producer
Madison Cottingham, Artist Services Manager
Denise Burghardt, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Macaulay Thomas, Reception and Administrative Assistant
Laura Skolnik, Production Manager
Heather Haigh, Production Coordinator
Christine Wagner, Production Coordinator
Elise Hausken, Assistant to the Production Manager
Megan Wheeler, Production Administrator
Aileen MacDonald, Assistant Production Coordinator

Facilities, Park, Grounds, and Security

Larry Meyer, Facilities Manager
Jim Ryan, Facilities Administration Manager
Brian Fenton, Assistant Facilities Manager
Maria Gomez, Housekeeping Supervisor
Robert Fox, Housekeeper
Kim Martin, Housekeeper
Jorge Cisneros, Grounds Manager
Joel Vergara, Grounds Foreman
Anthony Bilbao, Maintenance Technician
Cory Johnston, Maintenance Technician

Stage Technicians

Mike Robinson, Technical Director
Sam Amodeo Jr., Master Sound Technician
Norman Krueger, Front of House Engineer
William Grzejka, Master Electrician
Craig Carlson, Technical Advisor
Michael Lorentz, Video Director

Ravinia's Steans Music Institute (RSMI)

Miriam Fried, Program Director, Piano & Strings
Kevin Murphy, Program Director, Singers
Molly Sender, Operations Manager

REACH*TEACH*PLAY Education Programs

Luciano Pedota, Project Manager
Isaac Sinnett, Project Manager
Madelyn Tan-Cohen, Project Manager
Jessie Connor, Sistema Ravinia Nucleo Manager
Kathleen Lewis, Coordinator

Ticket Operations

Jennifer Butler, Associate Director
Duncan Moss, Manager
Carrie Pollard, Supervisor, 
Box Office & Phone Sales


Perkins Coie, Attorneys
Plante Moran, Auditors
Cambridge Associates, Investments
Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Digital Strategies
Lois Cohn, National Press Representative
Maria Gac, Guest Services
Ramsey Lewis, Artistic Director, Jazz at Ravinia
Penny Tyler, Coordinator, Jazz at Ravinia
The Medical Program for Performing Artists of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago *
Volunteer Physicians of Highland Park Hospital *
* Pro Bono