Ravinia Festival Administration

Executive Office

Jeffrey P. Haydon, President & CEO
Kristen Caruso, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Susan Ferdon, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Artistic Planning and Production

Erik Soderstrom, Senior Artistic Producer
Heather Haigh, Operations Manager, Artistic, Production & Events
David Padula, Production Manager
Hinano Price, Artistic Producer
Maggie Walters, Artist Services Manager
Samantha Bittle, Production Coordinator
Denisse Marin, Asst. Production Coordinator
Eva Nyman, Asst. Production Coordinator
Samantha Sugrue, Asst. Production Coordinator
Johnny Wright IV, Asst. Production Manager


Elizabeth Fildes, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
Bill Alevizos, Manager, Retail Operations
Chris Anderson, Associate Creative Director, Art
Kyle Dunleavy, Creative Manager, Video & Motion
Patrick Gipson, Associate Creative Director, Photo and Video
Jasminne Hernandez, Manager, Public Relations
Maddi Hoth, Junior Graphic Designer
Drew Jaffe, Manager, Marketing & Promotions
CJ Jarmuth, Graphic Designer
Martin Oliver, Associate Director, Retail Operations
Nick Panfil, Associate Creative Director, Writing & Publications
Michelle Ricolcol, Associate Director, Marketing

Data Analytics & Research

Russell Jenkins, Director
Pedro de Jesus, Associate Director, DART and DE&I


Greg Walters, Chief Development Officer
Luciana Bonifazi, Associate Director, Campaigns
Stephanie Borash, Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Dylan Commeret, Director, Development
Lisa Connolly, Associate Director, Major Gifts
Erika Cutlip, Manager, Individual Giving
Queenie Edwards, Coordinator, Auxiliary Boards
Tim Jans, Manager, Donor Records & Relations
Julie Morrone, Manager, Golf Outing & Development Events
Marie Roth Olson, Associate Director, Auxiliary Boards
Sue Schory, Manager, Corporate Relations
Lydia Spettel, Manager, Donor Engagement
Sara Swain, Manager, Foundation & Government Relations
Calvin (CJ) Tindall, Manager, Major Gifts
Morgan Ulyat, Manager, Auxiliary Boards
Cami Wallace, Coordinator, Campaigns
Heath Warren, Manager, Annual Fund Campaign

Finance & Human Resources

Peggy Papaioannou, Chief Financial Officer
Marilyn Salazar, Director, Human Resources
Melissa Bruckman, Human Resources Coordinator and Payroll Specialist
Denise Burghardt, Finance Project Manager
Betsy Jung, Senior Accountant
Sue Pateras, Director, Finance

Information Technology

Gina Ehrlich, Chief Information Officer
Connor Barker, Software Developer
Josh Kohn, Desktop Support Administrator
Mark Pearlman, Manager, Project & Ravinia Music Box Operations
Eric Pierce, System Administrator
Eric Wettstein, Manager, Software Development

Park Operations and Security

James Schmitz, Director, Park Operations
Devon Bates, Asst. Manager, Facilities Event Operations
Jorge Cisneros, Manager, Grounds & Custodial Services
David Fermaint, Manager, Emergency Operations
Kim Gisborne, Maintenance Technician
Cory Johnston, Manager, Maintenance Services
Gerardo Leyva, Foreman, Grounds
Chris Mateos, Grounds Technician
Larry Meyer, Manager, Facilities
Mitzi Ochoa, Facilities Coordinator
Steve Siegel, Manager, Facilities Event Operations
Brian Vazquez, Asst. Maintenance Technician
Joel Vergara, Foreman, Custodial Services

Ravinia Steans Music Institute (RSMI)

Alejandra Valarino Boyer, Director
Arielle Basile, Asst. Director
Tracey Kaiser, Manager
Natalie Johnson, Coordinator
Acacia Steenberg, Coordinator

Reach Teach Play® Education Programs

Christine Taylor Conda, Director
John Buchanan, Project Manager
Arlette Dávila, Operations Manager
Jo Ann Flores-Deter, Site Manager, Sistema Ravinia Lake County
Skyelar Ginsberg, Administrative Coordinator
Gwen Goodman, Site Coordinator, Sistema Ravinia Lake County
Marti Kallenberger, Assistant Site Manager, Sistema Ravinia Austin
Elizabeth Love, Site Coordinator, Sistema Ravinia Lawndale
Shemeka Nash, Artistic Manager, Sistema Ravinia Austin & Lawndale
Norma Núñez-Ruch, Program Manager, Sistema Ravinia Lake County
David Padula, Project Manager
Raimundo Pineda, Artistic Manager, Sistema Ravinia Lake County
Alex Rodriguez, Program Manager, Sistema Ravinia Austin
Isaac Sinnett, Senior Associate Director
Haley Smith, Site Manager, Ravinia Lawndale Programs
Kelly Suthers, Program Manager, Ravinia Lawndale Programs
Madelyn Tan-Cohen, Associate Director
Nissim Torres, Site Coordinator, Sistema Ravinia Austin

Ticket Operations

Jennifer Butler, Director
Rennie Cotner, Manager, VIP Ticket Services
Duncan Moss, Interim Director and Senior Associate Director
Daniel Sawyers, Associate Director
Caitlin Schnecke, Manager, Systems Support
Ashley Benson, Senior Box Office Supervisor
Matt McNabb, Senior Box Office Supervisor
Lori Pease, Senior Box Office Supervisor
Carrie Pollard, Senior Box Office Supervisor
Brett Wagner, Senior Box Office Supervisor
Taylor Waldrop, Senior Box Office Supervisor
Breanna Waugh, Senior Box Office Supervisor

Stage Technicians (IATSE Local 2)

Tim Christenson, Technical Director
Sam Amodeo Jr., Master Sound Technician
Craig Carlson, Technical Advisor
William Grzejka, Master Electrician
Rob Laseau, Front of House Engineer
Michael Lorentz, Video Director
Michael Robinson, Technical Advisor


Arts, Etc. PR, Public Relations
Cambridge Associates, Investments
CrossRealms, Systems Administration
Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Digital Strategies
Maria Gac, Guest Services
Performance Media, Ravinia Magazine Advertising & Publishing
Perkins Coie, Attorneys
Plante Moran, Auditors
Todd E. Sullivan, Program Notes
The Medical Program for Performing Artists of the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (Pro Bono)
Volunteer Physicians of Highland Park Hospital (Pro Bono)

Artistic Partners

Marin Alsop, Chief Conductor
Billy Childs, Co-Director, RSMI Program for Jazz
Miriam Fried, Director, RSMI Program for Piano & Strings
Pat Mallinger, Lead Mentor, RTP Jazz Mentor Program
Kevin Murphy, Director, RSMI Program for Singers
Rufus Reid, Co-Director, RSMI Program for Jazz
George Stelluto, Associate Conductor
Steve Wilson, Co-Director, RSMI Program for Jazz

Bold denotes Leadership Team member