Ravinia Festival Administration

Executive Management

Jeffrey P. Haydon, President & CEO
Marin Alsop, Chief Conductor
Jennifer Butler, Director, Ticket Operations
Dylan Commeret, Director, Development & Knowledge Management
Russell Jenkins, Director, Data Analytics & Research
James Laing, Chief Technology Officer
Peggy Papaioannou, Chief Financial Officer
Marilyn Salazar, Director, Human Resources
James Schmitz, Director, Park Operations, Facilities & Grounds
Blake Smith, Chief Brand, Marketing & Communications Officer
Erik Soderstrom, Senior Artistic Producer
Christine Taylor Conda, Director, Reach Teach Play Education Programs
Alejandra Valarino Boyer, Director, Ravinia Steans Music Institute
Greg Walters, Chief Development Officer


Nick Panfil, Associate Director, Editorial Content
Chris Anderson, Lead Graphic Designer
Patrick Gipson, Manager, Video and Photography
Jasminne Hernandez, Manager, Public Relations
Michelle Ricolcol, Manager, Marketing
David Rodriguez, Manager, Interactive Communications
Kyle Dunleavy, Video Producer
CJ Jarmuth, Graphic Designer

Data Analytics & Research

Pedro de Jesus, Associate Director, DE&I


Stephanie Borash, Associate Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Lisa Connolly, Associate Director, Major Gifts
Marie Roth, Associate Director, Women’s Board & Ravinia Associates Operations
Luciana Bonifazi, Manager, Donor Relations and Operations
Julie Morrone, Manager, Golf Outing & Development Events
Sue Schory, Manager, Corporate Relations
Sara Swain, Manager, Foundation & Government Relations
Calvin Tindall, Manager, Major Gifts
Morgan Ulyat, Manager, Women’s Board & Ravinia Associates Operations
Heath Warren, Manager, Annual Fund Campaign
Queenie Edwards, Coordinator, Auxiliary Boards
Tim Jans, Coordinator, Donor Records
Cami Wallace, Coordinator, Development


Sue Pateras, Associate Director
Betsy Jung, Staff Accountant

Information Technology

Eric Wettstein, Manager, Software Development
Connor Barker, Software Developer
Josh Kohn, Technical Support Specialist



Denise Burghardt, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Susan Ferdon, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Artistic Planning and Production

Hinano Ishii, Artistic Producer
Heather Haigh, Operations Manager, Artistic and Production

Facilities, Park, Grounds, and Security

Jorge Cisneros, Manager, Grounds & Custodial Service
David Fermaint, Manager, Emergency Operations
Cory Johnston, Manager, Maintenance Services
Larry Meyer, Manager, Facilities
Mark Pearlman, Manager, Ravinia Music Box Operations
Steve Siegel, Manager, Facilities Event Operations
Devon Bates, Asst. Manager, Facilities Event Operations
Kim Gisborne, Maintenance Technician
Gerardo Leyva, Foreman, Grounds
Brian Vazquez, Assistant Maintenance Technician
Joel Vergara, Foreman, Custodial Services

Stage Technicians

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

Ravinia Steans Music Institute (RSMI)

Billy Childs, Co-Program Director, Jazz
Rufus Reid, Co-Program Director, Jazz
Steve Wilson, Co-Program Director, Jazz
Miriam Fried, Program Director, Piano & Strings
Kevin Murphy, Program Director, Singers
Arielle Basile, Asst. Director

Reach Teach Play® Education Programs

Isaac Sinnett, Senior Associate Director
Luciano Pedota, Associate Director
Madelyn Tan-Cohen, Associate Director
Kathleen Lewis-Foley, Operations Manager
Arlette Dávila, Site Manager, Sistema Ravinia Lake County
Alex Rodriguez, Site Manager, Sistema Ravinia Austin
Kelly Suthers, Site Manager, Ravinia Lawndale Programs
Jo Ann Flores-Deter, Assistant Site Manager, Sistema Ravinia Lake Country
Haley Smith, Assistant Site Manager, Ravinia Lawndale Programs
Claudia Ferme, Site Coordinator, Sistema Ravinia Lake County
Lenora Green, Site Coordinator, Ravinia Lawndale Programs

Ticket Operations

Duncan Moss, Associate Director
Daniel Sawyers, Manager
Caitlin Schnecke, Coordinator, Systems Support
Rennie Cotner, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Brandon Mundschenk, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Carrie Pollard, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Adrianna Rajwa, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Brett Wagner, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Taylor Waldrop, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Breanna Waugh, Senior Supervisor, Box Office


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