Ravinia Festival Administration

Executive Office

Jeffrey P. Haydon, President & CEO
Denise Burghardt, 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 and Production
Hinano Ishii, Artistic Producer
Samantha Bittle, Production Coordinator, Classical
Lauren Covey, Asst. Production Coordinator
Eva Nyman, Asst. Production Coordinator
David Padula, Production Manager
Andrea Ruiz, Asst. Production Coordinator
Johnny Wright IV, Asst. Production Manager


Bill Alevizos, Manager, Retail Operations
Chris Anderson, Lead Graphic Designer
Sunny Muehleman Blashe, Manager, Social Media
Kyle Dunleavy, Video Producer
Patrick Gipson, Manager, Video and Photography
Jasminne Hernandez, Manager, Public Relations
CJ Jarmuth, Graphic Designer
Martin Oliver, Associate Director, Retail Operations
Nick Panfil, Associate Director, Editorial Content
Michelle Ricolcol, Manager, Marketing
David Rodriguez, Manager, Interactive Communications

Data Analytics & Research

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


Greg Walters, Chief Development Officer
Luciana BonifaziManager, Donor Relations and Operations
Stephanie Borash, Associate Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Dylan Commeret, Director, Development & Knowledge Management
Lisa Connolly, Associate Director, Major Gifts
Queenie Edwards, Coordinator, Auxiliary Boards
Tim Jans, Coordinator, Donor Records
Julie Morrone, Manager, Golf Outing & Development Events
Marie Roth, Associate Director, Auxiliary Boards
Sue Schory, Manager, Corporate Relations
Sara Swain, Manager, Foundation & Government Relations
Calvin (CJ) Tindall, Manager, Major Gifts
Morgan Ulyat, Manager, Women’s Board & Associates Board Operations
Cami Wallace, Coordinator, Development
Heath Warren, Manager, Annual Fund Campaign

Finance & Human Resources

Peggy Papaioannou, Chief Financial Officer
Marilyn Salazar, Director, Human Resources
Gigi D’Artagnan, Accounting Coordinator
Betsy Jung, Senior Accountant
Sue Pateras, Associate Director, Finance

Information Technology

Gina Ehrlich, Chief Information Officer
Connor Barker, Software Developer
Josh Kohn, Technical Support Specialist
Eric Wettstein, Manager, Software Development

Park Operations and Security

James Schmitz, Director, Park Operations, Facilities & Grounds
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
Larry Meyer, Manager, Facilities
Mark Pearlman, Manager, Ravinia Music Box Operations
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
Steve Gianni, Lead Video Technician
Scott Lamberty, Lead Audio Technician
Amanda Schleich, Asst. Video Technician
Dorothy Shrader, Artistic Coordinator
Hana Takemoto, Operations & Artistic Coordinator

Reach Teach Play® Education Programs

Christine Taylor Conda, Director
Adilene Alday, Site Coordinator, Sistema Ravinia Lake County
Arlette Dávila, Operations Manager
Jo Ann Flores-Deter, Asst. Site Manager, Sistema Ravinia Lake County
Lenora Green, Site Coordinator, Ravinia Lawndale Programs
Luciano Pedota, Associate Director
Alex Rodriguez, Site Manager, Sistema Ravinia Austin
Isaac Sinnett, Senior Associate Director
Haley Smith, Asst. Site Manager, Ravinia Lawndale Programs
Kelly Suthers, Site Manager, Ravinia Lawndale Programs
Madelyn Tan-Cohen, Associate Director

Ticket Operations

Jennifer Butler, Director
Duncan Moss, Associate Director
Daniel Sawyers, Manager
Caitlin Schnecke, Coordinator, Systems Support
Ashley Benson, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
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

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
Kevin Murphy, Director, RSMI Program for Singers
Rufus Reid, Co-Director, RSMI Program for Jazz
Steve Wilson, Co-Director, RSMI Program for Jazz


Bold denotes Leadership Team member