Ravinia Festival Administration

Executive Management

Welz Kauffman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Butler, Director, Ticket Operations
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


Mindy Moore, Director, Group Events & Dining Services
Russell Jenkins, Senior Associate Director of Communications
Trish Dolan, Associate Director, Retail Operations
Allie Brightwell, Media Manager
Pedro de Jesus, Manager, Client Services and Analytics
Patrick Gipson, Manager, Video & Photography
Nick Panfil, Manager, Publications
Alexandra Pikeas, Lead Graphic Designer
David Rodriguez, Manager, Interactive Communications
Chris Anderson, Graphic Designer
Kyle Dunleavy, Video Producer
Ashley Kresser, Assistant Manager, Retail Operations


Stephanie Borash, Associate Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Dylan Commeret, Associate Director, Programs & Operations
Mercedes Rohlfs, Associate Director, Major Gifts
Melissa Beringer, Manager, Corporate Relations
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
Cecilia Falter, Coordinator, Annual Fund Campaign
Jennifer Loiacono, Coordinator, Donor Records


Sue Pateras, Associate Director
Kendra Stevens, Payroll & Benefits Manager
Michelle Bringham, Accounting Coordinator

Information Technology

Preston Carter, Systems Administrator
Kurt McClintock, Network & Database Administration
Eric Wettstein, Software Developer


Artistic Administration and Production

Erik Soderstrom, Artistic Producer, Operations & Budgets
Stephen R. Smoot, Artistic Producer
Hinano Ishii, Artist Services Manager
Denise Burghardt, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Macaulay Thomas, Reception and Administrative Assistant
Elise Hausken, Production Manager
Heather Haigh, Production, Operations Manager
Christine Wagner, 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
Kim Martin, Housekeeper
Jorge Cisneros, Grounds Manager
Joel Vergara, Grounds Foreman
Cory Johnston, Maintenance Technician
Kim Gisborne, Assistant 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, Associate Director
Isaac Sinnett, Associate Director
Madelyn Tan-Cohen, Associate Director
Jessie Connor, Sistema Ravinia Nucleo Manager
Kathleen Lewis, Coordinator

Ticket Operations

Duncan Moss, Associate Director
Daniel Sawyers, Manager
Carrie Pollard, Supervisor, 
Box Office & Phone Sales


Perkins Coie, Attorneys
Plante Moran, Auditors
Cambridge Associates, Investments
Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Digital Strategies
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 Shirley Ryan AbilityLab *
Volunteer Physicians of Highland Park Hospital *
* Pro Bono