Ravinia Festival Administration

Executive Management

Welz Kauffman, President & CEO
Jennifer Butler, Director, Ticket Operations
Jamie Laing, Director, Information Technology
Leslie Muir, Director, Human Resources
Peggy Papaioannou, Director, Finance
Nick Pullia, Director, Communications
James Schmitz, Director, Park Operations, Facilities & Grounds
Molly Sender, Administrative Director, Ravinia's Steans Music Institute
Christine Taylor Conda, Director, REACH TEACH PLAY Education Programs
Greg Walters, Director, Development


Russell Jenkins, Senior Associate Director, Earned Revenue
Trish Dolan, Associate Director, Retail Operations
Nick Panfil, Associate Director, Editorial Content
Chris Anderson, Lead Graphic Designer
Pedro de Jesus, Manager, Client Services and Analytics
Patrick Gipson, Manager, Video & Photography
Jasminne Hernandez, Manager, Media
Michelle Ricolcol, Manager, Marketing
David Rodriguez, Manager, Interactive Communications
Kyle Dunleavy, Video Producer
C.J. Jarmuth, Graphic Designer


Dylan Commeret, Senior Associate Director
Stephanie Borash, Associate Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Lisa Connolly, Associate Director, Major Gifts
Marie Roth, Associate Director, Women’s Board and Ravinia Associates Operations
Mary Butler, Manager, Donor Services
Meghan Pioli, Manager, Major Gifts
Sue Schory, Manager, Corporate Relations
Sara Swain, Manager, Foundation & Government Relations
Heath Warren, Manager, Annual Fund Campaign
Tim Jans, Coordinator, Donor Records


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

Information Technology

Eric Wettstein, Software Developer


Artistic Administration and Production

Erik Soderstrom, Artistic Producer, Operations & Budgets
Stephen R. Smoot, Artistic Producer, Artist Immigration
Hinano Ishii, Manager, Artist Services
Denise Burghardt, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Lynda Maram, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
Elise Hausken, Production Manager
Heather Haigh, Production Operations Manager
Christine Wagner, Production Coordinator
Elizabeth Dauterman, Assistant Production Manager
Bianca Broniec, Asst. Production Coordinator
Rachel Garoon, Asst. Production Coordinator
Jeffrey Jauch, Asst. Production Coordinator

Facilities, Park, Grounds, and Security

David Fermaint, Senior Watch Officer
Mark Pearlman, Manager, Experience Center Operations
Larry Meyer, Facilities Manager
Brian Fenton, Facilities Administration Manager
Steve Siegel, Assistant Facilities Manager
Jorge Cisneros, Grounds Manager
Joel Vergara, Grounds Foreman
Cory Johnston, Maintenance Manager
Kim Gisborne, Maintenance Technician
Brian Vazquez, Assistant Maintenance Technician
Maria Gomez, Housekeeping Supervisor
Natividad Melchor, Housekeeper

Stage Technicians

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

Ravinia's Steans Music Institute (RSMI)

Billy Childs, Co-Program Director, Jazz
Rufus Reid, Co-Program Director, Jazz
Miriam Fried, Program Director, Piano & Strings
Kevin Murphy, Program Director, Singers
Arielle Basile, Operations Manager

REACH*TEACH*PLAY® Education Programs

Luciano Pedota, Associate Director
Isaac Sinnett, Associate Director
Madelyn Tan-Cohen, Associate Director
Kathleen Lewis, Operations Manager
Monisola Gbadebo, Site Manager, Sistema Ravinia Circle Rock
Kelly Suthers, Site Manager, Sistema Ravinia Lake County
Elizabeth Swift, Program Manager, Sistema Ravinia Lake County

Ticket Operations

Duncan Moss, Associate Director
Daniel Sawyers, Manager
Sue Ferdon, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Brandon Mundschenk, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Adrianna Rajwa, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Caitlin Schnecke, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Brett Wagner, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Taylor Waldrop, Senior Supervisor, Box Office
Breanna Waugh, Senior Supervisor, Box Office


Cambridge Associates, Investments
CrossRealms, Systems Administration
Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Digital Strategies
Maria Gac, Guest Services
Perkins Coie, Attorneys
Plante Moran, Auditors
Ramsey Lewis, Emeritus Artistic Director, Jazz at Ravinia
Penny Tyler, Emeritus Coordinator, Jazz at Ravinia
The Medical Program for Performing Artists of the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (Pro Bono)
Volunteer Physicians of Highland Park Hospital (Pro Bono)