Ravinia Festival® Administration

Executive Management

Welz Kauffman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Butler, Director, Ticket Operations
Jamie Laing, Director, Information Technology
Peggy Papaioannou, Director, Finance
Leslie Muir, Director, Human Resources
Nick Pullia, Director, Communications
Molly Sender, Administrative Director, Ravinia's Steans Music Institute
James Schmitz, Director, Park Operations, Facilities & Grounds
Christine Taylor Conda, Director, Reach*Teach*Play® Education Programs
Greg Walters, Director, Development


Russell Jenkins, Senior Associate Director
Trish Dolan, Associate Director, Retail Operations
Chris Anderson, Lead Graphic Designer
Pedro de Jesus, Manager, Client Services and Analytics
Patrick Gipson, Manager, Video & Photography
Nick Panfil, Manager, Publications
David Rodriguez, Manager, Interactive Communications
Kyle Dunleavy, Video Producer
C.J. Jarmuth, Graphic Designer
Ashley Kresser, Assistant Manager, Retail Operations
Michelle Ricolcol, Coordinator, Marketing
Sue Schory, Coordinator, Group Events & Dining Services


Dylan Commeret, Senior Associate Director
Stephanie Borash, Associate Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Lisa Connolly, Associate Director, Major Gifts
Marie Roth, Senior Manager, Women’s Board Operations
Mary Butler, Manager, Donor Services
Cecilia Falter, Manager, Annual Fund Campaign
Mark Pearlman, Manager, Associates Board Operations
Heath Warren, Coordinator, Donor Records


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

Information Technology

Eric Wettstein, Software Developer
Yusra Nizam, Technical Support Specialist


Artistic Administration and Production

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

Facilities, Park, Grounds, and Security

Larry Meyer, Facilities Manager
Brian Fenton, Facilities Administration Manager
Jack Clark, 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
David Fermaint, Senior Watch Officer

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

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
Preston Carter, Systems Administration
Maria Gac, Guest Services
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 AbilityLab (Pro Bono)
Volunteer Physicians of Highland Park Hospital (Pro Bono)