Board

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Mockingbird Foundation. Its twelve members represent various age groups and professions, but all share a common passion for the music of Phish.  (Show totals are through August 2011.)

  • Chris Bertolet (72 shows) is a 46-year old career hopper currently working in commercial real estate, because why not. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer and his daughter Lucy, and enjoys guitar, camping, skiing, and contributing content at Phish.net.
  • dir-best-smElayne Best (201 shows) ensures patient and drug safety through the supply chain for patients with MS, Cancer, and Hemophilia. She travels frequently, internationally and domestically, for work; and has a passion for life, music, food (oysters, anyone?) and laughter. Later this year, she will finally return to live where her heart is, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC with her golden retriever, Tela.
  • Charlie Dirksen, Vice President and Associate Counsel (121 shows) is an antitrust and securities lawyer practicing with Gold, Bennett, Cera and Sidener in San Francisco. He has been assisting the Foundation with a wide variety of projects since 1996.
  • Herschel Gelman (31 shows) graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with bachelor’s degrees in computer science and electrical engineering in 1997, and currently does computer security work for the federal government. He has been involved in the online Phish community since 1993, and is a founding member of the Mockingbird Foundation.
  • Ellis GodardEllis Godard, Executive Director & Treasurer (120 shows, including the rail at 2/20/93) is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches courses in Criminology, Statistics, and Research Methods; and studies cross-cultural patterns of conflict management. He saw his first Phish show 10/10/90, and has volunteered for Phish.Net since 1991. He currently lives in Ventura County with his wife Kristen (105 shows) and two children (Noah and Maya; 5 shows). And he never for an instant believed that the “breakup” would be permanent.
  • Jeremy GoodwinJeremy D. Goodwin (131 shows) is an independent journalist based in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. His writings on culture and the arts have appeared in publications from the Boston Globe to American Theatre,  ARTnews., and Relix. He is also a frequent contributor to New England Public Radio. Jeremy was editor for several sections of both editions of The Phish Companion. His interview with Trey Anastasio, Doug Wright and Amanda Green about their musical Hands on a Hardbody, conducted at the offices of the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City for American Theatre, can be read here.
  • Andrew Hitz (173 shows, including 10th row for 12/31/95) has performed and given master classes in over 40 states and 30 countries, both as a soloist and as the former tuba player for Boston Brass.  He is a co-founder of Pedal Note Media and teaches music at George Mason University and Gettysburg College.  Andrew’s first show, New Years ’93, changed both his life and career.  He lives with his wife Tiffany, their son Nicholas and their dog Izabella in the Washington, DC area.
  • Jack Lebowitz, Secretary & General Counsel Jack Lebowitz(71 shows) is an environmental lawyer and law firm partner in Saratoga Springs, New York, specializing in the permitting of new industrial plants. A “Deadhead” since his college days in 1970, he has seen over 50 Phish shows since 1993 with his wife and fellow Mockingbird contributor Kathleen (“Kat”) Griffin. He and Kat have two teen-aged children, Gavin and Annie, who are following in their parents’ Phish-fan footsteps.
  • Dan Purcell (75 shows) practices law in San Francisco. He first heard Phish in 1989 at the Zoo at Amherst College, but only became a serious fan after discovering the rec.music.phish Usenet group in early 1992. He is proud to have been a Mockingbird Foundation board member since the project’s inception in 1996.
  • Jim Raras, Jr. (190 shows) has been seeing Phish since 1994 and is grateful for the lessons learned and people met along the way as well as the opportunity to take a common passion for music and use it to help others.  Jim lives in Boston, MA, with his fiance Leah and their dog Winnie where he works as a corporate strategist.
  • Adam Scheinberg, Vice President, Director of Technology (55 shows) can trace his first contributions to Phish.net back to notes in the FAQ in the mid-90′s, followed by an improved random setlist generator in the early 2000′s. In 2009, Adam officially became webmaster of phish.net, unveiling the first entirely dynamic site. Since then, he has introduced the Phish.net API, Phish.net mobile, and scores of ancillary features, such as Phish.net jam charts, setlist stats, and tease charts. Adam lives in Orlando, FL, with his wife Jennifer and two children, Jillian and Jack, both of whom are chasing Harpua. Adam serves as the primary architect of phish.net as well as the Director of Technology for The Mockingbird Foundation.
  • David Steinberg (305 shows) earned his Masters degree in Mathematics from New Mexico State University in 1994, and is currently a computer programmer in Seattle. He first saw Phish in his undergraduate days at Bard College, later created the Phish Stats web site, and used that knowledge to create the statistics for the first two editions of The Phish Companion.
  • Marco Walsh, President (99 shows) caught his first Phish show at the Warfield in 1992, and soon after dove headfirst into the strange subculture of the Phish.Net. A graduate of University of California-Santa Cruz with a degree in Language Studies, he enjoys traveling in South America with his wife Beatriz. Marco lives in Santa Cruz, where he produces GrooveTV, a jamband-focused live music television program.

Current geographic distribution of board members:

Board gathering, 12/31/02Emeritus members of the board include:

  • Charlz Franz
  • Craig DeLucia (Founder)
  • Dan Hantman (Past President)
  • Dan Seideman
  • Dave Donohue
  • Eddie Dinel
  • Joe Rioux
  • John Wood
  • Marcie Vogel Frahm (1997-2014)
  • Mark Goldberg
  • Mark Toscano (Past President)

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