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. (Each director’s current term ends in November of the second year indicated in brackets.) 

  • Chris Bertolet (72 shows) is a 46-year old marketing exec who lives in Pasadena, CA, with his wife Jennifer and his daughter Lucy. Chris enjoys playing guitar, cooking, camping, skiing, writing about music, dancing about architecture, and whistling about meteorology.  [1997-2016]
  • 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. Elayne has relocated to Steamboat Springs with her golden retriever Tela to explore the mountains and outdoors of Colorado. [2014-2017]
  • Charlie DirksenCharlie Dirksen, Vice President and Associate Counsel (124 shows) is an antitrust and securities lawyer practicing with Cera LLP in Boston and San Francisco. He has been assisting the Foundation with a wide variety of projects since the inception of the Foundation in 1996. [1997-2015]
  • 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. [1997-2015]
  • Ellis GodardEllis Godard, Executive Director & Treasurer (124 shows) is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches Criminology, Statistics, and Research Methods. He saw his first Phish show 10/10/90, has volunteered for Phish.Net since 1991, and never believed the “breakup” would be permanent. Ellis lives in Ventura County with his wife Kristen (113 shows) and two children (Noah and Maya; 6 shows). [1997-2017]
  • Andrew Hitz (174 shows) 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. [2013-2017]
  • 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.  [1997-2016]
  • dir-purcell-smDan Purcell (96 shows) is a trial lawyer with Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco. He first heard Phish on April 20, 1989, when he wandered cluelessly into the Zoo at Amherst College during the middle of the “David Bowie” jam. “These guys are really weird,” he thought. In early 1992, he became a serious fan after discovering the Usenet group, where his early posts spawned numerous entreaties from helpful elders to “read the [expletive deleted] FAQ.” He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and their many animals and is proud to have been a Mockingbird Foundation board member since the project’s inception in 1996. [1997-2017]
  • Adam Scheinberg, Vice President, Director of Technology (55 shows) can trace his first contributions to 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, unveiling the first entirely dynamic site. Since then, he has introduced the API, mobile, and scores of ancillary features, such as 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 as well as the Director of Technology for The Mockingbird Foundation. [2010-2015]
  • 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. [1997-2016]
  • Marco WalshMarco Walsh, President (103 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 exploring the beach and redwoods with his twin children Victoria and Vicente. Marco lives in Santa Cruz, where he is a technical project manager and in his spare time produces GrooveTV, a jamband-focused live music television program. [1997-2016]

Current geographic distribution of board members:

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

  • Charlz Franz (1997-?)
  • Craig DeLucia ((1997-?; Founder)
  • Dan Hantman ((1997-?; Past President)
  • Dan Seideman (1997-?)
  • Dave Donohue (1997-?)
  • Eddie Dinel (1997-?)
  • Jeremy Goodwin (1997-2015)
  • Joe Rioux (1997-?)
  • John Wood (1997-?)
  • Marcie Vogel Frahm (1997-2014)
  • Mark Goldberg (1997-?)
  • Jim Raras (2012-2014)
  • Mark Toscano (1997-?; Past President)

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