The Mockingbird Team

The Mockingbird Foundation has no salaries and no paid staff. The board, the inquiry review process, and Phish.net content, IT, and user management are all undertaken on an entirely volunteer basis. From the Phish.net site credits to the Inquiry Review Committee, and more, Mockingbird couldn’t operate without the donated hours and often daily dedication that our volunteers provide. These are largely informal efforts, and somewhat ad hoc. We also acknowledge a handful of supporters each year who’ve gone above and beyond, designating them Mockingbird Ambassadors for helping further our mission and spread the Foundation’s word.

The governing body of the Mockingbird Foundation is the board of directors. The twenty-three directors represent various ages, professions, and backgrounds; but all share a common passion for the music of Phish. With no salaries, staff, office, or endowment, the directors live in more than a dozen states and work with volunteers worldwide.


Executive Team

Adam Scheinberg

President

Adam Scheinberg

President

Adam 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, and mockingbirdfoundation.org, a major improvement to the Foundation's web presence. Since then, he has introduced the Phish.net API, the Phish.net forum, Phish.net mobile, and scores of ancillary features, such as jam charts, setlist stats, and tease charts.

Adam is passionate about music and arts education; he serves on the Board of Directors at the Orlando Repertory Theatre. He sits on the boards of Central Florida Tech Alliance and the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce and has served as a mentor at Startup Weekend Orlando. Adam lives in Orlando, FL, with his wife Jennifer and two children, Jillian and Jack. [2010-2022]

Charlie Dirksen

Charlie Dirksen

VP, Associate Counsel

Charlie Dirksen

VP, Associate Counsel

Charlie Dirksen

VP, Associate Counsel

Charlie 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. [1997-2022]

Peter Skewes-Cox

Peter Skewes-Cox

VP, Director of Technology

Peter Skewes-Cox

VP, Director of Technology

Peter Skewes-Cox

VP, Director of Technology

Peter saw his first Phish show in 1999, right around the time he decided to give himself to science. After studying Molecular and Cell Biology as an undergraduate and Bioinformatics as a graduate student, he joined the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research in 2011, where he now leads the local Data Science group. The same summer he started at Novartis, he made a Phish.Net account, and joined the site staff in 2014. He was elected to the Mockingbird Foundation board in 2016, and now serves as the VP and Director of Technology, leading a team of talented developers. Peter lives in his hometown of San Francisco, CA, with his wife and their three children. [2016-2020]

Steve Paolini

Steve Paolini

Secretary, General Counsel

Steve Paolini

Secretary, General Counsel

Steve Paolini

Secretary, General Counsel

Steve is an attorney and Director in the Compliance department of a foreign banking organization. Steve ran his car into the ground driving to his first Phish show on 11/15/91. A mere $5,000 later he considers it money well spent. Steve is the editor of the song histories section of phish.net and a member of the setlist team. Steve lives in New York with his wife Mo, daughter Lucy and, and dog Zara. [2017-2021]

Phil Harrison

Treasurer

Phil Harrison

Treasurer

Phil has a professional background in corporate finance and real estate development. In recent years, he has devoted a significant amount of time to volunteer work with a variety of non profit organizations. His involvement with the Foundation dates to 2011, when he answered Charlie Dirksen’s call for help with the new, online jam charts. He lives in Hanover, NH, with his wife Kate and their 3 children. [2015-2022]

Ellis Godard

Ellis Godard

Executive Director

Ellis Godard

Executive Director

Ellis Godard

Executive Director

Ellis is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches Statistics, Research Methods, and Criminology. 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). [1997-2021]

Board of Directors

David Beckwith

Director

David Beckwith

Director

David is a Fine and Rare Wine Advisor who lives in New York with his wife and three daughters, all of whom have directly benefited from music education. He has helped with numerous charity events throughout the years and enjoys thinking creatively to accomplish his goals. His first Phish show was 12/28/94 and he believes the band is playing at the top of their game in recent years. [2019-2020]

John Demeter

John Demeter

Director of Outreach

John Demeter

Director of Outreach

John Demeter

Director of Outreach

John grew up in New Jersey, studied public policy and economics at Duke University, and has made his home in Vermont since the winter after Phish Destroyed America, when he moved to the sticks to snowboard for a season. A civil servant with the state government for over 10 years, John has also worked cutting trees, at a brewery, in produce distribution, and selling falafel on lot. As time allows, he enjoys good food and beverage, the outdoors, working with his chainsaws, and traveling with his wife to Burlington, New York, Miami, and beyond for electronic and live music events. Oh, and also that band from Vermont. [2015-2022]

Brian Feller

Director

Brian Feller

Director

Brian was born and raised in rural southern Michigan and saw his first Phish show at a college bar in Ann Arbor during the spring of 1991. His involvement with online Phish communities began that same year with the original fan mailing list, and he has been a part of phish.net and the Mockingbird Foundation for the last 20+ years. He currently works for an enterprise software company that powers many of the biggest brands’ online communities and social customer engagement teams. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his girlfriend Laura, a few aging cats and dogs, and a gradually emptying nest of kids. [2018-2022]

Andrew Hitz

Director

Andrew Hitz

Director

Drew 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. [2013-2021]

Katie Irwin

Director

Katie Irwin

Director

Katie grew up on Long Island, where she discovered Phish, by way of cassette tapes at a local record store in 1992. She attended University of Connecticut during the “Golden Years” of Phish in New England, allowing her to easy access to the majority of 1.0 shows. She received her Masters in Library Science, as well as a degree in the Art of Oral Tradition and Storytelling. After experience the loss of her daughter Scarlet, she started her own nonprofit organization (Scarlet’s Mission, Inc), raising money to purchase Cuddle Cots for New England hospitals. She works as a Middle School Librarian in Woodbridge, CT. When she is not hanging with her 2 kids and 2 dogs, she enjoys going to see local live music and trying to make the world a better place. [2019-2020]

Stephanie Jenkins

Director

Stephanie Jenkins

Director

Stephanie Jenkins is an assistant professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. She designed and teaches the first and (for now) only for-credit college course about Phish, using the band as case study for exploring the Philosophy of Art and Music. She unapologetically believes in “chalk dust without the torture,” the importance of combining profession with passion, and unicorns. [2019-2021]

Jack Lebowitz

Director

Jack Lebowitz

Director

Jack has been a Director of the Foundation since it was formed in 1997 and served as its general counsel/board secretary for its first twenty years. [1997-2021]

Jack’s gratified that he assisted with a modest proposal floated among about a dozen Phish “tour friends” on an email list, of a crowd-sourced, not-for-profit “Phish” version of the “Deadbase” setlist books, later successfully published as three editions of “The Phish Companion”. He’s also astounded these modest efforts to publish a setlist book would evolve into our iconic “all volunteer Phish fan” charity funding over $1.4 Million in music education grants, and supported by the band and the band’s own charity!

Aside from arcane legal matters, Jack wrote the sections on taping and tape trading for the first two Phish Companions, and assisted with collecting photos and illustrations for the series. More significantly, Jack developed the organizational and financial framework for the fan run Phish.net setlist website, which first went online in 1993, to be continued as a viable but non-commercial, not-for-profit website, when in 2001 its free “student activity” hosting arrangement at a university was terminated.

Jack later worked to help bring the Mockingbird Foundation’s financial and managerial resources to maintain and improve the Phish.net website, continuing its legacy status as a non-profit, non-commercial “project” of the Mockingbird Foundation, maintained for the benefit and enjoyment of the Phish fan community at no cost, and without selling ads or users’ data.

Jack is an attorney in private practice in Glens Falls, New York practicing as a solo helping people with criminal and family law problems. He resides in Glens Falls with his wife and fellow longtime Phish fan, tour companion, and Mockingbird contributor, Kat Griffin, and their five rescue cats.

Scott Marks

Director

Scott Marks

Director

Scott played trombone for over a decade while growing up and saw his first Phish show on November 26, 1997. Scott graduated from Bryant College in 2001 with a degree in marketing and has worked in the insurance industry since 2002. Scott joined the Mockingbird Foundation and the Phish.net setlist team in 2009, helped revamp the entire setlist file with numerous updates, and curates the tease chart. Scott lives in Cranston, RI, loves to ski, travel and see live music. [2015-2022]

Chip Parker

Director

Chip Parker

Director

Chip is the Public Relations Director for a public school district on Long Island, NY, and has been volunteering for the Mockingbird Foundation since 2005 in a media relations and communications capacity. He strongly believes in the importance of music education for children, to help them embrace the arts, foster creativity and become well-rounded adults. Growing up, Chip played the alto and baritone saxophones in concert, jazz and marching bands. He graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in Public Relations, and has spent most of his career in fundraising and communications roles in support of educational institutions. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Erika, a daughter, Wynn, and another on the way. In college, Chip initially struggled to understand the noise by a quartet from Vermont that one of his roommates insisted on playing. He turned down tickets to see Phish in Albany during the fall of 1999, but then the prospect of a road trip to Philadelphia piqued his interest and he attended his first show on 12/10/99. He immediately "got it" and has never looked back. [2019-2021]

Matt Sexauer

Director

Matt Sexauer

Director

Matt is a veteran public school music educator and band director of fifteen years as well as a freelance woodwind player and recreational cellist. His history with Phish began on July first, 1995. Some twenty years later he and his wife Kate were fortunate to be able to introduce their two daughters, Abbey and Nora, to the live Phish scene at Magnaball. Matt and his family live, teach, and perform in the greater Boston area. [2015-2022]

David "ZZYZX" Steinberg

Director

David "ZZYZX" Steinberg

Director

David 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. [1997-2020]

 


Current geographic distribution of board members:

 

Mbird Map June 2019

 


 

Emeritus Directors

  • Chris Bertolet (1997-2016, 2018-2019)
  • Marco Walsh (1997-2018; Past President)
  • Elayne Best (2014-2018)
  • Dan Purcell (1997-2017)
  • Herschel Gelman (1997-2015)
  • Jeremy Goodwin (1997-2015)
  • Jim Raras (2004-2014)
  • Marcie Vogel Frahm (1997-2014)
  • Craig DeLucia (1997-2009; Founder)
  • Dan Hantman (1997-2009; Past President)
  • Charlz Franz (1997-2003)
  • Dave Donohue (1997-2002)
  • Mark Toscano (1997-2001; Past President)
  • Mark Goldberg (1997-2000)
  • Dan Seideman (1997-2000)
  • Eddie Dinel (1997-1999)
  • Joe Rioux (1997-1999)
  • John Wood (1997-1999)

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