The Mockingbird Foundation has no salaries and no paid staff. The board, its grantmaking process, and all of our fundraising projects; and the content, IT, and user management at Phish.net, 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 directors represent various ages, professions, and backgrounds; but all share a common passion for music education. 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

Director (2010-2022), President (2017-)

Adam Scheinberg

Director (2010-2022), President (2017-)

Adam Scheinberg

Director (2010-2022), President (2017-)

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 is the Chair of the Orlando Tech Council 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.

Chip Parker

Director (2019-2022); VP Communications (2021-)

Chip Parker

Director (2019-2022); VP Communications (2021-)

Chip Parker

Director (2019-2022); VP Communications (2021-)

Chip is the Public Relations Director for a school district on Long Island in New York, 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, and two daughters, Wynn and Tatum. In college, Chip initially struggled to understand the noise created by a quartet from Vermont that one of his roommates insisted on playing all the time. 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.

Peter Skewes-Cox

Director (2016-2023) & VP/Dir. of Technology (2018-)

Peter Skewes-Cox

Director (2016-2023) & VP/Dir. of Technology (2018-)

Peter Skewes-Cox

Director (2016-2023) & VP/Dir. of Technology (2018-)

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 four children.

Bill Ryan

Director (2019-2024); Treasurer (2021-)

Bill Ryan

Director (2019-2024); Treasurer (2021-)

Bill Ryan

Director (2019-2024); Treasurer (2021-)

Bill is Vice President and lead Portfolio Manager at Ryan Financial. He graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Finance. Bill also earned his Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor designation from the College for Financial Planning. He holds Series 7 and Series 65 securities licenses, and is a registered investment advisor representative. Bill served as President of the Pingree School Alumni Leadership Board and as a member of the school’s Board of Trustees. Bill currently sits on the Professional Advisors Committee of the Essex County Community Foundation. Bill enjoys going to shows, playing drums, golf, and coaching his kids’ youth sports teams. His first show was 10/30/1992. Bill and his wife, Britt, live north of Boston with daughter Cate, and sons Marty, Jimmy, and Pete.

Steve Paolini

Director (2017-2024); Secretary & General Counsel (2018-)

Steve Paolini

Director (2017-2024); Secretary & General Counsel (2018-)

Steve Paolini

Director (2017-2024); Secretary & General Counsel (2018-)

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.

Ellis Godard

Executive Director (1997-2024)

Ellis Godard

Executive Director (1997-2024)

Ellis Godard

Executive Director (1997-2024)

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. He has served as volunteer Executive Director of the Mockingbird Foundation since its beginning in 1996. Ellis lives in Ventura County with his wife Kristen (113 shows) and two children (Noah and Maya; 6 shows each).

Charlie Dirksen

Director (1997-2022); Executive Advisor

Charlie Dirksen

Director (1997-2022); Executive Advisor

Charlie Dirksen

Director (1997-2022); Executive Advisor

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.

Board of Directors

David Beckwith

Director (2019-2023)

David Beckwith

Director (2019-2023)

David Beckwith

Director (2019-2023)

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.

Bill Bowman

Director (2019-2023)

Bill Bowman

Director (2019-2023)

Bill Bowman

Director (2019-2023)

Bill is Executive Director of Pivot, a non-profit agency in Watertown, New York, which provides a variety of prevention and health services, primarily to youth. He saw his first show, entirely by accident, in May, 1989. He purchased the Junta cassette at the show, and shortly thereafter consumed the "Kool-Aid". He has extensive experience with not-for-profit boards, loves his left leaning life, and believes in the power of music to heal and build resiliency.

Adam Detsky

Director (2021-2022)

Adam Detsky

Director (2021-2022)

Adam Detsky

Director (2021-2022)

Adam is excited to join the Mockingbird Foundation board in 2021. He is a civil trial attorney residing near Boulder, Colorado. After spending over a decade as an insurance defense attorney, Adam began representing the injured in 2018. He practices law in both Colorado and New York. In addition to practicing in both State and Federal trial courts, Adam has argued before multiple appellate courts. Adam began following Phish in 1996 as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland. His first show was October 21, 1996 at Madison Square Garden and he has been to over 100 shows since. Phish's storied 1997 Hampton two-night run was his second and third show. His tenth show was Big Cypress. In addition to serving on our Board of Directors, he also serves on the Board of the American Mock Trial Association ("AMTA"). AMTA is the academic non-profit that organizes undergraduate-level mock trial. The organization serves over 6000 students from over 350 colleges and universities each year. In his spare time, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife and young son.

Phil Harrison

Director (2015-2022)

Phil Harrison

Director (2015-2022)

Phil Harrison

Director (2015-2022)

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.

Colleen Heller-Stein

Director (2021-2024)

Colleen Heller-Stein

Director (2021-2024)

Colleen Heller-Stein

Director (2021-2024)

Colleen Heller-Stein is the Director, Office of Human Resources and Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of the Treasury, with responsibilities for providing leadership in developing, directing and evaluating human resources policies and programs supporting Departmental Offices’ (Headquarters) mandate to promote economic prosperity and ensure the financial security of the United States. Before joining the Treasury Department Colleen held numerous positions in state and Federal government with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Government Publishing Office, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her experience also includes work abroad supporting active duty military personnel and veterans in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Colleen is a graduate of the Partnership for Public Service’s Excellence in Government Fellows program, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Dickinson College and a Master of Public Administration degree from the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

Andrew Hitz

Director (2013-2024)

Andrew Hitz

Director (2013-2024)

Andrew Hitz

Director (2013-2024)

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.

Stephanie Jenkins

Director (2019-2024)

Stephanie Jenkins

Director (2019-2024)

Stephanie Jenkins

Director (2019-2024)

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.

James Macdonald

Director (2021-2022)

James Macdonald

Director (2021-2022)

James Macdonald

Director (2021-2022)

Scott Marks

Director (2015-2022)

Scott Marks

Director (2015-2022)

Scott Marks

Director (2015-2022)

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.

Pete Mason

Director (2021-2022)

Pete Mason

Director (2021-2022)

Pete Mason

Director (2021-2022)

Pete Mason is a teacher, writer and author living in Albany, NY. He promotes PhanArt shows and runs PhanArt.net, highlighting music-inspired fan creations while supporting The Mockingbird Foundation and Groovesafe. He is Publisher of NYS Music.

Reed Meschefske

Director (2019-2024)

Reed Meschefske

Director (2019-2024)

Reed Meschefske

Director (2019-2024)

Reed Meschefske is a Neenah, WI native who currently resides in Santa Fe, NM with his beautiful wife, step-daughter, and basset hound Frodoug. He has been involved in theater for over 35 years and has acted for companies and directed productions all over the world. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Columbia College-Chicago and his Master of Fine Arts in acting from The National Theater Conservatory in Denver, CO. Reed currently runs the theater program at Santa Fe High School. He believes that arts education is essential and that the Riverport Gin is the greatest piece of music Phish has ever played.

Mike Pryzblyzski

Director (2021-2023)

Mike Pryzblyzski

Director (2021-2023)

Mike Pryzblyzski

Director (2021-2023)

Britt Ryan

Director (2021-2023)

Britt Ryan

Director (2021-2023)

Britt Ryan

Director (2021-2023)

Britt Ryan is the General Manager of seven time GRAMMY award winning musician, Christian McBride. She is also the Talent Buyer for Jimmy’s On Congress, a new music venue and supper club in the heart of Portsmouth, NH. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Northeastern University’s music industry program and was named to the Huntington 100, recognized as one of the 100 most influential seniors of her graduating class. In 2018, Ryan was selected out of 50 participants to the inaugural American Express and Center for Creative Leadership Women in Music Leadership Academy. From 2009 - 2019, Ryan built her career at the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals as Production Coordinator and Associate Producer. There she oversaw all production, artist relations, guest credentialing, and hospitality for both festivals, as well as producing the benefit aftershows and managing and developing the year-round Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Presents® brands. Ryan resides north of Boston with her husband, four stepkids, and three rescue dogs. Her free time is mostly dictated by this small army and their various sports and hobbies.

Matt Sexauer

Director (2015-2022)

Matt Sexauer

Director (2015-2022)

Matt Sexauer

Director (2015-2022)

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.

Kimberlee Sia

Director (2020-2023)

Kimberlee Sia

Director (2020-2023)

Kimberlee Sia

Director (2020-2023)

Kimberlee Sia is currently the President & CEO of Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation. Prior to this, she was the Chief Executive Officer of KIPP Colorado Schools. Kimberlee joined KIPP Colorado Schools following her time at Lighthouse Academies where she served as the Chief Academic Officer at Lighthouse Academies. Kimberlee started her work at Lighthouse as the founding principal of West Gary Lighthouse Charter School in Gary, Indiana. She then went on to work on the national team as Director of Professional Development, Regional Director, and Regional Vice President before taking the Chief Academic Officer position. Kimberlee began her career as a middle school math teacher with Teach For America in Newark, New Jersey and then spent six years teaching in Southern California. In addition to leading Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation, Kimberlee also serves on the Colorado League of Charter Schools Board of Directors, on the Mockingbird Foundation Board of Directors, on the University Prep Board of Directors, and on the Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) - Colorado Advisory Board. Kimberlee has also had the opportunity to complete the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Leadership Program and to be an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Leadership Network Fellow. When Kimberlee is not busy with work and volunteer commitments, she loves spending time snowboarding, hiking, cooking, seeing live music, and relaxing with her husband, Andrew, and daughters, Avery and Adeline.

Liora Sponko

Director (2021-2023)

Liora Sponko

Director (2021-2023)

Liora Sponko

Director (2021-2023)

David "ZZYZX" Steinberg

Director (1997-2023)

David "ZZYZX" Steinberg

Director (1997-2023)

David "ZZYZX" Steinberg

Director (1997-2023)

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.

Kurt Vile

Director (2021-2023)

Kurt Vile

Director (2021-2023)

Kurt Vile

Director (2021-2023)

Not that Kurt Vile, but amazing in his own right. Kurt has been a phish fan for 30 years and is looking forward to the next 30. He currently leads the data science platform team for a major asset manager and has been working in as a leader in technology for as long as he’s been seeing phish. He is lives in Newport Beach California with his wife, two daughters, and an overly rambunctious puppy.

 


Current geographic distribution of board members:

 

Mbird Map June 2019

 


 

Emeritus Directors

  • Andrea Nusinov (2019-2021)
  • Jack Lebowitz (1997-2021) 
  • John Demeter (2015-2020)
  • Chris Cagle (2019-2020)
  • Katie Irwin (2019-2020)
  • Brian Baker (2019-2020)
  • Brian Feller (2018-2020)
  • 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)