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

Chip Parker

President (2022-); Director (2019-)

Chip Parker

President (2022-); Director (2019-)

Chip Parker

President (2022-); Director (2019-)

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.

Colleen Heller-Stein

Vice President (2022-); Director (2021-)

Colleen Heller-Stein

Vice President (2022-); Director (2021-)

Colleen Heller-Stein

Vice President (2022-); Director (2021-)

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.

Kurt Vile

Vice President (2023-); Director (2021-)

Kurt Vile

Vice President (2023-); Director (2021-)

Kurt Vile

Vice President (2023-); Director (2021-)

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.

Bill Ryan

Treasurer (2021-); Director (2019-)

Bill Ryan

Treasurer (2021-); Director (2019-)

Bill Ryan

Treasurer (2021-); Director (2019-)

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.

Mike Bove

Secretary (2023-); Director (2022-)

Mike Bove

Secretary (2023-); Director (2022-)

Mike Bove

Secretary (2023-); Director (2022-)

Mike Bove is Professor of English Literature at Southern Maine Community College and the author of two full-length poetry collections: Big Little City (2018) and House Museum (2021). With more than ten years’ experience with grantmaking in the volunteer non-profit world, he believes deeply in the mission and values of the Mockingbird Foundation. He saw his first Phish show on 8/16/1997 and considers the MSG floor a second home. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Mike still lives there with his wife, two sons, and a 1974 VW Beetle named Wilson.

Charlie Dirksen

Director (1997-); Executive Advisor

Charlie Dirksen

Director (1997-); Executive Advisor

Charlie Dirksen

Director (1997-); 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.

Ellis Godard

Executive Director (1997-)

Ellis Godard

Executive Director (1997-)

Ellis Godard

Executive Director (1997-)

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).

Board of Directors

David Beckwith

Director (2019-)

David Beckwith

Director (2019-)

David Beckwith

Director (2019-)

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-)

Bill Bowman

Director (2019-)

Bill Bowman

Director (2019-)

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-)

Adam Detsky

Director (2021-)

Adam Detsky

Director (2021-)

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.

Cameron Garrison

Director (2023-)

Cameron Garrison

Director (2023-)

Cameron Garrison

Director (2023-)

Cameron lives in Kansas City with his wife, two high-school aged children, and his dogs Bear and Rosco P Coltrane, all of whom grew tired of Phish long ago. He saw his first show at the Horizontal Boogie Bar in Rochester on 9/27/91 and was permanently hooked at 12/30/92 and, in particular, by the Bowie -> Timber -> Bowie. This naturally means that he has waited through all of 3.0 and 4.0 for either or both of Bowie and Timber to return to their rightful places of glory. In his spare time, Cameron maintains an unhealthy obsession with Arsenal FC and all things UVa sports. Cameron is incredibly honored to join the Mockingbird board and looks forward to helping in whatever way he can

Andrew Hitz

Director (2013-)

Andrew Hitz

Director (2013-)

Andrew Hitz

Director (2013-)

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-)

Stephanie Jenkins

Director (2019-)

Stephanie Jenkins

Director (2019-)

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.

Alison Kleiman

Director (2023-)

Alison Kleiman

Director (2023-)

Alison Kleiman

Director (2023-)

Alison has been volunteering with the Mockingbird Foundation since 2023. She spends her days - and nights - working as a freelance graphic designer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband Rob, a musician and music professor, and their tiny poodle, Donna Jean (yes, named after *that* Donna Jean). Music has played a huge role in Alison's life since she was a child. Growing up in a house where music was always playing and seeing live music was of high importance, she dabbled in school orchestras for a while before realizing she was a much better audience member than performer. She was first exposed to Phish at summer camp in the 90s (a tale as old as time) and the rest is history. Alison earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Being able to help raise awareness of the life changing power of music education is truly the perfect mash up of her interests and abilities.

Scott Marks

Director (2015-)

Scott Marks

Director (2015-)

Scott Marks

Director (2015-)

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-)

Pete Mason

Director (2021-)

Pete Mason

Director (2021-)

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-)

Reed Meschefske

Director (2019-)

Reed Meschefske

Director (2019-)

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.

Steve Paolini

Director (2017-)

Steve Paolini

Director (2017-)

Steve Paolini

Director (2017-)

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.

Mike Pryzblyzski

Director (2021-)

Mike Pryzblyzski

Director (2021-)

Mike Pryzblyzski

Director (2021-)

Adam Scheinberg

Director (2010-); President (2017-2023)

Adam Scheinberg

Director (2010-); President (2017-2023)

Adam Scheinberg

Director (2010-); President (2017-2023)

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 also serves on the Board of Directors at the Orlando Family Stage as Past Chair. He is also a Past Chair of the Orlando Tech Community and serves as a mentor at Startup Weekend Orlando. Adam lives in Orlando, FL, with his wife Jennifer and two children, Jillian and Jack.

Director (2023-)

David Schlesinger

Director (2023-)

David Schlesinger

Director (2023-)

TBA

Matt Sexauer

Director (2015-)

Matt Sexauer

Director (2015-)

Matt Sexauer

Director (2015-)

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.

David "ZZYZX" Steinberg

Director (1997-)

David "ZZYZX" Steinberg

Director (1997-)

David "ZZYZX" Steinberg

Director (1997-)

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.

 


Current geographic distribution of board members:

Mbird Map June 2019

 


 

We thank these 32 Emeritus Directors for their years of service:

  • Liora Sponko (2021-2024)
  • Ali Stone (2022-2023)
  • Britt Ryan (2021-2023)
  • Kim Sia (2020-2023)
  • Peter Skewes-Cox (2016-2023)
  • Phillip Harrison (2015-2023)
  • James Macdonald (2021-2022)
  • 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)