Leadership & Staff

The MacPhail Leadership & Staff Team

The MacPhail Center for Music Leadership and Staff Team is made up of artists, administrators, and trade professionals dedicated to our students, faculty and audiences and MacPhail’s mission, vision, and values.  


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Kyle Carpenter
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Paul Babcock
President and COO
Wendy Kellogg
Executive Assistant and Board Liaison


Christine VanderHook
Christine Vander Hook
Vice President of Development
Ailsa Walsh
Annual Giving Manager



Christina Peterson
Development Associate
Emily Halstead
Grants Manager

Equity and Inclusion

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Dr. Roque Diaz
Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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Christopher Rochester
Director of Global Music Initiative/Jazz Coordinator
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David Feily
Global Music Initiative Coordinator


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Beth Nault-Warner
Director of Marketing
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Garrett Young
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Syne Barr
Social Media and Graphic Design Coordinator
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Mikalia Bradberry
Marketing Manager


Megan Luke
Megan Luke
Vice President & CFO
Monica Cai, Senior Accountant
Monica Cai
Senior Accountant
Dale Deines
Finance Associate

Human Resources

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Kristen Blue
Vice President of Human Resources
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Kelsey Sieverding
Human Resources Generalist

Information Management

Chris Waterbury
IT Director
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Phil Welch
IT Manager


Tikisha Torrence
Tikisha Torrence
Facilities Team Supervisor
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Hans Christopherson
Facilities Management
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Paul Dean
Facilities Management
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Noah Kuklinski
Facilities Management
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Julian Malaby
Facilities Program Support
Wiley Willis
Facilities Management

Program Administration

Student Services

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Jakkee Phillips
Student Services Assistant Manager
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Justin Hartke
Student Services Placement and Data Administrator
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Elysa Hays
Student Services Manager
Kallysta Morgan
Student Services Representative
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Rebekah Walker
Student Services Representative – Apple Valley
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Emily Komperud
Student Services Representative
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Casey Crowe
Student Services Receptionist
Merideth Jolstad
Student Services Representative
Morgan Glasheen
Student Services Representative

Program Services

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Melissa Falb
Director of Program Operations
Caitlynn Daniels
Program Services Manager
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Lindsay Lewis
McKnight Fellowship Administrator
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Soojin Lee
Student Performance Coordinator
Miryana Moteva
Staff Accompanist

School Partnerships

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Elizabeth Winslow
School Partnership Director
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Grayson Broesch
School Partnerships Coordinator
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Ben Bussey
Partnership Development Representative
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Makayla Ferraro
Metro Partnerships Program Coordinator
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Rachel Hickman
Online School Partnerships Manager

Sing Play Learn with MacPhail®

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Dianna Babcock
Director of SPL
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Allison Akins
SPL Department Manager
Catherine Koewler
SPL Supply and Events Coordinator

Instrumental and Vocal Instruction

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Jon Iverson
Director of Instrumental and Voice Instruction
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Bradley Greenwald
Prelude Coordinator
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Anna Hashizume
Prelude Coordinator
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Karen Moon
New Horizons String Orchestra Conductor
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Ashley Ng
New Horizons String Orchestra Conductor
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Christopher Rochester
Director of Global Music Initiative/Jazz Coordinator
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Quinn Shadko
Lesson Placement Assistant
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JD Steele
MacPhail Community Youth Choir Director
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Jeremy Swider
Chamber Music Coordinator
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Heather VanderLey
Instrumental and Voice Instruction Manager

Madeline Island Chamber Music, a Program of MacPhail

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Jonathan Swartz
Artistic Director
Alyssa Saint
Director of Operations

MacPhail – Austin, MN

Cheryl Berglund
Austin Site Director

MacPhail Music for Life™

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Jeanie Brindley-Barnett
Co-Founder, Senior Teaching Artist MacPhail Music for Life™, Giving Voice Artistic Director
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Kristyn Rupp
MacPhail Music for Life™ Manager

Music Therapy

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Melissa Wenszell
Co-Founder and Senior Music Therapist
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Jessica Nagel
Music Therapy Administrator

Suzuki Talent Education

Beth Turco
Director of Suzuki Talent Education
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Annette Lee
Suzuki Department Accompanist
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Claire Miller
Suzuki Department Coordinator
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Susan Sophocleus
Piano Group Coordinator

Electronic Music Recording Arts (EMRA)

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Michael Cain
EMRA Program Director
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Krysta “K.Raydio” Rayford
Teaching Artist
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Isaac Rohr
Studio Coordinator
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