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Our Team

Meet the dedicated team that carries out the mission of the Great American Songbook Foundation including Founder Michael Feinstein, staff members and the Foundation's Board of Directors.


Michael Feinstein, Founder



Michael Feinstein is a multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated entertainer known as “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.” He founded the Great American Songbook Foundation in 2007 to celebrate timeless popular music and preserve its legacy for future generations.


Feinstein also serves as Artistic Director for the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, where the Songbook Foundation is headquartered, and Principal Pops Conductor for the Pasadena Symphony. His signature nightclubs include Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco, Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Los Angeles, and Feinstein’s at the Hotel Carmichael in Carmel.


He is the author of The Gershwins & Me, a Los Angeles Times bestseller recounting his early years as personal assistant to Ira Gershwin. His most recent, album, Gershwin Country, reimagines the classic songs of George and Ira Gershwin in duets with some of the biggest names in country music.


Key Staff

The Great American Songbook Foundation has eight dedicated full-time staff members (*) who work to advance the organization’s mission. Additionally, the Songbook Foundation is affiliated with the Center for the Performing Arts, which provides additional staffing support in key areas.


*Designates dedicated Songbook staff


For general inquiries, please reach out to:



Executive Leadership


Jeffrey C. McDermott 
President & CEO


Jeff Steeg
Chief Operating Officer


Christopher Lewis* (he/him)
Executive Director


Programs & Communications


Renée La Schiazza* (she/her)
Director of Programs


Madelyn Steurer* (she/her)
Communications Strategist


Scott Hall (he/him)
Director of Communications


Library & Archives


Emily Rapoza* (she/her)
Director of Library & Archives


Elisabeth Hedges* (she/her)
Processing Archivist


Anna LoPrete* (she/her)
Music Librarian





Kendra Latta, CFRE (she/her)
Vice President of Development


Kathy Pataluch, MPA (she/her)
Director of Individual Development


Lindsay Fish (she/her)
Director of Partnership Development


Jo Garcia* (she/her)
Assistant Director of Individual Development



Board of Directors

The Great American Songbook Foundation's Board of Directors is a group of committed stakeholders that includes industry experts, professional performers and conductors, philanthropists, and enthusiasts of the music of the Great American Songbook.


Karen Kelsey, Indiana


Don Gottwald, Indiana
Vice Chair


Troy Payner, M.D., Indiana


Rollin M. Dick, Indiana


Michael Feinstein, Indiana
Founder, Member Emeritus

Adam Arceneaux, Indiana

Brook Babcock, Tennessee

Libby Brown, Indiana

Stan Burton, Indiana

Terrence Flannery, Indiana

Peggy Ford, Indiana

Stan Hurt, Indiana

Brian Kelly, Indiana

Paul Lowden, Nevada

Andy Marx, California

Izabela Ozdemir, Indiana

Tory Purvis, Indiana

Tony Robertson, Indiana

Marty Rosenberg, Indiana

Charles Simons, D.D.S, M.S.D., Indiana

David Stirsman, Indiana

Michael Wells, Indiana