Todd Mack – Executive Director
Todd has made a 30-year career as a musician, songwriter, and producer based upon his unwavering belief in the power of music to change the world. He has toured extensively throughout the United States and Asia as a soloist, with his band, and with Music in Common. Todd has released 7 CDs of his music and produced dozens of album projects by other artists at his Off the Beat-n-Track recording studio in Sheffield, MA and elsewhere. Todd speaks locally, nationally, and internationally at universities and conferences on a wide variety of topics related to the music business, music production, songwriting, grassroots promotion, and the power of music to create social change.
Patricia Strauch - Business Manager
Patricia Strauch had a 25-year career in the corporate legal field. After retiring and relocating to the Berkshires in 2003, she became involved in many of the region's extensive music and other cultural venues; as a performer, organizer, and volunteer. In 2013, she merged her passion for music with her desire to help make positive change in the world, and joined the Music in Common team.
Jason Feddy - Orange County, CA Coordinator
Since moving to the area from the UK in 2000, local singer-songwriter, musician, producer and radio host Jason Feddy has been a mainstay on the Laguna Beach scene, performing events, clubs and hotels, and festivals. He performs original music, as well as with his Beatles cover band, The Beetroots, as well as Jason Feddy & Shakespeare's Fool. Jason has released 6 CDs of his music and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the UK, and Israel. Jason moonlights as Cantor-Soloist at a conservative, Jewish congregation, Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach.
Aaron Lichkay - Atlanta Coordinator
Aaron has lived in the Atlanta Metro area since 1998 and recently graduated from Georgia State Andrew Young School of Policy Studies with a Masters in Public Administration. He has a passion of learning about and working with different cultures. Over the last five years he has worked with refugee community in Clarkston Ga, by developing and running programs with local partners and organizations to build youth and women’s leadership and advocating for New Americans. He spends his free time volunteering for CISV locally and internationally building friendships and understanding between different cultures.
Lynnette Najimy - Director of Outreach & Engagement
Lynnette is Founder and Director of Beansprout Productions, an independent multimedia production company with a focus on new media strategies. With a passion for community building and storytelling, Lynnette earned a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Media from Suffolk University. She has traveled around the world producing events and multimedia productions using the power of story in words, images, and music to discover and celebrate positive action in the world. Music in Common feeds and inspires her passion for positive collaborative and creative solutions.
Marisa Massery - Western MA Coordinator
Marisa was born and raised in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Her most joyful passion is music and singing. Marisa is currently pursuing her Master's degree from the School for International Training in Brattleboro Vermont. She is focusing her studies on how the arts, specifically music, can be harnessed as a tool for peace and conflict transformation, a pursuit that aligns perfectly with the mission and vision of Music in Common.
Lauren Ornstein- Southern Israel Coordinator
Lauren Ornstein lives in Mizpe Ramon in southern Israel. She is a folk singer-songwriter, an educator and teacher-mentor in the field of English as a Foreign Language. Since retiring from her own classroom, she now focuses on her work in Negev Bedouin community high schools, where she combines her mentoring skills and creativity, singing and teaching young people folk songs as cultural enrichment to their EFL studies. She's been a volunteer and activist for many years, working for coexistence and equality in the Negev. Music In Common speaks her language and deeply connects with her commitment to facilitating social change in Israel.
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