Marisa Massery - Program Director
Marisa was born and raised in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Her most joyful passion is music and singing. Marisa recently completed her Master's degree at the School for International Training in Brattleboro Vermont. She studied conflict transformation and specifically the connection between music and peace-building. She is curious how the social space created by music can heal and positively transform relationships, a pursuit that aligns perfectly with the mission and vision of Music In Common.
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.
Lynnette Najimy - Marketing Director
Lynnette is founder and director of Beansprout Productions, a content production, marketing and management company focused on 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.
Avarie Cook - Program & Marketing Coordinator
Avarie is a visual media artist from Springfield, MA. She graduated from Framingham State University with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Media Production. After volunteering abroad throughout high school and college, she decided to spend a year living abroad when she graduated college in 2016. These experiences with other cultures taught her the value of understanding the differences that make us individuals.