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.
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.
Rosa Navarrete - Southern California Coordinator
Rosa is a freelance artist born in Perú and raised in Los Angeles. She works as a Writer, Actor, and Director in the Theater, Film, and Content Making world. Her immigrant experience has given her an interesting perspective; poignant moments in life that help navigate her vision, feed her storytelling, and encourages her practice with community engagement. The arts has had a substantial presence in her life, especially aiding in her transition from student to professional.
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.
Tenesha Wallace - Development Director
Tenesha Wallace was born and raised in Demopolis, Alabama. She received her Masters in Health Sciences with a concentration in Community Health from the University of Alabama. She is a Public Health professional with over 6 years of experience in the non-profit sector serving impoverished and underserved communities. These experiences have awarded her the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. In her most recent experience she secures sponsorships, grants, and donations essential for the organization’s health and operations. She believes the positive and powerful platform that Music in Common gives to communities will inspire generations to come.
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.