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 - Southern California 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.
Avarie Cooke - Western MA Associate 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.
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 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 peacebuilding. 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.
Rosa Navarrete - Southern California Associate 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.