Staff & Board

Board of Directors


Julie Davila
Middle Tennessee State University


Dr. Thad Anderson
University of Central Florida


Juels Thomas
First Vice President
Drum Workshop, Inc.

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Dr. Lamon Lawhorn
Second Vice President
North Carolina A&T State University


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Dr. Megan Arns
University of Missouri

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Michael Burritt
Immediate Past President
Eastman School of Music

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Kathryn A. Ahearn, CPA, CGMA
Barnes Dennig, Retired

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Anders Åstrand
Mallet Artist, Clinician, Composer


Deb Birnbaum
Educational Affairs Innovations Director and Scholarly Concentrations Program Director
Indiana University School of Medicine


Derek Moore
Chief Creative Steward
Freadom, LLC.

Marcia Neel
Music Education Consultants, Inc.
Senior Director of Education, 
Band and Orchestral Division
Yamaha Corporation of America

Percussive Arts Society Staff



Joshua Simonds
Executive Director
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Nicole Herlevic
Director of Finance
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Marianella Moreno
Director of IT
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Justin Ramirez
Director of Membership
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Alison Mitchell
Programs Manager
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Katherine Franzen

Katherine Franzen
Membership and Development Coordinator
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Hillary Henry
Publications Production Manager
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Rob Funkhouser - 2023

Rob Funkhouser
Operations and Education Manager
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Rick Mattingly
Senior Editor
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Julie Hill
Editorial Director
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Paul Buyer
Editorial Director
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Board of Advisors


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Dr. Jillian Baxter
Assistant Professor of Music
Albany State University

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Dr. Andy Bliss
Director of Percussion Studies
University of Tennessee

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Dr. Omar Carmenates
Associate Professor of Percussion
Furman University

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Maria Finkelmeier
MF Dynamics
Associate Professor
Berklee College of Music

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Dr. Dave Gerhart
Assistant Market Manager, Education
Yamaha Corporation of America


Dr. Dave Hall
Associate Professor of Percussion
University of North Texas

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Teddy Hall, Jr.
Instructor of Percussion
Point University

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Dr. Scott Herring
Professor of Percussion
University of South Carolina


Dr. Matthew Jordan
Assistant Professor of Percussion
Jacksonville State University


Gene Koshinski
Professor of Percussion
University of Delaware


Dr. Matthew Lau
Educator / Performer

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William Moersch
Professor and Chair, Percussion
University of Illinois at

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Valerie D. Naranjo
NBC Saturday Night Live Band,
The Lion King on Broadway
New York University Steinhardt School
Faculty Member
NYU Global Institute for Advanced Studies


Michael Rosen
Professor of Percussion
Oberlin Conservatory of Music

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Marcus Santos
Hand Percussionist
Performer and Educator
New England Conservatory
Middlesex Community College
Somerville High School

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Heather Sloan
Media & Maps Assistant
Herman B. Wells Library,
Indiana University Bloomington


Saturnino Tiamson, Jr.
Percussionist / Drummer / Educator 
President of PAS Philippines Chapter 
Harrow International School Hong Kong


Andrea Venet
Associate Professor of Percussion
University of North Florida

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Lauren Vogel Weiss
Percussion Events Registry Company


Mark Wessels
Director of Education

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Eric Willie
Associate Professor of Percussion

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She-e Wu
Solo Percussionist
Associate Professor of Music
Director of the Percussion Program
Northwestern University

Council of Past Presidents

Michael Burritt (2021-2022)
Dr. Chris Hanning (2019-2020)
Dr. Brian Zator (2017-2018)
Dr. Julie Hill (2015-2017)
John R. Beck (2013-2014)
Lisa Rogers (2011–2012)
Steve Houghton (2009-2010)
Gary Cook (2007-2008)
Rich Holly (2005 - 2006)
Mark Ford (2003 - 2004)
James Campbell (2001 - 2002)
Robert Breithaupt (1999 - 2000)
Genaro Gonzalez (1997 - 1998)
Garwood Whaley (1993 - 1996)
Robert Schietroma (1991 - 1992)
John H. Beck (1987 - 1990)
Thomas Siwe (1984 - 1986)
Larry Vanlandingham (1982 - 1984) deceased
James Petercsak (1977 - 1981)
Gary Olmstead (1973 - 1977)
Sandy Feldstein (1968 - 1972) deceased
Gordon Peters (1964 - 1967)
Donald Canedy (1960 - 1963) deceased


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Contact Us

Percussive Arts Society
127 E. Michigan Street Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
T: (317) 974-4488
F: (317) 974-4499