Justin Laughter (President) is a business, intellectual property, and entertainment attorney as well as a musician. His experience representing clients is wide-ranging, including business and non-profit structuring and operations, copyright and trademark protection, licensing and enforcement, music/film/literary/theater law, internet law, and private securities offerings. He regularly counsels startups, artists, labels, publishers, breweries, restaurants, makers, and other creative entrepreneurs. He is also active in the nonprofit, creative, and entertainment community. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond Law School.
Board Of Directors
Officers of the Board
Jack Porter (Treasurer & Chairman of Finance Committee) was the Chief Financial Officer of The Châteauville Foundation and The Castleton Festival, which were founded by Maestro Lorin Maazel. The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of aspiring music and opera stars and the performance of classical and operatic music productions. He was also managing director of specialized investment banking firms that facilitated mergers and acquisitions and consulted with Native American tribal corporations and governments, interested in pursuing commercial joint venture opportunities and the recovery and development of their energy resources. Before entering the field of investment banking, he managed the mergers and acquisitions activities of Microdyne Corporation, and served as national director of tax for BDO Seidman, internationally the seventh largest public accounting firm.
Board Members at Large
Whitney Asher is the Founder and CEO of the Marketing Mixtape, a music-inspired branding & promotions agency that helps musicians & “rockstar business leaders” reach fans effectively. She graduated with her MS in Business & Strategy from the nationally-ranked Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter. Previous work experience includes iHeart Media, Capitol Records and WDCE-FM. Her work experience has allowed the opportunities to work on iconic brands and artist campaigns including NASCAR, CamelBak, Humana, X-Box, SPARC, The Science Museum of Virginia, as well as with musicians including Amy Grant, Jason Mraz, finalists from “The Voice” and many others.
Mitchell Galin is a veteran filmmaker who has developed and/or overseen the production of ten features, over thirty television productions, four documentaries and two theatre productions. In 2007 after spending two decades building two entertainment companies, Galin formed the Nashville-based film company, Epiphany Productions LLC. He is best known for a number of projects he produced in partnership with Stephen King, including Pet Cemetery and The Stand, as well as his work in the adaptation of works by John Cheever, Dominick Dunne, Frank Herbert and others. His work has garnered six Emmys and the prestigious Christopher Award. Oscar-winning actors and actresses Galin has worked with include Katharine Hepburn, James Cagney, Peter O’Toole, Jodie Foster, James Earl Jones, William Hurt, Kathy Bates, George Scott, Maggie Smith, George Kennedy and William Hicke.
John Jacquemin is President and Founder of Mooring Financial Corporation, a private investment firm that specializes in the management of alternative assets for high net worth individuals and institutional investors. He earned his M.B.A. degree from Dartmouth College at the Tuck School of Business Administration. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Penn National Gaming Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company, George Mason University, the Tuck School of Business Administration and the Castleton Festival. He is the President of The Jacquemin Family Foundation, which he established in 1997 to focus grants on organizations that provide educational and artistic opportunities for under-served children.
Brooke Primont is the Senior Vice President of Sync at Concord Music Publishing. She oversees the department, working on music placements for Concord songwriters and composers in television, film, ads, video games as well as all other media outlets. Primont joined Concord in 2017 after seven years at Razor & Tie and seven years at Cherry Lane Music Publishing. Prior to that she was Director of Writer Publisher Relations at BMI. Primont has proven results in music pitching, and music licensing and clearance, including recent placements with Heinz, Chevy, Kmart, Payless, Apple, Pepsi & Grey’s Anatomy. She has also held the title of Music Supervisor on the independent films Concussion and No Pay Nudity. Primont is a graduate of Tulane University where her career in music kicked off with her own radio show on WTUL.
Paul Reisler (Kid Pan Alley Founder, Artistic Director) is one of the foremost songwriting teachers for both adults and children in the country and has personally developed the Kid Pan Alley process. Since 1975, he has toured throughout North America and Asia as the leader of the music group Trapezoid as well as Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy, and as a solo performer. He’s written thousands of songs and instrumentals as well as co-writing Aesop’s Fables for Orchestra and Narrator, and the script and music for two new musicals featuring Kid Pan Alley songs. He has appeared in well over 3,000 concerts. He has been involved in over 35 recording projects in various roles as a musician, engineer, producer and composer.
Cheryl Reisler (Development Director, ex-officio) joined Kid Pan Alley in 2014 as Executive Director after retiring from an 8-year appointment as an elementary school principal for Fairfax County Public Schools. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education from James Madison University, a Master in Music Education and Supervisory Endorsement from George Mason University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at George Mason University. She began her career as an elementary music teacher. She presented workshops for teachers and administrators. This led to a position supervising the elementary music program for 136 schools for the Fairfax County Public Schools. In 2006 she was appointed principal at Forestdale Elementary School until retirement in May 2014.
Barry Sagotsky is owner of Magnolia Lane Consulting and has acquired the Asherman Negotiation Prog. He has also was SVP at GCI Patient recruitment, VP at Pacesetter, and worked in HR, strategy and marketing at Schering-Plough and Janssen Pharmaceutica. Barry helps organizations clearly define goals, and develop and execute appropriately detailed plans to best achieve the desired results, often above expections. Barry has been a successful consultant, manager and executive coach for over 40 years.
Audrey White has worked for Unity Health Care as the Director of Corporate & Community Relations for the last 16 years. Her responsibilities have included grants management, fundraising, public relations, and producing special events. She studied journalism and business marketing at the University of Arizona and the University of Phoenix. She is also a certified Life Coach empowering nonprofit executives, entrepreneurs, and others to be their “best selves” through self-assessment, setting and achieving realistic goals.