Doug Himberger (President) has had a career that has ranged from teaching, to the Government, to both small and very large businesses blending technology expertise with business acumen in these varied settings. Currently, he is the President of Himberger Consulting and is teaching Physics at Piedmont Virginia Community College. He has served as the Director and Senior Vice President for Security, Energy and the Environment for NORC at the University of Chicago as well as a Partner and Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Georgetown University. In addition to his work with Kid Pan Alley, he is on the Board of Directors of the Safe America Foundation and the Center for Excellence in Education.
Douglas Gernert (Vice President) serves as Managing Director of Capital Investment of Village Ventures. He recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Totes Isotoner Corporation based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has served as Senior Vice President of Robertson Ceco Corporation and as Vice President of HMK Enterprises, Inc. He founded Counterpoint Management in 1991. He also co-founded Azure Records. He has worked with Bain & Company, Inc., and Procter & Gamble, where he was in sales management. Mr. Gernert holds an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Political Economics from Williams College.
Jack Porter (Treasurer & Chairman of Finance Committee) is currently 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. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, he was a 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 Semetary 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.
Melissa Ichiuji is a native of the Washington DC area and began her artistic career as a dancer and actor. She attended the prestigious Duke Ellington School for the Arts in DC, danced with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in NY and later as Anita in the World Tour of West Side Story. She has performed on many DC stages including Studio Theatre, Arena Stage, and The Shakespeare Theatre. After living in NY, Ichiuji returned to Washington and completed a degree in fine art from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her work has been featured in Art in America, NYArt Magazine and Art Investor Magazine. She has exhibited in galleries and museums in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Munich and New York. She is extremely proud to be making her Washington D.C. Museum debut at The American University Museum at The Katzen Arts Center.
Jennifer Jacobson (Executive Director) was Vice President for Industry and Government Relations for Sony Music Entertainment before joining Kid Pan Alley as Executive Director. Previously, she worked as Vice President of Domestic Public Policy at AOL. She is a graduate of University of Virginia Law School and has worked as an entertainment law attorney at Akin-Gump. In addition, she graduated from the Leadership Music program which is designed to create a forum for established music community leaders to identify and explore issues currently affecting the music industry.
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. Prior to founding Mooring Financial Corporation in 1982, he worked for Coopers & Lybrand as a management consultant for two years. He subsequently became Chief Financial Officer of CFC Corporation in Pennsylvania, where he spent five years. 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 compan, 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.
Justin Laughter 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 also the former Interim Executive Director of Virginians for the Arts, a statewide arts advocacy non-profit organization. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond Law School. He also routinely speaks to community audiences, law students, and professionals on legal topics.
Gail Montplaisir is the founder and President of Taurus Development Group and Taurus Renovation & Construction, full service development, construction and management companies. As part of the Taurus’s outreach commitment, Gail has also expanded the Taurus companies into Work-Force and energy efficiency training both for market-rate and green-collar job programs. Gail serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors Peace X Peace (www.peacexpeace.org) as well as on the Board of Advisors of DC Greenworks (www.dcgreenworks.org). She has also been active with other community organizations such as Martha’s Table, Our Place DC and United Communities Against Poverty.
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 Aesop’s Fables for Orchestra and Narrator, and the script and music for two new musical, Bouncin’ 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 Toth (Kid Pan Alley 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.
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.