Bios

Midwest Music Foundation Bios

Staff

Rhonda Lyne, Executive Director
Rhonda is a scientist by day and avid supporter of the arts by night. Rhonda has had an active role with the Midwest Music Foundation since the inaugural fundraiser, Apocalypse Meow, in 2008. Inspired by our founder, Abigail Henderson, Rhonda is dedicated to the mission of the MMF. Current duties include fundraising, volunteer and event coordination, overseeing the health care fund, and other day to day activities of the organization.

Sondra Freeman, Director of Promotions and Artist Relations
After meeting Executive Director, Rhonda Lyne, while buying raffle tickets at an MMF function, Sondra was immediately interested in the organization’s mission and quickly became an active volunteer. Sondra’s extensive fundraising background and her lifelong love of music made her an immediate asset. Her duties have grown, and she functions as a band liaison by managing booking, promotions and many other aspects of event planning.
Sondra’s life outside of MMF includes Assistant Manager at the Buffalo Room, a performance space in Westport, and co-owner of Big Mac’s Fireworks, South.

Michelle Bacon, Editor
Musician
Michelle Bacon is a musician, writer and content producer dedicated to Kansas City’s thriving music community. As the Radio Content and Database Manager at 90.9 The Bridge — the city’s listener-supported, non-commercial NPR Music station — she spotlights local and national music through diverse content and programming. Michelle is also deeply involved in the city’s evolving music scene as a multi-instrumentalist, playing bass with Katy Guillen & the Drive, Other Americans and The Band That Fell To Earth. She is an editor for Midwest Music Foundation.

Canyon McClung, Production Specialist
Canyon started volunteering for MMF at the ripe old age of 17. He took particular interest in the technical aspects of making live music happen and quickly began learning how to run sound and lighting. He is now an intricate part of making any MMF show happen. By day you’ll find Canyon printing your band’s merchandise at Seen Merch.

Brenton Cook, Promotions Specialist
Brenton became involved with the Midwest Music Foundation after attending the first two years of the MidCoast Takeover events in Austin, TX, which helped cultivate his desire to give back to the Kansas City music scene.
Brenton started independent Kansas City-based record label Haymaker Records in 2014 and coordinates the Outer Reaches music festival. He is the curator of the Midwestern Audio local compilation CD series. Brenton has also assisted with concert and music promotions for MMF. Brenton functioned as a DJ, business manager and assistant music director of his college radio station and has carried this passion for new music with him ever since. He is interested in growing Midwest Music Foundation’s visibility within the community and providing different ways for people to access new local music.

Christopher Tate, Technology, Website
Christopher Tate has a background in music and computers that led to helping with the foundation’s information technology. He’s contracted for corporations such as Microsoft, Dell, and Disney. He has performed various roles involving technical support, server administration, and website design. He’s currently virtualizing infrastructure for the foundation that is stable, economical, and bleeding edge.

Board

Scott Easterday, President, Website
Musician 
Scott Easterday is a musician. He is vocalist, songwriter and guitarist for Expassionates. Easterday has been active in many projects in the Kansas City music and arts community for over two decades. He is the local host for the annual multi-city showcase The Love Hangover. MMF has an all volunteer and working board whose members are involved in the organization’s activities along with the Directors and staff. Easterday works with board committees and administers the MMF website.

Chris Meck, Vice President
Musician and CM2 Audio
Chris is a musician and the co-owner of CM2 Audio. He has been captivated by music his whole life and playing guitar since he was able to lift one. As a founding member of the Midwest Music Foundation, Chris is dedicated to supporting musicians and promoting the amazing music developing in the greater Kansas City area. Chris is responsible for coordinating music production for MMF, for live shows and recordings.

D. Garrett Nordstrom, Treasurer
Musician and Temple Sounds
D. Garrett Nordstrom has 35 years music industry experience and a distinct interest in musician’s needs. Nordstrom has been a songwriter, producer, guitarist, band manager, grant writer and an elementary school music teacher. Nordstrom is currently an owner of Temple Sounds; a full-service recording studio located in the Kansas City Crossroads, the President of Governmental Assistance Services in Lawrence, KS and member of the musical group Maria the Mexican. He was born in St Joseph MO.  He serves as treasurer for the Midwest Music Foundation.

Ellen Sherman, Secretary, Chair of Marketing
Although she is not a musician (besides a short stint in piano at age 10), Ellen has always had a passion for musicians. She started her events + music career at 101 the Fox as an intern. From there, her interests grew and soon she was planning full fledged concerts, rap battles, radio shows and festivals. Currently, as a board member and the Marketing Committee Chair, she manages promotional campaigns, marketing strategies and the annual donation drive. In her professional life Ellen is the event manager at 21c Museum Hotel and in her free time she likes wandering to far places, eating vegetable korma and attending music festivals.

Eric Barton, General Counsel
Eric is an attorney with a national litigation practice, handling complex commercial litigation and class actions.  He also writes an occasional newspaper column.  Eric grew up in Manhattan (KS), lived in Lawrence for 20 years, and recently moved to Kansas City, where he is an enthusiastic supporter of live, local music and other performing arts.  His other favorite music city is New Orleans, and Eric supports non-profit organizations in both cities that provide medical assistance and career development opportunities for musicians and others in the music industry.

Dr. K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH, Chair of Health + Wellness
University of Kansas Medical Center
K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas City, Kansas. He directs the department’s Research Division. He completed an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Brown University and medical school and a Family Medicine residency at the University of Kansas. He is a practicing family physician and is the Medical Officer for the Kansas City, Kansas, Wyandotte County Unified Government Health Department. Since 2002 he has been one of two primary faculty advisors to the Jaydoc Free Clinic, a medical student run clinic for the uninsured in Kansas City. He directs the Kansas Patients and Providers Engaged in Prevention Research (KPPEPR) Network. This primary care practice-based research network serves as an important research laboratory for health studies and projects in rural and urban safety-net clinics across the state of Kansas. Over the last decade the KPPEPR Network has been the primary recruitment setting for four separate National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 intervention studies and an ongoing multi-year comparative effectiveness trial of weight loss strategies in rural Primary care (PCORI funded, C. Befort, PI). In August 2017, he completed work after seven years of funding on an NIH U54 award supporting the Kansas Community Cancer Disparities Network. This Community Networks Program Center grant from the National Cancer Institute worked with Latinos and American Indians across the region and was one of 23 cancer health disparities centers across the US. He has also directed the community engagement program (the Community Partnership for Health) for the past seven years in Frontiers, the KUMC Clinical Translational Science Award Program. Through this program he leads efforts to expand community-based research and to assure a strong infrastructure and community input into KUMC’s bioscience activities. He has received federal and foundation grant support to study health information technology, health disparities, chronic disease management, health literacy, and patient health risk behavior in rural and underserved community settings.

Dr. Erin Corriveau, MD, MPH, Public Health Officer
University of Kansas Medical Center
Erin Corriveau, MD, MPH is a practicing physician, mentor and educator in primary care and population health.  She has volunteered with Midwest Music Foundation since 2016, and believes music is integral to health and healing.  She is the director of undergraduate medical education at the University of Kansas department of Family Medicine and Community Health.  Beyond her teaching responsibilities in population health practice, socio/political determinants of health and social justice, she helps lead collaborative projects on interprofessional clinical care, community health workers, addiction recovery and medical-legal partnerships.  Dr. Corriveau served as a member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education, which advises Congress on matters related to health professional workforce trends and future needs.  She has an interest in health services, and while at the University of New Mexico, she helped develop and implement the Health Extension Rural Offices (HEROs) program. Dr. Corriveau very much enjoys mentoring students and was recently awarded the faculty Gold Humanism Award at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Corriveau received her BA from Middlebury College, her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her MD from the University of New Mexico.  She completed residencies in Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico, and Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins.  In her spare time she has fun with the mandolin, attempts to play the fiddle, and sometimes sings 3-part harmony with friends.

Bryant Miller, JD, Chair of Development
Bryant is currently a consultant with over thirty years of sales and marketing experience in the legal publishing and educational technology markets and helps investors understand and keep up to date on those markets. Bryant is a long time supporter and appreciator of the Kansas City art, music, and performance community and has worked as a volunteer and associate with FOLK Alliance International. This has led to a passion for helping artists and musicians who need and are supported by the work and services the Midwest Music Foundation provides. Bryant has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Kent State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron and has also traveled extensively for business and pleasure through the Midwest and Central Plains area of the country as well as to Europe, Mexico, Jamaica, and Japan.

Vi Tran
Musician and The Buffalo Room
Vi Tran is a storyteller, singer/songwriter, actor and arts advocate. He is the curator of The Buffalo Room, an artists’ salon and performance venue in Kansas City. Born in Vietnam and raised in southwestern Kansas, Tran considers himself equal parts sea salt & wheat fields.

Camry Ivory
Musician

Camry Ivory is a singer-songwriter from Kansas City, claiming both sides of the state line as her home.  She is an active performer in the Kansas City musical scene, lending her vocal and piano talents to various musical endeavors ranging from jazz and funk to folk and experimental pop. Professionally, she has worked in the field of higher education access and social equity for over a decade.  She is excited to merge her passions for music and social service by serving on the MMF board.

Amber Hulet, Volunteer Coordinator, Social Media
Amber has been actively volunteering in the Kansas City area for several years, and while there is some variety in the nonprofit groups she lends her support to, most of the organizations focus on maintaining an active arts community.  She is excited to have the opportunity to use this experience to connect enthusiastic music fans with the mission of the Midwest Music Foundation, not only engaging volunteers but creating advocates for local musicians.   When she is not giving her time to a charitable cause or enjoying live music, Amber is providing risk management with the leading agricultural lending cooperative in Missouri.

Midwest Music Foundation has a volunteer Staff and Board.

Our dedicated Staff and Board donate their time and expertise to keep the foundation running smooth.
Small Stipends are sometimes given to help offset expenses or lost wages.
Staff or Board members are eligible to be awarded Contracts and receive Grants from Abby’s Fund.

Portrait photography by Todd Zimmer.