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 has owned and operated Big Mac’s Fireworks South for over 15 years.

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.

Scott Easterday, Website Administrator
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. Easterday administers the MMF website.

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

Amber Hulet, President, 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.

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.

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 Hotel Kansas City and in her free time she likes wandering to far places, eating vegetable korma and attending music festivals.

Eric Barton, Treasurer, 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
Vice Chair and Nason Family Endowed Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Kansas Medical Center, Health Officer, Unified Government Wyandotte County Kansas City Kansas Public Health Department.

K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH, is a board member of the Midwest Music Foundation and is Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee for MMF. Dr. Greiner also heads up the partnership MMF has with the RockDocs​.​
Dr. Greiner, MD, MPH is currently Vice Chair and Nason Family Endowed Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Kansas Medical Center Health Officer, Unified Government Wyandotte County Kansas City Kansas Public Health Department 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.

Michelle Bacon, Editor
Musician
A content producer, writer and musician, Michelle Bacon is deeply involved in Kansas City’s thriving music community. After exploring the scene as an editor/music reviewer for The Deli KC, Ink and The Kansas City Star, Michelle joined 90.9 The Bridge — the city’s non-commercial public radio music station — as content manager, spotlighting local and national artists through diverse programming and in-depth web features. As one of the scene’s go-to side musicians, Michelle has performed with acts like Other Americans, Katy Guillen & the Drive, Kianna White, Nathan Corsi and The Republic Tigers. She also leads The Band That Fell To Earth, a local David Bowie tribute act with an annual benefit concert. Michelle was a staff member at Midwest Music Foundation for several years before transitioning to the Board of Directors, and she is also an active Board member at Kansas City Academy.

Erin McGrane
Musician
Erin McGrane is a musician; actress; author; public speaker; and professional development mentor. Notably, Erin appears in the Oscar-nominated film, UP IN THE AIR alongside George Clooney. She has toured the US extensively with her musical group, Victor & Penny and co-founded an annual immersive educational event focused on performance skills, creativity, and songwriting. Erin is a fellow of Artist INC, a professional development program for artists of all disciplines, and currently serves the program as a peer facilitator and presenter. Recently, Erin co-founded Heartland Song Network whose vision is to create a sustainable music industry in the Heartland. She has received grants from regional arts organizations and participated in several artist-in-residencies. Currently, Erin is authoring a collection of poems and essays for a new spoken-word project set to original music. Erin was honored in KC Magazine’s “The 100: People who make Life Better in KC” and is proud to say she misspent her youth singing in a rock band.

Erin believes in the necessary work of MMF and has been an active supporter and fundraiser for the group. Erin looks forward to serving on the MMF Board and to deepening her commitment to the health and vitality of the music community in Kansas City.

Julia Haile
Musician 
Julia Haile is a Kansas City based vocalist. The musically rich city gave her the opportunity to explore different genres and what it took to be a working musician at an early age. She began with the soul band The Good Foot and is a member of R&B group The Buhs. Julia is the front woman for the modern-soul band Hi-Lux. Working with various musicians over the years has given Haile a first hand look at the joys and challenges of being a musician. With a growing passion for uplifting the community she is happy to be a part of the MMF team.

Molly Gotobed
Kansas Assistance Network, Community Health Council of Wyandotte County
Molly Gotobed is a Program Director at the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County. She developed and coordinates the Kansas Assisters Network, a coalition of Marketplace assisters in Johnson and Wyandotte County, Kansas. Molly’s background is in Community Health Education and healthcare navigation with 7 years’ work experience specific to the community health and health insurance needs of Wyandotte County. She has led the coordinated enrollment effort in her bi-county area since 2015.

Jerry Jones
Director of Community Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
I believe that health seeker experiences should be easy, effective and enjoyable.

As the Director of the Community Health for Blue KC, I have the opportunity to practice radical collaboration as we seek to blaze a new way forward for how payers work with patients and providers to address health inequity and the social determinants of health in our communities.

During my professional career, I’ve worked closely with hospitals, safety net clinics, academic institutions, public health departments and funders in designing improved health seeker and health provider experiences. Recent projects conducted under my leadership include: reducing disabilities and deaths related to diabetes, heart disease and stroke (Designing a Healthier Dotte/CDC 1422 grant), educational outreach, marketing and coordination of certified application assistance for the ACA Marketplace (Enroll Wyandotte/Kansas Assisters Network), connecting the newly insured to primary care physicians and chronic disease prevention programs (Take Charge), Wyandotte County Community Health Worker Initiative (a partnership with KC Care Clinic) and the Health Equity thru Action and Transformation (H.E.A.T. Project).

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.