Board Chair, Jordan Goldman – Jordan grew up in a musical household in Southern California. His family struggled financially and music served as an important outlet, especially as his family relied upon local community organizations to get by. His experience gained him a valuable perspective and first hand insight into the importance of community involvement and the necessity for mentorship and empowerment in youth programs.
Jordan is the 3rd generation in his family contracting business and works as an Office Director and jack of all trades. He resides in Austin with his wife and young son and in his spare time enjoys writing and performing music, taking in live shows and eating tacos.
Board Secretary, Sarah Sebton – Sarah Sebton is the Director of Trauma-Informed Care at University Health System in San Antonio, and a Public Health Officer in the Texas State Guard. A native of Israel, Sarah moved to the U.S. at age 5 and grew up in the suburbs of Philly. She attended Wake Forest University for undergrad and earned MPA and MPH degrees from New York University (NYU).
Although Sarah now lives in San Antonio, she loves the Austin music scene and is passionate about keeping music in schools, as she wouldn’t have made it through her academic career without it! In her free time, Sarah can be found spoiling her two pet rabbits, attending a concert or theater production, and traveling as much as possible!
Board Member, Will Dupuy – Will Dupuy has been playing music since the age of 5. His professional career began at the age of 19, touring the world with the South Austin Jug Band and Bruce Robison. Will continues his work as a singer-songwriter in two arenas, children’s music and adult music. In 2008, Will began teaching and performing preschool music full time across Central Texas. “Mr. Will” was born.
Will has the necessary skills to engage and entertain children of all ages, making TEKs fun! His sing-along style incorporates equal parts of teaching and performing for energetic young audiences. Infectious melodies combined with upbeat lyrics make him beloved among students of all ages, who clap, march, jump and dance along to their favorite songs. He has led songwriting and instrument workshops at festivals and schools. He also has a cowboy-themed presentation that features cowboy songs and the history of cowboys in Texas. Will also leads lectures and Q&A’s about his experience in the music business. Will’s children’s concerts and country music concerts are frequently featured in the same event, providing a day of entertainment for all ages. The country music band is a mix of country, Tex Mex, and bluegrass music.
Board Member, Ishmael Behrhorst – Ishmael is a native of New Orleans who moved to Austin more than 10 years ago to attend the University of Texas at Austin. He has served in the non-profit sector for the last 7 years where he has worked for some Austin most iconic organizations including the YMCA of Austin, Austin Humane Society, CASA of Travis County, and the SIMS Foundation. Currently, he serves as the Digital Marketing Director for the YMCA of Austin Association. His work background includes experience in communications, non-profit fundraising, and community engagement. His passion for music began at a very young age when he taught himself how to play the piano. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his friends (and cat), playing the piano, reading, and exploring the city’s newest restaurants and bars.
Board Member, Deirdre Ragan – Deirdre is the Founder and President of DKR Business Consulting, LLC in Austin, TX, and has over 30 years of experience in the life and health insurance industries with executive leadership in product, technology, program management, operations, and mergers/acquisitions. She has a drive to bring people and organizations as close to realizing their mission as possible. Deirdre grew up in Dallas, TX in a large family who all enjoyed various musical instruments and collaborations. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin and entering her professional life, music has continued to be central in her many passions, whether in family music gathering, taking in live music, personal songwriting, or singing in local choirs.
Deirdre feels that live music is an integral facet to the character of Austin, as much as introducing children to music is key to opening a door lifelong joy. Deirdre and her husband reside in Austin, Texas and on top of music, enjoy the pursuits such as kayaking, traveling, cooking, tennis, and spending time with their 3 dogs. She also enjoys cheering on her one and only kid who lives in Boston studying and performing music.
Advisory Board members
Jimmie Dean – Jimmie is the owner of operator of Denver Music Group, the USA distribution and sale of Porter & Davies, Kelly Shu and Drumtacs products. Jimmie is an accomplished drummer, studying at percussion at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. Jimmie has been an advocate for music education, working many years with organizations such as the Texas Commission for the Arts and Texas Cultural Trust.
Lian Amber – BASSBOSS Loudspeaker Systems CEO, Lian is an entrepreneur who has worked in many aspects of the music industry. She has previously served as Chair of the Board of Austin music nonprofits Anthropos Arts and Dub Academy. She is also a vocalist, songwriter, producer and vocal coach. An avid world-traveler, she has visited close to 50 countries. Through her philanthropic work and vocal coaching, she endeavors to share with young people the joy and power of expressing oneself through music.
Sarah Lilly – A native of the Washington, D.C. area, has spent over 8 years in the non-profit space. For the past four years she has worked at the LIVESTRONG Foundation in Austin, TX in a number of roles including events coordinator, executive assistant, grants researcher and is currently a fundraising and events specialist. Before that Sarah worked at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Alexandria, VA as an Events and Marketing coordinator. Her passion for helping others was embedded in her from a very young age as a volunteer for various organizations and events. She currently lives in Austin, TX and likes spends her spare time outdoors with her dog, Cooper.
Russell Williamson – Russell has been heavily involved in music, technology, and entrepreneurship since a very young age. His life was heavily influenced by playing and listening to music, including teaching peers while in grade-school. Companies he has launched include Thomas & Darden consumer audio products and other technology firms, carrying with him decades of experience. Since then Russell has been passionate about philanthropy by mentoring students, industry professionals, and colleagues while serving as advisor on several company boards. Music is such an emotional experience that connects all of us across the world – and providing children that opportunity is instrumental in growing that lasting experience for generations to follow.