Lane Alexander
Founder & Director

Elaine Cohen Rubin & Richard G. Weinberg
Honorary Founders

Kelly Michaels (1957 – 1995)
Founding Artistic Director  


Michael Foster (2010)
Board Chair
Senior Sales Manager, The Whitehall Hotel

Claudette Smith (2010)
Vice President (Data Management, Operations, & Technology), Northern Trust

Kwaku Osebreh (2018)
Attorney, Mayer Brown LLP

Ben Koppel (2017)
Founder, Koppel Consulting

Lane Alexander (1988)
Founder & Director
Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Brenna Conway (2018)
Director of City Scholars, University of Illinois

John Gingell (2016)
SVP (Midwest Regional Manager), Segal

Irene Michaels (2016)
Founder, I On The Scene

CHRP Board Member

Emmanuel Neal (2020)
Business Development Consultant

Joyce Selander (2017)
Retired, Commodities Broker
Chicago Board of Trade

Z. J. Tong (2011)
President, ChinaPro Marketing Partners


Alex Felton

Alex Felton (2010)
Vice President, Business Relationship Manager
BMO Harris Bank

Advisory Board

Terrence Coakley

Gail Kalver

Marilyn Miglin

Lou Conte

Marilyn Katz

Peggy Sutton

Diana E. Harris

Bill Kurtis

Dianne “Lady Di” Walker

Bill Irwin

Donna LaPietra


Lane Alexander
Founder & Director
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Emmanuel Neal
Interim Managing Director

Daniel Borak
Guest Artist
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Lior David Shragg
Festivals Coordinator, Rhythm World/STOMPING GROUNDS

Canisha Russ
Program Associate, Outreach and Arts Education

Derrion Davis
Program Associate, American Rhythm Center


Margaret Nelson
Production Stage Manager

Jill Villanueva & Yvonne Afable
Business and Financial Management

Christopher W. Frerichs
Grant Management

Fredric Brewer
Marketing and Graphic Design

Catherine Painter
Patron and Database Management