Board of Directors



Jaime D'Almeida
Managing Director at Duff & Phelps, Boston, MA
Jaime is a Managing Director at Duff & Phelps, a valuation and corporate finance advisory firm.  He focuses on litigation support where he consults and testifies on valuation, damages and corporate finance matters across a number of industries.  Jaime holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA from Babson College, where he has been an Adjunct Lecturer since 2011.
Jaime has been involved in music since he began playing the guitar, violin and piano at an early age.  He is a singer/songwriter, leading local bands Five Dollar Milkshake and The Timbre Project in the 90s and 00s.  Jaime’s songs received radio airplay as well as a television spot.  In 2000 he also co-founded an online email marketing application developed specifically for musicians.  
Now Jaime spends most of his musical time playing for (and with) his 2 daughters Mia and Lily in Cambridge, hoping they will find as much pleasure in music as he does.  He lives in Cambridge with his wife Lisa, 2 daughters and canine companion Opie.


Nancy Darish

Senior Product Marketer, Constant Contact, Waltham, MA

Nancy Darish brings to Passim more than 18 years of corporate marketing, product marketing and music industry experience. Helping to establish Chicago-based Aware Records in the mid-90s, Nancy served as general manager overseeing distribution, manufacturing, and marketing. There she worked with such artists as Matchbox20, Vertical Horizon, Guster and The Verve Pipe.

A move back to Boston led Nancy to apply her entrepreneurial marketing skills to the publishing, database marketing and email marketing industries, where most recently she served as director of marketing for Burlington based e-Dialog.  Her work with Passim has most recently led her to apply her email marketing knowledge to Waltham based Constant Contact, a provider on online marketing tools for small businesses and non-profits, as a senior product marketer.

Nancy has a BA from Boston University and recently completed the Professional Chef Program at the Cambridge School of Culinary Art.




Gail Greenwald

Gail Greenwald is an active seed-level investor and an experienced senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience in technology-intensive companies. She is currently a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group and the Launchpad Venture Group, where she serves on the board of directors. She also serves on the advisory board of The Capital Network, and is a board observer for one of her portfolio companies, Practically Green.

Formerly, Gail was executive vice president of Foliage, which provides consulting and software development services for the medical, aerospace, and industrial equipment markets. Gail was responsible for corporate-wide P&L management, restructuring and mentoring the current leadership team, and relationship management for major accounts.

Prior to Foliage, Gail spent five years as chief operating officer of Caveo Technology, an entrepreneurial company focused on advanced motion detection systems for computer security and other applications.

Earlier in her career, Gail spent seventeen years at Arthur D. Little, the international management and technology consulting firm. She was vice president and managing director of the company’s technology and product development group, and managed one of the company’s fastest growing and most highly profitable profit centers.

Gail has been active in a wide range of volunteer activities. She is a long-term supporter of Passim and a past board member. She has also served on boards, trustee groups, and advisory/steering groups for CARE, UNICEF, and BB&N. She founded the New England Women’s Initiative to raise funds for girls’ education, and was a long-term volunteer at the Pine Street Inn. Gail is also an experienced offshore sailor and celestial navigator, the only woman ever to win the Navigator’s Trophy in the Marion-Bermuda race, and a 4-time marathon runner. She is a lover of folk, independent, and rock music but decidedly mediocre as a guitarist and singer.Gail holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from MIT and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.


Chuck Honnet
Founder and Principal, Nine Athens LLC
Chuck founded his own marketing consulting & facilitation company, Nine Athens, 8 years ago and now works individually with a select group of key clients. He brings over 30+ years of experience with Blue Chip marketing companies, including Gillette and S.C. Johnson. He has held a variety of leadership and team roles and international positions including Marketing Directorships in Europe, Japan, and the US as well as sales planning and brand management positions. Chuck has been a senior consultant with Brand Learning Partners, a UK based consultancy that specializes in building marketing capability for global businesses. In addition to his work with larger clients, Chuck is a facilitator for The Board Forum, working with small business CEOs in New England.  
Most recently, he founded Nine Athens Music, dedicated to the discovery, encouragement and support of local musicians, venues and events - all focused on his love of Americana/Roots, bluegrass, and folk music.  Projects undertaken under the Nine Athens Music umbrella are offered on a pro bono basis.
Chuck graduated from Cornell University with a BA in History and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He's a certified Empowerment Trainer, a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, and recently completed training in Transformational Leadership. He now serves on the Executive Board of the Harvard Square Business Association.  
Chuck is married and has two grown children off pursuing their dreams.  His passion for music finds expression in guitar and beginning mandolin playing, volunteer work at Passim in Harvard Square, and involvement wherever he finds emerging talent in Folk, Americana and Roots music.


Ralph Jaccodine

President, Ralph Jaccodine Management, Waltham, MA
Assistant Professor Music Business/Management Department Berklee College of Music

Ralph Jaccodine started his career as a musician in his hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania. He spent the early years of his career promoting concerts there and later at the University of Notre Dame where he received a degree in economics. He has worked with artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen, Rush, Hall and Oates, and Kiss to Ellis Paul, Greg Brown, and Bill Morrissey. In 1992, he started the independent record label Black Wolf Records with Mike Dreese, the co-founder of Newbury Comics. After helping to launch the career of Ellis Paul, Ralph started what has been a 20-year career of artist management working with Ellis, Flynn, Antje Duvekot, Martin Sexton, The Push Stars, Bang Camaro, Johnny A., and others.

Along with longtime Aerosmith manager, Tim Collins, Ralph founded and runs the Boston Manager's Group, a professional organization of managers in the New England area. Ralph started Black Wolf Press, which has released the books Notes From The Road by Ellis Paul and Deep Community by Scott Alarik. He has also released DVD's by Vance Gilbert and Ellis Paul. Ralph is an active speaker at colleges, conventions, and seminars where he speaks on the music industry; he is an Assistant Professor Music Business/Management Department Berklee College of Music.


Ralph is a father of two and a longtime supporter of Passim. He has been on the board of Passim since 2004.


Patty Katsaros

Founder & CEO at P.H. Koules Consulting, Boston, MA

Patty Katsaros joined the board in 2013 and brings over 18 years of corporate business development and marketing experience to the team. She is the founder and CEO of  P.H. Koules Consulting and helps companies develop, leverage, and innovate their in-person marketing activities such as conferences, events, seminars and tradeshows. Through purposeful strategies, companies distinguish their brand, connect with targeted prospects and engage with industry leaders. In addition to Passim, Patty serves on the board of MBA Women International- Boston Chapter, and OpenHub, as well as on the member committee for the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE). Prior to starting P.H. Koules Consulting, Patty developed international recruiting events for top MBA schools and co-founded a video security manufacturer where she directed sales and marketing. She graduated magna cum laude from Gettysburg College with a BA in Management & Psychology and earned an MBA from Wake Forest Babcock School of Management. She currently resides in Boston, MA and enjoys various athletic and musical endeavors including, at one time, singing lead for a North Carolina based cover band.  



Jim Kelly, Passim Board Treasurer

Vice President and Corporate Controller, Cabot Corporation

Jim has been the Corporate Controller for Cabot Corporation, a publicly traded, global specialty chemical company based in Boston, for the past 8 years. Prior to that role he held a variety of finance positions with Cabot and, previously, Norton Company, including roles in internal audit, investor relations and business finance. Jim also has significant international business experience, having moved internationally several times and travelled extensively throughout the world.


Jim has a long-standing passion for music dating back to first learning to play guitar in middle school. He is an avid live music fan, appreciates music of many genres and is a frequent patron of Passim and a variety of other New England area music venues. Favorite artists include The Allman Brothers, Ryan Adams, The Black Lillies, Bruce Cockburn, Mark Erelli, Lori McKenna, Gillian Welch and Neil Young among many others.


When not working, travelling or attending concerts, Jim is a fitness enthusiast and is a Corporator for the Perkins School in Watertown, MA. He is a CPA and earned a BSBA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 


Hillary Kohler

Hillary worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years in both operations and product development and administration. A frequent audience member at Club Passim, she blends her passion for music with social activism, hosting a music series with her husband called House Concerts for a Cause.

Hillary is an appointed member for the Council on Aging in her town and serves as Governance Chair for the Alumnae Association Council at her alma mater.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit organization which promotes grassroots activism and civic engagement through live music events. 

Together with her husband and daughter,  the Kohlers are actively involved with various causes supporting families and children in the United States, Central America, and Africa.  When not attending live music events, Hillary can usually be found in the proximity of her kitchen. 



Charlie McDermott

Director of Finance and Operations, Fayerweather Street School, Cambridge, MA

Charlie McDermott is the Director of Finance and Operations at the Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge.  Before Fayerweather, Charlie worked for more than 25 years in the fields of grant-making and arts administration, including 20 years as Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  He has also held positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Arts Stabilization Fund, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden in Vancouver, B.C., and several public radio stations.  Charlie joined the board of Passim in 2012.  In addition to Passim, he is currently on the board of EmcArts in New York and TDC in Boston.  He is also the past board treasurer of Fayerweather Street School and the Foundation for Faces of Children.  He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management.  Charlie lives in Cambridge with his wife Patricia Flaherty, and daughters Clare (14) and Amelia (12).  He’s a piano player and is fond of playing with family friends in a group that sometimes goes by the name Dogs in a Pile.  Favorite musicians include Bruce Cockburn, Richard Thompson, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, The Band, Anais Mitchell, Michael Chorney, Karan Casey, Solas, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Jonathan Richman… to name a few!



Ronald M. Pastore

Principal, AEW Capital Management, Boston, MA

As a principal of AEW Capital Management, Ron M. Pastore heads up AEW’s retail investment management group. This group consists of eight professionals who oversee more than $3.5 billion of retail assets, including super regional malls, urban specialty centers, and grocery-anchored neighborhood centers. Ron brings to his position over 25 years of real estate experience. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College. He also attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where he received a master’s of arts in city and regional planning and MIT’s Sloan School where he received a master’s of science in management. Ron is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and has been quoted in a variety of major publications. He has also appeared as an industry commentator on CNN and various NPR radio programs.

He resides in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife, Jeanine, and their three children. Aside from his business activities, Ron has been an active electric bassist since the age of 12 and currently plays in the Boston area with two bands, the Belltones and Memphis Train. Prior to both bands, Ron was a member of the Glee Club, which played extensively throughout Boston and landed two original compositions, WBCN and WFNX. During his college years, Ron’s band, The Press, toured the New England college and nightclub scene. Two of the band’s original songs earned significant radio airplay.


Brad Paul
President & CEO Brad Paul Media, Groton, MA
For over thirty years Brad Paul has actively promoted a wide variety of music through his work as radio host and producer, video producer and director, and as VP of Promotion for Concord Music Group and SVP of National Promotion for Rounder Records. During his tenures at CMG and Rounder he promoted artists as diverse as Alison Krauss, Robert Plant, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Gregg Allman, Willie Nelson, The Chieftains, Alejandro Escovedo, Raul Malo, Madeleine Peyroux, Burning Spear, Del McCoury, Charles Brown, Irma Thomas, Bela Fleck, The Jayhawks, and Nanci Griffith to a variety of radio formats including AAA, Americana, country, folk, and syndicated programs from National Public Radio and Public Radio International. 

As an Executive Producer, Brad's credits include the Telly Award winning and Emmy nominated PBS television program; The Rounder Records’ 40th Anniversary Concert Special, Alison Krauss’ 100 Miles Or More GAC TV Special (also a Telly Award winner). As a Producer & Director, Brad's credits include video bios, "behind the scenes," and performance videos for many well known and developing artists. His radio production credits include The Club 47 50th Anniversary radio special for WGBH, Paul Simon’s So Beautiful or So What – A Guided Tour national radio special, and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand national radio special. Brad hosted and produced Folk On WGBH (Boston's NPR affiliate) from 2004 to 2009 and “The Folk Show” on WEVO (New Hampshire Public Radio) from 1988 to 1991. While attending Emerson College he produced and hosted “Live At Passim” and “The Coffeehouse” on WERS. He is a founding member of the Americana Music Association and has served on its Board of Directors for thirteen years, three of those years as President of the Board.
In 2013 Brad started Brad Paul Media, a full service radio promotion, artist development, and video production company.  


Jerry Potts, Passim Board Chair

VP Marketing, MFS Investment Management

Adjunct Professor, Carroll School of Management, Boston College

Jerry Potts has been involved with Club Passim for over ten years. In the 1990s, he founded Eastern Front Records. A number of artists from the label—including Martin Sexton, Peter Mulvey, Kevin Connolly, Greg Greenway, Courage Brothers, and Barbara Kessler—have performed frequently at Club Passim and have built strong national followings with the Club as a base. Jerry plays guitar and has written and performed for over 35 years. In 2005, he released a CD of original music, "Communicate," and still plays gigs a few times a year. Jerry joined the Board in 2002 after seeing Passim’s ability to create a powerful, nurturing environment that connects artists and audiences.

Jerry has also spent 27 years working in the business world. He was a co-founder of RadioBoston, a 24/7, live Internet radio station, and he has consulted with a variety of start-up organizations. Jerry is a graduate of Brown University where he received a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior and political science. He's president of Medfield Youth Baseball and Softball and is a rabid Patriots fan.

Jerry lives in Medfield, Massachusetts with his wife and three kids. All of them love music, play instruments, and have figured out that music makes the world a much better place.