Staff

 

 

Abby Altman

Assistant Club Manager

Abby started working at Passim shortly after moving to the Boston area two years ago.  She started in the box office of the club and soon became a performance manager.  As the assistant manager for Club Passim, she now supervises and trains the box office staff, manages many shows in the club, and is an extra pair of hands wherever they're needed.  She also organizes the Iguana Music Fund.

Abby studied English Literature at Saint Mary's College and German Language at the University of Notre Dame, which included one year at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.  She has played violin for several years, though she much prefers to be at the sound board than on the stage.

 


 

Perry Dripps

Outreach & Technology Coordinator

Perry has worked in a wide range of settings from schools to hospitals to performance venues, all the while following his passion for music. Perry is responsible for managing Passim's outreach programming including the Boston Celtic Music (BCM) Festival, Summer BCM Fest, the Summer Concert Series, and more. In addition, Perry is also responsible for the coordination and maintenance of Passim's technology resources. 

 

Perry holds a Master's degree in Counseling from Boston College and a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Music from the University of New Hampshire. An independent musician and music enthusiast, Perry has played in various bands and groups ever since he first picked up the guitar in elementary school. He primarily plays progressive electric guitar, as well as fingerstyle on six and twelve-string acoustic. Perry also likes to sing but often prefers to back other vocalists. In his spare time, Perry enjoys getting outside, talking with others about sustainability issues, biking, swimming, running, playing music, going to shows, recording, listening to vinyl, and having a good laugh with friends.

 

 


 

Courtney Gallagher

Membership & Communications Coordinator

A decade ago, Courtney came to a show at Passim and has had a love for the place ever since.  In the sunniest of Passim offices, she is always working on connecting the community with music through membership, marketing, fundraising and other special ventures. 
 
Courtney holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from the Boston University College of Fine Arts with a focus on directing and collaborative theatre.  She is also a musician who has performed throughout New England and been involved in music and theatre education through local arts organizations and Boston area schools. Courtney is a travel and nature lover.  When she is not outside, she can be found making a mess while cooking in the kitchen or crafting something new. 

 


Deni Hlavinka 

Administrative Coordinator

Raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Deni has been surrounded by the imagery and authenticity of folk music from an early age. Since moving to Boston in 2011, Deni has been a passionate patron of Club Passim and became a member of the team in November 2015. Deni graduated from Berklee College of Music in May, 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Professional Music, where she studied under the private voice instruction of Paula Cole. She actively performs with local artists, including Mark Erelli, Tall Heights, and Melissa Ferrick, with her band, The Western Den.

 

When she is not assisting patrons with tickets, updating memberships, and ensuring everything is operating smoothly, you may find her traveling on the weekends to rural New England towns, forcing her friends to play board games with her, and hunting for the perfect candle. 


 

 

Dan Hogan

Senior Advisor

Dan Hogan became executive director of Passim in 2008, and retired from the position in 2015. Previously, he worked for three decades as a management consultant, specializing in leadership development, executive assessment, and coaching. His clients included Pfizer, Merrill Lynch, Mercedes Benz (SA), and Harvard’s Alumni Affairs and Development.
 
Dan presently serves on the Standex International Corporation board of directors and on the executive board of the Harvard Square Business Association. Dan was a licensed psychologist and was a member of the Massachusetts Bar for many years. He has served on the Harvard Medical School faculty at McLean Hospital and also at Harvard University in the Department of Psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a life member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association.
 
Dan is the author of more than a dozen publications, including articles in the New York Times and the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Contemporary Psychology called his four-volume series on professional regulation, "the most comprehensive and most stimulating publication on the matter."
 
Dan has three children and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is an avid squash player and has consistently been ranked in the top 5 nationally in his age group. Dan is a member of the Yale Class of 1965 Council and headed up his 50th reunion at Exeter, where he received the President’s Award for “Outstanding Commitment and Service to the Academy.”
 
Dan received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University, his law degree from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University.
 

 


Lis Rhodes

Chief Financial Officer
Lis Rhodes is a member of an internationally recognized accounting organization, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and holds a business degree from City University Business School, London. She spent a year at Chelsea Art College studying interior design and has a broad interest in the arts.

A British transplant, Lis came to the United States in 2010. While she was still in the United Kingdom, Lis was the financial controller for a non-profit development agency and managed the finances for an architectural practice. She spent three years working in the South of France, where she implemented all of the financial systems for an Internet start-up company. She has also worked as a senior financial analyst in large corporate environments for companies in various industries including insurance (Aviva) and engineering (Rolls-Royce).

At Passim, Lis controls the day-to-day running of all financial processes, as well as production of management reports, analysis and co-ordination of budgeting, and forecasting. Passim has been a new and exciting experience for Lis; she has loved the shows that she has seen since working here.

 


 

Matt Smith

Managing Director
Matt Smith was a patron of Club Passim for two years and a volunteer at the Club for three months before he began working at Club Passim as a performance manager in the summer of 1995. Two years later, he became a full-time manager. He has also worked for Young/Hunter Management (Peter Mulvey, Chris Smither, Dar Williams, Richard Shindell) and was one of the founders of FolkWeb, a now-defunct, online folk-merchandise store.

Since beginning his career in the music world, Matt has been on panels and advisory committees at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the International Folk Alliance, and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance. He has worked as a tour manager and sound engineer for the singer-songwriter collaborative, Live From New York (Edie Carey, Teddy Goldstein, Anne Heaton, and Andrew Kerr) and the Celtic band Halali (Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, Lissa Schneckenburger, and Flynn Cohen). Matt has also been a stage emcee at the Falcon Ridge and the Newport Folk Festivals, and he is the founder of Club Passim's campfire. festival.

As the manager of Club Passim, Matt’s duties include overseeing and training all of the Club’s management staff, booking and developing new talent, booking and coordinating campfire. festival, and booking special events. Matt also lays out Passim’s bi-monthly newsletter and night manages several shows at the Club per week.

 


 

Chris West

School of Music Coordinator

Coming from the island of Bermuda, Chris first moved to Boston in the Fall of 2011 to attend the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting in the Spring of 2015. During his time at Berklee, Chris found himself at Passim countless times as a patron, and as a performer with his own folk duo, The Western Den. After his first introduction to Passim, Chris developed a fondness for the organization and their mission that kept him coming back.
 
Chris is responsible for the management and growth of the Passim School of Music, where he works with students and instructors to establish an open and highly creative environment that encourages students to excel beyond their ability and truly hone their craft.
 
 

 

Jim Wooster

Executive Director

Jim became Executive Director of Passim in September 2015 after serving on the board as clerk for two years.  Previously he served as Business Manager for several startup companies in the Boston area, most recently for international news website GlobalPost.com and for its non-profit spinoff The GroundTruth Project.  Before that he helped online music marketplace Sonicbids grow, move into new space and secure venture funding.  He was a founding partner of New England Streaming Media and its internet radio station RadioBoston.com.  Previously he served as Director of Finance for healthcare private equity firm MedEquity Capital and as a consultant to local high-tech startups.    
 
An avid musician, Jim was a founding member of local Americana band the Courage Brothers which released two CDs on Eastern Front Records in the early 1990s.  He still performs occasionally with local groups including The Loomers and The Blood Mountain Brothers.  He lives in Belmont with his wife and two boys and enjoys spending free time skiing or on the tennis court.  Jim received his B.A. from Dartmouth College.