Staff

 

 

Abby Altman

Assistant Club Manager

Bio coming soon.

 


 

Hannah Rose Baker

School of Music Coordinator

Hannah is principally responsible for managing the Passim School of Music, where she works with instructors and students to create a supportive and creative learning environment; she also serves as administrative coordinator in the Passim offices. 
 
Hannah has previously worked for a small record label, taught at the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, and led a trail crew in the woods of Idaho. A classically-trained violinist, she has found her passion in playing old time fiddle music with a contemporary twist. She holds a BA in music from Barnard College and an MA in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

 


 

Jon Dorn

Outreach & Technology Coordinator

Jon is responsible for managing Passim's outreach and community programs, including the Iguana Music Fund, Passim's summer concert series, BCMFest, and the Passim concert stages at events like Mayfair, Oktoberfest, and the Harvard Square Folk Festival. He is also responsible for the coordination and maintenance of Passim's technology resources.


Jon holds an MFA in media art from Emerson College, and a BA in psychology from Skidmore College, with a minor in studio art. He is also an independent filmmaker, cartoonist, teacher, and an active member of the South Shore & Boston area music communities as a producer and musician.

 


 

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. 

 


 

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

Administrative Coordinator

Bio coming soon.
 

 

Jim Wooster

Executive Director

Jim has served as Passim's Executive Director since fall 2015, prior to which he was a member of the Passim board of directors. Jim has served as the primary financial/administrative manager for several small companies over the past fifteen years including online music marketplace Sonicbids.com and internet radio pioneer RadioBoston.com.   

 

He also worked for healthcare private equity firm MedEquity Capital and as a consultant to local high-tech startups.  Prior to that Wooster worked as a controller in the architectural/engineering industry.  An avid musician, Jim was a founding member of local band the Courage Brothers who released two CDs on Eastern Front Records in the early 1990s.  He lives in Belmont with his wife and two boys and spends his free time playing music or on the tennis court.  B.A. – Dartmouth College.