2020 Board of Directors
Ethan Scott Baird
Ethan is a founding member of the band Pesky J. Nixon. He has appeared at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Connecticut Folk Festival, as an Emerging, Most Wanted, and Main Stage artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Formal Showcase Artists at NERFA. He also works with his music partner Jake Bush as the co-founder of Tribal Mischief, an organization dedicated to leveraging the tribal nature in all of us to build up good artistic and community works. Ethan is a folk scene junkie who grew up in coffeehouses throughout New England – volunteering his skills in many capacities from booking to running sound. He is a member of the NERFA programming committee dedicated to offering the best educational opportunities possible for the community.
Dan is a lifelong music lover and the producer of Voices in the Heights, a monthly concert series in Brooklyn, New York. He is the board treasurer of The Ashokan Center and the former longtime executive director of the Unitarian Universalist camp and conference center, Unirondack. He is passionate about creating listening spaces for musicians where they are paid well to perform for appreciative audiences. He loves to bake and creates gourmet desserts for each concert at Voices in the Heights. He believes music is at the heart of building a more loving world.
Michael is an award-winning public relations and communications strategist and writer, who counts a number of independent recording artists among his clients. He is also editor & publisher of AcousticMusicScene.com and a former contributing writer for The New York Times. A past president of two professional associations in his field, Mike is currently president of the NERFA board of directors and the Folk Music Society of Huntington (NY), as well as a board member of Folk Alliance International. He organizes the annual Huntington Folk Festival and hosts showcases and song swaps at conferences and festivals.
Justin began at the Philadelphia Folksong Society over a decade ago before taking a job with a recording studio in Texas. Justin became culturally promiscuous upon his return to Philadelphia, working with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Film Festival, FringeArts, etc., with a pit stop as Director of Business Development for a law firm, before returning to PFS as Executive Director in 2015. It didn’t feel as if he was taking a new job – it felt as if he’d come home. Justin hopes to bring his youthful exuberance to the NERFA board with his music industry, nonprofit, and development expertise.
Matt is the Principal & CEO of a Wealth Management firm located in Philadelphia & Vero Beach, FL. His lifelong passion has been music, specifically music production. He has worked as a part-time mastering engineer for 22 years and is currently a student at The Berklee School of Music. In his side-career of philanthropy, he serves as an advisor to several non-profits in the realm in financial matters and fund-raising. He commits roughly 250-350 hours annually to charity and volunteerism and has managed finances for both Multi-Grammy winners and Emmy Nominees.
Formerly president of CT Folk, Barbara has long been involved in folk music. She plays guitar and sings, but has never been a performer. She has served as a music volunteer at The CT Hospice for many years, bringing her guitar bedside. She has also hosted more than 70 house concerts in her home. Barbara is a retired university professor of special education who now has more time to enjoy gardening, her family, volunteering, attending live musical performances (hopefully, we will be able to do that again!), and traveling, particularly to Italy. She has already served one term on the NERFA board of directors, serving as Vice President, and is currently serving in her second term as a board member.
Kimberly Sinclair is an award-winning publicist and music industry professional based in Nova Scotia, Canada and Louisville, KY. Since founding Spincount in 2008, her firm has been awarded Company OTY 6 times and Kimberly awarded Industry Professional OTY twice. Spincount handles marketing and publicity for major organizations such as Philadelphia Folk Festival, Home Routes, the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Kimberly’s clients are routinely nominated for GRAMMYs and JUNOs and receive multiple nominations yearly from National, Regional and Provincial MIAs. Kimberly currently serves on the board of NERFA, and has served on the boards of MNS and the ECMA and presents showcase opportunities throughout North America.
Dan has hit the Billboard Bluegrass charts as a banjo player with both Emmy-nominated bluegrass/hip-hop band Gangstagrass and Philadelphia-based progressive bluegrass band Man About A Horse. The song “We Are Gonna Be Okay” from his solo EP was recently included on the soundtrack for the award-winning Spike Lee movie BlacKkKlansman. In addition to performing, songwriting, and recording, Dan also teaches private lessons and group workshops.
Coco Wilde is the Founder of First Acoustics Concert Series, in Brooklyn. Since 2008, Coco and her team of dedicated volunteers has proudly presented scores of established and emerging artists to audiences in Brooklyn, NY.
A Native Philadelphian, Coco volunteered at the Philadelphia Folk Festival for fifteen years. She was Assistant Director of Development at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Director of Special Events for Brave New World Repertory Theatre Company, in Brooklyn
Coco views presenting concerts as not only what she does, but as a fundamental part of who she is.