Board of Directors
Susan Michelson Founder/Chairman, Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Fund; Video & Music Producer; Artist Manager; Writer/Editor: As a Voice Major at Boston University, Susan studied counterpoint and composition by day -- and rock ‘n’ roll at night. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music and Minor in Education, Susan began her early career as a music educator in grades K through 9. As she segued into professional music, Susan has been honored to work with exhilarating...
Susan Michelson Founder/Chairman, Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Fund; Video & Music Producer; Artist Manager; Writer/Editor: As a Voice Major at Boston University, Susan studied counterpoint and composition by day -- and rock ‘n’ roll at night. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music and Minor in Education, Susan began her early career as a music educator in grades K through 9. As she segued into professional music, Susan has been honored to work with exhilarating creatives, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Hoyt Axton, Bobby Taylor, Dick Wagner, Mary Wells, Jack Douglas, and more. For nine years, Susan was a judge for Fox TV’s Arizona Idol, the advance team that pre-selects American Idol contestants, auditioning thousands of hopeful vocalists and mentoring select talent.
Susan and the late Dick Wagner first met when they were introduced by Alice Cooper at Davlin Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA. In 2004, Wagner asked Susan to become his manager and business partner, a relationship that flourished until his passing in 2014. Together, Dick & Susan produced dozens of videos, concerts, and music fundraisers, donating their talent to benefit the lives of others. Susan has a profound passion for the power of music to inspire and heal. With a background in music education and professional music, it was a natural progression to establish a 501(c)3 to bring music therapy to hospitalized and special needs children.
As producer and artist manager, Susan focuses on artist development -- the composite development of an inspiring musician into a professional artist -- from image and training in craft, to growth as a stage performer and songwriter, to networking and expansion of career opportunities. As a writer and editor for books and magazines, Susan has edited two rock memoirs, including Dick Wagner’s multi-award-winning book “Not Only Women Bleed” and David Libert’s highly acclaimed Rock and Roll Warrior.
Entrepreneurial by nature, Susan and husband Alex Cyrell founded companies Omnimount®️ Systems and Future Primitive Designs in their Hollywood garage—designing and manufacturing products, branding and marketing, and ultimately distributing the products into more than 50 countries worldwide.
An avid linguaphile, Susan speaks English, Spanish, French, and some Italian.
Victoria WoodyDirector of Development, Co-Producer, The Dick Wagner "Remember the Child" Memorial Fund; Founder, A Red Balloon Day Victoria Woody, Director of Development, Co-Producer, The Dick Wagner "Remember the Child" Memorial Fund; Founder, A Red Balloon Day We honor the incomparable Victoria Woody for her extraordinary competence, selfless generosity, and her ability to graciously lead and inspire. Victoria has conquered every type of challenge for the Dick Wagner "Remember the Child" Fund: directing programs for sponsors, donors, and VIP services, managing volunteers, events, and fundraisers, and leading up our musical instrument donation programs.
As our liaison to the children’s hospitals, Victoria works directly with child life services and music therapists to fulfill their needs. Victoria creates and inspires new programs to help bring music and therapy to the children, no matter their isolation or challenges. She films and interviews participants for our promotional videos, and she blasts the social media with compelling photos and stories of our Dick Wagner Fund charitable operations. As Founder of A Red Balloon Day, Victoria also donates her time and talent to bring the joys and respite of music to at risk children. Victoria's creative ideas
Howard HertzCo-Chairman/Executive Director, Dick Wagner "Remember the Child" Memorial Fund; Founder, Hertz Schram, PC Howard Hertz, Co-Chairman/Executive Director, Dick Wagner "Remember the Child" Memorial Fund; Founder, Hertz Schram, PC Founder, Hertz Schram, PC: Recognized as one of the nation's top attorneys by "Best Lawyers in America" and featured in "Super Lawyers," Howard Hertz specializes in entertainment law. Among his most well-known clients have been Eminem, Marilyn Manson, Elmore Leonard, Sippie Wallace, The Romantics, George Clinton, The Bass Brothers, Pantera, Mike Posner, Rodriguez (Searching for Sugarman), Ghostly International, Paxahau, Warner Tamerlane and Atlantic Records.
Hertz is a member of the Board of Directors and President of the Detroit Music Awards Foundation; the Recording Academy (Grammys) MusiCares' Program & Services Committee; the Board of Directors of the Sphinx Organization; a former member of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammy Awards) Chicago Chapter; a Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellow; and a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers. As an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School and Wayne State University Law, Hertz teaches a course in entertainment law.
Artie KornfeldCo-Founder, The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival, 1969; Songwriter; Record Label Executive. Artie Kornfeld, Co-Founder, The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival, 1969; Songwriter; Record Label Executive. Revered worldwide as "The Father of Woodstock," Artie is one of the most influential and respected promoters in the history of popular culture and music. Conceived by Artie and Co-Founder Michael Lang as "Three Days of Peace and Music," Woodstock grew into an unprecedented peaceful love-fest of more than 400,000 passionate music lovers.
From his early days as a young hit songwriter at the Brill Building in New York, to his hiring at 23 years old as the first VP of Rock at Capital Records, Artie has built a legendary career as composer, promoter, producer, artist manager, radio show host, and record label executive. He's ridden in limousines with Paul McCartney and burnt the midnight oil (and then some) with Jimi Hendrix and most every rock legend that we know and love. Artie has worked on over 100 platinum projects, amassed 12 BMI songwriter awards, and contributed to the recording careers of such artists Tracy Chapman, Survivor, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Depeche Mode, Jan & Dean, Neil Young, KISS, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Asia, Quiet Riot, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, Santana, Melissa Etheridge, Debby Harry, and more.
More than 50 years after Woodstock 1969, Artie continues to work tirelessly to promote his eternal message of music, peace and equality throughout the world: "My goals are the same as they were over 50 years ago -- to affect social change, stop the wars and make great music. The only thing that has changed is the delivery mechanism. You can't download peace – but you can download the message and that's where it all starts."
A close personal friend of the late Dick Wagner, Artie is honored to help bring the joys of music to hospitalized children and pediatric patient care facilities
Darren McDunnoughFounder and President/CEO of McDunnough, Inc., McD Prime. Darren McDunnough, Founder and President/CEO of McDunnough, Inc., McD Prime. A highly successful entrepreneur and business executive, Darren heads up McDunnough, Inc, a world-wide leader in resin distribution, compounding, industrial plastics recycling, processing, export and sales, McDunnough, Inc. operates also as a distributor and supplier of recycled plastic materials and services for industry.
As an industry leader, Darren understands the intricacies of business and start-ups on a visceral and functional level – including branding, corporate development, finance, strategic planning, manufacturing, and distribution. As a strong supporter of inclusion and diversity in the workplace and beyond, Darren was a founding member of Disability Works!, an organization established to bring businesses together with the disabled in an effort to inform, advocate, educate and ultimately employ those with disabilities.
A passionate supporter and advocate of the arts, Darren is an active lead singer and guitar player, with professional experience ranging from the recording studio and small venues to festivals performing in front of thousands
Tony D’AnnunzioFilm Producer; Director, Technical Advisor Tony D'Annunzio, Award-Winning Film Producer; Director, Technical Advisor: Tony D'Annunzio is a multi-Emmy Award-Winning film producer and director with over 20 years of experience in senior-level live event technical management and broadcast television. Tony’s internationally acclaimed independent film, “Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story” explores the story of the historic Detroit music venue that introduced internationally renowned artists Led Zeppelin, Cream, Frank Zappa, B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, the MC5, Bob Seger, and The Who. Prodigiously researched, the film features interviews with Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, Ted Nugent, John Sinclair, Russ Gibb, Mark Farner, B.B. King, and Roger Daltrey,
With a portfolio of producing high profile events and productions, Tony’s broad resume includes events in corporate, political, sporting, and entertainment. His work includes clients and events such as Sustainable Brands, North American International Auto Show, FCA Supplier Awards, and Sistine Chapel Men's Choir North American Tour. As Director of Live Events at Conference Technologies, and as a producer for Jeff Moon Production Services, Tony collaborates with broad cast television networks, creative agencies, and fortune 500 companies. A winner of the prestigious Kresge Foundation Grant, D'Annunzio is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and schools, including The University of Michigan’s History Honors Masters Class.
A generous supporter of the Dick Wagner Remember the Child Memorial Fund, Tony has filmed multiple concerts, fundraisers, and projects to benefit the lives of children. Tony enhances our board with his warm and exuberant personality, his broad entertainment industry, innate entrepreneurial instincts, sophisticated technical expertise, as well as his association with top-level entertainment professionals.
Jonathan MillerCPA, President, Jonathan Miller, CPA, PC Jonathan Miller CPA; Founder and Managing Member, Starcross Management, LLC; Co-Founder, Sports Financial Advisors Assoc; Founder, The Just 1 Project; Producer, Beyond the Game. With over 30 years as a Certified Public Accountant, Jonathan Miller is a tax accountant, business manager, and financial advisor. With extensive experience in entertainment, music, and sports, Jonathan provides strategic business planning, corporate structure, tax planning, and compliance to individuals, businesses, and non-profits.
Jonathan's commitment to the financial stability and literacy of student and professional athletes includes the Just One Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit providing free business and financial education to athletes; the Sports Financial Advisors Association, a 501c(6) serving athletes, coaches, and players associations; and StarCross Management, helping musicians and athletes navigate the challenges of short careers and financial mismanagement. Jonathan is Associate Producer of a full-length documentary, “Beyond the Game,” featuring interviews with legendary athletes sharing their personal stories and inspiring revelations.
A native of Los Angeles, California, Jonathan graduated with Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics, passing the uniform CPA Examination in the top 5% of the nation. He began his career in the audit department of Arthur Young and Co, where he handled the audit of a large independent film studio.
Alan WolinetzChief Financial Officer, Catholic Charities, New York, NY, Senior Vice President, Republic National Bank Alan Wolinetz, Chief Financial Officer, Catholic Charities, New York, NY, Senior Vice President, Republic National Bank: With his distinctive history as CEO and General Manager of non-profits and banking organizations, Alan brings significant insight and experience to our Board. As CFO of Catholic Charities, Alan served from 2011 until his retirement in December 2021, managing its annual budget of 190 million dollars and controlling all financial-related activities for the agency. Alan took a major role in reshaping the agency's operational infrastructure -- increasing revenue, decreasing expenses, and creating a sound financial structure with accountability and reporting.
Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Alan enjoyed a successful career in the banking industry. As Senior Vice President of Republic National Bank, Alan led a year-long re-engineering to reduce 90 million dollars in operating expenses. He represented Republic Bank in the formation of a de novo New York Stock Exchange securities firm and a related asset management company; and he led the conversion of the New York branch into the stand-alone operating entity of a foreign bank. During his tenure, Alan served on committees including Capital Expenditure, Disaster Recovery Directive, Pension Review, and more. Earlier in his career, Alan joined the international law firm, Law Debenture Trust Company of New York, serving as General Manager of the New York and Delaware offices, where he handled financial administration, real estate management, information technology, and more.
A native New Yorker, Alan earned his MBA from Pace University's Graduate School of Business Administration and his B.S. in Accounting from Hunter Colleg, City University of New York.
Lea Sigiel Wolinetz
Lea Sigiel WolinetzFounder The Golden Bridge of Friendship, now known as Kidsave; Educator, Board of Education, New York, NY Lea Sigiel Wolinetz, Founder The Golden Bridge of Friendship, now known as Kidsave; Educator, Board of Education, New York, NY: The “Connector’s Connector,” Lea is the essential nucleus for connecting to anyone to anyone -- from Harlem to Hollywood – within two-degrees of separation. In 1990, Lea joined Steven Spielberg and his select team to interview Holocaust survivors for the USC Shoah Foundation. Born to Holocaust survivors, Lea has identified and interviewed at least 50 survivors to preserve their testimonies in perpetuity. Lea’s interviews have been featured in Spielberg’s Academy Award winning film, Schindler’s List and in the Visual History Archive of the Foundation.
In 1996, to honor the children lost during World War II, Lea founded The Golden Bridge of Friendship, a non-profit organization created to match orphans from Eastern Europe with adoptive parents. The model she developed is now known as Kidsave, a global organization with a mission to unite older orphans with adoptive families of their own.
Lea began her professional career as an elementary school teacher and administrator in the New York City Public Schools. For 27 years, she taught grades K through 6 in Harlem, engaging and inspiring the most challenging students in a school populated by residents of low-income housing projects. Working with the Superintendent of Schools and District 5 in Harlem, Lea was a leader in a new federally-funded program, Project Giant Step – a program expanding upon Head Start, to bring early learning to 3-year-olds. Lea was tasked to develop a curriculum and train teachers in early childhood learning and reading.
A multi-level thinker and force-of-nature, Lea jumped in with creative alacrity to work with Susan Michelson in sales and marketing for her first start-up venture, Future Primitive Designs. Lea attended Vassar College, earned her BA at City College of New York (CCNY) and her Masters at Hunter College, City University of New York.
Susan Michelson, Producer, Director
Victoria Woody, Director of Development / Co-Producer
Howard Hertz, Chairman/Executive Director
Doug Podell, Emcee
Susan Michelson and Victoria Woody welcome the crowd, onstage, MotorCity Casino, Sound Board, Detroit.
Marshall Block, President, Real II Reel Productions, Fenton MI, and a Co-Founder of The Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Fund.