BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Susan Michelson, Producer, Chairman & Founder, The Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Fund; Artist Manager, Video & Music Producer, Desert Dreams Artists: Michelson and Dick Wagner first met in 1978, when they were introduced by Alice Cooper at Davlin Studios in North Hollywood CA. Michelson majored in Voice at Boston University, studying counterpoint and composition by day -- and rock n roll at night. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music and Minor in Education, Susan began her career as a music educator in grades K through 9. She has a profound passion for the power of music to inspire and heal. As a recording and touring artist, Susan has had the honor of working with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Hoyt Axton, Mary Wells, and more. Entrepreneurial by nature, Michelson and husband Alex Cyrell founded companies Omnimount® Systems and Future Primitive Designs in their Hollywood garage, ultimately distributing the products worldwide in more than 50 countries. For nine years, Susan was a judge for Fox TV’s Arizona Idol, the advance team that pre-selects American Idol contestants. 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 over a dozen video, concert, and music fundraisers to benefit the lives of others. Susan is the editor of Wagner’s award-winning memoir, “Not Only Women Bleed.” An avid linguaphile, Susan is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and some Italian.

Victoria Woody, Board of Directors, 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. She’s our liaison to the childrens’ hospitals, working 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 spring into reality, and she juggles a million priorities with tact and warmth.

Howard Hertz, Co-Chairman/Executive Director, Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Fund; 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 (2004-2012); a Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellow; and a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers. Mr. Hertz is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School and Wayne State University Law School teaching a course in entertainment law.

Darren McDunnough, Board of Directors; 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.

 

CONCERT COMMITTEE


CEO/Founder: Susan Michelson, Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Fund
Producer/Director: Susan Michelson
Chairman/Executive Director: Howard Hertz, Hertz Schram PC
Co-Producer, Director of Volunteers: Victoria Woody
Co-Founder: Marshall Block, Real ii Reel Productions, LLC
Sponsor: Mark McManus, CEO, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
Paul Averill, Chief Executive Officer, Wired4health, Inc.
Joe Bellanca, Hertz Schram PC
Tony Bizon, Music for a Cause
Richard Blondy, Direct from Detroit Photography
Paul Brown, Music Director
Lynn Clark-Geiner, Launch Showcase
Tony D’Annunzio, Producer/Director, Loud Productions, LLC
Taylor Greenshields, Stage Techmastery
Bill Harder, Comcast Communications
John Kearney, Stage Techmastery
Brian Major, The Major Group
Ali McManus, Youth Ambassador
Auction Acquisitions, Team Building: Julie McManus
Jim Feahr,
 Cherry Festival, Line Producer
Jon Gillies, Iron Street Studio
Gary Graff, Music Journalist, Author
Darren McDunnough, McDunnough Inc.
Brian Pastoria, Harmonie Park Entertainment/Unite Detroit
Doug Podell, WCSX Radio
Karl Rausch, Senior Editor, Ringside Entertainment
Don Richard, Dream Domain
Kathy Vargo, On the Rocks, Detroit
Peter Veach, Culinary Innovations
Tony Villarreal, Thunder Audio
Mike Velasco, Mike Velasco Real Estate
David Winans II, The Winans Family