Founder/Executive Director, Sara Wasserman
A singer/songwriter, recording artist and producer, music has always been an important part of Sara Wasserman’s life. The daughter of Grammy-winning bassist Rob Wasserman, she first began performing on tour with her father and Bob Weir’s band, RatDog. This was followed by solo tours of the US and Europe and the release of her debut album Solid Ground, which featured collaborations with Aaron Neville, Lou Reed, Christian McBride, Stephen Perkins, Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman. Sara joined the Board of Directors of the Peruvian children’s orphanage Casa de Milagros in 2007 and began producing a series of yearly fundraising concerts for Casa, featuring many of the artists with whom she has collaborated. She also served on the host committee in both 2013 and 2014 for Sean Penn & Friends Help Haiti Home Gala. Her passion for music also led her to accept an invitation in 2012 from the Haitian relief organization, J/P HRO, to teach music in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Two years and countless musical visits later, Music Heals International was formed. A collaboration with Little Kids Rock and J/P HRO, Sara’s vision is that MHI will give the gift and healing power of music to kids, in Haiti and other countries, who otherwise would not have that opportunity to grow up with the joy and power of music in their daily lives.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sara Wasserman – President
Stephanie Clarke – Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer
Stephanie is owner and president of Hamilton Ink Public Relations, one of Northern California’s most highly respected and successful PR agencies, with a diverse clientele in film, music, dance, art, theater and business. From 2000-2002 she held the position of Director of Communications for an internet security firm in Menlo Park followed by a position as VP of Sales and Marketing for World Wine Market, an international wine trade exhibition. Over the years Stephanie has continued to follow her passion for film and music by producing, along with her longtime producing partner, Clare Wasserman, Steep Productions, Inc., many live music events including a star-studded concert for the 52nd Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.; an all-star concert at the Beacon Theater, NYC for the release of Rob Wasserman’s TRIOS album; Dances to American Music at Brooklyn Academy of Music in collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Company, White Oak Dance (Baryshnikov) and Yo-Yo Ma, and a number of live music & film events and tributes for the Mill Valley Film Festival. Some of these include Music in the Movies celebrating the history of music and sound in films, and more recently, an all blues tribute to the late Michael Bloomfield, a celebration of Arhoolie Records, and the premiere of musician/songwriter Thomas Dolby’s film, The Invisible Lighthouse.
Michele Waldman is a Marriage and Family Psychotherapist based in San Francisco, CA. Michele has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from CIIS, a Masters in Latin American Studies from UCLA, and a Bachelors of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley. Michele has worked and lived in dozens of countries worldwide ranging from Uzbekistan to Indonesia to Pakistan. Her passion for helping others had also lead her to live in Central Mexico working with children in an orphanage. Michele became involved with Music Heals International because of her belief in the inherent healing qualities of music and her love of children.
Ashley Orton – Strategy and Impact Advisor
Shannon O’Leary Joy
Larry The Hat Lautzker
Natascha & Bob Weir