National Advisory Panel
Dr. Barry Bittman, M.D.
Dr. Bittman is a neurologist, author, and medical researcher with both professional and personal interests in – and commitments to – the creative and performing arts. This includes a special research focus on the role of the arts and personal creative expression in promoting health and wellness. Dr. Bittman is the chief innovations officer of the Meadville Medical Center, and the founder and CEO of the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville.
Elizabeth Asche Douglas
Ms. Douglas is a master artist and educator. She currently has work on exhibit in the 23rd National Exhibition at the African American Museum, Dallas, TX; Women of Visions exhibition at Penn State, New Kensington, PA; "Standing Out from the Crowd" at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA; the 5th Annual Summer Gallery at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Midland, PA; and, the Annual Small Works Salon at the New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA. With a BFA in painting and design from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), she launched her professional career a half century ago with a prize-winning entry in the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh's 42nd Annual at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She went on to earn a Master's degree in art history at the University of Pittsburgh and taught for many years at Geneva College.
Mr. Kennedy is the Vice President and Creative Director for Mizrahi, Inc. -- a Pittsburgh-based marketing firm that provides branding, interactive, advertising, and communications support to a variety of companies and organizations. Mr. Kennedy earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and has worked in the communications field for over 25 years. He is a member of the American Marketing Association and his work has been recognized by the American Society for Healthcare Marketing, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Public Relations Society of America, Print Magazine and the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation. Mr. Kennedy is also a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Fellows Center at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. LeRoy's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Vibe, The Village Voice, National Review Online and Alternative Press. He is the co-author (with Michael Lipton) of 20 Years of Mountain Stage, a history of the National Public Radio show, and wrote a book for Continuum's 33 1/3 series about the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique. His latest book, The Greatest Music Never Sold, was published by Backbeat in 2007, and he is a contributor to But Prince Don't Moonwalk, an anthology of music writing published in 2008 by Crown/Random House. A native of Clarksburg, WV, Mr. Le Roy is the director of the literary arts program at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School.
Mr. Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, performer, author, and music software developer. He is the founder of TimeWarp Technologies, a leader in the development of intelligent music accompaniment software. Mr. Litterst has a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has taught in a wide variety of musical environments: university, conservatory prep school, community music school, public school, and private studio.
Michele de la Reza
Ms. de la Reza is the managing artistic director of Attack Theater. She received her BFA from the Juilliard School in New York City and a Masters of Science in Developmental Movement/Motor Learning from the University of Pittsburgh. Attack Theater, which she co-founded with her husband Peter Kope, combines modern dance, original live music, multimedia and interdisciplinary art forms to present work in traditional and non-traditional spaces throughout the United States and around the world.
Dr. Craig Woodson
The former senior director of education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Woodson is an internationally respected authority on the making and playing of simple musical instruments from around the world. Through his educational consulting company Ethnomusic, Inc., many of his over 300 designs have been used in drum manufacturing, universities and museums, educational concerts, and by thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students over the past 35 years.