Staff

Abby Altman

Assistant Club Manager

Abby started working at Passim shortly after moving to the Boston area three years ago.  She started in the box office of the club and soon became a performance manager.  As the assistant manager for Club Passim, she now supervises and trains the box office staff, manages many shows in the club, coordinates the campfire. and Down Home Up Here festivals, and is an extra pair of hands wherever they're needed.  She also organizes the Iguana Music Fund.

Abby studied English Literature at Saint Mary's College and German Language at the University of Notre Dame, which included one year at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.  She has played violin for several years, though she much prefers being at the sound board to being on the stage.

 


 

Doug Dulaney

Finance Manager

Doug is a Certified Public Accountant, and has worked in a variety of functions before joining the team at Passim. Prior to this, he was a financial analyst for Summit Partners, a private equity firm in Boston, and prior to that, he was n auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in NYC. He has always had a passion for music, and is happy to be able to bring his financial expertise to a great organization.

 

Doug holds a B.A. in Accounting and Theater Arts from Muhlenberg College. He is an avid musician and actor, and when he is not crunching numbers behind a computer, you can find him acting in shows around boston. 

 


 

Deni Hlavinka 

Administrative Coordinator

Raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Deni has been surrounded by the imagery and authenticity of folk music from an early age. Since moving to Boston in 2011, Deni has been a passionate patron of Club Passim and became a member of the team in November 2015. Deni graduated from Berklee College of Music in May, 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Professional Music, where she studied under the private voice instruction of Paula Cole. She actively performs with local artists, including Mark Erelli, Tall Heights, and Melissa Ferrick, with her band, The Western Den.

 

When she is not assisting patrons with tickets, updating memberships, and ensuring everything is operating smoothly, you may find her traveling on the weekends to rural New England towns, forcing her friends to play board games with her, and hunting for the perfect candle. 

 


 

Jess Phaneuf

Outreach Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Courtney Rodland

Membership & Communications Coordinator

A decade ago, Courtney came to a show at Passim and has had a love for the place ever since.  In the sunniest of Passim offices, she is always working on connecting the community with music through membership, marketing, fundraising and other special ventures. 
 
Courtney holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from the Boston University College of Fine Arts with a focus on directing and collaborative theatre.  In addition to working at Passim, she is also the Project Assitant for the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  She is also a musician who has performed throughout New England and been involved in music and theatre education through local arts organizations and Boston area schools. Courtney is a travel and nature lover.  When she is not outside, she can be found making a mess while cooking in the kitchen or crafting something new. 
 
 

 

Matt Smith

Managing Director
Matt Smith was a patron of Club Passim for two years and a volunteer at the Club for three months before he began working at Club Passim as a performance manager in the summer of 1995. Two years later, he became a full-time manager. He has also worked for Young/Hunter Management (Peter Mulvey, Chris Smither, Dar Williams, Richard Shindell) and was one of the founders of FolkWeb, a now-defunct, online folk-merchandise store.

Since beginning his career in the music world, Matt has been on panels and advisory committees at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the International Folk Alliance, and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance. He has worked as a tour manager and sound engineer for the singer-songwriter collaborative, Live From New York (Edie Carey, Teddy Goldstein, Anne Heaton, and Andrew Kerr) and the Celtic band Halali (Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, Lissa Schneckenburger, and Flynn Cohen). Matt has also been a stage emcee at the Falcon Ridge and the Newport Folk Festivals, and he is the founder of Club Passim's campfire. festival.

As the manager of Club Passim, Matt’s duties include overseeing and training all of the Club’s management staff, booking and developing new talent, booking and coordinating campfire. festival, and booking special events. Matt also lays out Passim’s bi-monthly newsletter and night manages several shows at the Club per week.

 


 

Administrative Coordinator

A California native, Mariel grew up playing fiddle music in the redwoods. She moved to Boston to study Violin Performance at Berklee College of Music and immediately fell in love with the warm and welcoming Club Passim community.  Soon she became an instructor at the Passim School of Music and a frequent performer and audience member at the Club.

 

Mariel has toured nationally and internationally with numerous bands including Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers and Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards. While a part of the Dance Cards, the band had the opportunity to teach, perform, and collaborate with musicians in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Bangladesh, Montenegro, Greece, Estonia and Ukraine as U.S. State Department appointed Cultural Ambassadors. Mariel is currently completing her graduate degree in Arts Administration at Boston University. She also holds a position as Education Coordinator at the Handel and Haydn Society and is a graphic designer.

 

Mariel is crazy about dogs and textiles and will say yes to a dance party anytime, anywhere.

 


 

Chris West

School of Music Coordinator

Coming from the island of Bermuda, Chris first moved to Boston in the Fall of 2011 to attend the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting in the Spring of 2015. During his time at Berklee, Chris found himself at Passim countless times as a patron, and as a performer with his own folk duo, The Western Den. After his first introduction to Passim, Chris developed a fondness for the organization and their mission that kept him coming back.
 
Chris is responsible for the management and growth of the Passim School of Music, where he works with students and instructors to establish an open and highly creative environment that encourages students to excel beyond their ability and truly hone their craft.
 

 

 

Jim Wooster

Executive Director

Jim became Executive Director of Passim in September 2015 after serving on the board as clerk for two years.  Previously he served as Business Manager for several startup companies in the Boston area, most recently for international news website GlobalPost.com and for its non-profit spinoff The GroundTruth Project.  Before that he helped online music marketplace Sonicbids grow, move into new space and secure venture funding.  He was a founding partner of New England Streaming Media and its internet radio station RadioBoston.com.  Previously he served as Director of Finance for healthcare private equity firm MedEquity Capital and as a consultant to local high-tech startups.    
 
An avid musician, Jim was a founding member of local Americana band the Courage Brothers which released two CDs on Eastern Front Records in the early 1990s.  He still performs occasionally with local groups including The Loomers and The Blood Mountain Brothers.  He lives in Belmont with his wife and two boys and enjoys spending free time skiing or on the tennis court.  Jim received his B.A. from Dartmouth College.