Board of Directors

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Scott Johnston

Scott Johnston

President

Scott Johnston is Vice President of Smith Bucklin and leads its Information Technology Services unit, which manages both the company’s client-related technology offerings and internal technology systems and initiatives. Scott serves as SmithBucklin’s key technology strategist, directing how the company applies technology to the management and operations of its business, while also playing an instrumental role in setting the technology-related strategic direction for the company’s client organizations, and acquiring and implementing future client offerings. Prior to joining SmithBucklin, Scott served as a systems designer at Alta Enterprises, where he provided IT support for a money management firm. He also worked in IT at Goldman Sachs, where he provided network and end user computer support for the Chicago regional office and day-to-day support of PC and network systems. Scott has also held various technical and IT support roles with companies including Elektek and IBM Product Center/NYNEX Business Centers.

Wade Wilson

Wade Wilson

Secretary

Wade Wilson is the World Wide Business Planning Manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and has been since 2008. From 2005-2007 he was General Manager, New England for Recall Corporation. Prior to that he spent 16 years at FedEx, most recently as Managing Director, Sales & Business Development, FedEx China. Wade has been a volunteer and Fundraiser for Citizens for Change, Special Olympics, American Red Cross, and Food for Friends. Wade received is Bachelor of Science in Finance from Tulsa University.

Mark Bersano

Mark Bersano

Treasurer

Mark Bersano, former Director of the INSPIRE Project, works at the Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) as the Coordinator of Parish Leadership and Management Programs. In this role, he creates continuing education opportunities for adults. INSPIRE, a partnership initiative of Loyola University Chicago and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, was a Lilly Endowment, Inc. Sustaining Pastoral Excellence grant that did collaborative team building with parish staffs.

Mark holds an MA in Social Justice (MASJ) from Loyola University Chicago, and a B.A. in English from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is working on an Associate’s Degree in Fine Art, and comes to NON:op with this passion for creative expression.

Before coming to Loyola University Chicago, Mark served as both the Chief Deputy Recorder and the Systems Administrator for the Will County Recorder of Deeds in Joliet, Illinois. He has also worked as a Technical Writer at Platinum Technologies, a software Business and Quality Assurance Analyst at Geneer Software Industries, and an English Language Instructor at Northeast Normal University in the People’s Republic of China. He has done internship work with the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and the 8th Day Center for Justice.

Mark’s passion lies in greening the Earth through the promotion of simple living, economic justice, and viable alternatives to consumerism. He believes that the power and wisdom of local communities can transform the world through the expressive arts.

William Brooks

William Brooks

Director and Facilities Committee Chair

William Brooks studied music and mathematics at Wesleyan University (BA 1965), then received degrees in musicology (MM 1971) and composition-theory (DMA 1976) from the University of Illinois. He taught at the University of California and the University of Illinois before becoming Professor of Music at the University of York, England. In 2009 he was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium, where he also serves as Editorial Officer. Brooks is active as both composer and musicologist, with the two disciplines meeting in his interest in “experimental” music and processes and in his exploration of the relationship between text and music. He has published extensively on John Cage and Charles Ives and, more broadly, on American music; his compositions often explore open form and the intersection of vernacular and cultivated idioms. Much of his music is for voice, and he is himself a singer and choral conductor. His music is published by Frog Peak Music, and he has been commissioned by The Crossing, Trio Mediaeval, The Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, and the Gulbenkian Foundation, among others.

George Berlin

George Berlin

Director and Marketing & Public Relations Committee Chair

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Christopher Preissing

Christopher Preissing

Executive Artistic Director

Composer, intermedia artist, collaborator, and artistic instigator, Christopher Preissing creates music and sound for live performance, fixed media, and interactive installation. He has been Artist-in-Residence and Fellow at Beloit College, Indiana University, Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Djerrassi, and Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has received awards from Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago, and American Composers Forum. He received a Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship and a Columbus School for Girls Endowed Fellowship in support of residencies at Djerassi and the VCCA. Previous director of the Chicago Composers Forum, and producer of two large-scale productions of John Cage’s Musicircus, he is the founder of the Chicago multi-arts collective NON:op, Open Opera Works. Recent projects include f(H2T) from Here to There, an immersive, interdisciplinary opera (2014, Chicago); I Was Born for This, collaborative installation with 14 channels of sound (2014, Notre Dame); and The Floating City, a score for Kristina Isabelle’s multimedia dance (2013, Chicago). In addition to Thunder, Perfect Mind, an immersive sound-movement opera for soprano, percussion, chorus and dance company, he is working on a setting of Dante’s Divine Comedy with Carmen-Helena Tèllez and with Amey Miller on a sound-book collaboration, In Search of Margaretta Black.

Education
BA Major: Music Theory and Composition, Minor: Physics, Ball State University
MM Music Composition, Minor: Theatre, University of Illinois
DMA Music Composition, University of Illinois