Staff, Interns, Volunteers

Christophe Preissing

Christophe Preissing

Founder and Artistic Director

Composer, intermedia artist, collaborator, and artistic instigator, Christophe 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, VCCA France, 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 inter-arts collective NON:op, Open Opera Works. Recent projects include HPSCHD@50 festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of Cage and Hiller’s immersive masterpiece (2020), Blood Lines: remembering the 1919 Chicago race riot (2019), sound for Samuel Beckett’s radio play, Cascando (2018); is SI ng, a performance with artist Matt Bodett at Victory Gardens (2017), sound for Journeying La Divina Commedia, the University of Notre Dame’s adaptation of Dante’s Divina Commedia (2016); the opera-installation Thunder, Perfect Mind (2015); 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).

Saba Ayman-Nolley

Saba Ayman-Nolley

SAY THEIR NAMES project coordinator

Saba Ayman-Nolley is Professor Emerita and former chair of the psychology department at Northeastern Illinois University. Her PhD in Developmental and Educational Psychology is from the University of Chicago. Her research has explored areas of non-verbal communication and creativity as they relate to Children’s understanding of social concepts and roles. She has been a board member of the Jean Piaget Society and its Vice-President of communications. She has also developed and implemented training programs and curriculum for teachers and parents. For the last ten years she has been an organizer of the Art in Response to Violence international conference. She has received over 10 research grants and authored over 75 presentations and publications.

Ronald Browne

Ronald Browne

SAY THEIR NAMES lead researcher

Ron Browne is a retired teacher, reading specialist, and curriculum coach with Chicago Public Schools and member of the Chicago Baha’i Community, serving on its Local Spiritual Assembly. Prior to teaching, he was a professional journalist and also worked in the insurance departments of two rental and leasing corporations. He is also president of the North Beverly Civic Association, a community action organization, and coordinator of the International Human Relations Council, an interfaith, intercultural social action organization on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Nozanin "Noza" Farrukhzoda

Nozanin "Noza" Farrukhzoda

SAY THEIR NAMES research assistant

Nozanin “Noza” Farrukhzoda is currently majoring in Psychology and Pre-Physician’s Assistant (PA) at Northeastern Illinois University. Noza was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and moved to the United States of America at age 13. She recently started writing for NEIU Independent newspaper and enjoys investigating topics on: Psychology, Criminology, Forensics, Healthcare and Sociology. In her free time, she likes to write and spend time with her family.

Thomas Kernan

Thomas Kernan

L’s GA consultant, research advisor, writer

Thomas J. Kernan is Associate Professor of Music History at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts and is both a scholar of Lincoln and of American music. In recent projects he has addressed the musical memorialization of Abraham Lincoln as well as the history of concert audiences’ musical and extra-musical experiences. Tom’s articles and essays have appeared in the American Musical Instrument Society Newsletter, Grove Dictionary of American Music, and edited collections published by Routledge and Rowman & Littlefield. Tom’s research has earned him awards from the Abraham Lincoln Association and Abraham Lincoln Institute, and a Rudolph Ganz Long-Term Fellowship from the Newberry Library.
During the Spring 2021 semester he will teach the Martirano’s L’s GA to both undergraduate students in a Western art music survey and graduate students in a seminar examining performer discourse.

Ting Liu

Ting Liu

SAY THEIR NAMES academic supervisor, map development

Dr. Ting Liu is an Associate Professor and GIS Coordinator at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University. Dr. Liu’s research and teaching interests are with the applications of GIS and remote sensing in the urban environment.

Safira Newton-Matza

Safira Newton-Matza

SAY THEIR NAMES research assistant

Safira Newton-Matza is an Oak Park native and recent graduate from the American University of Paris with a BA in History. She will be getting her masters in the fall of 2021, and has a passion for working with non-for profit organizations, balancing historical perspectives and human rights advocacy.

Jahan Nolley

Jahan Nolley

Social Media Coordinator, Blood Lines & SAY THEIR NAMES contributor
Omid Nolley

Omid Nolley

SAY THEIR NAMES research assistant

Omid Nolley is an activist and organizer with a background in social work. He has devoted his life to advocacy for marginalized populations and raising awareness of social and economic injustice. Omid is trained in and conducts race & reconciliation workshops. He also works with youth with special needs, assisting them and their families to find support systems and resources for academic and life skills.

Susannah Renihan

Susannah Renihan

L’s GA editor and project assistant

Susannah Renihan is a graduate student in the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University currently completing an MM in Vocal Performance. She is a Graduate Assistant for Music History assisting Professor Tom Kernan with the L’s GA project. Her research interests are in the music of Charles Ives and folksong, specifically the relationship between his compositions and identity. Susannah’s work often encompasses editing, writing, reading, grading, and working with students and faculty one-on-one. She hopes to continue her studies in Vocal Pedagogy and Musicology with a DMA in the future.

Robert "Rob" Strzok

Robert "Rob" Strzok

SAY THEIR NAMES research assistant and map coder

Robert (Rob) Strzok is a student at Northeastern University where he studies geography and environmental studies with a primary focus on planning and development. Throughout his time at NEIU, he has used GIS and cartography to learn about the social, economic, infrastructural and political aspects of land use and city planning. In his free time, he is likely enjoying the outdoors or discovering new music.

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