Our Team

MM Leadership 2017-2018


Matt Ladis- President


Matt is a senior from Miami, FL majoring in economics and minoring in music. Matt joined MUSIC Matters because of his passion for live music & community service, and interest in a career in the music business. In his free time, Matt likes going to concerts & music festivals, playing his guitar & sax, discovering new music, and playing basketball (though he's a very mediocre athlete). He looks forward to getting to know his amazing leadership team better and working with them to make it the best year possible for MUSIC Matters!


Maria malinowski- vice president

Maria is a senior from Troy, Michigan studying business. Maria joined MUSIC Matters because she has always loved music and wanted to combine this with her business interest and desire to help build a strong community. In her spare time, Maria enjoys running and is also involved in Greek life and various business organizations. This year, Maria is most excited about watching SpringFest continue to evolve and expand our social venture projects and their level of impact.


Madeline heller- operations chair

Madeline is a junior from Bloomington, Illinois majoring in business with a focus in strategy and marketing. After being involved in different singing groups in high school, Madeline joined MUSIC Matters to find a new outlet for her interest in music and the industry. In her free time, Madeline enjoys cooking, working out, and watching Netflix. This year, Madeline is excited to provide operational support as a means to growing the impact of MUSIC Matters on campus and in the community.


michelle vander lugt- Treasurer

Michelle is a Senior from Troy, MI studying Industrial and Operations Engineering. Michelle joined MUSIC Matters when she was a freshman as a way to meet other students who were passionate about uniting the campus and surrounding communities through the power of music. In her free time she enjoys road trips, playing with her bunny Acorn, and watching Orphan Black. This year Michelle is looking forward to incorporating innovative and creative ways to fundraise.


Graham wolff- head of curriculum

Graham is a sophomore from Brooklyn, NY studying Political Science. Graham joined MUSIC Matters to learn about the music industry, to help engage the U of M community through music, and to try to make some meaningful impact through MUSIC Matters for those with less opportunities. In his spare time, Graham enjoys finding and listening to new talent, going to concerts and talking about Chicago sports and Michigan football. Graham is most excited about assembling and attracting fascinating and prominent music industry professionals to come to MUSIC Matters and share their experiences.



zach moore- creative director

Zach Moore is a senior who hails from Lake Orion, Michigan, and is studying economics. He joined MUSIC Matters to surround himself with those who share his love of music in an extremely creative and collaborative environment. Beyond MUSIC Matters, Zach works as a concert photographer and has photographed artists such as Paul McCartney, Kanye West, and John Mayer. This year, he is most looking forward to seeing the organization and its brand grow even bigger, and impact campus in greater ways.


Ben sutkiewicz- art director

Ben Sutkiewicz was born in New Orleans, LA but spent the majority of his upbringing in the city of Clarkston, MI. He is currently a senior in the Ross School of Business pursuing a BBA degree and a minor in Art from the Stamps School of Art and Design. He joined MUSIC Matters due to his passion for all things music: playing guitar, electronically producing music, attending festivals and concerts, etc. He listens to a broad range of music styles and genres, but is mainly interested in rap, electronic, and indie/alternative.


clare duckworth- copy director

Clare is a junior from Boston, MA studying Communications and Spanish. Clare joined MUSIC matters after realizing her desire to work in the entertainment industry and help bring people together through music. In her spare time, she likes to write, dance, go to concerts, hang with pals, and eat dumplings. This year, Clare is most excited about starting up the blog and solidifying the MM voice across social platforms.



grant rivas- fundraising chair

Grant is a junior from Danville, CA studying International Economic Development at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Grant joined MUSIC Matters because he is passionate about the University of Michigan community and wanted to help put on an event which brings all of campus together. Outside of MUSIC Matters, Grant loves to collect records and is passionate about mental health advocacy. This year, Grant is most excited to pursue new fundraising opportunities and larger corporate sponsors at SpringFest.


ethan baim- head of internal development

Ethan is a sophomore from Philadelphia and is studying Mechanical Engineering. Ethan joined MUSIC Matters because of his love for various types of music, and to promote the growth of the music scene in Ann Arbor. Ethan also loves college and professional football, and is excited to make a lasting impact on the Ann Arbor community this year.


vivian yang- head of external development

Vivian is a sophomore from Los Angeles, California majoring in Biocognitive Neuroscience. Vivian has always had a large passion for music as a piano and flute player, and founded her own music community service support group in Los Angeles called Music From the Heart. After starting at Michigan, in an effort to continue using music to make a positive impact in the community, Vivian found an organization that had similar goals as her own- Music Matters. Besides music Vivian also has a huge passion for health, fitness and sports. This year, Vivian is excited to be the External Fundraising Chair and work hard on behalf of the group to raise money for the organization and help Music Matters continue to expand its positive reach in the community.


efe edevbie- head of corporate sponsorship

Efe is a junior from Novi, MI studying Sport Management with a minor in Political Science. He joined MUSIC Matters because of its unique, multi-faceted dynamic and its ability to impact and reach various communities on campus. When he isn't busy, Efe likes listening to hip-hop, with GoldLink, Isaiah Rashad, and Joey Bada$$ being some of his current favorites. This year, Efe is most excited about the opportunity to work with our corporate sponsors, both new and old.



natasha desai- marketing chair

Natasha is a senior from Boston, MA studying Communications and International Studies. Natasha joined MUSIC Matters because she loved the idea of a festival that promotes positive change and that brings students together. She’s excited to be back on campus after studying abroad for a year in Europe. When she’s not traveling, she loves to cook, bake, and watch Anthony Bourdain. This year, she is looking forward to sharing all the wonderful things MM does on campus with students!


shruthi jasti- head of technology and digital analytics

Shruthi is a senior from West Bloomfield, MI studying Computer Science and Statistics. Shruthi joined MUSIC Matters because of her love of music and using music as means to promote positive change for the community. When she's not stressing out about school, she loves to workout, cook, and watch reality TV. This year, Shruthi is most excited about expanding our reach across digital platforms.


amanda gross- head of social media

Amanda is from Bethesda, Maryland and majoring in Communication. She joined MUSIC Matters because of her love of concerts, Michigan, and philanthropy. Amanda is a writer for Spoon University, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, a brunch enthusiast and a binge-watcher. She couldn't be more excited to cover all of MUSIC Matters exciting events and accomplishments on social media this year.


adam seltzer- head of media and public relations

Adam is a sophomore from Bethesda, MD who is undecided on a major but interested in social justice. Adam joined MUSIC Matters because of his passion for both social impact and music, which he finds the organization to be a perfect combination of. When he's not learning the words to a new Nicki Minaj rap, Adam enjoys working out, being with friends, and browsing music forums. This year, as the head of Media Relations and PR, Adam is most excited for rebranding the organization in a way that emphasizes its philanthropic component and hopefully bringing the organization more press coverage throughout the year.


belinda jiang- head of guerrilla marketing

Belinda is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia double majoring in Communication Studies and Psychology. She joined MUSIC Matters because she was inspired by the ambition, drive, and fun-loving spirits she saw in members. She has a passion for dance, Yeezy, and Chick-fil-a. Through her leadership role, Belinda is looking forward to expanding her interest and experience in all things marketing and operations.

Social ventures


Avery friedman- social ventures chair

Avery is a junior from Cleveland, Ohio. She's double majoring in English and Communications, and, aside from MUSIC Matters, she writes for The Michigan Daily. Avery lives for making meaningful connections with people, spending time outside, and, of course music. As social ventures chair, she can't wait to maximize MM's social impact.


katie swartz- head of scholarship

Katie is a junior from Sterling Heights, MI studying Nursing. Katie joined MUSIC Matters because she believes music has the power to unite people from different walks of life and saw that joining MUSIC Matters was a way to do so within Ann Arbor and the Umich community. In her free time, she loves spending quality time with her friends, making indie Spotify playlists, and petting dogs. Katie is excited to work alongside the Social Ventures team this year to expand the organization's positive impact on the community.


Morgan fenton- head of new social ventures initiative

Morgan Fenton is a senior from Brighton, Michigan studying history. She quickly fell in love with MUSIC Matters after joining as junior and is so amazed by all the incredible work that the organization does on campus and in the greater Ann Arbor/Detroit community. This year, she's really looking forward to getting MUSIC Matters members more involved with social ventures and she's also excited about growing MOvE (MUSIC Matter's summer camp for Detroit youth)! When she's not coming up with cool new social venture initiatives, you can find her at Trader Joe's or teaching herself how to play the ukulele.


matt szuromi- head of Move

Matt is from Rochester, NY and is studying physics. He joined music matters so that he could give back to the community in a meaningful way. Matt enjoys listening to music, mingling, and wasting his life away on youtube videos. He is excited this year to see the MOvE summer camp expand and continue to be improved.


ayla ahmed- springfest chair

Ayla hails from Chicago, and is a junior studying business. She initially joined MUSIC Matters because she loves concerts, but has found the community-building spirit of the club to be most engaging.  In her free time, Ayla can be found scouting out new coffee shops, reading, and making killer Spotify playlists. She’s most excited about working to make SpringFest the biggest and coolest event of the year!


anuksha singh- head of student organizations

Anuksha is a junior from Plainsboro, NJ studying Business with a minor in Computer Science. Anuksha joined MUSIC Matters because it allowed her to combine her interests in MUSIC and philanthropy. In her free time, Anuksha likes to work out, buy records, and hang out with her cat. Anuksha is looking forward to collaborating more with other student organizations on events throughout the year.

christi suzuki-head of brand partnerships

Christi Suzuki is a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii double majoring in Economics and Communications. Christi joined MUSIC Matters because she loves concerts and working on impacting projects, also she figures this is her best shot at ever snagging backstage passes. Her interests include free wifi, befriending people with HBO memberships, and beaches. This year, she is excited about improving the SpringFest experience and meeting as many people as she can.

dana leney- head of springfest experience

Dana is a senior from Troy, MI majoring in Statistics and minoring in Music. She joined MUSIC Matters as a freshman because she wanted to be involved in a unique community that wound together her favorite activities--music, event planning, and community outreach. When she's not making lattes at Starbucks or doing math problems in the Ref Room, she likes to make Spotify playlists for her friends, attend concerts, and take walks to parts of Ann Arbor she hasn't been before. This year, she is most looking forward to making the SpringFest experience more engaging and memorable than ever before.

noah dobbertin- head of community engagement

Noah is a Sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering hailing from the beautiful Batavia, NY. He joined MUSIC Matters because the organization combines one of his favorite things in life and something that he values very much; live music and giving back to the community. Noah’s favorite bands at the moment are Whitney, Car Seat Headrest, and Glass Animals. This year he looks forward to continuing the connection throughout the year with the students from Henry Ford Academy that attended MUSIC Matters’ very first MOvE Camp this past summer.

university relations


audrey swain- university relations chair

Audrey is a Senior from Brighton, MI studying psychology, sociology and minoring in entrepreneurship. Audrey joined MUSIC Matters because it combines her love of music with her love of community service. Audrey is a TV enthusiast and enjoys days spent on the lake. Audrey is excited to watch MUSIC Matters' philanthropic ventures grow.

alex hedge- head of university funding

Alex is a sophomore from Bethesda, MD studying Business and Data Analysis. Alex joined MUSIC Matters out of his love for music and desire to make a difference in the community. In his free time, Alex enjoys swimming, traveling, and listening to hip-hop. Alex cannot wait to see how he and the rest of the University Relations committee can better engage the University of Michigan at SpringFest this spring.

vinayak kannan- head of university grants

Vinayak is a sophomore from Tokyo, Japan studying Business and Computer Science.  As an avid instrumentalist, he was drawn to MUSIC Matters for the group's dedication to promoting the arts in Michigan.  During his downtime, he enjoys working out, composing music, and listening to political broadcasts.  This year, Vinayak is excited to expand MUSIC Matters outreach to other key partners across campus.

talent & concert

sam reisman- talent & concert chair

Sam is Junior from Port Washington, NY, currently studying media communications. Sam joined MUSIC Matters for his passion and interest in the music industry, as well as for the opportunity to help power the importance of live music within the community. In his spare time, Sam enjoys searching for & listening to new talent. This year, Sam is most looking forward to building a larger MUSIC Matters presence within the local community, music industry, and beyond.


rose lebow- head of a&R

Rose is a sophomore from Santa Barbara, CA studying Communications and Performing Arts Management. Rose joined MUSIC Matters because of her passion for music festivals and their ability to bring people together from all over the world together and different backgrounds. You can catch Rose reading, working out, hanging out with her sorority sisters and at about every concert. This year Rose is very excited to book the artists for Springfest 2018 and create a network of booking agencies, music labels, artists and management groups.

miller guth- head of sales & promotion

Miller is a sophomore from Nashville, TN and Harwich Port, MA studying History and Performing Arts Management. Miller joined MUSIC Matters because of his passion for music and bringing people together through live entertainment. In his free time, Miller is often making music as a producer and performing as a DJ. This year, Miller is excited to help grow Springfest into an even bigger on-campus music and arts festival by expanding overall sales and promotion strategies.

james miller- head of artist analytics 

James is a senior from Midland, MI, majoring in Business.  James joined MUSIC Matters to help bring top talent to the forefront of the University of Michigan campus life.  In his free time, he enjoys cheering for Michigan football and traveling when possible.  This year, James looks forward to gathering new types of data from across the MUSIC Matters organization.

mike perlman- head of local talent

Mike Perlman is a senior studying Performing Arts Technology and Jazz/Classical Double Bass. Mike originally hails from Fairfield, CT, a suburb of New York City dubiously proclaimed by hometown hero John Mayer as ‘the home of the blues’. Growing up in a musical family, Mike has been surrounded by song for as long as he can remember, beginning his musical career at thirteen sharing the stage with his parents' band. This year, Mike is most excited about hosting a new series of local concerts around and outside of Ann Arbor.

kallan larsen- head of production

Kallan is a senior from Saginaw, Michigan studying Sociology and Arabic. Kallan joined MUSIC Matters because it's been a lifelong dream of hers to participate in a musical festival promoting social change. Her favorite MM memory was digging through the trash during SpringFest 2017 to find sugar packets for 2Chainz's coffee. This year, Kallan is most excited about making SpringFest 2018's night show run smoothly.