IAWM Board

Effective 2022

IAWM Board (effective 2022)

Christina Rusnak
Composer, Writer, and Cultural Catalyst, USA

Vice President
Dana Reason
Composer, Producer, and Pianist, USA

Deb Saidel
Flutist, Musicologist, Mentor, and Educator, USA

Wanda Brister
Singer and Professor, Florida State, USA

Supporting Members
Gaby Alvarado
Flutist, USA

Kerensa Briggs
Soprano and Composer in Residence, UK

Tiel Buck
Orchestra Personnel Manager, Charlotte Symphony, USA

Monica Buckland
Conductor and Educator, University of New South Wales, Australia

Christina Butera
Composer, Sound Artist, A.D or NOIRE Ensemble, USA

Roma Calatayud-Stocks
Composer and Author, USA

Eline Cote
Double Bassist, Founder Virago Symphonic Orchestra, Belgium

Morgan Davis
Music and Arts Librarian, Head of Library Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment, College of William and Mary, USA

Caroline Hengstenberg
Composer, Orchestrator, and Conductor, Spain

Sarah Horick
Composer and Festival Organizer, USA

Natalia Kazaryan
Pianist and Educator, Howard University, USA

Lil Lacy
Performer and Composer, Denmark

Migiwa Miyajima
Jazz Pianist, Composer, Producer, Leader of the Miggy Augmented Orchestra, USA

Elizabeth Blanton Momand
Vocalist and Professor, University of Arkansas, USA

Julia Mortyakova
Pianist and Professor, Founder of Music by Women International Festival, USA

Nicole Murphy
Composer and Professor, Australia

Deborah Nemko
Pianist, Educator, and Professor, USA

Sabrina Peña Young
Creative Director, Music Technologist, Bandwidth Media and Film, USA

Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey
Choral Conductor and Assoc. Professor, Bunker Hill Community College, USA            

Leah Reid 
Composer, Asst. Professor of Composition, University of Virginia, USA

Christina Reitz 
Musicologist, Professor, Western Carolina University, USA

Jane Rigler
Flutist, Composer, Improvisor, and Educator, USA

Sarah Westwood
Composer, Administrator, and Co-director of Illuminate Women’s Music, UK

Committee Volunteers

Violeta Dinescu 
Composer and Professor, Germany

Kimcherie Lloyd   
Conductor, Pianist, and Professor, USA                                                                    

Casidy Reed     
Trumpeter, Band Director, (Grades 5-12) Chagrin Falls, USA

Marketing & Development Committees

The Marketing and Development chairs put forth all marketing and fundraising recommendations. This committee carries out IAWM’s Marketing and Development Strategies to increase external knowledge and membership for IAWM, and to coordinate all development activities. Members work closely with the Advocacy and Communications Committees.

Marketing & Branding: Teil Buck, Chair
Natalia Kazaryn & Gaby Alvarado

Development: Deborah Nemko, Chair
Eline Cote and Casidy Reed

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee verifies and maintains the informational database for all members, circulates a directory and executes the annual membership drive.

Elizabeth Blanton Momand, Chair
Julia Mortyakova and Kerensa Briggs

If you are looking to join or renew your membership, you may do so here.

Nominations/Elections Committee

The IAWM board annually invites people to nominate themselves and others, with permission, to the IAWM board. The Nomination / Election Committee receives nominations and supporting materials, and facilitates the annual election of new board members. Contact [email protected] or committee chair if you are interested in joining the board and/or serving on one of IAWM’s committees.

Dana Reason, Chair

Advocacy & Public Relations Committee

The Advocacy & Public Relations Committee aims to promote IAWM’s awareness worldwide, and stimulate membership through developing industry allies and memberships/partnerships, integrating projects that promote the music and awareness of women in music and outreach to media and broadcasting.

Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey, Chair
Sarah Westwood

Radio Requests & Broadcasts – providing information on past, recent and upcoming broadcasts of music by women
Ursula Rempel and Linda Rimel

Awards & Concert Committee
The IAWM Awards / Concert Committee is comprised of four subcommittees that plan, coordinate and communicate the IAWM annual concerts and awards.

Search for New Music (SNM) – honoring compositions by women
Sarah Horick, Chair
Migawa Miyajima, Morgan Davis, and Nicole Murphy

Pauline Alderman Awards – honoring writing about women and music
Monica Buckland

Concert – plans the annual IAWM concert
Natalia Kazaryn, Chair

Education Grant
Nicole Murphy

Programming Award
Roma Calatayud-Stocks


Communications & Website Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for all external communication from IAWM publishing, the IAWM website, Webinars, and social media sites. This committee works closely with the Advocacy, Membership, and Marketing committees and the rest of the board in developing organizational communication messaging. It is comprised of three subcommittees:

IAWM Website
Christina Butera, Webmaster, Radio Requests, Web Content
Leah Reid, Web Content
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Listserv

Media / Video
Sabrina Peña Young

Eve R. Meyer, Journal Editor in Chief
Christina Reitz, Assistant Editor
Samantha Ege, Laura Pita, Lynn Gumert, and Anita Hanawalt

Webinars –  a series of presentations/workshops/seminars 
Migawa Miyajima

Social Media Networking
Carolina Hengstenberg, Administrator
Lil Lacy and Sarah Westwood



Conference Committee

The Conference Committee vigilantly seeks out international and U.S. sites for future Conferences. Any institution wishing to host a Conference should contact the committee chair or president. During the two years preceding a Conference, the committee supports the preparations by the host committee.

Jane Rigler & Dana Reason, Co-Chairs
Eline Cote, Antwerp Location
Monica Buckland, Australia Location
Maria Gabriela Alvarado, Morgan Davis, Christina Reitz, and Deborah Saidel

Finance Committee

The committee coordinates with other IAWM committees on income-producing projects and approves all non-budgeted expenses. The chair is responsible for all financial transactions for IAWM, including financial updating, fiscal management, and developing the budget.

Deb Saidel, Chair
Christina Rusnak

Global Initiatives Committee

This committee works closely with the Advocacy, Membership and Communications committees and the rest of the board to foster and develop awareness, and connection with members throughout the world, forming diverse partnerships and transformative opportunities for membership expansion, alliance, equity, community engagement and outreach. The committee coordinates with other IAWM committees on income producing projects and approves all non-budgeted expenses.

Gaby Alvarado and Morgan Davis, Co-Chairs
Deborah Nemko and Roma Calatayud-Stocks


The Historian works with the Secretary, Communications, Membership Committee, and the rest of the board in documenting organizational activities and history, member information, board meetings, and decisions, awards communication, and statistics.

Wanda Brister Rachwal


*serving second of two consecutive terms



Advisory Board

Jeannie G. Pool
Film Music Society
Los Angeles, CA


Ingrid Stölzel
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS


Judith Shatin
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA


Chen Yi
University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory
Kansas City, MO

Beth Denisch
Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA


Libby Meyer
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan

Jennifer Higdon
Curtis Institute
Philadelphia, PA


Terri Lynn Carrington
Jazz Artist, Educator, Composer, Producer
Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA