Edward J. Lewis, III
President & Chief Executive Officer
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Ed Lewis joined Caramoor as President and CEO in May 2021. He has over two decades of nonprofit management and fundraising experience in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and beyond. Prior to Caramoor, Ed served as Vice Chancellor for Advancement at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he implemented and led the university’s historic multi-award-winning fundraising initiative, Powering Creativity: The Campaign for UNCSA. The campaign supported innovative new programs, student scholarships, faculty endowments, facility improvements, and community engagement initiatives. Under Ed’s leadership, the UNCSA Foundation endowment grew through fundraising efforts from $35 million in 2015 to over $70 million in February 2021.
Ed was also the Senior Director of Development at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he provided strategic direction for a comprehensive fundraising program for one of the nation’s leading university presenting programs. There, he helped design and lead the campaign for all the performing arts on the campus raising over $42 million as part of University of Maryland’s first $1 billion comprehensive campaign Great Expectations: The Campaign for Maryland.
Ed has an extensive background as a violist. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and he completed his Doctoral Program post-graduate studies at the University of Maryland School of Music, where he studied chamber music with the Guarneri String Quartet. As a professional musician, Ed has performed as a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Toledo Symphony, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and Aspen Chamber Symphony, among other ensembles.
Ed and his partner Scott Palmer enjoy international travel and when their busy schedules permit, they, along with their cat Sandy, enjoy spending time at their home on the Maine coast.
Vice President & Artistic Director
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Since joining Caramoor in November 2016 in a newly-created role, Kathy Schuman has expanded the overall creative vision of the year-round concert season, overseeing the artistic program and production of all public concerts and related activities. Previously she was Artistic Administrator of Carnegie Hall, where she helped program its three venues in a wide variety of musical genres. During her 15-year tenure at Carnegie, she was deeply involved in the opening of Zankel Hall in 2003, which led to an expansion of the hall’s presentations to include significantly more new music, early music, jazz, world, and folk. As the primary coordinator of Carnegie’s robust commissioning program, she oversaw approximately 200 commissions, including new works by David Lang, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Brad Mehldau, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Meredith Monk, and many others. Directly prior to joining Caramoor, she was Vice President and Artistic Director of G. Schirmer/AMP, managing a roster of Pulitzer, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning composers.
Kathy began her career in arts management at Frank Salomon Associates, where she worked both as an artist manager and as Coordinator of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. She moved to Europe in 1994, where she was the Managing Director of the European Chamber Music Association (Bremen), Administrator of the Contemporary Music Network at the Arts Council of England, and then Associate Director of Intermusica Artist Management (London), where she managed artists and programmed the International Chamber Music Season at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in addition to other concert presentations throughout London.
A native New Yorker, Kathy has been a lifelong choral singer, with a love of music instilled at an early age from her father, a professional oboist, and her mother, a book designer and opera-lover. She’s also a gourmet home cook, avid world traveler, weekend cyclist, cinephile, and theater enthusiast.
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
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Tammy Belanger is currently the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, a premiere cultural institution that enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality, mentors young professional musicians, and engages young children through interactive, educational experiences that deepen their relationship to and understanding of music. Ms. Belanger began working at Caramoor as an intern to the Managing Director in 1995, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Management from Manhattanville College. Over the next nine years she learned the operation from the ground up while obtaining a Masters degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Phoenix. Shortly after completing her studies, she was promoted to the head of the finance department.
As CFO for the past nine years, she successfully upgraded Caramoor’s financial systems from a small, rudimentary nonprofit to one that matches the excellence of the internationally acclaimed performances Caramoor presents on stage. Through Belanger’s planning and management, Caramoor has regularly come in under its expense budget, which has raised the confidence of the entire staff and board of trustees. Working in a nonprofit requires a tremendous amount of personnel skills to train others in finances, help them manage extremely limited resources and navigate an exponentially growing number of complex regulations imposed on nonprofit organizations. Belanger has accomplished all of that.
Originally from Maine, Ms. Belanger and her two children, Justin and Jessica, reside in Carmel, NY.
Vice President & Chief Development Officer
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Tracy Tajbl brings over two decades of national development experience to her role as Vice President and Chief Development Officer. Prior to joining Caramoor, she served as assistant dean for advancement for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. During her time at Syracuse, Tracy secured significant gifts to support scholarships and programming for visual art, music, drama, and design students; played a crucial role in diversifying the College’s advisory council, and launched a young alumni leadership group.
Prior to Syracuse University, Tracy held leadership positions in development for a variety of arts and cultural organizations, including the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, the Colorado Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony. She was a vice president at Community Counselling Service (CCS,) a national fundraising consultancy. During her time at CCS, she served as campaign counsel to the Nashville Symphony, playing a key role in raising $123 million to build the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. That campaign earned the 2007 Association of Fundraising Professionals International Award for fundraising excellence and innovation.
Tracy has a special interest in mentoring younger professionals and has created and delivered training sessions for fundraisers on a variety of topics. She served on the faculty for the Emerging Leaders in Development Program at the University of Denver and has presented educational sessions at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference in Washington, D.C., and at OPERA America. As a member of the Community Counseling Service (CCS) training faculty, she created several masters level courses. Building on her experience in prospect identification and research, Tracy has presented in WealthEngine’s national webinar series.
An alumna of Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in art history, Tracy can be found enjoying theater, concerts, and dance performances; visiting museums; unearthing treasures at used book stores; or enjoying the great outdoors in her spare time.
Edward J. Lewis, III, President & Chief Executive Officer
Liat Greif, Executive Assistant & Board Liaison
Kathy Schuman, Vice President & Artistic Director
Ellie Gisler Murphy, Senior Artistic Planning Manager
Tim Coffey, Artistic Planning Manager
Adina Williams, Director, School Programs & Community Engagement
Noah Rigby, Artistic Department Coordinator
Tracy Tajbl, Vice President & Chief Development Officer
Junetta Maxfield, Director of Development Operations
Jennifer Pace, Director of Individual Gifts
Gayle Schmidt Greves, Director of Special Events
Jessie Jardon, Special Events Assistant
Christina Horzepa, Grants Manager
Roslyn Wertheimer, Marketing Manager
Anna Carolina Pelaes-Shapiro, Marketing Coordinator & Box Office Assistant
Laura Schiller, Publications Editor
Alex Cutrone, Director of Ticketing & Guest Relations
Olivia Ottinger, Box Office Manager
Aarti Gilmore, Event Operations Manager
Giancarlo Anastasio, Event Operations Assistant
The Rosen House
Jessa Krick, Director of Interpretation, Collection, and Archives
Germania Alvarez, Housekeeping Manager & Collections Assistant
Samantha Perkins, Collection and Archives Assistant
Finance and Human Resources
Tammy Belanger, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Tina Salierno, Senior Bookkeeper
Carolyn Frugis, Assistant Bookkeeper
Karla Stewart, Human Resources Coordinator
Technical Direction & Production Management
Valerie Whitney, Director of Production
Peter F. Petrino, Lighting Designer
Gardens & Grounds
Milton Alvarez, Facilities Superintendent
Saul Jarrin, Facilities Assistant Superintendent
Lucio Alvarez, Facilities Crew
Jose Cardenas, Facilities Crew
Rosa Alvarez, Facilities Housekeeping Assistant
Nuve Tapia, Housekeeping Assistant
21C Media Group, Public Relations
AAN Studio, Graphic Designer
Barbara Prisament, Media Relations & Outreach Consultant
Blenderbox, Website Management
Capacity Interactive, Digital Marketing Agency
Gabe Palacio, Principal Photographer
Progressive Computing, IT Consultant
Spektrix, Ticketing Service & Support
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orchestra-in-Residence
Stephan Moore, Sonic Innovations
Steven Blier, Terrance W. Schwab Vocal Rising Stars
Pamela Frank, Evnin Rising Stars