About

Who We Are:

Our mission is to integrate music and service to benefit people and the environment. Working in conjunction with Cloud 9 Adventures, partner organizations and a collective of creative leaders, Positive Legacy coordinates environmental and humanitarian service projects fueled by the power of music. We transcend cultural boundaries by attending to the needs and aspirations of the communities we visit on our musical sojourns. We create sustainable support through action from musicians and fans. Our intention is to create sustainable support through action from musicians and fans.

Positive Legacy became a 501(c)(3) in 2010, but its mission and work began in 2003 as the Greening program on board the maiden voyage of Jam Cruise. Jam Cruise is an iconic music festival onboard a cruise ship. Through years of making impactful more sustainable changes to the cruise industry practices, the concept of Positive Legacy was born: to integrate music and service to benefit people and the environment. Today the nonprofit is run and supported by a wide variety of music industry and professional experts. The core team includes:

OUR TEAM

Staff:

 
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KRISTEN SOMMER-

SWAGER

Executive Director

Kristen truly believes in the power of music to unite people from all different backgrounds and in utilizing music as a platform to improve the world’s environmental & humanitarian conditions.

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CHRISTINE CAMPBELL

Organizational Development Director

Christine brings a giant love of music, a fervor for service & more than 20 years of human services education/experience, including a Master’s Degree specialty in NonProfit Management to Positive Legacy.

KATIE FOX

Marketing Director

Katie is a music-loving media junkie who brings many years of experience in the music industry to a space where she can help build & execute integrated marketing strategies that align with her social & environmental values.

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KEENYN MCFARLANE

Finance Director

Keenyn has held CFO roles with several nonprofits, privately-held companies & in federal and state government. He is also the Founder of Cornerstone Collaborative Florida, Inc., a nonprofit working to create & solidify pathways that serve poor & vulnerable people across the state.

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MARY HONIOTES

Social Media Manager

Mary's background in Intl Studies, love of travel & community development make her a perfect fit as Positive Legacy’s Social Media Manager & Day of Service Coordinator. Online and at events, she knows how to connect resources to needs while impacting the communities we work in.

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ARAB GINNETT

Administrative Manager

Music has always played an important role in Arab’s life, which combined with her love of event planning, drives her passion for Leaving A Positive Legacy.

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JOEL GUSTAFSON

Director of Grant Management

Joel’s love for music & helping others is the reason he is so passionate about working with Positive Legacy. His experience in the music industry & permaculture farming help him to create sustainable driven environmental & humanitarian projects.

Board Of Directors:

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JESS GRIES

President

Jess is an entertainment lawyer living in Colorado. His practice focuses on the music industry and he represents artists, production companies, talent agencies, festivals and other industry players.

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SETH WEINER

Vice President 

Seth Weiner, the man with many talents, doing it all from being Your Rocktioneer (a benefit auctioneer) to an entertainer, emcee, and host of the podcast Inside Out wTnS.

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CARRIE REPPERT

Secretary

Carrie has worked in the nonprofit field for over 18 years, serving in a variety of leadership roles. Combining her passion for service & love of music, she joined the PL team in 2012 bringing her diverse background to help the organization grow.

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SEAN RAGLAND

Treasurer

Sean has worked in accounting and finance for over ten years. He has worked as a volunteer at a several non-profit animal groups and has a passion for music.

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ANN KENWORTHY

Founder & Guardian Angel

Ann co-founded our 501(c)(3) in 2010 & served as the 1st President of the Board of Directors (2010-2015) & was our 1st Executive Director (2015-2018). She is once again serving on the board with a passion for guarding our mission & our values.

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JEFFREY SWAGER

Board of Directors Member

Jeffrey is a founding board member and past President of Positive Legacy. He has vested interest in using music as a medium to raise proceeds & awareness for the recipients, non-profit organizations, foundations and causes he works with.

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BRYAN BIRCH

Board of Directors Member

Bryan Birch is the founder of ZeroHero, Inc, a Colorado based company that specializes in installing zero-waste programs into all types of events and festivals.

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JUSTIN LEVY

Board of Directors Member

Justin has been with Conscious Alliance since 2004. His role has grown and evolved alongside the organization, exponentially increasing its overall impact. 

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GEORGIANA PLATT

Board of Directors Member

Georgiana combines her market research and consumer goods sales marketing background with the non-profit world of helping those in need.

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MIKE NOVAK

Board of Directors Member

Mike is the Co-Founder of Louder Than Digital, a digital marketing agency, and Get Louder Productions, a video production house and VR technology firm. 

Advisory Board:

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MARY CHAMBERLAIN

Advisory Board

Having seen the amazing work done by the Jam Cruise Positive Legacy program in the communities we’ve visited over the years, Mary was honored to be a founding board member of Positive Legacy.

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JULIE VAN

AMERONGEN

Advisory Board

Julie serves as an Advisory Board Member and is a Jam Cruise repeat offender who spearheads Positive Legacy action days in port, exercising her passion for service.

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KELLY VIAU

Advisory Board

Kelly is an all around go-to-girl with her hands in a lot of projects. Most notably, her role as Director of Business Development for Cloud 9 Adventures.

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SEBASTIAN AFRICANO

Advisory Board

Sebastian Africano has worked with marginalized communities in 15 countries, specializing in improving rural livelihoods and sustainable resource management.

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RUSS FARR

Advisory Board

Russ has lived in Puerto Morelos, Mexico and has overseen many grant projects for Positive Legacy over the past decade. His understanding of how to connect resources and needs allows him to excel in making real impacts to the communities he resides in.

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SEAN MCNAMARA

Advisory Board

Sean joined the Greening Team back on Jam Cruise 4 as an environmental educator/adviser and has since served as a co-coordinator for Positive Legacy benefits in the ports that we visit...

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MATT BUTLER

Advisory Board

Matt is founder and conductor of The Everyone Orchestra, a revolving cast of stellar musicians who play nationwide festivals, concerts and special events...

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EDDIE ROBERTS

Advisory Board

Eddie Roberts is the band leader, guitarist and producer of UK funk group The New Mastersounds. He originally put the band together in 1999...

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BRIAN ASPLIN

Advisory Board

Having worked in the live music for most of the last 20 years Brian has worn many hats including currently owning independent record label Harmonized Records, managing bands like Everyone Orchestra...

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DIANA AZAB

Advisory Board

Music runs through Diana's blood. For 12 years she has been the Marketing Director at Cervantes' in Denver where she is now a partner. Her love of events, music and marketing brings her full circle to her position with Positive Legacy!

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