Jens Rybo has directed Tunefoolery since 2000, but started working with the program in 1994, as an intern. As the overseer of Tunefoolery, his job description covers everything from backing up Tunefoolery musicians, to fundraising and supervising the staff. Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, he spent his twenties singing in rock bands and managing a record company. As he decided to pursue a career in the mental health field, he was thrilled to discover Tunefoolery where his passion for music and mental health recovery could be combined. Jens is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has a B.A in Psychology and a M.A in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College. In addition to working with Tunefoolery, he has a private practice as a psychotherapist and plays guitar and sings in the band Tail.
Member Outreach Coordinator and Open Mic Host
As Member Outreach Coordinator, Kara updates Tunefoolery Music members with the latest news and events happening in the community. As a Tunefoolery open mic host, Kara has the honor to witness a variety of immense and inspiring talent on a regular basis, both from Tunefoolery Musicians and visitors from the greater world community.
Booking and Media Manager
Maya is a Boston-based session bassist. She studied at Berklee College of Music and holds a BA in English and French from Skidmore College. Maya has been performing for over ten years, ranging from bluegrass to jazz to alternative theater. She currently tours with a rock band, Future Teens. She volunteers with Girls Rock Campaign Boston and serves as the musician lead for Wild Woman Fest with the Wild Woman Project.
Kelly has made an interesting and rewarding career combining her love of acting with her passion for the healing arts. Kelly uses the creative process as a tool to foster awareness, insight, and change with her clients. As a coach, teacher, and therapist, she works with artists, businesses, human service organizations, and anyone simply wishing to discover their potential and live a meaningful life. Kelly holds masters degrees in Counseling Psychology and Acting.
Music Coach / Goals Coach
Theresa Thompson is a mental health counselor, musician, and teacher. Inspired by the talents and stories of people in mental health recovery, Theresa co-founded Tunefoolery Music with Mark Irwin in 1994. She also developed and supervises our Music & Mindfulness program. A Fulbright scholar, Theresa holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University, an M.A. from Lesley University and studied viola performance at The Longy School of Music. In addition to playing with Tunefoolery, Theresa is a member of TAIL, Orkestra Marhaba, and The Makam Healing Project. She has a private practice in Cambridge and teaches meditation at Harvard Business School.
As Development Manager, Jeff writes thank you letters to donors, manages the donor base, and writes grants. He started doing fundraising work in Tunefoolery in 2003. He studied classical saxophone at the New England conservatory, but in Tunefoolery Jeff is a guitarist, singer, whistler, and songwriter.
As Office Manager, Eugene is responsible for payroll and bookeeping. He joined Tunefoolery in 2012 as an accordion player and became the Office Manager in 2014. Eugene has been taking weekly accordion lessons for the last seven years and is a part of the Massachusetts Accordion Club. He is also working toward becoming a Certified Peer Specialist.
Mali Sastri is a singer, songwriter, performer and registered Voice Movement Therapy practitioner. She trained with Paul Newham, Anne Brownell, and Christine Isherwood in London, UK from 1999 – 2001, and qualified as a professional member of the International Association of Voice Movement Therapy in 2011. Mali maintains a private VMT practice working with individuals and groups in the Boston area. Mali writes, sings, performs and tours as a solo artist and as part of her band Jaggery. She curates a performance event series called Org bringing together musicians, dancers, filmmakers, visual artists, and storytellers. She resides at the South End artist co-op, Cloud Club.
Community Music Director
Tony Leva is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator based in Cambridge, MA. We’re proud to have him as our Community Music Director, where he oversees and assists our in-house music and community education programming. A playful and responsive upright bassist, Tony regularly performs with the Unima Award winning puppetry troupe, the Gottabees, as well as the Dylan Jack Quartet, Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorer’s Club, Eric Hofbauer, Brian Carpenter, Samodivi and Jaggery; he has recorded on over 30 albums to date. Anthony has a MA in Modern American Music from the Longy School of Music, and was the recipient of a 2019 USAI grant, which he used to travel to India to perform at the AHA! Theatre Festival for Children. Deeply involved in collaborative projects across the Boson art scene, Tony’s omnivorous appetite for creativity spans theatre, film, puppetry, folk music (Americana, African, and Balkan), as well as jazz, improvised, and classical music. In addition to bass, Anthony also plays the sintir, and is honing his skills as a turntablist.
Nate joined Tunefoolery in early 2016 as a drummer and percussionist, and has since begun to learn how to play guitar. Along with playing drums, Nate works in Tunefoolery’s in-house recording studio and runs sound for Tunefoolery gigs. As Tunefoolery expands our online presence during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, Nate has taken on the additional responsibilities as he assists our musicians with essential technical aspects of preparing for their online performances. Outside of his work with Tunefoolery, musical and otherwise, Nate enjoys woodworking.
Board Of Directors
Chair & Employment Committee
Fern has been on the Tunefoolery board as the Chair since 2009. She is retired from her position as an Instructional Math Coach for Cambridge Public Elementary Schools. Fern currently works as a volunteer with political and community organizations and serves on the Executive Board of the Boston Camera Club. In addition to photography, Fern sings and plays electric bass in a Folk/Rock trio, and pursues other hobbies in the arts. Fern finds inspiration through her involvement with the creative, courageous, compassionate, and optimistic people at Tunefoolery
Cate has been a member of the Tunefoolery board since 2015. She served on several other boards including, Southern Jamaica Plan Health Center, MA National Association of Social Workers and Cambridge Family Services HeadsUp Mentor Program. Cate is currently in the Director of Student Services at Boston University School of Social Work. In her free time she sings with the Greater Boston Community Choir (GBIC), enjoys making mosaic jewelry, kayaking and has been known to make natural juice jell-O creations.
Secretary & Governing Committee
Joyce has been on the Tunefoolery Board since 2019 and currently sits on the Governance Committee. She works at Harvard Business School as an Associate Director in student support services helping graduate students navigate both academic and personal lives. Her work has involved developing wellness programs and opening up dialogue around self-care during challenging times. Outside of work, she has spent the past few years focusing on meditation practices, developing skills for offering deeper compassion and love in our community. Social justice and arts organizations are spaces where Joyce likes to volunteer.
Treasurer & Development Committee
Maria Fontellio has served on the Tunefoolery Board since 2018, and currently holds the position of treasurer. Maria has worked for Eastern Bank since 2012 and was recently promoted to Branch Manager at the Watertown branch of Eastern Bank. In addition to her work with Tunefoolery, Maria serves as the clerk on the board of the Cambridge Economic Opportunity. Currently enrolled at Cambridge College in the Management Studies program, Maria is also very heavily involved with her church community at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Cambridge.
Andrea joined the Tunefoolery board in 2019, and is excited to be working with the creative and passionate folks in this organization. As a clinician, Tunefoolery was already on her radar as an invaluable community resource. Andrea is a clinical social worker that has been working for over 30 years, providing psychiatric care to patients and families at McLean Hospital and in private practice. In her spare time, Andrea tries to coax her two Irish setters into becoming therapy dogs. She has absolutely no musical talent but hopes one day to master the kazoo.
Kara, already a staff member at Tunefoolery Music, joined The Board of Directors in 2019 to maintain the connection between The Board and the rest of The Tunefoolery Music community such as its musicians and staff. Kara serves on the employment committee, giving support to the executive director and using knowledge of the Tunefoolery Music work environment to inform decisions related to employment.