Noah BaermanNoah Baerman, Founder and Artistic Director

Noah Baerman is a pianist, composer, educator, author, activist and, since 2012, Artistic Director of RMI. His devotion to the arts as a force of good in the world dates back to his teen years, as does his interest in the intersections of different art forms. Through RMI he has furthered his work of raising awareness of topics including disability, nonviolence and the American foster care crisis, while teaching and nurturing others seeking to find transcendence of self and society through art.
“It is an amazing gift to have a bright future in spite of adversity. I hope to create things of sufficient beauty that I can give that gift back many times over.” – Noah Baerman
For more information on Noah Baerman, please visit his artist page on this site.

Dave KoppermanDave Kopperman, Vice President of Design and Branding
Dave Kopperman is an artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Rockland County, New York.  Dave holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and has worked as a design professional and Creative Director for over fifteen years.  His comics work has appeared in a variety of publications, including KPMGo, Anything But Monday and Signal to Noise (in collaboration with Duplex Planet creator David Greenberger), and he has developed and taught courses on the creation of comics.  Dave has recently completed his first solo record, available August 15th on limited edition vinyl and digital download from RMI Records.  Visit his artist page for more information.

Gabe GordonGabe Gordon, Senior Program Associate
Gabe Gordon is an arts administrator and creative community member in Brooklyn NY. During his studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, Gabe cultivated his passions for music and education, playing piano/keyboards in a number of ensembles and working at Green Street Arts Center. He moved to New York in the summer of 2012 and joined Manhattan School of Music as Distance Learning Program Coordinator. In the summer of 2016 Gabe then became Program Coordinator at LEAP, helping to bring arts integrated programming into NYC schools. Gabe also has experience in private piano instruction and event planning.

Pete LaMalfaPeter LaMalfa, Senior Program Associate
Peter LaMalfa is a jazz pianist from central Connecticut, now based in New York. An alumnus of the music program at Purchase College in Westchester County, NY (where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in jazz studies) and of Portland State University in Oregon (where he earned his M.M.), Pete has studied with esteemed musicians such as Ray Vega, Pete Malinverni, Todd Coolman, David Hazeltine, Darrell Grant and George Colligan. Peter is passionate about defending the environment, promoting equal rights and arts education.  He enjoys traveling, cooking and a good cup of coffee.

Karen Hogg Karen Hogg, Development Associate

Karen Hogg is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, and writer based in Connecticut. She holds degrees from Berklee College of Music and Western Kentucky University. Karen is the author of the instructional books Women in Rock and Guitar Made Easy. She believes that creating art and having access to art is a soul-healing necessity that should and can be available to all.


Joshua Kwassman Joshua Kwassman, Technical Associate

Joshua Kwassman is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and audio engineer based in New York. He holds music degrees from the New School and NYU and has received wide acclaim for his two albums as a bandleader, Songs of the Brother Spirit and Heartwork. He has performed as a featured artist across North and South America, including the famed Lincoln Center in New York, Symphony Space, JazzPeru festival in Lima, Peru, Catalina’s in Hollywood, California, and many other venues.


Erica T. Bryan Erica T Bryan, Program Associate

Erica T. Bryan is a R&B and Soul artist born and raised in New Haven, CT. Perhaps most known for her powerhouse vocals in eight-piece funk collective, West End Blend, Erica’s devotion to the Arts spans over 15 years of study in vocals and writing, continuing at The Hartt School, from which she holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and Music Composition. Through West End Blend, Erica has released four studio albums, as well as a debut solo EP titled “Young”, released in December of 2017.

Erica continues to collaborate and experiment musically, with unending love and gratitude for the influences that have given her the perspective and perseverance to explore her passion. Erica has a guiding belief that, when people are exposed to art in all its forms, there is limitless potential for positive, humanistic change and we continue the evolution into a more compassionate world.

Becket Cerny Becket Cerny, Program Associate

Becket Cerny is a drummer-percussionist, composer, and student living in Los Angeles, CA, and Middletown, CT. He is primarily educated in jazz drum set and classical percussion, having had the privilege to study closely with Jay Hoggard, Ivan Johnson, Josh Nelson, and Attah Poku. Along with his study of ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Becket has remained close to children’s music education with programs like the Academy of Creative Education, Green Street Teaching & Learning Center, the Harmony Project, and the Lullaby Project.

Daphne Gampel Daphne Gampel, Program Associate

Daphne Gampel is a New York-based singer-songwriter and Ethnomusicology student at Wesleyan University. Studying as a vocal major at New York City’s LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts, she began collaborating and songwriting under the direction of Robert Apostle and Jim Pugliesi. Through involvement with Wesleyan’s sustainability office, Green Street Teaching & Learning Center, Massillon Conservatoire, and The Lullaby Project, Daphne uses music to foster environmental awareness and community. She continues to write and perform music at Wesleyan.