STAFF AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rick Gordillo CEO

Rick has been an active music educator in West Michigan for nearly 20 years. He is currently employed full-time by Marshall Music Company, teaches front ensembles for local school marching bands, and writes music for these bands. He was formerly the Assistant Director of Bands at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and worked as Percussion Director at Reeths Puffer High School from Muskegon, Michigan. Rick was also Director of Percussion for Jenison High School and Northview High School in recent years. Rick is a graduate from Aquinas College, with an Bachelors of Arts in Music and an Alumni of Wyoming Park High School. He is a former member of the Northern Aurora Drum and Bugle Corps from Saginaw, Michigan and the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa. He also worked as a professional percussionist for churches and symphonies in the lakeshore area. He is heavily involved with Winter Guard International, Co-founding groups like Great Lakes Percussion and Genesis Percussion. Rick is an endorsed artist with Mapex and Majestic instruments as well as D'Addario products, Evans drumheads, and Promark Sticks.

Liz Gordillo Vice President

Liz works full-time as is a program manager for the Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning at Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. She is responsible for managing, researching, and consulting on a portfolio of projects for grantmakers and donors. She previously worked at the Ruth Mott Foundation as a Learning Officer and at the Johnson Center as a graduate assistant, research coordinator, and research manager within the Community Research Institute. Prior to her time in the philanthropic sector, she taught secondary and post-secondary chemistry, physics, mathematics, and social work courses. Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with an emphasis on education and a minor in physics from Western Michigan University, and her master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University. She is passionate about working alongside foundations, nonprofits, and communities to identify, collect, own, and use data to advocate for community-identified changes. As V.P., she is responsible for developing systems for accountability throughout all the groups, as well as, identifying potential funding resources.

Will Gordillo Executive Director of Genesis Percussion and G2

Will has been teaching and arranging for marching bands and indoor drumlines in the West Michigan area for over two decades. This will be Will's 21st year involved in the indoor activity, beginning with his membership at the Phantom Regiment indoor group called the Wheaters, founding Great Lakes Percussion (Michigan's first Independent World percussion line), and co-founding Genesis and G2. Will is proudly sponsored by Evans drumheads, Promark drumsticks, Sabian cymbals, and Mapex and Majestic percussion products. He is also an Evans/Promark and Mapex educator. Will has his Bachelors of Arts in history and political science degree from Western Michigan University and an associate’s degree in medical science from Davenport University. Will currently works as the founding director Bands at Davenport University.

Nate Lietz Board Chair

Nate Leitz is currently a category manager at SpartanNash Company in Grand Rapids, MI.  He is responsible for all of hot beverage (Coffee, Tea, Cocoa) and protein snacking for grocery wholesale distribution and corporate retail stores.  

 

Nate has had a long history being involved in the percussive arts, specifically in West Michigan.  His participation in the Grand Valley State University drumline paved the way to march with the Grand Rapids based indoor percussion ensemble - Great Lakes Percussion in 2008.  Shortly afterward he instructed at a number of West Michigan high school marching band programs while at university including - Rockford HS, Reeths Puffer HS, Jenison HS, New Buffalo HS, Fruitport HS, and Berrien Springs HS.  In 2010, Redline percussion out of Canton, MI was the last performing ensemble Nate participated in before making the transition to instruction.  From 2011 through 2016, he was on staff with the indoor percussion ensemble Genesis Percussion.

Rick Fisk VP of the Board

Rick retired after an outstanding career leading the Herman Miller team serving United States Government and Military Healthcare Facilities worldwide. With over 38 years of medical and government sales, sales management, contract and project management experience in the industry he had worked extensively with Health Facility planning agencies, major architectural, engineering and construction firms, sales and dealers. Rick provides focus and program leadership to engage, develop and grow successful, profitable customer relationships.

Greg Sperlbaum Treasurer

Greg Sperlbaum has been active in Percussion Education in Michigan for 14 years. He is currently in his fourth year as the Percussion Director at The Grand Rapids Drive Professional Basketball Entertainment.   Greg has also served as Percussion Director of Kelloggsville High School, Cedar Springs High School, West Michigan Homeschool of Fine Arts and at Comstock Park High School. Greg has also spent time with Godwin Heights, Columbia Central, Rockford and Allendale High Schools. Greg graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Public/Non-Profit Administration as well as a degree in Political Science. Greg currently works in the supply chain industry as a project manager.  Greg is a founding Board Member of Grand Rapids Youth Performing Arts and currently serves as Treasurer.

Jim Walsh Board member

Jim Walsh is dedicated to growing awareness and inclusion in music performing arts throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. Jim obtained his Bachelors of Music Education from Grand Valley State University in 2011. He has been the Sparta Area Schools Band and Choir Director since graduating. Prior to graduating from college, Jim was a freelance instructor and designer writing and designing music and drill for marching bands, teaching private lessons for percussion, and instructing marching and concert percussion ensembles.

Jason Mach Board Member

Jason Mach played alto saxophone and clarinet in a variety of ensembles while growing up and through college.  He served for two years as an upper woodwind instructor at Berrien Springs High School, and managed video recording and production for both Berrien Springs and Grand Valley State bands.  A proud Laker alum, Jason received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Operations Management and Logistics from Grand Valley State University in 2009, and currently works at Haworth, Inc. as a Sales Order Scheduler.  He resides in Holland, MI and enjoys photography, going to concerts, and collecting vinyl records in his free time.  Jason is a trustee on the Grand Rapids Youth Performing Arts board.

My name is Dori McCourry and I graduated from Godwin Heights High School, then attended GRCC for an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and then attended Ferris State University for a Bachelor’s in Nursing. I currently work for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Primary Care for the past 15 years, it is a job I love, prior to that I worked in home care/hospice, substance abuse and at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon in Med/Surg, Ortho/Neuro nursing.  

I have three children Michaela, Kaitlyn and Nicholas McCourry my two girls graduated from Godwin Heights in 2013 and 2018 with my son finishing his Sophomore year at Godwin Heights this year.  Myself as well as  my three children all marched with the Godwin Heights Marching Band and Symphonic Band and I was also a member of the marching band at GRCC while in college.  I have volunteered countless hours with the Godwin Heights Band, Godwin Heights Winter Guard, Medley Winter Guard and G2 because I see a lot of value in what music teaches young people.  I have ridden many buses, I feed hungry kids, build props, sew uniforms and flags, get students in uniform and take photos just to name a few of the things I do to support such a wonderful organizations.  I do all of this not because I have to but, because I love what I do.