Felice Mancini – President & CEO
For the past 25 years, Ms. Mancini has worked in the non-profit sector, primarily in development, management and as a board volunteer. She completed the certificate program in Fundraising and Non-Profit Management at UCLA before joining The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in 1998. Felice began singing professionally at age 15 and studied music at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. For five years, Felice was involved with the production of Disney’s Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra and managed their summer music camp in Los Angeles. A current member of ASCAP, Felice co-manages the vast catalogue of music created by her father, composer Henry Mancini. In 2002, Felice received the Partnership of Professionals Award for her leadership in music education advocacy by the National Association of Music Education, and in 2006 received the Music for Life Award from NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants. In 2007, Felice was commended for outstanding community service for the benefit of citizens of Los Angeles County and in 2010 she received the Don Johnson Music Industry Service Award from the publishers of Musical Merchandise Review.
Tricia Steel – Program Director
Mrs. Steel graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1999 with Percussion Performance and Music Business/Management Bachelor degrees and was awarded scholarships from Vic Firth, Inc., the Eubie Blake Scholarship Fund and the Berklee College of Music U.S. Scholarship Tour. Tricia completed her required college internship as a sales assistant at Grover Pro Percussion, Inc. She has performed with the Boston Chamber Ensemble, Brookline Symphony, American Repertory Theatre, New England Brass Band, Disney Grammy Collegiate Orchestra and with former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally. In 2007 Tricia was awarded for outstanding community service from the City of Los Angeles. Tricia has been with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation since 1999.
Lauren Rothman –Director of Development
Ms. Rothman has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors for the past 28 years. A graduate of California State University, Chico, Lauren received her Bachelors Degree in Public Relations. Upon graduation Lauren began her career in management with The Broadway Southern California. Lauren went on to roles in management and marketing for Forest City Enterprises and Universal Studios Hollywood. Upon entering the non-profit sector, Lauren led the fundraising efforts at The American Cancer Society’s Los Angeles Region and introduced nationally-sanctioned, “Relay For Life” to the Los Angeles area. Lauren went on to development roles for Hadassah Southern California, California State University Northridge and most recently The Los Angeles Jewish Home. Lauren currently resides in Porter Ranch, California with her two children.