About Us

June Kinoshita

Executive Director

Kinoshita has extensive non-profit leadership experience, having served since 2012 with the FSHD Society, a rare disease advocacy and funding organization. Previously, she co-founded and served as Executive Editor of the Alzheimer Research Forum, the pre-eminent Web community for researchers in neurodegenerative disorders. She has worked closely with a variety of foundations to develop initiatives for Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and other conditions. She co-founded N-of-One, Inc., a pioneering precision medicine company. Kinoshita served on the National Board of the BrightFocus Foundation from 2010 to 2020. She is a graduate of Harvard College, where she concentrated in physics, and began her career as a science journalist, working as a writer and editor for Scientific AmericanScienceThe New York Times Magazine, and many other national publications.


Peter Torpey

Chief Technology Officer

Torpey is an artist and engineer who explores the nexus of music, interface, interaction design, cognition, storytelling, and theater. He received his PhD in the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab and now works as an independent contractor providing services that span the possibilities of integrating technologies into live performance and artistic experience. These services include theatrical design, video production, media and graphic design, as well as web and software development.


Tod Machover

Founder and Board Chair

Pulitzer Prize-finalist and Emmy-winning composer and Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the M.I.T. Media Laboratory, director of the Opera of the Future Group and creator of City Symphonies. In 2016, he was named Composer of the Year by Musical America. Co-founder of Harmony Line and New Harmony Line. Called a “musical visionary” by The New York Times and “America’s most wired composer” by The Los Angeles Times, Machover is an influential composer and inventor, praised for creating music that breaks traditional artistic and cultural boundaries and for developing technologies that expand music’s potential for everyone, from celebrated virtuosi to musicians of all abilities. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. Machover is widely recognized for designing new technologies for music performance and creation, such as Hyperinstruments, “smart” performance systems that extend expression for virtuosi, from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince, as well as for the general public. The videogames Guitar Hero and Rock Band grew out of Machover’s group at the Media Lab. Hyperscore software, developed by his Media Lab team, has enabled children around the world to compose music which has been performed by major orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and rock bands.


Nick Pettinella

Treasurer

Senior financial executive serving public and private companies with over 30 years experience as CFO in financial management leadership, financial reporting, financial processes, debt and equity financing including IPO and LBO process, purchase/sale/divestiture of business enterprises/segments, coordinating outside legal, auditing, tax and administrative processes.


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