Team Ear Candy

Nate Anderson - Founder / Executive Director

Nate Anderson is the authentically over-flowing Founder and Executive Director of Ear Candy Charity. He is not a musician, a teacher, or a parent, yet his passion to share music coupled with his skills as an entrepreneur have created a sustainable and replicable community driven model to address the need for music education which impacted over 15,000 youth in 2012.

Anderson comes from a family of entrepreneurs and studied the subject extensively at Miami University where he graduated Cum Laude with a focus on Organizational Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He was deemed the Best Sales Person of a Good Cause by the Phoenix New Times, has been recognized in the Business Journal’s 40 under 40, a Hon Kachina Honoree and has been an official nominee for the Individual Governor’s Art Award. He also serves on the board of the Greater Phoenix Chamber's Valley Young Professionals.

Nate Anderson is a dreamer, a visionary and the very definition of a progressive Social Entrepreneur.

Ian Feiler - Strategic Development Director

Ian is passionate about education and the arts, and the ability of both to broaden perspectives, inspire and empower young minds. Though he is not a musician, Ian is an amateur artist and photographer who has been deeply influenced by the power of music throughout his life. Ian is dedicated to strengthening communities through arts education in the Phoenix area and is stoked to be on board with the Ear Candy team.

Ian graduated with his Master’s degree in Social Work in 2009 from Arizona State University where he concentrated on Nonprofit Organizational Planning, Administration and Community Practice. During his graduate studies, Ian interned with the Elim House Domestic Violence Shelter and the Catholic Charities Office of Refugee Resettlement where he developed and implemented programs for the communities and their children.

Prior to his graduate studies, Ian received a B.A. in English Literature and Studio Art from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He is a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society and a 2009 recipient of a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Korean in Suwon, South Korea.


Herb Dougall III - Mission Operations Director

Herb Dougall has been a music enthusiast since he could first reach that radio dial and tune in the magically available spectrum of music. From the Big Band and Jazz trio sounds his Father shared to the Musicals and Show Tunes his mother loved, Herb’s music began to take on a shape of its own with the sound of early Rock & Roll and his musical world would change forever when four lads in Liverpool got together. While not a musician, music has played a strong note for Herb both from the soundtracks it provided through the various chapters in his life and more directly during his years as the “sound guy” for the Omaha based band Jonesin’.

After serving in multiple operations roles with Cox Communications; both in Omaha, Nebraska and most recently as Vice President of Network Operations for the Arizona system based in Phoenix, Herb retired from Cox in 2008. During his time with Cox, Herb also served as Technical Director for several special events and headed up the operational planning and execution of the telecommunication requirements for the Presidential Debate in Tempe in 2004 and the Phoenix Open for several years in Scottsdale.

Herb has served on several non-profit boards including as the President of the Board for Challenger Space Center AZ in Peoria and has a strong passion for enhancing youth educational opportunities in critical areas including math, science and especially music.

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Laura Adviento - Digital Communications Specialist

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Laura completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg. Making a couple of stops living/working in Ecuador and Chile, she eventually found her way to grad school in the desert. She is a recent graduate from Arizona State University, completing a Master's of Arts in Social Justice and Human Rights. Her research has focused on the use of sport for development and peace, art and politics, cultural memory, and social change.

Passionate about education, youth, community, and the arts, Laura is excited to be part of the Ear Candy Charity team. She is a self-proclaimed foodie, growing soccer fanatic, and still playing the same four chords on her ukulele.

Keith Fimreite - Webmaster

Keith Fimreite’s roots are in the frozen tundra of North Dakota. Growing up he began his music career playing the Alto Saxophone until a freshman in High School. He attained his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at North Dakota State University and worked as a software developer in Fargo, ND. After moving to Phoenix in 2007 he started his own web design company, Enkode and worked with Nate on building Ear Candy’s website and has been their webmaster since.

His current passions beyond being a webmaster is music, traveling, doing adventures and endurance sports. He just completed his first Ironman in Tempe, Arizona.

Andrea Thomas - Program Coordinator

Andrea was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona with a childhood full of exposure to the arts. She spent most of grade school acting in plays, playing the viola, and a few years learning to dance. Once she began college she decided she wanted to dedicate her career to working for a nonprofit and bettering people’s lives.

It is fitting that she now is part of the Ear Candy team. Andrea is very passionate about bringing music into children’s lives and giving them the same opportunity she had to be expressive through art.

Andrea is currently a student at Arizona State University and will be graduating December 2012 with her B.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Governing Board

The Ear Candy Governing Board is comprised of volunteers dedicated to supporting the organization by bringing their time, talent and treasure.  Serving on the Governing Board is no small undertaking and requires a great deal of commitment! If you are interested in applying for a position on the Ear Candy Governing Board please contact us at

If you are interested in supporting our mission but cannot commit to serving on the Governing Board some of these Options.

Neal Bookspan - Board Chair

Neal is an attorney at Jaburg/Wilk. He helps businesses and their owners manage their legal risks, whether through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution or litigation. Neal has lived in the Phoenix area for most of his life and it is where his love of music started, including music lessons. Though he won't go out on a limb and say he is a musician, he plays instruments and is continually instilling his love of music in his children, two of whom are young musicians, as well as his friends and family. When not working Neal can be found with having fun with his family or seeing live music. The Ear Candy message is important to Neal, who believes in exposing children to music and instruments early on as part of a well rounded education.

Matt Gould - Treasurer

Matthew Gould, a retired attorney, has had a distinguished career in both law and business. A veteran in the entertainment arena, Gould's expertise lies specifically within the music, film and television sectors. As an entertainment attorney, Gould has represented numerous music artists, music labels, actors, production companies, studios and distribution entities. More recently, Gould owns and operates Grey Man Management, through which he manages the careers of 17 year old singing sensation, Lea Cappelli, former World Tennis Tour player, Shikha Uberoi and world class photographer, Kelly Cappelli.

In addition to his entertainment based pursuits, Gould has utilized his entrepreneurial and marketing skills to build several successful companies. In 2004, along with partner Louis Silberman, Gould created National Laser Institute, now the largest cosmetic laser and medical aesthetics school in the world with campuses in Scottsdale and Dallas. Gould and Silberman also own and operate InWithMedia, a multimedia marketing and distribution company that among other things publishes InWithSkin magazine. InWithMedia also houses a fully equipped video and audio production and post production studio.

Jim Montague - Secretary

Jim Montague is an attorney and has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Jim is currently Senior Vice President and Trust Market Manager at Bank of Arizona. Jim’s love for music started the first time he picked up a saxophone in the early 70s. That love propelled him to studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and The Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University in Chicago where he received his degree in Music Education. Jim continues to keep an active hand in the music world by playing saxophone with the Paradise Valley Community College Big Band.

Jim strongly believes that the arts are integral to any well rounded education. As a former musician and music educator, Jim sees Ear Candy’s mission as a powerful way to support access to music education in our schools.

Maria Brunner (Past Board Chair)

Maria owns an entertainment marketing company called Insight Mgt. Clients range from the sublime classic rockers to the fabulous Burn The Floor dancers, to our favorite animal guru, Cesar! Her passion for music is equal to Nate’s, which further supports his contagious and unstoppable energy to help make music education in schools happen on a broad basis. Maria teaches at various universities including, The University of Montana in Missoula, California State University at Channel Islands and occasionally at universities in the state of Tennessee. Maria teaches entertainment business programs at these universities.

Hobbies include hiking, going to hear new music groups and fostering dogs, which the total is now up to three. "I am very excited to be part of the board for Ear Candy, as we continue to reach out of the box to help children and their passion and drive for music education."

Martin Davis

Martin has been passionate about music all of his life. He listens to a wide variety of genres but is particularly obsessed with music performed on the guitar. Over the years he has collected, played and worked on guitars including a stint in a local Tempe guitar shop, a major manufacturer and culminating with his role with Ear Candy.

For the past 8 years he has been working in the supply chain field in a variety of roles and industries for companies as diverse as Fender Musical Instrument Corporation and Honeywell International. He knew he found his calling after donating a couple of instruments to Ear Candy and participating in delivering instruments to a local school.

When not working he can be found working out or walking his dog, Logan.

“The joy of giving is what drives me to be a part of Ear Candy. Music can deliver us to new worlds and children deserve the opportunity to discover their gift.”

Brad Harper

Brad Harper is one of the leading authorities on individual management development and organizational effectiveness. He is the Executive Director of the Trigon Executive Assessment Center, a corporate consulting firm. His team of seasoned management consultants and organizational psychologists specialize in developing corporate management strategies, evaluating management candidates, designing individual employee development programs, and resolving corporate culture issues.

An active member of the Arizona community, Brad serves on the Board of Directors of both Junior Achievement of Arizona and Ear Candy. Although he’s played guitar and other string instruments for over 40 years he has yet to demonstrate any real talent. This has not squelched his enthusiasm as roaring fan of music and a commitment to the value it brings to people’s lives.

Mike O'Donnell

Mike has over 25 years experience in start-ups, mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, sales management, sales development, operations, marketing and business ownership - 18 of those in the media industry. Secondary experience includes restaurant ownership, retail ownership, service ownership and the beer/wine/liquor industries building multiple brands. He is a husband, father, Labrador owner, business owner, CEO, manager, entrepreneur, coach, sales trainer, musician, a devoted snowboarder and fan of all things in the winter (eagerly awaiting Scottsdale's first snowfall of the season), surf, professional off-road VW racing fanatic and a deep, deep fan of (mostly live) music.

Mike is a rare native of Phoenix and grew up during a crossover of many old and emerging genres of music. His grandfather instilled the importance of big bands as he was a touring tenor sax player himself. Mike’s Dad encouraged his first guitar lesson at the age of 9 and Mike continued on to play in bands throughout high school and college. He is still recreationally playing bass and guitar today with his family and friends. Adhering to Mike’s true beliefs about the importance of music, he graduated from NAU specializing in Music Business. Mike spent 18 years in radio growing clients and promoting live concerts. He even did a reggae show on air! Mike is recognized as a promoter of all things music and has had the acute ability to monetize it for its supporting clients.

“What can I say? I love kids and I love music. I am absolutely thrilled to be along side of my Ear Candy friends who, all on their own time, share the same vision that I do when it comes to providing and sustaining music education for our youths!”

Nate Anderson (Non-Voting Member)

Nate is the authentically over-flowing engine of Ear Candy. He is not a musician, a teacher, or a parent, yet his passion to share music with the youth of the world is uncanny, unstoppable and contagious. In a short amount of time Nate has created a sustainable community driven model to address the need for music education in a Arizona which is dead last in per person educational funding. In 2010 Ear Candy will impact well over 10,000 youth in the Phoenix area while they expand their model to other markets in need across the country.

In 2009, Nate has been named the Best Sales Person of a Good Cause by the Phoenix New Times, and won a Pyro Award saluting inspiring agents of positive change in the community. In 2010, he was named in the Business Journal’s 40 under 40, was a Hon Kachina Honoree and was an official nominee for the Individual Governor’s Art Award.

Nate Anderson is a dreamer, a visionary and the very definition of a progressive Social Entrepreneur.