Our Team

Whit Wagner
Executive Director

As a digital communications consultant, Whit Wagner has worked with clients as diverse as NASA to the CW Network. His specialized focus on nonprofit work brought him to SA, where he’s helped guide the organization since its inception.

A Director at Two Bit Circus Foundation, Whit works regularly alongside a variety of 501(c)3 clients and Major Program funders including AT&T, The Annenberg Foundation, Para Los Niños and Games For Change. 

Based in Los Angeles, Whit holds an MA in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University and studied Digital Marketing & Communications at the Yale School of Management.

Christine Haeckel
Director of Communications

Paola Trujillo
Communications Manager

Simon Michel
Operations Manager

Georgia Weit
Outreach Manager

Our Volunteers

Like any thriving nonprofit, our successes are built on the foundation of hard work donated by the music business professionals who dedicate their time to enrich our artists’s lives.

Over more than a decade, we’ve had pros from all walks of the business change the lives of our artistic community. Award-winning songwriters, seasoned attorneys and multiple solid-gold kingmakers have all worked one-on-one with our attendees.

We can only imagine the impact we’ll make tomorrow!

Barry Coffing
Founder/Board Chairman

Barry Coffing is a Music Business Entrepreneur who grew up in Houston and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. After short stints at HBU and The University of Houston he began his professional music career in Houston. For six years he was not only performing in bands locally but he was a top Jingle Singer, Music Producer and Composer. It was then that his talents were discovered by Steve Tyrell & Barry Mann and he was invited to Los Angels. After several trips and two of his songs being placed in movies he decided to join the company and move to LA.

Over the next 17 years he amassed a great deal of credits and awards with over 200 tracks placed in movies and TV, BMI Songwriting Awards, Multiple #1 hits and an Emmy nomination. He continued to be the voice behind the scenes in movies like Moulin Rouge, The Brady Bunch Movie & Winnie The Pooh’s Grand Adventure, He wrote TV themes for California Dreams, The Pyramid (Starring Donny Osmond) & The Heights. His song “How Do You Talk To An Angel” went on to become a number one hit and sell over 500,000 copies worldwide.

Currently he is Music Business Entrepreneur who represents over 10,000 record labels and publishers for film and TV licensing. His company, Music Supervisor Inc. places hundreds of songs each year in Films, TV and Advertising. Every major Film Company and TV network uses their software and services.

Erin Rogers
Board Member

Erin Rodgers is an entertainment lawyer based in Houston, Texas whose focus includes copyright and trademark, licensing, and contracts. In addition to her work in entertainment law, Erin also aids nonprofit organizations with the start-up paperwork necessary to become a recognized nonprofit.

Erin has been a licensed, practicing attorney serving the Greater Houston community since 2007. Erin earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Industry Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans in 2004. She went on to earn her J.D. from the highly respected program at the University of Houston Law Center.

Erin has been instrumental in helping members of Houston’s creative community get the legal counsel they need in order to continue blossoming in their respective crafts. Erin has worked closely with a number of creatives including: musicians, authors, multimedia companies, filmmakers, visual artists, and photographers. Her in-depth knowledge of copyright and trademark law has been an invaluable asset to individual and small business owners in the Houston area.

Julius Robinson
Board Member

Julius Robinson has a background as a Music Exec, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Publicist and Music Journalist. He oversees the placement of cues in hundreds of major and indie films, TV shows, internet and advertising.

Julius’s own songs have appeared in many films including Friday Night Lights, The Game and Van Wilder, and recently on TV shows such as Vegas (CBS), 10 Things I Hate About You (ABC Family). He also wrote the screenplay for the film Tortilla Heaven (2007), starring George Lopez.

Julius began his entertainment career West Coast Editor, Pop for Cashbox Magazine.