Directors

Danielle Thwaites

Danielle Thwaites (aka Daiza) is a musician, educator, composer, music producer and Ableton certified music technology specialist. She is also a board member and communications and program director with Beats By Girlz, an organization that empowers girls, women and gender expansive people to engage with music technology. Danielle continues to serve as the liaison between…

David Levine

Co-founder and Executive Director of Hit Like A Girl, David Levine has been involved in drumming for over 50 years. He has been a professional drummer/percussionist, journalist, instrument designer, educator and executive as well as a consultant to many of the leading drum companies and organizations in the world, including Drum Workshop, Remo, Simmons, Ludwig,…

Diane Downs

While working as a third-grade teacher in the Jefferson County Public School System in Louisville, KY, Diane Downs founded The Fabulous Leopard Percussionists in 1993 and directed that group for ten years. She then created and has directed The Louisville Leopard Percussionists, a non-profit, community based group, ever since. She also serves as a consultant…

Louise King

With a background in journalism and graphic design as well as a love of music, Louise King joined Rhythm magazine in 1994 and proceeded to work her way up through the ranks— becoming editor of the magazine in 1999. Before leaving the magazine to start a family in 2007, Louise helped make Rhythm one of…

Mindy Abovitz Monk

A co-founder of the Hit Like A Girl contest, Mindy Abovitz Monk is an award-winning entrepreneur and social activist, committed to diversifying the music industry. Mindy has been recognized by the Grammys as a Change Agent in 2018. Mindy has lectured, performed and held panels at University of Cambridge, Sarah Lawrence, Carnegie Melon, Smith College,…

Sarah Hagan

Sarah Hagan started drumming at 10 years old and has been a music industry professional for nearly 2 decades— rising to the level of Director of Artist Relations for Zildjian and Vic Firth. She currently holds the position of First Vice President/Treasurer for the Percussive Arts Society and recently founded Sarah Hagan Media and Consulting,…