BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Creating a vibrant culture that produces, supports and celebrates original music.
Our Governance Statement
The Ozone Music Education Foundation is a Louisiana-based, federally tax exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As a public charity, the Ozone Music Education Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors, comprised of officer and non-officer roles. This nonprofit organization is governed by Corporate Bylaws and a Conflict of Interest Policy formerly adopted by the board through unanimous consent. For more information about governance, our standing as a public charity, for general inquiries, or offers of support, please contact us.
Greg Barnhill, Founder & President
Originally from New Orleans, Greg Barnhill has been writing and performing his entire life. Artists from Etta James, Martina McBride, and Jessica Simpson to Chicago, Leona Lewis, Tim McGraw as well as many others have recorded his songs. The Backstreet Boys released their very first Christmas album in 2022 with a song co-written by Barnhill “Christmas in New York” that is quickly becoming a holiday classic.
“Walkaway Joe,” recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley, was a significant milestone to his career. The song went on to earn him a Grammy nomination. Barnhill also had a crossover smash with “House of Love” for Amy Grant and Vince Gill. He garnered critical acclaim with the 2014 single, Gary Allan's" It Ain't The Whiskey" which got rave reviews for it’s take on substance abuse.
Greg co- wrote and was the voice of "Bless You Boys" for the New Orleans Saints football team for WWL. Barnhill also co-created and was one of the performers for the WWL's Spirit of Louisiana campaign. Barnhill has also recorded, written, and produced a number of TV themes and jingles. In 2010, Greg Barnhill was nominated for his 3rd Emmy and won an Emmy for ‘Best Original Song’ for the Today Show theme “Your Day Is Today”.
In 2022 he was nominated for his 4th Emmy for WPIX “Get Your Game On” for the New York Mets. Barnhill is one of Nashville’s first call master vocalists. His background vocals can be heard on Toby Keith and almost all of Tim McGraw’s albums.
Michael Blache, Vice President
Michael is the Regional Director for 985 Trade based in Mandeville, La. He has been in sales for over 25 years in a variety of fields to include work for a national Sign Company, 10 years as a Realtor, and several years with Qwest Communications. He also owned and operated a restaurant in Old Mandeville for 12 ½ years. His other experience includes over 10 years as a Planning & Zoning Commissioner for the City of Mandeville. He is presently the vice-president of the Ozone Music Education Foundation whose mission is to host an annual festival to raise money to purchase musical instruments for underprivileged children. He is also a member of the Northshore Songwriters Association and an avid songwriter.
Growing up, my parents struggled to purchase my first drum so that I could pursue my fascination with music. This represented a true burden for my family and I know there are other children today whose family’s would like to give the lifelong gift of music to their children but simply cannot. I want to help those children.
Susan Russell, Treasurer
Susan Russell, Executive Director for Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state’s leading non-profit providing training, education, resources, programming and awareness for a cleaner and more beautiful Louisiana. Russell comes to KLB after 23 years specializing in non-profit program development, management, marketing and fundraising for Keep Mandeville Beautiful, Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans and Louisiana Special Olympics.
As a member of the Ozone Music Education Foundation Board of Directors, Russell’s belief in the need for the Foundation is a very personal one.
“The festival’s goal is to raise money to support music education for young people while highlighting local, regional and national songwriters. As a board member, I believe in this organization because I think it fills a much-needed void. My daughter is a 16-year-old budding singer/songwriter. She has had years of piano and guitar lessons, and she has been in the St. Tammany Parish Talented Music program since she was in 2nd grade. This training has been invaluable in shaping her music talent and ambition, but the focus has been mainly on performance. There are no preparatory programs for young people who aspire to be songwriters, producers, music engineers and promoters. Basically, there is a whole other world of the music industry that young people are not being exposed to. The Foundation, through funds raised from the festival, aims to change that by providing workshops for students, exposing them to the entire music industry,” explains Russell.
Christine Barnhill, Director
Christine Barnhill Tramel is President of BillBar Construction, Inc and Treasurer of Ozone Music Education Foundation. She is excited about the Foundation’s potential impact on our music community and is honored to be a part of the Foundation Board. Providing education and opportunity to adults and youth is near and dear to her heart and she looks forward to the Foundation and it’s Songwriter Festival being a driving force in providing both to our super talented Parish and Region!
Other professional and community organizations Christine is involved in: National Association of Women in Construction; Slidell Little Theatre; Habitat for Humanity; Slidell Women’s Civic Club; Mystick Krewe of Perseus; Krewe of Mona Lisa Moon Pie and the Northshore Gumbo Cook-Off.
Louisette Scott, Director
Louisette Scott recently retired from the City of Mandeville where she served as the Director of the Department of Planning and Development. With over 35 years’ experience in city planning, she served as the administrative support to the Planning & Zoning Commissions, the Historic Preservation District Commission and Parks and Parkways Commission.
Louisette is now enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle, pursuing interests in organizations such as the Ozone Music Education Foundation & Songwriter Festival and the Louisiana Master Naturalist Association, where she can enjoy and advocate for music, culture and the natural world.
Jim Pagones, Director
Global Business Development Manager and troubleshooter with 30+ years of experience solving problems and developing world class solutions for companies that need support for domestic and international operations. Having reviewed over 1,000 manufacturing facilities in many industries has given me experience in all facets of the process; from conceptual product design and manufacturing, to automation systems for both product and labor cost reduction - and helping achieve cross functional team objectives.
Throughout my career I have maintained the attitude that I can learn something new every day to continue to strive for excellence. This has not only given me an understanding packaging and labeling, and specialty die cut components, but also systems, supporting applications, and related supply chain functions. This knowledge helps me to be an asset to my clients. Building streamlined solutions that are specific to my client's operations is the key. This methodology has led to patented solutions for FedEx, Johnson Controls, and earned an honorable mention at Label Expo for my ClearPlate patent that can be used across many industries (initially developed for HVAC manufacturing companies). I have been very fortunate to be called upon as a Subject Matter Expert to work with some of the largest companies in the world.
I also believe in giving back to the community as a volunteer, coach, and Boy Scout leader (very proud my three sons are all Eagle Scouts), by performing music, on stage in theatrical productions, and other philanthropic endeavors making a positive difference. Please feel free to contact me at: +1.985.649.5384, or email@example.com
Darron Goodgion, Director
Founder and President of Not Rocket Science, a technology company in Covington Louisiana, Darron joined the Ozone Board in 2020 to focus on the OMG! (Ozone Music Gifting Program). Pictured here with his daughter, Lisa
What We Do
Educate, nurture and empower those who create, perform and enjoy original music
Create an economic engine by cultivating a sustainable, thriving music hub. Grow the impact and influence from the Northshore and beyond, connecting with established hubs across the country
Donate. Sponsor. Volunteer.
We accept donations to our general fund or to a specific program. In most cases, no product or service is delivered in return for your donation so your gift may be tax deductible. Your generous donation goes to supporting work of the Ozone Music Education Foundation, Inc ― a 501(c)(3) Public Charity Organization.
It's thanks to the generosity of our sponsors that the Ozone Songwriter Festival has become the prestige, original music-only festival in Louisiana. Choose from a variety of sponsor packs to support Louisiana's largest songwriter festival. In addition to supporting a worthy cause, we promote your business via our website and social media.
Volunteer for programs or events
We are an integral part of our community with a mission that goes beyond any one of us. This is a legacy project aimed at revitalizing the area and putting it firmly back on the map as a successful, world renowned center for music and creativity. If you are compassionate, enthusiastic and driven by a desire to serve then we want to hear from you.
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347 Girod St
Mandeville, LA 70448