Executive Director, Co-Founder
(Left to Right: Derek Sanders from Mayday Parade,
Austin Atteberry from SMAS, Jeremy Lenzo from Mayday Parade)
Austin hails from the great city of Chicago where he was raised and where he attended school at Northwestern University (06'). After completing his degree, he released a record as a singer-songwriter and was persuaded to move to Music City - Nashville, TN in 2008. A few years into his time in Nashville, a beautiful girl named Sara moved in nextdoor to Austin and changed the course of his life forever. The idea for Sing Me a Story was born in 2011 and started to take shape in May of 2012 after Austin resigned his position at his day job in Nashville. Austin carries an MBA from Pinchot University in Seattle and was married to that beautiful girl nextdoor, Sara, in 2013. They have two dogs (Fat Sam and Coli) and currently reside in the great state of Wisconsin. Austin makes a mean Texas bar-b-que and enjoys the relationships he shares with those he loves the most.
Tom’s passion for working with young people is apparent. His enthusiasm and diverse educational experience make him a great fit for both the behind-the-scenes work on developing materials and the on-the-ground interactions with the kids.
During college, Tom worked as a teacher at The New School, coached basketball for the Boys & Girls Club, volunteered for various children’s homes and organizations, and more. After Tom graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Master’s in Teaching, Bentonville High School hired him as a pre-AP biology and anatomy/physiology teacher. After finding some success as songwriters and musicians, Tom and his brother moved to Nashville, Tennessee. There, Tom has continued to work with young people. This summer, he taught music at Currey Ingram Academy. He currently tutors and conducts workshops at the Carraway Center for Teaching & Learning and works with inner city youth every week during the school year.
Musically, Tom and his brother Hebron have released two albums and continue to write, record, and tour. Most recently, they released the first-ever interactive album through the new music technology company, Featuring.Me, which has been featured by news sources throughout the country.
When he isn’t teaching or playing music, Tom likes to travel and spend time with his wife, Jordan.
Director of Events
(From Left to Right : Axl Rose, Lindsay Smith)
Lindsay brings client and event management skills to the table with sixteen years of experience in the event production and account management world. Her experience with cultivating and nurturing our partner relationships is what makes her skill set most valuable to the team. In addition her years of event planning and execution, and her experience working with and for nonprofit organizations make her a great fit as our Development Director.
After growing up in Chicago, Lindsay attended Columbia College Chicago, and then The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago shortly after to attain her degrees. Her first round of experience was in the restaurant world working in sales and events in Chicago for 6 years. Lindsay then moved to another Great Lake city, Cleveland Ohio, to tackle a new role in contract food service management, at which point she worked with hospital systems across the country providing consulting services on event management and revenue opportunities. It was during this time that Lindsay found the time to cultivate a growing interest in wine. After just under a year of study, she achieved an advanced certification in the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Later Lindsay left the road and spent time working with The Cleveland Museum of Art managing their event venue rental program which was an important revenue stream for them as a nonprofit organization. After 8 fantastic years in Cleveland, she has landed in Milwaukee, joining the Sing Me A Story Team to help grow our programs so that one day we can be helping kids in need all around the world!
When Lindsay isn’t hard at work she enjoys going to see live music, learning about (and drinking) wine, traveling everywhere and anywhere and spending time with her family.