About Us

Our Staff

Austin Atteberry
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 Chester
Program Director


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.