Birdfoot Festival Board of Directors
Ms. Hooper earned a B.A. from Penn State in cello performance, an M.M. in historical musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.L.S. (Library Science) with a focus in music librarianship from Indiana University. Lisa currently works as the head music & media librarian at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. To date, much of Lisa’s energy has been focused on research in library science and musicology. She recently began sitting in and performing with the Tulane University Orchestra and has also joined the Fleur de lys Chamber Ensemble. Birdfoot is Lisa’s first involvement with non-profit work but she’s looking forward to working and growing with this dynamic musical enterprise.
A native New Orleanian, Greg Romig joined Laporte CPAs and Business Advisors in 1984 upon receiving his B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University. He currently serves as Laporte’s Assurance Director and focuses his practice on non-profit healthcare systems, colleges, foundations, service organizations, and trade associations. Currently serving as Treasurer and on the Executive Committee of Bridge House Grace House, Mr. Romig has previously served on the boards and committees of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, the 1992 Olympic Track and Field Trials, the Greater New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. His hobbies include philanthropic activities, road cycling, and being a SPIN Instructor. He and his wife Angela are the proud parents of three children.
Michael Ball — Past-President, Secretary
Born in Palestine, Texas, Mr. Ball is an architect at Mathes Brierre Architects in New Orleans. He received his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Tulane University in 2007, where he received the School Medal from the American Institute of Architects. His professional involvement ranges from projects at the National World War II Museum to local universities such as Dillard and Loyola to the Federal City complex on New Orleans’s Westbank. He is currently involved with the design of a new PK–8 neighborhood school in New Orleans East. Michael is also an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects, and is pursuing professional licensure. As a graphic artist and designer, Michael has worked with numerous organizations and events to create multiple visual identities for each. These include DesCours, an annual architecture and installation-art event in Downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter (5 years’ involvement); New Orleans Musica da Camera, the oldest continuously performing early-music ensemble in North America (10 years’ involvement); the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas (lifelong involvement); and various others. As an avid listener and amateur French hornist throughout school and at Tulane, Michael’s longtime involvement with music led him to first become involved with the Birdfoot Festival in late 2011 and to participate in the Junior League of New Orleans’s Get On Board nonprofit training program. Much to Birdfoot’s delight, Michael continues to enjoy designing all of the Festival’s graphics.
Co-founder and Past-President of the Birdfoot Festival, Mr. Growdon has been involved with music and the arts for over eighteen years as a performer, educator, and conductor. He was the founding director/conductor of the Northshore Wind Ensemble, a youth wind ensemble for seventh through twelfth graders in the Greater New Orleans area, and continues conducting and performing as opportunity allows. Mr. Growdon earned a B.Mus. in Flute Performance and a B.A. in Physics from Lawrence University and Conservatory and a M.S. in Geophysics from Indiana University. He currently lives in Houston, Texas where he works for Chevron as a geologist and petrophysicist.
Kurt Weigle has been President & CEO of the Downtown Development District (DDD) of New Orleans since 2003. During his tenure, the DDD’s focus on quality of life and place-based economic development strategies to retain & attract Industries of the Mind has led to international recognition of New Orleans as a creative hub, now home to dozens of digital media and tech firms. A graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute. Mr. Weigle earned his Master of Urban Planning and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Mr. Weigle additionally serves on the boards of the National New Markets Fund, New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation, Health Education Authority of Louisiana, Arts Council of New Orleans, New Orleans Medical Complex and public radio station WWNO. He is a past director of the International Downtown Association and the Committee for a Better New Orleans, and a member of the Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee. In 2007, Mr. Weigle received the Excellence in Government Award in 2007 from the Bureau of Governmental Research.