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River Music Experience

Staff Leadership

Tyson Danner, Executive DirectorTyson Danner - Executive Director

Tyson is originally from the Quad Cities area, and received his B.A. in Music from St. Ambrose University. He has worked in the nonprofit field in various capacities since 2007, serving theatre, visual arts, and music organizations. He is actively involved in the Quad Cities arts and nonprofit community. Tyson is a member of the board of directors of the Humane Society of Scott County and serves on advisory boards for WVIK and the Mississippi Bend Players.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 102

Chrissy Boyer, Office ManagerChrissy Boyer - Events Manager 

Chrissy manages rental events at the RME facility, working with patrons to create the perfect event.

Chrissy is a professional musician/singer and recording artist, and can be seen with the Candymakers and Elysian as a vocalist.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 114

Bret Dale, Director of Programming & EducationBret Dale - Education Director

Bret is responsible for RME's educational programs in schools and throughout the community. Since 2003, Bret has performed and traveled with the Chicago-based Lonnie Brooks Blues Band, and locally with The Candymakers. His passion for music is only matched for his desire to provide excellent programming opportunities for the community.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 110

Kate Dale, Director of EntertainmentKate Dale - Entertainment Director

Kate coordinates and books live music performances at the RME, building connections with local, regional, and national artists and audiences.

Kate was raised in the Quad Cities and is a graduate from the University of Iowa, where she studied Communications and was involved in the school’s concert committee, SCOPE Productions. Kate’s favorite part about her job is that she gets to listen to new music every day, and enjoys meeting musicians from around the globe.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 101

Molly Koenig, Director of FinanceMolly Koenig - Finance Director

Molly oversees the RME's financial activities.
She was born and raised in Moline, Illinois. Molly received a B.A. in Accounting at Augustana College and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Denver. She has traveled all over the country for live music. Molly enjoys working at RME because she loves doing a small part to make the Quad Cities a dynamic community to live in.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 108

Headshot-(1).jpgJesse Ricke - Community Engagement Coordinator

Jesse manages community relationships and fundraising efforts, strengthening RME's ties with our community and developing resources to grow our programs.

Jesse believes that everyone has the power to create real change. And it's never more evident than in her position at RME. In her role, Jesse helps spread the importance of RME's mission to our local Quad Cities community by telling our story and building relationships with those that love the joy of music, just as much as we do.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 104


Ben Schwind, Programming & Communication SpecialistBen Schwind - Education Coordinator

Ben implements educational programs alongside the Education Director, including RiverCurrents, online programs, and camps.

Ben grew up in the Quad Cities and has been coming to the River Music Experience since it's infancy, participating in - and later teaching at - the Winter Blues and Kidstock camps. He looks forward to every day at the RME where he gets to pass on his love of music to others.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 109

Nick Webb, Redstone Room ManagerNick Webb - Bar Manager

Nick is responsible for the RME's bar operations and also assists with artist hospitality and other aspects of performance and event production. Nick takes pride in ensuring quality and consistency in the operations he’s responsible for.

Phone: 563-639-7988


Photos taken by Molly Koenig, visit her website to learn more about her work.