About

Our Mission

We use music to promote healing, raise awareness and create positive social change for survivors of sexual violence. We accomplish this by sharing our story of finding hope and healing through music after experiencing firsthand the grief of losing a cherished friend to an unthinkable act of violence; we also use music therapy programs to directly impact the lives of victims of sexual violence.
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Band Leaders

Co-Founder and Executive Director (Rachel Ebeling)

Founding band member and lifelong lover of music, Rachel has been breathing fire into The Angel Band Project since its inception back in 2009. Rachel is responsible for day-to-day operations with a focus on growing the organization into a meaningful force for healing and social change. Rachel draws on her background in project management, marketing and the media in her role as acting president. She resides in Saint Louis with her husband, three daughters and their ridiculously small Pomeranian.

 

Co-Founder (Jean Purcell)

Jean had the idea for making the benefit album that launched the The Angel Band Project while driving in her car listening to tunes. Passionate about using the power of music to promote healing and social change, Jean uses her background in writing and creative strategy to help drive initiatives and programs for the organization. She lives in Chicago with her soon-to-be husband (they met while working on Angel Band) and her two daughters.

 

Board Chairman (Mark Levine)

During his career, Mark has helped numerous nonprofit organizations with their marketing and fundraising efforts. His 25+ years of professional experience in the prin ting field, plus his passion for seeing nonprofits increase their donor and revenue base through effective promotional programs, give him the leadership abilities needed as board chair. Mark is a lifelong resident of St. Louis who attended St. Louis University High School and St. Louis University. (He’s also won several awards for his rockin’ barbecue!) He is married to wife Ellen and has two children, Sam and Jennie.

 

Honorary Board Member (Norbert Leo Butz)

Norbert has had a profound impact on The Angel Band Project since its beginnings. Just months after his sister, Teresa, was murdered, he agreed to use his singing talents to create our first benefit album. Since then, Norbert has been active with our organization as a performer, speaker, and advocate for victims of sexual violence. Professionally, Norbert’s most noted accomplishments include receiving the 2011 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Carl Hanratty in the Broadway Production of “Catch Me If You Can.” He also received a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Freddy in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” He recently finished the world premiere of the new Broadway production of “Big Fish.”

 

Board Member (Tim Butz)

Tim is an elementary school teacher in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District. He has taught fourth and fifth grade students for over 20 years. Tim is the brother of Teresa Butz, whose memory inspired the founding of the Angel Band Project. Tim is passionate for helping victims of sexual violence through our work. He is married to wife Stacy and has two children; the family resides in St. Louis.

 

Board Member (Roni Chambers)

Roni is the Managing Director of Career Innovation Partners, LLC, coaching folks who are between positions, underemployed, transitioning between a military and civilian career, or recent graduates. Recently, she volunteered as GO! Network’s Executive Director. Prior to that, Roni was the Director of Human Resources for Anheuser-Busch’s Sales Division, Wholesaler Operations Division and Corporate Division. She also worked as the General Manger in AB’s Law Department and began her career with them as a Legal Assistant at Sea World in Orlando.

 

Board Member (Sean Ebeling)

Sean brings two decades of marketing experience to the project. Born and raised in St. Louis as the youngest of 10 children, Sean is one of our original Band members. He’s currently a Director at Edward Jones in St. Louis, and can be found in Club 509 at Busch Stadium on summer evenings.

 

 

Board Member (Kathleen Hanrahan)

Community advocate for the Metro St. Louis YWCA and a tireless advocate for sexual assault and violence victims and the prevention of child abuse, Kathleen works with community partners to provide and coordinate services for those dealing with the effects of sexual violence. Her work with area law enforcement, prosecutors, health professionals and educators has served to broaden and enhance the coordination of services to sexual violence victims and increase prevention efforts in St. Louis and eastern MO. Kathleen received her graduate degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

 

Board Member (Patty Hastings)

Patty is the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Associate General Counsel at Washington University. She specializes in research and administrative conflicts of interest, research integrity matters, human studies/IRB issues, research regulatory compliance, and corporate compliance. Patty received her B.A. degree from Washington University and her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. Immediately prior to joining the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Patty was a partner at Thompson Coburn, LLP in St. Louis, Missouri where she specialized in corporate healthcare. Previously, she worked in the legal departments of a national managed care organization and Saint Louis University and served as a law clerk to The Honorable Kent Karohl, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. Patty is a member of the Missouri Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the American Health Lawyers Association and the St. Louis Area Health Lawyers Association.

 

Honorary Board Member (Jennifer Hopper)

Jennifer Hopper is a Seattle native who in the summer of 2009 became a survivor… of rape, attempted murder and the murder of her partner, Teresa Butz. Soon after, Jennifer found her and Teresa’s story thrust into the media spotlight and, after the murder trial in 2011, she was the subject of the Pulitzer Prize winning article “The Bravest Woman in Seattle” written by The Stranger’s Eli Sanders. Jennifer now finds herself a unique voice in speaking out and advocating for survivors of sexual violence around the country. As a singer, she was featured in The Angel Band Project, a tribute album raising awareness towards the effects of sexual violence and as a public speaker, she has told her story at local and national events aimed at raising awareness in their communities.

 

Board secretary/development coordinator (Ellen Hunter)

Ellen has been a program manager at Maritz Travel Company for over 15 years. Her background in program planning and budgeting are instrumental in organizing successful fundraising platforms for the project. Ellen has extensive event planning experience and has volunteered for multiple fundraising events for the project. Ellen lives in St. Louis, is married to Michael Hunter and is also the mother of two darling little girls.

 

Board Member (Bill Kruse III)

Bill is the managing director of Hauk, Kruse and Associates LLC in St. Louis, MO. The firm provides Tax, Audit and Advisory services for individuals, small and large businesses as well as ex-patriots. Their credo…to offer accounting that’s less taxing.
Bill is a member in good standing with the CPA Society’s AICPA and MOCPA. He is the former President of the St Louis Rowing Club, a former Member of Smith Moore’s Advisory Board. Bill loves to hunt dove, turkey, duck, deer and quail as well as break and ride horses. He is very active in his children’s education and dedicates time to supporting many of their school projects.

 

Board Member (Mike Lodes)

Mike Lodes is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, a financial-services firm dedicated to serving the needs of individual investors. Mike’s extensive knowledge of the financial industry helps keep The Angel Band Project’s financial goals on track. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and four children.

 

 

Junior Board Member (Hillary Williams)

Hillary joins us in 2014 as our first Junior Board Member. Hillary graduated from St. Louis University majoring in Social Work and Marketing. She has been a long time volunteer at Angel Band Project events and has an enthusiasm and passion for getting others involved with this movement.

 

 

Music Consultant (Chris Shepard)

A veteran studio engineer and mixer, Chris has served as audio advisor and creative consultant on past and future projects including musical director on our benefit album – Take you with me. Chris has recorded and mixed for artists Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Wilco, Smashing Pumpkins and hundreds more in his 23+ years at Chicago Recording Company.
He is also the owner of American Mobile – capturing the largest live music concerts and festivals coast to coast each year including Lollapalooza, Bonaroo, and Coachella.

 

How We Started

The Angel Band Project began in 2009 as a benefit album after the tragic rape and murder of our lifelong friend, Teresa Butz. At her funeral, there was more singing than speaking. Her family and fiancee sang with such emotion, we were inspired to record them in an effort to help others suffering in the wake of sexual violence.
Three generations of Teresa’s family lend their talents to this soulful tribute. Including her brother, Norbert Leo Butz, two-time Tony award winner and Teresa’s partner, a conservatory-trained vocalist, who was also raped and nearly killed in the same fateful attack.
Paid for entirely through donations and recorded live in four cities, the family was joined by dozens of professional singers and musicians from the orchestra pits of Broadway to the bassist for Tracy Chapman. All proceeds help victims of sexual violence through The Voices & Faces Project.

Since then, we have broadened our mission to continue to use music in innovative ways in order to break the silence around sexual violence, while promoting healing for survivors through the power of music.  We began a groundbreaking music therapy program in 2014 called “Songs of Survival,” which is a program offered to survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence at no cost to them. We also formed a unique survivor platform called the One Voice Virtual Choir.  This choir connects survivors “virtually” in song, allowing a chance for individuals to be linked to their own unique community.