Jodi and her husband Manfred found their passion for showing the world to travelers early. Their first group tours began by bringing Germans across the American west in tandem vans in 1986. By the time they founded Music Contact International in 1987, Jodi and Manfred knew that they wanted to build their lives around a business that connected people across the world. They began their work with performance travel in that first year when their company was selected by the Cultural Affairs Department of Vienna, Austria to represent their Advent Sing Festival to North American Choirs. She traveled the world growing the network of festivals over the following three decades.
Jodi grew up in New Jersey but has always traveled extensively. At fourteen, she spent six weeks in Greece and backpacked around Europe for two months at seventeen. While studying Art History at Barnard College, Jodi lived for a time in Salzburg, Austria where she secured fluency in German. She and her husband, Manfred, met while working on a three-masted Schooner on the Baltic Sea out of Kiel, Germany.
In addition to presiding over Music Contact International from their office in Burlington, Vermont, she still enjoys traveling with groups as a tour manager multiple times each year. When she’s not working, she raises funds for women’s issues in developing nations through the Vermont Women’s Giving Circle which she founded in 2010 and enjoys being active outdoors through gardening, hiking, and especially alpine skiing. She and Manfred have two adult children, Sidney and Lucas.