The Hands That Rock is a 501c3 with a mission to bring the magic of music to under served communities throughout the world. Founded by Darcy Lynch, a resident Rhode Islander, and owner of Stage Hands Massage Therapy, the organization provides “chair massage” for audiences at major concerts and events WORLDWIDE. Patrons pay a small fee for this service and a portion of the net proceeds are donated to music programs in cooperation with local music outreach organizations. But the giving doesn’t stop there…
The Hands That Rock supports other non-profits and their causes. Chair massage creates an additional revenue stream and added value to any fundraising event. Corporations can also hire The Hands That Rock and identify the charity they wish to support.
The Hands That Rock’s worldwide network of massage practitioners are passionate about giving back, not only through the power of touch, but by supporting and spreading awareness about those in need.
Allan Varela, Chairman of the Board
Allan Varela started out as a child listening to music at every turn and strumming on play guitars until his first “real” guitar arrived at age 10. With six hours a day practice, he was a performing musician and composer from 1964 to 1985. Read More
Patricia A. Hurst
Hands That Rock trustee, Patricia A. Hurst, is a retired Rhode Island Superior Court justice who has nearly 40 years of legal training and experience. Throughout her career, Justice Hurst remained active with various civic, non-profit and charitable organizations. She also served on the board of directors and leadership committees including those of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association and the National Association of Women Judges, the latter of which conferred its Excellence in Service Award upon her in recognition of her efforts. Justice Hurst is admitted to practice law (inactive/judicial status) in the State of Rhode Island, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States Federal District Court for the districts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is familiar with many of the corporate “good governance” and legal issues now facing non-profit organizations.
Kenneth J. Burke, P.E.
Ken is the Assistant Director of Capital Projects for the University of Rhode Island overseeing capital projects for all four of campuses. Ken previously served as the General Manger and Treasurer of the Rhode Island Water Resources Board, the State’s lead agency charged with policy development and stewardship of the State’s water resources and supplies. Ken is a professional engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors and served on local Planning Boards and the State Transportation Advisory Committee, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Welcome House in South Kingstown leading a dramatic financial and organizational turnaround of the homeless shelter and housing nonprofit. Ken previously served as President of Rhode Island’s men’s competitive soccer league in Rhode Island and currently serves on local business and community nonprofits including Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization Incorporated, Wakefield Village Association, Healthy Places by Design, and the Town’s Affordable Housing Collaborative. Ken enjoys hiking with his two dogs, mountain biking, and fishing and quahoging along Rhode Island’s salt ponds and coastline. Read More
Dax Cochran oversees business operations for WDT’s WeatherOps Event Safety Services managing all day to day business development strategies and direct sales efforts with a goal of increasing safety standards throughout the events and entertainment industries. In this position for over 6 years Dax is heavily involved in other industry non-profits such as the Event Safety Alliance to grow awareness and implement culture change to benefit the entire industry. Prior to WDT, Dax spent the previous 10 years in similar roles focused on software solutions throughout the media space.
Kristin Barkett Pettey, Esq.
Kristin was selected for inclusion on the list of Rhode Island Rising Stars by Super Lawyers in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Kristin is an experienced litigator with a practice focused on professional malpractice defense and commercial litigation. She represents hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other health care providers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts Courts and before administrative licensing boards. She has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and has been involved in both jury and bench trials, with several favorable verdicts. Read more
Cindy Gottfried, Secretary
Cindy Gottfried joined Stage Hands Massage Therapy, Inc. in 2008 as Director of Marketing and Promotions and has since worn many different hats within the company, including sales and tour coordinating. A long time college friend of the founder, Darcy Lynch, Cindy’s experience includes 10 years of marketing in well-known investment firms in New York and Boston, an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston, and her successful start-up and management of a prominent Boston pet sitting company, ultimately bought by a larger company. Cindy has chaired, planned and executed fund raising events for her local schools and had also held the position of Treasurer of her Parent-Teachers Organization for three years. Cindy’s most recent experience with non-profits, in addition to The Hands That Rock, includes the role of bookkeeper and administrator for a 501(c)3: Sailing Heals, Inc. Sailing Heals has national recognition and launches sails out of many ports on both the east and the west coasts. The non-profit offers cancer survivors who are undergoing treatment and their caregivers a healing respite on the water.
Timothy J. Murray, CPA, Treasurer
Tim Joins THTR with vast accounting experience. As an 11 year partner of his firm, with a concentration on small business, non-profits and small business, Tim oversees clients’ income tax planning and preparation, estate tax planning, bookkeeping, financial statement preparation, compilations, reviews, audits, and business valuations. He also represents clients in front of the IRS. Tim’s past experience as controller at a Maryland Fire Department includes its operation of a bi-weekly casino night which generated over $6 million of annual revenue. Tim sits on the Board of Directors of the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation as the Treasurer and on the finance committee of the St. Elizabeth’s Community. THTR graciously welcome Tim to its BOD.
Darcy Lynch, Executive Director
Darcy is the founder of Stage Hands Massage Therapy, LLC. No stranger to the performance industry, Darcy’s father is Ron Lynch who was a member of the Cascades. In the 1960’s, this band had the hit song, “Rhythm of the Rain”. Considered heritage rock, this song is one of the most played hits of all time, “Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain…”
Formerly a producer for the Discovery Channel, Darcy understands the pressure, needs and concerns of managing national and international productions. As a result, the Stage Hands team comprises certified professionals who deliver the best quality treatments in the industry and strive to do all they can to make the lives of performers and crews more comfortable on the road.
Born in London, England, Nick Gold began his career in the industry in his family’s travel business in 1972. A decade later, he moved to Los Angeles to the California office of the family business until 1983 when he moved to New York to create a presence there for the business. Following that, Nick toured for two years with a large festival and in 1985 formed Entertainment Travel.
Betsy Myers is a partner with HinckleyAllenSnyder, LLP. Elizabeth’s practice focuses on all aspects of corporate, antitrust and health care law, with extensive transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, contract negotiations, including domestic and international licensing agreements, business tax planning and equipment leasing. She has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and health care antitrust.
Kenny Aronoff is one of the world’s most influential and in-demand drummers. With a style of playing that combines power and finesse, Kenny was named the #1 Pop/Rock Drummer and the #1 Studio Drummer for five consecutive years by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine, and in addition has played on over 30 Grammy-nominated recordings. The list of artists he’s worked with reads like a who’s who of the music industry.
Billy Hulting is a highly acclaimed percussionist and mallet player with a resume that includes expertise with a wide array of instruments. He is a Grammy Award winning live and studio musician who presently tours with Zappa Plays Zappa. He has recorded with many artists, has co-written songs, released his own CDs, and also records his and others’ music in his own studio.
Franklin Vanderbilt was born playing the drums. Raised on Chicago’s west side, Royalprince Franklin Vanderbilt, was influenced by his grandfather’s gospel band and played in church and school bands. By the time he was in his teens he was being mentored by a host of legendary Jazz and blues musicians.