Founder and President
Matthew Sabatella is a singer, instrumentalist, recording artist, performer, speaker, writer, and content curator who illuminates the connection between music and the story and people of the United States. Sabatella performs regularly, both as a solo artist and as the leader of the Rambling String Band.
He teaches about music from America’s diverse cultural history as a guest lecturer at Florida Atlantic University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and through his live performances. Serving on the Program Committee for the Southeast regional chapter of Folk Alliance International (SERFA) and leading the Roots & Sources committee, Sabatella ensures that traditional folk music retains a prominent place at the annual conference and within the organization.
Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band have released three albums in the Ballad of America series, each with a different historical theme. They recently debuted America’s Music: From Plymouth Rock to Rock & Roll, a 90-minute multimedia stage show that celebrates the music of America.
Sabatella holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Miami and a Master of Arts in History from Florida International University. He has studied singing and banjo playing with such masters as Alice Gerrard, Sheila Kay Adams, Paul Brown, Kirk Sutphin, Mac Benford, and Walt Koken.
John R. Doyle
John R. Doyle is a life-long educator. He currently serves as a consultant specializing in leadership training and curriculum development. He retired from Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) in 2012 after 40 years of service as both a teacher (12 years) and administrator (28 years).
As Administrative Director for M-DCPS’ Division of Social Sciences and Life Skills, he was responsible for administering all curricular programs, grants, and professional development activities for social sciences and performing arts, among other disciplines. Doyle previously served the district as a secondary school teacher, Director for Social Sciences, Director of General Education, and Social Studies Supervisor. He has delivered numerous presentations at the district, state, and national levels on a wide variety of topics and has written a wide-range of curricular materials.
Doyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Florida Atlantic University, as well as Masters degrees from Florida International University in Elementary and Secondary School Administration and Social Studies Education.
Elizabeth A. Bieler
Secretary and Treasurer
Elizabeth A. Bieler is a seasoned marketer and general manager with 20 years of experience in all aspects of marketing – from direct marketing to product development to market research and communication to vendor management, deal negotiations, sales and P&L management. She has successfully led and developed a variety of high-performing teams – cross-functional, international, and diverse – in organizations both large and small.
At Liz Bieler Productions LLC, Bieler advises Fortune 100 as well as mid-size and small business clients, helping them achieve their business goals. Her projects take her beyond traditional consulting to hands-on participation and execution. While focusing on marketing and communication, she is actively engaged in key areas ranging from business strategy, market research, sales and contract negotiation, telemarketing, new business and product development, executive and employee coaching and customer satisfaction.
Bieler is also jazz singer and voice actor who performs on TV, radio, online, audio books, educational recordings, corporate promotion, and IVR’s. She holds a B.A. in economics from Tufts University and an M.B.A. in finance and marketing from Columbia University.