Nicole E. Miele


I am Angelina’s step-mother. Taking this journey with her was the hardest thing I have ever done. Every day of the fight, I never believed we would lose. Every day we found something beautiful and positive to be grateful for. Angelina taught us many things, and when others looked at her with pity, I always saw her dignity, her passion for others and her strong faith. Music was and still is important to us. It has lifted our spirits some days and on others made us cry, but regardless of how it moves us, the point is that it makes a difference.  


I am proud to have loved her, cared for her, cried with her, laughed with her. I am proud of the direction she is taking me now. I feel her guiding me every day to help other children. She will never be forgotten. This foundation is our legacy to her memory. 

Louis D. Miele

Vice President

I am Angelina’s father. There is nothing that can prepare you for the loss of a child. I had heard this many times throughout my life, but never did I imagine I would have to experience the loss of one of my own. Angelina was special, not only in her passion for giving, but her faith in God. Although I live now every day in agony over her loss, I feel grateful for the 11 years I had her here with me.  


After she passed, we knew we needed to do something to keep her memory alive. We explored many different options, but realized through our journey with her and seeing the struggles of some of our friends with cancer, that music is universal to all.  


I am passionate about this cause and about keeping Angelina’s name alive. I look forward to sharing the power of music with many in need.

Marc Sortmen

Secretary & Treasurer

I am Angelina’s Godfather and am very proud to have been part of her life. As a member of the Angelina’s Song Foundation I am excited to help others, as Angelina would have wanted. I am a regional manager for a corrugated manufacturer and come in contact daily with others who have had similar experiences. I also am an elected Township Supervisor in my community, where again, the experience of cancer is part of the everyday life. I am married to my wife Jamie and have two wonderful children, Neve and Preston. As a parent who has witnessed the devastation of cancer, it reminds you daily just how precious life is. I would not want any parent to endure what Angelina’s parents have gone through. I look forward to the help this foundation will bring to the suffering children, the hardship and suffering of parents, and eventually the cure to children’s cancer.

Kathy Henderlong

Board Member

A longtime friend of Lou & Nicole, I live in the mountains of Colorado with my husband Ryan, young daughter Riley, rescue dog Lucille and a large tank of salt water fish. Ryan and I moved from the Chicago suburbs in 2011 to start a new life in the beauty of nature, far away from the chaos and noise. Being able to watch the sun rise and set over the beautiful Rocky Mountains on a daily basis is truly humbling. 


I have worked for TouchTunes (the largest in-venue interactive music and entertainment platform) since 2001 where I met Lou & Nicole. We have been good friends ever since. I have held many roles during my tenure there, from Customer Service to Sales Manager to my current role as Director of Product Management. I work closely with our customers and multiple teams across North America representing the “voice of the customer". 

I am most passionate about music, photography, nature and helping others (both humans and animals). Watching helplessly as the Miele family suffered during Angelina’s battle affected me deeply. Angelina was a true inspiration to so many people; family, friends, acquaintances and complete strangers. I feel so privileged to be able to honor her legacy by being a part of such an amazing and unique organization. I will use my sales skills and industry connections to help spread the word far and wide about Angelina’s Song!

Dan McAllister

Board Member

As President and COO of BuyBack Booth, Inc. with over 25 years of management experience, I am responsible for all aspects of running the BuyBack Booth business.  Prior to my current role, I was the General Manager of Americas for digital sign software giant Scala, and also spent 14 years in management positions with TouchTunes Interactive Networks (most notably as SVP of Sales & Marketing). I was part of the team that launched the company and grew their business to 70,000+ music kiosks sold and placed in retail locations across North America. I am a graduate from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts where I studied Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies.


I bring significant charitable organization experience to the team from my involvement with Michaels Way, where I served on the Board of Directors. Michaels Way helps support families with children who are battling cancer.  I also participated in helping raise money for YSC (Young Survivors Coalition), which runs the Tour de Pink 3-day cycling event and helps young women battling breast cancer.

Tara Spence

Board Member

I am Tara Spence and I am a friend to the Miele family. I am a Brooklyn native and a graduate of Wellesley College. I’ve spent the last 10 years working at TouchTunes where I’ve fostered my passion for music and technology and where customers become friends and family.  I am blessed to have the Miele’s in my life and watching Angelina battle a devastating diagnosis with grace, courage and dignity changed my life in profound ways. 


During Angelina’s fight, I would have done anything, given anything, to bring her and her family a little peace and joy.  I remember visiting her in the hospital and the only time she seemed truly happy was when she was singing her fight song ... "What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger", by Kelly Clarkson.  If you could have seen her sing that song, you too would believe in miracles and understand the profound healing effect that music can have on people suffering from illness. I am incredibly honored to be a part of Angelina’s Song and to hopefully have the opportunity to bring peace and joy to other children in Angelina’s name. I can’t think of a better way to honor her, her memory or her legacy.

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