Eric & Michelle Tober

President & Secretary


Eric Tober believes in the power of music and its unequaled ability to communicate the human condition. Reared in the shadow of the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans taught him that music is the appropriate seasoning for every dish that life has to serve – from the joy of birthday celebrations, to the celebrations of the passing of a loved one, and even the passing of time on the sauna of one’s front porch.

Eric loves that his wife, Michelle, and children are musically talented. He has greatly enjoyed watching two of his children bloom under the instruction and within the supportive community of ROAM.

When not serving as a Friend of ROAM, Eric serves as a Principal and Director at Cornerstone Government Affairs, and enjoys live music and fly fishing. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown University.


Michelle Bares Tober is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. She grew up in a large French-speaking Cajun family, in the land of gumbo and Zydeco.

Trained as a classical pianist, Michelle discovered her passion for teaching music to young children when she began working at Holy Trinity School in Washington, DC. She currently teaches Music and Movement to children in grades PreK through 4th at HTS, and directs the school choir and musical theatre program.

She has taught at Holy Trinity since 2006. Michelle has a Bachelor's degree in Music from Loyola University, New Orleans, and a Master's degree in Public Communication from American University.

Prior to her career in music education, she worked in communications for the U.S. Telecom Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Michelle is married to Eric Tober, and they have three children, two of whom have performed in many ROAM bands. She still holds out hope that a Tober family band will come together someday.