Todd Stoll, President l Sean Jones, President Elect l Bob Breithaupt, Vice President l Caleb Chapman, Immediate Past President
Tim Fellow, Treasurer l Lonnie Davis, Secretary
Diane Chandler-Marshall l Roxy Coss l Doug DuBoff l Mary Jo Papich l Dustin Rohrer l Ashley Shabankareh
Julius Tolentino l Francisco Torres l Pharez Whitted l Treb Winegar l Greg Yasinitsky
All initial proposals are brought to the Full Board of Directors for JEN. Once the Board has weighed in on the subject, there are multiple ways in which final decisions may be made under the current governance policies, including:
1. A decision requiring a vote by the full board after board discussion.
2. A decision after board discussion that requires a recommendation by the Finance Committee in accordance with the Financial Procedures document, and/or Executive Committee in accordance with the Bylaws, plus an eventual vote by the full board.
3. A decision where there is a board directive, which requires a recommendation by the Finance Committee and/or the Executive Committee, and the final decision is made by a committee. It is critical in the directive to indicate the committee empowered to make the final decision.
4. After board discussion, the Executive Committee is empowered to make the final decision.
5. After board discussion, the Finance Committee is empowered to make the final decision.
6. After board discussion, the President is empowered to make the final decision.
7. After board discussion, the Treasurer is empowered to make the final decision.
8. After Board discussion, a committee is empowered to make decisions pertaining to specific subjects.
9. After committee discussion, a committee member or person assigned to a specific task is empowered to make the decision.
Members of the JEN Board of Directors assume several responsibilities when elected, including:
Members of the JEN Board of Directors assume several responsibilities when elected, including mandatory Board Meetings scheduled through 2023 as listed below:
Our board of directors come from a variety of backgrounds in education, performance, law, music industry, and more. As a volunteer board, they guide the our activities and lead us to success.
Robert is an educator, drummer, and industry leader. Currently a Professor of Music and Department Chair of Performance Studies at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, he has performed for more than 30 years in a variety of settings. He served as Executive Director of the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) from 2001-2012 and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
Diane is the Education and Talent Development Director for the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Her career in the arts spans over 24 years as an arts administrator and advocate. Diane’s work includes extensive experience with both local and national-level government, public and private organizations, and non-profit arts agencies. In 1999, she was awarded the Music of the Heart Education Award by the National Association for the Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc.
Caleb is a producer, educator, author, executive, and performer. As founder of the world-renowned Caleb Chapman's Soundhouse, he brings jazz to younger generations. His students have performed in some of the world’s most prestigious festivals in countries including Cuba, Italy, Canada, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and more.
Roxy Coss is the founder of Women In Jazz Organization, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, recording artist, bandleader, producer, educator and activist. Roxy has performed extensively around the world, headlining at the Newport Jazz Festival, Melbourne Big Band Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Summerfest, The Jazz Standard, and Jazz Showcase. Coss has performed as a side musician with Jazz greats including Clark Terry, Louis Hayes, Rufus Reid, Billy Kaye and Claudio Roditi. She has been a member of The Diva Jazz Orchestra since 2010.
Lonnie Davis, President & CEO of Charlotte's Jazz Arts Initiative, has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in music and additional graduate work in Urban and Regional Planning. Lonnie is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte, Class XXXII, and is an accomplished jazz flutist who leads her own ensemble, the Lonnie Davis Quartet. She studied music at Louisiana’s prestigious arts conservatory, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (N.O.C.C.A.) where her passion for America’s classical music, jazz, was cultivated. She also writes as a contributing jazz education columnist.
Doug DuBoff, together with his brother, Rob, own and operate ejazzlines.com. This company is both a music publisher for classic jazz repertoire, as well as a retail outlet for many other music publishing companies. He deals with jazz educators ranging from grammar schools in Australia to high schools in Germany to colleges and universities all over the US and the world, as well as private instructors and bands everywhere. In Doug's words, "Jazz education is THE nexus of jazz's popularity and its future." Doug has a passion for furthering jazz education, the future of jazz, and jazz in general.
Tim is managing member and principal of Easton Walker, LLC, a financial consulting and wealth management firm he founded in 2012. He previously served as a financial advisor with Smith Barney, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Wells Fargo Advisors and Wells Fargo Investments. Tim has focused his career as a financial consultant on fulfilling the unique needs of arts and entertainment professionals. Artist clients advised by Timothy have collectively won ten Grammys, two Emmys and two Academy Awards.
Trumpeter, composer, educator and activist, Sean Jones is a highly respected and in-demand musician. Sean serves on the Berklee College of Music’s distinguished faculty as the Chair of the Brass Department. He has also taught at Duquesne University in his adopted hometown of Pittsburgh and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, while regularly offering master classes and clinics all around the world. In addition, Sean also serves as Artistic Director of both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras and is working toward organizing the various Jazz orchestras all over the country. Sean is current Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco Performances and is a member of The SF JAZZ Collective. Sean currently lives in Boston with his wife Stacey.
Mary Jo is known for her avid support and leadership in arts education that led to the co-founding of JEN. After serving public school education for 35+ years, she is now the artistic director for Jazz Fests for school bands in New Orleans and Puerto Vallarta. Mary Jo’s recent honors include receiving a Lifetime Jazz Achievement Award from DownBeat magazine, the Arts Inspiration Award from The Art Center, Superintendent’s Recognition Award, Character Counts Award, Huespid Distinguido from the Mayor in Puerto Vallarta and the Prestigious Women in Jazz Award from the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.
Dustin Rohrer's diverse background in music, business and current position at Bain & Company, provides JEN with a wealth of skills and counsel to guide JEN to the next level. His journey began with a masters of music from the Manhattan School of Music as a drummer/musician, graduating to play live concert events all over world. Dustin returned to academia to earn a M.B.A., Finance and Strategy, while operating a recording studio in Nashville. He transitioned from the music industry to digital marketing, S.E.O., research and analytics, and then worked for a non-profit, managing the volunteer training, logistics and presentation training, achieving 5,300 new sponsorships, for a combined total of over $13 million in revenue. With his collective skills and expertise, Dustin currently works as a Bain & Company consultant. Bain & Company is one of the world's leading business consulting firms.
Ashley Shakanbareh has over 10 years experience in music education, coupled with a background in the Music Industry. Named Director of Programs of the Preservation Hall Foundation in 2013, Ashley strives to push forward programming that empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education and mentorship, while preserving and protecting the cultural heritage that is such an integral part of the Preservation Hall legacy. In 2016, Ashley was name a "Top Female Achiever" by New Orleans Magazine, a "NOLA Hero" by The Times Picayune, and a "Woman of the Year" by New Orleans City Business.
Todd Stoll has spent nearly thirty years as an educator, performer and leading advocate for jazz. He currently serves as Vice President of Education for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City where he oversees programs that reach more than 200,000 people each year. His leadership at JALC has revived the institutions commitment to the underserved while embracing 21st century technology as a means for greater access to the music. Since his tenure began in 2011, the education department at JALC produced nearly 20,000 individual events both in its home at Fredrick P Rose Hall, throughout the US, and abroad.
Saxophonist Julius Tolentino has been in the New York jazz scene for 20 years. As a Vandoren, P Mauriat and RS Berklee artist he has conducted region jazz bands and has been a guest artist/clinician for numerous summer jazz programs. He has served as NJAJE Region I President from 2009-2011 and was the Director of Large Ensembles at Jazz House Kids from 2010-2017. He is the Director of the Middle School Jazz Academy in Manhattan at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is currently the Jazz Director at Newark Academy where he conducts five jazz ensembles.
Francisco Torres is a trombonist, arranger, composer, and educator who hails from the state of Sonora, Mexico. He is the musical director for the legendary Poncho Sanchez and a member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, John Beasley’s Monkestra, and the Clare Fischer Big Band. He has been a part of several Grammy winning records including Latin Soul (Poncho Sanchez), ¡Ritmo! (Clare Fischer), That’s How We Roll and Life in the Bubble (Gordon Goodwin). For the past several years, he has produced several Poncho Sanchez albums, earning five Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Pharez Whitted is a performer, educator, composer, producer, clinician and was nominated for Independent Jazz Artist of the year in 2011. Pharez was named Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz for 2016 and inducted into the Shortridge High School Hall of Fame 2017. He is the coordinator of the Chicago division of the JALC Jazz in Schools program. He has taught at prestigious colleges and universities such as Wabash College, The Ohio State University and most recently Chicago State University. He is currently the Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO)Jazz Orchestra. Whitted has performed with such notable musicians such as Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Elvin Jones, Kirk Whalum, John Mellencamp, Nancy Wilson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chaka Khan and Slide Hampton.
Treb Winegar is Managing Director of Development of Tulane Law School in New Orleans where he has led its three most successful fundraising years. Prior to his current role, he served in principal and major gift roles at Lahey Health, Marymount Manhattan College and Yale Law School. Treb received his J.D. from UC Davis Law School in 2002 and an M.A from Yale University in 1999.
Greg, a Regents Professor in the School of Music at Washington State University, has an international reputation as a composer, arranger and saxophonist. He has written music especially for David Sanborn, Clark Terry, Dave Liebman and the USAF "Airmen of Note" big band. Yasinitsky has over 210 published musical works performed in over forty countries worldwide and his compositions and saxophone playing are featured on over fifty recordings.