Board of Directors

2018-2019


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

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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  Greg Yasinitsky  l  David Kauffman, NAfME Liaison  l  Daniel Flores, Legal Counsel


Photo by Patrick Fischer

Board Minutes

2017-2018 Board Minutes of Meetings

2016-2017 Board Minutes of Meetings

2015 – 2016 Board Minutes of Meetings

2014 – 2015 Board Minutes of Meetings

2013 – 2014 Board Minutes of Meetings

2012 – 2013 Board Minutes of Meetings

2011 – 2012 Board Minutes of Meeting

2010 – 2011 Board Minutes of Meetings

2009 – 2010 Board Minutes of Meetings

2008 – 2009 Board Minutes of Meeting

Board Decision-Making Process

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.

Board of Directors Service Goals

Members of the JEN Board of Directors assume several responsibilities when elected, including:

  1. Knowing the Jazz Education Network mission, services, policies, and programs.
  2. Participating in all Board meetings and conference.
  3. Reviewing Board agendas, minutes and supporting materials (including financial statements) prior to Board meetings. Visiting the website and reading the JEN newsletters regularly.
  4. Communicating in a timely fashion on all JEN business. Submitting reports and requests for action on or before stated deadlines.
  5. Being an advocate for JEN and engaging and informing others about JEN and representing the organization to the general public through my professional, personal, and social networks. This includes adding my status as a member of the JEN Board of Directors to my bio, website and promo materials.
  6. Lending special skills and expertise to enhance the Board and be actively engaged in strategic planning and development.
  7. Being available to serve on at least one committee annually (i.e. Finance Committee, Fundraising & Development Committee, Marketing & Communications Committee, etc.)
  8. Being willing and able to be nominated for a JEN office and willing to serve if selected.
  9. Taking on special assignments as volunteer service as they relate to the advancement of JEN’s mission and services, policies and programs.
  10. Assisting in participant, volunteer, and Board member recruitment efforts, and engaging others who can make significant contributions to JEN – financially as individual contributors or corporate sponsors, and those who may lend their expertise to advancing our organization.
  11. Allowing JEN to use my image for promotional purposes. (This will include a short statement from you about JEN and keeping JEN informed of professional activities so that these events may be published online or in print publications).
  12. Following conflict of interest and confidentiality policies as they are established by JEN.
  13. As a strong personal commitment to the mission and values of JEN, it is required that all Board members maintain membership.
  14. It is expected that all BOD members will cover transportation costs over $500 per event, and meal expenses related to Board meetings until such time JEN is able to afford to budget all expenses in that regard.
  15. Board members are expected to financially contribute to the organization annually.
  16. In turn, the JEN Executive committee will be available to answer any questions about the organization and all will work in good faith towards achievement of our mission and goals.
  17. Board Service Terms are 3 years in length and re-election should not be considered automatic. The reality is there are only so many slots on the Board to be filled and if everyone serving was automatically reinstated for 3 year terms back to back, new energy would or could not be infused into the Board. Decisions are not to be assumed of a personal nature.
  18. Board members not returning should be recognized in perpetuity as a former Board member, and asked to continue on committees as part of the JEN governance structure. Further, an individual should be commended for their expected service while on the Board, but should not expect an explanation as to why he or she may not be selected again to serve.

Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

Members of the JEN Board of Directors assume several responsibilities when elected, including mandatory Board Meetings scheduled through 2023 as listed below:


AUGUST 2018 – Board Meetings – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV

  • Monday, August 6th: travel day/New Board member Orientation
  • Tuesday, August 7th: Full Day
  • Wednesday, August 8th: Full Day
  • Thursday, August 9th: Travel Day

JANUARY 2019 – 10th Annual Conference – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV

  • Monday, January 7th: travel day
  • Tuesday, January 8th: Full Day
  • Wednesday, January 9th: 8am-3:30 / 5:30pm-7:30pm President’s Founders Reception
  • Thursday, January 10th: Conference
  • Friday, January 11th: Conference
  • Saturday, January 12th: Conference
  • Sunday, January 13th: Half Day 9am-1pm/Travel Day

AUGUST 2019 – Board Meetings – Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA

  • Monday, August 5th: travel day/New Board Member Orientation
  • Tuesday, August 6th: Full Day
  • Wednesday, August 7th: Full Day
  • Thursday, August 8th: Travel Day

JANUARY 2020 – 11th Annual Conference – Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA

  • Monday, January 6th: travel day
  • Tuesday, January 7th: Full Day
  • Wednesday, January 8th: 8am-3:30 / 5:30pm-7:30pm President’s Founders Reception
  • Thursday, January 9th: Conference
  • Friday, January 10th: Conference
  • Saturday, January 11th: Conference
  • Sunday, January 12th: Half Day 9am-1pm/Travel Day

AUGUST 2020 – Board Meetings – The Galt House – Louisville, KY

  • Monday, August 3rd: travel day/New Board Member Orientation
  • Tuesday, August 4th: Full Day
  • Wednesday, August 5th: Full Day
  • Thursday, August 6th: Travel Day

JANUARY 2021 – 12th Annual Conference – The Galt House – Louisville, KY

  • Monday, January 4th: travel day
  • Tuesday, January 5th: Full Day
  • Wednesday, January 6th: 8am-3:30 / 5:30pm-7:30pm President’s Founders Reception
  • Thursday, January 7th: Conference
  • Friday, January 8th: Conference
  • Saturday, January 9th: Conference
  • Sunday, January 10th: Half Day 9am-1pm/Travel Day

AUGUST 2021 – Board Meetings – Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX

  • Dates tbd

JANUARY 2022 – 13th Annual Conference – Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX

  • Monday, January 3rd: travel day
  • Tuesday, January 4th: Full Day
  • Wednesday, January 5th: 8am-3:30 / 5:30pm-7:30pm President’s Founders Reception
  • Thursday, January 6th: Conference
  • Friday, January 7th: Conference
  • Saturday, January 8th: Conference
  • Sunday, January 9th: Half Day 9am-1pm/Travel Day

AUGUST 2022 – Board Meetings – Grand Sierra Resort – Reno, NV

  • Dates tbd, tentive as Monday, Aug 1-Thursday, Aug 4

JANUARY 2023 – 14th Annual Conference – Grand Sierrra Resort – Reno, NV

  • Monday, January 2nd: travel day
  • Tuesday, January 3rd: Full Day
  • Wednesday, January 4th: 8am-3:30 / 5:30pm-7:30pm President’s Founders Reception
  • Thursday, January 5th: Conference
  • Friday, January 6th: Conference
  • Saturday, January 7th: Conference
  • Sunday, January 8th: Half Day 9am-1pm/Travel Day

Past Board of Directors

2017 – 2018 Board of Directors

Caleb Chapman, President
Todd Stoll, President Elect
Bob Sinicrope, Immediate Past President
Bob Breithaupt, Vice President
Tim Fellow, Treasurer
Mary Jo Papich, Interim Secretary, Co-Founder/Past President
Diane Chandler-Marshall, Director
Lonnie Davis, Director
Rick Drumm, Director
Dan Flores, Director
Sean Jones, Director
Ashley Shabankareh, Director
Julius Tolentino, Director
Francisco Torres, Director
Treb Winegar, Director
Greg Yasinitsky, Director

 


2016 – 2017 Board of Directors

Caleb Chapman, President
Todd Stoll, President Elect
Bob Breithaupt, Vice President
Bob Sinicrope, Immediate Past President
Timothy Fellow, Treasurer
Sharon Burch, Secretary
Diane Chandler-Marshall, Director
Rick Drumm, Director
Dan Flores, Director
Daniel Gregerman, Director
Dr. Monika Herzig, Director
Mary Jo Papich, Director/Co-Founder/Past President
Francisco Torres, Director
Kirk Whalum, Director
Greg Yasinitsky, Director

 


2015 – 2016 Board of Directors

Bob Sinicrope, President
Caleb Chapman, President-Elect
Bob Breithaupt, Vice President
Andrew Surmani, Immediate Past President
Timothy Fellow, Treasurer
Dr. Monika Herzig, Secretary
Sharon Burch, Director
John Clayton, Director
Rick Drumm, Director
Dan Flores, Director
Daniel Gregerman, Director
Mary Jo Papich, Director/Co-Founder/Past President
Todd Stoll, Director
Tony White, Director

 


2014 – 2015 Board of Directors

Bob Sinicrope, President
Caleb Chapman, President-Elect
Bob Breithaupt, Vice President
Andrew Surmani, Immediate Past President
Rick Kessel, Treasurer
Dr. Monika Herzig, Secretary
Ruben P. Alvarez, Director
John Clayton, Director
José Diaz, Director
Timothy Fellow, Director
Daniel Gregerman, Director
Judy Humenick, Director
Mary Jo Papich, Director/Co-Founder/Past President
Cheryl Slay-Carr, Director
Tony White, Director

 


2013 – 2014 Board of Directors

Andrew Surmani, President
Bob Sinicrope, President-Elect
Caleb Chapman, Vice President
Dr. Lou Fischer, Co-Founder/Immediate Past President
Rick Kessel, Treasurer
Dr. Monika Herzig, Secretary
Ruben P. Alvarez, Director
Paul Bangser, Director
Bob Breithaupt, Director
John Clayton, Director
José Diaz, Director
Dr. Darla Hanley, Director
Judy Humenick, Director
Mary Jo Papich, Director/Co-Founder/Past President
Cheryl Slay-Carr, Director


2012 – 2013 Board of Directors

Andrew Surmani, President
Bob Sinicrope, President-Elect
John Clayton, Vice President
Dr. Lou Fischer, Co-Founder/Immediate Past President
Rick Kessel, Treasurer
Dr. Monika Herzig Secretary
Ruben P. Alvarez, Director
Paul Bangser, Director
Bob Breithaupt, Director
Caleb Chapman, Director
José Diaz, Director
Dr. Darla Hanley, Director
Judy Humenick, Director
Willard Jenkins, Director
Mary Jo Papich, Director/Co-Founder/Past President

 


2011 – 2012 Board of Directors

Dr. Lou Fischer, Co-Founder/President
Andrew Surmani, President Elect
John Clayton, Vice President
Rick Kessel, Treasurer
José Diaz, Secretary
Ruben P. Alvarez, Director
Paul Bangser, Director
Caleb Chapman, Director
Dr. Darla Hanley, Director
Dr. Monika Herzig, Director
Willard Jenkins, Director
Mary Jo Papich, Co-Founder/Immediate Past President
Bob Sinicrope, Director
Terell Stafford, Director

 


2010 – 2011 Board of Directors

Dr. Lou Fischer, Co-Founder/President
Andrew Surmani, President Elect
John Clayton, Vice President
Rick Kessel, Treasurer
Jarrard Harris, Secretary
Ruben P. Alvarez, Director
Melody Balicki, Director
Paul Chiaravalle, Director
Steve Crissinger, Director
José Diaz, Director
Mary Jo Papich, Co-Founder/Immediate Past President
Paris Rutherford, Director
Bruce Silva, Director
Bob Sinicrope, Director
Terell Stafford, Director
Jim Widner, Director
John Wittmann, Director

 


2009 – 2010 Board of Directors

Mary Jo Papich, Co-Founder/President
Dr. Lou Fischer, Co-Founder/President-Elect
John Clayton, Vice President
Jackie Harris, Secretary
Andrew Surmani, Treasurer
Ruben P. Alvarez, Director
Melody Balicki, Director
Paul Chiaravalle, Director
Steve Crissinger, Director
José Diaz, Director
Rick Kessel, Director
Paris Rutherford, Director
Bruce Silva, Director
Bob Sinicrope, Director
Terell Stafford, Director
Andrew Surmani, Director
Jim Widner, Director
John Wittmann, Director

 


2008 – 2009 Board of Directors

Mary Jo Papich, Co-Founder/President
Dr. Lou Fischer, Co-Founder/Vice President
Bruce Silva, Treasurer
Julie Traenkenschuh, Secretary
Ruben P. Alvarez, Director
Bob Breithaupt, Director
Paul Chiaravalle, Director
Steve Crissinger, Director
Daniel Gregerman, Director
Jarrard Harris, Director
Michael Kenyon, Director
Rick Kessel, Director
Ellen Rowe, Director
Paris Rutherford, Director
Andrew Surmani, Director
Jim Widner, Director


2018-2019 Board of Directors

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 Breithaupt

Vice President

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 Chandler-Marshall

Director

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 Chapman

Past President

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

Director

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

Secretary

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

Director

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 Fellow

Treasurer

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.

Sean Jones

President Elect

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.

David Kauffman

Director/NAfME Liaison

Chair of the National Association for Music Education’s Council for Jazz Education, Kauffman serves on the Board of Directors for JEN as the NAfME liaison. In addition, he is currently the Senior Manager of the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet program in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Kauffman has served in various roles as an educator, clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, performer, promoter, businessman, and elected official for over twenty years. As a saxophonist, he has performed with Aretha Franklin, Louie Bellson, and The Dells. He was the founder of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra, a collegiate honors band whose performance credits include Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Jazz Education Network National Conference in New Orleans. For eight years, he hosted a weekly jazz radio program, "Searching for Birdland" on NPR Affiliate WFWM.

Mary Jo Papich

Director, Co-Founder/Past President

Mary Jo Papich, the first president of JEN, is known for her avid support and leadership in arts education that led to the co-founding of the Jazz Education Network. After serving public school education for 35+ years, she continues her work in JEN and serves as the artistic director for Jazz Festivals for students in New Orleans and Puerto Vallarta. Mary Jo’s recent honors include receiving a Lifetime Jazz Education 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. Mary Jo's efforts have reached people all around the world. As a former student stated, "Mary Jo Papich continues to inspire those around her to pursue the arts and arts education with passion, making a positive difference today and in the generations beyond."

Dustin Rohrer

Director

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

Director

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

President

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.

Julius Tolentino

Director

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

Director

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

Director

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

Director

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 Yasinitsky

Director

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.