Board of Directors


Caleb Chapman, President  l  Todd Stoll, President Elect  l  Bob Breithaupt, Vice President l Bob Sinicrope, Past President

Tim Fellow, Treasurer  l  Mary Jo Papich, Interim Secretary/Co-Founder/Past President


Diane Chandler-Marshall  l  Lonnie Davis  l  Dan Flores  l  Sean Jones  l  Ashley Shabankareh 

Julius Tolentino  l  Francisco Torres  l  Rodney Whitaker  l  Treb Winegar  l  Greg Yasinitsky


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

2017-2018 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


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


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.

Lonnie Davis


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.

Tim Fellow


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.

Dan Flores


Dan is a Senior Vice President and head of litigation at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., a leading entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content. While in private practice, his clients included major record labels, motion picture studios, television networks, literary publishers, video game developers, and other intellectual property rights holders. Dan received his J.D. in 2002 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Sean Jones


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 Papich

Interim Secretary, Co-Founder/Past President

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.

Ashley Shakanbareh


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.

Bob Sinicrope

Past President

Bob Sinicrope, JEN President, is a consummate educator and accomplished bassist, is the inaugural recipient of the John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year (2007). The National Youth Development Council award for Outstanding Service (2010) and the DownBeat magazine Achievement Award for Jazz Education (2010). For forty years Bob has taught in diverse settings. In 1974, he founded the Milton Academy Jazz Program, which he continues to direct. Bob has forged special connections with South Africa. He has toured there nine times with Milton Academy students performing nationally and delivering over $135,000 worth of donated materials to needy African music programs.

Todd Stoll


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 touch more than 100,000 people as young as 8 months thru the elderly. 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. In 2014 the education department at JALC produced over 2800 individual events both in its home at Fredrick P Rose Hall and throughout the US.

Julius Tolentino


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


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.

Rodney Whitaker


Internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, Rodney Whitaker, currently holds the titles of Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University where he has built one of the leading jazz degree programs and performing faculty in the United States of America. He is considered one of the leading performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the United States. He is also the Artistic Director of the Michigan State University Professors of Jazz, former Artistic Advisor of Jazz @ Wharton Center, Director of Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Orchestra and a member of the Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Treb Winegar


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


Greg, Regents is a Professor of Music and Director of the School of Music at Washington State University and 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.