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
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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 is senior director of development at Tulane University 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, 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.