Thank you for your nominations of members to serve on our Board of Directors for the 2020-2023 term. Nominations were reviewed as received by the Nominating Committee this year for the Board seats currently available.
A slate of nominees has been prepared in accordance with the organization’s By Laws [article 6.2(a)] for ratification by JEN membership with voting privileges.
Voting will remain open until Midnight EDT May 31, 2020, with the announcement of the outcome to be published immediately following conclusion of the election. Please review the proposed slate and cast your vote to ratify today. You can read about each nominee’s credentials below.
Vote by selecting the “Vote To Ratify” button below.
Since 1999, Laura Gentry‘s production company, LAG Productions, LLC has produced and promoted jazz events inclusive of small club venues, performing art centers, festivals, and concert series in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana area. She has executed project and financial management of large-scale events such as entertainment for the Major League Baseball All-Star week held in Cincinnati in 2015, and jazz concert series held for entire summers in two of the largest parks in the Cincinnati Park system. As president of non-profit organization Jazz Alive, Inc., Laura has coordinated educational outreach focused on preservation and advancement of jazz with non-profit arts organizations and educational institutions inclusive of Cincinnati Public Schools, University of Cincinnati-College, Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies department, and Northern Kentucky University Jazz Studies department. She has completed grants with several local and state philanthropic entities. She serves as treasurer on the board of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Committee Chair for the Jazz Initiative for Cincinnati – Nancy, France Sister City Association, council member for We Create Jazz, 4-week women in jazz festival, and is an Executive Committee board member on the UC-CCM Power board.
Laura founded Sistahs Who Swing™, a concept focusing on African-American women in jazz. In November 2019 she joined the Cincinnati Memorial Hall Society as a trustee. Laura has also worked with local, regional, and national jazz artists in project management inclusive of booking agent, tour management, CD releases and media campaigns, and biography composition.
Tim Fellow was elected to the JEN Board of Directors in 2014 and served as Board Treasurer for four years. He currently chairs the Audit & Risk Committee for JEN. In addition to his volunteer board service at JEN, Tim also serves and Vice-President and Trustee of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and as Director & Treasurer of Park City Summit County Arts Council.
Professionally, Tim works as a Banker at J.P. Morgan, covering individuals, families, endowments and foundations across the Rockies region of the U.S. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Tim founded and managed an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm after working in various operations and leadership roles at Wells Fargo Advisors. Tim began his career in financial service as an associate at Citi Smith Barney.
Tim received his MBA from Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in Accounting and graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Music.
Lonnie Davis, President & CEO of JazzArts Charlotte, 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.
Tia Fuller, balancing both worlds of performance and education, it is understood why this touring artist and full-time professor (at the Berklee College of Music), has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Summa Cum Laude), was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with R&B star, Beyoncé.
An accomplished performer in her own right, Tia has recorded five CDs with her quartet. Her most recent album “Diamond Cut,” received a Grammy-nomination in the Best Instrumental Jazz category, produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, which features Jack Dejohnette, and Dave Holland.
As a Professor at Berklee College of Music, she also shares her expertise teaching over 70 students per week. She directs the Rainbow big band and All Stars, the Esperanza Ensemble, repertoire class, jazz improvisation, two jazz combos and the Christian Mcbride Ensemble.
Between balancing her teaching and tour life, Tia feels that she is fulfilling her purpose here on this earth, that is to “serve as a light for others.”
Voting will remain open until Midnight EDT May 31, 2020.
Vote by selecting the “Vote To Ratify” button below.
Please note: You must be a current voting-level member of JEN in order to be able to view the page and vote to ratify.