People: Our Staff


Meet The Team

Jazz House Kids has a tremendous band of professionals who keep the Jazz House humming. Meet the people who bring the Jazz House to life each and every day.

Melissa Walker - President + Founder of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS

Melissa Walker

President + Founder

Christian McBride - Artistic Director at JAZZ HOUSE KiDS

Christian McBride

Artistic Director

TED CHUBB

TED CHUBB

DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL PROGRAMMING + JAZZ HOUSE SUMMER WORKSHOP

Neal Day

Neal Day

Associate Director of Operations

GALO INGA

MUSIC + EDUCATION ASSOCIATE

LEE HOGANS

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC + EDUCATION

Jessica Goldstein

Jessica Goldstein

Human Resources

Nancy Klein

Nancy Klein

Head of Communications

Alex Laurenzi

Alex Laurenzi

Student Services + Music Associate

Melanie Nanez

Melanie Nanez

Design + Sponsorships

Khalilah Sharif

Khalilah Sharif

Billing + Payroll Coordinator

Sharon Skettini

Social Media

David Thomas

David Thomas

Gift Management & Research 

Mel Wall

Web Master

Samantha Way-Lory 

Samantha Way-Lory 

Executive Assistant to Founder + President

Jennifer Verdonck - events

Jennifer Verdonck

Director of Event Management +
Montclair Jazz Festival