Our Staff

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

FOUNDER + PRESIDENT

Christian McBride - Artistic Director at JAZZ HOUSE KiDS

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Birsa Chatterjee

Birsa Chatterjee

Education Program Coordinator

TED CHUBB

TED CHUBB

DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL PROGRAMMING + JAZZ HOUSE SUMMER WORKSHOP

Neal Day

NEAL DAY

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

John Gattis

JOHN GATTIS

Associate Manager of Development Operations

Galo Inga

GALO INGA

MANAGER OF IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS + STUDENT CONCERT COORDINATOR

Nancy Klein

NANCY KLEIN

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS

Alex Laurenzi

ALEX LAURENZI

ALUMNI RELATIONS LIAISON

Melanie Nanez

MELANIE NANEZ

DESIGN + SPONSORSHIPS

Khalilah Sharif

KHALILAH SHARIF

BILLING + PAYROLL COORDINATOR

David Thomas

David Thomas

DONOR RELATIONS COORDINATOR

Joy Velasco - Jazz House Kids Communication Associate

JOY VELASCO

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Jennifer Verdonck - events

JENNIFER VERDONCK

DIRECTOR OF EVENT MANAGEMENT +
MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL

Mel Wall - Web Developer + Content Manager

Mel Wall

Web Master

Samantha Way-Lory 

SAMANTHA WAY-LORY

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO FOUNDER + PRESIDENT

HELP US KEEP swinging straight ahead