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

Ryan Anselmi

RYAN ANSELMI

MANAGING DIRECTOR, JAZZ HOUSE @ TRINITY

Birsa Chatterjee

Birsa Chatterjee

Education Program Coordinator

TED CHUBB

TED CHUBB

VICE PRESIDENT, JAZZ EDUCATION + ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Neal Day

NEAL DAY

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Brianne Ford

Brianne Ford

Associate Director of In-School Jazz Education + CHiCA Power

Patrick Gannon

PATRICK GANNON

ARTS + STUDENT SERVICE COORDINATOR

John Gattis

JOHN GATTIS

Associate Manager of Development Operations

Jennifer Grantham

Jennifer Grantham

Program and Production Coordinator at Trinity

Lauren Grigoryev

Development

Galo Inga

GALO INGA

MANAGER OF IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS + STUDENT CONCERT COORDINATOR

Alex Laurenzi

ALEX LAURENZI

ALUMNI RELATIONS LIAISON

Nancy Klein

NANCY KLEIN

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS

Melanie Nanez

MELANIE NANEZ

DESIGN + SPONSORSHIPS

Khalilah Sharif

KHALILAH SHARIF

BILLING + PAYROLL COORDINATOR

Darrell Smith

DARRELL SMITH, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Jazz Education + Performance

Jill Spiegel

JILL SPIEGEL

exeCUTIVE ASSISTANT

Joy Velasco

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

HELP US KEEP swinging straight ahead

2022 YEAR-END APPEAL

AN INSTRUMENT FOR CHANGE!

Through jazz, we provide world-class access, learning, career development + community building.