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Laurie de Koch, Executive Director
Laurie's professional expertise and her personal passions converge as the Executive Director of this young organization. With a Master's degree in Arts Management, 20 years of nonprofit management experience, and a deep commitment to arts education, Laurie naturally evolved from co-founder to full-time Executive Director of Seattle JazzED in March of 2011.
Inspired by the impact that music education has made on the lives of her own children who were fortunate enough to be in schools with strong music programs, Laurie devotes herself to ensuring that all students have access to exceptional music education.
Email: laurie [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org
Britt Madsen, Deputy Director
Britt oversees communications, marketing, and development. She joined Seattle JazzED in 2011 after four years at the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras where she ran the nationally-renowned Marrowstone Summer Music Festival and SYSO's public school partnerships. She loves working with the incredible JazzED students, families and supporters who make this young organization so vibrant. Britt graduated from the University of Washington in 2007. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and young son.
Email: britt [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org
Ricardo Luna, Student Equity Director
Ricardo is a music educator and trombonist from Los Angeles, California. He recently moved to Seattle and is currently working on his Washington State teaching certificate at the University of Washington. Before coming to Seattle, Ricardo worked for the Los Angeles School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch coordinating after-school music programs, ensembles and events that continue to positively impact students throughout the district. His most recent work included creating and teaching the BTB after-school community music program which provided quality music education for elementary and middle school students in under-served neighborhoods.
Email: ricardo [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org
Kelly Clingan, Education Director
Kelly is the former Director of Concert Bands and Jazz at Washington Middle School, where she taught since 2008. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, she is rooted in Seattle's celebrated tradition of music education. Kelly plays trombone in Banda Vagos, a traditional Mexican Banda, performing throughout the Puget Sound area on a weekly basis.
Email: kelly [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org
Carie Lorenson, Finance Manager
Carie is a contract bookkeeper who began work with Seattle JazzED in the fall of 2013. She and her husband live in West Seattle and have one adult daughter. Carie played clarinet in her high school band, which is also where she met her husband over 35 years ago. Her daughter's experiences playing bass at Garfield High School, SYSO and Seattle Rock Orchestra have brought tremendous joy that continues to this day. She is delighted to help JazzED spread the joy that music education can bring!
Email: carie [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org
Carla Newhouse, Program Intern
Carla is a dedicated alumni of Seattle JazzED and has been a part of our organization since the beginning. Presently she’s helping with the JazzED music and instrument library, data entry, and office organization. Her experience includes volunteering at Sherwood Forest Elementary and Illahee Middle School. She’s excited to be a part of the staff!
Seattle JazzED Board of Directors
Harold Brandford, Anesthesiologist, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Curt Clausen, Senior Vice President, Banner Bank
Kim Clements, JAS Design Build
Tracy Dobmeier, Community Volunteer
Elvis Fraser, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle JazzED Board President
Libby Hill, Community Volunteer
Juan Huey-Ray, Artistic Director, Cultural Pursuits
David Marriott, Jr., Musician
Shirish Mulherkar, Consultant, Seattle JazzED Co-Founder
Greg Murray, COO, St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Lisa Orlick, Community Volunteer & Writer
Thomas Poole, Federal Aviation Administration
Kathryn Robinson, Freelance Writer
Ortencia Santana, Business Owner and Parent Volunteer
Julie Weed, Freelance Writer
Mark Zobel, Radiologist, Overlake Hospital and Seattle Children's Hospital
For more information about the Seattle JazzED Board, please contact Executive Director Laurie de Koch.