In the early days Ronald directed marching and symphony bands; developed a jazz band program; and planned and developed a middle school recruitment program as Music Director – River Rouge High School, River Rouge, MI back in 1974. In the period from 1975 to 1983 Ronald directed marching, symphony and jazz bands; taught girls vocal ensemble, music theory and music appreciation; served on Redford North Central Accreditation Planning Committee (1979-1980); and implemented a middle school recruitment program as Music Director – Redford High School, Detroit, MI until 1983.
Previously, Ronald held the position as Music Supervisor for the Pittsburgh Public Schools until his recent retirement. He provided supervision for instrumental and vocal music educators; provided professional development to staff; organized annual City-Wide Arts Festival and Marching Band Festival; collaborated with school principals to grow teacher practice in the arts, formally, and informally observe music staff; and provided instructional support and guidance to staff with identified area for growth.
Prior to his position as Music Supervisor, Ronald was responsible for the supervision and evaluation of the World Languages, Science Instrumental, and Vocal Music Departments, providing occasional professional development for staff, planning and conducting new student orientation, serving on the building administrative team, developing discipline procedure for handling student discipline, handling disciplinary matters involving students to student conflicts and implement discipline procedures for staff, and conducting mediation between students and staff as Director 9th -12th Grades, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, from 2009 to 2012.
Ronald earned his PhD, K-12 Educational Administration, 1994 from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI – Dissertation Title: The Effects of Specialization on At-Risk Students.
Jerry Crockett is a highly connected local individual in both the music and business worlds. As a musician, Mr. Crockett was a classical trumpet performer, educator, private instructor, and chamber musician. He held positions in local high schools in after school programs, held a sizable studio comprised of both high and low brass students, and acted as a music theory and history tutor for his contemporaries.
Unfortunately, Mr. Crockett’s career was cut short during his masters coursework at Carnegie Mellon University due to severe medical trauma. During his work as a musician, Mr. Crockett amassed a valuable business skillset, including contract writing and negotiation, accounting and finance knowledge, tax principles, marketing, and employment law. As Mr. Crockett progressed in his business career, he found opportunities in high-level accounting positions, including managerial accounting and mid-scale controllership.
Mr. Crockett joined the Board of Directors in April of 2016, and has acted as a financial advisor, budgeter, and financial strategist for the organization. He carries ties with both local and international companies in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.
Jason has a strong background in management of people and systems. He has managed the SBA Micro-loan Program Technical Assistance grant funds and other financial resources effectively to connect current and potential borrowers with education opportunities. He has worked with third-party business education providers to plan and implement specialized workshops and seminars. Jason has more than 13 years of experience in the Banking and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry, most recently at Woodforest National Bank as Community Development Relationship Manager where he over sees 40 branches in Pennsylvania and 16 in New York for their Community Reinvestment Act requirements
Jason has also worked in personal banking, customer service, and in the development of bank literacy programs for various organizations. In addition, he has worked with families and children as a Case Manager for Small Seeds, an organization that serves as a liaison between Children, Youth and Families services and families. He also volunteered for Operation Hope, an organization that pairs professionals and youths to be mentored in financial education. He received his B.S. in Organizational Leadership and his Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University. Jason has been to numerous conferences to keep his skills sharp such as Opportunity Finance Network, The San Francisco Federal Conference, and AEO conference in D.C.. He is a published writer, most recently in Talk Magazine Winter 2015 issue (Are Predatory Business Loans the Next Credit Crisis?). Lastly, he is a small business owner of the Diva Den (www.divadenpgh.com), popular hair salon that helps with outer and inner beauty along with giving back to the community.
Nayli Russo was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She began her musical career at the age of 5, singing as a mezzo soprano for one of the most prestigious choirs in Venezuela. They represented their country in several festivals and traveled to Mexico, Chile and Ecuador. She played the oboe and english horn in the Miranda Symphony Orchestra. She also performed an Albinoni solo concerto with the Miranda Symphony and her teacher and mentor, Alexis Perez.
In 2000, Nayli was selected among 32 other Venezuelan players to represent her country as an Oboe and English Horn player for the CAF symphony, traveling for a month to five different countries in South America. At the end of her tour, she decided to go into pharmacy school, graduating with a pharmaceutical degree from the Central University of Venezuela. In April 2007, Nayli decided to move to the United States and start a new career as an actress and entertainer. She has appeared in several local TV commercials, prints add and independent movies. Currently, Nayli works for The Highmark Corporation as a Clinical Pharmacy Operations Manager.
Oboist Evan Klein is the Adjunct Professor of Oboe at Fairmont State University. He also serves as the Senior Oboe Faculty member for the West Virginia University Community Music Program. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He was also the recipient of two Graduate Assistantship Awards from Kent State University and West Virginia University.
In addition to his career as an educator, Evan is a freelancing artist and entrepreneur. He has performed with the Erie Philharmonic, Mansfield Symphony, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Warren Philharmonic, Wheeling Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, and owns a reed-making business, Monongahela Reeds.
Evan joined the the board of directors in March of 2017 and is excited to contribute his experience in performance, education, and personal development projects.