Jean Westhead (Executive Director)
Jean is the calm administrator in the midst of the creative storm that is Jazzistry. She has a BS in Sociology from London University, England and more than 20 years experience in marketing, information technology and education coordination in a nonprofit environment. Jean is passionate about Jazzistry’s mission and says “there’s nothing as rewarding as seeing the look on a student’s face as they make a personal connection to jazz.”
Vincent York (Founder and Artistic Director)
First and foremost Vincent York is a jazz musician. As the creative force behind Jazzistry he wear’s many hats both figuratively and literally. In his position as artistic director Vincent’s roles include composer, bandleader, educator and advocate for the arts. Vincent believes every American can be proud of jazz. He says “it embodies our most admired cultural characteristics – self expression, spontaneity, boldness and invention!”
Chelsea Derks (Office Assistant)
As Jazzistry’s part-time office assistant, Chelsea assists in scheduling, record keeping, and social networking. Her position is funded in part through the University of Michigan’s Work-Study program. She currently attends the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and is working on her Master’s degree in Social Work as well as her certification in School Social Work. Chelsea enjoys the multicultural aspect of jazz and is looking forward to working with such a unique nonprofit organization.