Staff

Jean Westhead (Executive Director)
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jean Westhead for eight years of outstanding leadership as the Executive Director of Jazzistry. Jean’s calm, cool and collected demeanor will be missed but we wish her luck and best wishes as she pursues new adventures.
Jean 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!”

Evon Schmitzerle (Operations)
Evon is “jazzed” about her new role as the person in charge of daily operations at Jazzistry and looks forward to bringing her years of experience to this unique non-profit organization. She has a BA in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Detroit and enjoys working with children of all ages. Evon’s commitment to Jazzistry and children is fully exemplified by Plato’s quote, “Teach the children music… for in the patterns of the arts are the keys to all learning.”