Joanne Jolee received her piano and music theory training through the Trinity College of Music and Royal School of Music, and studied voice under Dame Sister Mary Leo at Saint Mary’s College in New Zealand. Joanne has over 30 years of experience as a composer, music teacher, is a keynote corporate entertainer, speaker, and the author of The Progressive Pianist.
Joanne homeschooled her 5 children teaching them music as a daily core subject. They are all musicians and hold college degrees, 4 with advanced degrees. Joanne toured with the band that included an original Turtles band member (Happy Together). In 1998 she formed a classical crossover band with three of her daughters, CJA, and in 2002 the band won the title, Arizona’s Best Pop Band.
Bill Jaffa is a CPA with over 38 years of experience in public accounting. He is the co-owner of Jaffa Simmons, PLLC, a CPA firm with international membership in IPG. Bill has served publicly and privately held companies and its executives and owners, nationally and internationally, in the areas of manufacturing, high tech, wholesale, retail, real estate, and professional and other service companies. He is a former city councilman with the city of Mesa, Arizona, and drummer for 35 years.
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Neal is a native Arizonan, businessman and graduate of Arizona State University. He has served on a myriad of boards and committees including 30 years as a member of Rotary International serving as President of Mesa Sunrise Rotary from 2006-2007, and in 2007 he served on a humanitarian mission to Afghanistan. Neal has served on the Board of the Mesa Industrial Development Authority, the Mesa Educational Committee, and has served as Director of the East Valley Boys and Girls Club Music Committee.
Charlotte Stewart is a board-certified music therapist and owner of Mella Music Therapy, LLC. She graduated with a master’s degree in clinical music therapy from Arizona State University. Charlotte enjoys working with a variety of populations in both individual and group settings, using a variety of music therapy techniques to enhance well-being and to remediate and rehabilitate. She taught piano lessons for 17 years prior to becoming a music therapist.
Andy Stewart is Managing Partner of ActiveG, a Mesa-based information technology company. Andy graduated with an MBA from Arizona State University and a BA in English and Asian Studies from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Charlotte, along with their 4 children, are all graduates of Westwood High School. An avid arts enthusiast and keyboard player, Andy enjoys playing, writing, and recording music.
Advisory Board Member
Diana is an administration and operations professional who serves as the Director of Library Services for Akerman LLP, a national law firm with 20 offices and over 600 lawyers. Prior to her current position, Diana was a consultant to nonprofit organizations for two years with Phoenix Rising Consulting where she assisted nonprofits with their fundraising and development efforts. Diana graduated summa cum laude with a B.S.B.A. in Finance as well as earned the dual degree Juris Doctor/Master of International Management from the University of Denver. She has a heart for music and enjoys studying and playing piano in her free time. She served as Secretary of the JJMF Board of Directors from 2014–2015.
Honorary Board Member
Dave Schotz is a founding member of the Board of Directors of JJMF. He has extensive experience in the telemarketing industry in both operational, sales, and client relationship management roles. At Succeed Corp, Dave helped bring the company to #1 in the software sector on the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest growing companies. When David is not at the office delivering a best in class customer experience, he takes that completive strive onto the race track where he’s earned more than a dozen Auto Racing National Championships.