SJSF Board of Directors

Meet the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival Board of Directors

Larry Claflin Jr. is a journalist who has written about arts, entertainment and music for more than 15 years. He is a North Shore native, Salem  resident and music supporter. Larry is the festival’s co-founder.

Sarah Corbett of Salem has been a music booker and bartender at  In A Pig’s Eye Restaurant in Salem for more than 10 years. Sarah is a founding member of the festival.

Eugene Desaulniers of Quincy is a longtime festival volunteer who joined the board in 2014. He has extensive experience in construction and transportation which he taps as a production manager for the festival.

Henley Douglas, Jr. has lived in Salem for almost 20 years. He is a professional musician, music teacher and CAD designer. He  toured internationally with The Boston Horns and the Heavy Metal Horns before forming his own band, HDRnB. Henley is the festival’s co-founder.

Kate Ferris is a professional music educator and conductor on the North Shore.  She holds a Masters of Music Education from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Berklee College of Music. In addition to performing and recording all over New England, she is active with many local community music ensembles and firmly believes in access of performing opportunities for all.  Kate is the Director of Bands at the Village School in Marblehead, Mass.

Nick Giarratani is an educator, singer/songwriter, audio engineer, and performer with almost 30 years’ experience in the Boston music scene.  He has performed with a variety of ensembles in venues all over New England and can currently be seen performing with the North Shore Acoustic Project and electronic music ensemble. Nick’s full-time gig is managing Salem State University’s recital hall, recording studio, and electronic music lab. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the University’s music department.

Mary Johnson of Hamilton works in the financial industry.

Jenny Neal is a North Shore native and a 2010 Salem State graduate with Bachelor’s degrees in music and marketing.  She grew up singing in choral groups and continues to participate in local chorus.  She is also an active practicing yogi and supporter of music and arts.  She currently works as a Operations Coordinator for a small wholesale printing company in Wakefield.

Kurt Overberg is a North Shore native who recently returned from an extended stint on the West Coast.  For over 30 years he has been involved in many musical projects spanning the country and has covered many musical styles ranging from Classical to West Coast Boogaloo style Jazz.  Kurt’s day job involves technology entrepreneurship, and is involved in several technology companies in both the Greater Boston and San Francisco Bay areas.

Judy Parisella  hails from the North Shore and after a 20 year stint in Southern California made her way back to the East Coast.  Music and theater, both on and off stage, have been a passion for years.  Today as a marketing professional she runs her own cloud marketing firm, JP Marketing, and can be found throughout New England speaking on and teaching the ins and outs of leveraging today’s emerging online marketing platforms.

Ryan Robbins moved to Salem in 1999.  Originally from Maine, he studied technical theater at Emerson College. Ryan has provided lighting and sound design, and served as Technical Director for the Salem Theatre Company.  He’s produced laser shows, corporate events, party cruises, audio advertisements for major national brands, and other area events.  Ryan currently is a voice user interface designer for Interactions Corporation.  He’s an avid photographer, music lover, and our technical production advisor.

Ian Cannon grew up on the North Shore and attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Ian has a 30-year history of volunteer leadership for non-profits. He has strengths in community interaction, strategic planning and financial development. Ian has dedicated his volunteerism to youth development – a great match for the SJSF board. Ian plays bass and has experience in event promotion, sound set-up and production. He lives in Beverly 


Former board members

  • Matt Caruso, founding member
  • Judith Coughlin, founding member
  • Michelle Desaulniers, founding member
  • Laura Gallant, founding member
  • Andy Goldman, board member
  • Stephanie Hagyard, board member
  • Bronwyn Kane, founding member
  • Pam Kentley, board member
  • Jeremy Johnson, board member
  • Deborah Linehan, founding member
  • Kristina Lorson, founding member
  • Ed Miscowski, founding member
  • Beth Paquin, board member
  • Will Pirone, founding member
  • Jonathan Reardon, founding member
  • Jennifer Reardon, founding member
  • Michael Siering, founding member

Key volunteers

  • Seth Albaum
  • Catherine Bassett
  • Charlotte Belezos
  • Erinn Brown
  • Richard Buckley
  • Jim Desaulniers
  • John Fogg
  • TJ Jacobs
  • Randal MacCaffrie
  • The Puleo family
  • Will Readron
  • Kim Sabella
  • Howie and Mary Ellen Sullivan
  • Tom Uellner
  • John Zani Jr.