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.

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.

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.


Kurt Overberg is production coordinator and is a North Shore native.  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, Salt Lake City and San Francisco Bay areas.

Mary Johnson of Hamilton works in the financial industry.


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
  • Judy Parisella, founding member
  • Ryan Robbins, founding member
  • Nick Giarratani, education director
  • Jenny Neal, volunteer coordinator

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.