Florida Advisory Board
The Little Kids Rock Florida Advisory Board is a body of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about bringing the lifelong gift of music education to public school children. The Florida Advisory Board seeks to build a community of donors and volunteers to secure the financial and human capital needed to expand Little Kids Rock programs across the state. The Florida Advisory Board does not bear the burden of governance, but is rather an organizing entity. Please direct membership inquiries to Board Secretary, Keith Hejna: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jules Follett (Chair)
Jules Follett is the Executive Director and Founder of The Sessions (TheSessions.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings together a panel of Artists and industry experts to teach Musicians the BUSINESS side of the industry. The Sessions was spawned from Follett’s years as an entertainment photographer, as she heard countless stories of talented artists not getting their due. In 2015, Jules helped launch the Little Kids Rock Florida Advisory Board currently serving as its Chairperson. FULL BIO
Elliot Harris founded Ocelot18 in 2015 after a 22-year career on Wall Street. Through that time, Elliot has worked with owners and executives of growing businesses along with their advisors to develop sound business and strategic plans to maximize and streamline the company’s potential. Elliot has participated in over 10 billion dollars of underwriting over the past two decades. FULL BIO
Jennifer W. Jones
Jennifer W. Jones is a Founding Partner of Nostro Jones, P.A., a South Florida estate planning law firm. She has been an active member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section since 2011 and currently serves as the Section’s Lead At-Large Member for the 11th Judicial Circuit. Jennifer represents individuals with their estate and charitable planning with a focus on integrating family wealth transfer goals with sophisticated tax planning strategies. FULL BIO
Mark is the Former Chairman of Follett Corporation, a privately held family company that is 140 years old and in the 6th generation. Follett is an Educational Company that is known worldwide. Mark worked at Follett for 33 years. Mark currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of Pivot – Point Corporation in Evanston, Illinois. Mark is also involved with RUSH Medical Center in Chicago. He works with the Chairman of the Psychiatry Department in speaking seminars to better educate the public about mental illnesses such as Depression. FULL BIO
Lou Nostro is a founding partner of Nostro Jones, a South Florida estate planning law firm. He is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Taxation and Wills, Trusts & Estates is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Council (ACTEC). Mr. Nostro is a frequent speaker at estate planning seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, the NYU Tax Institute, the Oregon and Washington Tax Institutes and regional estate planning and planned giving councils. He was named as one of the top 100 estate planning attorneys in the nation by Worth magazine, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized by Florida Trend magazine, the South Florida Legal Guide and numerous other publications. FULL BIO
Nancy is both excited and proud to call Sarasota her home. Nancy moved south from another fabulous community, Newport, Rhode Island. Upon visiting or wintering in Sarasota, one can see the similarities in these two communities.
A graduate of Salve Regina University, Nancy dedicated many years to teaching the mentally challenged while traveling to promote Special Olympics. She also taught special education for many years, displaying a clear drive for helping educate those with the greatest personal challenges.
Nancy and her late partner, Captain Rob Phillips, got involved with Little Kids Rock in 2010 when they helped expand music programs in a dozen school districts across the nation with their charitable contributions, and Nancy has remained a passionate supporter.
Paul Quin is a partner at Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A., and concentrates his practice on entertainment law, toxic torts, products liability, medical malpractice, freedom of speech, environmental law, general tort law, and complex business litigation. Mr. Quin has also focused his practice on FELA litigation and railroad law, and is a past member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. He has spent many years as a professional drummer and remains active in the music industry. Mr. Quin represents musicians in a number of civil, legal arenas. FULL BIO
Jamie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gasparilla Music Foundation. With a focus in community outreach, she has established Recycled Tunes, a program in which donated instruments are refurbished and given to local students. Her goal is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to pursue their interest in music. FULL BIO
Keith Hejna – Florida Board Secretary
Keith joined Little Kids Rock in April 2009 as an intern and quickly realized he was home. For years, he managed the organization’s communications, marketing and branding, while heading up Little Kids Rock’s media and public relations efforts. He now works in donor relations, working with Little Kids Rock’s Regional Advisory Boards and top individual and corporate donors to raise the funds necessary to keep music thriving in our nation’s schools. FULL BIO