People/Contact Us


For general inquiries, you can reach us at:

Detroit Jazz Festival
19900 Harper Avenue
Harper Woods, MI 48225
Phone: 855-JAZZDET
Fax: 855-JAZZDET

Artistic Director

  • Christopher B. Collins
  • Chelsea Hallendy, Assistant

Executive Office

  • Cornell Batie, Exec. VP & COO
  • Toni Gibson, Administrative Assistant


  • Ayanna Smith, Chief Financial Officer

Operations and Administration

  • Sam Fotias, Operations Manager
  • Steve Wildern, Operations Coordinator
  • Dana Boyette, Managing Director

Marketing and Publicity

  • Dr. Jazz, Radio Publicist
  • Don Lucoff, National Publicist
  • Tony Michaels, Brand/Profile Consultant
  • Steve Blow, Public Relations and Media
  • Kaye Riggs, Marketing Coordinator

Development, Corporate Partnerships & Vendors

  • Tavi Fulkerson, Fulkerson Group
  • Sarah Swanson, Fulkerson Group
  • Dominic Casinelli, Fulkerson Group
  • Tara Adams, Membership
  • Tiffany Hilson, Grants
  • Beverly Maddox, Events Manager
  • Annick Busch, Events Coordinator
  • Stewart Davidson, Food Vendors


  • Mike Fotias
  • Darry Dusbiber

Artist Relations

  • Mary Mahoney, Transportation

Outreach and Education

  • Chuck Newsome

Business / Volunteers

  • Shirley Cooper, Manager


  • Skidmore Studio
  • Dave Houle (Program)
  • Antonio Manzari (Website)

Website / Data Systems

  • Jason Clark
  • DeAndre Elliot


  • Robert Stanzler, Detroit Manufacturing

Jazz Historians / Talk Tent Coordinators

  • Jim Gallert
  • Lars Bjorn

Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board of Directors

  • Gretchen Valade, Chair
  • Thomas Robinson, President
  • David Sutherland, Secretary
  • Sharon Banks
  • Christopher B. Collins
  • Stephanie Marotta


  • Sharon Banks, Chair
    Bankable Marketing Strategies
  • Stanley M. Berry, M.D.
    Meridian Health Plan
  • Janice Cosby Bridges
    St. John-Ascension Health Michigan
  • Elizabeth Brooks
    Arts, Culture and Education Philanthropy Volunteer
  • Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr.
    Detroit Future City
  • Kevin K. Gaines
    University of Michigan
  • Karla Hall
    DTE Energy
  • George Hill, Chair Emeritus (2005-2010)
    Diversified Chemical Technologies, Inc.
  • Nina Holden
    College for Creative Studies
  • F. Thomas Lewand
    Mayor Mike Duggan
  • Thomas Robinson
    Mack Avenue Records
  • Gerald Smith
  • Jason E. Tinsley
    JP Morgan Chase
  • Samuel Thomas
    Star Development Financial Corp.
  • Dave Usher
    Marine Pollution Controls, Inc.
  • Mark Valade
  • Gretchen Valade
    Mack Avenue Records & Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation
  • William Patrick Young
Gretchen Valade