MeMA-Music Board of Directors

MeMA-Music operates under the guidance of a volunteer nonprofit Board of Directors as mandated by our organizational bylaws. The Board members act as fiduciaries in the nonprofit’s best interest. Their role involves managing the work, employees, volunteers, policies, and fundraising in a logical, ethical, and legal manner to ensure the advancement of our mission and long-term sustainability and success.


  • Jeanne WarsawChair, 20+ year Music Industry Executive
  • Rogelio Gazga- Executive Director, Multimedia, News Photographer / Editor / Live Truck NBC Universal -Telemundo / NBC5 Chicago. Partner SPI-TV Media Group
  • Phillip Walton- Director, Chief, Beneficiary Travel/Veterans Transportation Service at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Producer/Engineer/Songwriter
  • Miguel Ortuno, Treasurer, Owner|Creative Director at Blue Bot Advertising, Chicago, IL
  • Arjumund Orellana-Secretary, Neonatal Nurse. Parent of MeMA-Music student
  • Wasiqah Maisha- School Representative, Former MeMA-Music student

Associate Board

  • Reid Hyams, Founder, President, and Operations Manager of the Chicago Trax Recording Studio. Faculty & administrative staff of Columbia College, Chicago, IL., Principal/Director of the X•ART Entertainment Management Group, Vice President of EARS (the Engineering And Recording Society) of Chicago
  • Thomas Nye Swift Esq., Attorney at Law, Chicago, IL-Business Affairs
  • Lisa Giddens-White, PMP, Editorial Content Manager, Great Minds. Parent of MeMA-Music student
  • Susan Bank, MD, Psychiatry Specialist, Chicago, IL
  • Jack Mongan, English & Film teacher at Chicago Public Schools, Lakeview High School, Chicago, IL
  • Kim Steffen, Doctoral student, Faculty-Curriculum Instruction Harry S Truman College, Chicago, IL
  • Craig J. Snider, Producer/Composer/Remixer, Mix Kitchen / Big Music Inc., Chicago, IL

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