Board of Directors

Randy Lee - President

 

Randy Lee is a longtime music teacher and freelances as a musician/bandleader, active across the state and region. He holds and has held, local, state, and national offices in music education organizations (including terms as Secretary and President of the American School Band Directors’ Assoc.) and he performs music in a great variety of settings. He has a Bachelor of Music-Education degree from UMD and a Master’s degree from UWS. He is the Founder, Artistic Director, and a featured woodwind soloist of the Big Time Jazz Orchestra, a 501©3, tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Randy and his wife, Mary, raised four boys.

Laurie BoeDee - Vice President

 

Laurie BoeDee is a new arrival to the Twin Ports area, coming from Austin, Texas, where she was an instructor for the Austin Lyric Opera, and a member of the Texas Music Educators Association. She brings a treasure trove of experiences in teaching, performing, recording and as a small business owner of BoeDee’s Music Enterprizes. Laurie currently teaches private and group lessons, conducts workshops and enjoys coaching “theater kids” as well as church worship leaders who desire to improve their vocals and elevate their worship delivery and experience.

Dewey Asbach - Secretary

 

Dewey Asbach is a native of Ashland, WI and a graduate of UMD. His introduction to the world of work was as the often abused radio intern for KZIO radio in the late ‘90’s where he remained as a morning show host for several years. For the past 17 years he has been employed by AMSOIL, INC., working within the communications, marketing, and I.T. departments to support AMSOIL's independent Dealer Network. Dewey’s enthusiasm and attention to detail are a welcome addition to the NoteWorthy Kids Board of Directors.

 

Rose Chu - Treasurer

Rose Chu is an ardent supporter of youth and community arts, she has volunteered with Duluth and Superior public school music and theater programs, the Duluth Superior Symphony Youth Orchestras, Duluth Playhouse and Minnesota Ballet, and was a Depot Outreach artist-in-residence program manager. She is pleased to serve with NoteWorthy Kids in supporting and creating lifelong-enriching music education opportunities as others did for her two children.

 

 

Stacy Carolan

 

Stacy Carolan is a trumpet player and private instructor in the Twin Ports area, and has been performing professionally in one capacity or another for over 20 years all over the United States and parts of Europe. He received his Bachelors degree in trumpet performance from UMD in 2010 and his Masters degree in trumpet performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music in 2013 He currently serves as Director of Development for NoteWorthy Kids. Stacy is originally from Iowa, but please don't hold that against him.

 

RaeAnn Hamlin

 

RaeAnn Hamlin is the owner of Hamlin Music Academy (HMA), which she started at the age of 18.She earned a BA at the College of St. Scholastica in Piano Performance/Pedagogy and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). In addition to teaching lessons at HMA, she was also a piano instructor at St. Scholastica, a pianist and organist for St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Superior, WI and performs at numerous events throughout the year.  She is a member of the Music Teachers’ National Association and has served as the Arrowhead Music Teachers’ Association president and is vice-president of the Duluth Music Teachers’ Association. Rae Ann also owns Hamlin Music, a talent agency that provides entertainers for a variety of public and private events. She has been active as a member of the West Duluth Business Club since 1995, having also served on its board of directors and Spirit Valley Days Committee. She has also served as a board member of the Spirit Valley Citizens Neighborhood Development Association.

Joshua Lehigh

 

Joshua Lehigh is band director at Denfeld High School. His teaching experience includes pre-K general music all the way through high school band. He has a master's degree and doctoral work in Philosophy of Education at Indiana University. Additionally, he enjoys playing trumpet and is currently playing in the Owl's Club Big Band.

 

 

Scott Lillo

 

Scott Lillo LOVES music! He is passionate about music, especially local music and supporting kid’s ability to continuing to be able to play music. He celebrated his “Over the Hill” birthday by putting on a concert with the proceeds benefiting the Superior School music programs. He’s worked as a D.J., was a partner in Crane Song, LTD (a Superior, WI based manufacturer of high quality audio electronics with an international customer base). Scott was also instrumental, as one of the co-founders,  in coordinating and producing the “Battle of the Bands” competition at the DECC in Duluth, MN. The event raised thousands of dollars for Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. Scott is currently employed by Sound Central, LLC, where he can be found setting up and tearing down the staging and sound systems throughout the upper Midwest. He is semi-retired and enjoys planning and promoting charitable fundraising events and was instrumental in the success of the HalloWade fundraiser for NoteWorthy Kids. Scott is also the father of a daughter who puts up with him – most of the time.

Gerald Salveson

Jerry grew up in Duluth where he attended UMD and DAVTI. He moved to Dallas, Texas in 1981 and worked for national restaurant chains in architectural design and project management. Over a thirty year period, he helped develop hundreds of food service facilities and restaurants all around the world.

Jerry returned to Duluth in 2011 and now works part time at Hamlin Music Academy in Duluth. He also serves on the Duluth Disability Commission, is a board member of People with Disabilities for Change, is on his church foundation and staff liaison committees. Jerry loves to sing and currently sings with his church choir and the Downbeats. He contends that singing is cheaper than therapy.  He is also very proud of his three, now adult, musically inclined children.

 Siiri Branstrom

Siiri grew up in an Iron Range home where the piano and stereo, plus a beat-up hardwood floor for dancing, were at the center of everything. Musical theatre, every genre of music, tap and ballet lessons plus a large variety of instruments were always at her disposal -- music equaled JOY. She has played the piano, French horn, trumpet, guitar (none of them well) and has performed in multiple theatre productions as a serviceable alto. Siiri instilled her love of music in her son and as a single parent experienced the struggle of keeping a kid in lessons and instruments. She had help. Not everyone does, so herein lies her passion for Noteworthy Kids.

 

Siiri’s son Ian recently graduated from Carleton College with a major in Geology and a minor in American Music. He plays the trombone, guitar, bass, ukulele, hand bells, the Finnish lap harp known as the kantele and composes for funsies. All of it really, really well. He knows that if he can play music, he will always have joy.

 

Siiri serves, and has served on a variety of non-profit boards, and volunteers with kids’ programs from toddlers to tweens to twenty-somethings. Her day job is Marketing Coordinator for Lake Superior Magazine.