Staff & Board of Directors
Oversees all departments and executive decisions for the organization.
Jody Hanet has spent over 25 years working in music education and arts administration in New Jersey, Arizona, and Louisiana. She has been a public and private school teacher and children’s choir conductor, including work with the Phoenix Boys Choir, East Baton Rouge Parish Junior Choir, St. James Cherub Choir, St. Bernard’s Children’s Choir in Scottsdale, AZ, and the Corpus Christi Children and Bell Choirs in Chatham, NJ.
Since 2013, Jody has served as Executive Director of Kids’ Orchestra. Under Jody’s leadership, Kids’ Orchestra has grown from serving 65 children to now serving over 300 students across East Baton Rouge Parish. In addition to her work with Kids’ Orchestra, Jody has served on numerous nonprofit boards in Baton Rouge, including the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce and the A. C. Lewis YMCA.
Jody holds a Bachelor of Music Education in vocal music from Louisiana State University and a Master of Education Leadership from Bank Street College in New York City. She is also a Kodaly Specialist, certified from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute in Hartford, Connecticut, and is also certified to teach Kindermusik Beginnings. In her spare time, she continues to sing in her local church choir. Jody has been married to her husband, Michel for 36 years and their two sons, Nathan and Sebastian, are their pride and joy.
Dr. Sinella Aghasi
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Oversees writing and implementation of grants and community partnerships, marketing, and public relations.
Dr. Sinella Aghasi is an arts administrator, educator, and violinist. As an arts advocate, Dr. Aghasi is committed to making arts education accessible to a diverse community. In her role as the Director of Grants and Community Partnerships at Kids' Orchestra, she seeks to advocate for equitable access to the arts and to establish partnerships for bringing music education to a diverse community. Dr. Aghasi holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University, Master of Music from San Francisco State University, and Bachelor of music education and violin performance from California State University Stanislaus.
As an active performer, she plays with several local orchestras, such as Baton Rouge Symphony, Acadiana Symphony, and Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Aghasi currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships at Forum 225, Baton Rouge's largest young professionals' leadership organization.
Dr. Brian Gallion
Oversees logistics for all program sites and manages organizational operations.
Dr. Brian Gallion holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in tuba performance from Louisiana State University (LSU), a Master of Music in tuba performance from LSU, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Prior to joining Kids' Orchestra, Brian held various teaching positions in secondary and higher education throughout Georgia and Louisiana.
In addition to working with Kids' Orchestra, Brian holds the position of principal tuba with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. He is also a lifetime member of, and the Advertising Coordinator for, the International Tuba Euphonium Association.
He currently resides in Zachary with his wife, Sarah, and their three children, Renée, Liam, and Claire.
Oversees the content, quality, and implementation of music curriculum for all program sites.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Murray State University and a Master of Music in percussion from Louisiana State University. He has studied percussion with Tom Vanarsdel, John Hill, Jim Corcoran, and Brett Dietz.
Sam currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning and previously served as the Afterschool Ambassador for Louisiana with the Afterschool Alliance (2018).
In addition to his work with Kids' Orchestra and afterschool programming throughout the state, he performs as a freelance percussionist in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, specializing in contemporary percussion, drum set, and chamber music. He also teaches privately throughout the region.
Sam enjoys spending time with his wife, Alicia Monroe.
Manages KO social media and maintains all aspects of KO’s musical instrument inventory.
Erika holds a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music in flute performance from The Boston Conservatory. She has a passion for cultivating positive learning environments and aspires to convey her fervor for music with students of all ages. Prior to joining Kids' Orchestra, Erika taught a private flute studio in Dallas, owned a coffee business, and worked as a baker. She previously served Kid' Orchestra as a teaching artist during her time at LSU. Erika currently resides in Baton Rouge with her husband, Austin, and their two dogs, Nova and Remy.
Program Manager, Volunteer Coordinator
Oversees afterschool program sites and manages all aspects of the KO volunteer program.
Nicklaus White, from Augusta, Ga, is a recent graduate from LSU with a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Nick has worked at Interlochen Arts Camp as a cabin counselor and Assistant Director of Camp for five years. He also worked as an Instructor of Residence Life at Interlochen Arts Academy during the school year. He loves the outdoors and all things camp! Most recently, he has worked at the Metropolitan Opera as an intern in the DEI and HR departments, and at LCTCS as a student worker in the marketing and communications departments. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Voice from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2020 and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Oversees afterschool program sites.
Rosalinda Ramirez is a performer and music educator from Brownsville, Texas. She earned her Bachelors in Music Performance from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where she studied with Dr. Joe W. Moore III, Dr. Mark Joseph Ramirez, and Dr. Marco Schirripa. She received her Masters of Music in percussion performance from Louisiana State University where she studied with Dr. Brett W. Dietz. Prior to Kids Orchestra, Rosalinda was a percussion teacher in South Texas at several high schools and a consultant to different middle schools in the region. Outside of this she was a drum set teacher at Little Mozarts Music Academy and front ensemble technician for Genesis DBC. Currently she is a freelance musician in Baton Rouge and private lesson instructor.
Program Manager, Private Lessons Coordinator
Oversees afterschool program sites and the KO private lessons program.
Originally from Gluckstadt, MS, Madeleine Case is an avid performer, teacher, and researcher. Most recently, she completed a Master’s in Music at Louisiana State University, where she served as the graduate assistant in the horn studio. She regularly performs with local orchestras and maintains a private studio in Baton Rouge, LA. Having graduated with a degree in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi in May of 2021, she wrote a thesis on the horn pedagogy employed by Mississippi band directors. Her previous teachers include Seth Orgel, Dr. Jacquelyn Adams and Mimi Linehan. She has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony, Mostly Modern Festival Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Mississippi Wind Symphony, and the Capital Brass Quintet of Jackson, MS.
Board of Directors
Lauren Fowler, Board Chair
Katie Schellack, Immediate Past President
Writer & Volunteer
Mike Singletary, CPA, Vice Chair/Treasurer
National Water Infrastructure
Christina Davis, Secretary
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Trang Phuong Huynh, MD
The Women Services, LLC
Bank of St. Francisville
Retired Professor/Community Volunteer
Ann-Marie Stanley, PhD, Emeritus
LSU School of Music
CEO/President, Bear Process Safety
Jeff Peters, JD, General Counsel
PMG, PMG Leasing, and Family Companies
Meredith Hathorn, JD, Advisory Board
Layne McDaniel, CPA, Advisory Board
Marie Powell, Advisory Board
Stewart Gordon, MD, Advisory Board
John Pearce, JD, Advisory Board