2020 Board Members
President | Scott Potter
Current TJO President, Scott Potter, has been a member of the band’s trumpet section for over 30 years. He holds B.A. degrees from both BGSU and UT and is co-owner of Black & White Transportation with his wife Judy for 22 years. When not in the practice room, Scott can be found on a pond, lake, stream or salt flats with fly rod in hand.
vp | Rob Cintron
Rob Cintron is a past President and Jazz Festival Chair for the Toledo Jazz Society. Mr. Cintron was the band director at Swanton and Maumee for 35 years. In retirement, Rob has a very active marching, concert and orchestra judging schedule, acting as the Visual Caption head for the state. He performs on bass and piano, both with his trio and BiG Band BG. Rob holds a Bachelor and Master's degree from BGSU. He and his wife, Janet, live in Springfield Township and enjoy golf, cigars, scotch and their grandchildren.
vp | Phil Smith
Phil is a retired music teacher who taught band, orchestra and general music in Perrysburg Public Schools. While teaching, he also had a military career that included the ANG Band of the Great Lakes, the Human Resource Advisor for the 180th FW, and the 9th State Command Chief Master Sergeant, for the State of Ohio.
Phil was also a performing member in the Toledo Jazz Orchestra from 1991-2013 until he moved to Columbus for his military position. Since that time, he is back in Perrysburg and has been a regular substitute when needed in the trombone section.
vp | Joel Groover
Joel Groover was a brass trumpet player, playing the Bach Stradivarius and Soprano Trumpet, from 1971 until 1991. Mr. Groover also had a career in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1983 until 2008. Joel Groover has also been involved in the Toledo community for many years. He currently serves on the Maumee River Yacht Club Board of Trustees and has been serving since 1991. In 2012 he joined the Toledo Opera Guild and in 2013 he joined the ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club. Mr. Groover is also a member of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce TASBA Board. He is also the owner of Clean Care Inc. started in 2008.
Treasurer | Bryan Smith
Bryan Smith currently serves as the Treasurer of the TJO. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he worked for much of his career in various manufacturing plant management positions. He ended his career in the consulting field, where he consulted in the areas of manufacturing systems implementation, manufacturing management, engineering, supply chain management, and mergers and acquisitions.
For the last thirteen years he has been an adjunct instructor at Owens Community College, where he taught a wide array of STEM courses. His previous teaching experience was at the graduate school level. Bryan earned a BA from Williams College and an MMSE from the University of St. Thomas. Bryan states, “I serve on the TJO board, because I think it is important to tell the history of jazz, and to keep the art form alive in northwest Ohio.”
Secretary | Asha Barnes
Asha Barnes is a healthcare executive at HCR Manorcare working in the marketing department. Asha and her family have lived in Toledo for over 20 years. She supports the arts in Toledo by being a member of the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Zoo, and Imagination Station. Asha exposes her children to opera, ballet, and the Author series hosted by the library. She has a love of Jazz from listening to it as a child with her father. She recalls frequenting Murphy's when it was located on Madison Ave and later when it moved to Water St. Since Murphy's closed, she and her husband enjoy visiting Degage in Maumee. She enjoys singing, working out and volunteering in the community.
Adam Nightingale is an attorney at Eastman & Smith Ltd, where his practice is focused on business litigation, white collar criminal defense and government investigations, and insurance issues. Adam received an undergraduate degree in Music from The Ohio State University in 2002, where he was a trumpet performance major. In 2005, he received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law. Adam is an active member of the Toledo legal community; he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Toledo Bar Association, was president of the Toledo Junior Bar Association, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Toledo College of Law Alumni Affiliate. Adam grew up in Sylvania, and currently resides in downtown Toledo.
Cheryl Rothschild is a graduate of Northwestern University and is an active member of the community. She volunteers her time with the Sylvania Southview High School Parent Club, Sylvania Southview Band Boosters, Sylvania Schools Academic Excellence Foundation, Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo as well as, the Northwestern University Alumni Admissions Council. When Cheryl is not volunteering or working as the Director of Events and Outreach at Read for Literacy, she can be found attending her children's musical performances.
Pamela Miller and resides in Holland, Ohio with her husband and 3 cats. She is originally from Long Island, NY and has lived in several areas of Ohio; Cleveland being the most recent. She is an accountant by trade and music, food and wine are her hobbies (to name a few). Her husband and she enjoy going to Jazz concerts, travelling and supporting the organization as it brings a sense of culture and expression to the region. Pam decided to join the TJO board to bring new ideas, skills and a fresh outlook to the group.
Francine is a retired Toledo Public Schools Speech Language Pathologist, Toledo Federation of Teachers President and American Federation of Teachers Executive Vice President. Community involvements have included the Lucas County Mental Health Board, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, United Way of Greater Toledo, Imagination Station and Toledo Area AFL-CIO. While an AFT EVP she served on the United Way USA Board of Trustees, Learning First Alliance and the AFL-CIO Department for Professional Employees. Fran is an advisor to the David & Lura Lovell Foundation which provides grantmaking that effects social change with a focus on mental health, integrative health and wellness, youth access to the arts and gender parity.
She attributes her love of jazz to her husband of 46 years, Dal, who passed away in May 2019. He was a jazz aficionado. Dal and his high school friends would follow Stan Kenton and his band throughout the Midwest. Kenton’s Peanut Vendor would have become the national anthem if Dal was elected president.
Valentina Beene, a proud Toledo native, and Old West End resident, is an avid supporter of local music with a particular affinity for jazz. Ms. Beene studied psychology at the University of Toledo while focusing her electives on various cultural pursuits, such as music and art. Studying jazz appreciation under John Hendricks at UT, Ms. Beene realized how fortunate she was to have had such a strong musical influence growing up at home. Ms. Beene is a teacher at Summit Salon Academy Perrysburg, a beauty professional for Soto Salon & Spa, as well as, a teacher of fitness and wellness classes for ProMedica Health Systems. At every opportunity, music, musical anecdotes, and the importance of cultural education make their way into her classes. Radio stations like Scott High School's 88.3, the iconic Rusty's, Murphy's are just a few ways Ms. Beene has kept her love of jazz within arms reach.
Sandy Adam is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and was recently named to Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list in 2019. Sandy is a Portfolio Manager who can help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing her own personalized or defined strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch model portfolios and third-party investment strategies. While servicing clients through the firm’s investment advisory program, she may manage her strategies on a discretionary basis.
Sandy is currently serving as a member on the Investment Committee of the Ohio Living Foundation, where she had previously served as both Chair of this committee and a member of the Ohio Living Foundation Board. Sandy resides in Perrysburg with her husband Paul, a Toledo Firefighter. Sandy and Paul enjoy boating and can frequently be spotted among the islands in Lake Erie, most notably Middle Bass Island. They also enjoy traveling – both domestically and internationally. They are planning a trip to Greece for their 20 year anniversary in 2020. Lastly, Sandy enjoys tap dancing as a member of the Manhattan Dance Company, part of the Off Broadway Dance Company in Toledo
A graduate of Maumee High School, Anthony’s passion for the musical arts manifested with his involvement in the percussion sections of the marching band, pep band, concert band, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, and indoor drumline throughout his middle and high school years, as well as various cover and original groups. Anthony earned a Bachelor of Science in Technology with a focus in Visual Communication Technology from Bowling Green State University, specializing in print design and photography. He was able to combine his passions for music and design working with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and, later, with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, providing both with graphic design and photography services. Anthony is currently employed as a multi-media designer with Libbey Inc., supporting the marketing and corporate communications departments with graphic design, photography, videography, and website content management. Prior to that, he served as a member of the marketing and communications team with the University of Toledo Marketing Department. Anthony continues to enjoy music performance, playing drums in two local rock-n-roll cover bands, The Red Carpet Crashers and Velvet Jones, and looks forward to this new relationship with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra. Anthony resides in Maumee with his wife of thirteen years, Jamie, and four-year-old son, Ryan.