Our Leadership

The Jazz Bridge leadership team is a diverse group of musicians, non-profit and business professionals, and music lovers from the Greater Philadelphia Area. They are united in their goal to support the jazz and blues community through emergency services and performance opportunities. Learn more about the individuals currently devoting time and energies to leading Jazz Bridge and achieving its mission below.

Kevin Johnson (Email: kjohnson@jazzbridge.org)
President

Kevin serves as President and manages Jazz Bridge’s technology (website, social media, email, etc.). He also chairs the Executive, Nominating, and Programming Committees. Kevin has a passion for jazz and can often be seen throughout the region taking video and photos for Jazz Bridge’s social media outlets.

A graduate of Fisk University, Kevin is also Treasurer of Bethel A.M.E Church – Woodbury, Secretary/Keeper of Records for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.’s Burlington Camden Alumni Chapter, Big Brothers Big Sisters Alumni Board
Member and volunteers on other Boards.

Janet Parrish
Treasurer

Janet joined the Jazz Bridge Board of Directors in April 2018. In addition to serving as Treasurer, she chairs the Finance Committee, is a member of the Executive and Nominating Committees, and is an ex officio member of the Development and Programming Committees. A serious fan of jazz since her college years, Janet enjoys creating photographic portraits of musicians in performance and documents Jazz Bridge’s neighborhood concerts.


Janet brings over 40 years’ experience as an attorney, advocate, and administrator for non-profit organizations and a City of Philadelphia agency. In addition to photography, her skills include writing and editing; budget and financial analysis and management; and project planning, implementation and evaluation. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Judith Herbst
Secretary

Judith serves as Secretary, chairs the Development Committee, and is on the Executive, Nominating, and Finance Committees. Judith’s interest in the role of arts and community began when she majored in Theatre/American Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Her career includes administrative and financial management for commercial and non-profit organizations (YMCA/Food Bank) and coordinating safety, quality improvement, and competitive intelligence.

Judith joined the Keswick Theatre in 1995, becoming a Corporate Officer, and then General Manager in 2008 when AEG purchased it. Judith’s experience in non-profit operations includes her volunteer work for Philadelphia Folksong Society (Board Member, Treasurer) and Creative Montco/Arts Montco (via VFTCB).

Robert Bergbauer
Board Member

Bob joined the Jazz Bridge Board of Directors in May 2023, and is the Chair of the Client Services Committee. Bob also servers on the Development and Finance Committees. He retired as a Partner with KPMG LLP, a global accounting, tax and consulting firm, after a 30+ year career as an economist and management consultant serving large multi-national energy and utility sector clients, and now volunteers his time to civic and non-profit organizations.

Bob currently serves as Chairman of the Board of USA Bobsled/Skeleton, the national governing body of the US Olympic bobsled and skeleton team, as well as Chairman of the Haddonfield Environmental Commission. He holds a BA from La Salle College and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lora Sherrodd
Board Member

Lora, a prominent figure in Philadelphia’s jazz scene since 2020, joined the Jazz Bridge Board in December 2023 and is a member of the Development and Programming Committees. As the Jazz Voice Professor at Moravian University, she mentors aspiring jazz musicians. Additionally, Lora serves as the Communications and Digital Media Manager at Artcinia, strategically managing digital platforms for the nonprofit. A passionate advocate for empowering women in music, she infuses feminist themes into her compositions, leveraging music as a medium for advocacy and empowerment.


Lora holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Wyoming (2020) and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Temple University (2022). She also excels as a skilled photographer, adept at capturing the essence of live performances and providing affordable musician headshots. Committed to music education and community engagement, Lora aims to strengthen Jazz Bridge’s support for Philadelphia’s diverse jazz community.

Kevin Valentine
Board Member

Kevin joined the Jazz Bridge Board in Spring 2022 and is on the Client Services, Programming, and Development Committees. He is a jazz vocalist, whose journey began with the Boys Choir of Harlem. Now a Philadelphia resident for almost 30 years, Kevin can be heard regionally with trios, quartets, big bands and orchestras.


A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Kevin is also a real estate attorney and Board member of the Neighborhood Progress Fund (a non-profit offering loans and services to entrepreneurs and small businesses in distressed communities). Kevin’s dual skills and experience uniquely position him to support Jazz Bridge’s musician assistance programs.

Kim Tucker
Executive Director

Kim is a Philadelphia-born jazz promoter, historian and teacher with 20+ years’ experience in advocacy, fundraising, event management, and public relations. Under the tutelage of her late mother, a jazz producer and founding Jazz Bridge Board member, Kim immersed herself in the rich Philadelphia music community at an early age. Kim has held various positions with Jazz Bridge since 2007 and served as its Program Director until she became its Executive Director in January 2022. She is responsible for Jazz Bridge’s mission-critical client services and concert programs as well as its music community partnerships. Kim has been honored as a “Revolutionary of Jazz” and for her work mentoring young jazz musicians. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Harcum College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College.

Doug Drewes
Director of Operations

Doug is a jazz bassist who can be seen performing regularly in the Philadelphia area. In addition to performing, Doug was the Associate Branch Director for Settlement Music School and led Double Bass Instruction at Capitol Harmony Works.  As Jazz Bridge’s Director of Operations, Doug draws on his skills and experience in office management, financial recordkeeping, marketing and communications, and fundraising. Doug brings a passion for jazz and hopes to help grow and enrich the arts community through his work at Jazz Bridge. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Conservatory of Music at The State University of New York at Purchase College.

JAZZ BRIDGE ALSO DEPENDS ON THE HARD WORK OF THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTERS:

Jazz Bridge Advisors – Serving on a committee

Shekhinah B, Randy Powell, George Rodriguez, Burt Siegel

Jazz Bridge Volunteers – Concert Help

Leonette Ferebee, Rhenda Fearrington, Frank Gerould, Tess Gerould, Bert Harris, Marshall Kornblatt,

Alan Lewine, Suzzette Ortiz, Dave Posmontier, Wendy Simon, Vita Tew, Watson Wilkins and Christina Young