Janet Dawson Brock is very involved in Lions Service Club, Lioness Club in New Hamburg, President of Best Friends of Big Sisters/Big Brothers, K-W Habilitation Service Alzheimers, and Deaf Blind Ontario always involved in the fund raising for these organizations. She has received many awards through out her career in fund raising, the latest one was the fourth highest awards that Lions International gives out for her 33 years of service. She worked for three pediatricians in Kitchener for 30 years and then ran events on the Waterloo/St Jacobs Railway for five years.  She then joined KOR Art Gallery in downtown Kitchener and that was one of her favourite jobs, selling art came very naturally to her.  After KOR closed she went to Ellie's Fashion in Cambridge and enjoyed selling clothes, until the store closed. Janet hails from Prince Edward Island and loves going home to her cottage every summer.

Janine (Grespan) Sharp has  a 25 year broadcasting career in locai television and  radio news (CTV/CKCO/CFCA/CKKW) . She is currently an active volunteer in the Jazz Room.  Her passion for jazz music was ignited by some legendary performs at Georges  Spaghetti House, Basin Street and the  Royal York Lounge including: Ella Fitzgerald, Moe Koffman and Joni Mitchell.  Education and community building are a natural fit for Janine's long term commitment to these goals as a key note speaker, host, and supporter at many events  over the years, including  service clubs,  Schools and Colleges, local health care-based fund raisers, Literacy campaigns and Charitable Foundations that improve the quality of life in Waterloo region. Janine brings a love for live musical performance , a willingness to spread the word about the Jazz Room as a cultural gem in our community, and great enthusiasm for introducing newcomers to this all-ages venue

Peter Gove is Innovation Leader - Health Management, Green Shield Canada.  He is an avid amateur musician of very limited skill who occasionally attempts to play jazz music on the guitar.  Peter is a graduate of both local universities, and is an active member of a number of committees of the Canadian Life and health Insurance Association.  In 1972, on a whim, he bought a vinyl copy of Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” for $1.99 at a going out of business record store. That event started a life-long love affair with jazz music.  Peter has been a regular volunteer with the Jazz Room since its inception. He currently writes the weekly musician bios for the Jazz Room web site.

Peter Gove

​​Cameron Bates works as a Software Development Manager at Virtek Vision International, a Waterloo high tech firm. He developed a clandestine love of classical music as a teenager and his passion for the music drove him to take up the piano. Years of CBC Radio 2 listening helped Cameron acquire a taste for jazz as well. His first jazz album was the Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderly collaboration circa 1962, still a classic. When not attending jazz and classical performances Cameron plays the piano (adequately) and leads hikes with a local outdoors group. Cam serves as musician liaison for the Board.

Ruth Harris, Treasurer​

​Stephen Preece, President

Stephen Preece is Associate Professor of Strategy at Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business & Economics. His research and teaching focus is on the management of performing arts organizations and he has presented and published over 30 scholarly articles on a range of related topics. Stephen has served on several arts organization boards including NUMUS, Penderecki String Quartet, Gryphon Trio, and the Robert Langen Gallery. An active amateur performer, Stephen plays piano in a variety of ensembles, sings in the Juno-nominated DaCapo Chamber Choir, and is Music Director at the Unitarian Church in Kitchener. He is currently involved as the researcher on a multi-year project focused on increasing private sector participation in the arts in Canada (sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and Business for the Arts). Stephen writes frequently as a music critic for The Record newspaper.

About the Board of Directors

The Jazz Room is being birthed by the Board of Directors of the Grand River Jazz Society. Your Board represents the broader community of Waterloo Region, with leaders from the arts, business, research, and non-profit sectors.

Anand Lopez

Marty Deacon is very passionate about the importance of the arts, sport, and education in the building of strong, connected communities.She enjoys jazz at the Jazz Room and wherever she travels. Marty and her husband are volunteers in the Jazz Room. Marty was an educator who finished as a superintendent with the WRDSB after 32 years of service. Marty has also been a builder of sport from playground to podium and presently sits on several not-for-profit bards. Through her learning and leading, Marty has been committed to improving organizations to be the best that they can be. Marty's commitment to her community and country have prepared her well for her present role as a Senator for the Government of Canada

Ruth Harris is an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business & Economics. She is the Chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Foundation. She is a big supporter of live music of any genre. She earned her PhD in Management Sciences from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo. She became a Chartered Financial Analyst in 2005, and was a founding member of the KW CFA branch.

John Lord, Vice-President

Anand Lopez is a Chemistry Masters student at the University of Waterloo, where he also got his undergraduate degree in Nanotechnology Engineering. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Anand moved to Barbados in 2004, and finally to Canada in 2010 for university. He started going to the Jazz Room regularly from April 2013 and has bought season pass tickets for every year since then. Apart from being an avid jazz listener, he enjoys playing jazz piano under the instruction of Andriy Tykonhov, who he met at the Jazz Room. Anand is working on expanding the Jazz Room audience with younger people..

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Steve Montgomery is the Chief Operating Officer for 2D2C, Inc, makers of SafePlug electrical safety and energy saving devices. Steve has extensive experience with successfully starting up high tech companies and operating them. Recently, he obtained the elusive Consumer Electronics Show “Best of Innovation” award, a first for a Canadian company. As a kid, Steve adored jazz drummers Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and Joe Morello and copied their playing. Between age 14 and 27, he played drums with jazz greats Bill Smith, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Brown and the LA Four, Ken Gorelick (before he became Kenny G), Pete Kelly Dixieland band, remnants of the Tommy Dorsey band, and many others. He studied jazz drumming with Chico Hamilton and Dug Davis and also copied David Girabaldi (Tower of Power) in his style. Simply stated, Steve loves jazz and funk. The KW Jazz Room is like a candy shop for him.

Colin Read has been an avid amateur and professional musician for the last thirty years, with varying proficiency on a diverse palate of instruments ranging from classical guitar to drum kit. His passion for music, and a recent but rapidly growing appreciation for jazz, led him to be an early supporter of the Jazz Room. He brings board and organizational experience drawn from his active participation on several non-profit boards including Project Ploughshares and Brighton Yards Housing Co-op.

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Janet Dawson Brock

Arlene Groh's  love of music is eclectic. She enjoys jazz. classical, folk, blues, and choral music.  Arlene was first introduced to jazz in the late 60's at George's Spaghetti House. Musicians of note we Moe Koffman, Phil Nimmons, Ed Bickert and Terry Clarke. In the 70's, she studied classical guitar at the Ely Kassner Guitar Academy and was active in the Guitar Society of Toronto. Arlene is a passionate champion and strategist, working in partnership to  identify, resolve and prevent elder abuse. She initiated and chairs Age Friendly Waterloo. Arlene gives presentations, workshops, and training on elder abuse and Age Friendly Cities as a strategy for elder abuse prevention and peace building  circles as an opportunity for change and healing.  Her innovative work has received national and international recognition.  Arlene has been an active supporter of the Jazz Room since inception. She enjoys the Jazz Room community and loves the music.

Colin Read

John Lord was the founder of the Centre for Community Based Research in Kitchener, and is a leader in the Canadian non-profit sector. As an author and researcher, he has been involved with numerous community initiatives across Canada, and has authored or co-authored several books focused on ways to build welcoming communities for citizens who have typically been excluded from community life. John is also a partner in the Facilitation Leadership Group that provides training and consultation with communities across Canada. He has been a volunteer with many non-profit organizations, and is currently co-chair of the New Story Group of Waterloo Region. He is a long-time jazz lover and sees the Jazz Room as a way to build community through music.

Cameron Bates

Grand River Jazz Society

Steve Montgomery

Sam Ogilvie worked in electronics manufacturing where he took on roles in test engineering, process engineering, and the development of custom manufacturing spaces to accommodate new products. Sam has been a jazz fan since secondary school and started out playing drums.  He later took up flute and played both jazz and orchestral music.  Currently he focuses on playing bass. His key interest as part of the GRJZ is to help build a greater appreciation for jazz in general and to assist with building a wider audience for music in the KW area. His work with Jazz Room volunteers has built a strong base of volunteers.