Board of Directors

Get to know our directors

Antoine Williamson

Antoine Williamson

Executive Director

Antoine wears several hats for Doors Open Jazz.  He is the founder, executive director, and instructor.  Doors Open Jazz was a natural extension from Antoine’s love for jazz and likewise his love for the youth in Chattanooga.

Antoine has been a professional trumpeter for 20 years traveling over the southeast fusing: jazz, reggae, soul, funk, salsa, and calypso for audiences of all ages.  He is considered one of the best jazz trumpeters in the state of Tennessee.

Antonio Bettini

Chairman of the board

Antonio Bettini is a self-educated musician presently living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His musical career spans many genres and instruments, but it is his love of humanity that compels him to work to improve the lives of those who would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to play music. Bettini’s love of music combined with the desire to give back to the community is what brought him to Doors Open Jazz. 

Lindsey
Eskridge

Board Member

Lindsey Eskridge is co-founder of Music Is Our Medicine, a local company that supports live music and musicians in Chattanooga. She moved to Chattanooga in 2013 and fell in love with the city. Lindsey is passionate about live music and the community it fosters.A pharmacist by degree, she believes that music is the universal language and that every person should have access to make music. She is proud to serve as a Director to help bring music lessons to any and every child possible!

Mary Edwards

Board Member

Mary Edwards has spent the last twenty years working tirelessly for the advancement of
under-served and under-represented communities. Through various leadership roles at
renowned non-profits, developing and implementing strategic programming, serving on
boards and committees, and partnering with entities in the public and private sectors,
Mary has solidified herself as a dynamic and inspirational leader, with an unwavering
commitment and passion for service. She has a BA and MBA along with an Executive Training
Certificate Program from Duke University’s Corporate Education-Emerging Leaders
Program. She’s blissfully married with three children and is also a jazz vocalist, songwriter and aspiring artist. 

 

Thomas Bumpass with Doors Open Jazz

Thomas Bumpass

Board Member

Thomas Tee Bumpass was born in Chattanooga, TN.  He comes from a family of eight siblings four of them also being musically inclined. Fresh out of high school at age 17 he went on tour traveling across the US as a trumpeter.  His music has been featured on the big screen with the band Ozone and he later formed the The Tee Bumpass Band. 

Ron Griffin

Treasurer

Growing up in a musical family on the south side of Chicago Ron Griffin was exposed early to music. Often hearing records of BB King, the commodores, John p kee and miles Davis, Twista and tribe called quest all in the same day. This molded Rons ear to remain grounded into the emotions of music. It was not until he picked up the trumpet that it all came together. Now 20+ years later his love for music still inspires him to perform and educate. 

Julie Brown

Board Member

Julie’s love of music spans her entire life … piano lessons at an early age and choral performances. Later in life, her passion for singing included being in her church choir, a vocalist in various gospel groups and a soloist at weddings and funerals. This love of music continues through her desire to support and be a part of Doors Open Jazz. 

 

A Navy veteran and civil mediator, Julie is currently the Director of Employee Relations and a doctoral student at UTC.  She was born and raised in South Carolina and has called Chattanooga her home since 2010. Her favorite pastime is watching sci-fi and horror movies with her husband and kids.  

Morris Thuku Doors Open Jazz Board Member

Morris Thuku

Board Member

Born and raised in Kenya, educated in the US, McCallie, UTC. Relocated back to Kenya and started an IT institute offering free education to African youth. Founded Alice in Africa Baseball Academy which has become a National Champion.

Doors Open Jazz Advisory Committee

  • Aleyce M. Fontenot, Paralegal -Chanbliss Law

 

  • Yattie Westfield, Drummer/Owner -The Art of Noise Academy

 

  • Chad Harriss, PhD Assistant Professor of  Communication – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga