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

Vice President

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!

Michael Henry Doors Open Jazz Board Member

Michael Henry

Board Member

Michael Henry spent most of his young life singing: performing in musical theatre and opera. He came to Chattanooga in 2013 to achieve Graduate Certificates in Business Analytics and Strategic Human Resource Leadership at UTC’s Gary W. Rollins College of Business while working at UTC in the Graduate College of Business and The Office of International Student Services.

Michael also worked as a teaching assistant at East Lake Academy of Fine Arts, Brainerd High School, and Howard School of Academics and Technology in Algebra, Algebra II, and Geometry classrooms while completing graduate school.Mr. Henry worked with local marketing agencies before beginning his own business. MCH Consulting Inc builds brands, runs marketing campaigns, and teaches best practices to local entrepreneurs and small businesses. 

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. 

John Strandridge Doors Open Jazz Board member

John Standridge

Board Member

John Standridge, M.D., is a retired professor of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee college of medicine, with sub-specialty certification in Geriatric Medicine, Hypertension, and Addiction Medicine. In addition to practicing and teaching in these fields, he served as medical director of CADAS (the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services), was past president of the Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine, and practiced addiction medicine from 1979 until 2019 when he fully retired. 

In retirement Dr. Standridge plays keyboards with his band, Reverse Ferret, paints, and writes books. He joined the board of directors of Doors Open Jazz in January, 2019, and serves as their Treasurer. He is married to Lynna Ruth Standridge with whom he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in 2020. Lynna Ruth has noteworthy accounting and bookkeeping skills that she volunteers in support of Doors Open Jazz. They travel with their standard poodle, Cleo.

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.

Tiffany Vargo

Secretary

Tiffany Joy Vargo is a Pennsylvania native who acquired her Fine Arts degree from Edinboro University in
1997. She is a lifelong music lover and community advocate whose mission-driven mindset brought her
to Doors Open Jazz. Tiffany is passionate about bringing goodness to the world and helps support Doors
Open Jazz provide young people the incredibly valuable gift of music lessons.

Doors Open Jazz Advisory Comittee

  • 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