Pianist JEFFREY CHAPPELL is a gifted, innovative teacher who is renowned for his ability to connect with every student. He has performed throughout the United States and internationally with major symphony orchestras and at venues including Carnegie Hall. He has appeared at jazz festivals such as the East Coast Jazz Festival and Key West International. Recently he was invited to inaugurate and lead the Jazz Studies Program of the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy. There he performed as an orchestral pianist and in chamber music and jazz concerts. A recording artist, award-winning composer, and bestselling author, he is the Director of Jazz Studies at Goucher College and is on the faculty of Levine Music. He is also the founder of Music Everybody and composes and performs as part of a jazz quartet he formed with three other musicians, Otherworld (http://www.otherworldjazz.com). He studied with Leon Fleisher, Rudolf Serkin, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Jane Allen. Jeffrey works with students of all ages and different levels of musical ability to encourage their creative expression through improvisation.
Giovonti “Gio” Vick
Giovonti “Gio” Vick has over 10 years of experience as a systems administrator supporting executives at medium and large size organizations including SAP, Apple Corporate, George Mason University and other companies and institutions. Gio currently serves as the IT Specialist II supporting C-suite executives and associate directors at the Carnegie Institute for Science. He is also a committee member of Carnegie’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion board which is charged with articulating a set of principles and an actionable institutional strategy to address challenges of DEI within Carnegie and also to take a leadership role in the larger American scientific community. Gio has built specialized knowledge in Apple devices including deployment, system management, hardware and software support. As president and founder of The Holocene Project (https://www.theholoceneproject.com), Gio assists small businesses in the D.C metro area in purchasing new equipment, building their IT infrastructure, initializing device configuration, and providing remote IT support. Outside of information technology, Gio
is a home automation enthusiast who takes pride in designing his home into a “giant robot.”
Gio serves as a critical member of the Fenix team managing IT-supported and IT-driven projects and ensuring the security of programs and devices.
Mario Block is the web designer for Fénix Leadership & Development. He has a BS in Computer Science. Since the beginning of his career in 2003, he has leveraged technology to advance the development and the goals of the team and the organization. Always motivated to learn and contribute, he acquired experience in most of the CMSs (content management systems) now operational in the marketplace. He is a specialist in WordPress. Mario has 15 years of experience in computer technology as a technician, analyst, and a consultant. He has not yet met a challenge he could not resolve. He has worked as a software developer for numerous multinationals, including Globant and Avature, and has served several global firms, among them Walt Disney World, Telmex, Deloitte, Nike and Sony. For past several years, as Director of Information Security, he has been responsible for the cyber security for a regional government in Argentina. Recently he became a father. He enjoys as much time as possible with his son and family. He is an amateur athlete in many sports. His personal website is: www.marioblock.com.ar.