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.
Dr. Penny Potter divides her coaching and consulting time between government and non- profit/NGO organizations that grapple with meaty challenges such as healthcare, education, international development, and democracy. As a former senior leader, Penny understands the challenges of leading well in high-pressure situations with multiple stakeholders. She uses this experience as grounding to help her clients and their organizations develop “real world” solutions that they can incorporate into their busy lives. Clients describe her as calm and supportive yet challenging when that approach is called for. In addition to her work with organizations, Penny currently teaches in George Mason University’s organizational development graduate program in the Schar School of Policy and Government. She holds a Ph.D. is in human and organizational systems, an M.S. in organizational development and knowledge management, and a B.S. in psychology. She received her coaching training from Georgetown University and her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation from the International Coach Federation. She serves on the board of the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC) and is co-chair of the research committee.