JEANNE KELLY'S career of over forty years has produced a unique blend of experience as a vocal performer, teacher, conductor and music administrator that has prepared her well to serve as the founding President and Executive Director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults.
As a performer, Ms. Kelly made her professional operatic debut with the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center. She has also performed major roles with the Baltimore Opera, Opera Delaware, Central City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Annapolis Opera, and the New York City Opera Education Department. She appeared in the world premiere of Rappaccini's Daughter with the Pennsylvania Opera Theater.
In addition to having maintained a private voice studio in Maryland and Virginia, Ms. Kelly served on the faculties of the Levine School of Music, Washington, DC; Hood College, Frederick, Maryland; and the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Ms. Kelly served as conductor of the Women's Glee Club at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, and the Georgetown University Concert Choir.
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After almost two decades of experience in international trade, small business management and finance, as well as organizational development, Ed Johnson retired and set sights on his next, his “encore,” career. In his most recent work within the Booz Allen Hamilton team focusing on security, international trade, and economic development, Mr. Johnson exceled at gathering government agency requirements and transforming them into business actions as managed through various software tools. He provided research and analytic support as well as editing, writing, and market knowledge to the development of computer systems, policy and procedure documentation, system training materials, demand models and financial and economic impact analysis. His team-building and empowerment management methods helped him to rapidly develop skills in more junior members of the team.
Retirement has allowed Mr. Johnson to refocus his energies. Having performed in many dramas and musicals in High School, Mr. Johnson now enjoys rekindling and honing new choral knowledge and skills. And as a board member with Encore Creativity, he is combining the best of his core training with his ongoing musical interests and his background in the both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Read more: Edward Johnson, Board President