TAO Teaching Artist Staff

 Joseph Vincelli   Executive Director & Director of Programming
On a professional level, Mr. Vincelli has been a recording artist for 20 years, composing and producing 14 CD’s and a DVD.  He has authored a book, entitled THE ART OF TONE, which is the catalyst toward launching this 501(c)(3) project.  He began his career by teaching at several schools while performing in NYC.  He finished his teaching position by authoring the entire K-12 music curriculum for The Ranney School in New Jersey.   Moving to Hollywood, he worked in the movie industry as a film composer and musician while touring with notable artists.  During his past 20 years as a recording/touring artist, he has performed several music workshops throughout the country and has now, initiated this program as he sees a serious need to be filled.
As a philanthropist, Mr. Vincelli has performed his music at specific functions for over 30 years as a charitable service.  In addition, he co-created a charitable event 15 years ago, Cookin’ For Kids, tying his love for food with his music career.  The money is raised annually for Kids Who Care, non-profit charity working with young performing artists. The event consistently raises over $100,000 annually.

Joel McCray  Music Producer,  Assistant Program Director for STREAMliners Programs & Principal Music Teaching Artist

Joel started playing recognizable melodies on the piano at 18 months old. By age 5, his mother started giving him classical, gospel, and improvisational lessons. He studied with her and 50 other students until his senior year in high school. Joel received a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also has over 30 years of performing/directing experience from overseeing various worship departments including three mega-church music ministries: Cornerstone Baptist Church of Arlington, TX, Gateway Church, Southlake, TX, and Crossroads Christian Church of Grand Prairie, TX.   At these ministries, he served as the department head, lead keyboardist, music director, arranger, worship leader, and organist.

Joel has produced 7 personal, instrumental projects and recorded over 40 projects for other local, regional, and international artists. He currently travels with national, jazz, recording saxophonist, Joseph Vincelli, and his personal band Zamar. He has performed with a number of acts from Kirk Franklin, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Fred Hammond, and many more.
 
Joel is currently the worship pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church. He is also founder and instructor of J & B Music Ministries. As an instructor, he has a unique ability to be relatable, relevant, musical, creative, fun, and engaging. He understands the language of music as a performer, and instructor, but most importantly, He values the opportunity to help the student find their own path of creativity.
Brian “Chavez” Lowe  Music Teaching Artist, Three for All Dallas Drumline, Troupe Rhythmique

Brian has been a member of the Dallas Mavericks Drum Line since 2004 and frequently performs with a high energy drum ensemble Dynamic Rhythm Entertainment.  He has also been involved as an educator with several organizations including the Blue Knights, Phantom Regiment and the Santa Clara Vanguard, as well he serves as a clinician and judge for DFW percussion programs and drum competitions.

Locally, in North Texas, Brian has been an educator for schools in the Arlington, Keller and North Richland Hills ISD’s.  He currently serves as a teaching artist for Innovative Percussion and Remo Drum Heads.

suitehope_finalJeanna Doyle,  Professional Makeup Artistry

JEANNA DOYLE:  LC MAP OE: Master Cosmetology License with certifications as a Medical Aesthetic Provider (M.A.P.) and as an Oncology Esthetician (O.E.) trained in corrective make-up and airbrush make-up techniques has worked in office with Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons as well as with Dermatologist and Oncologist with a strong background in fashion and advertising for print television and film. Jeanna has worked with actors, athletes, models, musicians, as well as politicians and a former President.

Jeanna is the founder of  a newly formed Non-Profit Suite HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Esthetically) an initiative that provides education and support to female cancer patients with the aesthetic changes that occur due to cancer treatment. www.suitehope.com

Susan Keys, MerryMakers, The Geo – Balloon Architect, Hands On Magic   

Susan MerryMaker Keys has been clowning around and entertaining in the DFW Metroplex, around the USA, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe and in Mexico since 1990.   Susan enjoys people of all ages and has performed for people ages 1 to 102 (her own great grandmothers birthday)! Susan performs for schools, corporate events, church events, libraries, day cares, hospitals, nursing homes, birthday parties, weddings, charitable events and whatever else she can get into-count her in. She is an accomplished balloon artist, marionette puppeteer, face painter and magician in addition to being an award-winning clown. Her most prized award is the honor of being the Texas Clown Associations’ Ambassador of Clowning in 2000.

Susan is the instructor for the UTA Clowning and Variety Arts class and also teaches College for Kids in the summer, the Irving Arts Programs, Taste of Clowning Programs for the Girl Scouts, magic programs for the Birdville ISD, and balloon art programs for Watauga ISD.  Susan believes in continuing education and attend the World Balloon Convention, local, state and national clown conventions yearly and monthly balloon jams and face painting guild meetings.  She volunteers with the Make A Wish foundation and programs thru Children’s Medical Center for the Children’s Cancer Fund.

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Tony Ballard  Song Creator & Lyricist, Principal Teaching Artist
Tony is a producer, songwriter, choir director, music teacher, minister of music, and performance artist.Tony Ballard one half of the dynamic duo, Common Folk.  He shares the spotlight alongside his blood brother Terry Williams. Commonfolk has appeared with Rickey Smiley on his Live in Atlanta comedy special.
As well, Tony has worked with notable producers and artists including Kanye West, Prince, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Musiq, Bun B, and many more.  Just recently, Tony Ballard has been featured on an upcoming I Am Second film about “No Malice” of the rap group, The Clips.
 
 
Kiersten Underwood Actress & Teacher

Kiersten’s acting abilities have gained her such honors as “best supporting actress” twice  and “best play” on a script she wrote.  Currently, Keirsten is finishing her masters of the arts in the fields of theater and education.  This unique combination will allow her to teach our students through drama while helping TAO with curriculum as a certified teacher.
 
 
Chef Rachel Simpers is a Registered Dietitian with over 7 years of experience.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and completed her Dietetic Internship in 2011.  She worked as a Supermarket Dietitian for 5 years where she implemented the Meal of the Week Program, offered daily cooking demonstrations & health and wellness events.  Rachel was also professor of Food Science and Nutrition at Rutgers University before relocating to Texas in 2016, where she managed a weight-loss facility before joining TAO’s Culinary Nutrition program.  She is very passionate about food, cooking, and nutritional education.    
 
Chef David Roberson Culinary Service, Life Counselor, Pastor
David Roberson believes in feeding people with food and with words.  As a Pastor, he leads people from all walks of life through life.  David organized One Family Fellowship in August of 2008.  He started this ministry with a family dinner.  He physically cooked for and served everyone who attended.  From children to ex-convicts to veterans, David, has in some way affected their lives in a positive way.In 2013 David started David’s Wine and Dine Catering.  His catering business is geared more towards private dining.  He’s also catered events for up to 300 people.  “I love serving people.”In 2015 David decided to increase his knowledge of food.  He enrolled in and graduated 2016, with High Honors, from LeCordon Bleu Culinary Institute.  Cooking has always been a stress reliever for David. In many ways his creative way of improvisational teaching mirror his creative ways of cooking.
 
Chef Mamdouh Metmally, a caterer and graduate from The Culinary Institute of America, has served at many of the finest hotels in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as Children’s Hospital, here in North Texas.  His unique spin on Mediterranean cuisine helps others see the importance of alternative eating and cooking.  He works exclusively for our Veteran program.
 
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Chef PicturesChef Alfred0     Culinary Artist (Kansas City Chapter)
Growing up in Granada, Spain, Chef Alfredo learned the finest aspects of culinary art through daily teachings of local chefs. He then found his real passion and his mission in life: teach people how the simplest of Mediterranean cuisine can be full of complex flavors and healthy ingredients.  Through the years, he developed his own healthy culinary style, which reflects and conserves his biggest ambition within his soul: bring to his clients fresh,  healthy and simple ingredients for them to enjoy daily as part of their regular diet.  After moving to the U.S.A in 1993, Chef Alfredo received his degree from the Business Culinary Academy in New Mexico.  Since then he has cooked for his clients as a Personal Chef  where throughout the years, he has been able to teach them to enjoy great flavors without the guilt.This emphasis on flavors and a healthy lifestyle has given his clients a new perspective, and has helped them fulfill their respective goals successfully.   www.alfredospersonalchef.com
  
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 Theresa Robertson    Movement Artist (Kansas City Chapter) 
Theresa Robertson is a certified elementary teacher in Texas and Missouri.  She has a Masters of Science in instructional coaching for elementary STEM.  Mrs. Robertson has had extensive experience teaching fine arts programs as a choreographer and designer for high school marching bands in both states.  Her passion is to bring the arts into everyday classrooms while continuing to increase student achievement.