Our Board

Are you interested in impacting the reach of music education?

Our Board members help to make decisions about policies, goals and objectives, and create public awareness of our mission. Committee members execute the SOUNDS Academy vision and mission using their unique talents, skills and abilities– and enthusiasm!

Help with the growth and elevation of SOUNDS Academy by serving on a Committee or The Board of Directors! 

Help Expand Our Impact


Board of Directors

Ian Fischer, Board Chair | Jaburg Wilk Lawfirm

Forest Melton, Vice Chair, Board Governance Committee Chair | Children’s Health

Tony Bell, Secretary, Board Governance Committee | Salt River Project (SRP)

Michael Peterson, Secretary (in memoriam), Board Governance Committee | Thrivent Financial

Ronald Stoffle, Treasurer, Internal Affairs Committee Chair | PetSmart

Kirk Johnson, Founder & CEO | SOUNDS Academy

Selma Babic, External Affairs Committee | Collins Aerospace

Devonte Cummings, External Affairs Committee | PNC Bank

Rob Donat, Internal Affairs Committee | GPS Insight

Jamie Halavais, Board Governance Committee | Dickinson Wright PLLC

Heather Eyerman, Internal Affairs Committee | Coyotes Ice, LLC & Affiliates

Jon Finch, Internal Affairs Committee | Kutak Rock LLP

Virginia Johnson, Internal Affairs Committee | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Illya Riske, Internal Affairs Committee | City of Mesa

Christy Strauch, External Affairs Committee | ChristyStrauch.com

SOUNDS Academy Board of Directors Appreciation Event

SOUNDS Academy SpeakEasy 2021

“This is an exciting time to be part of the SOUNDS Academy community. SOUNDS doesn’t just teach music, we strive to teach character values of creativity, leadership, perseverance, teamwork, and resilience through music education…” – Ian Fischer

“Music is part of what it means to be human. SOUNDS Academy provides access to high quality music education that unlocks the unique talent and potential of young musicians across Phoenix.”
– Andrea Stouder Pursley

Andrea Stouder Pursley, SOUNDS Academy Advisory Council Member

Committee Members

Selma Babic, External Affairs Committee Chair | Collins Aerospace
Wendy Manley, External Affairs Committee | New City Promotions
Logan Marshall, External Affairs Committee | ACLU of Arizona (American Civil Liberties Union)
Steven Mountjoy, Internal Affairs Committee | Bell Bank

Advisory Council

Patrick Armstrong | JDA Investments
Reginald Bolding, Jr. | Arizona State Representative
Sentari Minor | Generation Next
Amish Shah | Arizona State Representative, Physician
Andrea Stouder Pursley | Management Center