Who We Are
Board of Directors
Managing Partner, Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, LLC
Joseph C. Barto III, Director
Founder and President, Training Modernization Group
Hon. Bert Bateman, Director
Towne Bank executive and Newport News City Councilman
Claire Bellecci, Director
President and CEO, Mellen Street Creative
J. W. Whiting Chisman, Director
Michael P. Curry, Director
MPC Arts Consulting, LLC
Hon. Alan Diamonstein, Director
Senior Partner, Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, LLC
William M. Grace, Director
President, Grace Industries
Anne Henry, Secretary, Ex Officio
Executive Director and Co-founder, Soundscapes
John Holt, Director
Retired Maritime Business Executive
Dr. Wayne Lett, Director
Former Superintendent of Newport News Public Schools
Donald Ragland, Treasurer
Director of Finance, New Horizons Regional Education Centers
Reynaldo Ramirez, Director, Ex Officio
Co-founder and Program Director, Soundscapes
Co-founder & Executive Director
Co-founder & Program Director
Reynaldo Ramirez is Program Director and Co-founder of Soundscapes and has served within the field of music education for over 15 years. Reynaldo held positions with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement, and with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as Director of Education and Community Engagement. Reynaldo received his Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas and his Master of Music from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Program & Media Manager
Agent of Social Change by day, Songwriter and Performer by night. Joe Hamm has devoted his career to social change through music guided by the El Sistema philosophy, as well as original composition and performance as a professional drumset player. Joe began working at the 4th El Sistema inspired program in the United States just two weeks after it began. Throughout his years at Soundscapes, he has collaborated closely with co-founders Executive Director Anne Henry and Program Director Rey Ramirez to design and implement program models, craft curriculum, guide teaching artistry, and create a safe and inspiring culture for children who may otherwise not have the opportunity to learn an instrument.
Constantly honing his craft as a professional musician, Joe performs and writes music for rock, indie rock, and jazz groups, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations such as alongside visual artists at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio. In 2008 Joe’s band Chasing Arrows was nominated for the Best Music On Campus MTV-U Woodie Award and appeared on the nationally televised award show, leading to a Manhattan-based management deal, being vigorously shopped to major record companies, and a 2009 independent release. Joe’s current jazz project, Junto, has reinvigorated Hampton Roads’ jazz scene and hosts monthly performances in Norfolk’s Arts District.
Joe’s home base is in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife Paige, where he enjoys riding boards and bikes, playing in the ocean with their black lab Luna, and socializing in coffee shops. Joe Hamm earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Christopher Newport University.
Allison Bretzius is the Executive Assistant for Soundscapes. She received her BA degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. Allison previously worked at the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra as the Communications Assistant, and has many years of experience in advertising, event marketing and volunteer work.
Bobbie Strand graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. degree in Accounting. After 10 years working in the Corporate Accounting Field in the Hampton Roads area she took off some time to raise her family. She is excited to be using her accounting skills currently in our office to make a difference in the lives of children in our community through Soundscapes.
A widely recognized public historian, nonprofit planner, project manager and fund-raiser, Conover Hunt has served more than 50 nonprofits and governmental agencies since 1975. A native of Hampton, VA, she holds a BA in Art History from Newcomb College, Tulane University, where she was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and earned an MA in Early American Culture as a Winterthur Museum Fellow at the University of Delaware.
Website & Donor Database Coordinator
Shara Stamps is the Website & Donor Database Coordinator for Soundscapes as well as a freelance cellist and private music instructor. In the past she served as the Operations Manager, Personnel Manager and Music Librarian for The Boise Philharmonic in addition to working in various capacities for the Aspen Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Shara has performed with various regional orchestras throughout the U.S. including the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Richmond Symphony, Opera on the James, Roanoke Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Opera Idaho, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She holds degrees in cello performance from The University of Oklahoma and Chicago College of Performing Arts.