Staff

Administrative Staff

  • Anne Henry

    Co-founder & Executive Director

    Anne is a former marketing manager and lead editor at Microsoft Corporation’s microsoft.com. She holds…
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    Rey Ramirez

    Co-founder & Program Director

    Reynaldo Ramirez has served within the field of music education for over 20 years. He…

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    Joe Hamm

    Program & Media Manager

    Joe has been drumming for 20 years, played in professional bands, studied music in university,…

  • Carol Minter

    Development Director

    Carol Minter has more than 15 years of fundraising experience for nonprofits in Hampton Roads…

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    Katie Sackett

    Development Coordinator

    Katie Sackett is a nonprofit development pro with killer IT and artistic skills. She has…

  • Bobbie Strand

    Finance Manager

    Bobbie Strand graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. degree in Accounting. After 10…

Anne Henry

Co-founder & Executive Director

Anne is a former marketing manager and lead editor at Microsoft Corporation’s microsoft.com. She holds a B.A. degree from Harvard, an M.A. degree from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, and an M.Arch. degree from Princeton. After co-founding Soundscapes in 2009, Anne continues as Executive Director today. In 2016, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities honored Anne with a Humanitarian Award.

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Rey Ramirez

Co-founder & Program Director

Reynaldo Ramirez has served within the field of music education for over 20 years. He was instrumental in establishing El Sistema USA and served as a founding board member and treasurer. He is a noted leader within the El Sistema movement where he has presented at universities and conferences throughout the country. He plays Horn with the Virginia Wind Symphony and freelances.

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Joe Hamm

Program & Media Manager

Joe has been drumming for 20 years, played in professional bands, studied music in university, co-designed and implemented music education, performed for thousands, and made recordings. With filmmaking and photography, Joe has shared the Soundscapes experience locally, and at national symposiums. Powered by the sun, Joe lives carbon neutral with his partner Paige and their enthusiastic lab Luna!

Carol Minter

Development Director

Carol Minter has more than 15 years of fundraising experience for nonprofits in Hampton Roads and beyond. Her areas of expertise include fundraising strategy, grant writing, and event planning. Carol has a BA in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence at Tidewater Community College.

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Katie Sackett

Development Coordinator

Katie Sackett is a nonprofit development pro with killer IT and artistic skills. She has more than 5 years’ experience working with nonprofits in Hampton Roads. Katie joined Soundscapes in mid-2019 because of her love of music and passion for social justice. She has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Katie lives in Hampton with her partner, Chris, and their two cats, Evie and Pancake.

Bobbie Strand

Finance Manager

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 help make a difference in the lives of children in our community through Soundscapes.

Program Staff

  • Ciara Baker

    Level 1 Director

    Ciara Alexander-Baker is a singer-songwriter from Richmond, Va. After graduating from Norfolk State University, Ciara…

  • Lynn Ballou

    Greenwood Site Coordinator

    Lynn Ballou helps young people to achieve interpersonal skills through music at Warwick High School,…

  • Westley Benson

    Wind Band Director

    Westley Benson graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute. He began…

  • Todd Beyer

    Level 2 Strings Teaching Artist

  • Marlana Chamblee

    Level 2 Woodwinds Teaching Artist

    Marlana Chamblee is currently an elementary music teacher with Newport News Public Schools at Carver…

  • Jacyn Gibbs

    Level 1 Teaching Artist

    Jacyn Gibbs, a native of Hampton Roads, has been involved in performing arts from her…

  • William Hederer

    Peninsula Youth Orchestra Site Manager & Level 2 Cello Teaching Artist

    Born and raised in Newport News, Will Hederer began his journey as a musician in seventh…

  • Catina Horton-Billups

    Behavioral Specialist

  • Rebecca Kim

    Orchestra Director

    Rebecca Kim holds a degree in music education from James Madison University and graduate degrees…

  • Frederick Williams

    Level 2 Brass Teaching Artist

    Fredrick Williams is a native of Bannettsvile, SC and 29 year old father of five.…

Ciara Baker

Level 1 Director

Ciara Alexander-Baker is a singer-songwriter from Richmond, Va. After graduating from Norfolk State University, Ciara began to pursue her Career in Music. In 2016, Ciara began working at Soundscapes; a non-profit organization based in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is currently Co-Level 1 director at Soundscapes. Ciara enjoys everything music and technology and loves to incorporate unique styles of playing. She finds great pleasure playing with her all-female band and promotes the empowerment of women in music.

Lynn Ballou

Greenwood Site Coordinator

Lynn Ballou helps young people to achieve interpersonal skills through music at Warwick High School, where she directs six choirs – a position she has successfully maintained for over twenty years. Since receiving her MS in School Leadership from Old Dominion University, Lynn proudly holds the position of Site Manager for the Greenwood Elementary Soundscapes location.

Westley Benson

Wind Band Director

Westley Benson graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute. He began studying piano and percussion at age five. He has taught piano and percussion to several students in the Hampton Roads area and continues to maintain a roster of active student musicians. He is the Music Director of the Doorway Singers. He is currently the Wind Band Director for Soundscapes.

Todd Beyer

Level 2 Strings Teaching Artist

Marlana Chamblee

Level 2 Woodwinds Teaching Artist

Marlana Chamblee is currently an elementary music teacher with Newport News Public Schools at Carver Elementary. She joined the Soundscapes teaching artist staff Sept. 2018 as Level 2 Woodwinds instructor. Her primary instrument is alto saxophone. Marlana holds a bachelor’s (ECSU) and master’s degree in music education (ODU). She began her teaching career in September 2015 teaching in Camden County.

Jacyn Gibbs

Level 1 Teaching Artist

Jacyn Gibbs, a native of Hampton Roads, has been involved in performing arts from her youth. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Vocal Performance from NSU and USM respectively. Jacyn received awards in the MMTA and NATS vocal competitions in 2017-18, and was a chorus member of the Mississippi Opera’s 2018 production of Turandot. Currently, she is a choral director for NNPS.

William Hederer

Peninsula Youth Orchestra Site Manager & Level 2 Cello Teaching Artist

Born and raised in Newport News, Will Hederer began his journey as a musician in seventh grade. He went on to study at VCU, earning a Bachelor of Music in Strings Performance. He then taught at Hines and Crittenden Middle schools before joining Soundscapes. Now Will gives private lessons through Soundscapes and has been accepted, with scholarship, to study at Boston Conservatory’s Masters program.

Catina Horton-Billups

Behavioral Specialist

Rebecca Kim

Orchestra Director

Rebecca Kim holds a degree in music education from James Madison University and graduate degrees in music performance from The Boston Conservatory and East Carolina University. She has performed with faculty of Old Dominion University and ECU, and has played abroad in Japan and the Czech Republic. For Rebecca, the best thing about music is collaborating with other creative minds to bring great ideas to life!

Frederick Williams

Level 2 Brass Teaching Artist

Fredrick Williams is a native of Bannettsvile, SC and 29 year old father of five. He graduated from Marlboro County school in 2009 and Norfolk State University in 2015. His bachelor’s degree is in music education. Fred has been into music his whole life and loves teaching music to the youth! “I love the impact and difference I am able to make working for soundscapes!”