Board Members and Staff

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Board of Directors

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Dr. Jackie Azzarto | Board Director

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Jackie Azzarto

Board Director

Jackie Azzarto, Ph.D. is a retired university professor who moved from New York City to Florida in 2013. During her teaching career she volunteered for several non-profit boards, serving as board president for Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council and the New York State Social Work Education Association. She received numerous awards for community service including the National Community Action Award from the New York State Assembly and the Hudson Mohawk Association of Colleges and University Community Service Award. Jackie enjoyed her years of teaching and was honored in 1992 by being selected by students to deliver the faculty commencement address.

Although she has loved music her entire life Jackie comes to vocal performance late in life. In addition to singing with Treasure Coast Community Singers she directs and performs in the Cascades Music and Performing Arts Club variety shows in her 55 and over Port St. Lucie community.

Sid Brain | Ex Officio Board Director

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Sid Brain

Ex Officio Board Director

 

 

Pam Carrozza | Officer, Board Chair

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Pam Carrozza

Officer, Board Chair

Pamela Carrozza is originally from Long Island, NY and retired to Stuart area in 2000 after 27 years with the federal government. She has previously volunteered as a tutor for the Literacy Council, is past president for the Friends of the Blake Library board and past president of the Hobe Sound Women’s Club. Pam has been with TCCS since 2016 and serves as leader of the wardrobe team and currently member of the TCCS board.

Jeanne DeLormier| Board Director

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Jeanne DeLormier

Board Director

Jeanne lives in Port Saint Lucie with her husband Curt & their two cats. She taught speech & theater in Michigan, then shifted into a career in banking. Jeanne maintains she has the world’s most understanding husband as her jobs moved them all over the country, finally bringing them to Florida where they have lived since 2005. They opened a consulting company in 2008 and are now happily self-employed helping companies analyze their operations.

Jeanne’s been singing most of her life starting with church & school choirs, playing piano & viola, and later performing in musicals & chorale groups along with her husband and daughter. She also sings to her cats – they especially like Beethoven and Scarlatti.

You can recognize her from the coffee cup or iPad in hand. She enjoys traveling, especially when combined with singing, like this past summer when TCCS members traveled to Italy and performed two different concerts in Florence. È stato bellissimo!

Jeanne is honored to be part of the Board and wants to help spread the word about TCCS so people can experience the joy of singing or just listening to beautiful music.

Jim Haughton| Board Director


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Jim Haughton

Board Director

James is a retired Manager Communication Engineer, NBC TV. He is from Jamaica and is now a US Citizen and father of two sons. His  hobbies include: Photography/Videographer. He relocated from NY to Florida 2018. He enjoy singing, had a singing group for 5 years in NY and now a happy camper as a member of TCCS.[/caption]

Elsie Long | Board Director

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Elsie Long

Board Director

Elsie Long is one of the founding members of TCCS. She served as Board Chair from 2005-2006 and as a Board member-at-large from 2009-2011. In the past, she has served on the Board of the Bach Society of Saint Louis, Four County Mental Health in St Charles County, MO and the St. Charles, MO Chamber of Commerce.

She began voice lessons at age nine and has sung in various church choirs over the years. She sang the role of Juliet in Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” as a sophomore at Massapequa High School in NY. She was a vocal performance major at Indiana University in Bloomington and a paid section leader for the Bach Society of Saint Louis.

Elsie has been proud to be an active member of TCCS since day one, and looks forward to helping our organization grow and flourish as a Board member once again.

Don Merritt | Officer, Board Secretary

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Don Merritt

Officer, Board Secretary

Don moved to Florida in 1979 from Long Island, NY, where he taught Preschool and Kindergarten. Since moving to Jensen Beach, Don has taught at Jensen Beach Elementary School and is now Principal there. He has 3 grown children and 4 beautiful and growing grandchildren who are “Grandpa Passion”.

A love of music has always been one of Don’s other passions singing for a number of years in his church choir. Treasure Coast Community Singers is his new passion where Don sings bass and baritone along with volunteering where help is needed in the organization. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for TCCS and enjoys the family feel to singing in both Community and Ensemble choirs.

Phil Ratchford | Board Director

Phil Ratchford

Board Director

Phil and his family moved to the Treasure Coast in 2019. He decided it was time to get back into singing and found the Treasure Coast Community Singers that fall and has been a member ever since. Phil is a Tenor with TCCS and has loved learning new pieces of music and meeting new friends.

Music has always been a large part of Phil’s life. He took piano lessons for 10 years, starting when he was only 8 years old. During that time, he also sang in his church’s choir and small ensemble band. When he went to college, he decided to focus on vocal music, singing in his college’s Concert Choir and Chamber Choir. In addition to these performance choirs, Phil took on several musical theater roles, starring in productions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Three Penny Opera, and Cabaret.

Phil currently serves as a supervisor for a local government agency, helping to assist residents with social service needs. Throughout his career, Phil has worked college athletics, amateur athletics, and public education, giving him the opportunity to serve on several non-profit Boards and advisory groups.

Phil earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Recreation Studies from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, with a double minor in English and Therapeutic Horsemanship.

Pat Wacker | Officer, Board Treasurer

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Pat Wacker

Officer, Board Treasurer

After leaving the Washington DC area in the 1980’s, Pat and her husband settled in Lake Worth, FL. While working at Skilled Nursing Facility for Traumatic Brain Injury patients, she was offered an opportunity to develop a Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Facility in North Palm Beach. After 23 years as Administrator, Pat will be looking forward to retirement and to continue her interests in Music and Art.

While attending a small private school in Dearborn, Michigan, Pat’s love of chorus was nurtured by encouraging teachers at a very earl age. Throughout these years, Pat has sought out Church groups and organizations to continue her love for choral singing.

After moving to Palm City, FL., Pat discovered th Treasure Coast Community Singers and since 2005 has been a member and strong supporter of TCCS philosophy. Pat believes if people, especially children, have an opportunity to sing as a group, they will live a more fulfilling and happier life.

Dottie Williams | Ex Officio Board Director

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Dottie Williams

Ex Officio Board Director

Dottie moved to Florida in 2002 from Long Island, NY where she taught high school biology and also worked as an office manager/underwriter for a high risk insurance firm. Since moving to Hobe Sound, she has remained active volunteering in her community, at MacArthur Beach State Park and with TCCS.

Singing has been a major part of her life since childhood. While in high school, her choir director instilled in her a love for choral music. Through the years, she has sung in her college choir, a few different church choirs and a Hibernian Choir that afforded her opportunities to sing at Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and to travel to Ireland to perform. Presently in addition to singing with TCCS, Dottie sings in the choir at St. Christopher’s in Hobe Sound.

 

Staff

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Douglas P. Jewett | CEO - Artistic Director

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Dr. Douglas Jewett

CEO, Artistic Director

Doug is the CEO and founding Artistic Director of TCCS. He holds a BA degree in Music Theory from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, a Masters’ degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a doctorate degree in Education in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Since moving to Stuart in 2001, he has been actively involved in teaching singing to adults, youth, and children throughout the community. Formerly Minister of Music at churches in Stuart, FL & in Tennessee, he is currently teaching elementary music and will be involved this year in designing the music curriculum for a new charter school in Martin County. In addition to conducting and guiding TCCS, Doug recently took over as Principal Conductor for the Indian River Pops Orchestra.

Carol Paul | Accompanist

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Carol Paul

Accompanist 

Music has been a part of Carol’s life since she was a child. She has been accompanist for Treasure Coast Community Singers from the first rehearsal. Carol currently serves as an accompanist at the North Stuart Baptist Church, a position she has held for over 40 years.

Carol is employed by the Martin County School District where she has worked in Human Resources for 20 years.
Hailing from northeast Texas, Carol began playing the piano and singing in church at a very young age with her musical family. She continued to play and sing in schools and churches during her high school years in Florida. Michael, her high school sweetheart – now husband for 47 years, supports Carol in all of her musical interests.
They have been blessed with two talented sons and two loving daughters-in-law. Their four brilliant and beautiful granddaughters are following in the footsteps of this musical family.

An added gratifying enjoyment in life is to watch their son, James Paul, direct the extraordinary Jensen Beach High School Jubilate Choirs.