President: Joani Slawson

Music Specialist, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne, FL

Elementary music instruction is the foundation of a comprehensive, sequential music education for ALL Florida students. Young children receive the tools they need to begin a lifelong love of music when they are able to sing, move and play instruments. The inherent life skills embedded in music education contribute to students becoming productive members of society. In order for elementary music teachers to continue to do their job with a smile on their face and a song in their heart, it is essential for teachers to attend relevant and uplifting professional development. I believe the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association provides these vital tools to support teachers on their teaching journey. It is my belief that when elementary music teachers come together to learn, laugh and strengthen their practice, they will be better able to deliver a complete music education to inspire generations to come.

President Elect: Ashley Peek

Music Specialist, Holley-Navarre Intermediate School, Navarre FL

My vision for FEMEA is that we provide teachers with the resources needed to give their students that feeling of success and musicianship, so that we can reach all of our students in some way, no matter how big or small. Professional development is vital for teachers to be able to strengthen their educational foundation and keep the joy of music alive in their classrooms. I believe in the power of our All-State and regional chorus and Orff ensembles and how these ensembles give students a once in a lifetime experience that will help them be successful in many other areas of their lives. In my vision for FEMEA, I would like to continue the development of these ensemble experiences to provide meaningful enrichment for our young Florida musicians.



Ernesta Chicklowski
Past President

Jennifer Sullivan
Executive Director

Jason Thomashefsky
Member Engagement Chair

All-State Coordinators

Alex Gartner
All-State Chorus Coordinator

Ruthie Antmann
All-State Chorus Coordinator

Lisa Hewitt
All-State Orff Ensemble Coordinator

Rosemary Pilerno
All-State Orff Ensemble Coordinator


District Chairs

District 1
Pauline Latorre
Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe

District 2
Dorothy Yorty
Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, and Sarasota

District 3
Meghan Alfaro
Hillsborough, Pinellas

District 4
Sydney Johnson
Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Orange, Pasco, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia


District 5
Jacob Reedy
Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union

District 6
Shannon Stem
Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsen, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington

District 7
Sherry St. Petery
Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie

District 8
Laura Allgood
Brevard, Osceola, Polk