President: Ernesta Chicklowski

Music Specialist, Roosevelt Elementary School, Tampa, FL.

Music is invaluable to human culture. Music fosters healthy human connection, communication, expression and emotion. Providing quality music education is paramount in the physical, emotional, social and cognitive growth experiences of our students. I believe a comprehensive quality elementary music education is the foundation and cornerstone of lifelong learners and lovers of music. Our continued commitment to INVEST, INCLUDE and INSPIRE our students will ensure that our students are prepared for their next level of music and for life. The skills taught in our classrooms reach beyond the music notes and curriculum connections. This is integral in the development of the whole child and a vital component for the advancement of civilization and humanity. I believe that performance learning opportunities for our students, premium professional development opportunities for our educators and quality classroom music making form an essential part of our vision as an organization. Our mission as music educators in our everchanging world is to prepare our students for the future by passionately teaching music that will foster healthy self-esteem and excellent musicianship, develop creativity and inspire self-motivation. Advocacy is key in maintaining music education as a vital and essential part of our students' curriculum. We must continue to advocate for our students and ourselves. FEMEA diligently advocates for our programs, students and assessments to ensure that music education continues to receive the invested support our students deserve. "Together we are better."


President Elect: 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.


Jennifer Sullivan
Executive Director

Rosemary Pilerno
Past President

Jason Thomashefsky
Member Engagement Chair

Ashley Peek
Member Engagement Chair

All-State Coordinators

Rosemary Pilerno
All-State Chorus Coordinator

Alex Gartner
All-State Chorus Coordinator

Lisa Hewitt
All-State Orff Ensemble Coordinator

Ruthie Antmann
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
Jenny Chambless
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
Lesleigh Howard-Zeno
Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie

District 8
Luis Rios
Brevard, Osceola, Polk