TREASURER (choose 1)
CANDIDATE: Jeff Santoro is finishing his term as Past-President of CJMEA and has been serving as acting Treasurer of CJMEA for the past several months. He is the Supervisor of Fine & Performing Arts in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District and is President Elect of NJMEA.
SECRETARY (choose 1)
CANDIDATE: Andrew Veiss is currently in his twentieth year as the band director in the South Plainfield Middle School. In addition to directing the middle school concert band and chamber music program, he is also the district team leader for music. He received his Bachelor’s of Music degree from William Paterson University and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology and Supervisor Certification from New Jersey City University. He has recently played percussion with the Westfield Community Band. Mr. Veiss is currently the secretary and was the president of the CJMEA in 2011-2013 and has served on the board for the past 8 years.
PRESIDENT-ELECT (choose 1)
CANDIDATE: My name is Sean Healy and I am running for the office of CJMEA President-Elect. I have been teaching instrumental music since 2002. I currently work in the Woodbridge Township School District. I have been active in CJMEA since 2004, regularly having my students participate in the CJMEA Elementary Honors Band. Seeing the benefits of such an ensemble, I took the initiative to develop and lead the CJMEA Elementary Honors Orchestra in 2009. I lead that group until 2014. Since 2015, I have assisted the event coordinator in running the CJMEA Elementary Honors Band. The ensemble experiences CJMEA offers to all grade levels are invaluable. I look forward to the opportunity to support these events, in addition to the scholarship and professional development programs offered by CJMEA.
CANDIDATE: Wayne Mallette is the Director of Choirs and Music Theory at Summit High School in Summit, New Jersey, where he conducts the select Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and Treble Chorus and teaches Advanced Placement. His choral ensembles have received acclaim for their performances at festivals and venues, including Montreal and Edinburg, Scotland (International Festival Fringe), as well as Washington D.C. They have performed with the Westfield Symphony, as well as performed in an episode of NBC’s Law and Order SVU, and most recently performed the National Anthem at Metlife Stadium for a Jets game. In 2010 and 2014, Mallette was the Conductor of the CJMEA Region Mixed Chorus. He has served on the Choral Procedure Committee of the NJMEA for the past 6 years and will assume the role of Choral Procedures Chair in 2017. He has presented sessions at the 2013 and 2015 NJMEA State Conference and is also the High School Repertoire and Standards Chair for the NJACDA. Mallette holds a Bachelors of Music Education from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and a Masters Degree from Northwestern University.
CANDIDATE: Kale A. Thompson is the Vocal Music Teacher at Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains, NJ. He conducts the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Choirs and teaches general music to the 5th and 6th grades. In addition to his curricular duties, Thompson directs the select a cappella group, A Ca’scuse Me. A passion for theatre and musical theatre inspired Thompson to create a theatre program at Terrill Middle School. The program features both straight plays and musicals. Recent productions directed by Thompson at Terrill include Little Women, Beauty and the Beast, and Alice in Wonderland and the program is currently in production for Hairspray. He also revived the fall drama at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and serves as Music Director for the musical theater program at Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School as well as for Company Call, Theatre for Young People in Freehold, NJ. Thompson earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in 2012, graduating Magna cum laude. A tenor by trade, Thompson enjoys singing a variety of repertoire, specializing in 20th Century and Musical Theatre. When not on the podium, Thompson is active in his neighborhood association and spends time working on restoring his 1876 townhouse in Trenton’s Mill Hill historic district.