Recent Speakers at Club Meetings

The speaker for our July 24 meeting was Sarah Chiles, Director of Fredericksburg SPCA

As Shelter Programs Director, Sarah oversees the staff that runs the foster, intake, transfer, volunteer, social media and outreach programs. With a constantly changing population of animals, Sarah enables the SPCA to scale, while keeping animals, foster and volunteer families, shelter partners, adopters, and staff supported. When Sarah is not saving lives, she is spending time with children, husband, and 4 dogs while binge-watching the latest releases on Netflix and Hulu.

The speaker for the August 7 meeting was Doug Gately. Doug is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Mary Washington.  Each year, the UMW Jazz Ensemble, under Doug’s direction, and Legal Aid Works ®, formerly known as Rappahannock Legal Services, team up for an extraordinary event called Jazz 4 Justice to benefit our community.  Legal Aid Works ® is a non-profit corporation that provides free, high-quality, civil legal assistance to low income individuals and families.  Doug is the Artistic Director for Jazz 4 Justice, and his professional experience has contributed to the event’s success as an annual fund-raiser for

Legal Aid Works ®.   Doug is the conductor and director of the UMW Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Flute Ensemble and various Chamber Groups. He is the principle instructor of applied studies in flute, clarinet, saxophone, and jazz piano.  He has toured and performed throughout the United States, South America, and Europe.  Credits include performances with numerous ‘name artists” including Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Mancini, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Manhattan Transfer, the Temptations, Mathew Morrison, Seth McFarlane, Patti Labelle, Gregory Porter, Michael Feinstein and many other Jazz Artists.  Doug was also a former member of the U.S Air Force’s Premier Jazz Ensemble, the Airmen of Note.  He is currently an adjunct with the National Symphony Orchestra, an MITP Artist/Clinician, an Artist/Clinician for KHS America (Jupiter Flutes).  Doug is an active jazz pianist, composer, arranger and leads his own Trio.  For several years Doug’s talent, professional experience and hard work have helped Legal Aid Works ® raise funds to ensure providing legal services for the Fredericksburg community.