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Executive Director

Kristin’s passion for music, service and the power of the arts led her to SongwritingWith:Soldiers in the fall of 2017. She brings twenty-five years of non-profit development and leadership experience through her work at KCRW Los Angeles, the GRAMMY charities, and Nashville Opera.

“This work aligns with and deepens all the reasons I came into non-profit work. I’m grateful and honored to continue the work with the entire SW:S community.”

Program Director

Sara loves helping others find emotional well-being through personal growth, compassion and creativity. She has over fifteen years of non-profit experience in leadership and program management as well as a background in research, curriculum development and facilitation. Sara has an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a M.A. in Conflict Management from Lipscomb University. She loves building strong teams, developing effective strategy and making a community impact.

Jay Clementi
Music Director

Music brought Jay to Nashville, where he found songwriting chemistry and friendship with acclaimed artist/writer Radney Foster. His songs and voice have been featured on five Foster records. They also worked together singing harmony on Willie Nelson’s Grammy-nominated album The Songs Of Cindy Walker. Jay was the lead singer of The Lucky Bucks signed by Warner Brothers Records and produced by Paul Worley in 2006. Since 2008, Clementi has been a full-time songwriter/producer on staff first with Warner Chappell and now Sony ATV in Nashville. He had a Billboard #1 with Luke Bryan’s “Move” in 2017 and has had songs recorded by Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Sunny Sweeney, The Josh Abbott Band, CB30 and a song featured on the hit show Nashville, totaling over 5 million records sold.

Melissa Houck
Advancement Director

Melissa has been a leader in nonprofit development for over 20 years. After growing up in an Air Force family, she settled in the Nashville area and has worked for many local organizations as well as international nonprofits such as Susan G. Komen and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. Melissa graduated from Clemson University with a major in Psychology and a minor in journalism. She loves to combine these fields to find the perfect way to ask for support. (You can easily give here!)

Angee Rose
Collaboration Manager

Being part of a team where creativity meets compassion—that’s where Angee is most at home. From working in music publishing to playing a key role with a nonprofit communications firm, Angee knows both songwriting and social impact, and that is why SongwritingWith:Soldiers is an ideal fit for her. Angee is a talented organizer, a skilled project manager and a consummate team player.

Meredith Krygowski
Development Manager

Meredith has diverse experience in community development and civic engagement through the arts. She graduated from Michigan State University’s Residential College of Arts and Humanities with a BA in Arts and Humanities with a focus on Art and Public Life. Post college she honed her programming and development skills with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. She has been in Nashville since 2015 and has worked with festivals and organizations such as Defy Film Festival, Mile of Music (Wisconsin), and Girls Write Nashville.

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