» Team

KRISTIN STARLING
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 plus years of non-profit development and leadership experience through her work at KCRW Los Angeles, the GRAMMY charities, and Nashville Opera.

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

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.

Jordyn Hay
Program and Event Manager

Jordyn was raised in a military community which included members of her own family. She has a heart for helping others and has diverse experience in event management, content creation, and brand campaign management. After graduating with a degree in Film Production and Event Management, she began managing productions for Caesars Entertainment. She has developed and managed more than 300 events across 23 countries for brands such as the Cannes Film Festival, Super Bowl Music Festival, EA Sports, NFL, and Bud Light. In 2019, Jordyn worked with Microsoft and the band MUSE and developed award-winning experiential events for their world tour. From small intimate events to multi-city music tours, Jordyn takes pride in bringing each piece of the puzzle together to create an exceptional experience.

Angee Rose
Administrative Coordinator

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.

KEVIN REEDER, PHD
Special Advisor / Program Associate

Kevin currently serves as the Program Manager for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. He specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and readjustment issues of returning Veterans.

A Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he completed his Pre-Doctoral internship at the VA Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee and his Postdoctoral Residency at the VA Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a faculty member of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and has served as a Consultant and Trainer for the National Center for PTSD, as well as consulting for the FBI.

He is a past recipient of the Psychologist of the Year award for Hospitals and Medical Centers by the Arkansas Psychological Association. Kevin was featured on a 2013 episode of 60 Minutes called “The War Within” that brought national awareness to Veterans; their courage in recovery and the therapies the VA is using to help them.

Kevin attended his first SongwritingwithSoldiers retreat in October 2015 as a participant, and has returned several times to help facilitate the retreats.

Margaret Bentley
Retreat Facilitation Team

Margaret has been part of the SongwritingWith:Soldiers’ team since the initial retreat in 2012 and has been key in assisting with program development. An accomplished editor, poet, short fiction writer and mixed-media artist, she also leads creative writing and journaling workshops as part of the Creative Connections component of our retreats.

Carl Blackwood
Music Support Team

Carl brings an enormous amount of music and engineering experience to the SWS team. He serves as the General Manager/Program Director for The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany, NY. He’s also been a recording engineer in upstate NY, working at Black Dog Recording Studio and running his own Warming Room Studio, Carl began working with SWS in 2015.

"Pillar Of Peace" performed by Will Kimbrough

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