Board of Directors

Officers:

  • President - Liz Shropshire
  • Vice President - Joanna Brooks
  • Secretary - Lynn Poulson
  • Treasurer - Jeannette McElroy

Board of Directors:

  • Joanna Brooks, Chair
  • Liz Shropshire
  • David Kemper
  • Lynn Poulsen
  • Maureen Keeler
  • Monica Clay
  • Stacey Steele
  • Terri Sundberg
  • Elizabeth Evans
  • Stephen Clay

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Joanna BrooksJoanna Brooks is professor and chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. A scholar of American religion and culture, Brooks is an award-winning writer and the mother of two daughters. She has been a loyal supporter of the Shropshire Music Foundation since its beginnings because she is deeply inspired by the courageous grassroots humanitarianism of Liz Shropshire and the immediate impact music can make in even the most difficult human circumstances.

Maureen KeelerMaureen Keeler books Liz’s appearances in the United States and Canada. She is a long-term friend and admirer of Liz who is a licensed clinical social worker and a retired pediatric medical social worker having been employed in South Central L.A. Maureen believes deeply in the powers of the arts to heal “forgotten” or emotionally injured children. She and her husband, Bob Keeler, are the parents of two daughters and two sons, the youngest of which is severely handicapped—unable to walk or speak. Maureen has an M.A. degree in English and American literature and has taught at Brigham Young University, University of Washington in Seattle, and for UCLA Extension in the Los Angeles area.

Monica ClayMonica Clay is the communications and marketing manager for the nonprofit Tread Lightly!, Inc. She began volunteering for the Foundation in 2002 while studying communications and public relations at Brigham Young University. She says she deeply appreciates the Foundation’s ability to reach children who have been “forgotten” by society and other relief organizations and looks forward to seeing the growth of its outreach.

Stacey SteelStacey Steele is an Assistant Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where she teaches flute, flute choir and music education courses. After spending time with the SMF in Kosovo in 2007, she and her husband worked to bring one of the wonderful SMF volunteers to the US to continue her education. She believes in the Shropshire Music Foundation because of its basic nature of goodness and its potential ability to change the lives of the children it serves through music.

Terri SundbergTerri Sundberg is Associate Professor of flute and Chair of Instrumental Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music. She has presented master classes and performed as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician across the U.S. and abroad, including concerts in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. She visited the SMF program in Kosovo in 2004 and was stunned by the transformative power of the SMF program and the capacity of local teenagers to be teachers and leaders. She has great passion for her work on the Shropshire Music Foundation Board because SMF affirms on a daily basis her belief that music and musicians truly can change the world in extraordinary ways.

Elizabeth Evans is a pediatrician and pediatric nephrologist with a practice in Southern California. She is also a Girl Scout leader and mother of 4. As a pediatrician, a mom and an advocate for children, I believe strongly that each child deserves to have a sense of self worth. The Shropshire Music Foundation helps children who have never had a chance to know how precious they are.

Lynn O. Poulson is a lawyer who serves as the secretary of the Foundation.  He is the president of Johnson, Poulson & Coons, A Professional Corporation in Los Angeles, California.  He appreciates and supports the important work of the Shropshire Music Foundation in its impact for good among threatened children in the world.

Stephen ClayStephen Clay is a senior audit manager for CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann specializing in the not-for-profit sector. He began volunteering for the Foundation in 2008. He also serves as the Treasurer for the Rape Recovery Center and Treasurer for Spy Hop Productions in Salt Lake City, Utah.