Who We Are 2018-10-17T21:30:40+00:00

Meet Our Team

Our Leadership

Annie Medley
Director

Annie Medley specializes in the acquisition and development of human capital. She holds a M.S. in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas and has over ten years of experience recruiting and training successful teams in companies in Texas and New Mexico. Her expertise and experience brings a wealth of insights to community engagement initiatives and the development of a diverse, dynamic team and work culture. Annie is a strong supporter of local music scenes and is passionate about how the arts can help young minds discover their unique qualities and strengths.

Cory J. LaFevers
Director

Cory J. LaFevers is an ethnomusicologist and educator who teaches world music and popular music at the University of Houston. He holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas. As a musician, he has performed with several Brazilian and Latin bands on a number of instruments, including the Brazilian 7-string guitar, Brazilian cavaquinho, and rabeca (Brazilian fiddle). A significant component of his academic research focuses on multicultural and anti-racist pedagogies for non-Western music. His unique experience and expertise provides critical insights for Artly World’s strategies in optimizing music’s potential to foster cross-cultural understanding while simultaneously guarding against practices that unwittingly perpetuate stereotypes.

Craig Sheffield
Director

Craig Sheffield is a dedicated music producer and educator who has worked with numerous organizations and schools to enrich the lives of those around him. He is currently a program director for an independent music and arts festival in Taiwan and holds a B.M. in Music Education with over thirteen years of experience helping adults and children. Growing up in Southeast Texas and living abroad has expanded his understanding of the uniqueness and beauty of various cultures, and through his experiences he recognizes the difficulties many people face to overcome prejudice. He fully supports the Artly World vision of a compassionate and aware community and believes that through education, open communication and understanding we can better ourselves and our society.

Myranda Harris
Program Director

Myranda Harris is music educator and ethnomusicologist with over ten years of experience teaching world music to children and young adults. She holds a M.M. in Ethnomusicology and B.M. in Music Education from the University of North Texas, where she built a diverse music vocabulary studying and performing music traditions from West Africa, South Asia, Indonesia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. She has worked closely with musicians from Ghana, Indonesia, and India and conducted extensive first-hand research in these areas of the globe as part of her ethnomusicology fieldwork and development as a musician. As an educator, she brings a unique passion for world music to her students and believes that music can unite people and communities from diverse backgrounds.

Roshan Manjunath
Executive Director

Roshan Manjunath is a seasoned entrepreneur and business leader with over 17 years of experience building and managing successful companies in India and the U.S. He represents capital investment groups and private investors in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, and strategic planning. As an entrepreneur and immigrant, Roshan brings unique insights into the importance of interpersonal relationships and cross-cultural understandings. He’s a persuasive and engaging writer, speaker, and advisor who advocates that the human experience extends much beyond economic endeavors. Roshan believes that participating in the arts can help people reconnect with what it really means to be human and help young minds develop into whole, integrated individuals.

Our Advisors

Jieun Beth Kim
Advisor

Jieun Beth Kim is a visual artist, an art educator, and a public servant, creating cultural arts programs for the public. She believes in the benefit of healing individuals through creative actions and cultivating connections for a healthier community. By learning to communicate emotions, to comprehend abstract ideas and to feel compassion, creativity inspires a balanced society. With her background of living in four different countries and twelve cities throughout her life, Jieun Beth experienced the effect of separation, but also witnessed the harmony of connection. It is this unique experience she would like to share with others through her knowledge and skills as part of the Artly World’s advisory council.

 

Viviane Santiago
Advisor

Viviane Santiago is a mental health counselor who works with young adults at risk of or experiencing homelessness, as well as an individual therapist who focuses on trauma and immigration stress within the Brazilian community. Understanding the impact of trauma on an individual’s life, as well as the ways in which race, gender expression, sexuality and immigration status intersect to inform an individual’s experience in navigating the world, provide the framework through which Viviane connects with her clients, offering support in their journey of self-understanding. Her work as a mental health counselor, as well as 15 years of experience as an activist with the Black Movement and Hip Hop Movement in Brazil, enables her to provide Artly World not only with a deeper understanding of how systemic issues play out in everyday practice, but also with the belief in hope, change, resilience and how art can be a an instrument in creating connections that foster the absolute beauty of healing.

Our Teachers

Amy SchultzeTeaching Assistant
Amy Schultze has been teaching music to children for more than five years. She holds a B.M. with an emphasis on primary school education and a background in Latin American studies of music and culture. She is passionate about how music and the arts can help young people find their voice and develop their creative selves.
Brandon SmithTeaching Assistant
Brandon Smith is a musician with more than ten years of experience providing music lessons on to children and young adults in the Austin area. As a music educator, he brings his insights as an active performer of many different styles of music and instruments to his music lessons. Brandon is excited about working with youth and inspiring their creativity through music.
Stephanie WilliamsTeaching Assistant
Stephanie Williams has taught music to elementary school students for the past three years. As an educator, she enjoys incorporating dance and cultural study into her music lessons for children. In her spare time, she enjoys writing songs and playing the piano. Stephanie loves how music and the arts opens new opportunities for young minds.
David GrantTeaching Assistant
David Grant is an active musician and music teacher who has taught aspiring musicians in the Austin area for several years. He works with students of all ages but most enjoys working with school-age youth and young adults. David loves making music learning accessible to everyone and inspiring members of the community to become more actively involved in music and the arts.

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