Board of Directors

Deborah Johnson - President and Co-Founder

As a child, Deborah's (Deb's) family was unable to afford an instrument for her to participate in her school's music program. Because of this, she promised her children that she would find a way to provide them whatever they needed if they ever wanted to play music. Ultimately all three of her children chose to play an instrument, and her youngest, Drew, went on to become an accomplished musician and composer. Within days after Drew's passing, Deb decided that the best way to honor his memory was to expand the promise she made to her children to the children of nearby area schools. She has been the driving force behind Drew's Gift, forming a coalition of band directors, instrument repair professionals, and local businesses to continue to expand the organization's reach and help as many students in need as possible. She has and continues to be the binding force that ties the organization together.

Kailee Speiss - Vice President and Co-Founder

Kailee received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Indiana University South Bend in 2016. As a lifelong artist and patron of the arts, Kailee has been instrumental in creating Drew's Gift's image, and has put countless hours into designing and printing Drew's Gift advertisements, informational media, and merchandise sold at our various fundraising events. In addition, she has created several pieces of artwork that were sold at our annual fundraising auctions, helping to raise thousands of dollars that went toward instrument refurbishment and repair. Kailee is involved in all aspects of Drew's Gift, from fundraiser planning and implementation to brand recognition. Currently she is spearheading the effort to rebrand the organization and extend its influence to new school systems.

Zackery Shearin - Director of Outreach and Development

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Robert Speiss - Director of Art and Communications

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David George - Director of Finance

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Rachel Reynolds - Secretary Treasurer

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Renee Kazanecki - Director of Daily Operations

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Jackie Letourneau - Director of Equipment Logistics

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Mathew Miller - Operations Advisor At Large

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David Elliott - Operations Advisor for Northwest Indiana

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