Dr. Megan Eliason Rhodes is a teacher for the Sylvania City Schools, where she teaches general music to students in Grades K-5. Prior to her position with the Sylvania City Schools, Dr. Rhodes taught general, instrumental, and vocal music in the Toledo Public Schools, Columbus (Ohio) City Schools, Rantoul (Illinois) Township High School, and Memphis (Tennessee) City Schools.
Dr. Rhodes received a B.M. in Music Education from Ohio University, a M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College-Columbia University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Ohio University. She also teaches courses in Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Policy at Bowling Green State University.
Jeff is a co-founder of BeInstrumental and serves as Vice-President of the organization. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and earned his MBA from the University of Toledo. He is the Director of Sales at Allshred Services in Maumee, Ohio and is the Founder of Daily Fantasy Cricket, an international fantasy sports website.
Jeff is extremely passionate about music and truly believes that every child should have access to musical education. An avid harmonica player, Jeff started taking violin lessons at four years old and played trombone in middle school – even joining a Ska band in the mid-1990’s. Jeff’s favorite musician is Bob Dylan and claims to have seen him nearly 70 times in concert (this has yet to be confirmed!)
He is a previous recipient of the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award in Northwest Ohio and sits on several committees for the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo. Jeff is also a noted speaker on the use of social media in business development and has energy beyond compare. You can follow him on Twitter @Jeffrey_Green.
Laurel is a board certified music therapist who began working for the Monroe County Intermediate School District in August 2007. She completed her Undergraduate degree in Music Education at Miami University and her Masters in Music Therapy from Western Michigan University. Laurel specializes in autism spectrum disorder, community based settings, early childhood education, age-appropriate educational collaboratives, and user-friendly data collection. Laurel has presented various workshops on school music therapy both at the State and National Level. She works as an adjunct professor at Lourdes University teaching an Introduction to Music Therapy for non music majors. In addition Laurel has been a guest lecturer at Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, and University of Michigan. Laurel currently serves as Vice President for Michigan Music Therapists Association.
Music has always played an important role in Laurel’s life. She began playing the flute when she was in 4th grade. Laurel met her husband Mike in the music department at Miami University. They have a son Joel who is two years old who loves singing and dancing.
John is a co-founder of BeInstrumental and serves as President of the organization. He is a graduate of the Wayne State University School of Business and the University of Toledo College of Law.
He currently works as attorney with the law firm of Tomkiw Enwright, PLC and is the co-founder of Daily Fantasy Cricket. In addition, he serves as a mentor/advisor at TechTown at Wayne State University and with the Michigan Shifting Gears Program. He is conversational in German and Chinese. John took up music as an adult while attending law school. He currently plays bass guitar and was taught by Bill McDevitt of the Toledo Symphony.
John is married to Allison and they have one son, Tate. He currently resides in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Mike serves on the board as treasurer and has been active in BeInstrumental since the founding of the foundation. Mike works for a local accounting firm in Sylvania, Ohio as a certified public accountant.
Mike's interest in music began in elementary school when Mike started playing saxophone for the school band. Mike continued playing the sax throughout junior high and high school in concert and marching bands. In high school, Mike participated in several band competitions and received a number of awards. Mike went on to play sax in college for the Central Michigan University Marching Chippewas where he completed four years of service participating in numerous performances both on and off the field.
Given the tremendous impact that music has had in Mike's life, there was no question when the opportunity came to get involved in BeInstrumental that Mike wanted to be a part of helping kids to have the same opportunity to get a music education.
Tamara has served on the board as Secretary of BeInstrumental since its early days. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and the Medical College of Ohio. She works as a McKenzie Certified Physical Therapist at Bedford Physical Therapy and Pool.
Tamara has many passions in her life. She enjoys being married to her best friend Jeff, raising her two sons, Gabriel and Avi, exercising regularly, reading, cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers, and giving back to the community.
Komako has been an executive board member for BeInstrumental since 2011. She is a native of Toledo, Ohio, while currently residing in Sylvania, Ohio with her fiancée Vaughn Jackson of Baltimore, MD. She is living her dream as a Firefighter and Paramedic for the City of Toledo since 2006. She holds a degree in Business Administration and Science respectively, since 2000.
Komako has two daughters; her youngest teenager participates in dance, choir, theatre and takes instrument lessons. Her older daughter is a sophomore in College and is studying Accounting and Law.
Growing up, Komako took Piano lessons as a young girl, and now volunteers for BeInstrumental as a Piano teacher for area youths. Komako enjoys Sports, Reading and Music. Her passion for music has helped many children achieve their dream of being able to play instruments that they would ordinarily not have had the opportunity to be exposed to. She is genuinely interested in giving back to her community and others through the gift of Music, and BeInstrumental is the avenue by which all can share with her in keeping the beat alive!
Carol obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Toledo. Her work on behalf of children includes mentoring, instruction, community involvement and providing financial support and direction through her various positions with theToledo Public Schools, Sylvania City Schools, Owens Community College, The Ability Center of Greater Toledo and Lott Industries.
In addition to Carol’s financial background, she has experience in organizational development and team building. Carol is currently a member of the United Way of Toledo’s Income CST and is working with their Workforce Development Committee on educational and career opportunities for high school students in Toledo Public Schools.
Carol is married to Randy and has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Besides her love of music, she enjoys anything Disney, genealogy and golf.