Leadership

Jessica Garand, Executive Director

Jessica Garand, founder and executive director at Opportunity Music Project is a passionate advocate for social innovation through music and is a recipient of the $10,000 McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award for Arts Education and Community Outreach.

While a Masters student at the Juilliard School, she founded Opportunity Music Project. Raised in Canada, Jessica was featured in The Globe and Mail, and was awarded the Canadian Millennium Scholarship for her ongoing commitment to the community. Jessica has also traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil to teach master classes and give interactive community performances, and is a regular invited speaker at the Juilliard School and Bard College. Jessica is on the mentoring roster at The Juilliard School’s mentoring program and has co-taught Entrepreneurship in the Arts to undergraduate music students at the Juilliard School.

Laura Kay, Program and Communications Manager

Laura Kay’s musical journey began with violin study at nine years old. She holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from Penn State University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has served in leadership roles at community music schools across the tri-state area, including Turtle Bay Music School, 92Y School of Music, and Hoff-Barthelson Music School. She is currently pursuing her Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy degree at NYU Steinhardt and teaches on the voice faculty at Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan.

When Laura is not in the teaching studio or at her desk at OMP, you can find her on stage with opera companies around the city and in recital with her trio, the CIRCE Trio. An advocate for the importance of music education for all, Laura is excited to serve OMP’s mission to bring quality music education to all in her role as Program and Communications Manager.

Meghan Ready, Chair

Meghan Ready is a Senior Manager and is the Media and Entertainment (M&E) resident in Ernst & Young’s Americas Professional Practice department in New York, NY. She is responsible for providing support to M&E account teams through preparing M&E-specific technical accounting firm publications, participating in industry-related technical accounting consultations and conducting presentations to clients and industry associations. Prior to this role, Meghan served as an audit manager in New York, where she primarily worked on both public and private core media and entertainment clients.

Meghan received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Bachelor of Arts in Music (primary instrument – piano) from Mercyhurst University. Meghan is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Meghan started taking voice and piano lessons at age 8 and continued to take lessons until she graduated high school. She pursued her love of music through involvement in church choir, school productions, performing concerts abroad and other local recitals and performances. Once she graduated high school, Meghan pursued her passion in college by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in conjunction with her accounting degree. Her passion for music and helping others led to her involvement in Opportunity Music Project, a not-for-profit organization that locates dedicated families with a child interested in music and offers them the opportunity to take private music lessons.

Lindsay Starr, Treasurer

Lindsay Starr is a member of the OMP board.

Lindsay is the head of the Prospect Management and Client Coverage Group at Morgan Stanley.  She is responsible for managing the prospecting efforts of 16,000 Financial Advisors and ensuring adherence with all client contact policies.   Lindsay has 20 years of experience delivering technology solutions to financial services companies; with the past 5 years focusing on the Firm’s prospecting efforts in the Ultra High Net Worth space.

She began her career in the Management Development Program at MBNA America where she held positions in Credit Analysis, Call Center Management and Strategic Internet Development. Lindsay then spent 3 years working for The Bank of New York, where she was a Relationship Manager in the Investment Management Banking Division.

Lindsay has a BA degree in International Relations from Tufts University and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University.  While at Tufts, Lindsay spent her junior year studying Economics at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.

She is actively involved in the alumni association of Tufts University and serves on the Board of Emerging Leaders for Fordham’s Graduate School of Business.

Lindsay is on the Board of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) of New York and is the Chair of the Financial Literacy Committee. She was the recipient of the FWA’s MBA Scholarship in 2003.

She serves on the Virtual Enterprise National Advisory Council – New York City Chapter and as a Board Member of the Opportunity Music Project.

In 2014 Lindsay was named as an honoree for the New York Business Journal’s inaugural Women of Influence Awards.

She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Jessica Garand, Secretary

Jessica Garand is a member of the OMP board.

Selaelo Ramokgopa, Parent Board Representative

Selaelo is a Senior Regulatory & Compliance Professional at a New York Investment Bank. She possesses over fourteen years’ experience working within broker/dealers of global securities firms. She is a talented, versatile, highly skilled and results-oriented financial services industry professional with a comprehensive background and proven track record in diverse areas of the broker/dealer industry. Her experience and in-depth understanding of the industry includes accounting, operations, trading, regulation, risk, governance, compliance and liquidations. She’s familiar with various US and European banking regulations.

Selaelo’s son (Diego) has been a student at OMP learning to play the cello for the past 4 years. Selaelo has enjoyed meeting other parents over the years and looks forward to working with the OMP community in her new role as member of the OMP Board.

Matthew Kaplan

Matthew Kaplan is a member of the OMP board.

Jean Ricot Saint Fleury

Jean Ricot Saint Fleury is a member of the OMP board.

Louis Maldonado

Louis Maldonado is a Partner, Managing Director at d exposito & Partners, an integrated, multi-service marketing and communications agency that focuses on engaging multicultural consumers, specifically the Hispanic audience. At d expósito & Partners, Louis leads the agency’s largest accounts, AARP and ConAgra Foods, as well as pro-bono work with the non-profit sector.

Before joining d expósito & Partners, Louis worked at other marketing agencies including The Marketing Store, The Bravo Group and Warwick Baker O’Neill. Louis studied music as a young child and through college where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He has a deep connection to music and in 2020, joined Opportunity Music Project’s board of directors.

Louis is not only passionate about music and the arts, he is committed to serving nonprofits and doing social impact work. He has served on boards for Arts and Culture organizations, including the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, the Limon Dance Company and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, where he served as the Board Chair.