Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation which is led by a board of directors.

Board Members:

Kelly Anderson

Chair, Board of Directors, Original Founding Member of YEAH!

Dr. Jeff Clark

Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Courtney Sharpe

Member, Board of Directors, Original Founding Member of YEAH!

Candace Hooker

Member, Board of Directors

Dr. Michaele Chappell

Member, Board of Directors

Mary Hoffschwelle

Member, Board of Directors


Sarah Bandy

Administrative Director

Sarah Bandy first volunteered at Southern Girls Rock ‘n Roll Camp in 2008. After seeing the way that the rock camp environment empowered the campers and volunteers, she knew that rock camp was going to be a part of her life forever. She went on to volunteer at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and Girls Rock Austin before founding Girls Rock Charleston along with five other women. She served as its Volunteer Coordinator for three years and joined YEAH! as its Program Manager in December 2013. Sarah Bandy is a songwriter that plays ukulele, loves snail mail, and is passionate about fostering creative community in Tennessee!

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Alice Buchanan

Program Director

Alice Buchanan was a guest performer with her band at the very first Memphis Southern Girls Rock ‘n Roll Camp (now Delta Girls Rock Camp). She went on to volunteer as a lead teacher for 2 summers in her hometown of Memphis, while getting a Bachelor’s of Music in Education at MTSU. As YEAH Program Director, Alice brings her experience as a touring musician, a classroom teacher, and an administrative specialist. Currently, Alice plays guitar and sings with her rock band, teaches private violin lessons (Suzuki and traditional), and advocates for music education in all forms and practices.

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Jess Hawthorne

Office Manager

Jess Hawthorne has been a volunteer at YEAH! since 2007, after graduating from MTSU with her Bachelor’s Degree in Recording Industry/Music Business. She has filled the role of camp counselor, Assistant Coordinator of Programming and Events, and has recently accepted the position of Office Manager at YEAH! Jess is devoted to helping youth express themselves through music and art.
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 Olivia Scibelli

Rockstar Volunteer

Olivia Scibelli has been a volunteer at YEAH! since 2010. Having done everything from lead instrument teaching to fundraising to assistant directing Tennessee Teens Rock Camp, she is an active member of the Nashville music community and forever advocate for kids arts programming!