About

Administrative Staff

MICHELLE AKSER

Program Manager
353-1636, ext. 6 - Email

 

Michelle moved to United States from south France in 1981 to work as a travel agent in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1986, she met her then husband, a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering. The couple moved to Wilmington, Delaware when he accepted a job at E.I. DuPont. Michelle worked at the Wilmington Music School as a bookkeeper from 1988 to 1991. During her time at there, Michelle became a licensed Kindermusik® Instructor 

After receiving of a promotion, the couple and their one-year-old daughter, Maya, moved to Orange Park, Florida. Michelle received her Associate Degree in Art from FCCJ in 1996. She obtained her Real Estate license in 1997 and worked as a Realtor® in Northeast Florida until 2011. During the real estate market crash in 2008, she joined the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus team as a part-time Assistant to the Finance Director until 2011.

In 2012, Michelle worked for the Paralympics Games in France and London in the sales and bookkeeping department of eVenture Zone. Soon after the Paralympics Games, Michelle moved to Costa Rica. She worked there as a Realtor® and was the Treasurer for the Pérez Zeledón International Women’s Club. In June of 2018, Michelle returned to Jacksonville and once again joined the team of Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, this time as the Program Manager and Preschool Music Instructor.

Her only child, Maya, is a JCC alumni and graduated with a Music Business degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She now lives in Los Angeles and works for William Morris Entertainment (WME), the largest talent agency in the world.

Michelle loves to keep up with new technologies, travel often to Europe, listen to music, read books (mostly French ones), watch independent movies, bike to the beach, and exercise. Michelle is fluent in French and Spanish.


 

CAROLYN BELL AUDIJE

Marketing & Public Relations Director
353-1636, ext. 3 - Email

Carolyn has been with the JCC since 2010. She joined the administrative team with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and many years of experience in design and marketing. Her background includes publishing, advertising, collegiate communications, web design and corporate branding. She has worked with non-profit organizations including Special Olympics, The Boselli Foundation, The Jacksonville Children's Commission, The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as well as Christ the King, Resurrection and Guardian Catholic Schools. She has a passion for helping children and her community through the use of her artistic gifts.

Carolyn has been living and working in Jacksonville since late 1991, but was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where she was involved in vocal music, visual art and theater. She had the pleasure of getting to know Darren Dailey while working on Jacksonville's Dancing with the Stars benefiting the Boselli Foundation in 2010. She went on to plan and organize the same event benefitting the Jacksonville Children's Chorus five times now since 2011. In recent years, Carolyn was an avid competitive ballroom dancer. Her husband Larry owns A Social Affair Dance Studio and their daughter Elyssa has been a member of the JCC since 2010.

 


 

KATHERINE (KT) BOLING

Business Manager & Development Officer
353-1636, ext. 4 - Email

KT joined the JCC team in 2016 as a member of the Finance Department. With a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and experience in project management, quality engineering, and accounting, KT joined our team as Accounting Assistant and is now the Business Manager and Development Officer for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.

KT’s ties to the Chorus go back as far as 1996, when she joined the JCC as a young singer under the direction of Jim Taylor, the Chorus’ first conductor. In her two years as a member of the JCC, KT enjoyed opportunities to perform at various venues around the state and country, and even in Carnegie Hall. Since then, she has continued her passion for music, participating in numerous bands and choirs at her church, and through high school and college. KT’s love of the arts has also extended to dance, where she has became a professional Latin dancer, ballroom dance instructor, and even an aerialist.

  


 

AMY BOUCHELLE

Social Media Marketing Asstistant
353-1636, ext. 310 - Email

Amy joined the JCC in January 2018 bringing to the team a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Multimedia Communications and Design. She is a Jacksonville native who grew up in the San Marco Community where she attended Landon School of the Arts followed by Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a Theatre major. In addition to her experience in the theater, she has studied 2D and 3D art, ceramics, photography, vocal music and guitar.

Amy has worked for organizations such as Children’s Home Society, Web.com, and Times-Union Media. She has a passion for visual and performing arts, as well as helping others in our community. She is on the board of the Parent Teacher Co-Op at Seaside Charter San Jose.

Amy enjoys spending time at our local beaches, traveling, experiencing arts and culture, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, James, have two children. Their oldest, Aurora, has been a member of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus since 2015 & their son, Dylan, joined the JCC Primary Choir in the Fall of 2018.

  


 

CAT PALFREY

Development Associate
353-1636, ext. 7 - Email

Cat joined the JCC in 2015 as a member of the administrative team.  She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University where she performed in operas and plays.  Upon graduation, Cat moved to NYC, where she auditioned for musical theatre. Additionally, she studied TV and film acting before switching to the business side of the industry to work for talent agents and managers. After 8 years of living in NYC, Cat moved to Jacksonville with her husband.

In high school, Cat sang with an award winning Concert Choir and Show Choir. This allowed her to travel and perform internationally. She also performed in various musicals and plays. In her spare time, Cat sings with the Orange Park Chorale, sits on the board and enjoys ballroom dancing.

 


 

KELLY RUBIN

Executive Assistant
353-1636, ext. 5 - Email

Kelly joined the JCC team in 2017 as member of the administrative team as an Executive Assistant. She graduated Stafford Hall School of Business in 1985 where she took an Executive Secretarial Program. Kelly brings her experience and skills to help organize and keep the administrative work flow moving forward.

Kelly recently relocated from New Jersey to Jacksonville and has two grown children but was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.  Her family relocated to New Jersey in the 1983 where she graduated from New Providence High School.  Before moving to Jacksonville, she held various Executive Assistant positions over the past 25 years.


 

DIANA WOOTEN

Program Coordinator
353-1636, ext. 9 - Email

Diana has lived in Jacksonville for 19 years after growing up and traveling all over the world with her military parents. She has an Associate of Science in Legal Assisting. Before coming to work with the JCC, she was a claims examiner for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. She was also a volunteer for The Chorus. Diana loves working alongside the wonderful people who take our kids to a special place with their music. She is married with three sons. Her middle son, Caleb, has been involved in The Chorus since 2009 and is a member of our Touring Choir.

“Through music and your leadership, these children learn to perform in different languages while experiencing the diversity of an array of world cultures. The understanding they gain will serve them well as they enter adulthood.”

R. Randall Onstead, former President/CEO of Winn-Dixie

“The Chorus expands your musical horizons and helps you grow as a person. You are surrounded with other young people who have something in common…their love of music. I have learned that music does, indeed, bring people and cultures together. The music we sing brings people hope for a better future of understanding and cooperation.”

Jasmine, 16, Touring and Concert Choirs

“Music plays a major role in the full development of a child. Not only does it enrich lives, it also serves as a pathway for students to express themselves and explore new ways to communicate with others. For 20 years, kudos to the JCC for molding the lives of young artists, and I look forward to the next 20 years.”

Tim Cost, President, Jacksonville University

“I was in the Jacksonville Children's Chorus in 1999-2002. It helped me to build long lasting friendships and a greater love for music. To this day I still remember the fun times and great concerts we did in the JCC. I think this organization is great for children of all ages, it helps build confidence and friendships.”

Bethany, Former Member

“The JCC is more than just a chorus; it is truly a life-changing experience. The Chorus has opened me to new experiences, provided me with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and helped me discover singing is not just one of my interests but rather a lifelong passion.”

Emma, 17, Touring and Concert Choirs