Board of Directors


carlaCarla was born in Erie, PA and raised in a family of music enthusiasts. A stereo system was even piped throughout their home, and she listened to (and grew to love!) every kind of music from big band and jazz to classical and rock & roll. She studied piano and dance throughout her school and college years, and became a dance teacher. Her special interests, today, are Big Bands and Jazz. With an extensive background in recruiting and public relations, Carla owns her own company, and is pleased to be able to lend her talent and experience to CFJS. Carla says she is excited to be part of an organization that works so hard to preserve and promote Jazz.


 A Vandergrift, PA native, Greg Parnell spent many years on the road with the Glenn Miller Orchestra as drummer and road manager. Now living in Sanford, Florida with his wife Amy, he enjoys performing in a wide variety of settings including big bands, backing headliners, and small jazz groups. He is also the President of Glenn Miller Productions, Inc. Greg has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Les Brown Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra,Terry Myers Orchestra, Fat Tuesday Big Band, American Vintage Orchestra and Michael Andrew & Swingerhead. He has also backed headliners such as The Mills Brothers, The Four Aces, Kay Starr, John Davidson, Eartha Kitt, Bowzer, Della Reese, Jack Jones, The Four Freshmen, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Pied Pipers, Rita Moreno, Petula Clark and many others. Recently Greg, with the help of John Orsini, formed the Orlando Jazz Orchestra now in it’s eighth season at the Plaza Live’ Theatre in Orlando, FL.


Holocaust survivor, Sonja escaped with her family to England from Nazi Germany in 1939. She grew up in London during the war and in 1954 married Air Force officer, Max Unger. They moved to Orlando in 1962. She became a widow with two young children in 1963. Her interest in music began as a very young child as her father’s family all played instruments, mostly strings. Sonja learned to play the violin when she was 4 years old, but her jazz appreciation came from her first husband, Max, who booked bands at Orlando Air Force Base. Many years after Max passed away, Sonja met and married Armand Marchesano and from then on was heavily involved in music. She is now the auxiliary percussionist with the Armand Marchesano Orchestra. In addition to CFJS, Sonja has served on: B’nai B’rith Women of Orlando (President), MDA (Board Member), Winter Park/Orlando Chambers of Commerce (Committees) Symphony Women’s League (Prod. Chairman), 2000 Plus Committee for the Cancer Association and FLAIR, and Femmes de Coeur (President, 1st & 2nd VP, and Corresponding & Recording Secretary).



My interest in music started at a young age; played piano and violin for a time.  After my marriage music became part of my life.  We enjoyed jazz, Dixieland and big band for years.  When the radio was on I was asked to identify a tune listening to the first few bars.  What fun we had.  Our children also played instruments in school.  After seeing her older sister carry around the baritone, our other girl took up the flute.  Our son played trumpet until football took over and my duties as a ‘band aide’ ceased.  We moved from Ohio to Florida in 1980 and I have been a member of the Society for about 12 years.   My husband enjoyed selling CD’s at our concerts.  My work history has mainly been in bookkeeping, etc. I am pleased to accept the position of the Society’s treasurer.







Mary-Uithoven-webGrowing up in Orlando, Mary witnessed the evolution of the city from a quiet pre-Disney local community to the bustling area it is today, and she watched as the arts scene grew as well.  “I remember the Central Florida Jazz Society’s beginnings at Rosie O’Grady’s at Church Street Station downtown!” Mary performed in the band in high school and college, where her enjoyment and appreciation of  music grew – classical, concert music and jazz.  Her interest in serving on the Central Florida Jazz Society Board of Directors is to promote and support jazz in the area and to keep good music alive in Central Florida. Mary is currently working in the healthcare field and has three children.



Marge Ann brings to the jazz society a background that includes working as a professional singer. Some of her past gigs include being the featured vocalist for the University of Michigan’s 18-Piece Jazz Project; singing with the Horace Heidt and Sammy Spear orchestras; and working with Chubby Jackson,Flip Phillips, John Bunch, Billy Butterfield, Charlie Ventura and Ira Sullivan, as well as other excellent musicians. She has been a member of the board since 1993. She loudly proclaims –and quickly demonstrates – her pride in the society, especially the concerts and the scholarship program. She enjoys the wonderful diversity of the Orlando area musicians, and the society’s mission to further jazz through scholarships to young musicians is very close to her heart. She says it is a joy to attend the scholarship auditions, knowing that jazz will continue to live through these musicians. According to Marge Ann, “My only regret is that I never got to be a chick singer with Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band.”


Music was an important part of our family and my children’s upbringing.  Oldest son payed violin for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and he was concert master for the University of Illinois Symphonic Orchestra.  My daughter played concert piano and clarinet.  I became interested in jazz/blues while living in Chicago, listening to Cool Jazz radio and attending concerts at Chicago venues.  My interest in jazz has continued while living in Lake Mary, Florida.  Having worked in the insurance industry for 40 years, I feel my business background can be an asset and add value to the CFJS and see it grow and prosper.


Bob-Kelley-webA native Floridian, Bob grew up watching his parents cut the rug to Dorsey, Miller, Goodman, etc. After earning a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Florida, he was bitten by the broadcast bug and spent 21 years on air at Winter Park’s smooth jazz outlet, WLOQ, 103.1. This gave him the opportunity to meet and interview many of the greats in jazz, from Chuck Mangione to Dianne Schuur, among others. Early in his career, Bob covered the Montreux Jazz Festival for WLOQ, rubbing elbows with Dizzy Gillespie, Herb Ellis and The Modern Jazz Quartet. Greatest thrill: introducing Count Basie in 1982. Currently, Bob is on WUCF FM.





This Hoosier has loved big-band jazz music since her high school graduation dance featured none other than Count Basie! She’s a musician only by way of years of piano study years ago. That gave her a love of music – all kinds, from classical to Broadway to Dixieland. Now, a day without music is, well, not a very good day. One of her three children became a trombonist and was, for several years, a middle school band director. Guess who fitted his horn and provided the first few years of lessons? Moe Lowe, of CFJS fame! Sue began an early career in sales promotion, with several years of retail advertising copywriting in New York City and Hartford, Connecticut. The move to Orlando, when her children were young, prompted her to free-lance her writing skills to the area’s top ad agencies specializing in resorts and tourist destinations.  Regarding CFJS, Sue says, “It’s great to be among people who are so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and dedicated to spreading the sound.”