Meet the Staff
Tina Rowan is the Executive Director of Accent Pontiac, and has been in this role since July 2018. Previously, Rowan served as the founding Artistic/Program Director for Accent Pontiac since September 2016. Before beginning her work with Accent Pontiac, Rowan was the founding music teacher at Pride Academy in East Orange, New Jersey, where she started a world drumming program.
She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she received degrees in Violin Performance, Organizational Studies and Performing Arts Management. While at the University of Michigan, Rowan co-founded the Mentors for the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra, a student organization partnering with the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra that provides mentorship to orchestra members. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Rowan is excited to be back living and working in her home state.
Dan Trahey is a musician, composer, educator, social entrepreneur and architect for dozens of "social change through music" programs in the United States, South America and Europe. He was instrumental in the creation of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program, where he currently serves as Artistic Director. Trahey also founded the El Sistema-inspired program Tuned-In at the Peabody Conservatory, where he teaches creative composition and community engagement.
As a tuba player with the Archipelago Project, he promotes cross-genre performances and has performed for hundreds of thousands of children, specifically targeting impoverished areas with little access to live performance. Trahey received a master's of Music from Yale, and a bachelor's of Music Education from Johns Hopkins University. Trahey is a sought-after consultant for programs desiring to use music as a vehicle for social change. In addition to founding two El Sistema programs in Baltimore, he has helped structure, nurture and grow many programs in cities around the world. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Trahey’s latest project is Accent Pontiac.
Chris Jackson is the Site Coordinator and Community Liaison for Accent Pontiac and began this role in September 2017. Born and raised in Pontiac, MI, Jackson attended Hope College where he double-majored in Accounting and Business Management. He later made the decision to begin his career in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Aside from gaining valuable experience as a Project Manager and Product Line Manager for a large residential manufacturer, he gained a wealth of knowledge via the entrepreneurial landscape. Jackson has founded tech oriented businesses, assisted his alma mater with evolving their entrepreneurship program, and worked extensively with SmartZones across Michigan.
Back in Pontiac, Jackson is most passionate about helping his home town and is currently pursuing public office. Jackson has an eclectic taste in music and is excited to assist in introducing Pontiac's children to the arts!
Tia Harvey is the Bucket Band teacher at Accent Pontiac and has been in this role since January 2017. She is a percussionist and educator in Michigan and is pursuing a doctoral degree from Michigan State University where she studies with world-renowned percussionist Gwendolyn Dease. As a percussionist, Harvey is building a career as a chamber musician, music educator and music activist. She is passionate about bringing music to non-traditional venues and commissioning new works as well as instilling an appreciation of music and empowering the next generation through music education.
In addition to Accent Pontiac, Harvey is a percussion instructor at the MSU Community Music School, East Lansing, and MSU Community Music School, Detroit. She is a Teaching Assistant at Michigan State University, and holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Central Florida. Harvey currently resides in Ferndale, Michigan, with her partner, Erik, and cat, Elliott, who has a mustache.
Jim Territo (b 1978) is the Introductory Brass lead teacher at Accent Pontiac and began this role in September 2017. Territo graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in composition and education. He taught high school and elementary school music at Detroit Country Day School from 2002 to 2014, and has taught beginning band at Roeper Lower schools since 2016. Territo also freelances as a composer, theatre music director, and pianist in the Detroit area and New York City.
Greg Lubbers is the Intermediate Brass teacher at Accent Pontiac and began this role in September 2017. Lubbers is a graduate of Central Michigan University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music. A Euphonium Major, Greg was a member of Central Michigan University’s Central Foundation Tuba Euphonium quartet and has performed with many groups including The West Michigan Concert Winds, The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Central Michigan’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Marching Chips, Orchestra, and Tuba Euphonium Ensemble. In Greg’s free time he enjoys cycling, kayaking, and disc golf.
Sarah Cracknell is the Introductory Brass assistant teacher at Accent Pontiac and began this role in January 2018. Cracknell is currently a student at Oakland University, studying both music performance and music education. She has had the opportunity to teach at band camps, and to teach beginning fifth grade band at Gardens and Washington elementary schools. She loves children and the opportunity to teach! Cracknell plays trumpet as her main instrument in many of Oakland University’s ensembles, along with cornet in the Oakland University Brass Band. She has many roles at Oakland University, including being the music librarian for some of the ensembles, playing for the basketball games, and being an assistant equipment manager.
Besides teaching and being a full time student, Cracknell also has a passion for animals, reading books, and playing video games. She is a proud owner of a hedgehog named Penelope, and two cats named Mikey and Nova.
Sherri Johnson has been with Accent Pontiac since January 2017 and currently serves as the Program Assistant. She has been working with children of all ages for 22 years, her favorite being Montessori teaching. Her first experience with children was at her local church as a Sunday School teacher. Then, she learned how important it is to volunteer her time in the schools, leading her to the Montessori school, a joyful position. Receiving her Nursing Certificate allowed Johnson to help the elderly for many years. As of 2017, her desire grew more and more to go back to helping children, leading her to Accent Pontiac. Children are our future.
James Tyner is the Brass Lessons Teaching Artist at Accent Pontiac, and has been in this role since January 2018. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music Education in 2014 and is currently the Band Director at St. Mary’s Preparatory High School in Orchard Lake, Michigan. In addition to band, James has taught choir, music appreciation, and elementary music. James was a Tuba Player in the 338th Army Reserve Band out of Livonia, Michigan for eight years. Performances with the 338th included Detroit MI, Columbus OH, Norfolk VA, Cody WY, Seattle WA, and Honolulu HI. He currently plays tuba with the Genesee Wind Symphony, East Shore Wind Symphony, and the Ferndale Community Band. In his free time, James enjoys traveling, camping, kayaking, and is a very competitive board game player.