Board of Directors

Jazz in the Hills announces Board of Directors
Jazz in the Hills is now governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The objectives of the Board are to develop vision, planning and direction for

  • concerts
  • education and scholarships
  • community outreach
  • fundraising
  • special musical events in the communities surrounding Fountain Hills Arizona

Jazz in the Hills is a 501(c)(3) on’s official listing of IRS approved charities since August 1, 2012.

Richard Tews was appointed Executive Director. Rich brings his family, good humor, organizational skills and intense passion for music to Jazz in the Hills. Prior to his business career he studied Music and played in the ASU Jazz Band. Rich is the owner of business services provider Corellia Engineering and he also serves on the board of National Defense Industrial Association and serves as a Start-up Business Owner Mentor at InnovateVMS.

Armand Boatman was appointed Musical Director. Armand earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano and Music Education and is universally respected as one of the finest musicians in the Valley. For over 38 years Armand performed with dozens of show-business stars in Phoenix. His involvement in Jazz in the Hills as a performer and booking agent for the organization now spans over a decade. Armand’s enduring commitment to further music education, performance and opportunity for young players has made him an invaluable addition to the Jazz in the Hills organization.

Susan Harding volunteered as Board VP and Director.   Susan has been the primary point person for Jazz in the Hills since its inception over 16 years ago. Susan’s tireless efforts to drive local support enabled the organization to survive venue changes and economic challenges. She has coordinated multiple fundraisers and has been the face and voice of Jazz in the Hills to the community at each concert.  Susan is an award winning Watercolor Artist and former VP of the Fountain Hills Art League.

Mona Saunders as Director volunteered, first as a helper at our events and later to become a board member.  Most of audience will recognize Mona as our official greeter.  She and her volunteer welcoming committee make the rounds to the tables to welcome our guests and answer any questions about the organization.  Mona also owns VIP Travel in Fountain Hills, specializing in Jazz Cruises and general travel deals worldwide.  VIP Travel now also sponsors Jazz in the Hills.

About the Jazz in the Hills:
Jazz in the Hills is dedicated to building community by providing programs that promote learning, teaching, renewal, and perpetuation of the truly American art form of Jazz music and has sponsored a series of weekly Friday evening concerts for over 16 years – first as a club and now as a charitable non-profit.  The concerts are intended to be fundraisers with the proceeds donated directly to community music education, particularly in schools.  In this, our first year year,  we have donated over $2250 to both the Fountain Hills Middle School Jazz Band and to the Phoenix Conservatory of Music.