Committed to the Cause
CEO and Founder
Vel Lewis is an American Jazz Artist, an accomplished singer, a producer, an arranger, and a Hammond organist. Vel is a certified Hammond Organ Company artist who composes his own music, which can be found listed on many popular recordings and well-known TV shows; The Sopranos, Mad About You, Friends, Wife Swap USA, and many more, all of which feature music he composed. His life has been enriched through music. He has performed numerous shows around the world with soul legends Dionne Warwick, The Delfonics, The Futures, and has shared the same stages with The Stylistics, the late Phyllis Hyman, and Earth, Wind, & Fire and many more. Along with many singles Vel composed and released, his 2014 EP "Colors Of Soul" also receives continuous radio airplay around the world.
Ray Schilens brings over 40 years of programming, production, advertising, and management experience to RADIO LOUNGE. Ray's commitment to quality media content has earned him much respect from his contemporaries. Overseeing all facets of a broadcast production/sound design facility and an organizational creative think tank, Ray has vast experience in various areas of advertising, marketing, and business leadership. His extensive background includes broadcast programming and creative services management in markets including Detroit, Houston, and Miami. It is Ray's combination of creativity, dedication to quality, and his strength in client relationships, that drive his long-term success in the advertising industry.
Ada Lewis is an engineer with over 20 years of experience in project and contract management. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where people are inspired by music in their daily lives. As a music lover, she found her love and inspiration in Vel Lewis. Ada is also very passionate about helping those in need, and therefore joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as District President.
Steve Brown is a prominent community leader and public servant. Brown was a Democratic candidate for Texas 22nd Congressional District in the U.S. House. He is passionate about F2F’s cause and we are excited to enlist his knowledge, wisdom, and expertise.
Nellie Doty has served children of Texas for over 30 years. She holds a B.S. in Music Therapy from Texas Women's University and has worked in music education, special education, and music therapy for over 45 years. Her professional affiliations are numerous. She is the Director and Merit Award recipient of the Texas Black Music Educators, a certified member of the Texas Music Education Association, a delegate and committee chairperson of the American Music Therapy Association, and she served as Past-President, Board member, and Service Award recipient of the Southwestern Music Therapy Association.
National recording artist, Saxophonist/vocalist and songwriter Paula Atherton has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notables as The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, Karen Briggs, Althea Renee, Rick Braun, Four80East, David Sanborn, Bob James, Marc Antoine, Hiroshima, Gerald Albright and Chieli Minucci. Her single, Can You Feel It garnered a #1 hit, three weeks in a row in May 2020 on Billboard's Smooth Jazz chart. Paula has also worked in the traditional jazz field; one of the notable performances being a week-long engagement at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones. Paula holds a BS in Human Services with a concentration in Music Therapy.
Darrell Clingman is Houston native (after 15 years in New Orleans!) and a music historian. A former owner of Copper Records, Third Stone Studios, and a part-time recording instructor at Houston Community College, Darrell is committed to the preservation of America’s only true art form – jazz. A former high school stage band member mentored under Noe Marmolejo, now leading the Moore School of Music at the University of Houston, Darrell has a true appreciation of jazz education in our high schools.
He is currently the manufacturer representative of Yamaha Professional Audio and Sennheiser Microphones for Houston.