2024 – 2025 NASMD Board of Directors

Cris Behrens

Cris Behrens has been in the school music business since age 19 and works for Bert Murdock Music in Orem, UT. He earned a degree in band instrument repair from Red Wing. After catching the sales bug, Cris attended Utah Valley University for business and accounting. Cris has served on the NASMD board the past eight years, Utah Wind Symphony and NAMM Young Professionals boards. Cris has three kids and three grandchildren. He enjoys the ocean and snowboarding.

Kim Koch

Kim Koch is vice president at Saied Music Company headquartered in Tulsa, OK. A University of Tulsa grad with a bachelor of music in vocal performance, Kim pursued graduate studies in opera at Manhattan School of Music. After teaching five years in Tulsa Public Schools, Kim returned to the family business in 2011. Kim currently serves on the NAMM Board of Directors and as chair of the board for the Starlight Band, a professional concert band. She serves on the AIMM advisory board and previously served on the NASMD board of directors. Kim enjoys lunching with her dad and siblings and wrangling her three teens, Samantha, Mackenzie and Tucker Wyatt.

Laura Penrose

Laura Penrose is president and owner of Nick Rail Music, Santa Barbara, CA, which she purchased from Nick six months before the pandemic, great timing! She began her musical journey with piano lessons as a child. After graduating from BYU with a degree in Media Music, she got her first job in the music products industry as a seasonal temp at Summerhays Music. She rose through the ranks at Summerhays to run the orchestral strings department before moving to manufacturing as the West Coast sales manager for Maple Leaf Strings. Laura has served on the NAMMYP Board and is involved with the Women of NAMM. She and her husband, Tom, who is Vice President of Nick Rail Music, have four children.

John Tarpley

John Tarpley Tarpley is Secretary of Tarpley Music Company, a full line retailer with six locations in Texas and New Mexico. Tarpley Music was established in 1927 by his great-grandmother Clara Tarpley. John is a fourth-generation owner and has worked in the music business since he could walk. He has an accounting degree from Texas Tech University. John has previously served on the NAMM and NASMD boards. John and his wife Shelli have raised three boys, the oldest now represents the fifth generation to work in the family’s business. After coaching more youth basketball games than he can count, John and Shelli now enjoy traveling, concerts, hiking and swinging the occasional golf club.

Jonathon Breen

Jonathon Breen is president of The Music Shoppe, Inc. of Normal, IL. Jonathon is a third-generation owner. He started working in the repair shop while still in high school. His career at The Music Shoppe has included positions in retail and educational sales prior to management. Many know Jonathon from his 18 years at the Yamaha Corporation of America’s Band & Orchestral Division, where he served as a District Manager and the National Sales Director. Jonathon studied electrical engineering at the University of Illinois before realizing that working with musicians was much more fun than working with engineers. Jonathon and his wife Kim have three children and reside in Bloomington, IL.

Jeremy McQueary

Jeremy McQueary is president of Paige’s Music in Indianapolis, IN. Jeremy began working at Paige’s in 1998 as a part-time sale associate and held multiple positions there before being named president in 2018. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the IU Kelly School of Business and an MBA from the Indiana Institute of Technology. Jeremy previously served as president of the NAMM Young Professionals and as a member of the AIMM advisory board. He plays bass and saxophone and is an avid motorcyclist. Jeremy and his wife, Erin, have two sons.

Mitzi Phelan

Mitzi Phelan is a co-owner of Meyer Music Co., founded in 1966 by her parents Ted and Betty Meyer. She grew up working in the business from the seventh grade. She received her bachelor’s degree in human environmental sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an MBA from Keller Graduate School. Mitzi has managed the Northland location of Meyer Music for 28 years and has recently taken over company-wide financial responsibilities. She and her husband Pat’s daughters Jenna and Jamie are studying at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mitzi and Pat are enjoying the empty nest phase and are always up for a game of golf or pickleball or hanging out with friends.

Julie Wagnitz

Julie Wagnitz has nearly 20 years of experience with Heid Music, Appleton, WI, and drives the focus to support school music programming and student rentals. She has taken on various leadership roles in retail store management and is now Director of School Services, joining the forces of the Heid Music team, the school music education channel, and families to create opportunities with and through music. She also serves on the advisory board of the Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center and on the Woman of NAMM Council. Julie has been an active performing musician for over 30 years and plays bass guitar. She enjoys spending time with her husband Tim and her son Grady at their off-grid retreat in the Upper Peninsula.