MEET THE TEAM

LUCAS STEPHENSON

BOARD DIRECTOR & FOUNDER

Lucas Stephenson moved to Reno in 2005. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in biology. He is the father of two precocious teenage girls and a Weimaraner named Elenor. Being drawn to working with youth inspired Lucas to explore a degree in psychology which eventually supported his decision in continuing to work with youth in the community. 

 

In 2017, Lucas started Kid Rocker while teaching lessons on the side. Within a year, the first Kid Rocker concert was held. By 2019 Kid Rocker was a registered nonprofit. Now, Kid Rocker can focus efforts towards helping make music education available to all youth - a landmark goal when Lucas started Kid Rocker. In addition to being a DIY sound engineer who records music from his home studio, Lucas has also been writing and performing for over 25 years.

 

Along with his music instructor role at Kid Rocker, Lucas also teaches music at enCompass Academy Charter School in Reno, where through a partnered effort, he has designed a program where all the students learn to play the ukulele as part of the core curriculum. 

KYLIE JUDD

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Kylie Judd has lived in Reno for nearly 13 years with her husband of 16 years, Ski, and their two children Sylis and Kaene. Kylie loves spending time with her family, camping, going to concerts, riding bikes, and playing board games.

 

Kylie began her adventures in finance in 2009. Realizing she had a knack for numbers and financial analysis, Kylie made the difficult decision to transition her studies from those of an English major to those of an accountant. Now with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Master's Degree in Business Administration, Kylie has worked as the finance, tax, and human resources guru for a variety of local nonprofits and small businesses over the last decade.

 

As the owner of two small businesses in Reno, Kylie holds a special place in her heart for the success and development of the Biggest Little City's blossoming arts and education nonprofits. She’s extremely excited to be part of the Kid Rocker team and can’t wait to help spread the KR mission!

NICK ENG

MULTIMEDIA MANAGER

Nick is a Reno native whose local roots run deep. Coming from a family of educators including Fred Traner, the former Dean of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno, on his mother's side and Chinese immigrants on his father's side who ran a successful business in future Midtown, education and community are values that are close to his heart.

Growing up, Nick quickly realized he had an ear for music. As a child, he would sing into his Fisher-Price tape recorder and entertain neighbors and classmates with impromptu performances. Then, when he was introduced to the Beatles, a whole new world of musical discovery opened up. He soon picked up guitar to emulate his idols. Throughout high school, he continued his musical pursuits in jazz choir and musical theatre. He also performed on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the Washoe County Honor Choir program. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from UNR, with an emphasis in design and writing.

Nick is a committed independent singer-songwriter and recording artist. With his band or on his own, he regularly plays throughout Nevada and California and has released two studio albums that have garnered praise, regular radio spins and streams, both nationally and internationally. At Kid Rocker, he's extremely eager and driven to help all kids reach their musical goals and dreams in Reno and beyond.

MAXWELL STAHL

BOARD ADVISOR & GUITAR INSTRUCTOR

Maxwell Stahl, who joined the Kid Rocker family back in 2020, has been involved in a wealth of musical journeys. Picking up the electric guitar when he was 16, he has always had a passion for metal and jazz fusion.

 

When he was 20, he landed a job as a stage manager for the Knitting Factory, where he got hands-on experience with the behind-the-scenes stage and audio work. He has been in multiple local bands, including his current one, Ghost Lives Matters, as a guitarist and composer.

 

Currently, he is acquiring his bachelor's in science for Audio Production and interning for NoSide Recording in California remotely as an audio engineer. He plans on continuing his passion for music with Kid Rocker not only as a board member but also as an advanced guitar instructor and recording industry instructor, teaching anyone how to record, mix, master, and produce their own music.

HANNAH ETCHISON

UKULELE INSTRUCTOR

Hannah graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2017 with a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a certificate in Addiction Treatment Services. She currently works for the Carson City School District as a 21st CCLC Program Coordinator at Carson High School. Prior to that, Hannah worked as a Safe School Professional at Echo Loder Elementary School for three years. 

 

Hannah has been performing in Northern Nevada since 2014. She plays the baritone ukulele and is a singer-songwriter. Hannah performs her solo music and has also performed with two local bands. She enjoys spending time with her son Onyx and husband Cody Breese Thomas, a local potter and owner of Breese Design. Hannah is passionate about offering support and services to foster the creativity of our community’s youth. 

JENNIFER WHITT

BOARD SECRETARY

Jennifer was born in South Texas where she lived for the first 30-something years of her life. She currently lives in East Texas with her husband Jason and her 16-year-old son Braden.

 

Being homebodies, they spend most of their time at home enjoying their puppy Django, cooking meals together, and listening to an eclectic selection of music on vinyl! It's one of their favorite things to do, and they love collecting records. Jennifer has always had a love for music. A few years ago, she purchased her first ukulele. According to her, she unfortunately did not catch on very well, so she decided to hang it up for a while. 

 

Jen has worked in the accounting industry for as long as she can remember. Once moving to Tyler, Texas, she accepted a position as an accounting assistant and secretary for a local nonprofit. While working at said nonprofit, she was able to better understand how much is given back to the community through such organizations. She was introduced to Kid Rocker's founder Lucas through her husband, both of whom have been friends since they were kids.

 After many conversations with Lucas and learning more about his vision for Kid Rocker, Jennifer was honored to be presented with the opportunity to help Kid Rocker by accepting the position of board secretary. Jen is enthusiastic to help and thinks it would be amazing to hopefully spread the Kid Rocker method to the Texas market one day!

JORGE PULIDO

GUITAR INSTRUCTOR

Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Jorge and his family immigrated to Northern Nevada in 1988. Jorge spent most of his formative years in Carson City, Nevada. He felt drawn to music at a young age and joined his elementary school band as a trombone player. He would continue his academic musical journey with concert band in high school as well. Jorge attended the University of Nevada, Reno, to study music and then moved to Houston, Texas to finish his musical studies at Canzion Institute of Music, a private Christian music school.

 

Jorge has been active in the Reno music scene since 2012 and has played with multiple bands and singer-songwriters in the area. Currently, Jorge plays guitar for local rock band Silver and singer-songwriter Chad Flores. 

 

One of Jorge's biggest desires is to share the joy of playing music. Music played such an important role in his life. He believes every child should have the opportunity to discover it no matter what their race, gender, social-economic status, or background may be. Music should be for everyone. 

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