MEET THE TEAM
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.
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 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.
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 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.
LIAM KYLE CAHILL
Raw energy and passion is the fuel behind our instructor Liam Kyle Cahill's driving sound. There are few acoustic artists who can hold a candle to his powerful performances, contained within it whip-smart lyrics and earnest guitar chops. No stranger to the road, Liam balances music with his day job as a geologist at a Nevada gold mine.
Playing more than 600 shows around the country since 2014, his work ethic as well as his song-crafting has landed him a sponsorship with premium guitar company Bedell Guitars out of Bend, Oregon.
After so many years of playing guitar, teaching at Kid Rocker has made Liam look at music in a whole new way so as to teach it, deepening his understanding of the instrument and music in general.
Andy is the newest board member and has been a long-time local of Reno, Nevada. Being born and raised in the Biggest Little City has left him with a love for the state and town that he’s grown-up in. He has been playing guitar since he was 11 and has picked up a number of other instruments along the way. Music has always been one of his strongest passions, and it has left him wanting to help others connect with the arts.
Andy is currently a member of the local band known as the Delta Birds- a group he’s been involved with since high school- and has since been engaged in writing and teaching music within and outside of the band. He currently works at Reno’s Absolute Music as the Customer Service Specialist where he’s been helping people get their musical journeys started properly.
Andy joined Kid Rocker with the intent of getting donations and helping new people find out about the nonprofit. He says, “Growing up I had never had anything like this in my life, and it’s so refreshing to see people want to actively make an impact in their community and get involved with our youth. I know so many people who could have benefited from being a part of Kid Rocker when they were at a younger age.”
Andy is excited to be a part of the Kid Rocker team and bring music to our community and further!
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.