AJMF Staff



A fourth generation Atlantan on both sides of his family, Joe Alterman studied piano at New York University. In addition to performances with Houston Person, Les McCann and his own trio at venues including the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland and the Blue Note, Alterman has opened, many times, for Ramsey Lewis who has referred to Alterman as “an inspiration to me” and his piano playing “something to behold”. Also a budding journalist, legendary journalist Nat Hentoff called one of Alterman's columns on jazz "one of the very best pieces on the essence of jazz, the spirt of jazz, that I've ever read, and I'm not exaggerating." 

Raychel Robbins


Raychel Robbins has over a decade of experience in the higher education and nonprofit sectors, previously holding the positions of Development Director for Teach for America - Metro Atlanta, the Jewish Educational Loan Fund, and Greenfield Hebrew Academy. Raychel moved to Atlanta in 2008 to help build Georgia Gwinnett College during its formative years. Raychel served on AJMF’s board from 2011-2014 (board co-chair 2012-14) and again in 2015-2017 before joining as part-time staff in 2018. She lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband, Peter Scourtis, and has three step-children, Killian, Nolan, and Arden.