The JWF’s namesake, musician Jeremy Wilson (Dharma Bums, Pilot, Oregon Music Hall of Fame 2011 inductee) formed the JWF in June of 2010 as a result of his personal experiences after being diagnosed with a serious congenital heart condition called Wolf-Parkinson-White. Jeremy has learned “his education by fire,” about this need for adequate healthcare for our community of musicians. Due to the great outpouring of goodwill he experienced from those that have helped him through his own trial, Jeremy formed the JWF so that fellow musicians, and the members of the communities they serve, could have a way to work together to assist individual musicians and their families during medical crisis. Jeremy hopes too, that musicians will encourage one another to take their destinies into their own hands by banding together to develop and support this community based foundation. Jeremy has gathered a board of professionals and has reached out to the community to build an organization whose ultimate goal is to create better access to many types of resources and information to help improve the state of musicians’ health and healthcare, and in turn, their careers, financial and overall well-being.
William Svendsen, Ph.D.
Market Decisions Corp.
Bill is the Senior Partner in Market Decisions Corporation. Since joining the firm in 1984, Bill’s wide background in architecture, planning, project management, education, and consulting, combined with an extremely analytical approach to research, has provided a high level of value and insight for MDC’s clients. Bill has served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations, including S.W.I.F.T. (a major Southwest Washington charity in the 1980’s and 1990’s), Camp Opportunity, and the Humane Society, among others, and provides pro bono services for charitable organizations on a regular basis.
Board Member; Treasurer
Amy Johnson is the Executive Director of The Snowman Foundation, whose mission it is to create access to musical resources for kids. Amy is passionate about music and brings a strong non-profit background to The Jeremy Wilson Foundation. Besides her excellent lip-syncing skills and air guitar talent, Amy is also a Portland Rose Festival Foundation board member, an avid Special Olympics volunteer with a gold-medal-winning adult basketball team, and a former board member of Photo of the Year, an amateur photography fundraiser. She has strong ties to her native city of Portland and while not musically inclined herself, has always taken advantage of the access to all types of music in Portland. Amy finds great pleasure in spreadsheets and organizing all things, but her favorite past time is throwing dance parties in her living room with her husband and two young children.
Jennifer Del Villar
Medicare Compliance Director
Medicare Compliance Office for Regence BlueCross and BlueShield
Jennifer Del Villar is the Medicare Compliance Director/ Medicare Compliance Office for Regence BlueCross and BlueShield. In her position Jennifer serves to oversee government regulations administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Jennifer’s professional background over the last 15 years has been related to positions in which regulations in the healthcare industry were key focuses.
On the personal side, Jennifer has a passion for music as a singer/songwriter; being able to create music and express that music is something that cannot be lived without. When working at UCLA in the Departments of Ethnomusicology and Music, Jennifer was provided the opportunity to be enveloped in an atmosphere of true masters of all genres of music which further deepened her respect and love of the art form.
Jennifer is a Chicago native, with ties to Southern California, Nashville and Las Vegas and is honored to now call Portland home; each area has provided a wealth of unique and vibrant musical experiences. To be able to give back through the Jeremy Wilson Foundation to those who so deeply inspire us in their time of need is one of great rewards. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys her children, friends, animals and nature.