Pam Smith Kelly – President is the daughter of Claude T. and Maureen F. Smith. Born in Cozad, NE, Pam attended South City View Elementary in the Center School District (KCMO) and Field School, Chillicothe Jr. High and graduated from Chillicothe High School. She received her B. M. E. from Central Missouri State University and her M. M. E. from the University of Kansas. She taught elementary music for 16 years and was the choral director for 19 years at Oxford Middle School in the Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, KS. Mrs. Kelly served as the Middle Level Chair and the Elementary Chair for the Northeast KMEA and as the State Chairman for KMEA Elementary and Middle Levels. She also received the NEKMEA Outstanding Music Educator in 2010. She has appeared as guest director, clinician and judge for bands, choirs, and orchestras around the country and abroad. She is a bassoonist and is the President of Claude T. Smith Publications, Inc., which publishes the instrumental and choral works of her late father. She has held various positions in church music ministries, directing hand bells, children’s choirs, wind ensembles and orchestras for the past 37 years in the Kansas City area. She and her husband, Jim, reside in Overland Park, KS with their two children, Austin (18) and Faith (15). Their older daughter, Tara, her husband Greg and their daughters, Rose and Laurel, currently reside in Kansas City, MO. Pam is a member of ASCAP, American Choral Directors Association, NEA, National Association for Music Education, Sigma Alpha Iota, Mu Phi Epsilon (Patron), P. E. O. and Association of Concert Bands.
Robin Thompson – Director of Publications is a native of Missouri and received her BME from Central Missouri State University (1980) and Master’s in Elementary Administration from William Woods University (2008). Thompson taught for 35 years in Missouri at Sherwood Cass R-VIII, Savannah, Center, and Belton BSD #124 at the elementary and middle school level in band, general and choral music and conducted children’s choirs at church. She was a member and candidate for Elementary Vice President of MMEA and clinician through the Heart of America chapter of AOSA. Ms. Thompson was a member of the Missouri Lions Band in 1976 then served as a member of the staff in 1986. She is a clarinetist and plays in the Grace Covenant Orchestra and UCM Alumni Band. As a retired music teacher, she was co-president of the Belton unit of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and member of the Kansas City Alumni Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. Ms. Thompson works part time as Director of Publications for Claude T. Smith Publications.
Mark Doerffel – Publication Editor is an educator, conductor, and trombonist based in Central Iowa. He was named as a conductor for the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble, an adult semi-professional community band, in January 2019 and joined the Claude T. Smith Publications, Inc. team as their Editor in October 2019. He served as Director of Instrumental Activities at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa for seven years, teaching Applied Brass, Music Theory, Instrumental Methods, Conducting, Music Appreciation, and directed the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. Previously, he taught in the secondary schools of Florida and North Carolina for 14 years.
He has completed coursework (ABD) for his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida, Master of Music Education from Appalachian State University, and Bachelor of Music Education from Louisiana State University.
Doerffel has presented at conferences in several states, including Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, and North Carolina on topics that range from classroom management, score preparation & study, new teacher preparation, and trombone & brass pedagogy.
He has served the Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA) as Past President and College Affairs representative for the South Central district and was the State Chair for the College Affairs Committee. His professional affiliations include NAfME, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, Iowa Bandmasters Association, and the International Trombone Association.
He lives in Ankeny, Iowa with his wife Amanda, and their two sons Charles and Brooks.