JfJ Team

Rosalind Hackett



Motivated by the horrendous suffering of the people of northern Uganda, which she saw on her 2004 trip to the region. Informed by more than eight years of research and teaching in West Africa. Blessed with a love of organizing and networking. Convinced of the need to see a greater role for the creative arts, especially music, in the rebuilding of lives and societies in post-conflict situations. Inspired by the spirit of jazz, especially the music and philosophy of South African jazz musician, Zim Ngqawana, as a force for personal and social liberation. Aided by talented students, colleagues, and local musicians. Rosalind conceived of the idea of holding a benefit concert in September 2006 to raise awareness of and support for war-torn northern Uganda. The rest, as they say, is history!

Erin Cagney

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Erin Cagney is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, with a Bachelors in Anthropology. She was a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program and is a core member of the Jazz for Justice Project. Erin first traveled to Uganda in December 2008 under the auspices of the Jazz for Justice Project, along with 10 other UT students. She returned to Uganda for the Summer of 2010 to work with Bishop Ochola, a retired Anglican Bishop who is famous for his efforts in the peace building process. While staying with Bishop Ochola and his family, Erin assisted with a project involving making traditional Luo folktales into cartoons for children. Erin returned to Uganda for the Spring and Summer semester of 2010, where she carried out research for her senior thesis entitled, “Post-Conflict Cultural Revival and Social Restructuring in Northern Uganda.” She also worked on the Luo Folktales Cartoon Project as well as helped to implement the pilot program of CreatEd:Uganda, an initiative that set out to promote cultural reinvigoration for northern Ugandan youth. In addition to Uganda, Erin has traveled to neighboring Rwanda and Kenya, as well as Guatemala, France, and England.

Jayanni Webster

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Jayanni Webster is a College Scholar at the University of Tennessee pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the individualized interdisciplinary program of “Post-Conflict Education in Africa.” She is president of Amnesty International @ UTK, a chapter of the world-wide human rights organization and serves as a Baker Scholar for the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. She is also a member of Tennessean’s for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Inspired by her work with the Knoxville Jazz for Justice Project, she spent time living in northern Uganda in 2010 conducting research. Her work, centered on peace education and conflict resolution initiatives, examines the relationship between education and conflict and how these in-school programs can foster an atmosphere of positive peace in an effort to reduce a return to conflict and promote sustainable peace in the region. During her stay she interned with two education-based agencies, the Acholi Education Initiative and the Pincer Group International Ltd. (who now works to implement the Ugandan government’s Peace Recovery and Development Plan). This summer she plans to return to Uganda to facilitate and participate in the Gulu Study and Service Abroad Program. In her spare time she focuses on issues of human rights, humanitarian relief and peacekeeping/building efforts in Africa.

Dustyn Winder

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Dustyn is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, with a B.A. in Global Studies: Politics and Economics and a minor in Political Science. His academic and professional interests lie in aid policy and foreign affairs, particularly the programming side of Africa-based NGOs. He currently works as a global health consultant in New York.

Lindsay McClain

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Lindsay McClain is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she majored in an individualized program called College Scholars. Her concentration was focused on how the arts can enhance peace building and conflict resolution in Africa, and she used the situation in northern Uganda as her primary case study for research. She traveled with Jazz for Justice to Uganda in summer 2007, spring 2008, and Christmas 2008. In addition to Uganda, Lindsay, with her incurable case of wanderlust, has also traveled to Botswana, South Africa, Costa Rica, Panama, Rwanda, Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Canada, and across the United States. She returned to Uganda for an internship with Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) in June through August of 2009 to participate in an ongoing clinical study to measure the effectiveness of art therapy with former child soldiers. Lindsay now resides in Gulu, where she works as the Communications Officer for the Justice and Reconciliation Project.

Erin Bernstein

Former Co-President (Fall 2007 – Spring 2009)

Erin Bernstein received her Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Tennessee in 2009 in an individualized program on development, humanitarianism, and peace and conflict studies in Africa. Her thesis–“Social Suffering in Northern Uganda: Analytical Reflections on Psychosocial Healing in the Aftermath of War”–combines the theory of social suffering with an analysis of historical events and present-day policies in northern Uganda. It also integrates her own experiences from her three trips to northern Uganda (summer 2007, spring 2008, Christmas 2008). Her passion for people and travel has also brought her to Hungary, Romania, England, Canada, Botswana, Rwanda, and South Africa. She spent Autumn of 2009 in France on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.

Joshua Russell


Former Music Manager / Founding Member

Joshua Russell is a multi-instrumentalist musician and chef currently in the Peace Corps, living in Ghana. He is a former student of Cultural Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After graduating in the Spring of 2005, he went on to pursue Culinary Arts and became the Executive Chef of two local restaurants, Pasta Trio and Thailand Express. Joshua has been with the Jazz for Justice team since its inception during the Spring of 2006.

It has long been Joshua’s dream to investigate the role of music in the peace building/healing process. A series of events, the JfJ 2006 Benefit Concert and the Summer 2007 JfJ Musicians for Peace Initiative, has brought his vision of music as a peace-building/healing process into reality. As part of the JfJ team, he helped produce the Knoxville Jazz for Justice Benefit Concert 2006. Joshua was also a member of the JfJ envoy to Uganda during the Summer of 2007. He has documented the aforementioned events on several forms of media, and plans to use this data for the creation of a multimedia presentation that will exhibit the peace building process being developed through the use of music. Also, this presentation will help raise cross-cultural awareness between the music communities of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Gulu, Uganda.

Patricia Lynes-Tway


The Reverend Patricia Lynes-Tway with the Diocese of East Tennessee has traveled to Uganda and is writing a manual for teachers to aid them in helping students suffering from emotional and spiritual needs caused by war experiences. She also researches and writes grants to benefit JfJ partners.