Board of Directors

The Illinois Jacquet Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of the following dedicated individuals.
Dr. Pamela Jacquet Davis – President
Dr. Pamela Jacquet serves as the co-founder and president of The Illinois Jacquet Foundation®, a non-profit organization that honors the legacy of her father, the late jazz tenor saxophonist Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet (1922-2004). She is responsible for overseeing its operations, administration and ongoing outreach initiatives.
Nikki Davis – Secretary & Treasurer
The granddaughter of Illinois Jacquet, Nikki Davis is a graduate of Arizona State University and resides in Northern California. Throughout her professional career, Davis has worked almost exclusively with both federal and state public health agencies and is incredibly effective in navigating the ever-changing landscape of the insurance and healthcare industries. In her role on the Board of The Illinois Jacquet Foundation, she devotes her time and energy to facilitating the detail-driven details and record-keeping required to keep the organizations goals and objectives on tract and organized in order to continue the ongoing legacy her grandfather worked so hard to create.
Melissa Hughes – Development, Events & Promotions Chair
Known for her ability to create event experiences unique to the needs of her wide variety of clientele, Melissa Hughes has been an invaluable asset to The Illinois Jacquet Foundation, since joining the Board of Directors in 2010. Her Scottsdale, Arizona based company, Two Gals Events, has been a driving force behind all aspects of donor, sponsor, and philanthropic efforts where she is directly responsible for spearheading all event-related partnerships, operations, strategic partnerships and fundraising. Hughes also provides ongoing counsel to the group with regard to strategic planning initiatives for future endeavors and undertakings.
Danny Frank – Board Member
Norma Frank – Board Member
John Henry – Board Member
John works closely with the Illinois Jacquet Foundation board, providing project management and communications support. At an early age, John developed an appreciation of jazz music while listening to jazz legends with his father, John Henry Sr., who was an avid jazz enthusiast and DJ at renowned jazz radio station KPFA in Berkeley, California. John is committed to working with organizations that support youth education and empowerment through music and sports related activities.
A former collegiate athlete at Fordham University, John majored in communications and studied music production, TV, and radio broadcast. John is currently a Senior Project Manager with high level experience in dynamic industries such as IT, Financial Services, Sports, and Entertainment.