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2024  Board of Directors

Lauren Shelton – Chair and Executive Committee Chair

Executive Director, Indianapolis Center for Arts Education and Innovation

Lauren Shelton is an accomplished leader and advocate in the field of arts education. As the founding Executive Director of the Indianapolis Center for Arts…

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Isaac Sinnett – Co-Vice Chair and Membership & Engagement Committee Co-Chair

Sr. Associate Director, Reach*Teach*Play, Sistema Ravinia

Isaac is a passionate musician, educator and administrator. He has been with Ravinia, as a Program Manager, Associate Director and now Sr. Associate Director in…

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Monique Van Willingh – Co-Vice Chair and Governance Committee Chair

Director of Cultural Equity and Belonging, New England Conservatory of Music

Originally from South Africa, Monique Van Willingh is an educator, musician and advocate for social and racial justice with cultural humility and centering student and…

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Armand Hall – Advancement Committee Chair

Director of Programs, Gateways Music Festival

Dr. Armand Hall is a conductor and educator dedicated to the creation of new music in all venues. From 2012 - 2018 he served as…

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Robert Gofourth -Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Vice President Operational Strategy and Performance

Robert has more than 25 years of operations and risk management experience across a variety of industries including insurance, mortgage banking, government enterprise, and outsourcing.…

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Mateen Milan – Clerk

Comprehensive Arts Education Coordinator, Maryland State Department of Education

Baltimore native Mateen Milan is a performer, teacher and advocate of music that uses the bassoon as a tool for impactful, thoughtful and inspiring musical…

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Mark Churchill – Founding Director, ESUSA

Dean Emeritus, Preparatory-Continuing Education, New England Conservatory, MA, Boston, MA

Educator, conductor, and cellist Mark Churchill is Director of El Sistema USA and Dean Emeritus of Preparatory and Continuing Education and Senior Advisor of New…

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Roger Bernstein


After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1977, Roger became a trial lawyer handling class action cases. He served as a federal prosecutor for white…

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Linda Bunce

For 26 years I worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for two United States Senators and two Members of the House of Representatives. I…

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Alonzo Chadwick

Principal Consultant, Zoulful Consulting

After receiving his GED in 2000, Alonzo began working in the non-profit sector. In 2005 following his passions for music, youth, families, community and social…

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Trina Christensen

Director, Sistema Utah

Trina Christensen has been the Director of Sistema Utah for nine years which services over 360 students annually in West Valley City, Utah. Sistema Utah…

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Liber Cuervos

Director of Education and Programs at Miami Music Project

Liber Cuervos is a highly respected music educator, conductor, violinist, and arts administrator passionately committed to using orchestral music to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, excellence,…

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Karen Cueva

Head of Operations, The Lewis Prize for Music

Karen Cueva is dedicated to uplifting youth voice, culture, and community music education programs as an integral part of social infrastructure. Karen is currently the…

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Camille Delaney-McNeil

Director of Beckman YOLA Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Camille Delaney-McNeil is a fierce advocate for social change through music as well as a classically-trained singer and flutist. After receiving her Bachelors of Music…

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Julie Duty

Founder & Executive Director, United Sound

Julie Duty completed her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University in 1998, earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She then taught high school…

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Rodrigo Guerrero

 For over 20 years, Rodrigo has worked in service of Social Action Through the Arts and Creative Youth Development. Serving in all manner of administrative…

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Kaitlyn Korogy-Guarneros – Co-Governance Committee Chair

Community Programs Manager, San Diego Youth Symphony

Kaitlyn Korogy-Guarneros (she/her/hers) is a nonprofit arts leader working to cultivate authentic and affirming spaces for youth to create music. At the helm of The Opus…

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Carol Minter

Executive Director at Soundscapes

Carol Minter has spent her 20-year career helping nonprofit and public education institutions thrive. She is currently Executive Director at Soundscapes, an El Sistema-inspired music…

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Tomisha Price-Brock

President, HBCU National Band and Orchestra Directors’ Consortium

An accomplished educator, Tomisha Brock has led superior instrumental and vocal  ensembles on the public-school level and in higher education in Virginia, South Carolina,  North…

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Brian Wiebe

President/CEO, Horizon Education Alliance

Brian Wiebe has been in the education field for over three decades, primarily as a music educator and administrator, and more recently as community visionary and…

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Roberto Zambrano

Artistic Director, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians

Roberto Zambrano is a dedicated and accomplished music educator with a background in Cello performance and instruction. An experienced El Sistema Music Program Orchestra conductor,…

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Ciyadh Wells

Executive Director at Castle of Our Skins

Dr. Ciyadh Wells is a multifaceted musician who prides herself in not only being an artist but also an activist, and a scholar. As a…

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Executive Committee

Strategic development and support of the board and executive activities of El Sistema USA.


Recruiting new members for nomination to the board, reviewing and updating the bylaws of the board, adding helpful board processes.

Membership and Engagement

Updating member benefits, developing new programs to support members, sharing information with members, building affiliate groups among members.


Reviewing the financial health and practices of ESUSA on a monthly basis, and overseeing an annual audit.


Setting development goals and practices through year end campaigns, fundraisers, and individual donations for ESUSA

National Symposium

Planning and design of the annual national symposium.

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