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In the Fall of 2020, El Sistema USA approved the creation of a Resource Council, in order to engage a wider group of individuals who are passionate about supporting El Sistema-inspired programs beyond the membership of the board and even beyond the general membership of ESUSA. The Resource Council is an honorary group of individuals who agree to lend their particular skills and areas of expertise to ESUSA.

Victoria Petro-Eschler

Executive Director Salty Cricket (UT), Past staff member ESUSA, Cohort Member of ESUSA's Program for Rising El Sistema Organizations (PRESTO)

Victoria Petro-Eschler is the Executive Director of Salty Cricket in Salt Lake City, Utah. Particularly passionate about music and its potential to impact society for…

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Stanford Thompson

Founder & Executive Director, Play On Philly

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Play On Philly and Founding Board Chairman of El…

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Mark Gillespie

Co-Founder Global Leaders Program, Co-CEO and Artistic Director The Orchestra of the Americas Group

Music entrepreneur Mark Gillespie (MBA, MMUS, MA) has led the development, financing and management concert tours across 30 countries of the Americas, Europe, and Asia…

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Leni Boorstin

Advisor, Civic Engagement, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and past board member, ESUSA

As Director of Community and Government Affairs for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Leni Boorstin was responsible for Neighborhood Concerts and other community programs, including…

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Daniela Bedoni

Board member of the Harmony Program (NY), Past board member ESUSA, Past staff member and Alumni of El Sistema Venezuela

Dani Bedoni is a trained classical musician, business administrator and life coach. She has advocated passionately for arts programs for over 30 years and has…

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Bonnie Reagan

Co-Founder and Board Chair of BRAVO Oregon, past board chair ESUSA

Bonnie is a retired family physician from Portland, Oregon. Her career has been varied; first a high school teacher and then a pediatric nurse practitioner,…

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Anna Klimala

President and CEO, Miami Music Project, founding board member ESUSA

Anna Klimala is an arts executive, educator, double-bassist, and activist whose mission is to position music as a central place in the development of young…

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Afa Dworkin

President and Artistic Director of the Sphinx Organization, past board member ESUSA

Named one of Musical America’s Top 30 Influencers and Detroit Crain’s 40 Under 40, Afa Sadykhly Dworkin is a musical thought leader and cross-sector strategist…

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