Our Staff and Leadership

The Colburn School faculty and staff are accomplished and well-received professionals in their areas of expertise. They are committed to providing our students the best instruction and guidance as the young performers prepare for advanced education and careers as professional musicians and dancers. Our staff and faculty also are key supporters of the Los Angeles cultural arts community.

Board of Directors


Andrew Millstein, Chairman
Carol Colburn Grigor, Life Chairman Emeritus

Vice Chairmen

David D. Colburn
Diane Naegele


Daniel L. Avchen
Robert N. Braun, M.D.
Henry Choi
Richard W. Colburn
Alice Coulombe
Jennifer F. Diener
Darren Edwards
Greg Guyett
Carol F. Henry
Catherine Colburn Høgel
William Kennedy
Molly Kirk
Aliza Lesser
Robert E. Lewis
Beverly C. Marksbury
Worthy McCartney
Greg McWilliams
Ann Moore
Mahnaz Newman
Heinrich Schelbert, M.D., Ph.D
Harry B. Suh
Keith Terasaki
Dylan Yolles

Honorary Life Directors

Robert S. Attiyeh
Toby E. Mayman

In Memoriam

David N. Barry
Iona Benson
Edmund D. Edelman
Robert B. Egelston
Warner Henry
Ann Ronus

Executive Leadership

Sel Kardan
President and Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Kallend
Vice President, Communications

Maeesha Merchant
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Annie Wickert
Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Director, Capital Campaign

Mira Wolff
Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel

Nathaniel Zeisler, DMA
Interim Provost
Vice President of Planning and Partnerships
Dean, Community Initiatives

Academic Leadership

Lee Cioppa
Dean, Conservatory of Music

Susan Cook
Dean, Community School of Performing Arts

Margaret Tracey
Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute


Artistic Administration and Career Development

Nick Gianopoulos, Artistic Administration Manager

Audio Visual

Francesco Perlangeli, Manager, AV
Sergey Parfenov, AV Technician
Derek Williams, AV Technician

Center for Innovation and Community Impact

Laia Pujol-Rovira, Jumpstart Coordinator
Olivia Richardson, Community Engagement Coordinator

Colburn Café

Steven Doner, Certified Professional – Food Safety, Foodservice Management Professional, Manager, Cafe Finance Operations


Kali Blevins, Marketing Manager
Justo Diaz, Web Manager
Anneke Hiatt, Senior Graphic Designer
Abby Mahler, Coordinator
Christina Mancebo, Assistant Director of Communications
Kay Marsh, Director of Marketing and Audience Development
Bonnie Poon, Graphic Designer

Community School of Performing Arts

Kenia Agaton, Student Services Coordinator
Dan Gonda, Operations Specialist
Timorthy Lewis, Program Manager
Ron Mitchell, Ensembles and Student Services Specialist
Arnulfo Reyes, Marketing and Program Specialist
Josiah Vietti, Orchestra and Student Services Coordinator

Conservatory of Music

Jessica Cameron, Assistant Dean, Administration and Operations
Allison Andreas, Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Caitlyn Chenault, Performance Librarian
Chris Cho, Manager of Performance Activities
Lin Phoong, Registrar


Tom Ochoa, Director of Engineering/Chief Building Engineer
Joseph Arechiga, Engineer
Miguel U. De Leon, Engineer
Gloria Hernandez, Janitorial Manager
Tom P. McDonald, Operating Maintenance Engineer
Miguel Angel Meza, Operating Maintenance Engineer


Ramon Alvarez, Director, Budget and Reporting
Bethel Datingaling, Director of Accounting
Evelyn Garcia, Accounts Receivable Specialist
Aliana Lungo-Shapiro, Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis
Sherry Rotia, Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable Manager
Teresa Wong, Senior Accountant

Human Resources

Sarah Rodriguez, Payroll Manager
Ileana Medrano, Human Resources Manager
Daniel Monge, Payroll and Human Resources Analyst

Information Technology

Oyvind Dossland, Director of IT
Efrain Cornejo, IT Associate


Deborah Smith, Director of the Library; Director of Academic Programs, Conservatory of Music
Christopher Garcia, Senior Assistant for Technical Services
Eva Della Lana, Senior Assistant for Public Services
Brendan Morris, Archivist, Herbert and Trudl Zipper Archives

Music Academy

Julie Ann Link, Manager, Music Academy
Allison Andreas, Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Office of the President

Randy Osherow, Special Assistant to the Provost and Office of the President
Parisa Zaeri, Executive Associate, Office of the President


Nina Zhou, Assistant Vice President of Philanthropy
Amy Bryan, Philanthropy Officer
Luis Castro, Jr., Philanthropy Data Systems Manager
Ali Cole, Philanthropy Officer
Tara Grand, Director, Office of Events and Special Programs
Kelly Gray, Philanthropy Officer
Jacky Kimiko Nozuka, Philanthropy Portfolio Coordinator
Talar LaSalle, Philanthropy Associate, Design
Jessica Samiley, Events Manager
Alyssa Solis, Philanthropy Associate, Operations
Jessica Truelyt-Knox, Campaign and Philanthropy Operations Director

Piano Technology

Neema Pazargad, Director, Piano Technology
Sammi Lee, Piano Technician Coordinator
Ryan Maas, Piano Technician
Chris McKelway, Piano Technician
Scott Reitz, Piano Technician
Jesse Reyes, Piano Technician

Provost’s Office

Violet Ketskarova, Assistant Director of Student Services
Randy Osherow, Special Assistant to the Provost and Office of the President


Victor Pineda, Director of Production
Edward Graham, Production Assistant
Luis Hernandez, Production Assistant
Paul Loera, Stage Production Assistant Manager
Ruben Lopez, Production Assistant
Claire Mazzeo, Production Assistant
David Mencos, Supervisor, Stage Management
Elmer Pacheco, Stage Production Assistant Manager
Peter Phol, Production Assistant
Pedro Ruiz, Office Service Coordinator
Rachel Drudi, Rentals Manager
Alexx Zachary, Production Coordinator

Residence Life

Erica S. Smith, Manager, Residential Life Services and Summer Housing Programs
Ilana Inselbuch, Resident Advisor
Ariel Thomas, Residential Advisor
Chimera Wilson, Residential Advisor
Brevin Woodford, Residential Advisor


Sandra Gendron, Director of Security

Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

Darleen Callaghan, Associate Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute
Gavin Kelley, Operations Director
Jessica Martin, Dance Office Assistant