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 Diener
Anthony E. DiResta
Darren Edwards
Greg Guyett
Carol F. Henry
Catherine Colburn Høgel
Bob Kelly
William Kennedy
Molly Kirk
Aliza Lesser
Robert E. Lewis
Beverly C. Marksbury
Greg McWilliams
Ann Mulally
Mahnaz Newman
Heinrich Schelbert, M.D., Ph.D
Harry B. Suh
Keith Terasaki
Peter W. Wardle
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

Adrian Daly, DMA

Maeesha Merchant
Chief Financial Officer

Linda Cormier
Vice President, Administration

Annie Wickert
Vice President, Philanthropy

Jennifer Kallend
Vice President, Communications

Academic Leadership

Susan Cook
Dean, Community School of Performing Arts

Lee Cioppa
Dean, Conservatory of Music

Adrian Daly, DMA
Music Academy

Silas Farley
Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

Nathaniel Zeisler, DMA
Dean, Community Initiatives


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

Joy Lin, Career Development Associate

Colburn Café

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


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

Community School of Performing Arts

Timothy Lewis, Marketing and Program Specialist
Ron Mitchell, Ensembles and Student Services Coordinator
Ivette Tello, Business and Student Services Manager
Josiah Vietti, Orchestra and Student Services Coordinator

Conservatory of Music

Jessica Cameron, Assistant Dean, Administration and Operations
Caitlyn Chenault, Performance Librarian
Chris Cho, Manager of Performance Activities
Lauren Woodward, Manager of Admissions and Recruitment


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


Ramon Alvarez, Director, Budget and Reporting
Bethel Datingaling, Accounting Manager
Evelyn Garcia, Accounting Clerk
Aliana Lungo-Shapiro, Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis
Yan Niu, Accounts Payable Accountant
Teresa Wong, Senior Accountant

Human Resources

Sarah Forman, Payroll Manager
Ileana Medrano, Human Resources Manager
Daniel Monge, Payroll and Human Resources Analyst
Shawn Smith, Director of Human Resources

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

Music Academy

Jenna Gundersen, Administrative Manager


Amy Bryan, Philanthropy Officer
Luis Castro, Jr., Philanthropy Data Systems Manager
Nicole Gordillo, Philanthropy Officer
Tara Grand, Director, Office of Events and Special Programs
Kelly Gray, Philanthropy Officer
Jacky Kimiko Nozuka, Philanthropy Portfolio Coordinator
Carolyn Perkins, Philanthropy Communications Coordinator
Parisa Zaeri, Philanthropy Executive Associate
Nina Zhou, Assistant Vice President of Philanthropy

Piano Technology

Neema Pazargad, Director, Piano Technology
Ryan Maas, Piano Technician

President’s Office

Randy Osherow, Special Assistant to the President and CEO


Victor Pineda, Director of Production
Jessica Ewing, Manager 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

Residence Life

Jeniffer Criss-Williams, Manager, Residential Life and Summer Housing Program
Magaly Dacosta, Interim Manager, Residential Life and Summer Housing Program


Sandra Gendron, Director of Security

Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

Darleen Callaghan, Associate Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute
Gavin Kelley, Manager, Dance Department
Sarah Lakey, Dance Projects and Enrollment Administrator