Leadership & Staff

Our staff and board of directors are composed of some of Boston’s most excellent musicians, teaching artists, radio and technology experts, and arts professionals. As a collective, we aim to inspire young people by acting as positive role models through our dedication to music and youth development.

Board of Directors

Steven Snyder, President

Vice President of Marketing & Development, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Doug Brenhouse, Clerk

Business Executive/Entrepreneur 

Katia Canenguez Ph.D., Ed.M.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Michael Cohen

Sandy Downey

Departmental Accountant, FedEX Trade Networks

Vanessa Fazio

Business Affairs Manager, Mullen Advertising

Christiana Fischer, MBA

Adam Klein

Principal, Callanan & Klein Communications, Inc.

Gaby Perry

Senior Preferred Banker, First Republic Bank

Nikki Stewart

Vice President of Development, United South End Settlements

Administrative Staff

Artistic Staff

Nancy Lagro
Business Manager

Nancy Lagro, Business Manager, started with ZUMIX in February, 2007, and is responsible for office operations and assisting upper management with development of ZUMIX office support programs. Nancy has over 24 years of managerial experience as Vice President of Operations at American Computer, Inc. and as a Customer Service Representative at ComputerShare (formerly EquiServe).  Nancy received several customer service awards while working at ComputerShare.  Nancy also represented American Computer Group for five years with Executive Women International, both locally and at national conventions. 

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Jeremy Cohen
Percussion Instructor

Jeremy Cohen, Percussion Instructor, directs the African Drum & Dance Study in Ghana program at UMass Amherst, where he is Adjunct Professor of Music. A former middle school music director, he works with incarcerated youth through the non-profit Unlocking the Light. He is founder and director of ThisWorldMusic which partners with educational institutions and arts organizations to offer innovative, hands-on cultural learning experiences. Clients include: The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Orchestra and school districts nationwide. He sits on the Young Audiences Board of Directors and has consulted for The School District of Philadelphia and The Center for Music National Service. He holds a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley and a M.M. from New England Conservatory and studied African music and dance in Ghana.

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Leo Colon
Guitar & Bass Instructor

Leo Colon, Guitar & Bass Instructor, was born in the Dominican Republic and started his musical education at the Conservatorio Nacional de Santo Domingo. After moving to Boston in 1995, he studied jazz improvisation with Charlie Banacos, Jay Weik and Steve Neil. In 1998, Leo led a jazz quartet featuring Martin Dalmasi on sax, and has been a member of the R&B/Funk/Raggae band “In the House” since 1999. In 2001, Leo joined the Christ Episcopal church in Hyde Park, as the musical director. He is also the Director of the Do Re Mi School of Music in Roxbury.  A multi instrumentalist, Leo founded the Diver City Band in 2001 along with Mario Aranda and the ZUMIX Guitar Ensemble in 2005. He has been teaching at ZUMIX since 1998 and privately, from his home studio, since 1990. Leo Enrolled at Berklee College of Music in the Spring of 2009 to pursue a Professional Music Degree.  www.leocolonmusic.com

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Marlene Del Rosario
Piano Instructor

Marlene Del Rosario, Piano Instructor, is a composer, vocalist and pianist. She leads The Marlene Jazz Ensemble and is a regular in the New England jazz circuit. Opening for world-renowned Cuban pianist, Omar Sosa at the 2008 Philippine International Jazz Festival, Marlene has also performed and appeared on television in the Philippines, Peru and in Boston.  She has entertained Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand as well as Filipino Presidents, Fidel Ramos and Cory Aquino, and recently, Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, Mayor Menino and local senators.  She is also Musical Director for the Citi Performing Arts Center's Celebrate Musical Theater Sing Out Loud Workshops. Other credits include representing her country and winning 2nd place at an international competition in Japan for her peace-themed composition, which was also performed for Pope John Paul II for an audience of over a million. Marlene was also musical director for several school musicals (Umana Barnes and the Park School), as well as ZUMIX’s Warmth program. Her discography includes a children’s Ballet album and two US-released CDs, including the latest, “Marlene LIVE with a Little Help from Her Friends”, which has garnered critical praise and is played in jazz stations nationally and in Canada. Marlene is a native of Manila, Philippines and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Economics.  She moved to the US to pursue musical studies at the Berklee College of Music and has studied under Lazlo Gardony, Cheryl Bentyn, Livingston Taylor and Bob Gullotti.  www.marlenemusic.net

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Corey DePina
Youth Development and Performance Manager

Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager, grew up in Roxbury as a first generation American from a family of Cape Verdean immigrants. Now living in West Roxbury, Corey is an accomplished rapper and a skilled workshop and program facilitator. He performs and teaches all over the United States. He served on the Board for Critical Breakdown - one of Boston's biggest and longest running all-age open mics - and has done workshops on the history of hip hop as well as creative writing and performance. Corey studied for two years at Massachusetts Communication College and has completed many BEST Initiative youth worker trainings, including the Advanced Youth Workers Certificate program. Corey continues to share his passion of performance, social justice, hip hop, and education to help convey the important role music plays in both personal and community development. His current endeavor is fusion-conscious homemade lyrics to heavy Dubstep music to help spice up his creative writing and performance.

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Daniel Fox
Technical Director

Daniel FoxTechnical Director, is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and recording engineer. He co-designed and served as A/V Project Manager for the Zumix Firehouse and consults in studio construction, A/V hardware & software and recording techniques. He is an Avid Certified Pro Tools Instructor and member of the Audio Engineering Society.  He also has a BA in sociology from Vassar College and has worked as the Creative and Cultural Director at the Boys and Girls Club in Lynn.  As a producer/engineer Daniel has worked with Pepsi, Discovery, Audible.com, Sub Pop, the Foundation Movement, Debo Band, and comedian Zach Sherwin among others.  In 2008, Dan received the BEST Initiative's first annual Youthie Award for communication for his outstanding youth development work.  

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Nick Grondin
Guitar Instructor

Nick Grondin, Guitar Instructor.  An experienced performer and award-winning composer, Nick Grondin has presented his music to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, including France, Germany and Spain. As a guitarist, he leads the Nick Grondin Group, a cutting-edge jazz quintet.  As a composer, Grondin creates works for both small and large jazz ensembles. His pieces for jazz orchestra have received awards such as the 2008 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award and 2007 DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award for Best Extended Jazz Composition. They have been performed by the Crazy Big Band in Paris, France, the Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra in Boston, and Mac Jazz Big Band in St. Paul, MN. He leads and conducts the Nick Grondin Jazz Orchestra and is a Jazz Harmony Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He also teaches Ear Training at Berklee College of Music. Nick Grondin received a Master of Music in Jazz Composition from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Frank Carlberg, Allan Chase, Ken Schaphorst, and Brad Shepik. He has participated in master classes with Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Holland, Jim McNeely and Ben Monder.  Before coming to Boston, Nick attended the Edim School of Modern Music in Paris, France and earned his Bachelors Degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. www.nickgrondin.com

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Laura Macias
Sprouts Coordinator & Piano Instructor

Laura Macias, Sprouts Coordinator & Piano Instructor, received her Bachelors in Music Composition and Theory from the Petrie School of Music at Converse College and her Masters in Music Composition from the Longy School of Music, where she was awarded the Nadia Boulanger scholarship.  In 2005 she was selected to be part of the European American Music Alliance, where she was awarded a scholarship to study composition at L'Ecole Normale in Paris, France.  In 2008, she completed the Kodaly Music Training at the New England Conservatory.  Laura is an active composer in the Boston area.  Her musical catalog includes compositions for chamber orchestra, art songs, chamber music and incidental music for the theatre.  Laura was recently selected as a composer to participate in the 2011 Vancouver International Art Song Institute.  Her music was also recently featured in concerts given by the Boston New Music Initiative ensemble.  Besides writing art music, Laura enjoys working with children.  Laura has been working to map a path for our youngest members to actively participate in group programs and to increase and deepen their involvement as they grow.  She has a strong belief in developing music fundamentals and her youthful personality makes learning fun.

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Ed Meradith
Piano Instructor

Ed Meradith, Piano Instructor, was born, raised, and educated in Nebraska (UNL.)  He has been a Boston area musician for over twenty years, and has been with Zumix for over six years as a piano teacher, collaborator, and co-director of the Divercity Band.  As a composer, songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Ed’s CD credits are SWIM (2006), and the upcoming FREE GUM.  Ed has composed incidental music for several plays and composed “There it Goes Again” for the film All the Rage.  Ed’s other current projects include Choral Director for the YMCA Women’s Chorus (A Touch Of Class), and acoustic guitar and voice with Heaven Sent.  Ed has also taught music at the Boston Ballet summer program for the past five years. As a pianist, Ed played at the Ritz for many years, as well as the Boston Harbor Hotel and the Park Plaza.

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Madeleine Steczynski
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Madeleine Steczynski, Co-Founder and Executive Director, is an East Boston resident. She founded ZUMIX in 1991 in response to the worst year of violence in the City of Boston's history. Together with ZUMIX's Board of Directors and Youth Advisory Board, she has grown ZUMIX from a kitchen table project into a vital East Boston community institution. As an advocate for the arts, Madeleine has served on the Executive Committee for East Boston Healthy Boston Coalition; was one of the founding members of Cultural Connections, a three-year effort to integrate arts as part of a Sustainable Community initiative funded by The PEW Charitable Trust; and served as an Artistic Fellow for The Boston Foundation’s Arts and Audiences Initiative. She also served for three years as a Cultural Fellow for the New England Foundation for the Arts Building Communities through Culture Initiative, and as a Community Fellow for Eureka Communities Boston.

In 2006 ZUMIX was chosen as a Social Innovator for the Social Innovation Forum at MIT, the same year Madeleine was chosen by the East Boston Times Free Press as East Boston’s Woman of the Year. In 2007 Madeleine was nominated and participated in the Salzburg Global Seminar's Cultural Institutions Without Borders seminar in Austria; received the Canyon Ranch Be the Change Award at the Massachusetts Conference for Women; and was an advisor for the Music National Service Initiative in Washington D.C. In 2008 Madeleine spearheaded a development team in the acquisition and full renovation of an historic firehouse as a new home for ZUMIX.

In 2009 she successfully completed a $4.6 million dollar capital campaign and moved ZUMIX into its new home. In 2011 Madeleine started a 3-year learning journey as a prestigious Barr Fellow. In 2012, she was honored with a Berklee Urban Service Award.  Madeleine attended Boston College, the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, and the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University.

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Brandon Allen
Voice Instructor

Brandon Allen, Voice Instructor, was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, lived in San Antonio, TX for four and a half years, and is currently residing in East Boston. Brandon started singing at the early age of two and hasn't stopped since. A singer, songwriter, arranger, self-taught pianist, voice personality, and now voice instructor, Brandon likes to wear many hats. Brandon is a trained classical and contemporary musician with three years of classical/opera study at The University of Texas at San Antonio and a Music Business/Management Degree with a minor in Africana Studies from Berklee College of Music with an emphasis on R&B/Soul/Pop vocals as well as A Cappella. As a professional artist, he has shared the stage with The Boys Choir Of Harlem, Aretha Franklin, Kathleen Battle, Whitney Houston, Michael McDonald, Bootsy Collins, Bobby McFerrin, Patrice Rushen, Vox One, The Western Wind, North Shore (from "The Sing Off" Season 3), and many others. Brandon is the private voice instructor at Zumix and will begin teaching an A Cappella class at Umana/Barnes Middle School in East Boston in the fall of 2012. He is learning to play drums and bass, and is recording and arranging on the John Hanifin & Thee Band Project.

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Michael Moore
Percussion Instructor

Michael Moore, Percussion Instructor, received his B.A. in Percussion Performance/African-American Music from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Outside of ZUMIX, Michael is currently the Percussion Director/Arranger at King Philip High School in Wrentham, MA as well
as the Percussion Director/Arranger for the Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps from Nashua, NH. Michael has a versatile performance background including jazz, hip-hop, world music, orchestral, rudimental/marching settings. Michael has also had the pleasure of teaching several award-winning ensembles including the Dartmouth High School Percussion Ensemble, King Philip High School Percussion Ensemble, and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael also enjoys freelance arranging and performing in his spare time.

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Brian Paulding
Brass Instructor

Brian Paulding, Brass Instructor, is a music enthusiast with passion for and experience in many diverse aspects of the music industry. A seasoned performer and dedicated educator, he is committed to fostering children's talents and love for music through the music they listen to and enjoy. Brian graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Entrepreneurial Music Business/Management and an Africana Studies minor in 2011, and currently plays trombone with several reggae and hip-hop bands including Endangered Speeches, Toussaint the Liberator, and Shango Axe. He has performed at Sugarloaf Reggae Festival (ME), Beantown Jazz Fest, Cocoa Beach Reggae Festival (FL), and the Blue Note (NYC), and has had the opportunity to share the stage with Burt Bacharach, Fred Wesley, Everton Blender, and Oddisee. Brian now lives in Jamaica Plain where he writes and records his original music. In addition to trombone and trumpet, Brian also plays a bit of keyboards and percussion.

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Ramsel Gonzalez
Program Coordinator & Business Administrator

Ramsel Gonzalez, Program Coordinator & Business Administrator, joined the ZUMIX team in 2012. He started as an Administrative Assistant, and his role now spans many different areas. This includes facilitating ZUMIX's Rock Ed classes and coordinating youth and adult mentors for each class. In addition to Rock Ed, Ramsel also assists our Business Manager with bookkeeping and accounting tasks. He also spends time at the front desk where he gets to greet every single student walking into ZUMIX with a smile on his face. Ramsel is a ZUMIX alumnus and hopes that through the work he is doing at ZUMIX now, he will be able to give future generations of students the same amazing experience he had as a student. In his spare time, Ramsel enjoys playing guitar, writing music, and attending not nearly as many concerts as he wishes he could.

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Jenny Shulman
Program Director

Jenny Shulman, Program Director, joined Zumix in 2012 after 3 years of working as a Program Advisor for an international volunteering organization.  For the last 6 years, she worked in many developing countries, establishing community-based service learning programs for volunteer educators, health providers, and care workers.  She also developed and implemented a cross-cultural training curriculum for volunteers, conducted capacity-building workshops, and was responsible for organizational growth and change.  

For her Master’s Degree, Jenny worked with the civil organization, Acortar Distancias in Guadalajara, Mexico, teaching theatre and improvisation to at-risk youth.  Jenny previously worked as a casting director in New York City for 7 years, casting independent films, music videos, commercials, and voice-overs.  Jenny holds an MA in International Development from La Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and University of Sussex, Roehampton in London and a BFA in Drama with a concentration in Directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She has lived and worked in Thailand, Mexico, London, Ghana, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Mongolia, and Nepal.

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Renee Marrone
Assistant Sprouts Coordinator

Renee Marrone, Assistant Sprouts Coordinator, began as a ZUMIX participant at the age of 12 and throughout her 7 years there she was involved in many programs such as Vocal Group, Theatre, Songwriting, Radio, and Piano and Voice lessons. Since graduating from ZUMIX in 2009, Renee has spent time as a youth staff member for Sprouts, Theatre, and Songwriting programs. Renee graduated from Boston Arts Academy high school, focusing on theatre. She graduated from Lesley University in May of 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and plans to further her education with a focus on Music Therapy. As an East Boston native, Renee is very passionate about giving back to her community, especially its youngest members. Renee enjoys working with children and is extremely excited to be working with the ZUMIX Sprouts. When she’s not working with the kids of East Boston, you may find Renee looking for sharks at the New England Aquarium.

Jeeyoon Kim
Community Arts & Events Coordinator

Jeeyoon KimCommunity Arts & Events Coordinator, joined the ZUMIX team in 2014 as an AmeriCorps Mass Promise Fellow. Jeeyoon comes to ZUMIX after spending four years at Emerson's Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Jeeyoon holds a BA in Print & Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Publishing from Emerson College where she spent more hours in the radio station than at home. She is a graduate of the Health Resources in Action's BEST Youth Worker Certificate Training and is currently enrolled in the Community Fellows Program at the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. She grew up somewhere in the crossroads between Ohio, Virginia, and Florida and now happily calls East Boston, MA home.

 

Jeeyoon's favorite album is Lucky Leaves by Krill.

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Brittany Thomas
Radio Station Manager

Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager, is interested in how creative media can help youth connect to the people and places around them. Brittany joined ZUMIX in 2014 as the Youth & Community Radio AmeriCorps VISTA, working on capacity-building preparations for ZUMIX Radio’s transition from an online stream to a Low Power FM broadcast frequency. Brittany’s interest in youth development began during her involvement in the Community Friends mentorship program in Middlebury, Vermont. Brittany also developed youth leadership programming in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she helped grow an educational garden at Puerto Pibes, providing cultural and educational opportunities to underserved rural youth. As a fellow of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Media and Art for Public Service initiative, Brittany facilitated collaborative multi-media production representative of its high school creators. She is also a graduate of Health Resources in Action’s BEST Youth Worker Certificate Training. Brittany grew up in New Hampshire, graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in International Politics and Economics, and credits playing ‘On Top of Spaghetti’ at her first piano recital for her bravery today.

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Joe Ziemba
Z-Tech Live Sound Coordinator

Joe Ziemba, Z-Tech LIVE Sound Coordinator, was born and raised in the town of Barnstable on Cape Cod, MA. His love of Rock 'n Roll music and knack for the electric guitar stems from his father’s records such as the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys. Joe also picked up alto saxophone in grade school concert and marching bands, though his preference remained with the guitar throughout college. His studies culminated in a BA in Music Performance from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2009 where he studied under Peter Janson and Raymond Gonzales. That same year, Joe became a founding member of four-piece Boston based rock band The Big Lonesome, and began performing regularly in entertainment bands throughout the Boston and New England areas.  On The Big Lonesome’s debut EP Undone, Joe appears as not only the band’s bassist but also as a multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and co-producer. Segments of Undone were recorded in ZUMIX’s studio. He has been working with youth both at ZUMIX and At Your Door Music since 2010. In addition to private instruction, Joe has been working in the field of live sound and audio production as a freelance engineer. He is currently ZUMIX's Z-Tech LIVE Sound Coordinator, co-director of ZUMIX's DiverCity band, and a Teaching Artist in the Mario Umana Academy.

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Sissy Castrogiovanni
Vocal Instructor

Sissy Castrogiovanni, Vocal Instructor, is a Sicilian singer and composer. In her much acclaimed album "intra Lu Munnu", she explores connections between contemporary jazz and Sicilian folk music. Sissy started singing and composing on piano at the age of five. In 2005, she started her official musical training in Italy, studying voice technique, jazz improvisation, piano, and percussion. Sissy has been awarded a scholarship from Berklee College of Music three times where she specialized in Jazz Composition and Mediterranean Studies. In 2011, she was awarded a full-scholarship and was invited to join the Mediterranean Music Institute (Berklee Valencia, Spain). Sissy has toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and South America. During her time at Berklee she had the opportunity to collaborate with several world renowned artists such as jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette (Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, John Coltrane etc.) - 10 times Grammy Award winning, Bobby McFerrin – producer/composer Patrice Rushen – 7 times Latin Grammy Award winning, Javier Limon. Currently Sissy collaborates with many artists for projects in the areas of performance, recording projects and educational workshops. She is a member of "Sung Deep", an international 7-piece A Capella ensemble lead by singer Joey Blake with which Sissy collaborates since 2010. Their homonym album Sung Deep was released in 2014.

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Kramer Gibson
Bass Instructor

Kramer Gibson, Bass Instructor, has been fascinated by music since a very young age, when his mother sang to him and his dad played him music by the bands Led Zeppelin, The Police, James Brown, Earth Wind and Fire, and Cake. While attending Berklee College of Music, he studied Music Education, a major that afforded him the opportunity to study several instruments. Although he started his musical career as a drummer, Kramer has performed in the Boston College Marching band as a sousaphone player, served as the principal timpanist in the Berklee Contemporary String Orchestra, and now regularly performs as a bassist, horn player, pianist and singer. After graduating from Berklee, Kramer was the music teacher at Match Community Day, a charter elementary school in Jamaica Plain. The thing that he likes most about playing music is being able to communicate with others without words. When he is not teaching or playing music, Kramer teaches English and studies Portuguese and French. He is a nerd who loves to learn. You can hear his music at kramermusician.com.

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Kassandra Otero
Radio Instructor & Mentor

Kassandra Otero, Radio Instructor & Mentor, is a ZUMIX alumnus who first participated in ZUMIX's Street Program in 2007. She enjoyed making music, but after taking the Radio Active class, she fell completely in love with being on the air. She has taken classes at Bunker Hill Community College and is currently studying Audio Production at the New England Institute of Art. In addition to co-teaching ZUMIX's Radio Active class, she engineers the show "Boston Seniors Count," mentors new youth shows, and hosts her own show, "Total Underground."

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Richie Carvalho
Radio Production Assistant

Richie Carvalho, Radio Production Assistant, has been putting the "rad" in radio since 2006, when he first started taking programs at ZUMIX. He has taken Radio Journalism and Radio Drama, and continues to host his own show, "Zone Out." He currently mentors several youth shows and makes sure that pre-recorded shows stream on ZUMIX Radio during times when ZUMIX is closed. Richie is a graduate of The Connecticut School of Broadcasting. In his free time, Richie enjoys karaoke!

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Anni Leff
Development Associate

Anni Leff, Development Associate, joined the ZUMIX staff in 2015. Anni’s own personal experience with music and the powerful role it played in shaping her young life led her to ZUMIX, where she works to support the organization’s Development efforts. Anni’s background in supporting youth-focused non-profits includes her time as Operations Manager and then Admissions Manager at the Acera School in Winchester, MA. Her love of the arts stems from her brilliant and devoted elementary school music teachers, to summers spent at Interlochen Arts Camp, through her years at Skidmore College where she performed with as many vocal ensembles, theater troupes, and bands as she could manage. Anni currently music directs the professional a cappella group Sweet Caroline, sees as much live music as she can afford, and continues to believe deeply in the irreplaceable role of arts in our communities.

 

Anni's favorite album is The Firewatcher's Daughter by Brandi Carlile.

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Jazmin Bernabel
Latin Dance Instructor

Jazmin Bernabel, Latin Dance Instructor, joined ZUMIX as the Latin Dance Instructor for Con la Corriente in January 2015. She graduated from Regis College in 2009, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. There she started her own Latin Dance team that still exists on campus today. She became the youth coordinator for Hyde Square Task Force for their award-winning Ritmo en Accion dance troupe in 2010. Besides working with ZUMIX and Hyde Square, she also teaches dance as a part of the Learn Through Dance program to kids at the Kennedy Elementary School. She is currently attending UMass Boston in the Exercise and Health Science program, seeking to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, reading, and biking.

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Kelly Baker
Development & Communications Manager

 

Kelly Baker, Development & Communications Manager, joined the ZUMIX team in 2015.  Kelly has worked for youth development non-profits for several years—most recently as a Development Associate at Sociedad Latina where she wrote grants for the music and STEM programming. Before that, Kelly worked as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, writing case studies for use in the MBA classroom. 

Outside of work, Kelly is a Funding Panel Member at Haymarket's People Fund, an anti-racist and multi-cultural foundation that is committed to strengthening the movement for social justice in New England. Additionally, she mentors a young man in foster care through Silver Lining Mentoring. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Skidmore College. In her spare time, Kelly makes feminist zines and fiber art. She was born and raised in Boston.

 

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Sophie Kazis
Radio Program Coordinator

Sophie Kazis, Radio Program Coordinator, joined the ZUMIX team in November 2015. She comes to ZUMIX after an AmeriCorps year in the New American Integration Program, working as an ESOL teacher and Education Services Program Assistant at the IIIC in downtown Boston. She has also worked for three seasons at Blue Mountain Center, an artist residency center in upstate New York dedicated to the intersection of political activism, cultural work and the arts. Sophie grew up in Brookline, MA and holds a B.A. in Comparative American Studies from Oberlin College, focusing on public health and immigration.
Her interest in immigrants' rights solidified when she lived in Tucson, AZ for a semester with the Earlham Border Studies Program. During this time, she engaged in an intensive study of border and migration issues while working with an immigrants' rights organization contesting the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. In her free time, she spent countless hours at WOBC 91.5 Oberlin College & Community Radio Station, where she DJed music shows and worked as News Director. She is excited about the power of radio as a platform for youth voice, community engagement and creative social change. She sang throughout high school and college and hopes to someday get up the courage to perform at ZUMIX!

 

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Omar Sosa
Administrative Assistant

Omar Sosa started coming to Zumix as a participant in 1999 at the age of 6. He started off taking guitar lessons with Leo and then continued to participate in more and more programs including Diversity Band, Street Program, The Zumix Vocal Choir, The Zumix Jazz Ensemble, and various other programs throughout the years. Through his involvement with Zumix and the Berklee City Music Programs he was awarded a full tuition scholarship in 2011 to attend Berklee College of Music and graduated from there in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Composition. He is now working at Zumix as an Administrative Assistant (that's what it says on the business card) and continuing to gig throughout the Boston area with various bands including his own 7-piece band, "Pangea."

 

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Lucas Mulder
Zoom In Program Coordinator

Lucas Mulder, Zoom In Program Coordinator, joined ZUMIX in 2015. He coordinates ZUMIX's video production programming. Outside of ZUMIX, Lucas is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Boston, MA. He comes to this after working internationally for a wide range of NGO and non-profit clients, large and small. His work focuses on bringing-to-light connections between people with like-minded passions and causes. His approach to photography is collaborative and looks to strengthen community wherever possible.

 

Education and mentoring young photographers are important aspects of Lucas's practice. He is an active volunteer in several youth-focused organizations where he helps coordinate photo and video projects with participants. He also sits on the board of Voces de Cambio, an all-girls after-school photography program in Guatemala.

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Scott Mizrachi
Volunteer Coordinator

Scott Mizrachi, Volunteer Coordinator, began his involvement with ZUMIX through an internship during the spring of 2016. After becoming immersed in the programming and development realms of the organization, he subsequently decided to apply for a position through Americorps VISTA. Scott graduated from UMass Boston with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, focusing his studies on creative expression in contemporary urban communities. During his time at UMass, Scott worked with a group of peers to design and implement an after school arts and music program at the Walter Denney Youth Center in Dorchester, MA.
Originally moving from his home town of Cherry Hill, New Jersey to study guitar performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has since shifted his energies toward bringing people together for a common good through the transformational power of music. Scott believes that musical ability is intrinsic to all human beings and has recently been working with colleagues to develop an innovative approach to music education through collaborative improvisation called Music as a Second Language (MSL).

 
Sarah Saydun
MPF Pathways Coordinator

Sarah comes to ZUMIX with a BA in Human Services and International Affairs from Northeastern University, and over four years of experience working in positive youth development. She has lived and worked in India, where she strengthened international aid efforts in a small town; Paris, where she led the expansion of a Boston-based grassroots social entrepreneurship and youth development organization; and Boston, helping develop a hip hop program for teens in Cambridge and teaching self-defense and healthy life skills to young women in Dorchester. Sarah is driven by the amazing things teens can do when given the opportunity to find their own voice. Her own experience with the power of music began when her freshman year English teacher gave her a mixed CD of his favorite Pixies songs, and you can probably find her making mixed CDs for her own students in her spare time.