Leadership

About Us

Leadership


Management Team

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Anna Pietraszko

Executive Director

Anna is an arts executive, music educator, double-bassist, choral conductor and an activist whose mission is to reestablish music’s central place in the development and education of all young people. After her initial involvement as a volunteer in 2009, Anna was appointed the Miami Music Project’s Managing Director in January 2010 and soon after became its Executive Director. Demonstrating exceptional energy, dedication and organizational ability, she is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, long-range strategy, financial objectives and operations. Her strong pedagogical background helps her guide Miami Music Project through its exciting growth and implementation of innovative El Sistema-inspired programming, of which she was the initiator.

Anna earned her Masters in Music Education from the Szymanowski Academy of Music in her native Poland, a Graduate Certificate in Double Bass Performance from the University of Southern California. Additionally, she trained at leadership and executive education programs at Columbia Business School (through Miami Foundation’s Miami Leaders Award) and Harvard Business School (through a full scholarship from the HBS Club of South Florida).

As a music educator, Anna has taught children in Miami and some of Los Angeles’ roughest neighborhoods. As a strong proponent of giving back, Anna co-founded and directs annual Summer Trombone Festival in Poland, serves as a Board Member of El Sistema USA – A National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs, and regularly contributes as a grants panelist for various organizations in Florida.

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Andrea Pascual

Director of Operations 

With the strong conviction of making a difference in the lives of children through her work, Andrea has joined Miami Music Project as Director of Operations. She hails from Argentina where she studied Mass Communication and Advertising at the Universidad Nacional de San Juan. Adopting Miami as her home base, Andrea has built more than 15 years of experience in the fields of administration, finance, human resources, sales and marketing, in both for profit and nonprofit organizations.

As your every day music lover, Andrea enjoys listening to different kinds of music and styles. In her downtime, she likes immersing herself in nature, going for bike rides in the park, and taking her son on walks. She is an animal rights advocate and makes sure to help animals find new homes whenever she can.

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Everett Ford

Development Manager 

Everett has been driven by music and the arts from a very young age. The talent of others that he has worked with and performed with continues to drive him professionally and creatively.

He graduated from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to attending UM, Everett studied Classical Voice Performance at University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. He also graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy, a boarding arts high school in Southern California, where he studied Musical Theatre and Classical Voice.

Everett started off his career in Development at the National YoungArts Foundation, serving on the events team as well as assisting with corporate partnerships and database entry. He then transitioned to work in Development at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science for the grand opening of their new location downtown.

Everett was singing as a toddler before he could form complete sentences. He was musically involved in music and theatre summer camps as a child, and started taking private lessons in voice and piano at age 9. He is currently the youngest contracted chorister with Florida Grand Opera, has sung in different churches and synagogues across South Florida, and continues to take on any freelance singing gigs when the opportunity arises. He is even a featured backup vocalist on Juanes’ MTV Unplugged album, which won the Grammy Award in 2013 for Best Latin Pop Album.

Outside of work, Everett loves discovering more about the beautiful city of Miami, including finding different restaurants to try and new places to explore.

Joseph Burleson

Manager Of Grants & Institutional Giving

Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Joseph grew up in a musical family. He is passionate about equality of opportunity for all, and feels it is his duty to provide others with an actual chance at a better life.

Joseph attended the University of Miami as a Double Major. He received a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Music Business Entertainment Industries, with a concentration in Legal Studies. He also received a Grant Writing Certification from Florida International University. He kick started his professional career at MADE, a full service management firm where he worked directly with artists and songwriters in Hip Hop. He then transitioned  into non profit work by joining Universal Aid For Children – Ukraine. There he provided direct aid to orphans and children with disabilities in Ukraine.

He was first introduced to music when he was five years old while learning to play the piano. When settling on an instrument, he confused the flute with the trumpet but later discovered it to be his instrument of choice. During his college years he performed with the New World Symphony, and continues to freelance as a Trumpet player throughout Miami today.

Joseph is a former Junior Olympics gold medallist in karate, and received 2nd place in the National Trumpet Competition (For the Large Ensemble Division). Outside of Miami Music Project, he enjoys attending live concerts and festivals, getting lost in a good book, and cheering on his favorite sports teams.

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Stephanie Hernández

Marketing Manager

Hailing from the small tropical of Puerto Rico, Stephanie is Miami Music Project’s in-house storyteller!

Merging her music abilities and passion with her business acumen, she is a young marketing maven in the making. Stephanie most recently completed a Fellowship at Berklee College of Music’s international campus in Valencia, Spain. Since then, she has been successful in utilizing her love for social media to share authentic narratives.

Stephanie launched her business career quickly upon graduating from Eastern Connecticut State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration and a Music Minor. Fully believing that one should never fail to bring great expertise into work, Stephanie went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Global Entertainment and Music Business with a concentration in Live Entertainment from Berklee College of Music.

She is a professionally trained vocalist and has toured nationally with distinguished Chamber Ensembles, as well as a soloist throughout Europe. In 2010, Stephanie was ranked as one of the top finalists during American Idol auditions in the state of Connecticut and received a Golden Pass to move on to Nationals. Proud of her island girl roots, Stephanie will never miss the opportunity to sing timeless boleros, dance to salsa or merengue, and share her favorite traditional Caribbean dishes with others.

In her downtime, Stephanie enjoys traveling around the globe, attending cool live events, and indulging in her love of photography. With the motivation to always give back, she has devoted her time to giving back to the younger generation through the organization of TEDx events and empowering Symposiums. She currently serves as Committee Member for the Women In Music Chapter in Miami.

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James Negron

Administrative Assistant

James was first introduced to performing at a young age, when his elementary school band teacher let everyone try out the instruments before joining. It was his turn to try the saxophone, and the rest was history. Since then, he has been passionate about music and the performing arts, and understands how important it can be in transforming a young person’s life. 

James is a native of the Hudson Valley region of New York, but chose to escape the cold and attend the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. He originally pursued a degree in classical performance, but changed his major to Music Business and Entertainment Industries, along with a minor in Marketing, when he began to realize his interest in arts administration. He has worked as an intern for institutions such as Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and was previously employed at Miami’s own Area Stage Company.  

When he isn’t at work or working on music, James enjoys all art forms, especially film and creative writing. He also loves to explore and connect with nature by hiking, camping, and kayaking whenever he can. 

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Melissa Dorvily

Program Manager & Site Director, Little Havana Chapter

Melissa has always been driven by a need to help those that cannot always help themselves. Her goal is to use music as a form of therapy, along with her expertise in physical therapy, to show that healing is not only physical, but also mental, emotional and social. 

At only 5 years old, Melissa started learning to play the violin. She then went on to play the viola at the age eight, became a vocalist at the age of thirteen, and a steel pan player in high school. She has played with many musical organizations including the South Florida Youth Symphony and the Miami-Dade College Film Scoring Orchestra. 

Service has always been a core attribute in Melissa’s life. She has worked for multiple non-profits under the umbrella of the Walenstein Musical Organization, directed by the late famous musician from Haiti, Romel Joseph. She has also worked for Miami-Dade County Public Schools for six years in the Adult Education field, helping teenagers and adults complete their high school education, take citizenship classes and learn the English language. Melissa is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a double minor in Music Therapy and Physical Therapy. 

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, planning events, and trying out different cuisine.

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Christian Galdamez

Site Director, Miami Springs Chapter

For Christian, music has always been an essential component to connecting with people, especially his family. A tight-knit group, his appreciation for music is founded in his experiences with his family and is credited as beginning meaningful relationships while enriching previous ones.

Christian earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in English with a Pre-Law Concentration from Boston College in 2014. There, he formed part of an on-campus singing group called ‘The Heightsmen’. Since his graduation, Christian has worked as an Urban Policy Intern in New York, a translator in Greater Boston Legal Services, and a Job Coach in a Miami-based company. These experiences have given him the unique tools to help those in the community gain equal access to music and realize the potential music has for social empowerment. 

Frantzia Jean-Louis

Site Director, Little Haiti Chapter

Frantzia has always loved children, and is committed to providing them a brighter future and equal opportunity through education.

At only 6 years old, she began singing in elementary school and continued throughout her education. Today, she shares her talented singing at church.

Frantzia earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Broward College, and is currently working to her Master’s at FIU for Education. Throughout her career she has worked on multiple projects, the most defining being her volunteer experience at Kidco Childcare which inspired her to work with children.

She loves God, cooking, and spending time with her significant other. Frantzia lives every day by the motto “you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

Jeremiah Tindall

Site Director, Liberty City Chapter

Jeremiah is a firm believer that music is a wonderful means to enrich community, stimulate artistic expression, and foster intelligence. To him, watching young children mature in character as they handle the new responsibilities of musicianship is a definite reward.

Jeremiah’s journey with music started from an early age, as his mother was a church pianist and he and his sister would sing for the congregation. He started playing the violin in 4th grade and played with local orchestras and symphonies throughout high school. 

Jeremiah earned his Bachelor’s at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois with a major in Music and minor in Creative Writing. As well, Jeremiah also studied at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in Elementary Music Education. Currently, Jeremiah is working to receive his Master’s from the University of Miami in Music Business.

Apart from participating in musical opportunities, Jeremiah enjoys skateboarding, cycling, and tennis. He also spends his time reading the classics and Puritan theological works.

Gabriel Benitez

Program Coordinator

Gabriel has always been driven by the desire to better not only himself, but those around him. For almost four years, he has been part of Miami Music Project as a Teaching Artist improving the lives of children through the instruction of music.

He was first introduced to music through middle school band where he was told to play the tuba because he had big lips. When he studied in high school, there was a need for trombone players so Gabriel was given a trombone and kept at it.

Gabriel earned an Associate’s in Arts from Miami Dade College, and a Bachelor’s in Music for Trombone Performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

When he’s not playing music, Gabriel enjoys reading and playing video games. He is proud to say he’s able to lick his elbow.

Roselor Fils-Aime

Site Coordinator, Liberty City Chapter

Rosie has loved the arts, performing songs and dancing from a young age. The roaring applause and the smile on people’s faces always motivated her dreams of entertaining.

She earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from HBCU Florida Memoria University in 2013. Since then, Rosie has worked for several non-profit organizations including City Year Miami, Florida Reading Corps, and American Red Cross. Through this selfless work, she fell in love with serving the community’s children. In 2016, Rosie co-founded All Hail Royalty, an organization for young underprivileged girls in the aim to foster self-worth, self-love, and self-expression.

When Rosie isn’t being a star, she is a freelance makeup artist and obsessing over Afropunk fashion.

David Cardona

Site Coordinator, Little Havana Chapter

David is driven by a passion to give back to the music community which gave so much to him. He believes that access to music education for all children is imperative to their development and success.

His most memorable music experience comes from a young age when his family would get together for parties. He vividly remembers how a member of his family would start singing and everyone else would join in by playing cajón, guitar, or dancing.

David is currently completing a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a minor in Sociology at Florida International University (FIU). He served as the Senator for the College of Communication, Architecture and The Arts in FIU’s Student Government, where he has advocated for and represented more than 2,500 students. David also currently heads the Music Forward Project, an initiative from the FIU School of Music and Miami-Dade County Public Schools to provide all Title I elementary schools with recorders and access to music resources. He is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Social Music fraternity and Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional organization for educators. 

In his free time, David plays the saxophone, percussion, and trombone. He currently performs with The Miami Heat Street Band and other ensembles in the greater Miami area.

Support Team

Ana Gonzalez

Security Assistant, Little Havana Chapter

Renee Laughlin

Security Assistant, Liberty City Chapter

Evelyn Lopez

Bus & Security Assistant, Miami Springs Chapter

Marie St. Hubert

Security Assistant, Little Haiti Chapter

Sharon McGill

Bus Assistant

Norma Loreto Valenzuela

Bus Assistant