Classics 4 Kids Staff
Kiran Shelat, Executive Director
Kiran Shelat has served in numerous leadership roles with her a deep understanding of nonprofit management and philanthropy. She brings years of experience in the non-profit sector and excitement to the team. She has developed strong enthusiasm and dedication to the people within her community. Finalist for the 2016 Women Who Mean Business Awards from the San Diego Business Journal. Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Certified in Nonprofit Management from University of the Pacific. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies at Northern Kentucky University.
Conductor Dana Zimbric, noted for her fresh and creative programming, as well as interest in new music, connects with her audiences through her musical authority and exceptional on-stage presence. A champion for music education, Ms. Zimbric is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Classics Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she has held since 2003. Since 2010 Ms. Zimbric has served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the California Chamber Orchestra in Temecula, CA (CalChamberOrchestra.org). In addition to conducting this highly regarded ensemble, she also hosts the Temecula Presents Classical series, which brings some of today’s rising classical musicians to Temecula’s stage.
From 2010-2013, Ms. Zimbric was the Associate Conductor for Orchestra Nova (formerly the San Diego Chamber Orchestra). As guest conductor, Ms. Zimbric has led the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra and various Honor Orchestras for the San Diego Unified School District, including the 2011 High School Honor Orchestra. Previously, Ms. Zimbric held conducting positions with the San Diego Youth Symphony, Avanti (Youth) Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Wisconsin Chamber and Symphony Orchestras.
Through her continued professional training, Ms. Zimbric has conducted orchestras in New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, WI, Ann Arbor, MI, Norwalk, CT, Santa Cruz, CA and Puerto Rico.
An accomplished clarinetist, Dana holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Jen is tasked with strategic planning and operation of the fundraising arm of the organization, diversifying revenue sources and increasing support for Classics 4 Kids. This important capacity building role will allow C4K to further extend the organization’s outreach to the low-income populations whose schools cannot afford access to music education.
Previously a producer of large-scale executive conferences and events, Jen applies her experience in communications, press management and community events to Classics 4 Kids. Her love of youth education and her background in musical performance make Jen a fantastic fit for Classics 4 Kids and its mission. Jen is a graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Certificate in Film and Video.
Classics 4 Kids Board of Directors
Barbara Rasmussen, Chair
Dr. Angela Wang, MD
Pulmonary Surgeon, Scripps Healthcare
Marc R. Duggan, Secretary
Realtor/Broker, Marc-Aaron Realtors
Bruce Ives, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Comerica Bank
Vice President, U.S. Bank
Printing Executive, Rush Press
Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley (DWK)
Classics 4 Kids Advisory Council Members
Kevin Beiser, Board President – San Diego Unified School District
Verona Endrizzi, Retired Teacher
Karen Childress-Evans, Artistic Director – The Grossmont Strings
Dale Ganzow, Sales Manager – San Diego Business Journal
Cheryl Gillett, Supply Chain – ViaSat, Inc.
Gastón Guerrero, President & CEO – Mercantile Capital Advisors, LLC
Andrew Guzzon, Founder and President – FourFront Consulting
Ann Hill Esq, Attorney and Philanthropy Consultant
Carol Kennedy, Senior Community Relations Specialist – California Coast Credit Union
Kymberly Lee, San Diego Unified Elementary Teacher
Guadalupe L. Petrone JD, GPHR, Human Resources Manager – Qualcomm
Carolyn Satter, Director of Production and Facility – San Diego Theatres
Kajal Shelat MBA, Associate Director of Admissions – California College San Diego
Claire Stafford, Executive VP – S4Software, Inc.
William Virchis, CEO – Virco Enterprises
Marion Sciré, Founder (Retired)
In 1994, not long after coming to California with her family, Marion founded Classics 4 Kids to enhance the music education program at her daughter’s school. The first concert for 600 children was financed through home-made chocolate heart-shaped lollipops.
Marion has dedicated extraordinary resources in order to build Classics 4 Kids from a program that initially served students in a single school to one that benefits 20,000 students throughout San Diego County each year.