Monika Vischer, Board President
Monika has been a public radio host for 25 years. She currently hosts classical music middays on Colorado Public Radio. Monika was integrally involved in creating the Classical Public Radio Network, a nationwide radio service, during which time her productions won national and international awards. She has closely followed the rise of the El Sistema movement in the United States. Through the course of her regular interviews with classical music’s luminaries, Monika spoke with El Sistema founder, José Antonio Abreu and LA Philharmonic Music Director, Gustavo Dudamel (El Sistema’s most famous graduate). Personally impassioned to see Denver’s underprivileged children benefit from El Sistema’s riches, she is now leading the charge to establish its significant presence in Denver and throughout Colorado.
Will Greer, Vice President
Will Greer is responsible for field operations in the western United States within the State & Local Government organization at MarkLogic. He has held consulting and software leadership positions with Hitachi Consulting, SAP, and Accenture, and has founded and profitably led two professional services companies. ColoradoBiz Magazine named Will one of the 25 Most Powerful Salespeople in Colorado.
Will graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Austin, and was chosen as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the premier honor society recognizing business excellence. He has been a guest lecturer for the University of Wyoming eBusiness program and the Johnson & Wales University. He taught high school economics in the Denver Junior Achievement program and the Detroit Summer Finance program.
Will’s article “Lessons of a Software Salesperson: Why Selling Is A Critical Consulting Skill” appeared in Consulting Magazine. He lives south of Denver with his wife Jennifer and two daughters, and occasionally gets to be a working bass player in the Denver music scene.
Susan Probeck, Secretary
Susan is co-founder of Western Proscapes, Inc. A native of Denver, Susan has a B.S. in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She started her career living and working in Aspen for four years, then returning to Denver to manage a store in Larimer Square. Susan later became a buyer for May D&F (part of the May Department Store Group). Her next business foray emanated from her love of everything to do with landscaping, design, trees, shrubs, flowers, hardscape and more. Together with her husband, she launched a landscaping company, growing it over 20 years into a highly successful commercial business. Susan is now merging her project management skills and business acumen with her deep love of the arts, music and education to help El Sistema thrive in Denver.
John Hallin, Treasurer
John Hallin is a Vice President with Hitachi Consulting where he leads both the Denver Geography and Hitachi Consulting’s Cloud Solutions team for the Americas. John has been with Hitachi Consulting for nine years now after five years with PWC/IBM and eight years with Arthur Andersen. John’s experience is in business transformation, process improvement, and systems integration. Client service experience includes several multi-site, multi-national business and information systems projects in North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. John has served in board roles for Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center (Treasurer), Challenge 2 Excellence School (Finance Officer), has coached girls basketball for eight years, and worked as a transitional counselor to juveniles at Shalom House, a member of Family Tree.
Maritza Dominguez Braswell, Board Member
Maritza is a Partner at the national law firm Fox Rothschild LLP. She concentrates on commercial litigation including multibillion-dollar finance cases as well as prosecuting and defending mid-sized contract disputes and tort claims. Maritza has litigated high-stakes cases for Fortune 100 companies, professional sports franchises, cannabis investors, large-scale developers and public entities.
Prior to becoming a Partner at Fox Rothschild, Maritza was a founding member of Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC (RBF Law), leading the firm’s commitment to social justice and earning RBF a nomination from the Colorado Lawyers Committee for 2018 Law Firm of the Year. Maritza also lived her commitment to diversity and inclusion at RBF where over half of the attorneys were either women, ethnic minorities, and/or identified as LGBT. Maritza oversaw RBF hiring the first DREAMer in Colorado to be admitted to the Colorado Bar. At Fox Rothschild, Maritza is a member of the Diversity Committee and the Women’s Initiative.
Maritza has been recognized as a national top Latino lawyer and was named one of Colorado’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce in 2017. She is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Colorado Lawyers’ Committee.
In addition to her board work for El Sistema Colorado, Maritza is on the board of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, which works to ensure justice for adults in immigration detention and immigrant children who have suffered neglect and violence.
Trisha Lee, Board Member
In her role as Senior Vice President and Producer, Trisha is responsible for client acquisition and retention and for the leadership of Lockton Companies, LLC. Trisha is the internal advocate for all client-related requirements, and she oversees the delivery of services and execution of client strategies. Trisha leads the client teams to ensure that her clients’ short-term and long-term objectives are met through creative solutions.
Alejandro Lleras, Board Member
Alejandro Lleras hails from Venezuela as a direct musical descendent of Sistema founder, Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu. He works as a Human Resources and Faculty Affairs Manager for the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Sistema was part of his family’s daily lifeblood growing up. Alejandro played clarinet from the age of seven and within a few years became a member of Sistema’s top youth orchestra in Venezuela alongside Gustavo Dudamel, Sistema’s most famous graduate and longtime Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director. The orchestra was conducted by Maestro Abreu, who taught Alejandro first-hand the power Sistema has to build life-skills, “affluence of spirit” as Abreu put it, and the vitality of an entire community. He was recruited into the esteemed Interlochen Arts Academy High School in Michigan and later received his Music Performance Degree from the University of Colorado School of Music in Boulder. Alejandro emits Abreu’s deep passion. His inspiration is infectious when sharing his story with our young musicians or others.
Carrying on Abreu’s legacy, Alejandro is critical in shaping the direction of El Sistema Colorado, be it through insights about core principles or program philosophy and design. Alejandro is also excited to be returning to his musical roots and looking forward to teaching clarinet on a volunteer basis.
Ron Mirenda, Board Member
Ron Mirenda has more than 40 years of fundraising, strategic-planning, public relations and communications experience, both as a chief institutional development officer and as a consultant with several nationally recognized firms. He has managed or played significant roles in campaigns with combined goals exceeding $850 million, including a $180 million campaign to build the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport and a $50 million campaign for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. His personal areas of expertise include campaign design and management, developing leadership gift strategies and redefining and restructuring boards of trustees.
He has served as a senior advancement officer with prestigious institutions such as the National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of St. Thomas, Case Western Reserve University, the University of California, Irvine and The University of Chicago. In addition, Ron spearheaded campaigns behind the construction of Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, MN and the renovation of Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, WI.
Ron holds a Master of Arts in educational administration and Bachelor of Arts in English, both earned through the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Deb Norris, Board Member
Deb Norris has been a human resources professional and leader for a variety of companies in Denver for the past 35 years. Her current gig is providing HR support to the United States Antarctic Program by hiring qualified workers to travel to Antarctica and support the scientific research at McMurdo Station, Palmer Station and the South Pole Station.
She graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Speech and Dramatic Arts and from Denver Seminary with a MA in Counseling. Her heart belongs to music and learned to play the piano at 7, percussion at 12, and until a few years ago, sang with the Colorado Symphony Chorus for 20 years. She is active in the non-profit community and campaigned for the continued support of the SCFD.
During her most recent trip to Antarctica, she led the McMurdo Christmas Choir with multiple performances at Christmas parties, Christmas services and singing over the radio to the remote field camps. She serves the El Sistema Colorado board with love and enjoyment.
Kevin Strom, Board Member
Kevin Strom is a Deputy Monitor in the Office of the Independent Monitor for the City and County of Denver. Kevin reviews and analyzes investigations into allegations of police and sheriff misconduct, analyzes and recommends policy changes, and drafts biannual reports for the citizens of Denver. After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Business, Kevin attended the University of Northwestern Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Kevin worked in private practice as a commercial and criminal litigator for seven years before he joined the City of Denver in 2015.
Kevin is fluent in Spanish and has also lived in Caracas, Venezuela, where he taught English as a second language. Kevin grew up fond of music and musical education and occasionally sits back down to play piano. He lives in northeast Denver, close to the schools and students that El Sistema Colorado serves.