Maritza Dominguez Braswell, Board Chair
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.
Kevin Strom, Vice Chair
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.
Maria Naylor, Treasurer
Maria has over 18 years of management and business development experience. She got her start in the hospitality industry, where she spent 14 years building and expanding a restaurant group in Arizona which grew to a $14M company. During that time, her focus was on management development, operations and expansion strategies. In her current role as Partner at Singular CPA Services LLC, Maria is responsible for business development, client service and retention, and community engagement.
Her commitment and passion for El Sistema Colorado stems from her deep-rooted belief that music education opens up the equity pipeline and should be available to all children.
Kristin Jacobson, Secretary
Kristin is Vice President of Retirement Services at First Western Trust. She has more than 20 years’ experience working with institutional retirement plans. She is responsible for providing retirement plan consulting and investment advisory services to qualified and nonqualified retirement plan clients. In addition to managing client relationships, Kristin supports business development for the retirement services team.
Kristin has been nationally recognized by 401kExchange as one of the most influential advisors in defined contribution. She has been involved with the Minneapolis YWCA, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and her in Colorado, VSA Colorado Access Gallery.
John Hallin, Board Member
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.
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.
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.
Les McMullen, Board Member
Les is currently the Vice President of Wealth Planning at Trilogy Financial, following a successful career as a business owner and corporate executive. He’s developed and manages a team of advisors dedicated to expanding the strategies and action plans his clients’ use while pursuing their financial goals. Les provides the mentorship and leadership to a diverse team of representatives as they develop their financial planning skills.
Earlier in his Trilogy career, Les was nominated as the Rookie of the Year and the Rising Star representative. Leslie holds the FINRA Series 6, 7, and 63 registrations with LPL Financial, the Series 65 registration with Trilogy Capital, Inc., and also holds Colorado life and health insurance licenses.
His involvement with El Sistema Colorado is rooted in his firsthand knowledge of people growing up without many opportunities, and his fierce passion for ensuring kids have get an equal swing at life, with more opportunities to succeed.