Board of Directors

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.
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Frank Muscara, Board Vice President

Frank Muscara is the executive vice president and head of the Power and Utilities Group, a division of Wells Fargo Energy Group within Corporate Banking. This Group is responsible for Wells Fargo client relationships with large, investor-owned and electric and gas utilities across the U.S. and internationally. The Power and Utilities Group serves its clients from offices in Houston, Minneapolis, Portland, and Charlotte. Frank is based in Denver.

Frank joined the Wells Fargo Energy Group in 2002 as the division manager for the Western U.S. and Canada regions, which grew rapidly under his guidance. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Frank worked at Bank of America for 18 years. Most of his career was focused on serving Energy clients, many with operations all over the world. He headed the group’s corporate banking effort and had offices in Dallas, Denver, Houston, London and Midland, Texas. He also worked in a number of other industries
including real estate, utilities, chemicals, defense, packaging, forest products, steel, and consumer products. During that time he was asked to assume a wide variety of leadership positions in the areas of relationship management, credit policy, special credits, and acquisition finance.

Frank earned his B.S. in architecture from the University of Southern California and his M.B.A. in finance from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. He also holds an M.S. in strategic management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Frank serves on the board of the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. His activities in the community have included serving on the boards for Little League Baseball, the University of Houston, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the Western Energy Alliance

James Owens, Board Secretary

James W. Owens, Jr., Esq. is a Director at Silver & DeBoskey. Jim joined Silver & DeBoskey in September of 2003. After graduating with honors from the University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1991), Jim earned his J.D. in 1994 from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Land & Water Law Review. Throughout his career, Jim has provided a broad range of legal services to individual, company and institutional clients in both Colorado and Wyoming. His practice at Silver & DeBoskey emphasizes real estate law, general business and corporate law, contracts, estate planning, intellectual property law, and civil litigation.

Christine Spath, Board Treasurer

Christine Spath is the Chief Financial Officer of Jones International University.  Christine joined Jones International University in October 2010.  She started her career as an auditor with the international public accounting firm, KPMG, and since then has held financial management positions in both public and private companies in the telecommunications, financial management and manufacturing industries. Christine graduated with honors from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a B.S. in Accounting and has been a certified public accountant for over 20 years.

Susan Probeck, Board Member

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.

Joe Anderies, Board Member

Joe attended Colorado Mesa State and North Texas State University where he majored in jazz studies and flute performance later graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver with degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education. Subsequently he obtained his masters degree at the University of Colorado in Music Education and Saxophone. Concluding over 25 years of teaching in Douglas County and Denver Public Schools, Joe recently retired in order to concentrate on his performing, music publishing, and clinician initiatives. Joe’s past performance and recording experiences include the international group IMAGES that he helped form as well as collaborations with Rob Mullins, Ron Miles, Chuck Lamb, Eric Gunnison, Hugh Ragin, Paul Romaine, and Nestor Torres. Joe continues to lead groups and produce jazz concerts in the Denver area primarily at the jazz venue Dazzle. During his music education career these past 25 years Joe has worked with hundreds of elementary students developing the “Music Beyond Borders” curriculum that features an overlay of technology assisted jazz instruction, call and response improvisation work, and professional mentor integration. He has expanded these concepts in his years teaching middle school, with high school students in his jazz camp experience and his teaching in the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. Joe has also worked as adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and has done jazz clinics for both students and educators at numerous conventions and colleges. Joe has served as Colorado president of several music education organizations and currently is working on publishing much of his band and orchestra music written for student groups over the years.

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.

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.

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.

Will Greer, Board Member

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.