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VAPA Advisory Council


  1. to advise the VAPA Director and VAPA staff on implementation of the SDUSD Strategic Arts Education Plan
  2. to help inform and educate district VAPA teachers and community on implementation of the plan


  • Meetings are held quarterly on Monday afternoons from 4:30-6:00pm.
  • Meetings are virtual. They are open to the public; please email [email protected] for the link.
  • The meeting schedule for the 2022-2023 school year is:
    • Monday, September 19, 2022
    • Monday, November 14, 2022
    • Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - full-day retreat
    • Monday, March 6, 2023
    • Monday, May 8, 2023
  • The proposed meeting schedule for the 2023-2024 school year is:
    • Monday, September 25, 2023
    • Monday, November 13, 2023
    • Tuesday, January 9, 2024 - full-day retreat
    • Monday, March 4, 2024
    • Monday, May 6, 2024


  • CHAIR: Michael Fiedler (Music teacher, Canyon Hills High School)
  • VICE CHAIR: Meera Ramanathan (Visual Art project resource teacher, Zamorano Fine Arts Academy)
  • SECRETARY: Allison Boles (Education and Community Program Manager, La Jolla Music Society)


Council members serve two-year terms; year listed is when the member's term is up. Arts specialist representatives are elected by their membership. All other representatives are elected by the VAPA Advisory Council.

Arts Specialist Representatives Arts Specialist Representatives (continued) Community Members Arts Organizations

Andrea LeMaitre, Dance, SDSCPA (2024)

Daniel Zarzuela-Gonzalez, Visual Art, SDSCPA (2024)

Donna Silva Garcia, SDSCPA/FOSCPA Liaison (2023)

Deirdre Moore, Residency Program Manager, Arts Education Connection San Diego (2023)

Corina Borevitz, General Music, Golden Hill K-8 (2024)

Brian Black, Visual Art, Crawford High School (2023)

Liz Buffington, SDSU College of Education (2025)

Brooke Newman, Education Coordinator, Outside the Lens (2023)

Wyatt Ellison, Elementary Music, VAPA Dept (2024)

Meera Ramanathan, Visual Art, Zamarano Fine Arts Academy (2023)

Lisel Gorell-Getz, Education Coordinator, The Old Globe (2024)

Allison Boles, Education and Community Program Manager, La Jolla Music Society (2023)

Kayla Rodgers, Choral Music, VAPA Dept (2023)

Ed Moller, Visual Art, Lincoln High School (2023)

Jesse Schiffman, Manager of Learning and Community Engagement, San Diego Symphony (2023)

Erika Phillips, Arts Engagement Programs Manager, The Old Globe (2023)

Michael Fiedler, Instrumental Music, Canyon Hills High School (2023)

Jason Berman, Media Arts, Millennial Tech Middle (2024)

Holly Wright, President, San Diego Unified Council of PTAs (PTA rep) (2023)

Daniel Kriley, Theatre, Mira Mesa High School (2024)


Colette Hopper, Theatre, SDSCPA (2024)

At-Large Members

Classroom Teachers

Post-Secondary Representative


Trisha Cox, Visual Art, Muirlands Middle School (at large member) (2024)

Michelle Pampo, Balboa Elementary School (2023)

Dr. Keith Pedersen, Professor of Music, Point Loma Nazarene University (2023)


Maureen Flynn, Music, De Portola Middle School (at large member) (2023) Joseph Waldron, Sequoia and Cadman Elementary Schools (2023)