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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.
  • At this time, 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:
  1. Monday, September 19, 2022
  2. Monday, November 14, 2022
  3. Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - retreat, 8am-3pm
  4. Monday, March 6, 2023
  5. Monday, May 8, 2023


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


Council members serve two-year terms.

Arts Specialist Representatives Other SDUSD Representatives Community Members Arts Organizations

Andrea LeMaitre, Dance, SDSCPA (2024)

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

Donna Silva Garcia, SDSCPA/FOSCPA Liaison (2023)

Deirdre Moore, Residency Program Manager, Arts for Learning San Diego (2023)

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

Maureen Flynn, Music, De Portola Middle School (at large member) (2023)

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

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

TBD, Elementary Music (202x)

Michelle Pampo, Balboa Elementary School (classroom teacher) (2023)

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

Ann Marie Haney, Chair, Community Council for Music in the Schools (2024)

Kayla Rodgers, Choral Music, San Diego High School (2023)

Joseph Waldron, Dance, Sequoia and Cadman Elementary Schools (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)

TBD (high school student) (2023)

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

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

TBD (high school student) (2023)

Dr. Keith Pedersen, Professor of Music, Point Loma Nazarene University (post-secondary education rep) (2023)

Colette Hopper, Theatre, SDSCPA (2024)

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

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

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

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

TBD, Media Arts (202x)