Brian Driscoll, President
Brian S. Driscoll, born and raised in Ohio, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music composition from California Institute of the Arts, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in organ performance from UCLA. For nine years, Dr. Driscoll was the director of music at The Church of the Epiphany (Oak Park/Agoura) where he directed five choirs, including the Conejo Valley’s Oaks Camerata, and organized the Epiphany Music Guild concert series. He started teaching at Santa Monica College in 2008 and then joined the faculty fulltime in Fall 2014.
Marcia Capparela, secretary
Marcia Capparela is the Assistant Head and Director of Admission at Westland School in Brentwood. Her career in education began in 1976 at Wildwood School where she served as business manager, facilities manager, admission director, and assistant head. Her experience includes serving on the board of trustees at Wildwood and working with many committees, including strategic planning, governance, and finance. She attended the University of Redlands and Pacific Oaks College where she earned an MA in Human Development.
colette dill-lerner, treasurer
Colette Dill-Lerner, Senior Advisor MediaLink and Managing Partner of Steel+Pepper, is an 18-year industry veteran of direct response and a recognized industry leader in direct‐to-consumer marketing and technologies. Working with brands to brings an elevated strategic vision around digital direct to consumer advertising & marketing, she enables her clients to develop strong consumer digital acquisition and retention programs, and provides the existing or newly developed team(s) with the DTC best practices, embedding dependable digital competency within her clients’ organizations.
Dr. Alan Alexander leads teams in healthcare consulting in areas of healthcare systems and services, and pharmaceuticals and medical products, with a focus on Organizational Agility and Strategy. Dr. Alexander is a board certified practicing Radiologist. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Alexander has conducted a bevy of laboratory and clinical research, and has over 50 presentations and publications. He holds a Medical Doctor degree from the George Washington University and Master Degree in Physiology and Tumor Biology from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Alexander grew up playing the piano and percussion, has several talented musicians in his family, and is passionate about music and bringing it to the younger generations. He considers Southern California home and there is no place he’d rather be.
is the mother of two students, Jordan and Ethan, in the SMMUSD. In addition to being a member of the Brentwood/Westwood Symphony as an amateur violinist, Janie is an active volunteer for Elemental Strings. In her former life, she was the lead financial analyst for Opto-electronics Group at UCLA and managed over $5M/year overseeing all aspects of the research projects in the Electrical Engineering Department. Currently, a consummate volunteer, she serves the community in many ways from sitting as a board member/executive officer for numerous nonprofit organizations, to assistant teaching viola and cello at Grant Elementary School where she is also the resident pianist.
Martin Rosado is the Senior Manager for the Capital One Cafe in Santa Monica. Having lived and worked in West LA for the last 13 years, Martin enjoys working in a central hub to the community that allows him to help, support and lift local business partners and non-profit organizations. Music has surrounded Martin from an early age having a grandmother who thought Piano and two uncles who played Violin and Guitar. One of his earliest memories is of recitals for students of his grandmother and performing alongside other pupils.
Elisabeth Ward was born and raised in Sweden. A journalist by profession and a passionate traveler, she has lived and worked in Germany, France, Russia and the U.K, writing for some of Sweden’s largest publications. Elisabeth moved to the United States in 2010 and she and her husband Tim have enjoyed raising their young family in Santa Monica. Elemental Music has been a vital part of their lives. Their eldest son Edward graduated Elemental Strings last year and this year their middle son Oliver joined the program. Growing up in Dalecarlia, an area in Sweden known for its talented musicians and distinct folk music, Elisabeth played the organ and was a choir singer and soloist. For many years she served on the board of the Swedish School of Los Angeles where she also directed their Lucia pageant.