Kiran Shelat

Executive Director
Kiran Shelat is the Executive Director for Classics 4 Kids, a position she has held since 2016. Under Ms. Shelat’s leadership, Classics 4 Kids has made tremendous strides through increased grant funding, added staff positions, growth in programs, and increased community outreach and partnerships. Over the past ten years, Kiran has served in numerous leadership roles and brings a deep understanding of nonprofit management and philanthropy through positions at The American Red Cross, Jewish Family Services, Senior Services of Northern Kentucky and World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati. Kiran was a finalist for the 2016 Women Who Mean Business Awards from the San Diego Business Journal and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFPSD). In addition to her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies from Northern Kentucky University, she has attained certificates in Nonprofit Management, Human Resource Management, and Leadership Development from University of the Pacific.


Dana Zimbric

Artistic Director and Conductor
Dana Zimbric celebrates her 15th season as the Artistic Director and Conductor for Classics 4 Kids in 2018. As a regionally recognized expert in music education, Ms. Zimbric has presented at the Association of California Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Conference on curriculum based-educational programming and was a 2015 finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards. Her High School Alma Mater in Rockford, Michigan inducted Mrs. Zimbric into their Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 2014 for her work as a conductor in the field of classical music.

As guest conductor, Ms. Zimbric has led the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra and various Honor Orchestras for the San Diego Unified School District, including the 2011 High School Honor Orchestra.

Jen DeMik

Director of Development
Jen is tasked with strategic planning and operation of the fundraising arm of the organization, diversifying revenue sources and increasing support for Classics 4 Kids. This important capacity building role will allow C4K to further extend the organization’s outreach to the low-income populations whose schools cannot afford access to music education.

Previously a producer of large-scale executive conferences and events, Jen applies her experience in communications, press management and community events to Classics 4 Kids. Jen is a graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Certificate in Film and Video.


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Previously, Ms. Zimbric has held conducting positions with Orchestra Nova San Diego, San Diego Youth Symphony, Avanti (Youth) Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Wisconsin Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. She is also a frequent coach, judge, and guest conductor at festivals and schools throughout southern California. In addition to her work with Classics 4 Kids, Zimbric is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the California Chamber Orchestra in Temecula, CA. Mrs. Zimbric holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Classics 4 Kids Executive Board

Kevin Fannan, Chair
Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley (DWK)

Dr. Angela Wang, MD, Vice Chair
Pulmonary Surgeon, Scripps Healthcare

Marc R. Duggan, Secretary
Realtor/Broker, Marc-Aaron Realtors and Philanthropist

Gastón Guerrero, Treasurer
President & CEO - Mercantile Capital Advisors, LLC

Susan Roth
Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager, U.S. Bank

John Rush
Printing Executive, Rush Press

Classics 4 Kids Advisory Council

Kevin Beiser - President, San Diego Unified Board of Education
Chasity Buchanan – Corporate Sales Manager, Luvie Creations
Karen Childress-Evans - Artistic Director, The Grossmont Strings
Natalie Cruz - Pianist
Kathleen Dye - Principal at MKDye & Associates
Verona Endrizzi - Retired Teacher
Monica Fleming - Vice President/Relationship Manager, City National Bank
Dale Ganzow - Sales Manager, San Diego Business Journal
Cheryl Gillett - Supply Chain, ViaSat, Inc.
Andrew Guzzon - Founder and President, FourFront Consulting
Ann Hill Esq - Attorney and Philanthropy Consultant
Emily Issler – Social Worker, Rady Children’s Hospital
Yousaf Jafri – Attorney, Lincoln Gustafson & Cercos LLP
Desi Kalcheva – Law Clerk, Jackson Lewis
Marilyn Karimi – Owner, Collaborative Career Coaching
Carol Kennedy - Senior Community Relations Specialist, California Coast Credit Union
Caroline Layton - Business Development
Kymberly Lee, Elementary Teacher - San Diego Unified School District
Steve Luchs - String Director, Crown Point Junior Music Academy
Guadalupe L. Petrone JD, GPHR - Human Resources Manager, Qualcomm
Zamaria Rocio – Educator, San Diego Unified School District
Carolyn Satter - Managing Director, San Diego Theatres
David Savage – Musician and NACO Music Cataloger
Kajal Shelat - Associate Director of Enrollment and Student Support, National University
Claire Stafford - Executive VP, S4Software, Inc.
Hershel Strother – Real Estate Broker - Hershel Strother Home Services
William Virchis – CEO, Virco Enterprises