Board of Directors
Will Braunstein, Board President | firstname.lastname@example.org
Will has been passionate about the power of music as long as he can remember. He was given ample opportunities to experience live music growing up. Now, as a parent with 2 young children, he would like them to experience the same joy he has through music. Through Inside the Orchestra’s mission, Will wants to help expand that opportunity to as many people as possible. Will is an investor and entrepreneur who has co-founded and led multiple companies, including USA Rx, a market-driven discount on prescription medications, CastleWave, a full-service strategy consultancy and interactive agency (acquired by a public company based in Arizona), and UrbanMaidGreen, an eco-friendly cleaning service which won NY Magazine’s cleaning company of the year award (acquired by a private investor). Will received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics at the University of Rochester. Will lives in Denver.
María Corral, Board Vice President | email@example.com
María Corral has served the Denver community working and volunteering in non-profits, education and labor. Her diverse set of skills include advocacy, building collaborative relationships, outreach, public relations and communications. Currently, she works for Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs an office within the Agency of Human Rights & Community Partnerships for the City and County of Denver to promote a greater awareness and integration of immigrant and refugee residents. María is a proud alumna of the University of Denver where she studied Law and Society and Communications and a fellow of the Latino Leadership Institute. A founding board member of the Colorado Organization of Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), an organization focused on building a movement of Latinas, their families and allies through leadership development, organizing and advocacy for 20 years. Outside of work, María shares two dogs and her passion for social justice and civic engagement with her daughter, Iriana, a junior at the University of Redlands in California.
Sean Smith, Board Treasurer | firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an avid music lover, traveler, and reader. As I have not yet found a way to transform those passions into a way to pay the bills, I have opted to work in the financial services industry for the last decade both in New York and overseas before moving to Denver. Music and the arts have played an increasingly large role throughout my life. I, along with most of my peer group, began playing the recorder when I was eight years old. After quickly advancing to the tenor recorder, I sought greener pastures with the violin and then the tenor saxophone. Once I hit my rebellious teenage years, I picked up the guitar and bass guitar and have stuck with those since. I joined Inside the Orchestra because I believe that giving children access to music at an early age opens doors which would not otherwise be explored. Although my music tastes have settled somewhere in between obscure blues and New Orleans jazz, this path all started with the basics which I learned on the recorder. I am excited to help the organization bring this engaging music experience to these students and truly open the door to the possibilities which music has to offer.
Cindy Chang, Board Secretary | email@example.com
Cindy found her love of music at the age of 3 when she began learning classical violin and piano. She hopes to pass this love onto her daughter and is grateful for Inside the Orchestra for providing enchanting opportunities to connect together around music. Cindy’s passion for social justice and equity motivates her to be involved with Inside the Orchestra’s efforts to bring culturally diverse music to all children. Cindy is the Executive Director of Groundwork Denver, a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental justice and improving the health and well-being of all residents in metro Denver. Cindy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale University
Jean Plotkin | firstname.lastname@example.org
The arts have played a huge role in my life, and I can personally attest to the positive impact a musical education can have on one’s academic, social, and professional success. I started playing the tuba in fifth grade, and the persistence, discipline, knowledge, and skills I learned in concert and marching band transcended all of my other subjects, helping me to excel across the board both in and out of school. After receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University, I moved to Washington D.C. and joined an environmental consulting company where I specialized in communications and event planning for government agencies and non-profit organizations. In 2011, my husband and I moved to Denver (I’m originally from Pennsylvania, but he’s a Colorado native), and I left my job of nearly eight years to become a full-time mom to my two wonderful children. We love exploring our city and state and taking advantage of all the amazing experiences it has to offer—including Tiny Tots concerts! I am a firm believer in programs that expose children to music from an early age and that encourage them to make music a part of their lives. Inside the Orchestra is an extraordinary program that will help achieve these very goals, so I am delighted and honored to join its Board of Directors. I want all kids to have the same opportunity to fall in love with and benefit from music and the arts that I did.
Rob Rehburg | email@example.com
Rob Rehburg’s love of music began as soon as he could tap his baby feet. A Denver native, Rob started singing and dancing for audiences in featured roles in elementary school plays, his senior year Spring Musical – The Pirates of Penzance – in high school, and now with many professional theatre companies in the Denver metro area. Some of his favorite roles include Hero in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum (Vintage Theatre), Action in West Side Story (Town Hall Arts Center), and Bobby in A Chorus Line (Ignite Theatre). Rob’s instrumental music career also began in elementary school when he experienced an Inside The Orchestra school assembly. Though he fell in love with the sound of the French Horn, it was not offered at the 5th Grade beginner level, so he opted for Trumpet. Rob stayed with the Trumpet through middle school and then discovered his love of marching band in high school. Growing in his passion for marching and leadership, he became the Drum Major and served in that role during his junior and senior marching seasons. At the University of Colorado Denver, he achieved a minor in Performance Music with an emphasis in Trumpet. Though he minored in music, Rob majored in Business Administration, which has ultimately lead him to his current position as the VP of Operations for one of the premier manufacturer’s representative firms for boilers and water heaters in the Colorado/Wyoming territory – IDC Associates. He has built his career in the industry for over a decade. He is excited to bring his harmonious mix of left-brain and right-brain interests and experiences to the Inside the Orchestra board
Josh Neugebauer | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Neugebauer’s love of music began at the age of three when he took his first piano lesson. Originally planning to be a concert pianist, his career path ended up leading him into the world of finance. He currently is on the investment team at the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA), where he oversees compliance, risk, and performance of the investment portfolio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international management with minors in German and music from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. While at Gustavus, he spent a semester abroad in Vienna, Austria, where he attended masterclasses at the world renowned Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Colorado. In his spare time, Josh enjoys running, traveling, exploring the numerous breweries and restaurants the Denver area has to offer, and fostering rescue dogs. He and his wife Elise live in Lakewood with their two sons, who keep them busy with a myriad of activities and events.
Jason Green | email@example.com
Jason Green hails from the great state of Colorado and currently resides in Denver with his wife Rebecca and daughter Ellington. Jason attended Colorado State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Social Sciences with minors in Political Science and African American Studies. While attending CSU, he had the honor of serving as president of the student body. After graduation, Jason worked as a recruiter for the Job Corps program for several years where he followed his passions of working with youth and advocating for post-secondary education. Though passionate about serving youth, he decided to follow his dreams of living abroad and moved to Prague, Czech Republic, where he became an English teacher and helped start a tourism company. Currently Jason is a sales and outreach manager for Elite Entertainment. He is also professional DJ and MC and is able to live his life being creative, orchestrating events and being engulfed in music. Jason is also a board member for WeeCycle. Music has always played an important role in his life since the time he can remember and he firmly believes in the power of music education. When he is not making people move their feet to the rhythm, Jason loves being a father, traveling, running, gardening, attending concerts and performances with his wife, being social and considers himself a foodie!
Jason P. Scott | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason P. Scott is a Sourcing Analyst at SCL Health who partners with internal stakeholders and vendors for strategic sourcing opportunities. As an accomplished professional with diverse experience in supply chain and inventory management, Jason’s successes include achieving revenue, creating profit, and readily grasping new concepts and systems to provide immediate results. Jason began his career in supply chain and logistics with Walmart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas and later Leprino Foods, Inc. in Denver, Colorado coordinating with management, cross-functional teams, and others—growing multimillion-dollar brands. Having received numerous awards and held various leadership positions, Jason has a strong track record within the industry. Jason earned a BS in Regulatory Science with a concentration in Agriculture from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and is currently, pursuing his MS in Healthcare Management at the University of Denver.
Carlton Willey | email@example.com
Carlton “CJ” Willey is an attorney, business development specialist, and father of three boys. He is passionate about arts education and a believer in the power of music to inspire young people. CJ is General Counsel & Sr. Director of Business Development at Havenly, an online interior design startup based in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver. Prior to Havenly, CJ worked at three Bay Area law firms, helping startup clients to raise funds and grow, and he hopes to bring those skills to help Inside the Orchestra. CJ is originally from Akron, Ohio, and has a BA from Northwestern University and The Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. He has lived in New York, San Francisco, and Beijing, China, and has now settled in Colorado. On weekends you’ll find him chasing the boys (JJ, Max, and Sammy) around Park Hill with his wife Christina, playing tennis at Denver Tennis Club, and of course enjoying the magic of the orchestra at Tiny Tots!
Heidi Wilbur | firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Wilbur is an attorney at Fox Rothschild LLP, where she represents and advises employers on a wide range of employment issues, helps them understand their obligations under federal and state law, and crafts inventive solutions to problems arising in the workplace. Heidi’s love of music and the arts began at a very young age. Growing up outside DC, she has very fond memories of listening to the National Symphony Orchestra and various military bands at outdoor concerts in the summer. In fifth grade, she started playing the clarinet. For the next eight years, Heidi immersed herself in band, youth orchestra, jazz band, marching band, drumlines, woodwind ensembles, and as many opportunities to make music as she could find. After spending a summer at a performing arts camp, she got bitten by the acting bug and went on to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre. After several years pursuing an acting career and working for a commercial production company in Los Angeles, Heidi moved to Denver to attend law school at the University of Denver. Heidi recently completed the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts’ Leadership Arts Network program and is very excited to serve on Inside the Orchestra’s Board of Directors. She lives in Central Park with her husband and two sons, and loves spending time with her family experiencing all the wonderful cultural activities Denver has to offer, including Tiny Tots concerts!
Becca Smith | email@example.com
Becca is a lawyer, a Denver native, and–most importantly–a mom. Becca saw the magic of Tiny Tots and was hooked. Music was an important part of her childhood, and she is excited to apply her skillset to help Inside the Orchestra grow its impact. As a former public school teacher, Becca has seen the trend to prioritize academics over arts education within schools accelerate. She hopes to help all kids across Colorado and beyond gain access to the wonderful world of music education. Becca is a graduate of Emory University School of Law, Bank Street College of Education, and Brandeis University. When she is not working at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath on construction and real estate litigation, she is chasing after her daughter Naomi, gardening, and fixing up her 90-year old house.
Interested in learning more about board membership? Email Shelby at firstname.lastname@example.org.