Our Board

Board of Directors

Interested in learning more about board membership? Email Shelby at shelby@insidetheorchestra.org.

Tony Pares

President

Antonio Parés

Antonio Parés is a Partner with the Donnell-Kay Foundation, where he’s focused on improving educational outcomes for Colorado’s youth in both rural and urban communities. Prior to Donnell-Kay, Antonio served as the Education Policy Director for the City and County of Denver, consulted with national nonprofits focused on educational equity, worked on political campaigns in Texas and Colorado, and supported school turnaround efforts in Denver. He got his start in education as a social studies teacher in south Texas with Teach For America. Antonio also serves on the Colorado Charter School Institute Board as a gubernatorial appointee. He is a Colorado native and a proud third generation alumnus of the University of Colorado Boulder. Outside of work, Antonio enjoys Denver’s many cultural venues, craft festivals, and incredible music. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Emily.
 

Vice President

Rob Rehburg

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.

 

Treasurer

Sean Smith

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.

Plotkin

Secretary

Jean Plotkin

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.


Board Member

Steve Wine

My passion with music began in 5th grade on a school trip to the orchestra.  It led me on an amazing adventure.  As a trumpet player, I learned not only how to play an instrument, but also made lifelong friends, learned the importance of teamwork, and maybe how to think differently.  I was able to play with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corp and went to the University of Colorado on a music scholarship.  This is my dream for any child who chooses to pursue music.  As a parent of two young children, I hope for early and frequent exposure to music of all kinds, including the live orchestra experience provided by Inside the Orchestra’s outreach programs.  I feel very fortunate to be involved with Inside the Orchestra and look forward to an exciting future.  My wife and I are both Colorado natives and it brings us great joy to see how this organization keeps music alive in the hearts of our children.

 

Board Member

Kellyn Smith

Kellyn Smith has lived in the Denver community since 2003. She grew up in Colorado Springs and attended the Colorado Springs Conservatory. She currently serves as Senior Director of Development for the University of Denver. Prior to joining DU, Kellyn served on the development team at Denver Botanic Gardens building their corporate partnership program. She received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from The University of Colorado Boulder and master’s degree in Leadership and Organizations at the University of Denver. She has volunteered with the Dumb Friends League and as a member of the CSO Chorus with the Colorado Symphony. She lives with her husband, two children and their labradoodle in the DU neighborhood. Kellyn enjoys classical and jazz music, yoga, camping and gardening.
 

Board Member

Cindy Bedard

Having grown up with two concert pianists in my family, I developed a love of music at an early age. With two young boys of my own, I discovered Inside the Orchestra through the Tiny Tots program and was moved from the first performance. I am committed to helping the organization succeed and expand so that others can learn and enjoy the value of the music and fine arts at any age. I believe music can be so accessible no matter what age or demographic a person is, and I am honored to be part of an organization that makes spreading the joy of music possible. In my day-to-day life, I am a mom of two young boys and a finance professional working part-time.
 

Board Member

Tamara Bourda

Dr. Tamara Bourda, the National Director of Healthy Communities at Catholic Health Initiatives, has over fifteen years public health experience in the hospital and public health sectors. In her current role, she leads the national, system-wide community benefit infrastructure, directs strategies for community and population health initiatives, and oversees and evaluates a multi-million dollar grant program which provides financial resources for hospitals to initiate and sustain community health improvement programs. Dr. Bourda received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master of Public Health from Drexel University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health from the University of Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling internationally with her husband, listening to all genres of live music, and mentoring and volunteering with community organizations.
 

Board Member

Maria Corral

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.
 


Board Member

Joshua Neugebauer

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.

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