Members Elect New Leaders to Guild Board of Trustees

At the National Guild’s Annual Meeting—held at the Conference for Community Arts Education on November 1st—members elected four new field leaders to the Guild board of trustees. The Guild is proud to welcome the following individuals to our board:

Sofia Fojas, Director, Visual and Performing Arts at Elk Grove Unified School District; Elk Grove, CA

Sofia Fojas is in her 25th year as a K-12 educator. She was a classroom musicteacher and high school music director for 20 years. For the past five years she worked in San Francisco Unified School District’s Visual and Performing Arts Department as Supervisor for Cultural Equity and Social Justice in the Arts She was the founding director of the SFUSD Mariachi Program in 2014. Ms. Fojas recently accepted the position of Director of Visual and Performing Arts for the Elk Grove Unified School District in Sacramento County.
SoYoung Lee, Executive Director, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Boulder, CO

SoYoung Lee serves as the Executive Director of the Rocky Ridge Music Center. She led the development of a bold strategic plan that includes the expansion of the summer residential program to include year-round, meaningful collaborations with community music schools in Denver and Boulder, and a concert hall sited on a 17-acre campus just steps from the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Nina Stillman, Chicago, IL

Prior to her retirement from the active practice of law as of October 2015, Ms. Stillman concentrated her practice on employment and occupational safety and health law matters. Ms. Stillman is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Merit School of Music, where she had been a Trustee and Life Trustee since 2000. She has been a member of Northwestern University School of Law’s Law Board, Smith College’s President’s Council, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Board of Directors, the University Club of Chicago’s Board of Directors and Northwestern University’s Council of 100.
Lecolion Washington, Executive Director, Community Music Center of Boston, Boston, MA

After over 20 years as a performing musician, 15 years as a music professor, and 10 years as an arts administrator, Lecolion Washington has established himself as a leader for the next generation of arts entrepreneurs; and he has been a staunch advocate for the relevance of music as an agent for social change. Lecolion is the Executive Director of Community Music Center of Boston. Prior to moving to Boston, Lecolion was the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the PRIZM Ensemble in Memphis from 2009-2017, and he was the founder of the PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival.

You can read full bios and learn more about the Guild Board of Trustees here.

Photo above: (Left to right) Sofia Fojas, SoYoung Lee, Nina Stillman, and Lecolion Washington

Published: March 16, 2020