Staff & Board of Directors

Staff & Board of Directors

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Dr. Patrick Tuck

Executive Director

ptuck@kidsorchestra.org

Patrick Tuck, Ph.D. serves as Executive Director of Kids’ Orchestra. He recently served as Director of Revenues for The Walls Project and prior to that as Executive Director for the Louisiana 4-H Foundation where he administered policy and procedure for a statewide network of 4-H nonprofits and led fundraising efforts that doubled the private assets of the Louisiana 4-H program.

Dr. Tuck has spent much of his professional career raising funds for music education programs. He serves as partnership committee chair for the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning Advisory Council (LACAL), who nominated him to participate in the 2021 White-Riley-Peterson (WRP) Afterschool Policy Fellowship program at Furman University. A partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this Fellowship is a 10-month national program designed to equip participants with a real-world understanding of policymaking for afterschool and expanded learning.

Before joining Louisiana 4-H, Patrick served as director of the United Way of the Bluegrass RSVP Trailblazers K-12 education volunteer program. He worked with federal support staff and United Way leadership to triple volunteer engagement and develop policies and procedures to ensure effective management of that federal grant initiative.

A Canadian by birth with two advanced degrees from Louisiana universities, he first came to the U.S. in 1996 to complete a master’s degree in trumpet performance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Patrick had been a freelance trumpet player and a music education sales professional in Toronto. His work with music educators to help them develop diverse revenue streams fueled his desire to learn about nonprofits and philanthropy in the U.S. He served on the music faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University while completing his doctorate in music theory from LSU, which he received in 2007. He and his family then spent eight years in Kentucky where he served as a music theory and high brass professor. His undergraduate music degree and performance diploma are from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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Dr. Sinella Aghasi

Associate Executive Director

saghasi@kidsorchestra.org
225.922.4656 x 104

Oversees writing and implementation of grants and community partnerships, marketing, and public relations.

Dr. Sinella Aghasi is an arts administrator, educator, and violinist. As an arts advocate, Dr. Aghasi is committed to making arts education accessible to a diverse community. In her role as the Director of Grants and Community Partnerships at Kids' Orchestra, she seeks to advocate for equitable access to the arts and to establish partnerships for bringing music education to a diverse community. Dr. Aghasi holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University, Master of Music from San Francisco State University, and Bachelor of music education and violin performance from California State University Stanislaus.

As an active performer, she plays with several local orchestras, such as Baton Rouge Symphony, Acadiana Symphony, and Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Aghasi currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships at Forum 225, Baton Rouge's largest young professionals' leadership organization.

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Dr. Brian Gallion

Operations Director

bgallion@kidsorchestra.org
225.922.4656 ext. 106

Oversees logistics for all program sites and manages organizational operations.

Dr. Brian Gallion holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in tuba performance from Louisiana State University (LSU), a Master of Music in tuba performance from LSU, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Prior to joining Kids' Orchestra, Brian held various teaching positions in secondary and higher education throughout Georgia and Louisiana.

In addition to working with Kids' Orchestra, Brian holds the position of principal tuba with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. He is also a lifetime member of, and the Advertising Coordinator for, the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

He currently resides in Zachary with his wife, Sarah, and their three children, Renée, Liam, and Claire.

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Samuel Trevathan

Education Director

strevathan@kidsorchestra.org
225.922.4656 ext. 103

Oversees the content, quality, and implementation of music curriculum for all program sites.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Murray State University and a Master of Music in percussion from Louisiana State University. He has studied percussion with Tom Vanarsdel, John Hill, Jim Corcoran, and Brett Dietz.

Sam currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning and previously served as the Afterschool Ambassador for Louisiana with the Afterschool Alliance (2018).

In addition to his work with Kids' Orchestra and afterschool programming throughout the state, he performs as a freelance percussionist in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, specializing in contemporary percussion, drum set, and chamber music. He also teaches privately throughout the region.

Sam enjoys spending time with his wife, Alicia Monroe.

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Erika Richardson

Project Manager

erichardson@kidsorchestra.org
225.922.4656 x 110

Manages KO social media and maintains all aspects of KO’s musical instrument inventory.

Erika holds a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music in flute performance from The Boston Conservatory. She has a passion for cultivating positive learning environments and aspires to convey her fervor for music with students of all ages. Prior to joining Kids' Orchestra, Erika taught a private flute studio in Dallas, owned a coffee business, and worked as a baker. She previously served Kid' Orchestra as a teaching artist during her time at LSU. Erika currently resides in Baton Rouge with her husband, Austin, and their two dogs, Nova and Remy.

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Nicklaus White

Program Manager, Volunteer Coordinator

nwhite@kidsorchestra.org
225.922.4656 x 105

Oversees afterschool program sites and manages all aspects of the KO volunteer program.

Nicklaus White, from Augusta, Ga, is a recent graduate from LSU with a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Nick has worked at Interlochen Arts Camp as a cabin counselor and Assistant Director of Camp for five years. He also worked as an Instructor of Residence Life at Interlochen Arts Academy during the school year. He loves the outdoors and all things camp! Most recently, he has worked at the Metropolitan Opera as an intern in the DEI and HR departments, and at LCTCS as a student worker in the marketing and communications departments. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Voice from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2020 and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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Rosalinda ramirez

Program Manager

rramirez@kidsorchestra.org
225.922.4656 x 108

Oversees afterschool program sites.

Rosalinda Ramirez is a performer and music educator from Brownsville, Texas. She earned her Bachelors in Music Performance from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where she studied with Dr. Joe W. Moore III, Dr. Mark Joseph Ramirez, and Dr. Marco Schirripa. She received her Masters of Music in percussion performance from Louisiana State University where she studied with Dr. Brett W. Dietz. Prior to Kids Orchestra, Rosalinda was a percussion teacher in South Texas at several high schools and a consultant to different middle schools in the region. Outside of this she was a drum set teacher at Little Mozarts Music Academy and front ensemble technician for Genesis DBC. Currently she is a freelance musician in Baton Rouge and private lesson instructor.

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Madeleine case

Program Manager, Private Lessons Coordinator

mcase@kidsorchestra.org

Oversees afterschool program sites and the KO private lessons program.

Originally from Gluckstadt, MS, Madeleine Case is an avid performer, teacher, and researcher. Most recently, she completed a Master’s in Music at Louisiana State University, where she served as the graduate assistant in the horn studio. She regularly performs with local orchestras and maintains a private studio in Baton Rouge, LA. Having graduated with a degree in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi in May of 2021, she wrote a thesis on the horn pedagogy employed by Mississippi band directors. Her previous teachers include Seth Orgel, Dr. Jacquelyn Adams and Mimi Linehan. She has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony, Mostly Modern Festival Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Mississippi Wind Symphony, and the Capital Brass Quintet of Jackson, MS.

Board of Directors

Lauren Fowler, Board Chair
Exit Realty

Katie Schellack, Immediate Past President
Writer & Volunteer

Christina Davis, Secretary
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Trang Phuong Huynh, MD
The Women Services, LLC

Kelly Hurtado
Bank of St. Francisville

Marvin Broome
Retired Professor/Community Volunteer

Ann Marie Stanley, PhD, Emeritus
LSU School of Music

Adam Beary
CEO/President, Bear Process Safety

Jeff Peters, JD, General Counsel
PMG, PMG Leasing, and Family Companies

Meredith Hathorn, JD, Advisory Board

Layne McDaniel, CPA, Advisory Board

Marie Powell, Advisory Board

Stewart Gordon, MD, Advisory Board

John Pearce, JD, Advisory Board

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