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Leighann Starkey

Leighann Starkey serves as the Director of Evaluation. She has extensive experience in educational and evaluative research in the non-profit and academic worlds, having previously served as a Research Director at an educational non-profit, as Project Director for a large-scale impact evaluation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as a Research Associate on a number …

Deidre Racoma

Deidre Racoma serves as a Music Teacher Mentor/Field Supervisor. She is originally from Oklahoma but has made NYC her home the past sixteen years where she is happily married and raising two children.  She is a certified K-12 music teacher who received her Bachelor of Music Education from Manhattanville College with an emphasis in Voice and …

Jeffrey Lipton

Jeffrey Lipton serves as the Assistant Program Director-Curriculum & Instruction, joining ETM in July 2015. Prior to joining ETM, he was the Chair of Music & Director of Choral Activities at Five Towns College for 18 years. While at Five Towns College Jeff taught courses in applied music (voice), choral music education, sight reading, choral and instrumental …

Lina Li

Lina Li serves as the Finance Associate, joining ETM in March 2012. After graduating from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, she worked at a property management firm and ballet academy handling the financial and administrative responsibilities of the companies. She is also mom to a middle-school aged daughter and proud …

Nicholas LaFleur

Nicholas LaFleur serves as the Deputy Director, Partner School Programs. He received his Master of the Arts in Performing Arts Administration from New York University, Advanced Certification in Music Education from Brooklyn College, and his Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Massachusetts. He came to ETM in 2008, after having served as General …

Alicia Jensen

Alicia Jensen serves as  the Senior Marketing and Communications Associate. She received her B.A. in Art History and English Language at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Prior to joining ETM, she worked at JPMorgan Chase and Estee Lauder in marketing and communications. More recently, Alicia worked at the Neue Gallerie combining her love of art and art history …

Geraldine Inoa

Geraldine Inoa serves as a Grant Writer. She received her B.A. in Dramatic Writing & Psychoanalysis, with a concentration in Playwriting, from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. As a playwright, she integrates music into all her plays, which includes writing songs, spoken word poems, and raps. As a child, she played the cello …

Nicholas Green

Nicholas Green joined ETM as the Evaluation Assistant in February 2016. Nick received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine before moving to New York to gain experience in education research. Nick has served children of all ages and socio-economic statuses through prior work as a para-professional for a …

Meryl Cullom

Meryl Cullom serves as the Professional Development Specialist – Curriculum and Integration.  Meryl is an Arts Educator, singer, actress, and composer.  She served as Education Director for the Washington DC metro area’s longest running children’s theatre, Adventure Theatre. She has taught elementary school in Brooklyn, and music in Harlem and Florida.  She has designed, administered, and implemented …

Peter Pauliks

Peter Pauliks joined ETM as the Director of Programs in 2008. He has taught in public school for ten years, specifically Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Music Theory, Guitar, General Music, Musical Theatre, Acting, and Music Technology. He earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Marywood University in Scranton, PA, and completed his graduate studies at …