Board of directors
Ken Treis, President
Ken Treis studied piano, vocal performance, mathematics, and physics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, where he performed with the college opera and soloed with multiple choral groups. After college, he was a frequent soloist with the Walla Walla Choral Society before moving to the Spokane area in 2007. Ken works as a software engineer with Miriam Technologies and currently directs music at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in St. John, WA, where he and his wife Danielle are raising their nine homeschooled children. As a family, they regularly play and sing for churches and retirement homes in the area. Their children have participated at all levels of the Spokane Youth Symphony orchestra since 2012.
Connie Kerbs, Vice President
Connie is a past president of the Spokane Youth Symphony's Board of Directors. Several of her children have played in most of the SYS ensembles. Connie’s background includes writing,
child-development, social work and music. She and her husband Mike have operated a specialized therapeutic foster home for nearly 30 years and past board member of Foster Parents Alliance of Washington State - FPAWS
Craig Culbertson, Treasurer
Craig has served in the employee benefits and financial services industry for the previous nineteen years specializing in health and welfare employer sponsored plans. Having consulted for a wide variety of employers throughout the country, Craig has gained extensive experience with the many facets of funding, structure, management and compliance of medical, dental and fringe benefit plans.
In addition to various professional certifications, Craig holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Political Science, and a Master of Business Administration in Medical Administration, from King University.
Craig has called Spokane Washington home for the last fourteen years, after residing in Seattle for the previous decade. Craig and his wife Alayna, have three children, Stephen, Emma, and Michael. Emma plays the viola and is a current member of the Spokane Youth Philharmonic.
Jenifer Edwards, Secretary
Jenifer Edwards is the Office Operations Assistant for Factory Rep Blinds, a locally-owned business. She was involved with SYS for eight years volunteering and working as the Strings Orchestra Aide for three years. She has her Business degree from Kinman Business University. She grew up in Spokane playing the violin with several teachers from the Spokane Symphony and is a certified Violin and Viola instructor. She has been involved in teaching music at as a homeschooling mother with her children's homeschool Co Op.
Steve Chen was the chairperson for multicultural programming committee at Purdue University. Over his career, he has played music for veterans, senior and youth citizens, nursing homes, universities, governments and communities where I have lived. Steve was assistant professor in music composition and theory for almost four years in Fujian Normal University and elected as a member of Fujian Musician Association. He served as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education for the Star School Program and the Community Learning Center Grant. With support from NY Congressman, NY City officials, key universities in NYC, and organizational leaders, Steve helped host the first Bridging the Digital Divide Conference in New York City, August 21, 2000.
Ryan Crossette has worked in the piano industry for over 20 years and has had the opportunity to represent most major brands of pianos. He currently owns the Steinway Piano Gallery of Spokane. He continually works with the public, universities, colleges, churches and other institutions as well as piano teachers in several parts of the country helping them understand how to select a good piano. Steinway Piano Gallery is the exclusive piano sponsor for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and Musicfest Northwest. Steinway is also the exclusive sponsor for the Spokane Piano Competition and heavily involved in all things piano in Spokane and the surrounding area.
Mary Beth Cullitan
Mary Beth is a long-time member of the Spokane arts community. She teaches the violin and was a member of the Spokane Symphony. She is certified Suzuki violin and viola teacher and has taught and trained many students in the Spokane region. Mary Beth has sent many students over the years into the Spokane Youth Symphony program and was awarded private teacher of the year in 2005. She brings a vast amount of background and history to her role on the Board.
Yuri Morozov is a Software Engineer, working remotely from his home in Spokane. He was born and raised in the Republic of Georgia (former USSR), moving to USA in 1990s and to Spokane in 2006. He and his wife Eteri are big fans of classical music and musical education for kids. Eteri is a Board member of Spokane Chamber Music Association (Spokane String Quartet) As a child, Yuri had played some piano and guitar. Eteri has studied piano for seven years and still plays it as a hobby. Both of their children, Sam, trumpet and Jessie, violin, have been participants in the Spokane Youth Symphony. Jessie is currently a member of the Spokane Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Rebecca is a technical support analyst at Premera Blue Cross and has worked in web and technical communications at Washington State Department of Health. Sheis also the owner/audio engineer at Aravis Productions. Rebecca's daughter, Ava, plays violin in the Spokane Youth Sinfonietta.
Brandi Smith is a Communications Professional with more than 20 years of experience serving organizations in Spokane. Currently, she works for Avista as the Manager of Internal Communications.
Brandi graduated with honors from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Communication Studies and has extensive experience helping organizations build programs to support employee engagement, customer engagement, and brand loyalty. In addition to her education, she has certifications in User Experience, Design Thinking, and Barre.
Brandi and her husband, Travis, are proud members of the Spokane community. They have two daughters who are involved in various orchestra activities inside and outside of school.
Christine is a retired teacher. She has taught in both public and private schools and has experience educating and advocating for the benefits of music for children of all ages.
Weiling Zhu the Chief Financial Officer of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Over the past 24 years, Weiling has held positions as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Investment Officer of various corporations as well as nonprofit organizations. She received her Master of Accountancy degree at Gonzaga University. Weiling and her family has been Spokane residents since 1992.