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.
Craig Culbertson, Vice President
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.
Adelle Lines, Secretary
Adelle and her husband are the parents of five children. While both grew up in Arizona, they have spent most of their married life in Washington and Alaska, and have recently moved their family to Spokane. Adelle has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Arizona and specialized in oncology nursing before becoming a full-time mother. She has been highly involved with her children over the years in various capacities such as serving on a Preschool Board of Directors, Cub Scout Committee Chair, and most recently, helping to form the Vail Youth Symphony in Arizona. Adelle grew up playing the violin, flute, and piano and is excited to be part of an organization dedicated to helping young musicians develop their talents. Her oldest son has been playing violin for several years and is part of the SYS Philharmonic and Sarah, also plays violin and is now a member of Strings.
Yuri Morozov, Treasurer
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. Their older son Sam, age 16, is a trumpet player at SYS, starting with Philharmonic, and now at Youth Symphony, he also plays piano. Their younger daughter Jessie, age nine, is a member of the Spokane Youth Philharmonic. She also likes to play piano and make her own music. Yuri also does some volunteering in schools, mostly to prepare kids for Math competitions.
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.
Ryan plays the pianos and started at the age of 5. Since then he has been found at the piano entertaining and composing. Without any formal piano lessons, Ryan has been able to develop his own style of playing and arranging music. Ryan currently has two piano albums that have been played over 9 million times on Pandora radio. He currently resides in Liberty Lake, Washington.
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.
Jenifer Edwards has been involved with SYS for eight years volunteering and working with Dr. Marshall as his Aide with the Strings orchestra for the last 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. She has been involved in teaching music at her son's Home School Co-ops over the years. For 24 years, she and her husband Billy have raised and home schooled their six boys, Alexander, Caleb, Joshua, Ethan, Nathanael, and Seth. Part of their education was learning music with multiple instruments and theory. Their family has used this gift to play and sing during worship at their church. With Billy working in the medical field, she has been able to stay home and home school their boys. With two boys left, she works at home as a Brain Integration Therapist with their one son who has severe learning challenges with Autism Spectrum Disorder. SYS has been the most rewarding organization to be a part of. It lead the way for one of our sons, Ethan Edwards, who graduated from the Youth Symphony this last year, to decided and pursue a music teaching career and will be attending Eastern Washington University with a music scholarship.
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. Their daughter, Savannah, plays the violin and is engaged in SYS. Their daughter Olivia is enjoying learning to play the viola.
Weiling Zhu 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.