“I just think it makes my students happier overall, which helps them learn and get along better with each other.”

4th Grade,Parkmont School, Fremont


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Our Board of Directors: Volunteers Nurturing a Love of Music

A nine-member volunteer board of directors meets monthly, sets policy and oversees and supports the Music for Minors II enrichment program with the assistance of part-time staff under the direction of an Executive Director:  Docent Training Coordinators, Program Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant.  Each school that has the MFMII program selects a liaison as their contact person who promotes communication between MFMII and the schools and the expansion of the program at their sites.

Music for Minors II Executive Director & Training Teacher: Carol Zilli

Carol ZilliCarol Zilli is the founder and Executive Director of Music for Minors II (MFMII) since she established it as a nonprofit in l988 having been trained as a Music for Minors docent in 1986 in Los Altos. She was an active docent at Niles School in Fremont for many years where she started MFMII as well as a parent volunteer piano accompanist/co-director of the Niles School Chorus.

Carol is a graduate of Santa Clara University and holds a Standard Life Teaching Credential in French and English and taught at Hayward High School for 8 years where she established a CORE Reading Program for at-risk youth before marrying and having three children. She has taught private piano lessons and substituted in Fremont and Newark Unified School Districts.

Since 1990, Carol has taught the MFMII Docent Training classes at Ohlone College and the Fremont and Castro Valley Adult Schools training hundreds of community volunteers in teaching music to children. She also offered a mini-training for classroom teachers to empower them with music integration into their curriculum. She also taught classroom music and directed the after school choir at Schilling Elementary School in Newark for 16 years directing and producing over 30 musicals with children in grades 3-6. Carol currently directs her church adult and children choirs and cantors at liturgical services weekly. She is also a presenter at teacher conferences and workshops and service groups in the community.

Carol is a strong advocate for children and has served on the Fremont Unified School District Health and Sex Education Advisory Committee for 15 years striving for high standards and parental involvement in the schools for healthy childhood development. Her heart and soul is with Music for Minors II as she firmly believes that music is the answer to children’s academic success and social and emotional well-being as well as that of others as it is a powerful learning tool and a great healer for our world. Carol continues to envision MFMII’s program expansion given the powerful impact it has had on children, teachers, parents, and the community thanks to the dedication and love of its countless volunteers. From one docent in 1986 serving one school to almost 90 docents serving over 5,200 children with weekly music, MFMII has established its credibility as a nonprofit helping children in need.

Music for Minors II Board of Directors

Elise Bagley President:

Elise Balgley

Elise Balgley is a graduate of UCLA and Hastings College of the Law. She has practiced law for 30 years for the most part in the Tri-Cities of Fremont, Newark and Union City focusing on all types of civil matters. In addition to her involvement with Music for Minors II, Elise is an active member of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Fremont and Soroptimist International.

Carolyn ZeljakSecretary:

Carolyn Zeljak




Treasurer: Michele Morhous

JemBoard Member:

Jamunarani B Ramaraj

Jem graduated with a MSc in Electronics in India. She has been the MFMII Liaison at Niles School since 2013, as well as holding other PTA positions (Reflections Chair and Treasurer). Jem has earned several awards including the PTA Honorary Service Award (2016) and her service as a docent in 2012-13 earned her MFMII's In Harmony Service Award (2013). In her spare time, Jem loves drawing and watercolor paintings. Her hobby has earned her awards including the Gold Prize Winner for Sri Krishna Era animals watercolor painting (2015). Since 2014 she has been teaching drawing and painting to children at FAA.


Katya Juliet Lerner

Katya graduated from UC Davis, California with a BA in Communication. In addition to owning BuzzWord Consulting, an online Communication Consulting & Digital Marketing business, she works as the Director of Operations for an online music start-up company in the Bay Area, 4fame.com. Additionally, Katya has over 12 years experience in sales and team leadership, working for a fortune-500 company. Katya has always had a passion for music and music education, learning to sing, play the piano and violin starting at age 4. She and her husband have 2 children, Kingston and Kora, and are dedicated to helping our communities continue to offer music education to children for years to come.

Ken SmithHistorian:

Ken Smith


New Board Members welcome.

Contact MFMII at info@musicforminors2.org.





Music for Minors II Staff

Sharon FilippiAdministrative Assistant & Liaison Coordinator:

Sharon Filippi

Ms. Filippi started her association with MFMII in 1988 when she took the docent training in Los Altos. MFMII was in its infancy with only a handful of docents.  Over the years she has been a docent (in her own 2 children's classes but many others also), a liaison and the board treasurer.  For the last five years she has been the administrative assistant.  MFMII has grown, prospered and brought music to thousands of children during the years that she has been involved.  She has been involved in choirs and choruses since grade school and knows the importance of the arts in our lives.  Even though her major in college was history, her minors were in the humanities and music. It's a true mission to keep the arts alive and well in childlren's hearts.

Eva ChengDocent Manager / Docent Training Coordinator:

Sue Schwartz

Music is my passion. I hold a bachelor of Music Education and have spent the past 43 years teaching music in many different forms - Yamaha Music Teacher, MFMII docent, music teacher. I was trained as a MFMII Docent in the Fall of 1992 and became a docent at Ardenwood Elementary School until 1998. During that span of time, I served on the MFM II Board as Secretary. Shortly after that, I became Docent Training Coordinator, and then Docent Director. I continued in those roles until 2002 when I decided to take classes for a California Teaching Credential. I earned a Multi-Subject Credential, and taught third grade at Milani Elementary in Newark Unified for one year. I then transferred to New Haven Unified School District where I taught Music to grades K-5 until this year.


Veera Kazak Program Manager:

Veera Rohinton Kazak

I have been involved with MFMII since 2007. I am a docent and liaison at Parkmont Elementary School in Fremont, and joined the MFMII staff in 2014 as Event Coordinator and then as Program Manager in 2015. I am married with three boys and was actively involved with Boy Scout Troop 176 , and enjoyed volunteering with Parkmont PTA for many years. I grew up in London, England, where music was important and sang in the school choir at high school. I had various jobs including a dental assistant, bilingual secretary and finally a software support specialist for Digital Equipment (now HP) for 10 years. I am also a puppy sitter for Guide Dogs for the Blind. I believe that all children have the right to a well-rounded education, including music.

Eva ChengEvent Coordinator:

Ana Silveira Bjeletic

My name is Ana Silveira Bjeletic and I am from Brazil. I spent the last years of my life raising my two children and being involved in my son’s school. Now that my 4 year old daughter is going to start school I find myself very excited to have this great opportunity to be part of this wonderful organization. As a event coordinator my goal is to give to parents and children the opportunity to enrich their lives through music education.

Melissa DykstraCastro Valley Training Assistant:

Melissa Dykstra

I trained as an MFMII docent in 2014, and loved to bring music through this program to the students of Jensen Ranch Elementary in Castro Valley. Originally from Ohio, I taught dance to children and adults there for over a decade (I hold my BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University). Currently, I enjoy raising my two school-age boys and am actively involved in their school.

Swati ShahRecruitment Coordinator (Fremont & Newark):

Swati Shah

I took MFMII Docent Training in Sept 2015 and am currently teaching at Hirsch Elementary. I love to see the smiling faces of students while learning music. As a recruitment coordinator for MFMII, my goal is to encourage more music lovers to join as Docents to spread the joy of music to more children. 

Music for Minors II Support

Webmaster / Yahoo Moderator:

Rohinton Kazak (Roy)

Resource Centre Assistants wanted for
Niles - Glenmoor - Leitch

Kennedy, Newark - Ines Canales

Proctor, Castro Valley - Eri Graffam

Recruitment Team:

Swati Shah (Leader), Carol Zilli, Elisabeth Huffmaster, Nidhi Joshi

Training Team:

Carol Zilli (Leader), Veera Kazak, Jaya Murthy, Sister Dorothy, Varsha Banerjee, Susan Schwartz