Ms. Annie Sevelius | Elementary School Principal
Ms. Annie Sevelius has worked at the Conservatory Lab for ten years. Presently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Boston College, she did receive her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, and her undergraduate degree, from Indiana University, in English Literature.
John Chistolini | Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Chistolini returned to his roots in education after twenty years of practice as an attorney in the areas of educational law, child care and protection, and personal injury. His background includes a Master’s degree in Education as well as 17 years with Boston Public Schools where he began as a middle school science teacher and also held positions as Chief of the Boston School Police, and Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent of Operations. While working for the Deputy Superintendent of Operations, he supported and managed a comprehensive array of city-wide services and programs in 79 elementary, 24 middle and 15 high schools requiring a thorough understanding of operations, finance, procurement systems, transportation, and human resources. His love of education fostered the establishment of the “Massachusetts Charter School Legal Service Program” which provided legal guidance and services to Charter Schools. His work with Charter Schools has included governance issues, development and operation of strategic plans, legal guidance in the daily operation of a school, and equipping personnel with the tools to respond to an administrative, personnel, student or school crisis. His passion is being founder of and trustee (with his daughter Alexandra) for Ebenezer Foundation, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit Charitable Trust which provides legal and financial expertise to raise tax deductible funding to provide shelter, medical care, and education to the orphans and street children of Zambia, Africa (www.ebenezerfoundation.net). When first introduced to the Conservatory Lab, his impression was that the Conservatory is led by visionaries and extraordinary, talented, and dedicated faculty and staff. He decided he wanted to be part of a team and community that were creating and building a unique and rigorous academic and music education for its children.
Cecilia Soriano | Director of External Relations, Marketing, and Communications
Ms. Soriano is a veteran arts administrator who has dedicated the majority of her professional career to the two passions in her life – children and the arts. “Art is the signature of civilization” is a central belief for her. To this end, she has been successful in raising funds and developing supporters for each of the arts programs and the arts organizations with which she has worked. Among these were CITYDANCE, during her tenure as Director of the Center for Dance Education at Boston Ballet; DANCE FOR ALL as Executive Director of American Academy for Dance and Kindred Arts in Santa Monica, CA; MUSIC L.A.!, while at the Department of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles; the 60th Anniversary Season for Starlight Theatre in Balboa Park, San Diego,CA while she was Executive Director; and the 45th season for Colorado Ballet in her role as Vice-President Development, Marketing & Sales. In each of these endeavors, along with others, she has been responsible for the planning and execution of the Development, Marketing and Communications activities.
Kelly Greene | Director of Development/Capital Campaign
Ms. Greene has provided annual fund, membership and major gifts strategic planning, leadership development, campaign and implementation planning support and advice to organizations in the higher education, independent school, and arts and cultural sectors for over 17 years.
A life-long passionate supporter of the arts, Ms. Greene began her career in academic fundraising at Harvard University, during which time she also pursued a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University. Ms. Greene continued as an Associate Director and Leadership Gifts Officer at Phillips Academy, where she also provided development strategy and support to the Addison Gallery of American Art. She brought her academic fundraising background to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as the Director of Patron and Member Programs and, as a consultant, provided development strategy to the Andover School of Montessori in Andover, MA , planned giving strategy for Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston, MA and served as a Director on the board of a private family foundation, managing grants and strategic planning. As a volunteer, she has been a grants reader for EdVestors for 7 years as well as a member of the Addison Gallery of American Art’s Board of Governors.
Ms. Greene is excited to join the team at Conservatory Lab and to be involved in an environment that transforms lives through the integration of challenging academics and performance at high artistic levels.
Marianne Xu | Development Associate & Data Analyst
Marianne is proud to be a member of the Conservatory Lab family and very grateful for the opportunity to work with a plethora of strong role models and rare talent. A “third-culture kid,” Marianne grew up in the U.K., attended high school in Texas, and came to Boston for college and graduate school at Wellesley and Harvard. Before joining Conservatory Lab, Marianne taught French and Mandarin to students in preschool through high-school, and ESL to restaurant-workers in Boston’s Chinatown. She also completed research projects for UNICEF, UNHCR, the Law and International Development Society, and the Comparative and International Education Society. In her spare time, Marianne serves on the User Advisory Board of iGrad, a new online financial literacy platform, and on the Executive Committee of the HGSE Alumni Council. She loves going to orchestra concerts, taking long nature walks, reading, and spending quality time with family, friends, and her 12-year-old violin, Sir Edward Elgar II (named after the composer of her favorite piece, Salut d’Amour).
Amy Perella | Steward of Citizenship
Amy Perella obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a minor in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Additionally, she earned a Master of Education degree with a concentration in school adjustment counseling and mental health from Cambridge College. Amy taught middle school ELA and humanities for three years in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Next, she worked as an outreach counselor in an alternative middle school setting for three years in Chelsea, Massachusetts. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as her two dogs, Jackson and Nashville. She also enjoys running, exercising, cooking, being outdoors, and listening to all genres of music. As the Steward of Citizenship, she will be working closely with the students in the middle school, encompassing social emotional learning, health and wellness, and student support. Amy is very excited to join the Conservatory Lab Charter School team!
Toni Jackson | Marketing, Communications, and Development
Toni Jackson is a native Bostonian and graduated from Boston University with a degree in French Literature. She began working at the school in 2010 but her involvement with the school as a parent, a board member and a volunteer began in 2004. Her family’s love of music is what led them to the school and it’s what continues to inspire her work. Previously, she taught English Language Learners in both high school and middle school and specialized in integrating technology into the classroom. When not at school, she can usually be found in her kitchen, baking and preparing meals for her family and friends. She has combined her two favorite hobbies by photographing her favorite recipes step-by-step.
Christopher Schroeder | Resident Artist (trumpet)/Marketing, Communications, and Development
Mr. Schroeder is a Boston-based, freelance trumpet player and vocalist. An active music educator, Chris works with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center and teaches adult education courses at Brookline Adult and Community Education and New School of Music, Cambridge. In addition to his work with the El Sistema music program at Conservatory Lab, Chris also works in the Department of Development, Communications, and Marketing coordinating conferences and designing publications including our monthly Showcase.
Alex Barstow | Resident Artist (viola)/Marketing, Communications, and Development
Alex Barstow is a graduate of the Five-Year Dual Degree Program at Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received a B.A. in Sociology and B.M. in Viola Performance in 2012. His viola studies include work with Carol Rodland, Marcus Thompson, and Paul Biss. As a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he has been an active participant in the Boston arts scene, having ties to various arts institutions in the area, including the Boston Youth Symphony and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. Alex is thrilled to be a part of the Conservatory Lab community where he has the opportunity to combine his interest in music, nonprofit management, and social justice.
Osiel Gonzalez | Admissions, Operations, and Communications
Mr. Osiel J. Gonzalez is delighted to return to Conservatory Lab as an admissions coordinator, and an educational jack-of-all-trades. He grew up in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1999. He graduated from East Boston High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University in 2008. He’s eager to make strides in the field of education and aspires to become a teacher in the near future. Although he does not play an instrument, he comes from a musical family and is an avid singer. His interests include chess, playing sports, singing, current events, reading, and writing.
Adam Eccleston | Resident Artist (woodwinds)/Operations
Mr. Eccleston was raised in Bad Kreuznach, Germany and studied at Die Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt. Outside of Conservatory Lab, he enjoys teaching electronic private lessons to young musicians around the world through YouTube. In addition to his role as a Resident Artist at Conservatory Lab, he also holds an administrative role, assisting with school operations.
Alexei Rodriguez | Operations
A Boston native, Alexei Rodriguez left with his family in 1988 to North Carolina, where he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Spanish and a minor in music performance. Afterwards he promptly settled into a career as a touring and recording drummer, playing all over the Americas and Europe, as far as Moscow and Santiago de Chile. As a musician, as the son of a former teacher and as a relatively new parent himself, he couldn’t be more excited to be contributing his talents and passions to the Conservatory Lab team.
Gemma Falivene | Administrative Assistant
Gemma Falivene is new to Conservatory Lab this year and couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such an amazing community. A Boston native, she graduated from Boston Latin School and went on to receive the Posse Scholarship and graduate from Bucknell University. While earning her degree in Sociology she worked with several organizations to facilitate innovative ways of empowering and teaching youth. Her areas of focus have been social justice, leadership, creative empowerment and conflict resolution. Most recently, she has spent the last couple of years working for Outward Bound on their Thompson Island base, and is excited to continue her work with expeditionary learning with the students at the Conservatory Lab. When she can find the time, Gemma loves reading, traveling, and rock climbing.
James Bonsey | Principal Intern
Mr. Bonsey is thrilled to join the Conservatory Lab team as a Principal Intern. He is undertaking the School Leadership Master’s Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mr. Bonsey, born and educated in England, is a former Real Estate Development Professional and Public High School World History Teacher. He also served as Board Chairman of a Title 1 K-8 charter school in Durham, NC called Carter Community School. He received a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also received a History BA and an MBA from Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom.
Daniel Schulte | Principal Intern
Mr. Daniel Schulte was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Literature from Harvard College in 2009. Upon graduation, Daniel taught in the elementary division of an international school in Ankara, Turkey for four years. The desire to see more students of diverse backgrounds receive a high-quality academic and artistic education led Daniel back to Harvard to study School Leadership. Daniel is driven to one day lead his own school which fosters creativity in children. Daniel enjoys improvising on the piano, learning foreign languages, eating Turkish food, playing chess, and running by the Charles River.