Administration and Office Staff

Varina Bleil, Executive Director


Ms. Bleil has been the Executive Director of the American Youth Symphony since 2014. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Inside Out Community Arts in Venice for four years and spent a decade in the entertainment industry as a writer, associate producer and development executive. Varina received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas and a Masters in Education (Arts in Education) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Kevin Kassebaum Co-Principal


Kevin Kassebaum is interested in ensuring that all students have access to a high-quality education regardless of their background.  Kevin‘s experience is in both urban, rural and suburban school systems.  He has worked in four states and served as a middle school teacher, a middle school
assistant principal as well as a K-8 assistant principal and K-8 Charter School Director. Raised in the rolling hills of Sonoma County, Kevin holds a B.A. in History from Sonoma State University and an M.S. in School Administration from Pepperdine University.  Kevin has also worked for the State of Rhode Island Department of Education as an Educator Specialist in the Office of Educator Quality and Certification.   Upon walking into the main building at LFCSA, Kevin was immediately inspired and is looking forward to being a contributing member of the school community.
Dr. Linda Lee, Co-Principal


Linda Lee has over twenty years of experience as an elementary educator serving diverse demographics, such as Title I, English Language Learner, and minority students in preschool through sixth grades. She has served as a director, a technology coordinator, a bilingual teacher (Spanish), and she is a National Board Certified, Early Childhood Generalist. She is experienced in obtaining school accreditations from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

She is a native of Los Angeles and was a student of the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Urban Education focus and Master of Arts in Computer Education from California State University Los Angeles; and an Educational Doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership with an emphasis on School and System Redesign, at California State University Los Angeles.

Nick Zanoria, Director of Student Services

Nick Zanoria’s passion for teaching and nurturing the growth of children grew from summers spent working at residential summer camps. As a student at UCLA, where he earned a B.A. in Sociology and later a Master Degree in Education, he shared his love of the outdoors with children as a counselor at UCLA Unicamp. After college, Nick spent several years as a camp director, designing engaging activities, facilitating ropes courses, and training staff how to foster children’s growth by helping them to develop independence and self-reliance. He put these experiences to good use as a fifth and sixth grade teacher at LFCSA, preparing our students for the academic rigors and personal challenges they would face as they moved on to the next stage of their education. After serving on numerous committees where he helped to develop curriculum and refine systems at our school, Nick decided to pursue his interests in administration by joining the administrative team, where he could continue to serve and work with the students, staff, and families of LFCSA. Outside of school, he enjoys building toys and creating games with his children, cycling, camping, and spending time outdoors.

Michelle Jones, Office Manager

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Michelle Jones has been with LFCSA from the very beginning when we first opened our doors in 2006.

Sabra Kirkland, Front Desk

Johanna Voutounou, Office and Data Coordinator

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Johanna studied Film at New York University and then went on to work as a television production coordinator. She also taught film studies at Gibbs College in New York City.  After having her own children, Johanna became passionate about non-violent parenting/teaching and trained with the Echo Parenting Center. She used her training to design enrichment programs for pre-schools that focused on students’ socio-emotional growth. She is excited that her role at LFCSA has given her the opportunity to combine her coordinating skills with her love of the arts, in an environment that allows students to grow not only academically but  socio-emotionally.

Sarah Samonte, Office Assistant

Jessica Barragan, Office Assistant