Board of directors

Jake Zabinski,
Board President

                Randall Mastin received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa and received his Masters degree from The University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Mastin teaches strings in the La Crosse School District.

                Mr. Mastin is active in the La Crosse area as a cellist and cello instructor teaching and performing throughout the tri-state region. He has conducted his orchestras all over the United States and Europe including performances in Westminster Abby and London's New Year's Day Parade. Mastin has received several outstanding conducting awards as well as awards for effective leadership and program building abilities.

Mr. Pomplun received his Bachelor of Music in Education from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 2008. He was a trombone student of Nick Keelan and performed with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and trombone choir. He received his Master of Music in Education from Boston University in 2013 and is currently a band director at Lincoln and Logan Middle Schools. His bands have been highly awarded at the Wisconsin National Band Association convention and at regional Music Performance Assessments. Mr. Pomplun lives in La Crosse with his wife Carrie, son Luke, and dogs Bella and Cooper.

Laura Eber, 
Vice President

Dr. Cullan Lucas is thrilled to join the LYSO staff this season as both manager and low brass coach. He also currently teaches at Western Technical College as well as hosts his own low brass studio in the area. He has played trombone, conducted, and taught across the US at a variety of universities, community colleges, and public schools including the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and Arizona State University. Dr. Lucas is an advocate for new music and programming the works of traditionally underrepresented composers. Originally from Houston, TX, He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University before completing his Masters and Doctoral work at the University of South Carolina and Arizona State University, respectively.

Kathy Monroe, Treasurer
Maggini's violin

Margit Speckeen grew up in Black River Falls, WI and went to college at Luther College in Decorah, IA. After student teaching and  long-term substitute teaching, nine years ago, she moved to La Crosse to start a private violin studio at Leithold's Music and continue playing in the La Crosse Symphony, with which she had played violin with for almost 15 years. I continue to keep a small private studio in addition to teaching orchestra at Blessed Sacrament and St. Patrick's in Onalaska.

Kym Culp,

Jessica was awarded her degree in instrumental music education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and is a state certified teacher. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations, including: Viterbo Preparatory School of Arts, WISTA Elementary Orchestra Camps, UW-L String Academy, Hamilton Elementary Community Partnership for Strings, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition. Jessie commits herself to professional development as an active member of the American String Teachers Association and the National Association for Music Education. She currently serves as the orchestra director for Longfellow Middle School and the LaCrosse Design Institute, coaches the LaCrosse Youth Symphony Orchestras, offers private instruction through Old Towne Strings, and performs locally in various traditional folk bands and ensembles. Jessie enjoys working with students of all ages and is committed to providing an enjoyable and fulfilling musical education.

Carol Leidel,
UFAH Representitive

Lori received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and her Master's in Education from St. Mary's University. 2011 will be her tenth year teaching orchestra in the Winona Area Public Schools and playing viola with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the first ten years of her career she has also continued teaching privately, playing in string quartets locally and serving as a local advocate for music education. Lori has been active on committees in her school, district and at the state level. Lori was selected as Winona Teacher of the year for the 2012-13 school year.