TYSA Staff & Board

Meet the people who bring the program together.


Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs

Music Director and Conductor, Tacoma Youth Symphony (TYS)

Joe Dyvig

Conductor, Tacoma Junior Youth Symphony (TJYS)

Dr. Anna Jensen

Conductor, Tacoma String Philharmonic (TSP)

John M. Wetherington

Conductor, Tacoma Wind Philharmonic (TWP)

Karen Helseth

Conductor, Tacoma String Symphony (TSS)

Liz Ward

Assistant Conductor, Tacoma Youth Symphony (TYS) and Conductor for the Tacoma Youth Brass Choir and TYS Chamber Winds

Dr. Loma Cobbs

Music Theory and Musicology

Administrative Staff

Anna Jensen, DMA

Executive Director

Megan Berkinshaw

Operations Manager

Minna Stelzner

Engagement Manager

Tommy Hawthorne

Education Manager

Kristina Thomas

Marketing Manager

Karen Christensen

Finance Manager

Heidi Davidson

Music Librarian

Board of Trustees

Sue Daulton


Cathy Early

Vice President

Jennifer Weddermann


Laura Davis


Amy Boers

Melody Camp

Maggie Duggan

Dr. Brian Gilfeather

John Gregory

Debbie Jaap

Benjamin Kamithi

Dr. Li-Ling Liao

Dr. Jennifer Rhyne

Fred Warnick

Dr. Anna Wittstruck

Special Thanks

We are grateful for TYSA alumnus Cora Reuter, whose photographs appear throughout our website!

Cora performed in TYSA orchestras from 1990-1999, including acting as concertmaster of TYS. She runs a full violin studio in Gig Harbor, coaches for TYSA, and is a full time portrait and event photographer. An avid gardener, her beloved half-acre garden will be featured on the Gig Harbor Garden Tour in June 2023.


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