Board Members

ASTA/NJ Board, 2016 - 2018

IMPORTANT NOTE: Board Members may be contacted by email by selecting their name from the drop-down menu on the contact page.


Arvin Gopal

Elizabeth Guerriero
President Elect

Sarah Mederos
Past President

Naomi Youngstein

Cooper Ford


Robert Anderson

Mimi Butler

Angel Liu

Betsy Maliszewski

Peg Roberts
Chamber Music

Sheila Mendel
Nominations/Private Teacher Listing

Leslie Webster
ASTACAP Examinations, Cadet Teachers

Brian Verdi

Joe Deninzon
Alternative Styles

Mary Ann Mumm
Member at Large

Barbara Vierschilling
Member at Large

Sandra Dackow
Member at Large



About Us

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About the American String Teachers Association:

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to a collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession. ASTA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
ASTA is a national organization with state chapters. State chapters share the overall mission of ASTA National while addressing the needs and interests of ASTA members on a local level.

ASTA National Mission Statement:
The American String Teachers Association promotes excellence in string and orchestra teaching and playing. ASTA pursues its mission through:

• an open sharing of ideas
• benefits, services, and activities responsive to the needs of all members
• development of strong state leadership and chapters
• enhancing the image and visibility of string teaching and study
• advocacy for string education
• an inclusive community of string teachers and players

ASTA/NJ Mission Statement
The objectives of ASTA/NJ shall be to:

• support and encourage the teaching of string instruments at all educational levels
• to promote and improve orchestras at all educational levels
• to establish the highest artistic and pedagogical standards