HAVANA TRAVEL AGENT
Born in Ukraine, Tamila attended primary and secondary school in Ukraine and received her Master of Science in Engineering from the State University of St. Petersburg. Tamila speaks Russian, Ukrainan, and Spanish. She reads and translates English and German. She has lived in Cuba since 1986 and is Commercial Director of Multitrading International S.A. a Panamanian tourism agency which has been working with Havanatur since 2002.
José manuel chala-leblanch
A distinguished Cuban-born writer, professor, and lecturer at the internationally recognized Instituto Pedagógico Latinoamericano y Caribeño (Latin American and Caribbean Pedagogical Institute), Chala is a specialist in the Cuban literacy methodology Yo Si Puedo, which has given his countrymen the highest standard of literacy in the world at 99.8% according to UNESCO. Chala will help with special off-the-usual-tourist-track tours of museums, colonial architecture, and other cultural wonders of the island nation. He will be Emeriti Philharmonic's liaison with the Ministry of Culture, and will work with the Ministry to maximize memorable musical encounters between Emeriti Philharmonic participants and orchestral musicians in Havana and Camagüey.
conductor & administrator
Dan was born in Spokane, Washington and is a graduate (Performance Certificate in Conducting) of the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Lawrence Leighton Smith. Dan has lived most of his life in Santa Barbara, Californiia. He founded the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony while still in high school in 1965. He enjoyed an active career in Seattle, conducting Seattle Wind Ensemble and Seattle Debut Orchestra. Dan brought the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival to Seattle in 1979 and 1980 creating a chamber music renaissance in that city. An inveterate entrepreneur, Dan was founding artistic director of the Santa Barbara Chamber Music Festival (2003-2007), and American Collegiate Symphony Orchestra (1983-2005). Dan served as General Manager of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra for its 2008-2009 season and has been a music, theater, and dance critic for various media for decades. He is video interview host to California's diverse arts community regularly at BravoCalifornia!
ERNESTINA REGLA CLARK-CASTILLO
TRANSLATOR AND TOUR GUIDE
Regla was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. She came of age at the height of the Cuban Revolution and also witnessed the hardship of the Special Period in the early 1990s. She studied Russian and English at the University of Havana in preparation for a teaching career at the military training institute Los Camilitos in Havana. She immigrated to the United States with her daughter, Thais, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since. Regla was also the Youth Orchestra manager for the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley, CA.