Melina García, Executive Director (Email Melina)
Melina García is a native Venezuelan and resident of Union City, NJ for the last 6 years. An active member of her community, she saw a need to create a program that would enrich the lives of Union City’s children and their families.

Mrs Garcia has over 15 years of experience in public and media relations, international politics and development, fundraising and project management. She has also held positions at the William J. Clinton Foundation, the Venezuelan Mission to the United Nations and The Wayuu Taya Foundation, as well as affiliations with several national and local non-profit organizations including ARTSPlan NJ, Art for Change and Por un Mejor Hoy.

Mrs Garcia holds a BA in Media Studies and a BA in Studio Art from Hunter College, and has taken courses in Cultural Planning and Creative Place Making at Rutgers University

Samuel Marchan, Music Director (Email Samuel)
Originally from Merida, Venezuela, Samuel Marchan has over 25 years of experience as a violist and extensive educational experience in the New York public schools and in Venezuela, teaching privately and in small groups. Mr Marchan was part of El Sistema in Venezuela and is co-founder of the first núcleo in his homestate. A recipient of the 2005 King Park Chavez Visiting Professorship Award from the University of Michigan, Mr. Marchan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from the Julliard School and a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from New York University.

Wilbert Gutierrez, Art Director (Email Wilbert)
Born in Costa Rica and raised in Queens, NY, Gutierrez has worked on staff and as a consulting editorial art director for over a decade at publications such as Men’s Health, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly and Budget Travel. As head of his own design firm, Garcierrez Media, he launched, redesigned and art-directed numerous magazines in New York City. Most recently, Gutierrez has been involved in designing websites, mobile applications as well as consulting for a wide variety of media and communication companies on design and art direction.

Music Instructors

The UCMP is currently looking for Cello, General Music Education, percussion, and brass instructors for its 2012 Summer Program. The procedures used by the UCMP to screen and hire new teachers will be the following:

For more information, or to apply for a position with the UCMP, please contact