Pasted Graphic 2Eric Maine, President
Eric Maine has been a resident of Nevada since he began working for the Clark County School District in 2012. He completed his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in Music Education with a minor in Music History, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2015. He has teaching experience at both the middle and high school levels. His orchestras have consistently received superior ratings at festivals in Nevada, California, and Florida. Eric currently teaches at Ed W. Clark High School, where he is the co-director of orchestras. He directs three of the six major ensembles at Clark High School, and will be conducting at The Midwest Clinic this December. He also currently serves as the Southern NMEA All-State Orchestra Chair, where he oversees the student audition process, conductor selection, and the overall operation of the Orchestra. Eric is excited for the opportunity to lead the ASTA organization. He prides himself on his abilities to listen and communicate. Music education is his passion and ultimately he wishes to grow and become a positive force for Nevada music educators, parents, and students alike.

James Hsia, President Elect
James Hsia was born in Taiwan and moved to New York State when he was 9.  He spent most of his pre-college days in Albany, NY developing much of his musical skills in a family of all musicians.  James has a sister that he loves to play music with. Together, they grew up performing for various events including church services, and weddings.  He received his bachelor degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia, and a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance from Binghamton University.
While obtaining his Masters Degree in 2012, he started his first teaching job at Binghamton High School in New York.  There, he taught string orchestra and music theory. This job gave him the confidence boost he needed and absolutely fell in love with teaching kids.  This job soon came to an end due to budget cuts which brought him to where he is today - Las Vegas! James is currently currently teaching string orchestra at Burkholder Middle school.
Over the last few years he has completed his second Masters Degree in Secondary Education.  He has decided to continue pursuing educational courses because he is constantly looking for better ways to help students achieve their highest potential.  I'm interested in becoming the ASTA president because I want to further develop the appreciation of students and teachers love in music. Students and teachers would learn more knowledge about the music that are played in other parts of the world.  This could include teaching methods that are used in other countries, and also performing music that belongs to a particular culture.

Jessica Williams, Business Manager

Pasted GraphicDebra Yavitz, Secretary
Debra Yavitz received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2014. After receiving her degree, she began her music teaching career at Robison Middle School where she currently resides as the orchestra director. Along with teaching in her school, Debra also coaches the upper string sections in Concert Strings for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. Aside from teaching, Debra also loves to play her Violin in the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, where she is currently a member of the first violin section. Ms. Yavitz is excited to grow as an educator by being a part of Nevada ASTA.

Pasted Graphic Chad Mickey, President
Chad Mickey moved to Las Vegas in 2010 from Wichita, KS where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Wichita State University. After graduating, Mr. Mickey worked for USD 259 for 4 years at Brooks Technology and Arts Magnet Middle School and assisted at East High School. He has presented at KASTA workshops, trained student teachers and mentored music education students. Mr Mickey was a guest conductor for the East High School performance at the 2010 Midwest Clinic.

Since arriving in Vegas, Mr. Mickey has been an active member of the string community. He has served as the lower strings coach for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. Mr. Mickey has been a member of NVASTA since 2010 and has always volunteered his time to Cello Day. In 2011, he was selected to serve as the chairperson for Cello Day.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Mickey is a cellist in the Henderson Symphony. He also plays bass in different groups - rock, rock-a-billy and jazz. He currently teaches orchestra at Arbor View High School which is thriving and growing under his direction.

Ed Richards, Member-at-Large