Tom Salopek - Musical Director: Over the past 50 years, Tom has served AZJT as a student, an assistant, music director and parent. Tom would like to thank his wife Denise for her support of his avocation.
Marija Jamsek - Vocal Instructor Marija was born in Croatia and was a member of KUD “Ljudevit Gaj” Mace where she performed Croatian folk songs and dances. Marija is our Vocal Instructor with AZJT." . Marija is happy to share her knowledge of the Croatian language and songs with the children. Her children Izabela and Katarina share her love of Croatian culture and are members of the AZJT.
Deborah Jennings Faraguna - Choreographer Debbie has been teaching AZJT for the past twenty years. She was a thirteen year member of AZJT where she danced and played prim. Debbie also studied folk dancing and ballet for several years. She performed professionally with The Csardas Dance Company in Cleveland, Ohio and was a member of Ensemble KUMOVI in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Debbie is currently the choreographer for Zelena Polja Ensemble in Cleveland and is a member of Ensemble Ljeljo in Pittsburgh. She works in sales at Sysco Cleveland. Debbie and her family reside in Novelty, Ohio.
Helena Ladd- Assistant Music Director Helena has been a member of junior tamburitzan groups for the past 20 years through which she has learned and taken a passion in prim, brac, celo, song, and dance. Helena also plays the violin and participates in Zelena Polja and Zumbercani of Cleveland, Ohio as well as Ensemble Ljeljo of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Helena resides in Youngstown, Ohio where she is a clinical pharmacist at Mercy Health Youngstown.
Sandy Eler Kauzlaric - Assistant Dance Instructor Sandy has been the Assistant Dance Instructor for the beginner group for the past Nineteen years. She was a member of the group herself for twelve years prior to being an instructor. Sandy works as a dental hygienist in Euclid for Dr. David Mills.
Lindsay Kosinski – Assistant Dance & Vocal Instructor Lindsay is our assistant dance and vocal instructor. She was a thirteen year member of the AZJT where she danced, sang, and played the prim. Lindsay also was a member of the Duquesne University Tamburtizans. Currently Lindsay performs with two adult groups Zelenja Polja in Cleveland and Ensemble Ljeljo in Pittsburgh. Lindsay works as School Guidance Counselor. She resides with her family in Mentor. Ohio.