Youth Education in the Arts is excited to welcome Denise Bonfiglio as our Staff Coordinator! She will work to establish a best practice People Management function for YEA! that includes recruiting, training, supporting and recognizing the people that work and volunteer for all YEA! programs. This includes assessing the current environment, creating a plan and operating model, and coaching YEA! personnel from Full-time Staff, Part-time/event Contractors, Instructional Staff and Volunteers.
She also serves as The Cadets Staff Coordinator, managing instructional staff coverage for winter rehearsals and summer tour, coordinating instructional staff travel, facilitating creation and execution of the Cadets production schedule and serving as a consultant to the design team.
"The Cadets are very excited to have Denise on our team," said Cadets Director Scott Litzenberg. "Her experience and passion for The Cadets has been very evident as we have begun to build the 2019 corps. To get such an outstanding person on our team is a huge part of us moving forward into the future. Welcome home, Denise!"
With an extensive background in pageantry, Denise’s roots were firmly planted with the 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps and Winter Guard. Since aging out of the Lancers, Denise has taught the 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps 1976-1986, Garfield Cadets/Cadets of Bergen County/The Cadets 1987-1997, Star of Indiana 1993 and Santa Clara Vanguard 1997-1999, 2003 to present. Along with a wide-ranging drum corps career, Denise expanded her proficiency into Winter Guard. Denise’s accomplishments include Director of the 27th Lancers Winter Guard 1988-1989, Emerald Marquis 1983-1985, 1990-2001, Director of the (three-time WGI Independent World Champion) Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard 2006-2016. Denise has also instructed, mentored and trained several successful Independent and Scholastic Winter Guard Units across the United States.
Professionally, Denise recently retired from MetLife where she was an officer of the company for 16 of her 35-year career. During Denise’s tenure at MetLife, her “hands-on” approach brought her to the front-line managing Insurance Product Software Development, and Quality Assurance functions in several locations around the US and Canada. Throughout Denise’s career at MetLife, she was extensively involved in company mergers and acquisitions converting software Illustration systems onto MetLife platforms. Denise managed a staff of 20 as well as associates in different locations around the country. Denise also played a significant role in relocating and transitioning MetLife’s Retail business operations to North Carolina.
Denise is currently the Co-Founder and President of the 27th Lancers Foundation. As a non-profit charitable organization, the Foundation’s philanthropic mission is to raise money to provide scholarships in honor of George and Patsy Bonfiglio. Applications are accepted from young men and women that participate in DCI organizations. George Bonfiglio was the first president of the DCI Board of Directors and played a significant role in leading the organization through its early years to ultimately build a foundation for future success.
Denise is an active Adjudicator for Winter Guard International; Florida Federation of Color guards Circuit, Massachusetts Judges Association, Musical Arts Conference, and the Asian Marching Band Confederation.
Denise was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame class of 2000, the Massachusetts Drum Corps Hall of Fame class of 2012, and Drum Corps International Hall of Fame class of 2016.