Our Team

Joseph Mack III

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Joseph is a professional pianist and music producer. As a formally trained musician, Joseph brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our instruction staff. Joseph is also an accomplished electronic music producer working for Sound Collage Musik, a local production team in San Diego. His passion for music and mentorship allows him to develop long-lasting bonds with our students that transcend art and make a real-world impact.

Eunice Steppe

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Eunice Williams-Steppe has loved music from a very young age, as she sat in the living room listening to her family sing and play music. Her passion for the youth came in 2003 when she co-founded a non-profit organization for mentoring young girls, while pursuing her graduate degree in Los Angeles, California.

Eunice received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in 2001 from the University of San Francisco, and went on to obtain her Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2005 from Pepperdine University.

After moving to San Diego in 2006, her life took a detour as she started her own professional organizing business where she provided personal and financial organizing services to families and businesses. During this time, her knowledge in finances grew rapidly as she ran her own business and facilitated financial processes between her clients’ accountants, bookkeepers, financial advisors, financial planners, and financial institutions to help her clients “declutter” their financial lives. In conjunction, she has continuously worked in high-level administrative and coordinating positions for over 15 years in the University of California medical systems. She didn’t realize all this experience was just preparation for what was to come.

In 2009, with youth still passionately on her heart, Eunice helped with the start-up of The David’s Harp Foundation (DHF), and continues to volunteer her financial and administrative skills to the organization as the Director of Finance & Administration. Eunice is passionate about her behind the scenes service, which contributes to the creative atmosphere at DHF.

“Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.” – John Lennon

Rashaad Graham

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Rashaad began his musical training as a drummer at age 3 when he received his own starter drum set for Christmas. He continued to play the drums at his church and for the Lincoln High School Marching Band, but his professional musical career started in 2008 when he began producing music for regional and national recording artists while continuing to play concerts at local venues. Rashaad has mentored San Diego youth for the past 12 years, volunteering his natural ability to connect with kids for the national non-profit, Young Life. He brings his skill set and vast experience to the David’s Harp team as our Manager of Program Instruction.

Amaris Gillen

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Amaris grew up in the small town of Thonotosassa, FL with a mother who was a music theory professor. From a young age, she was exposed to music of all kinds and chose the cello as her first instrument. Throughout her childhood, she spent 10 years studying and playing classical music by playing the cello. However, it wasn’t until she was 19 that she decided to pursue her desire to write and make non-classical music herself. So, she packed up her car with the little she owned and drove cross country to San Diego to begin her journey as a musician and as a songwriter. Shortly after, she met the David’s Harp staff while collaborating on an EP project for a local non-profit. She maintained a close relationship with staff members for 6 years before coming on to work for the organization as an instructor in 2018. Amaris has written and directed locally, and has gained significant experience in working with young adults through different organizations teaching music.

“What if we already are Who we’ve been dying to become In certain I can plainly see A reflection of magnificence Hidden in you Maybe even in me” – “Four” Sleeping at Last

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Adrian Cantero

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Adrian began his musical journey in elementary school when he learned both trumpet and alto saxophone. He later went on to learn production and engineering in high school, but his professional musical career started after graduating from the Davids Harp Foundation Program. Soon after, he used his music and technical skills to produce several hip hop albums. Now, Adrian serves with another non-profit, Younglife, and has found that his passion for music and heart for youth allows him to build lifelong mentoring relationships with kids through the David’s Harp Foundation.

Alanna Idano-Panos

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Alanna Idano, is a former student who became an instructor at the David’s Harp Foundation. She lives for the arts and believes music is a universal healer. After graduating from Helix Charter High school Alanna joined the student-instructor internship program offered at David’s Harp allowing her to get a glimpse of what it is like to become a senior instructor. While learning the ropes of being a leader at David’s Harp, Alanna is also a full-time college student working to get her degree in Business Administration. Outside of school she herself is a recording artist. Alanna regularly explains how grateful she is to be able to serve the community by using something she is so passionate about.

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Brandon Steppe

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Brandon Steppe is a transformative force in the lives of “at-risk” and homeless teens in his hometown of San Diego, California. A life-long musician, Brandon began his musical career at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts where he studied Jazz Saxophone since age 9. After graduation, Brandon continued his musical endeavors, converting his college dorm room into a recording studio to help pay for his tuition.

After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from the University of San Francisco, Brandon began a career in Corporate Management. After rising quickly though the corporate ranks, he made a decisive career change, stepping out on faith to convert his father’s garage in Southeast San Diego, into a recording studio where he eventually allowed local youth to trade their good grades for studio time. When he saw the academic success that resulted, Brandon Founded The David’s Harp Foundation in 2009.

As DHF Founder and Executive Director, Brandon has overseen the organization’s growth from his father’s garage in Southeast San Diego to a state-of-the-art studio facility located in Downtown San Diego’s East Village community. He has developed numerous corporate and community partnerships, leveraging the power of music/media production to foster an environment of academic accountability where his students thrive.

Rediet Terfera

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Rediet (aka Red) was born and raised in Ethiopia and came to the United States by herself in 2010 as an international student, where she earned her Associate Degree at San Diego City College.

Her musical inspiration resounded within the walls of her grandparents home as they listened to her cultural Ethiopian music. Also, it transcended into her listening to her father’s mixtapes he made during his studies in Canada. Even after the passing of her father shortly before she turned four years old, music continues to have a positive impact in her life in keeping the memories of her father and grandparents close to her heart.

For five years, she worked at various community-focused grocery stores chains in San Diego as a Front-end Manager, where she gained extensive professional administrative skills and abilities that has equipped her to serve as the Office Coordinator at The David’s Harp Foundation.

She volunteers at her church as a youth leader for those between the ages of 7 to 16, and is a member in the church choir too.

In her leisure time, she enjoys pencil sketching and listening to the oldies music.