UCMD has been called home by so many- students and parents alike. We think this culture was naturally developed due to our incredible staff. Apart from being a family business, where abuela is heming costumes and mom is bringing all “cafecito” you really feel a part of something bigger. There is a warmth and happiness that radiated from UCMD that we strive to preserve forever!
Maday Martinez- CEO/ DIRECTOR
A dancer, designer, and entrepreneur Maday holds an architectural design degree from Parsons The New School for Design and a double minor in Psychology and Dance. She has worked for prominent companies in the world of production, experiential, and event design prior to following her dreams of opening up a culture center in Union City where she grew up. In addition to her dance and design studies Maday is a graduate of the 10,000 Small Businesses Goldman Sachs program becoming a certified business owner, a NJ SEEDS, and CubaOne. She is a community leader and mentor with a strong passion for education, dance, art, theatre, and music. Maday strives to give students the arts education they deserve, and is a huge advocate for the preservation of Culture in minority communities. Art and Dance played a huge role in shaping who she is today and she wants to pass that along to everyone at UCMD!
Ginel Salvador- Music: Piano & Voice
Is a bilingual songwriter, occasionally a singer, and pianist. She began her journey at age 10 solely in classical piano music but immersed herself in pop and jazz after graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she double majored in Music Business and Contemporary Writing and Production. Upon graduation, Ginel initiated her music career by managing a couple of new artists in New York City. As a co-producer and songwriter for these talents, Ginel received attention of Columbia Records. Although Ginel enjoys developing other artists she is now writing and co-producing her original works in English and Spanish. Ginel also enjoys, writes, and performs spoken word poetry.
To listen to some of her original work, visit soundcloud.com/GinelWroteThat
Superpower: An invisibility cloak, that also enables me to fly!
Motto: Forget about having a plan B. That just makes you not work hard enough on your plan A, your actual dream.
HUMBERTO SANCHEZ-MUSIC TEACHER/BAND DIRECTOR
With over 25 years of experience Humberto is a music expert and holds a musical education degree and composition. He has traveled the world performing, composing, and collaborating with renowned hispanic musicians and artists. He teaches piano, guitar, bass, voice, and percussion, also leading the UCMD Ensemble/ Band. Humberto exposes and guides students to feel and interpret music with its appropriate historical background. His approach to group music has had incredible results over his years with UCMD getting our students to reach new levels of theory, while adding various music genres to their repertoire.