Donna Jelen is director of orchestras in the Shaker Heights City Schools. She was appointed to the CIM faculty in 2006.
- Oberlin Conservatory, BM in violin performance
- Houston Moores School of Music, MM in violin performance
- Violin studies with Gregory Fulkerson, Erich Eichhorn, Fredell Lack, David Russell, Roland and Almita Vamos
- Viola studies with Roland Vamos
- Conducting studies with Jody Kerschner, Joanne Erwin and Timothy Weiss.