Arts High Foundation Board of Directors
With over 30 years of public/private experience in government affairs, Vivian is currently a Senior Director in Countywide Planning for the LA Metropolitan Transit Authority. Prior to coming over to Metro, Vivian was the Transportation and Education Deputy to Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky between 2005-2014. She was responsible for policy recommendations on all Los Angeles County transportation issues, and oversaw the Los Angeles County Board of Education and education policy issues countywide, including oversight of LACHSA.
Between 1993-2000, Vivian served as Supervisor Yaroslavsky’s Deputy for Children and Family Services and Public Social Services. During this time, she worked with numerous organizations and advocates to improve the lives of at-risk youth and their families through legislation and various initiatives. She continues her involvement with at-risk youth as a member of the Board of Directors of St. Anne’s. From 2001-March 2005, she worked in the Government Practice and Land Use division of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips before rejoining Yaroslavsky’ s County staff. She holds a B.A in Urban Studies from California State University, San Francisco and an M.A. in Urban Planning from University of California, Los Angeles.
Stella Jeong, Co-President
LACHSA Alumni Parent
Stella M. Jeong has been an active volunteer in the community for the past 15 years.
A strong supporter of arts education, Stella serves on the boards of directors of the
Young Musicians Foundation and the Arts High Foundation, which provides support to the arts programs at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). She has also been active in her children’s schools for many years, including the Center for Early Education, LACHSA, the Marlborough School, and the Harvard-Westlake School.
Stella previously worked as a consultant and account manager with extensive experience in sales, business development, and project management; in the financial services industry; and in retail. Stella and her husband live in Los Angeles and have two children – a son who graduated from LACHSA and now studies at The Juilliard School in New York, and a daughter who attends the Marlborough School. Stella holds a B.A. in sociology from Stanford University.
Wayne Herron, Vice President
Glendale Memorial Health Foundation
Wayne Herron has been a professional fundraiser since 1996. During his career, he has worked in education and healthcare, in faith-based and secular environments. He currently serves as Vice President of Philanthropy for Glendale Memorial Health Foundation at Dignity Health – Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center in Glendale, California. His specialty is in board and staff team building, and in working with individual principal, major and planned giving donors. He is deeply committed to the notion that philanthropy is about “people loving people” and in his work serves to facilitate this understanding through smart, effective charitable giving. He is passionate about leadership development and has enjoyed leading strong, successful and happy teams. Over the course of his career, Mr. Herron’s teams have raised nearly $100 million.
Mr. Herron was born and raised in Burbank, California. He was named graduate of the year in 1988 when he completed his studies for the Bachelor of Science degree at New Hope Christian College in Eugene, Oregon. In 1993 he earned his Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. Initially, Mr. Herron pursued pastoral church ministry. But his professional path turned to philanthropy.
Mr. Herron began his career in philanthropy at Fuller Theological Seminary as a major gift officer. After a short stay at Occidental College, he moved onto Azusa Pacific University in 2001 where he led their major gifts program. Mr. Herron was recruited to Art Center College of Design in 2007 and served as the head of their development program. In 2013 he transitioned to the Glendale Memorial Health Foundation at Dignity Health – Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center as their chief philanthropy officer.
Five key strengths guide Mr. Herron’s life: developer (seeing and nurturing the potential in people), belief (core values driven), positivity (focus on good and celebrating achievements), discipline (operating from well thought-out plans; preference for order and structure) and includer (care for and see the value in all people). These qualities define Mr. Herron and he seeks to live them in his professional and personal life.
Mr. Herron is a member of a number of professional, volunteer and educational organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). He is an active leader of AFP serving on the Board of Directors for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter, and currently is President-Elect, to serve as Chapter President in 2017. He is on the Board for Southern California Association for Healthcare Development (of AHP) serving as AFP Liaison. Mr. Herron is also serves on the Board of Directors of Glendale Kiwanis and Glendale Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Herron is a member of the Advancement Committee for New Hope Christian College. Mr. Herron was selected by Dignity Health to represent the company in the Health System Philanthropy Leadership Group’s inaugural 2016 Executive Fellowship Program.
Mr. Herron resides in La Canada, California. He is married to Yvonne for 23 years. They have three sons: Kyle, a senior at Chapman University in Orange, California; Ryan a freshman at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Jeremy a junior at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Mr. Herron enjoys service to his local church, woodworking, motorcycling, golfing with his sons, traveling with his family, working in his garden, and is a devoted Dodger and Laker fan.
Anne Jacoby, Secretary
Anne Jacoby is a proud alum of LACHSA with a concentration in Vocal Music, Musical Theatre, and Cinematic Arts. Following graduation, she studied Theatre at Northwestern University and performed professionally in Chicago and New York City. Among her starring roles were Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis, and Wendy in Peter Pan. While in NYC, Anne turned her professional focus to corporate business. She was a founding member of a professional services firm, Axiom, which she helped scale to over 1200 people over 3 continents in 12 years. She returned to Southern California to launch its Southern California office, a practice she led for five years. Anne is currently Regional Director of Business Development at RGP, a global consulting firm, where she builds client relationships, develops regional sales strategies and thought leadership marketing events. She holds an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Media, Entertainment and Technology.
Debra M. Warshaw, Treasurer
LACHSA Alumni Parent
Debra Warshaw has over 25 years’ experience in accounting, small business consulting, and support services. She began her career as a senior auditor and accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. specializing in small and emerging enterprises. She left AA&Co. in 1991 to pursue a career in small business accounting and support services. In 2014, she took a position with Korn Ferry as a revenue manager for North America. Debra is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Debra and her husband, attorney Adam Warshaw, currently live in the Sherman Oaks area with their daughter and LACHSA dancer, Emma. Even though Debra makes her living as a “numbers” person, dance was an integral part of her early life which is why she introduced it to Emma. “Without fail, dance, music and all other performing art forms have always made me happy. I’m excited to help a school that values them just as much.”
Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema
LACHSA Alumni Parent
Kate Beyda is Executive Vice-President of Physical Production at Warner Bros./New Line Cinema and has been overseeing film production on behalf of the company for the past 12 years.
Kate began her career in the film business in the lower-budget independent world working on such films as “Tapeheads” starring John Cusack and Tim Robbins; and Paul Bartel’s comedy “Scenes From The Class Struggle in Beverly Hills”. Her first studio film was Taylor Hackford’s “Everybody’s All-American” shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She worked her way up in the film business as a Production Coordinator and an Assistant to Tom Jacobson, President of Hughes Entertainment, on projects that included “Christmas Vacation” and “Uncle Buck”.
After working as a Sr. Production Coordinator on staff at Disney, Kate returned to the freelance world working as a Production Supervisor and later as a Unit Production Manager and Associate Producer on such films as: “While You Were Sleeping” (Chicago), “A Civil Action” (Boston), Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker” (Memphis, San Francisco) and “Austin Powers in Goldmember”.
Since being on staff at New Line, she has mounted productions in such places as Italy, Morocco, Hungary, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New Zealand and Australia. Her credits as an Executive include “The Wedding Crashers”, “Elf”, “Sex and the City 2”, “Journey to The Center of the Earth 1&2”, “Valentine’s Day”, “Horrible Bosses 1 & 2”, “The Conjuring”, “Annabelle”, “We’re The Millers” and “The Hobbit” trilogy among others.
Kate is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Producer’s Guild of America.
Parent Council President
Felicia is a current LACHSA parent. Her son Jordan began as a freshman in the Theatre department, continued to his sophomore year as a dual major in Theatre and Musical Theatre, and will now be a Junior with a dual major in Vocal Music and Musical Theatre. Felicia has served on LACHSA’s Parent Council since her son’s start at LACHSA, serving as one of two 9th grade parent representatives and as part of the theatre department’s parent leadership committee during 2014-15 school year. During the 2015-16 school year Felicia served as Theatre department parent representative, Parent Council Vice-President – eventually serving as acting President. She was also active on Shared Decision Making, Walk for the Arts, Graduation, Staff Appreciation and Theatre Fundraising committees.
Felicia studied Behavioral Science and Special Ed in college and is now working toward certificates in Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy. Felicia is an accomplished vocalist, having played with about a dozen San Gabriel Valley based bands over 20 years as both a back-up singer and lead vocalist. She continues to perform weekly and is always open to the next project.
Felicia is grateful for the people, experiences and opportunities LACHSA has brought not only to Jordan’s life but her own life. She will continue as a member of Parent Council’s executive board in the 2016-2017 school year and looks forward to another amazing school year!
Elizabeth Dennehy lives in Los Angeles with her 2 sons and husband, actor James Lancaster who recently appeared onstage at the Mark Taper Forum with her dad, Brian. Their oldest son, Jack, is following in his parents’ footsteps and is a recent LACHSA theatre grad. He is off to the DePaul Theatre School in the Fall. Her youngest son, William is an accomplished student of the LACHSA Cinematic Arts Dept who hopefully will be able to employ the other 3 members of his family. Elizabeth spends her time producing their works, coaching youngsters on monologue technique, traveling, fundraising and squeezing in work when she can. She has served on the LACHSA Parent Council; on the Open Magnet Charter School governing board and as the Presidents of Friends of Open School and LACES
Her credits include:
Stage: Henry 4 pt. 1 at the Antaeus Theatre Co, Cyrano with the Independent Shakespeare Co. Streetcar Named Desire,Dancing at Lughnasa and The Secret Rapture at SCR; Vampire Lesbians of Sodom at the Provincetown Playhouse NY; Henry V with Kevin Kline at the NYSF; As You Like It at Shakespeare ;Co; Opera Comique at the Kennedy Center; Donna and an original creator of Tony and Tina’s Wedding in NY/LA. Film:Hancock, Red Dragon, Gattaca, The Game. TV: Masters of Sex, The Mentalist, Charmed, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Star Trek the Next Generation.
Marla’s love for arts education started as a young girl in the Midwest. She studied dance, voice, and acting at Interlochen, Drake University, and The Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute. She started her career as a theatrical agent in New York then later in Chicago. While representing comedians and actors in Chicago she met her husband, Jeff Garlin, now she gets more than 10%!
The past twenty years Marla has been a casting director in Los Angeles for film and television. Some notable shows include “The Office”, “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, where she was nominated for an Emmy award. Marla’s son Duke, is currently a junior in the Cinematic Arts program at LACHSA. She feels honored to be a part of this vibrant artistic community! She hopes as a board member she can help enrich the lives of current and future LACHSA students.
Richelle Rios Huizar
Richelle Rae Huizar is a long-time advocate for children, youth and families. She has utilized her legal skills for more than 20 years to improve the lives of young people and the communities they live in.
Richelle currently works as a consultant for Vanderford and Ruiz, a mid-sized law firm in Pasadena, California. Previously, Richelle worked as the Development Director for Bishop Mora Salesian College Preparatory, a Catholic high school in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles.
Richelle also created and implemented children and family policy for the City of Los Angeles for more than ten years. She first served as a policy director, and then as Assistant Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families. Richelle was responsible for a team whose role was to use data and research to drive policy changes, develop innovative community solutions and build lasting partnerships across various government jurisdictions.
Prior to her position with the City of Los Angeles, Richelle had a private law practice focused on adoption, guardianship and family law matters.
Community service is important to Richelle. She serves on the Arts High Foundation Board of Directors, which supports the nationally recognized Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Puente Learning Center, an established learning institution that provides essential educational programs for children and adults in Boyle Heights. She is also a founding member of Los Compadres, a philanthropic group that supports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Previously, she served as a board member on the St. Marianne School Foundation and the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council.
Richelle has been awarded the Justice Cruz Reynoso Award by the Mexican American Bar Association, the Visionary Award by the National Latina Alliance, and the Inaugural Leadership Award by the Latina Public Service Academy.
She earned her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law.
Richelle currently resides in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles with her husband Jose, son Simon Luis, and daughters Emilia Rae, Isabella Rose and Aviana Rose.
LACHSA Theater Chair
LACHSA Alumni Parent
Chair of the Theatre Department, Lois Hunter has been an arts educator and arts education advocate for nearly 40 years in California’s secondary schools. Her professional stage and film credits include Pal Joey, starring Lena Horne at the Ahmanson Theatre; Glasshouse at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre; West Side Story, Finian’s Rainbow, Lil Abner, and No Strings at the Westminster Summer Theatre; the made-for-TV movie, Forever; The Streets of San Francisco; Rodney Dangerfield’s No Respect video; and several voice-overs for Red Zinger Teas. For her stage work with teens, Mrs. Hunter received the coveted California Senate Arts Commendation. In 1992 she won the prestigious Los Angeles Music Center Bravo Award for outstanding secondary arts teacher. Mrs. Hunter was selected to be the director for the UCLA California Arts Project, providing professional development in arts education to classroom teachers and professional artists. She has published articles that focus on access and equity in arts education for children. Mrs. Hunter was one of the writers of the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework. She was a member of the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Arts Education Task Force that produced the report, ARTSWORK, which addresses the need for arts education in California’s public schools. She is one of the original members of the California Arts Standards and Assessment Committee and served on the boards of the Los Angeles Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts and the Educational Outreach Program for the Geffen Playhouse. Mrs. Hunter is a member of the Los Angeles Music Center Education Council, and was on the original steering committee for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Arts for All. Selected by the National Committee of the NAACP, she was a judge for the ACT-SO Acting Category at the convention held in Los Angeles in 2011. Mrs. Hunter is a member of the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California (DTASC) and the California Educational Theatre Association (CETA). Under her direction, the LACHSA Theatre Department was selected by the American High School Theatre Festival to perform at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She received rave reviews for the school’s entry at the festival of the critically acclaimed musical, Runaways. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors presented Mrs. Hunter with a Special Commendation, recognizing her excellence in “Theatre Arts Education” in 2009. In 2012, Mrs. Hunter received a special Commendation from Los Angeles County Supervisor Knabe in recognition for “dedicated service to the affairs of the community and for civic pride demonstrated by numerous contributions for the benefit of all the citizens of Los Angeles County.” Recently, Mrs. Hunter was appointed by the California Department of Education’s Subject Matter Projects to be on the advisory committee for the California Arts Project. Mrs. Hunter is the recipient of the 2013 NATIONAL ARTIST TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (formerly known as the Surdna Fellowship Awards); and was named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Distinguished Teacher for 2013. In 2015, Mrs. Hunter was nominated by the NATIONAL YOUTH ARTS AWARDS for best direction of the production of Almost, Maine. Mrs. Hunter received her B.A. in Drama from California State University San Francisco; and her M.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance, with an emphasis on Arts Administration, from California State University Los Angeles.
Tom Lieber is an abstract painter and printmaker. Lieber’s large-scale abstractions are notable for their bold, natural colors and fluid marks placed against a layered, neutral background. Informed by nature and meditations, Lieber’s work reflects his efforts to channel his interior life onto the canvas.
Tom Lieber is a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Grant and has exhibited extensively since 1974. His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Tate Gallery, London among others.
Mitzi Yates Lizàrraga is the Principal of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). She is the former Principal of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, the former Principal and CEO of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, D.C.), the former General Director of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and the Center for Creative Youth, both programs of the Capitol Region Education Council in Central Connecticut. Mrs. Lizarraga served on The John F. Kennedy Center’s Advisory Community Board. She also served in numerous board leadership roles with Arts Schools Network including President and Past President. Mitzi also served on the boards of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Hartford Ballet. She was awarded the Administrator of the Year by the San Diego Theatre Educators Alliance in 2013. In 2006, she received the Jeffrey Lawrence Award presented by Arts Schools for her uncompromising commitment to excellence in arts education and arts training. In 2004, she received a Washington Post & Italian Embassy Fellowship to Italy; and in 2003 she was a recipient of a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship to Japan. She is a contributing writer of Choosing The Right Educational Path For Your Child published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 as well as a contributing writer in Admissions and Governance at the Ellington School, Planning an Arts-Centered School, published by The Dana Foundation, 2002. She earned a Master of Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University (Connecticut) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University Tisch School of the Arts (NYC). She completed her studies for a California Administrative Credential from the University of San Diego.
In addition to having a long standing international painting practice, Alejandro has an extensive career in marketing and entertainment that spans 20-plus years covering four continents. He has worked in creative development and production of marketing campaigns for some of the world’s most beloved consumer and entertainment brands. He has run creative departments for large multinational advertising agencies for both regional and local markets in Japan, France, Germany, Venezuela, and here in the U.S. He is currently the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer for Brand Programming Studios, a content creation studio that develops and produces original episodic content for television networks and consumer brands. Alejandro repatriated to the U.S. some eight years ago from Japan, where he met his wife, Johanna. He has two children, one of whom attends LACHSA.
Angela Alvarado Rosa
Angela Alvarado is an Actor and Director who lives in Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. Her
career in front of the camera began as a model at the tender age of 14 in NYC. She graced the pages and covers of fashion magazines until bitten by the acting bug. Her acting career soon took off and leads her to moving to Los Angeles where she met her husband, musician and producer, Draco Rosa. They have two sons, Revel Rosa, a Visual Arts LACHSA alum that is currently enrolled at Art Center majoring in Entertainment Design, and Redamo Rosa, a Cinematic Arts sophomore at LACHSA.
She began directing music videos and commercials in Los Angeles during her down times as an actor. Many of her videos and commercials have won the businesses most prestigious awards. Billboard Music awards, Latin Grammy awards, La Femme Film festival awards, for Video of the Year, are among some of her accomplishments. Soon she will embark on her first feature film as director, shooting in her home country of Puerto Rico.
Trustees for Life
Edward Kantor, M.D.
Dr. Edward Kantor, the Beverly Hills-based otolaryngologist who specializes in treatment of the professional voice, has helped the show go on for many a performer. His research in the field of otolaryngology and his innovative surgical procedures have kept him in the forefront of his profession for more than half a century. The Arts High Foundation was honored when he selected it as the permanent home of the Kathy Beth Kantor Memorial Scholarship Fund in Photography, after his daughter tragically passed away from cancer ten years ago.
Brenda Barnes is currently CEO of Classical KING FM radio in Seattle, Washington. Prior to this, she was president of USC Radio which operates Classical KUSC in Southern California and Classical KDFC in the Bay Area. She entered public radio in 1985 after earning masters degrees in clarinet performance and musicology at Michigan State University and Notre Dame respectively. She also earned an undergraduate degree in music at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her public radio career began in Fort Dodge, Iowa where she served as music director for two years and was then promoted to general manager.
From there, she managed WMRA in Harrisonburg, Virginia and developed a regional network of stations that serves northwestern Virginia. She then moved to WGUC, Cincinnati where she served as general manager for two years. Brenda has served on the Board of Directors of National Public Radio, the Station Resource Group, the Development Exchange and Eastern Public Radio. In addition to serving as a board member of the Arts High Foundation, she also serves on the board of James Conlon’s Orel Foundation and Yarlung Artists.
Marcia is the President of Beverly Hills Publishing, which publishes the newspapers Beverly Hills Courier and the San Marino Tribune. Formerly, Marcia was a marketing and strategic planning consultant with clients that included: Smithsonian Institution, Ferrari North America, Salvatore Ferragamo, Alfred Dunhill, Inc., Buccellati, Inc. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Current Board Affiliations:
- Los Angeles-Guangzhou Sister City Association,Chairman
- Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Board of Trustees
- Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, former President
- Children’s Institute International, Board Member
- St. John’s Hospital Foundation, Board Member
- Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children, President
Former board affiliations include L.A. Cathedral Campaign, Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, State of California Parks & Recreation, Huntington Library and Gardens, Blue Ribbon 400 of the Music Center, Loyola Marymount University Board of Regents, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (former President).
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
5th District, Los Angeles County