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.
Kate Beyda, Secretary
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.
Alvarez Philanthrophy Consulting
David & Goliath
BUZZR | Fremantle Media
LACHSA Alumni Parent
LACHSA Alumni Parent
LACHSA Theater Chair
Resource Global Professionals
Melinda Stahl Nix
Angela Alvarado Rosa
LACOE Board Member
Los Angeles County Office of Education
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