Arts High Foundation Board of Directors
With over 29 years of public/private experience in government affairs, Vivian is currently the Transportation and Education Deputy to Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. She is responsible for policy recommendations on all Los Angeles County transportation issues, and oversees the Los Angeles County Board of Education and education policy issues countywide.
Between 1993-2000, she 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 from California State University, San Francisco in Urban Studies and an M.A. in Urban Planning from University of California, Los Angeles.
She initially became involved with LACHSA as a parent to a visual arts student, Ariana, who went on to obtain her degree at Cal Arts and is currently pursuing her passion as an artist here in Los Angeles. It was Ariana’s extraordinary arts education and experience at LACHSA that made Vivian want to continue being involved with a school that gives young adults the opportunity to pursue their artistic dreams and passions.
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.
Debra M. Warshaw, Treasurer
Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema
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.
Mr. Brothers has over 25 years of experience as a private equity and distressed debt investor as well as a financial advisor specializing in M&A and financial restructurings. Mr. Brothers has been involved in the investment of over $1 billion in the equity and distressed debt of 31 middle-market companies, and represented his firms on 13 corporate boards of directors. Prior to co-founding Solace, Mr. Brothers developed a special situations private equity strategy for Saybrook Capital, LLC as Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of its Corporate Opportunity Funds. Prior to Saybrook, Mr. Brothers was a Managing Director at
Oaktree Capital Management and one of the original four senior members of Oaktree’s Principal Opportunities Funds, which focus on private equity and distressed debt investments. Mr. Brothers began his career as an advisor on M&A and restructuring transactions at Salomon Brothers and Price Waterhouse. Mr. Brothers earned his MBA and BA degrees from Michigan State University after completing a five-year accelerated joint graduate/undergraduate program. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), the Young Presidents’ Organization Private Equity Network International Chairman and serves on the boards and/or investment committees for City of Hope, RAND Corporation Center for Global Risk and Security, Michigan State University Broad College of Business Financial Markets Institute and LA County High School for the Arts Foundation.
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.
Stella M. Jeong has been an active volunteer in the community and in her children’s schools for the past 15 years, including at the Center for Early Education, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), the Marlborough School, and the Harvard-Westlake School. A strong supporter of arts education, Stella serves on the board of directors of the Young Musicians Foundation and the Arts High Foundation, which provides support to the arts programs at LACHSA.
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 have two children – a son who is a 2015 graduate of LACHSA, and a daughter who attends the Marlborough School. Stella holds a B.A. in sociology from Stanford University and lives in Los Angeles.
Tom Lieber (born 1949 Saint Louis, MO –) 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.
Kathy Marsh is an active professional musician and teacher. She is currently the solo piccolo player of the Santa Barbara Symphony and principal flute of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Bowling Green, Ohio, Ms. Marsh received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Southern California. Ms. Marsh is also a credentialed teacher and has worked as a classroom teacher for over 20 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Kathy’s son will be graduating from LACHSA this year and it is her desire to use her experience and talents to help support the arts program and the students of LACHSA.
Lanette Phillips is an American film and music video producer. Phillips’ feature credits include the documentary Buffalo Girls (2012), and the indie drama Love Is the Drug (2006). Both films were official selections of the Slamdance Film Festival. Phillips is married to composer-producer-musician Scott Hackwith. During her career in music, Phillips has worked with such marquee acts as Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding, U2, Aerosmith, Eminem, Usher Raymond, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Elton John, Muse and Gwen Stefani. A Southern California native, Phillips got her start as a music journalist and collaborated with author and manager of The Doors, Danny Sugerman, on two of his best-selling books. She then worked with drummer John Densmore on his autobiography, Riders on the Storm: My Life With Jim Morrison and the Doors, and teamed with Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and 60s icon Timothy Leary on the innovative web magazine, Teeth. Phillips moved into music video production and worked closely with Propaganda Films co-founder Sigurjon Sighvatsson at Palomar Pictures, successfully starting and executive producing the company’s music video division, featuring a roster of artists including the The Black Eyed Peas, Moby, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, and Faith Hill. While at Palomar, Phillips fostered the careers of many prominent directors, including Marcos Siega and Joseph Kahn. Other artists Phillips has worked with include 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, Juanes, D12, Enrique Iglesias, The Shins, Sonic Youth, Death Cab for Cutie, Butthole Surfers, Rage Against the Machine, Beck Queens of the Stone Age, Sara Bareilles, The Fray, Ingrid Michaelson, Jakob Dylan, Miranda Cosgrove, Victoria Justice, Interpol, Lenka. Her resume also includes stints as executive producer at Neal H. Moritz’s Original Film and at A Band Apart, where she joined forces with Lawrence Bender to launch a directors’ management division, representing feature directors Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, John Landis, and Todd Solondz for music videos. She also served as supervising producer and curator on Stand Up On Demand for Comcast and the Stand Up to Cancer (2009) organization. In 2011, Phillips produced the short, Sabina, for the Clinton Foundation. It premiered at the Hollywood Bowl at Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday and Decade of Difference Concert.
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 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
Arts Deputy to Supervisor Antonovich
Supt. Arturo Delgado
Los Angeles County Office of Education
President, LACHSA Parent Council
LACHSA Executive Director