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Diane Goodman - President
Diane earned her JD at the San Fernando Valley College of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 1984. She has been practicing Family Law and Adoption at Goodman and Metz Law Firm for over 17 years. She is currently a member of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers. As a volunteer, Diane has been working with the Special Children's Art Foundation since it's inception, coaching youth hockey for the past 5 years and working with the legal clinic at the Gay Community Services Center.

Jeff Barber is the Arts and Events Supervisor for the City of Santa Clarita. He is also the Founder and President of 6 Productions, a firm that develops special events, festivals and tours for clients. Prior to working with the City of Santa Clarita, Jeff held positions with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, and the Fullerton Museum Center. He also serves as Performance Evaluator for the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County. Jeff will bring to SCAF a breadth of knowledge and experience in arts program management and special event coordination.

Tommy Rendine earned his BA in Industrial Arts at San Diego State University. He has over 18 years of experience as a Mechanical Designer with Science Applications International Corporation, where he utilizes 3d solid modeling, rendering and animation software to provide hardware engineering and visualization content for a variety of products and research and development efforts. He is also a singer - songwriter, with his heart in rock, but roots in pop. He studied voice with Richard Jennings in San Diego and Hollywood, and worked with performance coach Marta Woodhull in Westwood. As a vocalist, he recorded and performed with bands from Redondo Beach to San Diego throughout the 80s and early 90s. As a volunteer, Tommy has worked with the "Holiday Project" visiting nursing homes and hospitals helping to bring the warmth of the holidays to the elderly and to those who were hospital bound.

Heidi Sommer is originally from Los Angeles, where she received a BA (in Communications/Mass Media) from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (emphasis on Social Welfare programs) from USC. Currently she is working on her PhD at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and serving as Lead Investigator for an assessment of the California Connected by 25 project, a multi-county initiative to improve the outcomes of young people transitioning from the foster care system into adulthood. The initiative is funded by leading foundations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. For over seven years, she has also worked as a freelance consultant on grant writing, helping to raise over $1.3 million for nonprofit organizations operating in Los Angeles County.

Jacqueline Trinidad is the Manager of Series and Shorts for Warner Brothers Animation. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.A. in Art with a concentration in animation. Jacqueline was born in El Salvador, but has lived in California nearly her entire life. She has a passion for animation and art in all of its various forms. Jacqueline is also an avid hockey player, having played for over 14 years and is a dog lover.

Harriet Fain-Tvedt earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1992 and her Master’s of Public Administration from California State University Northridge in 2008. She has been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1992, working in a wide variety of settings. She is currently employed as a Therapy Manager for Los Angeles County, California Children’s Services. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, where she serves as a member of the Advocacy Committee. Harriet lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons, two dogs, seven fish and a tortoise.

Mylah Wessels is a Paralegal with the Law Offices of Baker & Oring LLP. Born in the Philippines, Mylah is a graduate of UCLA where she received dual degrees in History and Political Science. In addition to working in the legal arena for over 18 years, Mylah has been heavily involved in volunteer and leadership activities with Los Angeles Unified School District and a number of nonprofit organizations. Mylah is the mother of two – a daughter (age 12) and a son (age 10) who was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism at the age of two and a half. Efforts to ensure that her son received the best educational and support services available motivated her ongoing service as a special education advocate, for which she received a 2008 Honorary Service Award from the Friends of School Mental Health. Over the years she has served as Historian, Secretary, Vice President and President of the PTA/PTO as well as Governance Council Member at both Kentwood Elementary School and Orville Wright Middle School. She has also served as President of the Westchester Council PTA from 2007-2009, has volunteered for numerous other committees and is a Board Member for the Westchester Del Rey Little League.

Tricia Halloran, Director of Artist & Repertoire, HUM
Tom Wilhelm
, GPColor
Tim McAnany, Randall/McAnany Company
Odis Freeman, Vista Paint Company
Steve Williams, Williams Graphics
Penny Roberts, Music Therapist, California State University, Northridge
Ramona Jordan-Durham,OTR/L, Therapy Supervisor, California Children's Services
Steve LePore, Executive Director, 1in6, Inc.

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