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.
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
Odis Freeman, Vista
Steve Williams, Williams
Penny Roberts, Music Therapist, California State
Ramona Jordan-Durham,OTR/L, Therapy Supervisor,
California Children's Services
Steve LePore, Executive Director, 1in6,