Board of Trustees

Executive Board

Laura Fox, Chair

Pam Bergman, President-at-Large

Josh Tanzer, Immediate Past Chair

Chi-Chien Hou, Co-Vice Chair

Gennifer Yoshimaru, Co-Vice Chair

Jango Sircus, Treasurer

Hadley Davis Rierson, Secretary

Pam Posey, Crossroads Representative

Paul Cummins, Founder, Trustee Emeritus

Trustees

Carleen Cappelletti

Kasey Crown

Carolyn Giangiacomo

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein

Deborah Gribbon

Carey Hotchkis

Natalya Hudis

David Kahn

Lisa Kudrow

Steve McCray

Mary-Elizabeth Michaels

Amanda Schuon

Rona Sebastian

Jorge Camil Starr

Kathy Taslitz

Amy Zoller

Pam Bergman

President-at-Large

Pam Bergman is currently the Immediate Past Chair and was formerly the P.S. ARTS Chairperson for six years. Ms. Bergman’s love of the arts and her desire to give arts to all children began with her deep exposure to music at a young age during her public school education. She chose to continue her dedication to arts education by advocating P.S. ARTS’ mission of improving children’s lives through arts education in the classroom.

In her professional experiences, Ms. Bergman brings over 20 years of experience in management, finance and accounting. She received her B.A. in Economics and Business from UCLA and began her career as a CPA with Deloitte and Touche in Los Angeles. Subsequently, she held management and consulting positions for high-tech companies. Most recently, she has been overseeing her family’s farming operations and raising her two children. Ms. Bergman has been involved with P.S. ARTS as a volunteer in various capacities since 2004 prior to joining the board in 2007. She has also served as co-chair of Express Yourself, The Los Angeles Antiques Show Opening Night Party, and numerous other events.

Laura Fox

Laura Fox

Chair

During her career in the entertainment industry, Laura was responsible for overseeing business and legal affairs for the DreamWorks SKG movie division and was the VP of Legal Affairs for Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures. Since leaving DreamWorks, she has served on many nonprofit boards and is currently the Board Chair of P.S. Arts and a member of the Board of City Year Los Angeles. She has taught in the field of philanthropy and social enterprise as a guest lecturer at UCLA, and as an Adjunct Professor at the USC Marshall School of Business. She received a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Deborah Gribbon

Deborah Gribbon

Deborah Gribbon has worked all her professional life in art museums, where she has been responsible for acquisition, conservation, exhibition, publication, and interpretation, as well as strategic planning and large-scale building projects. Deborah was the first curator of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (1978-84), then moved to Los Angeles to join the staff of the J. Paul Getty Museum, where during the course of twenty years, she served as Assistant Director, then Chief Curator, then Deputy Director, and, finally, Director of the Museum and Vice President of the J. Paul Getty Trust. After resigning from the Getty in 2004, she returned to museum work at the Cleveland Museum of Art as the Interim Director in 2009 and 2010, and later as Interim Deputy Director from 2013 to 2015.

Deborah was a Trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) in 2003-04. She was a key participant in the AAMD’s Task Force on Collecting Archeological Materials and Ancient Art that issued its report in 2004. She was also a Director of the Museum Domain Management Association (2000-04) and a member of the Governing Board of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London (2001-04). She has served as a peer reviewer for accreditation for the American Association of Museums.

Deborah is committed to making art more accessible and meaningful to a broad public. She chaired the AAMD’s Committee on Education and Community Issues and while at the Getty, redefined the Museum’s approach to education:  encouraging visitors to look closely, and providing useful information on the artistic, social, and historical context of works in the collection.  She also oversaw the creation of an advanced multi-media system for providing information about the collection to visitors and putting the content on the Getty website that became a model for other museums.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Deborah graduated from Wellesley College where she majored in art history, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and named a Durant Scholar. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University.

Deborah lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Winston Alt, M.D., Ph.D.  They have two grown daughters, Sarah Alt and Jane Alt.

Deborah joined the Board of P.S. ARTS in 2016.

Mary-Elizabeth Michaels

Mary-Elizabeth Michaels

Mary-Elizabeth Michaels is the Director of Community Affairs at Warner Bros. Entertainment where she leads all corporate community affairs outreach in key North American regions where the company has a presence. In this capacity, she develops partnerships with neighborhood stakeholders, nonprofits, elected officials, Warner Bros. filming productions and city, county and state legislators to establish community goodwill. Additionally, she manages signature company outreach programs including the Burbank Time Warner Board Leadership Program and the Reach Honorship Program.

Mary-Elizabeth is active in the community and has served on a number of nonprofit boards. She is a long-time member of the Junior League of Los Angeles where she has held numerous leadership positions. She currently serves as Chair of the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission and sits on the board of directors of Burbank Business Partners, in addition to P.S. ARTS. Mary-Elizabeth earned a BA in Government from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Leadership Southern California, Leadership Burbank, and the Santa Monica People’s Academy.

Pam Posey

Crossroads Representative

Pam Posey is a committed visual artist and art educator. She taught in the Visual Art Department of Crossroads School for 27 and during that time she served as department chair and director of the school’s Sam Francis Gallery. With her husband, Brian Considine, retired Senior Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Getty Museum and two sons, Caleb, an artist, and Liam, an art historian, it is fair to say there is no division between Art and Life in her family. Pam maintains an active studio practice and her work can be seen at the Craig Krull Gallery and on her website pamposey.org.

Amanda Schuon

Amanda Schuon

Los Angeles native Amanda began her career with the Marriott Corporation in Asia where she oversaw the opening of the Saigon Marriott Hotel. Amanda then worked on a task force that opened various Marriott hotels in Myanmar, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Costa Rica and London. She returned to the United States to found Truth Be Told, a PR agency focused on luxury goods and services, in 2002. TBT has been key to establishing and growing brands such as Jennifer Meyer Jewelry, Serena & Lily, Baby Jogger Company, XOJET and more. Amanda is multi-lingual and enjoys reading, traveling with her family, and hanging with her pack of dogs.

Rona Sebastian

Rona Sebastian

Rona Sebastian is a senior executive with national and international experience in non-profit arts and cultural organizations, philanthropy, higher education, for-profit music companies and consulting.  As President of the Herb Alpert Foundation, Ms. Sebastian defines, plans and administers the foundation’s areas of funding and program development. She also collaborates with partners, institutions and other foundations to strengthen and enhance current and future programs and develop consortiums to address areas of shared interest. Rona was trained as a classical pianist and in her early career ran two Yamaha Music Schools for young children and taught classical piano to adults. Before assuming the Presidency of the Herb Alpert Foundation in 2004, she served for four years as the Vice President of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Rona spent 15 years at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles in a succession of senior leadership positions which included developing the Getty’s Office of Strategic Partnerships and serving as the Deputy Director of the Getty Conservation Institute.  She holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and attended the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Josh Tanzer

Mr. Joshua B. Tanzer serves as Managing Director and Head of Technology Private Placements at Jefferies Group LLC. Prior to joining Jefferies, Mr. Tanzer served as a Managing Director and Head of Private Growth Equity Capital Practice at Houlihan Lokey, and before that as a Managing Director at Morgan Keegan Technology Group, where he advised on over $200 million in growth equity transactions. He joined Morgan Keegan from Lazard Freres & Co. where he was also a managing director. At Lazard, he raised $175 million of private equity capital for Virgin America, Inc., the largest amount of private equity raised for a de novo airline.

From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Tanzer was the global head of private equity for Credit Suisse First Boston’s Technology Group (formerly DMG Tech Group). The group completed 85 transactions and raised approximately $5.4 billion including many of the most successful transactions for clients and their investors like Verio Inc., Exodus Communications, Advertising.com, Openwave Systems Inc., Commerce One, Interwoven, Inc., Datek, Inc. and others. He raised the largest amount of private equity capital for technology companies for the year 1999 (Zhone Communications—$500 million) and 2000 (Datek Online Holdings—$700 million), and also for a Chinese technology company, China Netcom Group Corp. ($300 million).

In addition to his leadership role on the P.S. ARTS Board of Trustees, he also served on the Board of the University of Denver’s School of Accountancy and ODC Dance Company. Mr. Tanzer is a Certified Management Accountant. He received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Denver.

Leadership Council

Maria Bell

Charles X Block

Ari & Sarah Emanuel

Cece Feiler

Gale Goldring

Heidi Haddad

Nora Halpern

Travis Hansen

Monica Karo

Susie Krevoy

David Leyrer

Stephanie Marver

Robin McMonigle

Darcy Pollack

Carolyn Powers

Amy Rappeport

Brigette Romanek

Kim Schall

Naomi Scott

Stephanie Stuart

Michael Thornton

Sarah Watson

Roger Weaver

Candie Weitz

Christine Weller

Ari Wiseman

Stephanie McGrathBoard