Board of Trustees

Executive Board

Laura Fox, Chair

Pam Bergman, President-at-Large

Chi-Chien Hou, Co-Vice Chair

Carolyn Giangiacomo, Co-Vice Chair

David Kahn, Treasurer

Deborah Gribbon, Secretary

Pam Posey, Crossroads Representative

Paul Cummins, Founder, Trustee Emeritus

Pam Bergman

Pam Bergman

President-at-Large

Pam Bergman is currently the President-at-Large 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.

Sharyn Church

Sharyn Church

Sharyn is the Los Angeles-based managing director of Arabella Advisors. Sharyn leads the firm’s work with philanthropists, impact investors and social entrepreneurs across a broad range of issues including education, healthcare, environment and social justice, with a special interest in juvenile justice reform and gender equality. A seasoned executive in social impact, Sharyn has more than 20 years’ management, implementing cross-sector policies, programs and partnerships to improve educational, economic, social, and health outcomes for vulnerable communities.  She has established pioneering stewardship and partnership programs involving non-profits, government agencies, large corporations, large philanthropies and donors of color. Sharyn has led and managed the successful build-out of several nonprofits; including overseeing the construction and re-branding of the renowned LA-based arts center Inner-City Arts, which received the prestigious Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. As the Founding Director of Children Now, Sharyn helped the organization achieve statewide prominence in the effort to transform advocacy and policymaking in service to improved child health and wellbeing, shifting investments to support better outcomes. In addition, Church has served on several city and county policy councils, focused on the issues of early childhood; trauma-informed systems; and the arts. She was appointed as a member of the CA State Superintendent’s statewide Arts Education Task Force, and currently serves on the boards of P.S. Arts, a nonprofit committed to making the arts a civil right in public schools and Our Community LA, a nonprofit focused on leveraging technology to support the needs of homeless youth.

A native Angelino, Church earned a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California.  She also completed the Executive Education Program, Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Shareef Farag

Shareef Farag

Shareef Farag represents and advises employers in all types of litigation and employment related matters. As co-leader of BakerHostetler’s Wage and Hour team, much of Shareef’s practice is dedicated to assisting clients with wage and hour compliance and defending class and representative actions. With experience as first- and second-chair in trials and arbitrations, he assists clients in avoiding and mitigating risk in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

Shareef places a high importance on the client’s business goals and proactively educates employers on new laws and regulations, ensuring they are prepared when new legislation comes into effect. Additionally, he assists clients in business-related issues, including commercial litigation matters. By gaining a deep understanding of a client’s business from the outset, Shareef provides a high level of service that is focused on meeting client goals with an eye toward his client’s bottom line.

Marina Filippelli

Marina Filippelli

As CEO of the advertising agency Orci, Marina drives both business strategy and day-to-day operations for multicultural initiatives, developing engaging, effective campaigns which help brands like Honda, Acura, Dole, VCA, Anheuser Busch and Chevron ExtraMile to build meaningful relationships with diverse targets in the U.S. and Latin American markets.

With roots in Mexico and Argentina, Marina has been passionate about communicating with the Latinx community since she launched her career at Orci years ago, ultimately returning after leading the multicultural division of Heat and client management teams at Zubi Advertising and Conexión, as well as spending a few years in the film world working on award-winning, multi-million dollar productions as well as independent and Oscar-winning box-office successes. She is dedicated to supporting efforts related to diversity, inclusion, education and the arts, volunteering as a mentor and activist with various non-profits in the LA area, like P.S. ARTS. Marina is also a current member of the National Advertising Review Board Panel.

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 large-scale building projects. Gribbon was the first curator of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, 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. Deborah was a Trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and a member of the Governing Board of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Deborah holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Winston Alt, M.D., Ph.D. They have two grown daughters, Sarah Alt and Jane Alt Clark.

David Kahn

David Kahn

David Kahn serves as Executive Managing Director of Pathstone’s Los Angeles office and is responsible for spearheading the management of key client relationships in the region. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bucknell University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from New York University.  David is active in the Los Angeles community serving on the board of P.S. ARTS. He is also a member of the Planned Giving Committee at Loyola High School in Los Angeles and an emeritus board member of the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association.

Grace Kangdani

Grace Kangdani

Grace Kangdani is Market Manager of Bank of America’s LA Metro Business Banking team, leading a team of Relationship Managers who work with clients to proactively provide strategic advice and integrated financial solutions. Grace earned a bachelor degree in Finance from California State University, Fullerton, and MBA from Pepperdine University. She is also a mentor for teammates across the company through Business Banking – Diversity & Inclusion Council, Business Banking – Leadership Council, the Asian Leadership Network, and LEAD for Women.  She also serves as a mentor externally through the Global Ambassador program, Cherie Blair Foundation and Women Leadership Council. In January 2019, Grace was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Top Women in Banking. In December 2020, she was named in 2020 Thriving in Their 40’s, a list of Top Professionals in Los Angeles, as recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal. She currently attends Pacific Coast Banking School at University of Washington.

Steve McCray

Steve McCray

Dr. Stephen McCray is an executive coach, equity consultant, and keynote speaker working with business, school, and non-profit leaders and change agents to achieve their equity mission of creating vibrant, inclusive communities. For over thirty years, Dr. McCray has served as a bilingual teacher, an administrator in the public schools, a lecturer for the School of Education at California State University and field consultant for School Support Services of the California Department of Education. He has worked as a national leadership consultant, keynote speaker, and trainer on student achievement, leading change, high-impact instructional leadership, parent empowerment, and leading for equity in educational and non-profit communities. With an unwavering commitment to innovation, equity of access, and social justice, Dr. McCray’s most recent areas of focus have been healing race in education and the community and organizational leadership for equity in the workplace. He was named by Teacher Magazine as “one of the fifty best minds in education.” Dr. McCray also served on the Consent Decree Monitoring Team for Equity and the California Schools Recognition Team for the California Department of Education, as well as on the boards of charter schools and non-profit organizations.

An anti-racist educator and consultant, Dr. McCray received his master’s degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies at University of California, Los Angeles’ Center X; and earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University. He holds certificates from Harvard Kennedy School’s in Public Leadership and Columbia University’s Teachers College in coaching. His dissertation, Children Are the Messengers, broke new ground in the field, challenging existing deficit narratives about children of color, and spotlighting high-achieving low-income students and the power of voice-centered dialogic classrooms in their academic success. Dr. McCray empowers leaders and change agents to engage directly with the landscape of racial change and build humanizing, culturally proficient relations, policies, and practices from the classroom to the board room, and from the executives to the clients.

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

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.

Suzanne Rode

Suzanne Rode

Suzanne Rode is a Managing Director at Fifth Third Bank, within the TMT Group, where she focuses primarily on the Media Space.  Suzanne covers medium to large cap media and technology companies nationally, and advises on their capital structures, underwrites financing packages to support their M&A activity and provides other solutions for their needs.  Prior to Fifth Third Bank, Suzanne was a Director in Leveraged Capital Markets at UBS Investment Bank in New York and Stamford, CT.  She was an Investment Banking Vice President at Macquarie Capital, and UBS Investment Bank in Los Angeles, where she was in the Financial Sponsors and Leveraged Finance Group.  Suzanne is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a BS in Economics, and holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson, where she concentrated in Finance.  Suzanne lives in Santa Monica with her husband Brian, young twins and their puppy Archie.

Shari Rosenlbum

Shari Rosenblum

Shari Rosenblum serves as Senior Vice President of Publicity for Disney Television Studios’ 20th Televison and ABC Signature, where she spearheads studio campaign strategy for dozens of award-winning drama, comedy and animated series across streamers, premium cable and network television. At the studio (formerly known as Twentieth Century Fox Televison and Fox 21) she handles corporate communications and consumer-facing public relations and awards campaigns, working closely with creators/showrunners, actors and creative executives to build awareness, draw attention and elevate profiles. Prior, she held PR positions across other business units of Twentieth Century Fox, first with Fox Consumer Products, followed by a five-year stint at Fox Home Entertainment. Rosenblum started her career in literary public relations, promoting books and authors. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, daughter and cocker spaniel, Stella Bean.

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.

Jose Vitela

Jose Vitela

Jose is a Certified Financial Planner. He holds a BA in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the University of San Francisco, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Excellence in Scholarship Award to recognize superior academic performance. With over 20 years in financial services, Jose is an experienced financial advisor, investor, and entrepreneur. His focus is the financial and professional success of his clients. Jose enjoyed stints at Smith Barney, Charles Schwab, and Ameriprise before serving as Executive Vice President/Director of Wealth Management at an independent wealth advisory firm and alternative investment manager. Today, Jose leads Silicon Beach Wealth Management.

Jose’s interests in diversity, access, and inclusion guide his participation in impact investing and his service on nonprofit boards. He is a member of the P.S. Arts Board and participates on the audit and strategic planning committees. He is past president of the UCLA Latino Alumni Association. Jose is also co-founder of BlueReef Capital, a social-enterprise dedicated to improving access to quality investment management services for US Hispanic, African-American, and other historically disadvantaged communities.

Jose and his wife Lisa, a college professor and art historian, reside in Santa Monica with their two children. In his spare time, Jose enjoys running, golf, jazz music, visiting local museums, reading nonfiction, and cheering on his beloved UCLA Bruins and LA Dodgers.

Leadership Council

Maria Bell

Charles X Block

Kasey Crown

Ari & Sarah Emanuel

Cece Feiler

Gale Goldring

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein

Heidi Haddad

Nora Halpern

Travis Hansen

Carey Hotchkis

Monica Karo

Susie Krevoy

Lisa Kudrow

David Leyrer

Stephanie Marver

Robin McMonigle

Darcy Pollack

Carolyn Powers

Amy Rappeport

Hadley Davis Rierson

Brigette Romanek

Kim Schall

Naomi Scott

Jorge Camil Starr

Stephanie Stuart

Joshua Tanzer

Kathy Taslitz

Michael Thornton

Sarah Watson

Roger Weaver

Candie Weitz

Christine Weller

Ari Wiseman

Gennifer Yoshimaru

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