LEADERSHIP

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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MICHAEL SUSHEL

Board Chair

AKIRA NAKANO

President, CEO &

Artistic Director

MIYEKO HEISHI

Secretary/Treasurer

CHRIS LEE

Director

Composer Representative

MEGAN LUBASZKA

Director

Virtual Reality

JAVIER OVIEDO

Director

Mentor

RUBY PAN

Director

Parent Representative

JEAN-PIERRE SCHMITT

Director

Mentor

PAST BOARD MEMBERS

DR. MELVIN ARMSTRONG

CSULA

HEEWON KWON

Founding Director

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DAVE TOLLEY

dbt Creative

ALAN WARFAHTIG

LAUSD Educator (Retired)

BOARD ADVISORS

ANDREW FRIEDMAN

Big Picture Learning

DR. FRANK HEUSER

UCLA Herb Alpert

School of Music

DR. GIGI JOHNSON

Maremel Institute

PHOEBE OELHEIM

Development Advisor

RUMI SHIMASAKI

Colburn School

ADRIAN ZAW

Zaw Studios

LEADERSHIP TEAM

AKIRA NAKANO

President, CEO &

Artistic Director

LUCAS BROOKER

Vice President

Jazz Studies &

Student Engagement

KAREN ELAINE

Executive Vice President

SAMARA RICE
Vice President
Contemporary Classical &
Youth Development

JACK ARON

Vice President

CLAIRE MORISON

Co-Artistic Director

KATE BACICH

Past Vice President

Music Education/

College Prep

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AMY (AIZHOU) LIU

Former Vice President

BLYTHE SCHULTE

Former Vice President

Strategic Innovation