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CSSSA Trustees and CSSSA Foundation Board Members

The California State Summer School Arts Foundation (CSSSAF)

The CSSSA Foundation was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization to support and sustain the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). The Board of Directors, elected by CSSSA’s Board of Trustees,
governs the CSSSA Foundation.

CSSSA Foundation Board of Directors

Wendy Howard Goldberg, Founder
Martha Ryan, President and Trustee
Wendy Wolstoncroft, Vice President
Scott Higgins, Treasurer
Leslie Birnbaum
Ruth Bloom
Susan Dolgen
Maggie Drake
Melissa Draper
Chloe Flower
Hill Harper
Sallie Huntting

Chrisette Hudlin
Anne Johnson

Brad Krevoy
Jamie McGurk
Hayes Michel
Miranda Payne
Vicki Reynolds
Suzanne Russell
David Schiff
Heidi Kershaw, Executive Director

Board Bios (alphabetical listing)

Phoebe Beasley
Trustee, CSSSA Board of Trustees
Phoebe Beasley is a collage artist, educator and entrepreneur with decades of solo and group art exhibitions. In 2015, Governor Brown appointed her to the California Arts Council. She also served for fifteen years (1997-2012) as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Additionally, Phoebe served on the Boards of the Savannah College of Art and Design (Georgia) and the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles.

Leslie Birnbaum
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Leslie Birnbaum received her B.A. from SUNY Purchase with an emphasis on Modern Dance & Choreography.  She held an apprenticeship with the Martha Graham Dance Co., before the company was forced to suddenly and temporarily close its doors for financial reasons. Leslie has worked in the restaurant business, and has worked with Jean Georges and managed restaurants for Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Thomas Keller in New York City, Napa and Los Angeles.

Ruth Bloom 
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Ruth Bloom, a former public school teacher, has served as an arts educator and arts advocate for over 30 years.  Ruth is the chair and founder of the Photography Acquisition Committee and formerly served as a member of the California State Board of Education.

Bernadette Cheyne
Trustee, CSSSA Board of Trustees
Bernadette Cheyne is a professor emerita from the department of theater, film, and dance at Humboldt State University.  In 2004, she received the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medallion for exceptional contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre, and in 2009 was awarded the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region VIII Excellence in Education Award.  She continues to work as an actor and director in numerous venues and, in addition to her work with CSSSA, she also is a volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA).

Lilia Gonzales Chavez
Trustee, CSSSA Board of Trustees
Lilia Gonzales Chavez has been executive director at the Fresno Arts Council since 2011. She was a program officer at the San Joaquin Valley Workforce Funders Collaborative from 2009 to 2011 and a field representative in the Office of California State Assemblymember Juan Arambula from 2006 to 2009. She was principal administrative analyst at the Fresno County Administrative Office from 1997 to 2006 and executive director at Arte Americas from 1987 to 1997. Gonzales Chavez is a member of the League of Mexican American Women. She earned a Master of Arts degree in administrative leadership from Fresno Pacific University.

Alexander Cruz de Ocampo
Alexander Cruz de Ocampo has been a senior consultant at Saban Capital Group Inc. since 2015, where he has held several positions since 2002, including director of government affairs and senior program manager. Cruz de Ocampo was managing director at the Saban Family Foundation from 2011 to 2014 and special assistant to the president of television at Castle Rock Entertainment from 1996 to 2001.

Maggie Drake
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Maggie Drake spent many years in advertising sales for a NY based Internet magazine, a hip-hop magazine and The Hollywood Reporter. She has also done freelance graphic design including logos, ads, business cards, brochures and other print materials.

Melissa Draper
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors & Chair, CSSSA Board of Trustees
Chair of the CSSSA Trustees, Melissa Draper, serves as an arts and education advocate.  A Smith College alumna, Melissa is the wife of Timothy Draper and mother of four.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the UCLA Foundation, the Board of Trustees of Cal Arts and the Children’s Health Council of Palo Alto. 

Susan Dolgen
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors Trustee & CSSSA Board of Trustees 
Susan Dolgen is an education advocate and philanthropist.  As a leader in education, Susan was appointed by Governors Wilson, Davis and Schwarzenegger to the Board of the California State Summer School for the Arts, where she served as Chair of the Trustees for over twenty years.  In addition, Susan has been a member of Pitzer College’s Board of Trustees for almost twenty years.

Chloe Flower
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Chloe Flower is an award-winning classically trained pianist who has played to sold out audiences around the world; however, her musical ability extends far beyond classical music. She has been featured on rapper NAS’ “A Queen Story,” Celine Dion’s “Lullaby,” and on Timbaland, Jay-Z, and Drake’s “Know Bout Me.” Using the power of music, Chloe has brought much needed awareness to music education and the human trafficking epidemic. In 2012, she gave her first speech on human trafficking and music education at the CTUAN Conference at the United Nations, and in 2014, she performed and spoke alongside the President of the General Assembly, John Ashe, and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, for the historic launch of the first ever World Day Against the Trafficking in Persons.

Adrienne Go
Trustee, CSSSA Board of Trustees
Adrienne Go has been associate general counsel at eBay Inc. since 2007, where she was senior director from 2005 to 2007. She was a deputy city attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 2005 and an associate at Morrison and Foerster LLP from 1988 to 1996. Go earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Wendy Howard Goldberg
Founder and Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Wendy Howard Goldberg spearheaded the passage of legislation that established CSSSA in 1987.  Goldberg was involved in a leadership role with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and their National Arts Education Initiative and she was one of the founding co-chairs of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts to honor California’s distinguished artists. 

Hill Harper
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Hill Harper, an award-winning actor, is known for his work in the hit CBS drama series, CSI:NY, The Handler, and City of Angels.  Hill is the New York Times best-selling author of Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation.  In 2006, Hill founded the youth serving non-profit, the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation.

Scott Higgins
Treasurer, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Scott Higgins has over 20 years of professional history working in interactive media including television production with MTM Entertainment and video game television production of Madden Football with Electronic Arts.  Scott actively is the Chief Operating Officer of eScience Labs and also serves as a member of the eScience Board of Directors.

Chrisette Hudlin
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Chrisette Hudlin is a public relations consultant and the former Senior Vice President of Television at BWR Public Relations, an Ogilvy Company.  Hudlin is Southern California Liaison to the Kamala Harris Campaign for Attorney General, California, and a host of the Los Angeles based Kidstock Festival.  Other philanthropic interests include Artlore and One Voice, a college mentoring program.

Sallie Huntting
Sallie Huntting  is a seasoned and successful leader in the areas of marketing, media, events, education development and fundraising. Previously the Executive Vice President of the Academy of Art University, she currently serves as Chief Development Officer of the Ronald McDonald House in San Francisco. Sallie has been active in the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Commonwealth Club, as well as appointed to the California Arts Project by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. She has served on numerous executive boards including the San Francisco Opera Guild, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS), and the American Red Cross. Sallie is the past President of the San Francisco Symphony League, Heart & Stroke Society, Arthritis Auxiliary and Inter Arts of Marin. Her extensive fundraising efforts have included being chair of the San Francisco Opera Ball, Symphony Supper Chair for the San Francisco Symphony Centennial Committee, Papillion Ball and Fashion Show Chair for the Bay Area Arthritis Auxiliary, Chair of the first American Red Cross Ball fundraiser in San Francisco, and the International Museum of Women Fundraising Chair. Sallie has served as past treasurer, and is an active member on the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) Board of Directors.

Anne Johnson
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Anne Johnson works as a Cultural Leader.  She serves on the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Music Center, and is a Volunteer Fundraiser for health and cultural causes including Los Angeles County Music Center and the United States Tennis Association.

Brad Krevoy
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Producer Brad Krevoy and business partner Steve Stabler co-founded the Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA). Together, they have helped develop, fund, produce, and distribute over 100 features.  Krevoy has also served as a Legislative Fellow in the California State Legislature.  In addition to his professional duties, Krevoy serves on the executive branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Lucy Larson
Vice Chair, CSSSA Board of Trustees
As Director of Education at Palo Alto Art Center, Lucy Larson oversees programs that serve kids, teens, and families, including after-school, weekend, summer art classes, and family days. She has over 15 years experience as a museum educator with the San Jose Museum of Art, the Exploratorium, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Diane Levine
Trustee, CSSSA Board of Trustees
Diane Levine has produced independent films, radio, television commercials and theater. She is an Assistant Director/Unit Production Manager in the Directors Guild of America. Her theatrical production credits include political dramas, contemporary comedies, musicals, and classics.  She has worked in the LA public schools with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre of London and is on the Board of UCLA’s outreach program, Design for Sharing. Diane is also on the board of CAP UCLA, and the REDCAT Council.

Jamie McGurk
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Independent producer and marketing consultant, Jamie McGurk’s career has encompassed both the entertainment and political worlds.  In 2008, she co-founded SeaChange Communications, a political communications company specializing in non-traditional communications for the political and non-profit arenas.  She has donated her time as a marketing consultant for Film Independent and The H.E.L.P. Group.

Hayes Michel
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Attorney Hayes Michel focuses his practice on all aspects of commercial litigation with extensive trial, arbitration and appellate experience. His practice Includes entertainment and intellectual property litigation, as well as counseling clients on employment, business and securities issues.  Hayes has significant experience relating to business disputes, Federal/administrative law issues, product advertising and regulation, accounting and royalty disputes, and copyright and trademark matters.

Miranda Payne
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Miranda Payne is the Associate Director of Admissions and co-facilitator of the Caswell Scholars Leadership program at Marlborough School, an independent secondary school in Los Angeles. Prior to her work in education, Ms. Payne spent three years as a researcher and analyst for the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defense.  She currently sits on a Para Los Niños Advisory Board.

Janice Pober
Trustee, CSSSA Board of Trustees
Janice Pober is Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Social Responsibility for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). 
In addition to her role at Sony Pictures, she is also on the Board of Trustees of the Craft and Folk Art Museum.  Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education; the California Institute of the Arts, Community Arts Partnership Council; and the advisory boards for Vision to Learn, Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts and Culver City’s District Community Arts Team. She is a member of Create CA’s Creative Education Task Force, Grantmakers in the Arts and Los Angeles Arts Funders.

Vicki Reynolds
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors & Trustee, CSSSA Board of Trustees
Vicki Reynolds spent thirteen years as a Council member of the Beverly Hills City Council and served three terms as Mayor of Beverly Hills.  She serves as the President of the Beverly Hills Board of Education and is also an LA County School Trustee. She is a founder of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and a founding member of MOCA. She is a board member of KCET, a member of LACMA's President's Circle and the American Jewish Committee, Western Regional Executive Board, President's Circle.

Martha Ryan
President, CSSSAF Board of Directors and Trustee
Martha Ryan is the co-founder of a Silicon Valley company called Daric, Inc. that sells state of the art software to financial institutions.  She currently serves on the Board of Governors  for The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco.  Martha is the former Chairman of The Lincoln Club of Northern California.  After serving several years on the  Northern California board which is  one of the 17 US chapters of  "Achievement Reward for College Scientists" (ARCS) Martha received the national " ARCS Light Award." This prestigious award was given for  her extraordinary achievements in raising funds to help graduate students further their studies in science, medicine and technology.

Niki Sandoval
Trustee, CSSSA Board of Trustees
Nicolasa I. Sandoval is a first-generation college graduate and the first descendant of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to earn a doctorate in Education.  As Education Director for the tribe, she has worked in partnership with tribal government leaders to refine education policies and strategic educational investments.  She is a lecturer in the Education Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Assistant Director for Community Services at the Smithsonian’s national Museum of the American Indian.

David Schiff
Director, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Founder of the Schiff Company, David Schiff, has represented a diverse group of both established and up-and-coming talent.  Schiff also consults for and serves on the advisory board of an Internet start-up called Doppleganger.  A Cal Arts graduate, he is co-chair of FOCA (Friends of Cal Arts) and is a member of the Cal Arts Board of Trustees.

Margita Thompson
Trustee, CSSSA Board of Trustees
As Vice President of External Communications of Disney Consumer Products, Margita Thompson focuses on enhancing DCP’s reputation as a global leader in the retail, licensing and publishing worlds through integrated communication plans designed to showcase business results and communicate directly to the consumer.  Past positions include Press Secretary for the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Political Producer for CNN’s Larry King Live, and Press Secretary to Mrs. Lynne Cheney at the White House.

Wendy Wolstoncroft
Vice President, CSSSAF Board of Directors
Wendy Wolstoncroft attended Stanford University where she majored in Art History. After University, Wendy worked for the Music Center of Los Angeles County where she produced community performing arts programs and was selected to be a summer intern at the National Endowment for the Arts. She later earned an MBA in Marketing from UCLA’s Business School and subsequently began an advertising career at Madison Avenue’s Doyle Dane Bernbach ad agency. In 1986, she moved to London where she lived for 20 years, raising two children and working as an architectural and interior drawing and design teacher at the Inchbald School of Design. Upon her return to the US, she was hired as the Sales and Marketing Director for Moraga Vineyards, a local Los Angeles vineyard owned (then) by longtime Northrop CEO, Tom Jones.