Ed Lantz – Chair
CEO of Vortex Immersion Media
Co-Founder and Director, IMERSA
Ed Lantz is an entertainment technology engineer, entrepreneur, immersive experience designer and pioneer in large-format digital cinema. He left aerospace engineering in 1990 to transform old-style planetariums into immersive visualization environments, designing over a dozen dome theaters worldwide including the Library of Alexandria in Egypt and Papalote Museo in Mexico City. His company, Vortex Immersion Media, develops themed entertainment attractions and creates immersive and interactive experiences for Fortune 500 brands including Condé Nast, EMC2, Microsoft, Nestle, NFL, Nike, Nokia and Sprint, and also operates the Vortex Dome, the first commercial immersive media production studio and events venue located in downtown Los Angeles.
Ed is a supporter of the arts and believes in the power of art to facilitate positive transformation on personal, local and global scales. Ed holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Quantum Physics and Electromagnetics from Tennessee Tech University, and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister by the School of Sacred Ministries in 2000.
Jake Winett – Vice-Chair
Vice President, Consumer Services & Advanced Platforms,
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Jake Winett is an entertainment executive who has worked with Fortune 100 companies as well as A-list producers and directors over the last 20 years helping to transform how movies are made and distributed in the digital age. He currently is Vice President of Consumer Services and Platforms for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Jake grew up playing music and started performing live when he was 13 (his mom had to drive him to his first gig). He also recently spent two consecutive years as a community mentor with LA Team Works, working with middle school kids at Webster Middle School in West Los Angeles.
Jake holds a B.A. in Film from California State University Long Beach and received his MBA from the University of Southern California in 2010. He also was an oarsman on the Cal State Long Beach rowing team, leading his crew to several gold medals and regional and national championships. Since then, Jake is a competitive masters road cyclist and is a husband and father of two children.
Jennifer Vogt – Secretary
Show Design & Production Executive,
Walt Disney Imagineering
An award-winning senior media and entertainment executive with over twenty years in the industry, Jennifer began her career in freelance feature film & TV with major studios and Broadway entertainment production. After nearly a decade building and running her own firm, Jennifer moved over to the corporate side, where she held finance, accounting and operational roles of increasing responsibility at Hewlett Packard, KPMG and DreamWorks Animation and most recently as the President and COO of the music division at Production Resource Group.
Jennifer was nominated into the prestigious Television Academy in 1999 and in her own right, her projects have won a Tony, an Emmy, an Art Director’s Guild Award and garnered Emmy nominations for Excellence in Production or Scenic Design. She holds an MBA from UC Davis and an MFA and BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Lena Kent – Treasurer
Senior Manager, Revenue Accounting, Experian
Lena Kent is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor with expertise in the non-profit, medical manufacturing and transportation industries. Ms. Kent currently serves as the Senior Manager of Revenue Accounting for Experian. She began her career with Coopers & Lybrand, LLP in the assurance services practice where her clients included such notable non-profits as Project Angel Food, Comic Relief, Claremont Colleges and Jewish Federation Services. Her other clients included MTA, Berry Petroleum, ARCO and Farmer Brothers Coffee. Ms. Kent later served in various accounting leadership roles for Hughes Space, BAX Global, Sunrise Medical and ICU Medical.
She specializes in technical accounting and reporting, internal controls, COSO 2013 framework, as well as specific governance requirements for the Audit and Finance Committees of the Boards of Directors. Ms. Kent is a member of AICPA and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a Certified QuickBooks Online provider and advises privately held businesses in optimizing QuickBooks Online to increase transparency and power of financial reporting.
A long term resident of South Orange County, CA, Ms. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree and an MBA in International Business from Loyola Marymount University.
Associate Designer at Perry Ellis International
Chelsea Armstrong has been in the fashion industry for over a decade. In that time, she has worked for a variety of companies including Perry Ellis International, Aritzia, Burberry, and Kate Spade. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University in her native Canada, Chelsea is a graduate of the Marketing and Merchandising program at Parsons the New School of Design and the Fashion Design program at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).
Artist, Patti Grant Studio
Patti is a talented artist whose speciality is on-site artwork, ranging from intricate trompe l’oeil to murals to finishing touches on fixtures and furniture, as well as color design. She travels around the country to work on many eclectic projects for her clients. She takes great pride in creating genuine, harmonious surroundings based on their needs.
Previous to owning her studio, Patti worked as a Painter on the movie A Dangerous Woman. She was the Lead Scenic Artist on Best Laid Plans.
Jennifer Gunderson Kleven
Executive Director, Social and Digital Marketing, Warner Brothers Telepictures
Jennifer Gunderson is a new media and marketing executive who parlayed her passion for the creative arts into an adventurous career in the entertainment industry over two decades ago. Currently serving as the Executive Director of Social and Digital Marketing for Warner Bros. Television, Jennifer is charged with digital marketing strategy for Telepictures Productions’ first-run syndicated television programs, including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “TMZ,” “Extra,” and “The Real.” In this role, she works closely with executive producers and programming and marketing executives to develop complementary digital content and social media engagement strategies for online and mobile audiences
As an avid media consumer and early adopter of new technologies and platforms, Jennifer keeps her teams and the studio’s shows at the forefront of innovation, which has resulted in numerous accolades, including Daytime Emmy Award wins, Webby Award nominations and best-in-class recognition in the press.
When she’s not working, Jennifer spends her time at home in Los Angeles listening to music, reading books, surfing the web and road-tripping around America with her husband, James.
Vice President, Endowments and Foundations Group,
Dan Ohgi is an Investment Specialist in J.P. Morgan’s Endowments and Foundations Group with over 15 years of experience in finance and capital markets. Dan is responsible for providing investment advice and portfolio management for not-for-profit organizations across the Western and Southern regions of the country. He originally joined J.P. Morgan in 2007, where he has been responsible for constructing client portfolios diversified across asset classes and investment vehicles.
Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Dan spent seven years originating and syndicating equity and convertible securities offerings at Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup Global Markets in New York, Sydney, and Hong Kong. Dan graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Senior Marketing Strategist and Management Professional, Mares Multicultural
After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Assumption College in Massachusetts, Wilberto later pursued an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He began his career at Goya de Puerto Rico in 1986 where he started as a Product Manager, eventually becoming the Marketing Director. He developed their international division as the Export Director. In 1996, Goya promoted him to General Manager for the Midwest region of the U.S. where he built the Mexican and Caribbean markets.
Wilberto created two startup companies, managing operations and growing new markets internationally and domestically, including such highly-populated Hispanic cities like New York, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, Houston, etc., and most of the Caribbean islands. He is a member of the Puerto Rico Product Association and the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce.
Among his many accomplishments, Wilberto managed sales, marketing, public relations, inventory control, distribution and warehouse operations, strategic marketing plans, staffing, and customer relations at different companies. He obtained over 75% sales increase in two years in the Caribbean region, and also was a master distributor for the piping system of major petroleum companies like Chevron, Texaco and Shell.
Drummer with P!nk, Cher and Foreigner
Mark Schulman is a first-call drummer for world-class rock, pop and jazz artists. He’s the beat-master for P!nk, Cher and Foreigner, and has played with Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Destiny’s Child, Billy Idol, amongst many others. Mark is the recipient of numerous Gold and Platinum discs and has appeared on nearly every American and European variety show on television, including The Grammys, David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brian, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, American Idol, X-Factor and more. Classically trained as a cellist, Schulman played with the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic and with P!nk. He is also a music producer, trained audio engineer and studio co-owner of West Triad Recording Studio in Venice, CA.
As an active educator, Mark taught at the Los Angeles Music Academy and as one of the world’s most sought after drum clinicians hosting clinics in countries around the world. He was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Create Now and has been a board member since 2004. As a cancer survivor, Mark has also motivated the troubled youth that we serve through his work doing seminars at juvenile detention facilities and youth centers. His love for inspiring others is shared through his corporate and drumming recording seminars. His writing/production credits include major films, TV shows and commercials.
Attorney at Vorzimer Masserman, APLC
Corlandos Scott is a practicing attorney in the fields of Assisted Reproductive Technology Law and Entertainment Law.
Before attending law school at the University of Michigan Law School, Mr. Scott attended the University of North Alabama, where he served as the Student Body President and garnered national accolades as a Captain of the Mock Trial program. He also spent several years working for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Nuclear Program as a Nuclear Reactor Operator after completing his undergraduate studies. While at TVA, Mr. Scott continued to demonstrate his leadership skills by serving on the TVA Communication Council, as well as being the TVA Site Chairman for the international organization NA-YGN (North American Young Generation in Nuclear).
During law school, Mr. Scott served as a student attorney in the Poverty Law Clinic, representing indigent families facing custody, visitation and support issues. He also rekindled his passion for litigation by participating in the Law School’s Trial Advocacy program. When not practicing law, Mr. Scott enjoys playing the saxophone, golfing, boxing, traveling and acting in and producing films.