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. 


Chelsea Armstrong                                                                           Associate Designer, 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).


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Rebecca Chang
Senior Technology Recruiter, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Rebecca has a strong background in all things IT and customer relations. She has been in Information Technology staffing for 10 years, where she has placed technology professionals on both the Infrastructure and Software Development side, at all levels. Rebecca has a diverse client base and pipeline of candidates. Her goal is to always provide the utmost quality in customer service and professionalism while upholding a high level of integrity. Her specialties are: Information Technology - Full service recruiting and retention experience. Rebecca is trained in both client and candidate relationships. Her motto is: Changing Lives, One Placement at a Time!”

Her previous employers include Warner Brothers Entertainment Group of Companies, Technicolor and Nexon. Rebecca is passionate about helping the neediest children in Southern California by serving as a board member with Create Now.


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.


Daniel Ohgi
Vice President, Endowments and Foundations Group,
JPMorgan Chase

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.


Pierre Pendergrass
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Health Net, Inc.

For over 11 years, Pierre has been a seasoned, influential legal and business adviser to executive management at Health Net, Inc.. He has excellent communication and cross-functional team management capabilities and strong expertise in distilling complex legal concepts into easily understood frameworks for decision-making. Pierre is the lead architect and negotiator for complex transactions. His public and private company experience with advanced skills in a broad range of practice areas including the following:

Technology Transactions, Medical Management Transactions, Global Sourcing, Business Transformation, Ancillary Provider Transactions, Contract Drafting & Negotiation, Data Security & Governance, Licensing, Privacy w/ HIPAA Emphasis, M&A Diligence & Integration, Compliance, Risk Management, Employment, Trademark and Real Estate.

Previously, Pierre directed all legal affairs as the General Counsel at Spectrum Communications, a privately held IT network integration company and Counsel at Caraway Communications where he drafted and negotiated a broad range of agreements related to the design and deployment of wireless communications networks for AT&T Wireless. He received a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Riverside and a JD at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.


Mark Schulman
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.