Jake Winett – Board 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.
Sarah Kurtz - Vice Chair
Executive Film Producer
Sarah fell in love with the magic of the silver screen at an early age. After graduating from UCLA Law School, she worked in the legal department at New Line Cinema. She worked on major productions like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Notebook, and many more. Sarah then found her true calling in the development and production department, where she became a Production Coordinator on such films as Lucky You, Domino, Three Days to Vegas, and Vegas Baby.
In 2007, Sarah was invited by the UAE government to move to Dubai to consult and enhance the growth of their film industry. This led to her launch of an international production company, Globetrotter Productions ("GTP"), where she produced UAE films. In 2011, she launched Talent Casting Agency ("TCA"), the first in the region, for Emirati and Arab filmmakers with her business partner Ahmed Arshi.
Sarah has a law degree in International Business from La Sorbonne in Paris, and a law degree in Entertainment Law and a Masters of Fine Arts from UCLA. She has launched a film fund in Los Angeles, speaks six languages, and is a member of Women in Film. Sarah's main goal in life is to bring happiness and joy to everyone she meets.
Lena Kent - Treasurer
Senior Manager, Revenue Accounting
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 - Secretary
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, 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).
Previously, she was a Product Development Specialist at Rocky Mountaineer, and a Guest Pass Services Representative at the Vancouver Olympics. Chelsea was also an Allocation Analyst and a Production Associate at Aritzia.
Senior Technology Recruiter
MUFG Union Bank
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.
Create Now Alumnus, Executive Assistant
North Los Angeles County Regional Center
Lizeth was incarcerated at Mid-Valley Youth Center in Van Nuys during 2006 when Create Now implemented a TV Writing workshop. The students in our class wrote a screenplay for That 70's Show. Many of the 100 youth who were locked up at this detention center wanted to mount the script as a play, which Create Now produced. Lizeth was an actor in the show. She was motivated to change her life after That 70's Show creator, Mark Brazill, attended the performance and encouraged Lizeth to pursue acting.
Create Now continued to support Lizeth by assisting her to get headshots. We helped her to meet Mayor Villaraigosa and provided her with additional resources. As a result, Lizeth is now an Executive Assistant to the Director at North Los Angeles County Regional Center, which provides partnerships and planning to people with developmental disabilities.
Before that, Lizeth was a Certified Paralegal to Stanley Morgan, Esq., and a mortgage trustee and foreclosure specialist at GMAC. She also was an Executive Administrator and liaison at Resource Program marketing company, where Lizeth oversaw the administration, compliance and customer relations departments. In addition, she was a Production Assistant at Kevin Hart's company, HartBeat Productions. Lizeth is the proud mother of two teenage sons. She attributes much of her success to Create Now's support.
Tracy Solomon Clark
Tracy Solomon Clark is a Development Executive with over twenty years of experience in all areas of development in the Los Angeles, non-profit sector. Ms. Clark has led countless Capital Campaigns, Signature Event/Planning, Marketing, Advertisement, Public Relations, and Internal/External Communications.
Tracy's experience includes executive management skills. (i.e. developing/executing new fundraising programs for organizations with budgets ranging from $300,000 to 25 million dollars, developing several comprehensive campaigns to raise awareness and secure funds for more than 100,000 people throughout the Los Angeles area).
She has managed fundraising programs for more than seven core programs for five satellite offices annually. Tracy has completed a Capital Campaign for 100 million dollars, resulting in the completion of two construction projects.
Previously, Tracy worked with the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, as the Director of Development. However, Tracy"s true passion is for children. She demonstrates that fervor by making sure that each child has what he/she needs to excel, and that Create Now is a continued step in the right direction for all children.
VP Digital Media, Disney ABC Television Group
The Walt Disney Company
Lauren DeVillier is an award-winning senior executive in the digital media, technology and entertainment industries, and has been a successful leader for some of the world’s largest brands including The Walt Disney Company, Microsoft and Yahoo!. Lauren’s background in both media/content and emerging technologies has enabled her to launch market leading products across mobile, online and OTT platforms, often being first or early to market with successful offerings and business models as new technology platforms emerged. Lauren has driven high-growth, innovative businesses from the ground up, as well as growing some of the biggest franchises in the industry.
Over the past eight years, in her role as Vice President of Digital Media at The Walt Disney Company, she led the strategy, revenue and general management of the television-based digital products for the Disney ABC Cable Networks Group. Lauren also drove digital strategy, mobile and interactive applications for the Disney/ABC Television Group’s kids’ channels. Under her leadership, the Digital Media team delivered the highest grossing kids app in the Apple App Store for the past two years, and won multiple awards including the 2008 Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Media Programming, the 2012 Mobile Excellence Award, 2011 Kidscreen Award-Best Companion Website, and was a 2015 iKids Award winner for best streaming video platform.
Prior to joining Disney, Lauren was at Yahoo! where she led the Yahoo! Kids business, drove product initiatives and growth for the Yahoo! Health and Yahoo! Food businesses, and launched Yahoo! Green. Before Yahoo! Lauren was at Microsoft, where she helped pioneer creative online programming through partnerships with leading media companies. While at Microsoft Lauren helped launch one of the first MSN channels as part of the launch of the MSN network. Lauren began her career in content development with Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy, a game changing STEAM focused educational series.
Ms. DeVillier is a member of The Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is an advisory board member to the Alliance for Women in Media.
Director of Programs
Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce
Chanel Frampton is the Director of Programs for the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce. She manages daily operations of the organization including implementation and administration of the policies and programs established by the Board of Directors. In addition, she coordinates the planning, scheduling, marketing, promoting, executing, and staging of all special events and activities for the GLAAACC Chamber as well as the GLAAACC ED Fund scholarship program. Chanel is a leader and a seeker of knowledge, which has led to her success in business.
She is a talented communicator capable of receiving and relaying information with accuracy, sensitivity and clarity. Chanel is enjoyed as a team member and her ability to prioritize task and objectives is a real plus at crunch time. Her past board experience includes College Bound Alumni, FBCV Center, and currently she is a committee member for the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation.
Executive Director, Social Media 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.
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.
CEO/Founder, Impeli Experiential Services Agency
Lisa is the Founder and Director of Impeli, an event services partner, providing custom ticketing and event support solutions on a "per client" basis. Their ticketing, web design, event staffing and VIP services come in a fully customizable environment. Impeli designs your platform the way you want it to work, look and feel.
Lisa brings 15 plus years of developing new account business in full-service IT staff augmentation on an international level. She was previously the CEO of IT Development at High Quality Solutions, and the Senior Account Manager at Envision, LLC where she led the delivery of top IT talent across the US. Lisa was also the Director of Commercial Sales at Global Technology, Inc. She has served on the board of Face Forward.
P!nk, Cher, 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.