Jay Johnson graduated form Louisiana State University with a degree in accounting. Primarily, he worked in general accounting in various banks. His current position is in a non-profit lender that loans to developers providing housing to low income families. He enjoys music of all kinds, literature and collecting French wine.
Carli Simons is a retired educator from the Los Angeles LAUSD. She has studied at the University of Denver.
Human Resources Specialist
Russell Williams is a HR executive leading the strategies, operations and programs to attract and retain talent for high-tech organizations.
He designs and implements the strategies, operations, and programs crucial for organizational development and business success. He creates, aligns, and executes HR strategy to build organizational culture and craft exceptional teams of top talent, resulting in a peak-performing organization.
Yuval Ron is an internationally renowned World Music artist, composer, educator, peace activist and record producer.His awards include the Los Angeles Treasures Award in 2004 and prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, California Council for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Composer & Educator
Francisco Lorenzo Alonso is a music composer and entrepreneur born in Mexico, raised in Spain and currently residing in Los Angeles. Francisco graduated From Berklee College of Music with a double degree in Composition and Business Management and his unique and creative approach to music and its practical use as an educational tool give him great insight as a nonprofit management consultant.
Composer & Entrepreneur
Musician & Educator
Sophie Timpers is a Montessori trained educator, teaching French and “éveil musical” (musical awakening) in preschools and in parent & me settings throughout the Los Angeles area. Over the years, she realized that working with little ones was really where her heart was and she has been offering her teachings, which utilize her own French compositions in the classroom. In 2011, Sophie teamed up with Yuval Ron and they created her first album of original songs for little ones entitled, "Bonjour," a collection of songs and stories from dreamy French “chansons” to jazzy tunes, Middle Eastern magic, and rock and roll. She has produced two more albums since then.
Tarik Jalanbo is a lawyer, graduating from Arizona State University College of Law. He is an expert in project management and is a capable leader who knows how to design and implement solutions that improve the quality of companies. He also has experience in start up and entrepreneurial legal services, nonprofit law, and civil rights laws covering employment and education issues.
Lawyer and founding partner at Jalanbo Law
Belma Chinchoy is an LA based attorney who represents businesses and investors/entrepreneurs in immigration matters. She also works closely with start-up and small companies and assists them with employment-based petitions. She thrives in devising legal strategies and solutions customized to each business’ specific needs.
Belma Demirovic Chinchoy
Uschi Mueller is a German-born educator and social scientist.
After teaching school-aged children in Germany, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she felt called to work for a global nonprofit organization with a humanitarian mission and recently completed a
in project management.
Her longtime interest has been
to gain deeper insight into
diverse communities and cultures through travel and photo journalism and in supporting efforts to promote understanding and goodwill across the divides.
As a dedicated meditator and longtime mentor for women
in life transition, she is preparing for her certification as
an insight meditation teacher
and mindfulness mentor.
Arthur Minas is an Immigration Attorney based in Los Angeles, California. Having been the child of Armenian parents from Iran, he has a deep-rooted connection to the immigrant experience.
His work includes, but is not limited to, assisting immigrants seeking citizenship, permanent residence, asylum, and defense from deportation. Apart from immigration law, Arthur has love and passion for Middle Eastern music that was started during early childhood, encouraging him to be involved with music in his life.
He performs oud as a community member with the UCLA Near East Ensemble. Arthur also received the first scholarship from the John Bilezikjian Foundation to study Armenian music.