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Executive Director

Jay Johnson

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.

Educator

Carli Simons

Carli Simons is a retired educator from the Los Angeles LAUSD. She has studied at the University of Denver.

Human Resources Specialist

Russell Williams

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.

Composer & Educator

Yuval Ron

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.​

Interfaith Community Leader, Filmmaker, Author, Journalist & Songwriter

Ruth Sharone

Ruth Broyde Sharone is the creator of INTERFAITH: The Musical, a joyous celebration of our cultural and religious diversity. She is also a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and author, honored internationally for her contributions to cultural education, peace and justice, Ruth Broyde Sharone served many years as co-chair of the Southern California Parliament of the World’s Religions (SCCPWR). She is an inspirational public speaker and travels frequently to college campuses to present interfaith programs. Her recent interfaith memoir, Minefields & Miracles: Why God and Allah Need to Talk (2012) , endorsed by more than 30 religious leaders including H.H.the Dalai Lama, won top awards in two literary competitions.

Musician & Educator

Sophie Timpers

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. Sophie has produced 3 albums of French music for little ones.

Immigration Attorney

Arthur Minas

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.

Development Officer

Belma Demirovic Chinchoy

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.