Spotlight The Arts
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Judy has lived in Calabasas since 2004 and has two grown children and two grandchildren. She has always supported the Arts, and has been a member of "The Group" which sponsors scholarships to students at Otis College of Design in Westchester, CA.
Judy has been an active volunteer for The Wellness Community in West Los Angeles, helping in fund raising, outreach coordination, and event planning. Judy owned a Bridal Salon for many years, has worked in property management, and is currently a Senior Residential Placement Advisor and a Certified Residential Care Facility Administrator for Assisted Living Communities. Judy believes that Calabasas is a wonderful community that supports the theater and venues to showcase our local talent as well as talent from the Entertainment Community at large.
Tom is a 30+ year veteran IT Consultant who has lived in Calabasas with his wife Shelly since 1991 - before the city was a city! Tom holds a B.A. in Psychology and Biology from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. Tom envisions a Calabasas where a person can stroll down to the community theater any weekend to catch a great play or muscial performance at a very affordable price.
Stephanie is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s College in Brentwood, California, and taught elementary school for several years. She later graduated from UCLA Law School, and is now a mother, a grandmother, and a part-time attorney. Stephanie feels strongly that Calabasas deserves to be a cultural center where all the arts can flourish.
Tom Shubert and (former Pres.) Josie Cyffka.
Host, Mike Sakellerides, Stephanie Cooper Spotlight also received certificates of recognition from Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield.
Andrea Diamond & Richard Borland from http://programsafterschool.com/homepage.html ; Councilmember James R. Bozajian ;Spotlight board member Dylan Busse and Beverly Craveiro from the Malibu theater community.
Mike Sakellarides radio star at "94.7 FM The Wave" and host for the "Aaron Meyer In Concert".
Aaron Meyer All-Star Band! This exciting evening will feature brand new arrangements of music from his CD's, performed by an 11-piece band. The musicians' credits include work on over 100 motion picture soundtracks as well as performances with Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, and the L.A. Philharmonic.
Tiffany Gambardella, and Dylan Busse and Dr. Bradley Bobbs.
Mary Sue Maurer was elected to the Calabasas City Council in 2005 and was re-elected to another four-year term in 2009 and 2013. She served as Mayor in 2008 and 2012. Her focus on the City Council has been in the areas of environmental, senior and educational issues as well as the development of public health and public safety programs.
Bradley's support for the arts in Calabasas is motivated not only by his commitment to the community, but also by his desire to see his artistically and musically accomplished children and girlfriend perform and exhibit here. Since coming to Calabasas in 2002, he has become active in many local community organizations and events. Bradley holds a PhD in Physics from UCLA, headed a research team in Calabasas advancing a new kind of laser, and is currently Development Lead for simulation of telescopes in orbit.
Dylan has a degree in Business Administration - Marketing, a Certificate in Marketing, and extensive experience in Internet marketing. She has played key roles in planning, implementing, contributing, and coordinating publicity efforts for a variety of nonprofit organizations, where she has enjoyed working with many talented, dedicated, and inspiring volunteers. She has pursued her passion for theater at Second City, Ivana Chubbuck Studio, and Stella Adler.
Community Liason Director
Mrs. Diamond is a naturalist educator. She has over 25 years of teaching experience. Andrea has taught in four public school districts and independent schools as an independent art, math and science specialist. Andrea has received awards from the California State Assembly and Legislature, California Dept. of Energy and an award from Colin Powell for her unique environmental education programs. She currently serves as an education liaison officer of the Calabasas Historical Society. She received a ceramics scholarship in her high school senior year and attended Citrus College. She went on to obtain her Bachelors degree in Art from UC San Diego. She recently obtained her certification as a NASA/JPL educator. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Endeavour Institute in December 2011 and to the Board of Directors ofSpotlight the Arts in June 2013. In December 2013 Mrs. Diamond was appointed as Environmental Commissioner for the City of Calabasas. Andrea hails from Seattle WA and she has a daughter.
Jacqueline Souza Treasurer
Jacqueline first came to Calabasas in 1973, and got her education through the Las Virgenes Unified School District. After graduating from Calabasas High School and doing a little modeling, she then achieved a Certificate in Computer Operations and Management and eventually became a Certified Public Bookkeeper. She and her husband Mike have started their own bookkeeping firm, a member of the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce since 2009.
After many years of volunteer work supporting the Calabasas community, city, Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses, she had the honor of serving as the 2015 Chair of the Calabasas Chamber. She is currently serving as a Public Safety Commissioner for the City of Calabasas.
Jacqueline is president of accounting firm Souza & Associates, specializing in providing bookkeeping, business management, and complete payroll and notary services to small businesses and individuals since 2005.
Recognizing that everyone is special and unique, she takes the time to listen to what their needs are so that she can assist them in becoming financially empowered.
Jacqueline, Mike, and their two children Jacob and Isabella live right up the street from where Jacqueline grew up in Calabasas. With her husband in a local rock band, she is passionate about music and committed to helping keep the arts alive in our community.
Loretta 'Lori' Young
Lori’s involvement in performing arts traces back to her high school drama club and cheerleading squad. She was even offered a college cheerleading scholarship to Indiana State University, but instead chose to study English History at Ball State. Later, she graduated from the Patricia Stevens Modeling School in Chicago. Over the years, Lori has been a model, a scuba diver, an equestrian, and a student of Tai Chi. She spent more than forty years working in Human Resources at Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, where she witnessed firsthand the development of rocket engines from the U.S. entry into the space race in 1958 up through to the Space Shuttle program. She has hired rocket scientists and has witnessed rocket and shuttle launches from the Kennedy Space Center and Houston Control.Lori has always had a strong appreciation of the art.