Meet our Board Officers and Members, Riordan Institute Fellows – Board Interns, Junior Board and Advisory Board. Dream A World Education, Inc is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in good standing with the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board.
After 25 years of managing an advertising agency and being a community lay leader and volunteer, Diane entered the professional world of non-profit in 2000. She became the first Social Action Director for Stephen Wise Temple, orchestrating all community outreach programs for the temple and all of its schools (Nursery-High School, including Religious School). Since retiring in 2009, Diane serves on numerous boards, including Jewish World Watch which provides genocide awareness and relief efforts into our world’s most affected areas. Dear to her heart now is serving the mission of Dream A World Education and the children in our underserved Title I schools in the Los Angeles Area.
Dr. Hughes grew up in the inner city of Cleveland Ohio and knows first- hand the incredible influence of music, dance and art on a child’s life. After graduating from Temple University School of Medicine she completed an internship in internal medicine at University of Maryland Medical Center. She spent the next 7 years in rural Mississippi in a physician shortage area initially serving with the National Public Health Service Corp. Dr. Hughes then completed Family Medicine Residency at The Medical Center in Columbus Georgia where she was named the Resident of the Year. While enjoying a busy family practice, she was Board Member of the Columbus YMCA, on staff at 4 hospitals and Medical Director of a Nursing Facility. She created the Books for Summer program for the Susie B Anthony Elementary School in Phoenix City, Alabama. Since arriving in Los Angeles Dr. Hughes maintains a private practice devoted to Weight Management and Wellness. She has been a spokesperson for the Women In Need Foundation, supports Playground of Dreams and is a Board member of the Center for Spiritual Living – Los Angeles. Dr. Hughes has the privilege of volunteering alongside her staff for Secrets of the Heart at several schools.
Cristel Martinez is the author of a memoir, Too American For Honduras, an attorney and a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient who was born in Honduras and migrated to the United States when she was 9 years old. She wants to give back. Cristal earned her Juris Doctor from Western State College of Law where she was part of the immigration clinic and successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She recently applied to the State Bar of California. She is a BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals) accredited representative in the Children’s Representation Project (CRP) at Immigrant Defenders Law Center. Find out more about Cristel’s story in her profile on Voices of America.
Cristal’s younger sister, Michelle, is a student at Esperanza Elementary where she has participated in three years of DAWE programming and her mother, Osiris, is an active volunteer at the school. We’re thrilled to have Cristal on the DAWE team.
Irene P. Ayala is a graduate of UCLA Law School who has worked as a federal criminal prosecutor and a civil litigator with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She is also a former commissioner with the Los Angeles City Community Redevelopment Agency and a legal commentator for television. Her current practice includes arbitrations and administrative hearings in the public sector. However, she became a member of the Board of Dream A World Education, Inc. because of her experience as a criminal defense attorney. Her clients were often juveniles and adults who came from backgrounds lacking in positive values. Their poor choices affected not only themselves, but their families and communities. She realized she could make a difference for future generations by supporting Dream A World’s elementary school arts programs that instill confidence and self-esteem, foster creativity, and encourage goals at an early age. Together with her contributions to organizations such as Homeboy Industries that works with former gang members, Irene believes each person can bring about positive change, one child at a time.
Cora Muirhead has been a volunteer with our Secrets of the Heart program for three years. With an arts education behind her and a lifelong commitment to non-profit, Cora feels Dream A World Education is the perfect fit for her. Born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island and educated both in New York and Oakland (BFA Textiles, California College of the Arts), her diverse experiences have included working at LACMA and the de Young Museums as a conservator, in the fashion world as a stylist, as a real estate salesperson, co-chairing the annual Crossroads School fundraiser, being a consulting rosarian with the American Rose Society and delivering Meals on Wheels.
She has seen firsthand the difference that Dream a World Education has made in the lives of the children and their families and is looking forward to the opportunity to continue to give back to the community through arts education.
Alison Rosenman is a Technology Associate at Capital Group. She grew up in Seattle, WA and is delighted to call Los Angeles her new home. She developed a passion for music and for arts education through her time playing the trombone in her high school band and volunteering at Seattle-area non-profits.
She holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Haverford College and comes to DAWE through the Riordan Institute Fellowship program. Alison is excited to help more students have access to music and arts through DAWE and to help make a difference in Los Angeles.
Rocio Prado Kissling is a marketing and communications executive with more than 20 years of experience in high-level strategic counseling, media relations, consumer-driven marketing, promotions, special events and corporate communications. Her broad multicultural marketing communications experience spans across a wide range of industries, including entertainment.
Over the years, she has managed dozens of Hispanic public relations and promotional campaigns on behalf of clients in the Entertainment category, including Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, The Walt Disney Company, Paramount and Twentieth Century Fox amongst others.
A native of Spain currently residing in Los Angeles, Rocio is fluent in Spanish, English and French and has a working knowledge of Italian. She is a graduate of the American College of Switzerland and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, she is also a wife and mother of three children.
A native of Whittier, CA and cum laude graduate of California State University Long Beach, Alan has a keen capacity for strategic planning with a concentration on problem solving. Alan is a Process Design & Optimization Lead in Capital Group’s Enterprise Change Office. He leverages his expertise in Lean Six Sigma, Design Thinking and Automation technology to work with internal customers and stakeholders to streamline and improve Capital Group's services and experiences. He credits his earlier work at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts with promoting his interest in business performance improvement and he has honed those skills through multiple certifications in business strategy and management.
Alan is a Riordan Leadership Program alumnus and an active community volunteer whose early aspiration to be a teacher informs his dedication to supporting DAWE’s mission.
Kay Dennis Robinson comes to Dream A World Education, Inc. with a thirty-year background in entertainment as a professional singer and actress, having appeared on screen, stage and Broadway theatre. For the past sixteen years she has been a financial accounts manager for NDS Americas, a company owned by Rupert Murdoch, NewsCorp and Fox. Kay has been accountant for Dream A World when it began as Kids Creative Classics in 1994. She has served on the board as treasurer for Dream A World Education, Inc. since 2009.
She brings all of her expertise and joy to be part of this wonderful programming.
Susan Savage has provided vision and direction for research and evaluation projects for over 25 years. As Director of Research at CCRC she has a proven track record for leading local, countywide and statewide evaluations across a diverse set of topics including child development, school readiness, impact of child care subsidies, workforce development and quality improvement, child welfare, obesity prevention, and disaster preparedness and pandemic awareness in child care settings. She is skilled at leading groups in developing needs assessments, measuring continuous quality improvement of programs, assessing the results and outcomes of programs, and developing actionable recommendations for positive change. She uses multiple research methods to ensure the voice of the community has the greatest impact on programs and policy. Susan leads policy-relevant research and partners with legislators and policy-makers in Sacramento and Washington, DC to help make informed, data-driven decisions. Susan holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Methods from UC Riverside and a BA in Psychology from UCLA.
Jules L. Kabat is graduate of UCLA School of Law and a founding partner of Russ August & Kabat. Mr. Kabat acts as lead trial and appellate counsel for clients in complex business, real property, intellectual property and related matters, in courts and ADR proceedings in and beyond California. He also represents clients in like real property and business transactional matters. His litigation and trial experience informs the effective structuring and drafting of transactions and documentation to protect clients, and his "deal maker" transactional experience informs the strategy and conduct of litigation, trial and appeal to identify and protect important business issues.
Mr. Kabat’s litigation, trial and transactional experience in the real property industry involves office, commercial, retail, shopping center, industrial, residential, mixed-use and hospitality; acquisition, development, redevelopment, construction, leasing and sale; financing and refinancing; restructuring and receiverships; ownership, joint venture, and operations.
Mr. Kabat is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the USC Gould School of Law.
From 2009 to 2020, Mr. Kabat was recognized as a Super Lawyer by the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine. From 2013-2017, Mr. Kabat was recognized as a Southern California Top 100 Super Lawyer.
Lead Instructional Director (Retired)
Los Angeles Unified School District
Dr. Windmueller is an adjunct professor in the areas of reading, learning disabilities, assessment, instruction, and technology at California State University, Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University and Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. Dr. Windmueller completed her Ph.D. in education at the University of Southern California in 2004, where her dissertation titled Early Reading Predictors of Literacy Achievement for English Learners: A Longitudinal Study from First Through Third Grade won the Dissertation Award of Merit. Her research interests include issues related to effective reading instruction for English language learners, students at risk for reading failure, and second language learning. In 2002, Dr. Windmueller received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. She has published in Learning Disability Quarterly, The Urban Education Journal, and The Mentor. Dr. Windmueller has delivered papers at state and national conferences, including the AERA annual meeting, the Council for Exceptional Children convention, the Conference on Learning Disabilities, and the DIBELS Summit. Dr. Windmueller taught reading and special education for 30 years in the urban public schools of East Los Angeles and for the past 8 years has been serving as an administrator in public schools throughout the Los Angeles area.
She is a retired, principal of Selma Elementary School in Hollywood and Lead Instructional Director in the Intensive Support and Innovation Center in the LAUSD, where she supports principals and teachers in their instruction and intervention programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In 2012, Dr. Windmueller was named Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Windmueller serves as a consultant in reading for state and local education agencies.
Principal, Esperanza Elementary
Los Angeles Unified School District
Upon completing his studies at UCLA, Brad began his teaching career in 1990 at Rosemont Elementary School in Echo Park, where he served as a classroom teacher, coordinator and Assistant Principal in his 15 years there. He transferred to Leo Politi Elementary in the Pico-Union neighborhood in 2005 as Assistant Principal and became Principal there in 2008.
In his nine years at Leo Politi Elementary, the school’s Academic Performance Index rose 143 points. His efforts to build a positive, motivated school culture resulted in robust parent participation, deep relationships with community partners, an enormous increase in identified gifted/talented students and no student suspensions throughout his tenure.
Brad was named a National Fellow of America Achieves in 2012.
He also serves on Scholastic Book Fairs’ National Principals Advisory Board. Locally he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Audubon Society, where he is involved in many education initiatives. He serves on the LAUSD Operations Division’s Principals’ Ad-hoc Committee and Retirement Investment Advisory Committee.
Rev. John M McLean is our Senior Minister at Unity of Nashville. Rev. John was previously the Director of the Center for Spiritual Living Los Angeles. Prior to his service there, beginning in 2010, he served as Senior Minister of Unity of Bellevue, Washington and as Associate Minister at Unity of Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to ministry, he was involved in the creative arts. Immediately after graduating from college, he worked at the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC. He worked in the television industry both in production and as a network executive and also has had experience creating publicity, community programming and outreach programs for a large arts center in rural Wisconsin. He earned a BA in Art History from George Washington University and an MA in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University. He was ordained in June 2003 after completing the Ministerial Education Program at Unity School, Unity Village, Missouri and is also an Ordained Minister with the International Centers for Spiritual Living. Rev. McLean is fascinated by (and teaches) the work of Carl G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, and reads widely in the perennial philosophy. He loves "church" and feels that it is a vital community resource – uniquely capable of awakening creativity, and helping the individual to build social and spiritual capital.
Thelma Houston is an American singer and actress, born in Leland, Mississippi. She has recorded more than 80 albums. As a Motown artist, she scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her recording of "Don't Leave Me This Way", which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. She has appeared on stage, and screen including as Bessie Smith, in Me and Bessie and most recently as special guest on America’s Got Talent. American Idol and The Talk. Thelma appears live regularly world-wide.
Vincent Paterson is an American director and choreographer who has had an expansive career in many parts of the entertainment industry including film, theater, Broadway, concert tours, opera, music videos, television and commercials. He has achieved success worldwide as a director and choreographer.
As a director and choreographer, he has worked with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Lee Ann Rimes, Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie, David Lee Roth, Slash, and Whitney Houston, to name a few. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Choreography for Kiss Of The Spider Woman.
Chuck Wild is a keyboardist, composer, producer, recording artist and Emmy Award-nominated songwriter best known for his series of relaxation music albums using the artist name and imprint Liquid Mind ®. As of April 2020, there are 16 albums in the Liquid Mind catalog.
Early live and studio experience included work with the group Missing Persons, Frank Zappa and Michael Jackson. Chuck’s songs have been recorded by The Pointer Sisters, Tommy Page, Timothy Leary, Wink, Jennifer Rush, Thelma Houston, Glen Medeiros and Phllip Bailey. He co-composed music with Michael Hoenig for the Emmy ® winning ABC-TV series Max Headroom.
Principal, Eucalyptus Elementary
Hawthorne School District
Mike Goldstein is beginning his 19th year in the Hawthorne School District. He grew up in Santa Cruz California and attended college at the University of Redlands, where he played football and earned a BA in History. After graduating in 1997, he received his teaching credential and MA in Cross Cultural Teaching from National University. In 1999 Mr. Goldstein was hired by the Hawthorne School District. He worked at Hawthorne Middle School for 7 years as an 8th grade Language Arts/ Social Studies and Special Projects teacher. During that time he enrolled in the Educational Administrative program at California State University Northridge, and graduated with an MA in Educational Administration in 2006. Prior to becoming principal at Eucalyptus, Mr. Goldstein served as Assistant Principal at HMS (2006-2008) and Eucalyptus (2009) and Principal at York Elementary School from 2009-2013.
Dee Ann McIntyre serves as VP of the McIntyre Foundation in Cedar Rapids and is on the Board of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation in Wichita. She is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and is a Circles member of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. She began her legislative career as an administrative assistant to the House Minority Leader in Kansas and was Director of committee staff for the Oklahoma State Senate. McIntyre was a regional manager for a property and casualty insurance trade association in Chicago and Washington, DC. McIntyre earned a BFA degree from Washburn University in Topeka, KS.
Lin is an experienced professional who has spent a decade working across the private and nonprofit sector. Professionally, she is an actuary and has consulted for large multinational companies on strategies to support their employees' wellbeing. In the nonprofit sector, she serves as a board member for organizations focused on childcare and education, and she also co-leads Los Angeles Global Shapers (an initiative of the World Economic Forum), which serves to reduce inequality and increase access to opportunity for all in the LA community. Additionally, she is a Fulbright Grantee and alumni ambassador who is very passionate about the arts as a tool for promoting social & emotional wellbeing, and she is very excited to be supporting the wonderful mission of Dream a World Education!
Director, E.A.T.S, Education and Arts Teaching Solutions
LAUSD, Interim Operations Coordinator - Local District-Northeast
Dr. Leah Bass-Baylis was the founding Principal of Valley Region #12 elementary school. Under her leadership, a partnership with Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation was forged and the school was renamed Carlos Santana Arts Academy. Throughout her career she has been a strong proponent of the arts. June 2019, she retired from this position.
Prior to joining Carlos Santana Arts Academy, Leah was the Principal of CHAMPS, Charter High School of The Arts, Multimedia and Performing and served as an Assistant Principal at Robert A. Millikan MS and Performing Arts Magnet where she founded the dance program. In 1998, Dr. Baylis was promoted to the position of Dance Coordinator and eventually Dance Specialist for Los Angeles Unified School District. She was the first to hold this position and was a member of the LAUSD Arts Education team that created a blueprint for comprehensive elementary arts programs throughout Los Angeles. She directly supervised dance instruction in 180 elementary schools and coordinated dance activities at all grade levels.
Leah has a B.A. from Spelman College, an M.A. degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.S. from Pepperdine University. In 2020 she received her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change from Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. Prior to her career in education, Ms. Bass-Baylis enjoyed a career as a dancer/ singer/ actress and choreographer, completing national and international tours of numerous musicals including Arms Too Short To Box With God, Guys, & Dolls, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Little Shop of Horrors, Timbuktu, The Wiz, Black Nativity, and Carmen Jones. She was also dance captain for the Broadway production of The Tap Dance Kid where she coached tap impresarios, Harold Nicholas and Savion Glover. She is currently the director of E.A.T.S., Education and Arts Teaching Solutions and Interim Principal at Debbie Allen Middle School.
Social Enterprise, Non-Profit Management
Strategic Planning and Racial Equity
With an emphasis on Social Enterprise and non-profit management, Marcia has worked in the private and public sectors as well as holding teaching assignments. For seven years she served as Vice President of Community Relations at Wells Fargo Bank focusing on reinvestment in and revitalization of low-income communities through corporate philanthropy. Currently, she is consulting for nonprofits on strategic planning and racial equity. She has held director level positions at Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, Japanese American National Museum and in municipal government. She holds a Masters in Science and Social Work (MSSW) from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. She serves as a board member for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Genesis LA Economic Development Corporation (CDFI), LA Más Advisory Board, Los Angeles Business Council, Lumiere Health International, and Trust for Public Land California State Advisory Board.
Marcia is a long-time supporter and joins Dream A World Education as an advisory member to help advance the work of DAWE through new strategies and donor development.