Bunny Hull

Founder & Executive Director

Bunny Hull has been inspired to share what she learned through a successful life in the music industry as a Grammy-award winning songwriter and vocalist, working with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and writing for film and television. Although Bunny worked her entire professional life as a creative artist, she drew upon her business skills to administer a publishing company, BrassHeart Music which housed her music catalog and Dream A World, a children’s music and book company.  The music and entertainment industries were her life until she was inspired by working with a group of children in 1994. At that time, her life took a turn she didn’t expect. It took years to become proficient in this new world – learning curriculum, school standards, incorporation and administrative regulations, and non-profit agility. She accomplished it impassioned by the children and the work itself.

Having studied dance from the tender age of three.  Bunny is a poster child for the arts and why children need to be exposed to creativity at an early age. She is directly responsible for the design and implementation of all programming. She has a rich background in both music and dance. She has produced multi-media products for children that have garnered multiple awards including five Parent’s Choice Awards, two National Parenting Publications Award, a Dr. Toy Award, Children’s Web Award and a Parents Guide to Children’s Media Award.  On May 3rd, 2015 Bunny was presented with a commendation from Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles for the work she does through Dream A World Education.

As a songwriter she is perhaps best known for hit songs like 2008 Dove Award Winning song READY FOR A MIRACLE and Grammy Award Winning NEW ATTITUDE, which catapulted Patti LaBelle to the top of the charts in 1986 for appearing on the Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack. Hull has earned more than 20 gold and platinum albums with songs and/or as a vocalist appearing on albums with Michael Jackson (Thriller), Quincy Jones, The Jacksons, Celine Dion, David Foster,Vanessa Williams and  on soundtracks and in films such as EVAN ALMIGHTY, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, LOSING ISAIAH, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, LEAP OF FAITH, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and K9. Her television soundtrack credits include NBC’s THE TODAY SHOW, OPRAH, SESAME STREET, ANY DAY NOW, CHARMED and THE SIMPSONS, to name a few.

Leslie Friedman

Director of Philanthropy

As the Director of Philanthropy, Leslie brings to Dream A World Education diverse experience from her work in the education and nonprofit sectors.  She has been honored for excellence in community service program management and is dedicated to using her nonprofit development experience to benefit Dream A World and the children of Los Angeles. Leslie’s accomplishments include designing and teaching a kindergarten enrichment curriculum, coordinating resettlement services for immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, directing multiple senior services programs at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles including the SOVA Community Food and Resource Program, serving as Vice President of the national anti-hunger advocacy organization MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and serving as the Southern California Program Director of JBI International (The Jewish Braille Institute.) Leslie is a supporter of the arts, member of the Grammy Museum and the Skirball Cultural Center and is an avid concert-goer and fan of blues, cajun, zydeco, rock and roll, gospel and doo wop music. She was Vice Chair of the Los Angeles-based Doo Wop Music Hall of Fame where she coordinated outreach to students at LACES High School, the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies. She is also a board member of the Menorah Housing Foundation, an agency providing affordable housing to seniors with very low incomes.  Her late husband Mark was always by her side in all these activities and we all miss him.

Leslie is an Ohio native and a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned her degree in elementary education.

Anindo Marshall

Anindo Marshall

Program Director

Anindo began her musical and dance career in her homeland of Kenya as a vocalist, dancer and percussionist. She enjoyed a successful solo career in Europe as a vocalist, signing a recording contract with EMI Spain, and becoming known as Kenyas singing sensation. Anindo has performed with Babatunde Olatunji, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, among others. Today Anindo is a certified Dunham Technique instructor having taught all over the world, at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Dance Dimensions, Lula Washington Dance Theater, Occidental College, LACHSA and LMU.  Prior to her work with Dream A World Education Anindo was Executive Director of Marshall Dance Company where she conducted Dunham Technique residencies in LAUSD schools as part of the Arts Community Partnership Network.  She has worked with Bunny Hull since 2003, Dream A World Education since 2008 and is dedicated to the children she serves.

michellemerringMichelle Merring

Program Coordinator

A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Michelle began her career as an Actress, performing in many Off Broadway productions including Spiritwoman at the Harold Clurman Theatre, Down Home Sausage Meat with the Negro Ensemble Company and Space Trek: A Musical Parody at the Chelsea Playhouse. Once she moved to L.A., she continued her career in television as Viola on General Hospital and many independent films. In Recent years, Michelle expanded her skills to become a lead program facilitator for Best Corporate Events. Drawn to children’s programming, Michelle worked with the non-profit: A Faery Hunt Theater as a teaching artist and developed and an 8 week acting program for preschool aged children. Prior to her position as program coordinator Michelle has been sharing her gifts as a dedicated teaching artist since 2015.  She has been with Dream A World Education as Program Coordinator since 2016.