City Hearts Board of Directors 2018


Board Vice-President

Sherry Jason - Executive Director and Founder of City Hearts- Director of Ballet for Topanga, former Attorney at Law - Member of Dance Educators of America

Board Vice-President, Treasurer

Bob Jason - Co-Founder of City Hearts; Attorney at Law, L.A. County Public Defender, representing indigent criminal defendants, retired; Author of several critical essays

Rebecca Brando – Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist in low-income communities; Volunteers teaching English as a second language

James Chressanthis, ASC - Major Television & Feature Film Cinematographer, Nominated for 3 Emmys, CBS Ghost Whisperer, Four Minutes, The Music Man, Urban Legend; Photographer, Sculptor, Artist

Seth Emmons - Marketing Director, Cine PRoducts- CW Sonderoptic; (Lenses for film, television) LEICA Store LA; Member of ASC Technology Committee

Joe Grassi - Principal of Grassi & Associates (Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)); Engineer, consultant

Joe Lomba: President of Alternative Rentals (a digital cinima rental facility); working in the entertainment industry with production and post-production departments since 2002

Boris Majlesara - Bank Branch Manager, Westwood Branch Main Office; US Bank, Member of Coalition of Iranian Entrepreneurs in Los Angeles

John Merjil (Sandoval): Business Systems Analyst, Deloitte Tax LLP, Financial & Consulting Firm; City Hearts graduate; City Hearts mentor and junior teacher

Ed O'Neill - Engineer, Contractor, Developer; Owner of Drilling & Construction Co.; Let There Be Hope (Medical Research Foundation); Topanga Historical Society

Tracey (Stephens) Rinaldi- Fixed Income Portfolio Guideline Analyst, Capital Group Companies, Inc.; JD, Board Member on University at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association

David Spiegelman – David heads up Wagstaff Digital, the digital marketing arm of Wagstaff Worldwide, a full service marketing firm that specializes in working with clients in all areas of hospitality and travel industries.

Advisory Council:

Sal Aquino - Principal of Jefferson Elementary, Compton, CA

Martin Schmitt - Internet Innovator,; Philanthropist, (Orphanage in Haiti)

Felice Willat - Professional Photographer, Member of Orvis Gallery


City Hearts Junior Board: Middle and High School Students

See Junior Board page for more information.