Bill Macomber, President
Bill Macomber has led the Barnsdall Foundation board since 2016. He has also served on the board of the Silver Lake Jewish Community Center and Side Street Project, with an emphasis on financial accountability and development.
In his professional life, he is the CEO of Fancy Film Post Production and is a film producer. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Bill has lived in the Silver Lake area since 1997.
Christopher Alexander, Vice President
Christopher James Alexander is the Principal of CJA Creative Collaborations LLC. His Los Angeles-based practice works with architects, designers, artists, authors, and cultural organizations to develop and implement compelling business initiatives, strategic communications plans, and innovative research and design projects.
During his ten years as a curator of architecture and design at the Getty Research Institute, Alexander co-curated numerous internationally acclaimed exhibitions including, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990; Julius Shulman’s Los Angeles; Julius Shulman, Modernity and the Metropolis; and the Getty’s installation of Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky. He is the co-editor of the award-winning publication, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990; author of the popular book, Julius Shulman’s Los Angeles; co-creative director, co-managing editor and contributing author of Amplified Urbanism; and co-creative director and managing editor of Personal Space: The Drawings of Lawrence Halprin.
Alexander earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and Art History from George Washington University.
Janice Engel, Vice President
Award winning filmmaker and show-runner, Janice Engel wears many hats. Here are few… She has created numerous documentaries, non-fiction specials and television series for over 25 years including: Jackson Browne: Going Home, (Cable Ace-Award), Ted Hawkins Amazing Grace, (Rose D’Or Special Jury prize for the film that best reflects human values); and, the provocative docu-series, Addicted, (recipient of a 2011 Prism Award for Accuracy in Depiction of Drug Addiction).
Under her own banner, Two Rivers Productions, Janice co-created What We Carry, an ongoing, multi-media documentary series dedicated to preserving Holocaust survivors’ stories for future generations to come. Premiered at The Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and subsequently presented Yad Vashem in Israel in 2014, What We Carry has been viewed by some 35,000 people over the past three years.
The common thread through much of her work is her passion for political activism, speaking truth to power and advocacy. Currently she is directing and producing a documentary, RAISE HELL: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, on one of the most provocative and courageous American journalists of modern times.
A graduate of USC School of Cinematic Arts, Janice is now a professor at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, where she teaches documentary film and shares her many stories to eager students from around the globe.
A longtime resident of Los Angeles, California, she is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and relishes her tenure as Vice-President of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. In her spare time she lives with her wife and three dogs, where she tends her urban garden and cooks for her extended beloved family.
Don Seligman, Treasurer
Dr. Donald Seligman was born in Los Angeles in 1940 and attended Los Angeles and then Culver City schools. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California in 1965. He spent the next three years in a dental internship in Zürich, Switzerland, before returning to the United States to open a private practice in 1968. He retired from over 20 years of general practice in Venice, California in 1990.
Dr. Seligman was on the faculty of the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, Section of Orofacial Pain at the School of Dentistry, University of California at Los Angeles from 1979 until 2007, and achieved the position of Adjunct Associate Professor in 1998. In this capacity, he has written dozens of research papers and clinical publications, including chapters in textbooks, and lectured extensively around the world. In 1995-1996, he was President of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and he was made a Diplomat of the American Board of Orofacial Pain in 1994.
Dr. Seligman joined the Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) after moving to Los Feliz in 1981, and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2006. He was the Chief Editor of the LFIA newsletter, “The Observer” from 2007 to 2014, and was elected LFIA President in 2009. He has long held a strong interest in Los Angeles history and recently wrote “Los Feliz: An Illustrated Early History” which was published in 2009 by the Los Feliz Improvement Association. He authored a second book, “Los Feliz and the Silent Film Era” which was also published by the Los Feliz Improvement Association in 2013. He has served as Treasurer of the Los Feliz Improvement Association since 2014.
Dr. Seligman joined the Barnsdall Art Park Board of Directors since 2009, and was Second Vice-President from 2012 until 2015. He was elected as Treasurer 2017 and serves as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Dr. Seligman was appointed to the newly formed Griffith Park Advisory Board in 2014, and has served as Vice-Chair from 2014 until today. He has also long held a strong interest in the Los Angeles cultural scene, and is a Founder of the Music Center. He is married to Dr. Jon Zimmermann and they celebrated their 46th anniversary in 2016.
Judy Kim, Secretary
Judy Kim is President of Trigold Entertainment, and her unique career as both a studio executive (Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros.) and independent filmmaker (PATIENT, BETWEEN US, SAVING LINCOLN) gives her an unusual insight into both worlds.
With a background as an entertainment lawyer, Judy is able to provide both producing services and business affairs advice to maximize opportunities for the film projects she takes on. Most recently, Judy was a Co-Producer and Business Affairs executive for an animated feature film franchise, “THE LAND OF ELYON: The Dark Hills Divide,” a U.S.-China co-production based on an award-winning 5-book series. Judy has worked as an Executive Producer or Producer on numerous independent feature films and a variety of tv pilots, shorts and commercial video projects, including for companies such as Disney XD and Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Mobile.
Judy came to film through dance and music, and she still loves all forms of performing arts. She is excited to be working with the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and furthering its mission of bringing the arts to the community.
Claudia Glenn Barasch, Events Co-Chair
Claudia Glenn Barasch is the co-founder and co-president of the non-profit youth organization Leave Out The Violence, U.S. (LOVE, US). LOVE is an award winning, grass roots organization creating a youth led movement against violence. LOVE was founded in 2000 in Montreal, Canada, and now has a strong presence and programming throughout Canada from Nova Scotia to Vancouver. There have been LOVE satellite offices in Eilat, Israel, and Uganda. LOVE U.S. was founded in 2002. Between LOVE Canada and LOVE US we work with thousands of youth annually.
The LOVE mission is to reduce violence in the lives of disenfranchised inner city youth ages 11 to 21 and in our communities by building a generation of youth who communicate a message of non-violence.
Claudia is also the founder and president of Claudia Glenn Events, Inc., an event production company since 1995. Claudia Glenn Events produces corporate, non-profit and social events in the NYC tri-state area as well as South Florida and greater Los Angeles.
Claudia is an avid motorcyclist along with her husband and their children. She was case as one of six women int he documentary “Motorcycle Women,” produced by Original Films and directed by Janice Engel for the Discovery Channel. In 2002 Claudia founded the Lady Liberty Ride motorcycle fundraising rally, which she produced for seven years. The Lady Liberty Ride had as many as 1000 co-ed riders participating in a round trip ride from NYC to Bear Mountain State Park promoting and supporting women in motorcycling of which all of the proceeds were donated to LOVE.
Prior to starting her company, she worked at Sotheby’s Auction House for 15 years in several capacities including cataloguing Antique Jewelry, and special events.
Claudia received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and the Ecole de Louvre in Paris with a concentration in music and art history. She is graduate of the WUJS Ulpan/Aliah program in Arad, Israel, attended Interlochen Arts Academy as a music and dance major, and is a graduate of classical piano from the Hoff Barthelson Music School conservatory. Currently, Claudia is a Masters Candidate at New York University Silver School of Social Work.
Claudia is married to Sheldon Hirshon and they reside in Los Feliz, since arriving here in January 2015. They have three adult children.
Kristin Matthews, Events Co-Chair
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Megan MacEachern is an entertainment industry veteran with over two decades of career victories that showcase her strategic vision and creative flair in building national, as well as global, brands.
Her philosophy and approach to the business have been held in high regards by an impressive roster of consumer brand leaders, including Hard Rock Cafe International, Clear Channel, A&M Records, AOL, Virgin Atlantic, The Food Network and iconic Southern California landmarks The Hotel Lautner, The Los Angeles Athletic Club, Hollywood Tower and of course Barnsdall Art Park.
As Executive Director of Barnsdall Arts/Friends of the Junior Art Center, pro bono, for over ten years, Shelah Lehrer-Graiwer has restructured the organization leading it from a failing institution to fiscalresponsibility and a reputation for excellence, innovation and creativity in arts education. It currently serves over 160,000 people with extensive citywide programs and exhibitions in schools, museums, parks, hospitals, libraries, social service agencies and community festivals.
In 2014-2015 over 2375 classes/workshops were conducted for over 10,800. Her work was celebrated in a Resolution of Recognition from the Los Angeles City Council in June 2015. She grew up in Los Feliz attending Franklin, King and Marshall. She took classes at Barnsdall as did her four children who all are involved in the arts. For over a decade she served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of BA/FOJAC and was a founding member of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. She was also on the Board of Trustees of LEARN: an early educational reform movement in LAUSD where she designed the arts curriculum. She continues to reside in Los Feliz along with her extended family who are deeply involved in the community.
She earned her BA at UCLA: summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She received an MA and completed all but thesis PH.D in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History at U.C. Berkeley as a Regent Fellow.
Ron Pomerantz lives in Silver Lake with his husband and 2 dogs. Ron is a two time Emmy winner, multi-platform brand marketer, creative director, producer, content creator, and strategist. Ron’s expertise is in managing departments specializing in defining, promoting and strategizing the launch of series, brands, networks, cause marketing initiatives, product and films.
Ron has led the launch of TV Guide Network, Fox’s In Flight Network, FX, FXM: Fox Movie Channel, ScreenTV, Tech TV, HBO Family, SOAPnet, Playhouse Disney, The Disney/ABC TV Anywhere APPS, The Global Launches of Disney Junior and Disney Channel.
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Kathleen McCafferty has over 25 years of experience in marketing for private businesses, corporations, and nonprofits. In particular, she has had substantial experience in fundraising, marketing, information management and program development for arts-related nonprofit organizations.
She has also assisted private entities in their coordination of philanthropic efforts to benefit arts organizations, notably those involved in film, music, theater and art.
She has served as a board member of the Silverlake Film Festival, Monday Evening Concerts, Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee and Barnsdall Art Park Foundation.
Kathleen has an undergraduate degree in art and a graduate degree in Information Science from UCLA.
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