shelly.jpg Shelly Bern has been a CPA for 30 years in the Los Angeles area. He is associated with many professional and charitable organizations: Kiwanis, San Fernando Counseling Center, Valley Cultural Center, Woodland Hills Theater, The Music Unlocks Success In Children, Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce

Willy Hostettler graduated with an MS Degree in Electronic Engineering from the College of Technology Zurich Switzerland, and an Executive MBA from UC Irvine. He retired from Ronan Engineering Co. Warner Center Woodland Hills as Executive VP & General Manager, VP Engineering, VP Finance. Currently he is Secretary/Director of Martinez Hostettler, Design & Construction in Pasadena. Currently he volunteers as the Treasurer for The M.U.S.I.C Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Warner Center Foundation Inc.


Vic Fera is a Designer / Illustrator honors graduate of the highly regarded Art Center College Of Design, Pasadena, CA. His training there covered a variety of design disciplines. These range from the design of consumer products to brand and environmental graphics to concept and architectural visualization.


Kjrste Hillig, a native of Southern California, attended Chapman University (Orange, CA) where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance.  She then attended the Manhattan School of Music (New York City, NY). While at MSM, she was a member of the Opera Studio and the Opera Outreach Program.  While living in New York City, she worked as a Teaching Artist and Associate Staff Developer for Education Through Music (“ETM”) teaching keyboard and general music to grades K-6. 


Robyn Lutsky is a recently retired education professional. She currently holds three valid California teaching credentials and has most recently served as Founder/Director of three Los Angeles nonpublic schools, schools providing specialized services to students with a range of learning disabilities and significant emotionally-based behavioral disorders

For 25-plus years, Robyn served as a teacher, administrator and policy maker, creating and implementing systems that would aid children with a wide range of learning strengths and weaknesses to reach their cognitive and affective potentials. She got a government book grant to begin a school library...and won 27 commendations from the state of California for the effectiveness of her program and her vision.


Kristin Thibedeau is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California for more than 38 years. In 1969 Kristen ran a summer teen program for 800 teens in North Chicago. In 1983 she organizes and ran Fun Learning After School Hours (FLASH) an after school program that gave classes in Science, French, Dramatics, etc. that was not available in regular school. In 1987, with 5 other women organized the Redlands Educational Partnership Foundation to supply additional funds to schools. As Vice President she raised $100,000.00 for SATTOS (Science and Technology To Our Students) from a variety of sources. This program is continuing to run after 20 years raising 1 million dollars a year. In 2005, she founded The Music Unlocks Success In Children Foundation to bring music education to Elementary Schools. As fundraiser and executive director she directs the M.U.S.I.C program in a number of LAUSD based elementary schools utilizing the curriculum of Education Through Music (a New York Program serving 2000+ students).
Her vision: The key to an effective country is to invest in children at an early age.


Ruth Ause earneda B.S. in Business Administration Accounting from California State University    Northridge.She is a Financial Software Consultant and CPA with over 25 years of experience.Ruth worked for Nestle USA for 19 years in varous accounting and financial system roles. Since leaving Nestle USA, she has done contract consulting for Nestle Waters and Starbucks Coffee Company. She has volunteered her time and supported the charitable organizations Food on Foot, Luthern Social Services and Operation Gratitude.


Noreen Valdes (Voice Teacher) graduated from CaliforniaStateUniversity, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Mutlple Subject Credential/Music Credential. While studying at CSUN, she had the privilege of serving at the Music Therapy clinic under the direction of Ron Borczon MTBC, where she developed a desire to introduce music to children of all ages and developmental stages. Noreen loves to teach children of all ages as well as adults, she teaches from her heart and finds great joy in encouraging others to experience the beauty of music. She is currently a music educator and she loves to perform regularly.


Leslie deBeauvais has been active in the arts community for 20+ years. As founder & Executive Director of Theatre of Hope Inc. & Youth Spirit, she developed innovative arts education programs for at risk women & children. She served on city, county and state grants panels including the Calif. Dept. of Education. Among her honors & recognitions is Senator Alarcon,’s Community Award for contributions in the field of Arts & Culture to improve the quality of life in the San Fernando Valley. Leslie received Women In Theatre’s Red Carpet Award for her support of women’s issues & is featured in ‘Womankind, Faces of Change Around the World’. She founded ‘Bitter Truth Playhouse’ (NoHo Arts District) to make a difference in our community through “Theatre As A Tool For Change”. She was Director of Community Services for NCJW/LA, supervising Women Helping Women Counseling & Women Helping Children art & literacy programs for 4 yrs and has served on the Boards of Valley Cultural Center, Jewish Latino Cultural Committee, NoHo Regional Arts Council, West Coast Jewish Theatre, & others. My purpose is to use the arts as a tool for children to touch that part of their core that will sustain them through life and enable them to reach their potential.


Michael Matossian has a Bachelor’s in political science from Arizona State University. He is a Senior Personal Banker associate at Wells Fargo, has worked in the banking industry for the past six years.  Enjoys meeting the financial needs of all clienteles, and takes great pride in helping and developing fellow team and future team members.  “The motto of Wells Fargo is to do what is right for our clients, to do things right the first time, and most of all to follow through with our promises.”


Megan Barlow graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.  She also received her Level 1 Orff Certification from VCU.  She has been credentialed and taught music in Virginia and Illinois, and she currently holds a Single Subject Music Credential in California.  Megan has served in public schools, private schools, and churches teaching general music, band, handbells, piano, organ, and award winning choirs and percussionists.  In 2007, she became the first teacher in her fine arts department to receive a technology grant to implement SmartBoard and music software programs into her classroom.  These programs boosted student learning and interest, and were the start of her passion for quality assessment in the music classroom.  She has been instrumental in initiating positive and long lasting change at every program she has been associated with, and she is thrilled to now be part of the M.U.S.I.C. Foundation team.