Bio Gretchen Overlay

Gretchen Gates – Board Member & Treasurer Gretchen has a diverse background as a financial professional, entrepreneur and artist who lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 30 years and now resides in Santa Fe, NM. After earning her BFA and MFA in...

Bio Nancy Overlay

Nancy Weiss, LCSW, BCD – Board Member & Program Director Nancy L. Weiss, LCSW, BCD is a psychotherapist, spiritual director, collage artist and poet. She holds Masters’ degrees in Clinical Social Work and Education. Nancy taught in the Clinical Psychology Program...

Bio Amy Overlay

Amy Phillips – Board Member & Marketing Director Amy Phillips has more than 20 years in the Los Angeles arts community. She founded Girl Empowerment LA, a creative strategies program that explores issues of identity, self-esteem, role models and goals through the...

Bio popup Elya

Elya Braden: Founder & President From an early age, Elya was drawn to the expressive arts— writing poetry, singing and acting, dancing, and exploring various arts and crafts. However, after earning her B.A. in Religion at Duke University and her J.D. at Stanford...
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