USC Kaufman Board of Councilors

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Donya Bommer

A native of Southern California, Donya Archer Bommer graduated from USC’s Annenberg School in 1989 with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. Following college, Bommer went on to a successful career in television news as an Emmy-winning anchor and investigative reporter. She traveled the country covering breaking news stories, spending the majority of her career at Fox News in Philadelphia, where she anchored both Fox Morning News and Good Day Philadelphia.

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Robert Braun

Robert N. Braun, M.D. possesses a life-long passion for the arts, and many of his philanthropic pursuits involve the support of myriad art forms. He sits on L.A.’s Music Center’s Board of Ambassadors and is an Ambassador-level member of Center Dance Arts, the founding support group for Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. For the past five years, Dr. Braun has sat on the board of directors for the Long Beach Opera, becoming its President in 2016.

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Ramona Cappello

Ramona L. Cappello is Partner and Coach of CEO Coaching International, the leading firm for coaching growth-focused CEOs and entrepreneurs globally. She has a 30-year track record of delivering excellent business results, most recently as Founder and CEO of Sun Harvest Salt, LLC, the exclusive North American distributor of patented all-natural conventional and low-sodium sea salts. An experienced food industry executive, Cappello also founded Corazonas Foods, with a vision to put joy back into the lives of people living with high cholesterol by offering great-tasting, heart-healthy, patented cholesterol-lowering snacks.

Jennifer Cheng

Jennifer Cheng is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dance Conservatory of Pasadena (DCP), a non-profit 501(c)3 school founded in 2010 with the goal of creating a place for all dancers to share and foster the love of dance. With programs for children, adults as well as pre-professional dancers, the goal of DCP is to provide every student with the very best instruction, whether in core ballet, contemporary, hip-hop or other styles.

Bryn DeBeikes

Bryn DeBeikes graduated from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism with degrees in Public Relations and Speech Communications. She was co-chair for the inaugural USC Women’s Leadership Conference, a member of the USC Athletic Board of Councilors, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the USC Libraries and the USC Trojan League of Orange County.

Debbie Felix

Debbie Felix is an engaged USC parent and passionate dance enthusiast. Prior to becoming a full-time homemaker, she managed the offices of various law firms. Debbie Felix and her husband Michael have four children, two of whom have attended USC and dance competitively. Her connection and engagement with dance began over 20 years ago and continues today.

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Ann Gianopulos

Born in Connecticut and raised in northern California, Ann Gianopulos has enjoyed a highly successful career in marketing and the entertainment industry. After working in international licensing and merchandising at Warner Bros in France, she held executive positions at Hanna-Barbera, Turner Broadcasting and Twentieth Century Fox. 

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Glorya Kaufman

Glorya Kaufman’s love affair with dance began before she could walk. Through her visionary philanthropic leadership, the Glorya Kaufman Foundation has supported the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Juilliard, and now the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Glorya Kaufman’s generosity will ensure that future generations of students at USC will also experience the joy of dancing.

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Ellie Kitta

Ellie Kitta danced and received her education in Moscow and the United States. Throughout life she has remained an avid supporter of dance and the arts. In addition to serving on the board of councilors at USC Kaufman, she also serves on the Board of the Beverly Hills Literary Society.

Gale Luce

Gale Luce is a three-time USC parent and possesses a lifelong passion for dance. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, she majored in Fashion Merchandising and minored in Dance. Following college, she was a professional dancer for the Chicago Bears for two years. Professionally, Luce owned her own meeting and trade show planning business, GL Meetings & Conventions, Inc. for 25 years.

Nigel Lythgoe

Nigel Lythgoe created the cultural sensation “So You Think You Can Dance,” and was involved in the creation of “Pop Idol” and “American Idol.” In addition to his extensive dance career and ongoing charitable work, Lythgoe is the only person to have danced in, choreographed, directed and produced the Royal Variety Performance for Her Majesty the Queen.

Anita Mann

Anita Mann has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as one of America’s top five contemporary choreographers. She is the recipient of five Emmy Nominations, one Emmy Award and accolades from every corner of the industry. Mann began her career as one of David Winters’ dancers on TV shows such as “Shindig!,” “The T.A.M.I. Show” and “Monte Carlo: C’est La Rose,” a Grace Kelly documentary special.

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Renae Williams Niles

Renae Williams Niles has worked in the arts and nonprofit sectors for over 25 years. She was the first chief operating officer/associate dean of administration for the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, and also authored their equity plan and co-led diversity and inclusion efforts. For over 11 years, Renae worked for The Music Center eventually becoming vice president of programming.

Julia Strickland

Julia Strickland is a world-class litigator who successfully represents clients in class actions and other complex litigation and regulatory matters. Her clients include the world’s most prominent financial institutions including American Express, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, Discover, Synchrony and BMW Financial Services. She is known for her zealous dedication to her clients and results-oriented approach.

Bradley Tabach-Bank

Bradley Tabach-Bank received a BA in speech and rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966, and a JD from Cornell Law School in 1970.  From 2005 to 2012, Brad served as general counsel at RP Realty Partners, a commercial real estate investment firm in Beverly Hills. Earlier in his career, he was a principal of the law firm Tabach-Bank & Levenstein from 1982 to 2003.

Joe Tremaine

Joe Tremaine is Founder and President of Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions and an internationally known dance educator, choreographer and performer who has worked on television and Broadway, in movies, videos, commercials, ballet companies, industrials and night clubs. He serves on the boards of many dance related organizations and is active in charity work.

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Sue Tsao

Sue Tsao has been actively involved in the art community in Los Angeles for more than 20 years.  An avid supporter of the performing arts, Tsao has been a major donor and serves on the board at Center Theatre Group, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Center Dance Arts of The Music Center. She has chaired numerous successful fundraising events for Center Theatre including Angels’ Night, and most recent 2017 CTG 50th Celebration.