The Antioch University Los Angeles Board of Trustees has delegated authority and responsibility for the oversight of the AULA campus. They act as ambassadors to further AULA’s mission in the local and wider community as well as advocate for AULA on matters of public policy.
Our current board is comprised of exceptional individuals, leaders in business and nonprofits who share AULA’s commitment to diversity, academic excellence, and community outreach.
ALICE DESOBRY BOWENS
She received a Commemorative Emmy for Instructional Planning and On Stage Performance for “Hollywood Homeroom,” a four-part series on how to produce videos. Previously she was a community/parent consultant for Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles, a consultant for the Community Initiative School, and for the Bill and Melinda Gates Educational Foundation.
Alice served on the Board of Trustees for the Eternal Youth Foundation and the California African American Art Museum. She was a KLCS Television Station and Instructional Focus Committee Member and a member of the Westchester Lutheran School Board.
Currently she serves as a member of the Angel City Links, Links Inc., Advisory Chairperson for LA’s BEST after school program, and on the Executive Board of the Center Theatre Group Affiliates.
She earned a BA from Xavier University and a MA in Urban Studies from Pepperdine University. Alice is the proud mother of Desobry E. Bowens, a United States Naval Officer Aviator and graduate of the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, and grandmother of two young grandsons, Thomas and Charles. She also loves the Arts and to travel.
He received his Masters in Clinical Psychology from AULA in 2015 and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in Sociology and Communications. Andrew trained at two leading Los Angeles community mental health facilities, and the LA LGBT Center and AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), where his work was recognized by two separate awards. He joined AULA’s board of trustees in 2015 for a three-year term.
He has held civic roles in the LA community, serving most recently as a Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood on the Human Services Commission. He was also a private sector liaison to the FBI/DOJ Hate Crime Forum. Currently, Andrew is a volunteer men’s group facilitator in the K6G Unit of LA County’s Men’s Central Jail, which houses gay and transgender inmates. An avid outdoorsman and animal lover, Andrew is a big fan of the wild. As such, he’s been collecting National Geographic magazines since he was a teenager, and has pieced together a near-complete library of National Geographic dating back to 1935.
His community and public service activities include serving as Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s District Export Council; Commissioner of the 33rd Assembly District Commission on the Economy & Environment in Los Angeles; and treasurer of the Los Angeles Historic Preservation Overlay Zone Board.
Craig received his PhD from University of California Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairs as a dean’s graduate fellow; earned his JD from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law; a Master’s from Columbia University’s joint degree program in sociology and law; and completed his undergraduate degree at University of California Berkeley with a double major in social theory and mass communications. He enjoys boating and playing his electric guitar and bass.
DANNELLE-MIMI PHAN, TREASURER
Prior to her work with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Dannelle served in auditor positions at companies including Vivendi Universal and News Corporation/Fox Entertainment Group, Inc.
Dannelle is a volunteer and fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Charities’ Camp Ronald McDonald, and volunteers with the Sierra Club’s Wilderness Travel Course and Advanced Mountaineering Program to promote responsibility and safety awareness in the outdoors.
Dannelle earned a BS in Accounting from Boston College, Carroll School of Management, and an MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing, and maintains a mindfulness practice.
DENNIS F. HERNANDEZ
In addition to his professional work, Dennis devotes significant time to public service. He is the current Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission, Vice-Chair of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and is on the advisory board for the School of Business at Loyola Marymount University. Dennis has served as commissioner for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles City Taxi Commission and board of Information Technology and was also a board member of the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.
Dennis received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.
Jason is managing director of Algonic Partners, LLC, overseeing the investment strategy and leading the management of a Los Angeles-based family office. From 2007 until 2012, Jason was vice president of Greendale Capital, LLC, where he established and ran the family office of Wells Fargo’s retired COO/vice-chair. Prior to that, Jason was a financial consultant at Wells Fargo’s Private Bank.
Jason was a Board member at The Trevor Project from 2007 to 2013 and served on its Executive Committee as Treasurer from 2009; during his time on the board, the organization more than doubled its operating budget to nearly $6 million. He also serves on the board of advisors for COLORS LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center, created in partnership with AULA.
A long-time resident of Los Angeles, Jason is a graduate and supporter of the University of Southern California, from which he earned a BA in English, magna cum laude with honors, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. Jason lives in the mid-Wilshire neighborhood of Brookside and loves psychology, the arts, and gardening.
Kathy empowers her clients to reach their full potential, personally and professionally. Her goal is to help people find work, promote themselves successfully and take charge of their careers by thinking “outside the industry box.”
Kathy holds a master's degree in education with a focus on organizational development from Antioch University New England. From 2004 to 2006, Kathy worked with the Women's Health Resource Center at Dartmouth College in Lebanon, New Hampshire, helping women successfully cope with life transitions. As an instructor, she created two popular, life-changing courses. The Life Mapping Course helps individuals determine what areas of their lives are working well, and what areas need growth. The Fear Factor Course examines the role fear plays in our decisions and our lives, and how to reduce its impact. To date, more than 600 men and women have successfully completed the courses, and are living more intentional, fulfilling lives.
In 2006, Kathy returned to California to direct the southern California office of Vive, Inc., which provides therapeutic mentoring and parent coaching to at-risk youth and their families. She managed clinical and administrative staff, and facilitated programs, team building, client outreach and marketing efforts. Three years later, in 2009, she left to focus on full time creative life coaching.
With15 years of experience as a professional improvisational actress, Kathy is a frequent national presenter and dynamic workshop leader. Additionally, she regularly publishes numerous articles on a variety of topics including career changes, goal setting, and preparing for retirement. Kathy loves to travel and feels compelled to keep a bag packed - just in case a trip presents itself. She's been studying French for the last few years in the hope of communicating better with the locals on her summer trips to France.
LAURIE PETERSEN, VICE-CHAIR
After a long and rewarding career in health care and professional sports production, Laurie made the decision to leave the corporate world and pursue her passion for education and social justice, focusing on underserved children and families in our community.
She is also the chair of EDUCATE: Advancing Early Childhood Education, Parenting and Literacy, a 501c3 whose mission is to provide and expand quality services in Central Long Beach.
Laurie earned her BA in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles and her master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Laurie lives with her husband and son in Marina Del Rey. She and her family are avid sailors and skiers.
Some of his theatre credits include: Shakespeare's “As You Like It” (Drama-Logue Award winner), “On Borrowed Time,” “Burning Hope,” and his NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in “Jeffrey's Plan.” Wren has a broad range of commercial, voice-over and spoken word projects including being tapped by acclaimed pianist Billy Childs to recite the classic Langston Hughes poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” on Childs’ GRAMMY Award nominated album “I’ve Known Rivers.” He narrated The History Channel’s “U.S.S. Constellation: Battleground Freedom,” The Learning Channel series “Scene of the Crime,” and ‘E! Entertainment Television’s E! True Hollywood Story” on the life of Diana Ross. He also voiced Disney’s Br’er Rabbit for various projects. In his directorial debut, he directed over thirty-five actors and actresses in their performances in “Inspired By . . . The Bible Experience,” winner of the 2007 Audie Award for Audio book of the Year. For that project, Wren also narrated the book of Matthew.
In 1999, Wren made his debut as a producer with the critically acclaimed feature film, “Boesman & Lena” starring Danny Glover and Angela Bassett, followed by Dianne Reeves’ concert film of her GRAMMY Award winning CD, “In the Moment: Live in Concert.” He produced the play, “The Confessions of Stepin Fetchit” as well as an array of short films for new directors. He has also produced evenings celebrating, Mr. Lloyd Richards, Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
In 2008, Wren became Founder of the award winning Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT), the first African American professional (Actors’ Equity Contract) theatre company in Los Angeles history. Ebony Repertory Theatre, Inc., is the resident company and operator of the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, where Wren serves as the company’s Producer. In its first three productions, ERT won two Ovation Awards for Best Play, Large Theater as well as many other Ovation and NAACP Theatre Awards. Wren has previously served on the boards of Screen Actors Guild, Friends of Washington Prep High School, Charles R. Drew Medical School, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In his spare time, he loves searching then researching family history.
Prior to that, Tex was president of Western Wyoming Community College, a position he held from 1988 until 2008. During his tenure as president of WWCC, Tex was appointed chairman of a Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Community Colleges, appointed a commissioner for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and twice elected to serve as a senator in the Wyoming State Legislature.
Tex’s commitment to education began early in his career when he served as a Peace Corp volunteer in Thailand. As a volunteer, he taught English at the National College for Physical Education and was an assistant coach of the Thai national track and field team.
A graduate of Ferrum Junior College and Davis and Elkins College, Dr. Boggs received both his master's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. Tex and his wife, Lien, have three adult children and one grandchild.
SUSAN COLE HILL, CHAIR
Previous positions include director of Global Staffing and Diversity for the Walt Disney Company and managing consultant for Brentwood International and Conquest Associates, Inc., directing long-term minority recruiting programs instrumental in assisting Fortune 100 clients to meet EEOC requirements.
Susan’s work in support of nonprofits includes serving as board president for the California African American Museum; chapter president of The Links Incorporated; and consultant to the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services. She also served two terms as board president of Haven House, the first-ever shelter for mothers and children in the United States.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Mass Communications from Towson State University. She loves live jazz music, reading mysteries, and playing with her dogs.
Major gifts to Antioch University from Lillian and Jon Lovelace support faculty development, educational outreach, visiting scholars, and cross-cultural education.
Lillian attended Antioch College from 1946 to 1948, and graduated from Antioch University Southern California in 1989. In 2008, Lillian received an honorary doctorate of human letters from Antioch University for her distinguished service and dedication to the school throughout the years.
After studies in Urban Planning at the University of Southern California, Jack has participated in the creation of many award-winning urban retail and mixed-use projects in Southern California, across the US, and abroad. His experience includes roles for a variety of clients in strategic planning, conceptual design and development management for new urban mixed-use projects in New York (Times Square), Boston (Prudential Center), Denver (Park Meadows), Mexico City (World Trade Center), Toronto, Las Vegas, Los Angeles (Hollywood and Highland, Paseo Colorado) and San Diego (Horton Plaza, UTC), as well as projects in Europe and Asia.
Urban Strategies advisory projects range from determining optimum redevelopment strategies for Manhattan’s largest hotel to identifying small business development strategies for independent merchants in a Midwestern downtown. With a group of Florida-based partners, Jack is involved in plans for a new 600-acre entertainment destination with Twentieth Century Fox and Sony Music at the Miami Zoo expected to open in 2020.
Three Pillars Fund is an urban investment fund devoted to adaptive reuse developments that reinvest in the people and the environment of their communities. Initial projects are now underway in downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood.
ALICIA MIÑANA DE LOVELACE
Antioch University Los Angeles board members can be contacted through the Office of the President at (310) 578-1080 x112 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.