Diane Namm, Founder
Diane is the author of over 55 children's books, including the best-selling first edition (over six million copies sold) of "A Charlie Brown Christmas;" as well as original stories for Scholastic/Children's Press. She is an "official" author for Reading Is Fundamental. Diane has written a number of original stories published by Little Golden Books; original Disney stories published by Bantam; the young adult series, "Kisses" (First Kiss, Senior Kiss, Goodbye-Kiss) published by Troll and the novel "Never Tell Ben" published by Bantam. Formerly an Executive Editor at Simon & Schuster's Little Simon and NhiBooks, Diane is founder, playwright and artistic director of West of Broadway Theater Company, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In addition she writes for film and books for children and teens. Diane's journey from NYC book editor to LA playwright, screenwriter and stage and film director is described in the "Live What You Love" series by Melinda and Bob Blanchard, the "Changing Course" volume.
Ivy Isenberg has worked in entertainment for the past decade. She started out in the literary world working in development for an independent film production company and later represented writers. Enticed by the frantic pace of the talent world, Ivy switched from representing writers to managing actors and has stayed in the talent world ever since. While in management, she worked with actors in shows such as "Felicity" and "Becker", and actors that starred in features such as Cabin Fever and Clueless. Ivy Isenberg has been casting for the last seven years, starting out working for the in-house casting company at MGM Television. She now currently runs her own casting company and juggles feature and television projects simultaneously. Previous credits for MGM Studios include multiple seasons of Showtime's Dead Like Me and Jeremiah, six seasons of Stargate SG-1 as well as its spin off, Stargate Atlantis. She has cast celebrities such as Hayden Panettiere, Masi Oka and Zach Quinto from "Heroes", rappers such as Ludacris, Sir-Mix-A-Lot and Snoop Dogg; and superstars like Scarlett Johansson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Charlize Theron. Ivy is currently casting a series for the Independent Film Channel, produced by Kevin Spacey's Company Trigger-street called "The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman", Seth Green's series "Robot Chicken" on Adult Swam and multiple Features that will be shooting all over the country and the world!
Shannon Quinn, Treasurer
Shannon Quinn has been with Lockheed and Lockheed Federal Credit Union from 1981 through December 31, 2007. She currently works as a consultant for Lockheed Federal Credit Union doing Loss Mitigation, her emphasis during the last fifteen years with Lockheed. She sits on the Board of West of Broadway because of her belief in the importance of arts for school-age children as well as adults. A Seattle native, Quinn graduated from the University f California, Los Angeles with a degree in History.
Farima Damavandi, Secretary
Since 2003 Farima Damavandi has served on the Board of Directors for Malibu Global Awareness, a non-profit organization established as a foundation supporting Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers, an independent international medical organization dedicated to humanitarian aid, disaster relief and medical treatment worldwide. In four years Malibu Global Awareness has grown from a grass-roots foundation to a world-class organization, consisting of 25 members, and over 400 supporters, which contributes to Doctors Without Borders by hosting an annual fundraiser in Malibu, California.