Board of Directors
A graduate of American Jewish University with an M.B.A. in nonprofit management and a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a B.S. in accounting. She worked 15 years as a Litigation Claims Specialist for major insurance companies. In 2006 she transferred her corporate skills into working as an independent casting director. She has cast several feature films, short films, stage plays, webisodes and live events. In May of 2009 she founded Kids in the Spotlight, Inc.
Carl E. Coan, MS, MPH
President & CEO, Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
Mr. Coan has been president and CEO of Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center (EPFMC) since 1990. He has been instrumental in broadening EPFMC’s service mix to include programs in “whole family” health and well-being, prenatal care and 24/7 hospitalist delivery care, behavioral health, early child development, and ancillary services in speech and occupational therapy, case management, and pharmacy. Under his leadership EPFMC grew from $1.7M to $24M through both public and private funding. He uses his entrepreneurial management skills to develop new programs, services and funding for EPFMC and hopes to do the same for KITS.
Outside interests include his long-time interest and passion for photography. In August 2013, Mr. Coan published a book entitled Abandoned Shoes, a photo and essays from renowned mystery writers. Proceeds from the sales benefit EPFMC.
Mr. Coan holds an MS in Human Genetics and an MPH in Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Gregory D. Metzger
Gregory D. Metzger is the Principal Consultant at GDM Coaching and Consulting, previously serving as National Practice Leader for two major global human capital consulting firms. Greg has a long history of Social Justice Advocacy, seeking justice and humanitarian relief globally and locally. He earned recognition and commendation for his work with Jail and Prison Inmates from the U.S. Congress, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors & the Los Angeles City Council. Before becoming a Rabbinical Student at the Academy for Jewish Religion, Mr. Metzger studied leadership at Harvard Business School and was a guest lecturer at a special program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Tamesha Scott, Board Chair
Ms. Scott is former foster child and ward of the court in the state of California. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Sociology and double minor in Psychology & Criminology. Following her graduation in 2005 she returned to California and began working in the entertainment industry in the area of Entertainment Marketing and PR for a major blue chip company.
She is an Emmy winner who starred in 6 ABC and CBS television series, countless MOW’s, episodics, school break specials, and started her career at age 8. She’s most notably known for starring opposite Michael J. Fox in ‘Back To The Future.’ For nearly 2 decades, Ms. Wells has owned and operated Armani Wells, (www.armaniwells.com), a high end men’s resale shop in Studio City, CA. Her proudest accomplishments are raising her son and helping those in need.
A graduate of Penn State University, Ms. Roceania Williams made the trip to Los Angeles, CA from Pittsburgh, PA by way of New York City. After graduating, Ms. Williams went to work for Conde Nast Publications. After leaving Conde Nast, she worked with Def Jam Records in the Publicity and Artist Relations department where she was groomed by her mentor, Chrissy Murray. Ms. Williams then got a call to work in the Publicity and Artist Relations department for Mercury Records in their Black Music Division. There Ms. Williams was entrusted with not only the responsibility of publicity, but in assisting with setting up promotional tours for Mercury’s new and emerging artists. While there, Ms. Williams groomed her hosting and producing chops at What’s The 411?, an entertainment news magazine show that aired in the New York Tri-State area. She ended her work as a field reporter and producer for BET’s Screen Sceen before nurturing her own visions. In 2000 she founded GospelRhythms.com, a site that celebrates, promotes and supports Christians and Christians in the entertainment industry. The global effort of GospelRhythms encompass, radio, television, magazine, daily life issues and music, celebrating the talents, gifts and stories of triumph and victory of men and women of faith world-wide!
Our teachers work in the entertainment industry and/or have degrees in their respective disciplines.
Sharon Hogg ~ Co-Director
For the past eleven years, Ms. Hogg has taught the Meisner Method Acting Technique at the highly respected Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio in Santa Monica, CA. Her work extends to appearances in feature and independent films, television, music videos and theater, in addition to working behind the camera in production and casting. She is the founder of MONARCH Theater Company.
T. Faye Griffin ~ Executive Producer of “Movies by Kids, For Kids” Film Festival & Awards Ceremony
NAACP Image Award winner and proud product of South Central Los Angeles, T. Faye Griffin has put words into the mouths of Academy Award winners, comedians, and politicians as a speech and comedy writer. With more than 20 years experience, she has amassed an impressive list of television writing and producing credits. Griffin is a longtime member of the Writer’s Guild of America and the owner of the boutique writing service Words by Faye.
A published author and screenwriter, Mr. Nelson received his B.F.A from Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. In Chicago, he founded the Congo Square Theatre Company in the mid 1990′s. He also worked as a teacher in the Chicago public school system. His film Fly Like Mercury, produced by David Schwimmer and directed by Harry Lennix, received an award at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
He is the founder and president of Jack Of All Trades, Inc. He has a B.F.A. from G.M.U. in acting and has been working in the media field as producer, director, editor and cameraman for over twenty years. He lends his skills to KITS as a director, editor and web-designer.
Antonio D. Charity
A graduate of Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts, Mr. Charity has appeared in numerous TV shows, films, commercials and Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions. He has also worked for more than 20 years as a mentor for several youth programs such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Big Brother Big Sister program.