Board Chair, Lian Amber – BASSBOSS Loudspeaker Systems CEO, Lian is an entrepreneur who has worked in many aspects of the music industry. She has previously served as Chair of the Board of Austin music nonprofits Anthropos Arts and Dub Academy. She is also a vocalist, songwriter, producer and vocal coach. An avid world-traveler, she has visited close to 50 countries. Through her philanthropic work and vocal coaching, she endeavors to share with young people the joy and power of expressing oneself through music.
Board Secretary, Sarah Sebton – Sarah Sebton is a project manager at Community Care Collaborative and a Public Health Officer in the Texas State Guard. A native of Israel, Sarah moved to the U.S. at age 5 and grew up in the suburbs of Philly. She attended Wake Forest University for undergrad and earned MPA and MPH degrees from New York University (NYU).
Sarah moved to Austin in July 2017 and is passionate about keeping music in schools, as she wouldn’t have made it through her academic career without it! In her free time, Sarah can be found spoiling her two pet rabbits, attending a local concert or theater production, and eating her way through every food truck in the city.
Fundraising Chair, Jimmie Dean – Jimmie is the owner of operator of Denver Music Group, the USA distribution and sale of Porter & Davies, Kelly Shu and Drumtacs products. Jimmie is an accomplished drummer, studying at percussion at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. Jimmie has been an advocate for music education, working many years with organizations such as the Texas Commission for the Arts and Texas Cultural Trust.
Board Member, Jordan Goldman – Jordan grew up in a musical household in Southern California. His family struggled financially and music served as an important outlet, especially as his family relied upon local community organizations to get by. His experience gained him a valuable perspective and first hand insight into the importance of community involvement and the necessity for mentorship and empowerment in youth programs.
Jordan recently founded Needa Thingy, LLC; a community impact resource that connects businesses with local non-profits and facilitates turnkey employee engagement events that make it easy for businesses to give back to their community. He resides in Austin with his wife and young son and in his spare time enjoys writing and performing music, taking in live shows and eating tacos.
Board Member, Sarah Lilly – A native of the Washington, D.C. area, has spent over 8 years in the non-profit space. For the past four years she has worked at the LIVESTRONG Foundation in Austin, TX in a number of roles including events coordinator, executive assistant, grants researcher and is currently a fundraising and events specialist. Before that Sarah worked at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Alexandria, VA as an Events and Marketing coordinator. Her passion for helping others was embedded in her from a very young age as a volunteer for various organizations and events. She currently lives in Austin, TX and likes spends her spare time outdoors with her dog, Cooper.
Juan Carlo Carvajal – Juan Carlo is the Co-Founder of Bakery Agency with 6+ years serving as a Managing Partner of the business. He is also the Co-Founder of Solis Biotech with 4+ years serving as a Managing Partner of the business. Since coming to Austin in 1995, he has been playing music with Mark Turk for almost 20 years. Juan Carlo attended the University of Texas @ Austin for 8 years graduating with degrees in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Nutrition. Juan Carlo loves watching NBA, NFL, and NCAA football and collects university degrees in his spare time.
Pablo Gonzalez -Pablo was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and is an entrepreneur with 14 years of experience leading development and marketing teams in a wide array of industries, ranging from enterprise software to retail products. Driven by his interest in innovative technology and his longtime passion for film, he co-founded Tugg Inc., which specializes in cinema-on-demand releasing, allowing audiences to bring the movies they want to their local theaters. He is currently the COO and oversees the company’s development and operations. He is also an electrical engineer, holds an MBA, and resides in Austin, Texas.
Lou Ellman – An entrepreneur and musician that lives in Austin, TX. Lou attended University of Texas at Austin. He is the founder & CEO at RoyaltyZone, a company that helps companies succeed at brand licensing and royalty administration. Lou is a Austin music scene veteran, playing lead guitar in various bands.