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 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.
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.
Events Chair, Jessica Thibodeau – Jessica serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Military Child Education Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Jessica has a professional background in marketing, communications, education, public relations, and politics. In addition to serving on the board for Beyond the Grade, she serves as an Advisor for Code2College, a nonprofit providing technical skills to under-served student populations. She has a passion for serving others and supporting those who serve our nation.
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.