Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990s NBC television sitcom “Blossom” and now appears regularly on the #1 comedy in America, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” playing neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, a role for which she has received one Screen Actors Guild nomination and four Emmy nominations. In 2014, Mayim joined Peter Funt in the relaunch of the original hidden camera reality show, “Candid Camera,” which airs on TVLand.
Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew & Jewish Studies, and went on to the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience, also at UCLA. She completed her doctorate in the Fall of 2007, which examined the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. Bialik was a dedicated student leader at UCLA Hillel, leading and starting a Women’s Rosh Chodesh group, chanting and blowing shofar for High Holiday services, and conducting and writing music for UCLA’s Jewish a cappella group.
Her book about Attachment Parenting, Beyond the Sling, was published in March 2012 (Simon and Schuster). Her second book of vegan family-friendly recipes, Mayim’s Vegan Table, was published by Da Capo Press in February 2014.
Bialik speaks all over the world for a variety of Jewish organizations, charity organization, and colleges and Universities. She founded GrokNation.com in 2015 as a platform for her blogging on issues ranging from religious observance to liberal politics to maintaining modesty in Hollywood, and to just being a really normal imperfect mom trying to make everything run smoothly in a world out of her control.
Craig Fifer is the Director of Communications for the City of Alexandria, where he has worked since 2003. Prior to this position, he served for seven years as the founding Webmaster and Electronic Communications Coordinator for the City of Roanoke. He spent two years as a technology trainer for the Roanoke City Public Schools, served for three years on the board of directors of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education, and is currently a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children who are victims of abuse or neglect. Craig serves as the President of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, and was an appointee of the governor to the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council from 2004 through 2012. He is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and currently chairs its Northern Virginia Regional Board. Craig previously taught religious school and served as Member Services Vice President of Agudas Achim Congregation, in Alexandria, Va. He frequently delivers presentations on technology, legal, and ethics topics at local, state, national and international conferences. Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech, and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.
Jack Friedman founded Study Smart Tutors Inc out of his dorm room at USC in 2007.
Jack founded Study Smart Tutors because he wanted to provide College Access Programming to students who wouldn’t otherwise receive it. Having personally trained thousands of teachers and students, Jack realizes how students learn and has a passion for helping them achieve their college dreams. The business plan for Study Smart Tutors Inc was awarded Top Undergraduate Business Plan by the USC Greif Center for Entrepreneurship in May 2010.
Jack enjoys working with students, and volunteers his time coaching high school entrepreneurs in the NFTE program. A Cum Laude graduate of USC and avid golfer and sports fan, Jack roots for the Trojans, Clippers, Lakers and Dodgers during his time off.
Ryan Kaltman is an active angel investor and serial entrepreneur. He currently runs an online marketing powerhouse focused on designing online & offline direct response marketing funnels in health & wellness, education, dating advice, sports, gambling, cosmetics, and investment verticals. As a thirteen-year veteran of online advertising strategy, joint ventures, paid search, email marketing, and copywriting, Ryan regularly lectures on the arts of getting MASSIVE online traffic and data monetization. Ryan has grown his marketing firm from a modest bootstrap venture to a widely recognized industry leader. Ryan also enjoys studying the art and performance of magic and has performed for Hollywood’s elite. A graduate of Stanford University with honors in Psychology, Ryan lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife and 2 young children.
Jon Leader (Secretary) specializes in business counseling and litigation in all forums. He has developed a unique style of practice focused on obtaining the best long-term result for the client, while minimizing transaction costs.
Jon was trained as a business litigator, with an emphasis on competitive business practices, unfair competition, and intellectual property matters. Through work with neighborhood associations and title companies, he also developed significant experience in real property matters. He has tried cases in California, Colorado, Texas, and Massachusetts.
Jon was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts and raised outside Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans and George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He first practiced law in Denver and remains licensed in Colorado. After representing California investors at trial in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, he accepted a job with Browne & Woods LLP of Beverly Hills in 1989, becoming a partner with that firm in 1994. In 2000, he opened his own law practice. He is married, with two children and lives in Crestwood Hills-Brentwood, Los Angeles. He is active in the community and sits on the boards, or acts as general counsel for, several local non-profits.
Simonne Moss is a Los Angeles native and 1999 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Simonne started as public school teacher in 2002 working in the Los Angeles Unified School District through Teach for America where she concurrently earned a teaching credential and M.A. in Elementary Education. After completing her commitment with TFA, Simonne continued teaching in the LAUSD as an elementary school teacher for over a decade. In 2016 Simonne earned an M.S. in Counseling and a credential in School Psychology. Simonne is a full-time school psychologist for the LAUSD and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.
In addition to her professional work, Simonne is the mother of two energetic boys, an aging dog and married to Ari, a Wexner Heritage Fellow. Simonne, Ari, and the boys are members of Valley Beth Shalom, and active at the Shalom Institute Camp and Conference Center.
Adrian Stern is a founding member of Clumeck Stern Schenkelberg & Getzoff and has been engaged in public accounting since 1979, specializing in the areas of management consulting and the installation and evaluation of data processing systems. He is experienced in expert witness testimony regarding computer systems, damage calculations, loss of earnings and professional malpractice cases. Adrian provides consultation to CPA firms regarding valuations, mergers and acquisitions. He is also experienced in auditing and accounting involving various types of manufacturing, distribution and professional service clients as well as real estate operations and acquisitions.
Adrian is the recipient of the 1991 and 2009 Instructor Excellence Award from the California CPA Education Foundation. He is the author and instructor of numerous California CPA Education Foundation’s courses including “How to Buy and Sell CPA Practices,” “Excel for CPAs.,” “Legal and Financial Aspects of Restructuring and Liquidation,” “Stopping Fraud in Your Business,” “Finding and Evaluating Frauds: A Case Study Approach,” and “Advanced Fraud Case Study”. He is also the author and editor for the Harcourt Brace book, “CPAs Complete Billing and Collection Handbook” and an editor of the “Managing and Accounting Practice Guide” published by the AICPA. Adrian has lectured all across the United States speaking on various topics to over 10,000 fellow CPAs in 20 states.
Adrian is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees for the California CPA Education Foundation. Adrian has also served on many committees and task forces for the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Education Foundation.
Adrian is the past Chairman of Partners in Care Foundation as well as past chairman of the audit committee. He is a past member of the executive committee and former treasurer for Temple Adat Elohim. He is also currently the Chairman of California Center for Public Health Advocacy as well as the former treasurer. Adrian is also currently the treasurer for the LAFD Foundation a group that supports the local fire departments.
Adrian is Adjunct Professor at the University Of Southern California Marshall School of Business where he teaches accounting.
Adrian is an active wine collector and is always looking for the next great find. He is married with four daughters.
Steven Weinstein (Treasurer) business background is wide and varied, and as a result, he brings a unique view to every endeavor in which he becomes involved. Mr. Weinstein started his career as a journalist, with Associated Press in Boston, Jackson, Mississippi, Richmond, Virginia and New York., and after that at Reuters in New York and London. Mr. Weinstein transitioned to marketing, technology, mergers and acquisition posts while at Reuters. His initiatives included putting PC’s on currency and equity traders’ desktops, real-time data through Windows, the first artificial intelligence system for news processing, and the first graphical interface for news and pictures ever created to display news as it was happening.
Mr. Weinstein holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Tufts University and subsequently completed executive management education in conjunction with the Harvard Business School and Insead in 1990. Mr. Weinstein lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two teenage sons.