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Thomas R. Miller (Chair)

Thomas Miller

Thom Miller is Executive Vice President of Marketing, and is responsible for marketing, communications and corporate strategic development at City National Bank. He is a member of the company’s Executive Committee and reports to Chief Executive Officer Russell Goldsmith. During his more than 30 years in marketing and advertising, he has helped position some of the world’s premier brands for companies like Ford Motor Company, Procter & Gamble, Mattel, RJR Nabisco, The Pillsbury Company, Sunkist and Universal Studios. His extensive experience ranges from product branding and strategic development to national political marketing and executive-level corporate management.  [more...]

Susan Crank (Vice Chair)

Susan Crank

Susan Crank is a Vice Chair of the Otis Board of Trustees. She chairs the Audit Committee and serves on the Finance and Investment and Executive committees. Ms. Crank is Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Lunada Bay Corporation, a swimwear and active wear manufacturer in Anaheim, California. The company was founded in 1980, and Susan has been with the company since 1987. Lunada Bay designs and manufacturers swimwear under several licenses, as well as their own brands, Becca Swim and Rebecca V. In 1997 the Lunada Bay Corporation received the California Excellence Award for their contribution to the California Apparel Industry. Susan has served on the boards of the “Just Say No Foundation”, the American Apparel Manufacturers Association, the Surf Industry Manufacturer's Association Environmental Fund, and the International Swim and Active Market Association. She is currently on the Board of CommerceWest Bank in Newport Beach. In 1999, Orange County Metro Magazine honored Susan as one of the “10 Women Making a Difference in Orange County,” and in 2000 was named Environmentalist of the Year by SIMA.  [more...]

Rodney Freeman (Vice Chair)

Rodney Freeman

A native of Los Angeles, Freeman attended the Architecture and Construction Management Program at L.A. Pierce College and furthered his studies at the Construction Management Program in the School of Engineering at California State University at Long Beach. He received his MBA at Pepperdine University, Malibu. Freeman continued his studies as a Wexner fellow. In addition to his degrees, Freeman holds a California State Contractors License. He has served as an arbitrator on multiple panels for the American Arbitration Association. Freeman also is a guest lecturer at UCLA’s Ziman Center for Real Estate.  [more...]

Bob McKnight (Vice Chair)

Bob McKnight

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, serves on the Executive Committee. He joined the Otis Board in 2002 and has the distinction of being an Honoree at Otis’ 1999 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show student and the parent of an Otis alumna. Bob graduated from USC with a BS in business administration, marketing and management. In 1976, he founded Quiksilver, Inc. and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK) is the world’s leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, wintersports and golf equipment, footwear, accessories and related products. Quiksilver products are sold in over 90 countries in surf shops, ski shops, skateboard shops, snowboard shops, proprietary Boardriders Club shops, other specialty stores and select department stores.  [more...]

Marisa Arango

Marisa Arango

Marisa Arango is an advocate for arts and education, and an art collector. Originally from Mexico, she received a degree in film production from Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografico in Mexico City. After moving to Los Angeles she became a producer fellow at American Film Institute. Her professional career included working for American Cinematheque and running her own post-production company whose largest clients were Mexican and Argentinian advertising agencies.  [more...]

Jennifer Bellah Maguire

Jennifer Bellah Maguire

Jennifer Bellah Maguire serves on Otis‘s Finance and Investment Committee and the Institutional Advancement Committee. She is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher‘s Los Angeles office and is co-chair to the firm‘s Investment Fund Group. She was a law clerk for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, currently Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. She holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College, magna cum laude, and studied at Sorbonne University. She graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and served as an Associate Editor for the California Law Review. She speaks and writes French fluently and practiced in the firm‘s Paris office in the late ‘80s.  [more...]

Gail Buchalter

Gail Buchalter

Gail Buchalter joined the Board in 2004. She is the widow of the late Chair, Stuart Buchalter. The Buchalter family has played an integral role in Otis since the early 1980s. Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Gail received a BA from the University of Arizona. She is an interior designer who attended the New York School of Interior Design. Passionate about philanthropy and the arts, Gail currently serves on the boards of Today and Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times’ Friends of Camp, and Junior Blind of America. She also serves on the MBA non-profit board of American Jewish University, and on the community grants board of the Jewish Community Foundation. “Design, talent, youth and creativity have always been part of my life and my life with Stuart. I am delighted to be a member of the Otis Board through which I am able to continue Stuart’s dream while making my own contributions to this remarkable College.”

Stephanie Cota

Stephanie Cota

As Mattel Brands’ Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie, Girls and Games, Stephanie Cota oversees the global direction of businesses including the world-famous Barbie brand and the Monster High franchise. In this position, she drives the portfolio holistically, leading strategy, branding and marketing across all product categories. Additionally, Cota leads an internal creative agency responsible for but not limited to television commercial production, print, retail merchandising, outdoor, events, and social media. During her 13-year tenure at Mattel, Cota has led with break-frame and headline-making successes. Her entrepreneurial spirit and outstanding leadership skills coupled with her track record of partnering with best-in-class names has resulted in top market share, and continued business growth year after year.  [more...]

Robert Feldman

Robert Feldman

Robert (Bob) Feldman is a retired corporate partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (WGM) specializing in real estate acquisition, development and bankruptcy and restructuring. Feldman’s practice has covered the full range of real estate assets: retail, office, multi-family, hotel and resorts, land and housing, tax exempt bonds, mixed use developments throughout the US, and cross border transactions with particular emphasis on transactions in Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. Feldman has represented financial institutions and developers in lending, restructuring and workouts, and was the principal counsel for several major developers and opportunity funds in major developments including Lehman Bros., Olympus Real Estate Fund, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Paine Webber Properties. In the non-real estate bankruptcy arena, he was the leader of a 25-lawyer team at WGM, representing the Chapter 11 Debtors’ estate of Enron Corporation in analyzing and negotiating settlements for the infamous off-balance sheet partnerships of Enron.  [more...]

Frederick Fisher (Ex-Officio)

Frederick Fisher

Frederick Fisher is Chair of the Otis Board of Governors, and serves on the Educational Planning Committee and the Facilities Development Task Force. He has been involved with Otis since 1987 and joined the Board in 2003. His internationally acclaimed architecture firm, Frederick Fisher and Partners, designed the Galef Center for Fine Arts and Ben Maltz Gallery, and from 1988 through 1995, he served as Chairman of the Environmental Design Department. Fred won the 2008 Rome Prize in architecture from the American Academy in Rome and the 2013 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter.  [more...]

Bronya Pereira Galef (Chair Emerita)

Bronya Pereira Galef

Bronya Pereira Galef has been involved with Otis since the early 1980s, both as Chair Emerita and Chair, Board of Governors. She serves on the Executive Committee and the Academic, Student Life and Campus Planning Committee. Bronya spearheaded a $4 million Capital Campaign fundraising effort. Otis' Center for Fine Arts is named for Bronya and her husband Andy, the chairman, CEO, and president of The Spectrum Group, Inc. They also founded the nonprofit Galef Institute to strengthen public school art education, especially in disadvantaged communities. Bronya’s past affiliations include the Board of the Rand Institute's Educational Policy group; Board of Reprise; and Co-Chair of the California Department of Education's Visual and Performing Arts Task Force. She is a Patron Board member of the Comite International pour les Musees d'Art, and member of the Board of Overseers of the Hammer Museum. An art collector, professional photographer, and journalist, Bronya believes that the arts are an essential dimension of human experience that must be promoted equally across all socioeconomic strata.

Bryant Garth

Bryant-Garth

Bryant Garth joined the Board in 2013. He is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the UC Irvine, He served as Dean, Southwestern Law School (2005-2012), Director, American Bar Foundation (1999-2004), and Dean, Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law (1986-90). His scholarship focuses on the legal profession, the sociology of law, and globalization. Two of his books co-authored with Yves Dezalay, Dealing in Virtue (1996) and Asian Legal Revivals (2010), were given the Herbert Jacobs Award from the Law and Society Association as the best books in the field of Law and Society. He is on the Executive Coordinating Committee of the "After the J.D." project, the first longitudinal study of the legal profession; co-edits the Journal of Legal Education; and chairs the advisory committee of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE). He is involved in philanthropy focusing on education with the Harle Garth Montgomery Foundation, of which he is President.

Elaine Goldsmith (Chair Emerita)

Elaine Goldsmith

Elaine Goldsmith is an accomplished sculptor who chaired the Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1998, and has helped guide every major development of the College during the past four decades. First appointed to the Board of Governors in 1973, Elaine has recruited many other leaders to the Board and volunteer committees, and consistently plays a major role in organizing the annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show. She has also solicited many of the gifts from donors whose names appear on Otis studios and classrooms. She is a Chair Emerita, and serves on the Executive and Board Affairs Committees. In appreciation of Elaine’s outstanding service, the College named its five-acre Westchester campus after her and her husband, Bram, who is Chairman of the Board of City National Corporation. The Goldsmiths are active in a wide range of community and charitable organizations, including the United Jewish Fund, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the Music Center’s Blue Ribbon Group, and the Hillcrest Country Club.

Samuel Hoi (Ex-Officio)

Samuel Hoi

Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design since July 2000, is an advocate for art and design education and creative professionals in social, economic, and cultural advancement. At Otis, he has shepherded new academic initiatives involving innovative partnerships and community engagement. Since 2007, Otis has commissioned the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region. In his former position as dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C., Hoi created the Visual Arts Community Outreach Program, which received a National Multicultural Institute Award and a Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities. Hoi has served on many boards and panels, including chairing the board of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) from 2004 to 2009. Currently, Hoi chairs the board of United States Artists (USA), serves on the board of The James Irvine Foundation, and is a member of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs. He holds an honorary doctorate degree from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and was decorated in 2006 by the French government as an Officer of the Palm Academy.

Kirk Hyde

Kirk Hyde

Kirk R. Hyde joined the Otis Board of Trustees in 2012 and is the parent of an Otis alumna and a BFA student. He graduated from USC with a BS in Business and a minor in Graphic Art. Presently, he serves as General Partner for KPC Limited Partnership, Hyde Family Partnership, and Hyde Properties, a timber management company based in Washington State. From 1975 to 1996, Kirk was President and CEO of Kirk Plastic Company, a manufacturer of high value plastic transaction cards and a card personalization bureau. He also served as President and CEO of Oberthur Card Systems USA, headquartered in Paris. Kirk has been a Board member of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region since 1999, having previously served as Chairman, Treasurer, and as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. From 2004 to 2011, Kirk also served as a Board member of Goodwill Southern California and co-chaired Goodwill’s capital campaign from 2010-11.

Stephen Jarchow

Stephen Jarchow

Stephen P. Jarchow serves on the Finance and Investment Committee. He is a senior motion picture executive with over twenty-five years of experience in successful real estate and entertainment ventures. He has been involved in the production and/or distribution of over 100 motion pictures, as well as the building of a library of over 3,500 motion pictures and television shows. “Gods and Monsters” received three Academy Award nominations (winning for Best Adapted Screenplay), four Golden Globe nominations (winning for Best Supporting Actress), and numerous other international accolades. Stephen has also produced and/or distributed many other motion pictures, including Franco Zefferelli’s “Callas Forever,” Merchant Ivory’s “Merci Docteur Rey,” and 2009 Academy Award winner “Departures” (Best Foreign Language Film).  [more...]

Lawrence Lyttle

Lawrence A. Lyttle joined the Otis Board of Trustees in April 2011. He chairs the Board’s Marketing Committee and serves on the Executive and Institutional Advancement committees. Mr. Lyttle is a communications consultant and advisor who spent thirty years in the television industry as an executive and producer. He served as Co-Chairman of BlueCollarOrDie.com from 2007–2008. He founded and served as President of Big Ticket Television from 1994 until 2003. He previously served as President of Spelling Television, and was Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs at Warner Bros. Television from 1982 until 1990. In 2003, The Caucus for Television Producers, Writers, and Directors honored him with their first annual Diversity Award. In 2003, Mr. Lyttle formed a consulting business advising political candidates and business executives on communications strategies. Mr. Lyttle was an Adjunct Professor at USC's, Film & Television School, Peter Stark Program from 1995 until 2001. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Center Theatre Group, and University Access. He holds an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin.

Winifred White Neisser

Winifred White Neisser joined the Board of Trustees in November 2005. She chairs the Educational Planning Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. She is a Senior Vice President for Movies and Miniseries at Sony Pictures Television. Prior to that, she worked at NBC on TV movies and children’s programming. She has been involved with several charities and civic organizations, serving on the boards of The Television Academy, Women in Film, Harvard College, Lesley College, Planned Parenthood L.A., National Guild of Community Art Schools and the Center for Early Education. Winifred is very impressed with the diversity of students at Otis, and would love to help increase the profile of the school. A graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe, she has a degree in Linguistics, a MEd from Lesley College, and did post graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is very interested in folk art and is intrigued by the idea that some people are driven to create art.

Mei-Lee Ney

Mei-Lee Ney

Mei-Lee Ney joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 and serves on the Finance and Investment Committee. She is the president of Richard Ney & Associates, Asset Management, Inc., an investment management firm which she joined in 1973. She was the business partner and wife of Richard Ney, author of three books on the stock market: “The Wall Street Jungle,” “The Wall Street Gang” and Making It in the Market,” the last two of which she edited. She was co-writer and editor of “The Ney Report,” an investment newsletter, 1976 to 1999. Mei-Lee also serves on the USC Davis School of Gerontology Board of Councilors and the Board of the California/International Arts Foundation. She is active in community and arts organizations, including the Music Center, the L.A. Opera, the USC Pacific Asia Museum, Caltech Associates, and the Huntington Library; and is a member of the Valley Hunt Club and The Town Club. Mei-Lee believes the arts humanize us through their universal language.

Christopher Wicks

Christopher Wicks

Christopher Wicks joined the Board of Trustees in August 2010. He serves on the Institutional Advancement and Marketing Committees. Wicks, the designer and creator of all things English Laundry, was born a child of the 1960s in Manchester - The Centre of the Universe. In his early years he found solace sketching what he remembers as shirts, shoes, and guitars. His first full-time designer position at the early age of 22, was for men’s formal shirts for one of England’s largest shirt manufacturers, The Hillingdon shirt Co. He went on to design for such sportswear brands as a Licensee as L.A. Gear, Ocean Pacific and Hang Ten. In the last 22 years, Mr. Wicks has resided in Hong Kong and the U.S., and currently lives in L.A. where he pursues his passions for rock 'n' roll, open top cars, motorcycles and, of course, fashion. The College honored him with a Creative Vision Award at the 2011 Scholarship Benefit & Fashion Show.

Roger Wyett

Bio forthcoming.

 

Diane Ziering

Diane Ziering

Diane Delpit Ziering joined the Otis Board of Trustees in 2012, and serves the Educational Planning and Institutional Advancement Committees. She earned a BA from UCLA in Political Science with a minor in Art History, and a JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Although the legal field was an interesting profession, raising a family shifted her attention toward charitable causes that can better the standard of living for people of all ages and backgrounds.  [more...]