Josh loves Highland Park. He also loves kids. Before becoming a pastor he was a behavioral therapist for 6 years working with children with Autism ranging from ages 4-18. He also lived in East Africa teaching at a Bible Institute. Since returning to the states he and his wife started Antioch City Church in Northeast Los Angeles. He currently serves at President of the Highland Park Advisory Board, coaches Baseball at the Rec Center, and is the faith based voice within the community. Josh will be in charge of community fundraising and business partnership. He will also serve the program as an operations advisor, helping to oversee and guide the forward progress of AMP. He is husband to Sarswatie Buck and father to two little girls; Aahana (3) & Anaia (2).
Recently moving to Los Angeles with his wife, Cameron has a degree in
Music Therapy and over 6 years experience working with youth in and out
of the special needs community. He is highly adaptable, a calming force
in the room, and works exceptionally well with kids--especially those on
the fringes. After directing the AMP Summer camp in 2014, Josh brought
him on staff to develop the program and run operations. He will be
recruiting and directing mentors, planning activities, and running the
day to day of AMP. He and his wife Ali are expecting their first child January 2016.
Joanna and her husband Robert adopted two kids from the L.A. foster
system. They love kids and Joanna is around them 24/7. As a school
manager for LAUSD she has immense experience in working with the youth
in this area. She is competent in administration, conflict resolution,
and parent/child relations.
Braven lives with his wife and 3 kids in Hermon. With a background in corporate branding and design strategy, Braven is La Visual’s founder and leader. In addition to being an award-winning Creative Director and serial entrepreneur, he has helped design and launch several successful LA tech startups and is active in the Los Angeles community. He applies these skills in leadership towards AMP and help keep the arts program up to professional standards.
Daniel Andalon has dedicated his career to government and community affairs. Working in all levels of government in different capacities, including working with some of most prominent elected leaders in the City of Los Angeles, including Mayor Villariagosa and City Councilmembers Huizar and Reyes, where he focused his efforts in representing, organizing, and addressing policy issues for each of those offices respectively. He has taken on initiatives that include healthcare advocacy and education issues, labor organizing, environment and education, among other social issues that impact quality of life for the residents of Los Angeles County.
Jefferson is a filmmaker who lives in South Los Angeles. With a broad background in all types of production, Jefferson along with his business partner, Dathan Graham, started Signpost Films in early 2016. Jefferson has worked in both the commercial and non-profit worlds with clients including Red Bull, Discovery Studios, Truck Accessories Group, Union Rescue Mission and many others. His love for the city drives him to pastor at Cornerstone South LA and run LoveLA, a summer camp program for 100 inner city kids. Jefferson and his wife Shannon have been foster parents since 2009 and have adopted 4 beautiful children out of that system. Their extensive training and experience continue to spur them on to mentor other foster parents and advocate for children in the foster system.
Alessandro has always loved film.
In 2000, Gentile received his Bachelors Degree in Film Studies from the U.C. Santa Barbara. Gentile then choose to polish his cinematography skills at the University of California at Los Angeles where he spent two years concentrating on lighting, composition, camera movement, and HD video capture. Post graduation, Gentile has shot numerous Independent and commercial film productions in the States and abroad. Clients include Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Nike, Fujikura Golf, City of Huntington Beach, PopTV, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Destination America, and MYX TV.