Board Bios

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Betsy Chapman​

Board Chair

bchapman@calcreative.org

Betsy Chapman (Board Chair) is a parent of two amazing CalCreative alumni. She has a BA in Theatre from the University of New Orleans and also studied at the Summer Theatre Workshop with the Atlantic Theatre Company. Her training began in acting but her organizational and leadership skills led her to thrive in the technical arts . Upon relocating to Los Angeles she worked with several theatre companies including Theatre of NOTE, Circle X, and The Burglars of Hamm as a stage manager, board operator, assistant director, and in other production roles. She has been Bookkeeper and Office Manager for several small companies, including Bon Vivant Events, where she worked for 11 years until they closed. She has volunteered on many boards in several roles, including as Chair of Fundraising and President of Hilltop Nursery School (a co-op in Silverlake), as Parliamentarian, Treasurer, and President of the CalCreative PTA, and as Membership Chair for the Highlands Council of PTAs. She ran the biggest LFCSA fundraiser, the Jogathon, for many years, served on several hiring committees, performed outreach, and wore many other hats within the CalCreative community. She is CalCreative’s biggest cheerleader – literally. Her hobbies include pottery, cooking and reading cookbooks.

 

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Massimiliano Gasparri

(He/Him/His)

Board Vice Chair

mgasparri@calcreative.org

Massimiliano Gasparri (Board Vice Chair) Massimiliano has over 20 years of experience in software product development and operations. He has been working with early stage startups for several years. He is a co-founder of Kr8 Ventures and he is a partner at eCare Manage, Inc. a healthcare technology firm.  He was previously the VP of Technology at Warner Bros., a project lead at Disney, and a software engineer developing some of the first digital video and media management applications. His film credits include Tarzan, Dinosaur, Fantasia 2000, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Atlantis. Massimiliano was also an AP Computer Science teacher and holds 18 patents and 9 pending. He graduated with distinction from Boston University with a bachelor degree in Computer Science. Massimiliano has also a passion for sports: from running marathons, to playing soccer at varsity level, to tennis, to skiing and just recently triathlons (6-time Ironman 140.6 and 70.3 finisher). He has also volunteered as an interpreter for the Boston Athletic Association Press Office and coached Arlington Soccer Club Under 12 team.. 

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Eugene Ebron

Treasurer

eebron@calcreative.org

Eugene Ebron (Treasurer) serves as a CalCreative board member joining in 2023. He has over two decades of work in the educational equity and social justice spaces. His career focuses on operationalizing organizational strategy and leading project management teams for program implementation specific to addressing racial disparities in law enforcement outcomes. Through the use of data, his team uses project management to help communities achieve safer policing outcomes. Prior to his work in the racial justice space, Eugene primarily focused his work with charter school networks that served Black and Brown students from low income, high poverty neighborhoods. He has led strategic planning, process improvement, advocacy, and operations for a six school network. His work helped transform educational outcomes, and significantly closed the historic racial and socio-economic achievement gaps for Black and Brown students. Prior to his work in education reform, Eugene spent time in D.C. with an advisory and advocacy communications firm conducting qualitative and quantitative research focused on corporate reputation and stakeholder engagement. Eugene earned his BA in business from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a MEd in policy studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Michelle Levitt

Secretary

mlevitt@calcreative.org

Michelle Levitt is an experienced strategy manager at HopSkipDrive, where she monitors business operations to ensure students get to school safely. Michelle has a keen eye for data analysis, data visualization and operational improvement, which she also utilizes to provide independent consulting for small businesses across Southern California. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Occidental College and is an 8 year resident of Los Angeles, with prior teaching assistant experience within LAUSD. Outside of work, Michelle teaches contemporary dance to a variety of ages.

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Jessica Ceballos y Campbell

(She/They)

Board Member

Parent Representative

jceballoscampbell@calcreative.org

Jessica Ceballos y Campbell was born and raised in Northeast L.A. A writer, editor, publisher, and community advocate, she has over 20 years of experience working at the intersection of media and literary arts, design, and social justice. Her written work has been published in several anthologies and journals, and she’s published three chapbooks. She’s received fellowships from Fractured Atlas Artist Campaign School; Arts for LA ACTIVATE Cultural Policy Leadership Program where she is currently a mentor; and the Western States Arts Federation’s Emerging Leaders of Color program where she currently sits on the Advisory Committee, and awards from the California Arts Council (CAC); Cal Humanities; The Poetry Foundation; the L.A. Dept. of Transportation; the L.A. Dept. of Cultural Affairs; Poets & Writers, The Mellon Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the L.A. City Council for her multi-disciplinary work in the arts. She has also served as a grant panelist for many years. Her interest in organizing, advocacy, and utilizing the arts for people-centered policy change has both inspired and has been inspired by her work with AmeriCorps, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, and the L.A. Tenants Union, and has been recognized by the State of Alaska, the California State Assembly, and the LA County Board of Supervisors. She’s a proud board member of Women Who Submit, a literary organization fighting for gender parity by empowering women and non-binary writers to submit their work for publication, and she’s the founding director of the poetry library, resource center, and small press, Alternative Field, located at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, where she’s been a regular collaborator of interdisciplinary programming. Jessica is the proud co-parent of a CalCreative Kindergartener!

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Saskia Pallais

(She/Her)

Board Member

Parent Representative

spallais@calcreative.org

Saskia Pallais has 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, education reform, and politics – all in pursuit of brighter futures for children and families. She was part of a team that reformed some of LAUSD’s lowest performing schools and led a variety of family engagement and strategic partnerships programs. She saw firsthand the power of families, teachers and community members working together to enrich schools. She worked to expand a DC charter school from one stand alone high school to two high school campuses and two middle schools. She led community outreach and recruitment programs, accreditation planning, hiring processes and fundraising efforts. Most recently, she managed a college completion program, leading its expansion across Los Angeles and nationally. She measured how after school programs helped level the playing field for first generation college-goers. 
 
Saskia Pallais was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami. She earned her B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Florida and went on to earn her Master’s of Theological and Gender Studies at Harvard University.
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