Board Bios

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.   

Betsy Chapman

Max 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 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 16 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.

Michele Montano

Michele Montano (Secretary) holds a Master of Landscape Architecture with a concentration in Land Use Planning andGIS from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. She creates interdisciplinary projects focused on community outreach, collaboration and partnership development. Michele is an “out-of-the-box” thinker who enjoys learning, sharing her knowledge and is unafraid of innovation and experimentation. Having decades of management experience, she is flexible, quick on her feet and is a dedicated team player. Her understanding of the importance of interdisciplinary teams and unconventional partnerships helps to create robust and successful projects. Michele’s commitment to the communities she works in is exceptional, she is always first when it comes to sharing knowledge and training.

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.

Michelle Levitt

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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