Our Team

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Our Team

Ji Ahn, MA

Founder/Executive Director

After working as an animator for 8 years, Ji traveled the world to explore her passion for children and art. During her travel, Ji volunteered at orphanages, practiced mindfulness, and explored many different cultures. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she founded Million Little to provide a place where people can heal and transform their lives using the power of creativity. Ji conducted and published her research on The Power of Creativity and Its Potential for Positive Change at three locations in 2013-2014 – a domestic violence center, a local after-school program, and a special education classroom in a public school.

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Zinnia Moreno

Program Manager

After joining her high school's “Careers in Entertainment“ multimedia training program, Zinnia became drawn to storytelling through visual mediums. She then spent several years enrolled in the advanced studies photography program at Venice Arts, a nonprofit providing free arts education and mentorship programming to underserved youth. She began working at Venice Arts while studying at UCLA, where she later received her BA in International Development and African American Studies.

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Sue Choi Bawale, EdD

Facilitator/Researcher

Sue has worked with children and adults focused on early childhood settings for over 30 years across the country in Boston, New York City, Rochester, NY, Oakland and Pasadena, CA. In addition to teaching courses in human development as a core faculty member at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, she has also taught early childhood education courses for National-Louis University in Chicago (online) and local community colleges (San Diego) on an adjunct basis.

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Olga Winbush, PhD

Facilitator/Researcher

Olga is currently a faculty member at Brandman University, where she serves as a University Supervisor mentoring teachers. She has worked as a core faculty member in the Human Development department at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena California. She served as the literacy curriculum consultant for Bridging Resources in Technology and Education After-School program in Pasadena for six years and California First Five Pasadena Collaborative Literacy Project for five years.

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Ji Ahn, MA

Founder/Executive Director

After working as an animator for 8 years, Ji traveled the world to explore her passion for children and art. During her travel, Ji volunteered at orphanages, practiced mindfulness, and explored many different cultures. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she founded Million Little to provide a place where people can heal and transform their lives using the power of creativity. Ji conducted and published her research on The Power of Creativity and Its Potential for Positive Change at three locations in 2013-2014 – a domestic violence center, a local after-school program, and a special education classroom in a public school.

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Cynthia G. Royster

Board Member

Cynthia majored in sociology/criminology at San Jose State University (1979) and had an internship at Green Valley preschool (1978). Her initial passion after graduating was to work with children as a mentor through affiliation with the public school system in low-income communities.

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Jocelyn Tucker, MA

Board Member

Jocelyn has been in the Early Care and Education field for over 20 years. She just completed a 3 ½ year contract with the Los Angeles County-Office of Child Care’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant, and served as the Lead QRIS Consultant on that project.

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Sheetal Gavankar, PhD, MBA

Board Member

Sheetal comes with over 20 years of experience as a journalist, engineer, as well as product and marketing manager, largely focused on the product development initiatives and their marketing. As a Principal at Mitr Consulting, Santa Barbara, California, Sheetal advises businesses on successful development and commercialization of their ideas and innovations.

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Jodi Walker

Board Member

Jodi is the founder and Chief Creative Catalyst for Success Alliances. She is an entrepreneur, award winning speaker, coach and consultant known for her high energy presentations. Jodi was once described by an LA Times reporter as having “seemingly endless energy.” She works with individuals and organizations who want to challenge assumptions, connect the dots and take their business to the next level.

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Donald Hellwig, CPA

Board Member

Donald Hellwig is a graduate of UCLA with a major in Business Administration. Don has been a CFO for many companies, helped start up and fund several non-profits, has served on many corporate Boards, volunteers on many community and religious organizations, and continues his private financial consulting practice for many corporations, trusts, and individual tax clients.

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Michelle Jenab, JD

Advisor

Michelle has practiced corporate law since 2000, starting out in Wall Street law firms in New York City. She received a B.A. in Political Science / International Relations from UCLA and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She has also studied psychology and neuroscience while simultaneously practicing law and plans to pursue a second related graduate degree in the near future.


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Marina Williams

Advisor

Marina is an Ethics Compliance Coordinator at the Capital Group in Los Angeles. Originally from Brazil, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue work in the entertainment industry; leading to several informative roles in Artist Development, Production and Legal at The Walt Disney Company.

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Su Livingston, MA

Advisor

Su is an artist and educator who strongly believes in lifelong development through the arts. She has 30 years of teaching experience. Su taught preschool for 17 years before teaching Early Childhood Education at Santa Monica College for 13 years. During that time she concurrently taught classes for UCLA Extension. She designed Santa Monica College's course 'Creative Experiences for the Young Child; Art Music and Movement', enriched by her life experience as a professional musician and visual artist.

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Elise Tenen-Aoki, JD

Advisor

Elise has been practicing in the field of intellectual property law since 1989. She received her BA from Tufts University and her J.D from Washington College of Law at American University. Elise specializes in developing global trademark strategies to register, use and protect trademark portfolios for technology, entertainment, apparel, pharmaceutical companies, and consumer product companies.

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Jessica Pezzullo

Advisor

Jessica has a passion for helping clients solve their business and marketing problems, she is a natural consultant, calling on her experience as both a client and agency consultant across some of the best blue-chip brands, including Hearst, Ogilvy, Saks Fifth Avenue, ATT, LG, and American Express.

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Bella Williams

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Katie Luo

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Erica Kim

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Brooke Johnston

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Nathan Curtis

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Kruti Dharanipathi

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Ashley Thomas

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