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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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Morgen Campbell

Artist

Morgen has spent her entire professional career dedicated to music. In her off hours, she serves several artists and musicians as an Audio Engineer out of a studio located in North Hollywood. Aside from this, she also crafts her own music as an artist through vocal production, songwriting, and mixing/mastering. The most recent years of her career have involved the combination of both music and youth collaboration. Morgen served as a Youth Artist Lead for a non-profit organization based in the Inland Empire.

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Tim Roth

Program Coordinator

Tim comes to us with a long history in the visual arts. From his early days in photography when cameras still used film, he not only taught himself the basic concepts of composition, but also the fundamentals of film processing from developing to printing.

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Emily Anderson

Program Manager

Emily joined Million Little as Program Manager in June of 2023. Originally from Tennessee, Emily previously worked in Arts Education throughout the southeast and most recently ran a youth violence prevention program in Fremont, CA.

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Adrienne Santiago

Youth Program Facilitator

Adrienne is an individual who enjoys being human and making things. Whether it be art, crafts, baked goods, or digital content - she believes that the pursuit of making something for the sake of making it is the best feeling in the world. she is driven by creativity, storytelling, engaging with others, and growth. Her tagline is to “create and radiate".

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Christelle Rocha

Youth Program Facilitator

Christelle is a former classroom educator with a passion for empowerment, healing, and creativity within her local and global communities. Although music guided her to pursue higher education, she developed an interest in math and its social impact during community college. While studying Math for Teaching, Christelle raised awareness and organized fellow students around educational injustice, and continued this advocacy as a teacher at her school site and through teaching fellowships.

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Jocelyn Tucker, MA

Program & Curriculum Specialist

Jocelyn has been in the Early Care and Education field for over 25 years. She also is an adjunct faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona University and UC Riverside Extension. From 2013 to 2016, Jocelyn 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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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 was a mentor, colleague, researcher, teacher and friend who recently passed away in 2020. She was an exceptionally valued team member that truly understood the strengths of our students.  She brought her deep knowledge, passion and love to our children and families in a way that will always be remembered.  In light of what she so lovingly gave of herself to Million Little we have chosen to leave her bio up on our website as a reminder of the importance of what one person can do and the difference one can make in the lives of others.  We miss you, Olga. Your teaching and love will forever be in our hearts!

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Michelle Molla, M.S., LMFT

Board Chair

A passionate mental health advocate, Michelle Molla’s professional and personal life reflect her love for children and families in need.  As a mother to three, in addition to fostering three infants exposed in-utero to heroin, she has dedicated her life to advocating for children and families.

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Susan Wood, LMFT

Board Secretary

Susan brings over 25 years of experience and knowledge to the mental well being of children, youth and adolescents most impacted by challenges in their homes and communities.

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Donald Hellwig, CPA

Board Treasurer

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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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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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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Jocelyn Tucker

Board Member

Jocelyn has been in the Early Care and Education field for over 25 years. She also is an adjunct faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona University and UC Riverside Extension. From 2013 to 2016, Jocelyn 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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Ji Ahn, M.A.

Board Member

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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Rosemarie Mollinedo

Advisor

After 10 years of service at East Los Angeles Women’s Center (ELAWC) and 40 years in the field, Rosemarie retired from her position as Clinical Supervisor at ELAWC. She has dedicated her life’s work to working alongside vulnerable families facing the most difficult period in their lives.

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Ijumaa Jordan

Advisor

Ijumaa is a black cis-gendered woman (she, her, hers) daily engaging in the beautiful struggle of life, doing the internal and external work to abolish systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, transphobia, and classism, etc.

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Violet Rymshaw

Advisor

Violet has worked at Journey Out, Los Angeles-based nonprofit that helps victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking as a case manager. With her calm spirit and strong problem-solving skills, Violet has a history of helping people to navigate through tough situations.

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Karen Boublis

Advisor

Karen served as Executive Vice President Human Resources for Datasat Digital Entertainment where she directed all aspects of Human Resources including leadership development, creation of human resources policies and practices, as well as employee health and safety and managing payroll.

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Karen Hellwig, M.N., R.N-B.C

advisor

Karen's 37-year career started when she was a public health nurse with the Los Angeles County Health Department and continued with her tenure as a nursing professor at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif.; during that time she also spent 24 years in home care nursing.

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Jodi Walker

Advisor

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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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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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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Alahna Duplantis

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Ashley Park

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Isabella Landeros

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Timothy Kang

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Donyae Solo

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Victoria Davis

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Isabella Truong

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