GREG LUCAS – TREASURER, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - GIVE A BEAT
Greg is the Director of Development for the world famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He has over 15 years in the creative industries, developing brand partnerships and activations to leverage pre-event marketing initiatives, on-site media and post-event rich content distribution to maximize ticket sales and exposure for sponsors.
LAUREN SEGAL – PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR - GIVE A BEAT
Lauren was the Founder of NextAid, an LA based organization that harnessed the power of music to support sustainable development projects in South Africa and Kenya. Lauren coordinated over 100 benefit events, organized several benefit CD projects and initiated dozen of campaigns, earning NextAid the role of the leading activist organization in the industry.
Michelle Petruolo – Co-Owner, Program Manager - DanceGruv Radio
A native of Pennsylvania now living in North Carolina, Michelle strives to bring the dance music community together with events that have a charitable sense. She has built strong relationships within this music community to make a positive difference. Michelle also brings with her 30 years of experience working in the financial management sector.
VIRGINIA CHEUNG – VICE PRESIDENT - GIVE A BEAT
Virginia is non-profit development professional who has experience in helping small to mid-sized organizations create and implement fundraising strategies and organizational infrastructure.
ASYA SHEIN – CONTENT, LIFESTYLE MARKETING, EVENT PROMOTION
Asya is the Founder and Publisher of Fusicology.com, the number one source for progressive soul music & culture since 2003. Having attended college in Detroit, Asya is long-time lover of the city and its techno roots.
BEN ANNAND - ARTIST, PROMOTER
From the mid 90’s, LA-based DJ and Promoter, Ben Annand, has been at the forefront of the dance music scene with an array of Tropical events. With nearly 60 events, including warehouse, boat parties, beach parties, campouts, retreats and festivals, Tropical, a nonprofit, has raised over $18,000 to date for other nonprofits, though the bulk of the funds raised has gone to Give a Beat and NextAid (the former organization that was founded and run by Lauren Segal, Give a Beat’s founder and ED).
BROOKE GIEBER - MARKETING AND CREATIVE STRATEGY CONSULTANT
For over 10 years, Brooke has been on the cutting edge of marketing and creative strategy, brand positioning and activations, organizational development, caused based and product marketing, and global communications for numerous companies and nonprofit organizations. Inspired by the natural world, Brooke seeks to engage communities in positive transformation and greater equality for all. Having grown up in Detroit, she has always been a part of the dance music community and is currently based in Michigan. Brooke has been a Give a Beat advisory board member since the organization’s inception.
CHRIS SMITH - ARTIST RELATIONS, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Chris Smith has been one of the most highly regarded pioneers in the house music industry for over 20 years. He is the founder and CEO of Om Records, managing partner at Monarch SF, and founder of Up All Night.
DR. DUSTIANNE NORTH – SOCIAL WORKER, SCHOLAR, ACTIVIST
Her social services work has focused on direct services, as well as training and technical assistance, for programs serving youth and their families in highly distressed situations (youth in poverty, foster care youth, youth on probation, homeless and runaway youth, children of prisoners).
Jessica is a dynamic and energetic contributor to the cultural vibrancy of niche communities across the country. First in Chicago in the ‘90s, then in New York Cityand South Beach Miami beginning in 2004, she’s put on multifaceted events with nightclubs, beach bars, restaurants, retailers, nonprofits, museums, art galleries, theater companies, and cultural sites.
JIM TREMAYNE – EDITOR IN CHIEF - DJ TIMES MAGAZINE
Since 1991, Jim Tremayne has been the Editor of DJ Times, America’s first monthly magazine for professional DJs. He joined the publication in 1990 and, since then, has written, edited and assigned hundreds of stories on DJs, clubs, events and equipment/technology. Since 1990, he’s been a principal organizer of The DJ Expo—America’s largest and longest-running DJ convention/exhibition.
Josh Weiss – Founder & Chief Information Officer, L.A. Creative Technologies // Co-Founder & DJ, Subsuelo
Josh is a former radio technician who’s always been passionate about technology applications within creative fields. He’s constantly looking for new ways to connect both worlds so they complement and strengthen each other. In his (not-so-copious) spare time, he also co-founded and continues to run and DJ for L.A.-based music collective Subsuelo.
KURT KNEPPER – PUBLIC DEFENDER
The Law Offices of Kurt M. Knepper has handled numerous cases across Southern California, and proudly represents the accused. Kurt's track record includes numerous charges being reduced or dismissed, and he is passionate about providing diligent representation for his clients. He understands the severity of a criminal charge, and he aggressively defends his clients.
Lynn Tejada - Founder, Green Galactic
Now in its 23rd year, Green Galactic (GG) was established in Hollywood, California in 1993 based on its founder’s passion for her hometown music, Detroit Techno. GG provides consulting and publicity services to a delightful array of mind-blowing and soul-touching arts & culture clients that frequently blur the lines between fine art and popular culture.
MARISSA GUZMAN – SINGER SONGWRITER, PRODUCER, DJ, LABEL OWNER, AND EVENT PRODUCER
Marissa is a Detroit native, has over 15 years in the industry, and is actively working on international collaborations with leading South African house music artists.
MARLON KRIEGER - PHOTO JOURNALIST, DOCUMENTARIAN
Marlon is a documentary photographer and visual storyteller published in the United States, Europe and Latin American. He has been working projects centered on education, indigenous rights and women’s issues.
NICKODEMUS DESIMONE - MUSICIAN, CONTENT CREATOR, STORY TELLER
From being a resident DJ in the early days of Giant Step & Organic Grooves, to DJ & producing the Turntables on the Hudson parties since 1998, Nickodemus has been a steady force on the music scene for over 15 Years. He has traveled the world as a DJ since he was 18 years old.
SEAN WILSON - GIVE A BEAT PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
As a member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Sean recently joined the Give a Beat team to spearhead our entrepreneur mentorship program. He earned an Associates Degree in business management and liberal arts as valedictorian while incarcerated. His TED talk in 2014 entitled “Fear” explores the trials and tribulations of his life and how every person has the potential to reinvent themselves.
TOMAS PALERMO – DIGITAL MUSIC SPECIALIST, JOURNALIST
Tomas has over 25 years of extensive writing and editing background for publications including XLR8, Bandcamp, SF Weekly, SF Bay Guardian, and URB Magazine.