Gavin Huntley-Fenner

Gavin Huntley-Fenner received his doctorate in Brain and Cognition Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995 and moved to Irvine in 1996 as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine. Since then, he has been heavily invested in Irvine’s civic life. Dr. Huntley-Fenner has served as a Governing Board Member for the Irvine Unified School District since 2005, including as President in the current year and in 2008-09. Through the years, he has been actively involved in numerous local boards and education-related leaderships groups, including as a founding member of the Irvine Education Partnership Fund, a member of the Irvine Prevention Coalition, a board member of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, and a member of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee.

Deirdre Lovell

Dancer, Choreographer, Actress, Director, Producer, Film maker, Photographer, Arts & Health Science Researcher, Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Globetrotter, Mother, Gardener Chef, Mentor, Arts/Health/Environmental Activist, Warrior. Following a twenty-five year international career in dance performance, pedagogy, theater/film production and arts and business management, Ms Lovell embarked on her fourth career as a holistic bodywork practitioner starting her next entrepreneurial venture Body & Soul Therapies in 2004. Film credits include documentary and art house short films commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain, London’s Jazz FM, Tyne Tees Television, Granada Television, Central Television, Channel 4, La Sept, BBC2 and Central Television.

Retired, Ms Lovell currently lives in New York, impacting her various communities as a business-as-usual disrupter, environmental, health and arts activist, business mentor, wellness consultant to an international client base, and learning to love the creative forces that nurture and shape every aspect of her life.

Kim Nobles

Legal Advisor

Kimberley Chen Nobles is a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group in the Orange County office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. She focuses her practice on representing technology companies worldwide in legal, technical, strategic planning, and intellectual property matters. Her practice covers a variety of business transactions and the protection, management, and monetization of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, dispute resolution, and litigation. Kimberley handles and supports complex litigation and arbitration matters internationally and across the United States.

Michael Eastman

Michael Eastman is a senior sales executive at FieldConnect (Irvine, CA), a developer of mobile software solutions for field technicians and other mobile workers. He earned a bachelors degree in government from Harvard University (1979) and law degree from Harvard Law School (1983). Over the past 30 years, he has worked in a number of roles of increasing responsibility in the computer hardware/software, satellite communications, digital media, and audio/web conferencing.

Noelle White

Noelle White graduated from University of California, Irvine in 2014 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a Minor in Education. In August 2014, Noelle was selected to attend a three week professional workshop in London taught by Dr. S Ama Wray, being one of the founding members of Embodiology®. Noelle served as a research assistant for Dr. Wray in a Dance Therapy Research Study at UC Irvine, where Embodiology®
was implemented for healing purposes for non-dancers. Noelle served on the non-profit Bare Bones Dance Theater committee for 4 years as their Event Coordinator. Currently Noelle serves as an Administrative Assistant to Dr. Wray and Embodiology® along with Assistant Artistic Director and Company Dancer for the non-profit JazzXchange.

Phoenix Alexander

Since completing graduate degrees from the University of California, Irvine’s School of Social Sciences and Claire Trevor School of the Arts, she has worked both in arts/entertainment and insurance/finance, with forays into technological fields. In all positions her abilities to communicate, plan and manage have been paramount. At UCI, she served as a planning analyst, developing capital improvement proposals and strategic plans. She was the guiding force behind UCI’s Library Facilities Master Plan, and her work was instrumental in obtaining State funding for the $35-million Science Library.After working in non-profit arts management in Los Angeles for several years, Dr. Alexander entered the insurance industry, where she served for more than eight years. As VP and chief operating officer of Worksafe Goup, a subsidiary of Mutual Risk Management (MRM), she built and managed an in-house staff of 13 and 20 contract consultants. She currently works as COO and Producer for Mannatee Entertainment, a start-up film production company where she recently produced a comedy short for the national film festival circuit. She also freelances as a writer/editor and dramaturge. Her recent credits include business and strategic plans, scripts, marketing collateral and website copy.

Soledad Taylor

For the past 33 years Soledad Taylor has worked diligently in the financial sector. She is an EA Tax Advisor, licensed to practice before IRS. Committed to giving back she is on the board for two other non-profits besides JazzXchange; both are in the health sector – MRSA and mental health. Additionally, since 2001 she’s remained committed to her church in Orange County – a program that feeds the homeless. Most importantly, Soledad is a mother of 3 children and grandmother of 6.