Richard Mendelson is the co-managing partner of the downtown Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he is a nationally recognized specialist in transactional real estate, representing real estate private equity funds and public pension funds. He is a voracious reader, and hopes his work with The Book Foundation will encourage others to develop a love of reading.
Dr. Pamela Verady
Dr. Pamela Varady is a Child and Adult Psychologist and sought-after parenting expert. She has appeared as a relationship expert on NBC, Discovery Health Network, The Today Show and Fox TV. Dr. Varady wrote a workbook, 15 Minutes To Sibling Harmony and conducts seminars and Purposeful Parenting Classes throughout Southern California. In addition, Dr. Varady operates Dynamic Learning and Listening Center for children with special needs with her husband, Dr. Jackson Varady and sister, Dr. Jennifer Glasser, who are also psychologists. Pamela lives in Santa Monica with her husband and 16 year old twin boys.
Nick Tucker is one who has been bitten by the visionary bug. The art of taking thoughts, nurturing them, and putting them through a creative process is something Nick finds extremely rewarding. His experience growing up with a mother and father who both suffered from AIDS and drug addiction created an environment that necessitated visions of a brighter future. He put it into practice in a big way when him and his best friend walked from Maine to Southern California trying to get to the core of what the American Dream really is. Now inching ever closer to publishing his first memoir, Nick envisions a future where his stories can inspire a generation to created powerful visions of their own.
Adam Beechen has written for animation series ranging from Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, to Warner Brothers’ Teen Titans, to Cartoon Network’s current hit Transformers: Robots In Disguise, which he produced and helped develop for television. He has written for such DC Comics as Justice League Unlimited, Robin, Teen Titans and Batman Beyond, and created the acclaimed graphic novel Hench. Adam continues his arrested adolescence in Los Angeles with his wife and two dogs.
Cameron Watson has been heralded by The Los Angeles Times as “one of our finest contemporary directors,” and The Wall Street Journal declared his work as “the best in the country.” He began his professional career in New York City studying acting with the legendary Herbert Berghof at the HB Studio and soon landed the starring role in the original production of Horton Foote’s “The Widow Claire” at Circle in the Square. Many years of stage, film and television work followed as Cameron carved a successful career as an actor before launching into directing and filmmaking.
Watson wrote, directed, and produced the independent feature film, “Our Very Own,” starring Allison Janney, Jason Ritter, Cheryl Hines, Mary Badham and Keith Carradine. After garnering major acclaim on the film festival circuit, the movie was bought and distributed by Miramax Films and Ms. Janney received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Coming soon to the small screen is his original series “Break a Hip.”
Last season at The Antaeus Company in Los Angeles was Watson’s highly praised production of Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls.” The Los Angeles Times’ Charles McNulty declared it “great theatre – shatteringly human.” He directed the west coast premiere of “Cock” at Rogue Machine Theatre and “The Savannah Disputation” at The Colony Theatre which was nominated for five LA Ovation Awards and won the LA Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Ensemble Performance. Watson’s groundbreaking, multi-racial production of “All My Sons” at The Matrix Theatre Company received the LA Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actress as well as four NAACP Award nominations including Best Director and a win for Best Ensemble Performance. This summer is a major revival of William Inge’s “Picnic” at The Antaeus Company, followed by a world premiere one-woman play about Mary Todd Lincoln starring the legendary Patty Duke at The Colony Theatre.
Share Stallings is a film and TV producer with multiple Emmy nominations and one win for the educational PBS Series Curious George. She is the producer of Curious George 3 for Universal, with the voices of John Goodman and Angela Bassett, due for release in 2015. She also produced the Curious George TV Specials and Seasons 7-9 of the TV series. She was the Producer of Curious George 2, with the voices of Jerry Lewis, Tim Curry and Matt Lauer. Stallings most recent film, Kill Me Three Times, written by James McFarland, directed by Kriv Stenders, and starring Simon Pegg, Sullivan Stapleton and Teresa Palmer, will be in theaters 2015, as well. She has produced three films written by Dean Craig: A Few Best Men, directed by Stephan Elliot, starring Olivia Newton-John and Xavier Samuel; Death at a Funeral (2010), directed by Neil LaBute, starring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence; and Frank Oz’s Death at a Funeral (2007), starring Matthew MacFadyen and Peter Dinklage.
Previously, Stallings was a film executive. As Vice President, Nickelodeon Movies, she supervised Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The Wild Thornberrys Movie and at DreamWorks SKG, she was Head of Development for Animated DVDs, Pre-School Series and Specials, where she supervised Joseph: King of Dreams. Stallings was also Vice President, Frank Oz Productions, and Vice President, Kings Road Entertainment.
Before moving into entertainment, Stallings was a philanthropy professional, serving as Administrator for the Getty and Brody Art Funds at the California Community Foundation and as Director at the Southern California Association for Philanthropy. She was also a high school teacher (with credentials for elementary and secondary schools and a masters degree in education) and was Associate Professor at California State University, Northridge. She continues to volunteer and support causes, which includes being a charter member of Common Cause and a member of the Advisory Committee for The Book Foundation. She is also a member of The Producers Guild, Process Studio Theatre Company and ASCAP.