Board of Directors


Shelly Bern


Shelly Bern has been a CPA for 30 years in the Los Angeles area. He is associated with many professional and charitable organizations: Kiwanis, San Fernando Counseling Center, Valley Cultural Center, Woodland Hills Theater, The Music Unlocks Success In Children, Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce

Ruth Ause

Vice President

Ruth Ause earned a B.S. in Business Administration Accounting from California State University Northridge. She is a Financial Software Consultant and CPA with over 25 years of experience. She currently works as a consultant for the firm DLC. Ruth worked for Nestle USA for 19 years in various accounting and financial system roles. After leaving Nestle USA, she did independent consulting for Nestle Waters and Starbucks Coffee Company. She has volunteered her time and supported the charitable organizations Food on Foot, Lutheran Social Services, Kiwanis, and Operation Gratitude.


Kristin Thibedeau

Executive Dir.

Kristin Thibedeau is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California for more than 38 years. In 1969 Kristen ran a summer teen program for 800 teens in North Chicago. In 1983 she organizes and ran Fun Learning After School Hours (FLASH) an after school program that gave classes in Science, French, Dramatics, etc. that was not available in regular school. In 1987, with 5 other women organized the Redlands Educational Partnership Foundation to supply additional funds to schools. As Vice President she raised $100,000.00 for SATTOS (Science and Technology To Our Students) from a variety of sources. This program is continuing to run after 20 years raising 1 million dollars a year. In 2005, she founded The Music Unlocks Success In Children Foundation to bring music education to Elementary Schools. As fundraiser and executive director she directs the M.U.S.I.C program in a number of LAUSD based elementary schools utilizing the curriculum of Education Through Music (a New York Program serving 2000+ students).
Her vision: The key to an effective country is to invest in children at an early age.

Willy Hostettler

Willy Hostettler


Willy Hostettler graduated with an MS Degree in Electronic Engineering from the College of Technology Zurich Switzerland, and an Executive MBA from UC Irvine. He retired from Ronan Engineering Co. Warner Center Woodland Hills as Executive VP & General Manager, VP Engineering, VP Finance. Currently he is Secretary/Director of Martinez Hostettler, Design & Construction in Pasadena. Currently he volunteers as the Treasurer for The M.U.S.I.C Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Warner Center Foundation Inc.


Robyn Lutsky

Dir. Of Education

Robyn Lutsky is a recently retired education professional. She currently holds three valid California teaching credentials and has most recently served as Founder/Director of three Los Angeles nonpublic schools, schools providing specialized services to students with a range of learning disabilities and significant emotionally-based behavioral disorders

For 25-plus years, Robyn served as a teacher, administrator and policy maker, creating and implementing systems that would aid children with a wide range of learning strengths and weaknesses to reach their cognitive and affective potentials. She got a government book grant to begin a school library...and won 27 commendations from the state of California for the effectiveness of her program and her vision.

Victor Fera

Victor Fera


Vic Fera is a Designer / Illustrator honors graduate of the highly regarded Art Center College Of Design, Pasadena, CA. His training there covered a variety of design disciplines. These range from the design of consumer products to brand and environmental graphics to concept and architectural visualization.

Michael S Matossian

Michael Matossian


Michael Matossian has a Bachelor's in political science from Arizona State University. He is a Senior Personal Banker associate at Wells Fargo, has worked in the banking industry for the past six years. Enjoys meeting the financial needs of all clienteles, and takes great pride in helping and developing fellow team and future team members. "The motto of Wells Fargo is to do what is right for our clients, to do things right the first time, and most of all to follow through with our promises."