Tracy Albert, Retired Former Head of Investment Banking for Deloitte Touché, Philanthropist, Photographer
Sherrie Berger is a photography consultant with a background in photography, art, and business. She has extensive experience in entertainment, high-end celebrity portraiture, fine art photography, production, editing, marketing and public relations. In addition to teaching and inspiring photographers, Sherrie continues to consult with private clients on photography events, such as The Lucie Awards, and PopArt Photo Show, on exhibitions, and with individual photographers on the presentation of their body of work and overall career trajectories. She conducts portfolio reviews at the Palm Springs Photo Festival, LACP’s Exposure Festival, and in New York during Photo Expo and is a member of the jury on several international photo competitions. Her career began at ABC television where she led the west coast network photo department, overseeing a team of publicists, photographers, producers and editors. Subsequently, she joined Corbis, one of the world’s leading international stock and syndication agencies, where she continued to work with the industry’s most talented photographers. Sherrie graduated with honors from UCLA’s fine art department with a degree in Art and Photography. She returns to her alma mater as a requested speaker in various classes and has participated in alumni entertainment mentoring events. Sherrie, a board member at LACP, is a contributor to APA National’s online Inspiration website, and a member of the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild of America.
William Broder, CPA PFS, Business and Wealth Manager and Photographer
Julia Dean is a photographer, educator, writer, and executive director/founder of the Los Angeles Center of Photography. She began her career as an apprentice to pioneering photographer Berenice Abbott. Later, Julia was a photo editor for the Associated Press in New York. She has traveled to more than 45 countries while freelancing for numerous relief groups and magazines. Her extensive teaching experience includes 38 years at various colleges, universities and educational institutions including the University of Nebraska, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Santa Monica College, the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Photographic Workshops, Oxford University and the Los Angeles Center of Photography.
For the past 20 years, Julia has concentrated on street photography around the world. For the past 10 years, street shooting in downtown Los Angeles has been her primary focus. In 2015, her work was selected for a book published by Acuity Press and PDN magazine featuring 20 street shooters around the world. Julia and her work was also featured in Digital Photo Pro and Black & White Magazine UK in 2017. Two additional articles were published in 2019 about Julia and her work in Street Photography Magazine.
Julia received a Bachelor of Science degree in photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts degree in journalism at the University of Nebraska, and is the author/photographer of the award-winning children’s book, A Year on Monhegan Island.
Ken Deemer has spent his career coaching and mentoring entrepreneurial leaders. As an executive coach, he works with leaders and teams to help them achieve breakthrough performance. As a venture capitalist, he has more than 25 years of experience investing in and serving on the boards of several dozen companies where he has advised the CEOs on strategy and leadership. Ken served as General Partner of Interven Partners and was Co-Founder, Chairman, and President of the Tech Coast Angels, (www.techcoastangels.com), one of the largest and most active angel investor groups in the country.
As a philanthropist, Ken co-founded and served as Chairman of Los Angeles Social Venture Partners (www.lasvp.org) a group of business professionals who contribute their time, money, and expertise to help nonprofits expand their capacity and impact. He serves on the boards of Environmental Charter Schools and the Los Angeles Center of Photography and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach.
Earlier in his career, he was a co-founder of a direct marketing company, marketing manager of a computer peripherals company and a systems engineer with Hughes Aircraft Company.
Mr. Deemer holds BS degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA, with distinction, from Carnegie-Mellon University. He holds coaching certifications (PCC) from the Co-Active Coaches Training Institute and Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching and a Directors’ Training Certification from UCLA. His wife, Candy, is an author and executive coach. They have three sons.
Michelle Elkins held various roles of increasing responsibility at a large multi-national conglomerate. Her expertise stems from over twenty years of experience in all aspects of information technology, including executive decision support, large-scale project management, continuous process improvements, disaster recovery, business continuity, P&L control, budgeting, vendor contracts, and staff management. She has consistently applied her focus on technology innovation and best-practice operational structures to contribute significant value and ROI in key leadership roles.
Michelle management experience as a former technology executive enabled her to provide strategic and process skills to many non-profit organizations which are core to her values. Those organizations have included technology, STEM mentoring, diversity outreach, community involvement, and addiction recovery organizations. She continues pursuing fine art photography along with a continued dedication in volunteerism.
Michelle Elkins received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Pepperdine University. She also holds certifications in Project Management, Six Sigma and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).
Eric Joseph is a photographer and Executive Vice President of New Business and Product Development at Freestyle Photographic Supplies. Eric graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1985 with a B.A. in Art, Specializing in Photography. With over 30 years of experience in the photographic industry, he has unique access to vast technical resources and always seeks to share important and accurate information with as many folks as possible. Eric travels across the United States leading seminars and workshops related to digital printmaking. The most notable of which is entitled, “The World of Inkjet Paper…The Print Matters!” Speaking at colleges, universities, commercial labs, photo clubs, art centers and professional photographic organizations, Eric teaches digital printmaking with an emphasis on empirical knowledge allowing folks to make informed decisions about their digital output and how to obtain consistent, reliable, repeatable and controllable results.
Negin Nazemi is an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a global law firm that was originally founded in Los Angeles, where she focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactional and governance matters. Negin also has a thriving pro bono practice, providing free legal advice to a wide range of non-profit organizations and in-need individuals who may otherwise be unable to afford legal representation. She also serves on the board of Pasadena Heritage, a non-profit that works to identify, preserve and protect the historic, architectural and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena. Negin received both her bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Chicago. She currently lives in Pasadena, California.
Lori Ordover recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City. In New York, Lori owned a successful real estate marketing and sales company, where she worked on numerous residential developments across North America.
Currently, Lori focuses on Photography and Philanthropy. Lori serves on the Board of Trustees of Los Angeles Center of Photography, The International Center of Photography in New York City, and Penumbra Organization.
Lori’s passion for photography started when her father, the inventor of the digital watch and a lover of technology, bought her the Konica camera in the early 70’s. He imbued her with an interest in technology and gave her confidence to be curious and not fear failure. As a result, in her basement darkroom, Lori has always felt comfortable creating many styles of images using various film types, alternative processes, exposure modes as well as different development techniques. This practice continues today as Lori explores innovative ways to capture and process her work.
After graduating from the International Center of Photography Continuing Education Program in 2014, Lori earned recognition from multiple organizations including: The International Fine Art Photography Awards, The International Photography Awards for Street Photography, The New York Center for Photographic Art, and South x Southeast Magazine.
Lori’s work was previously exhibited at (Le) Poisson Rouge Gallery, Umbrella Arts Gallery, Handwright Gallery, South x Southeast Gallery and selected to be a part of the International Center of Photography #ICPConcerned exhibit.
Aline Smithson is a visual artist, editor, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, her work is influenced by the elevated unreal. She received a BA in Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Allen Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a career as a New York Fashion Editor working alongside some the greats of fashion photography, Aline returned to Los Angeles and her own artistic practice.
She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Shanghai, Lishui, and Pingyqo Festivals in China, The Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections and her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.
Aline is the Founder and Editor- in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography. She has been an educator at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001 and her teaching spans the globe. In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community and also and she received the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2014 and 2019, Aline’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50.
In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Aline to a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition. In the Fall of 2018 and again in 2019, her work was selected as a finalist in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2019, Kris Graves Projects commissioned her to create the book LOST II: Los Angeles that is now sold out. Her books are in the collections of the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, among others. With the exception of her cell phone, she only shoots film.