Profile of Directors and Executives
EDWARD R. FRIEDMAN, ESQ. (Board Chair) is the managing partner in the Beverly Hills law firm of Turner Aubert & Friedman, LLP. He received his B.A. degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Law School in Los Angeles. Ed specializes in real estate law and has a very rich history as a patron of the arts. We are very happy to have him on our board.
DAVIDA S. JAMES (Board Chair and Executive Director) is a UCLA alumna, with a degree in English. She also attended the Penn State Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA. Davida spent 20 years in arts management for the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts and the Reichhold Center in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands handling theater budgets of up to $1.2 million, marketing and box office operations. Davida is the founder of Victor Valley Arts, a professional writer of both her own work, and a freelance writer and editor for private clients and several newspapers in the High Desert.
SHARON MORDECAI is a Cal State University alum with a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing and an MBA in Business Marketing from University of Phoenix. Sharon has an extensive career in web design and programming for private clients and major corporations where she supervised entire redesigns of company websites and created original design. Sharon is an avid supporter of the arts and has participated in rowing competitions for years. She has also coached rowing for several girls’ teams.
MARY RAIN, ESQ. is a graduate of State University of New York at Oswego with a B.A. in Public Justice. She earned her Juris Doctorate at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA. Mary recently retired as District Attorney for St. Lawrence County in Canton, New York where she successfully prosecuted several high profile cases that made national news. Her extensive legal career includes working as both a prosecutor and defense attorney with an impressive win record. Mary was also a police officer and taught at the police academy.
LINDA THOMAS is a UCLA alumna, with B.S. in Psychology and a Master’s in Public Health. Linda recently retired from UCLA in 2012 after a prestigious 40-year career in the Chancellor’s Office where she managed operations for the Chancellor’s Communications Services. This office handled dissemination, analysis, distribution and archival of thousands of documents addressed to executives of the university. Linda oversaw the complex process over the decades of changing this from a manual to computerized system. Linda is an avid supporter of the arts and has several subscriptions to Los Angeles theater series.
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