Boardmember Biographies

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Boardmember Biographies 2019-01-28T23:21:12+00:00


Michael H. Cook, Esq., is a partner and co-chair of the Health Care Group at the law firm of Liles Parker PLLC in Washington, DC. Michael practices law in the area of health care, and during his more than 40 years of practice has headed the DC office health care practices of several major national and international law firms. Michael has also served as an advisor on health care policy to the campaigns of candidates for national and state political office and has lectured and published extensively in the area. He currently serves of the Boards of the Center for Public Service and Scholarship at Shenandoah University, the Political Science Department of Temple University, and the Osteoporosis Foundation, and was appointed by the current Governor of Virginia to serve on the Board of the Department of Medical Assistance Services – the Department that administers Virginia’s Medicaid program.

Professor Robert C. Fellmeth, AB Stanford U., JD Harvard U., Price Professor of Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Institute since 1989, Board of the National Association of Counsel for Children since 1998 (President 2010-12), Secretary-Treasurer of the Partnership for America’s Children currently, Board of Public Citizen since 1994, former State Bar Discipline Monitor 1987-92, litigation re child rights (25 published appellate cases), legislative advocacy and sponsorship of child related statutes 1988-present, author of the law text Child Rights and Remedies (Clarity, 3d edition, 2013).

Glen L. Friedman, President and Founder, Ideas & Solutions! Inc.  Recognized as a Cable Pioneer, Friedman has participated in the evolution of the entertainment industry. From satellite TV to streaming apps on a mobile phone, Mr. Friedman has helped shape how consumers, literally, view Hollywood. For over three decades, Friedman has been on the forefront of major media change with his key involvement in the launch of DIRECTV, XM Satellite Radio, High Speed Internet, television for mobile devices, mobile content measurement and other important technological advances. As Principal of Ideas & Solutions! for the past 20+ years, Friedman has thought outside the box as a consultant. From start-ups to huge conglomerates – including long-running, multiyear engagements with such companies as DIRECTV, Fox, Discovery and the Saban Capital Group – his insights into marketing and business strategies, as well as the rapidly evolving trends in technology, have been crucial to his clients’ success. Glen Friedman has a B.S., Management and Organizational Behavior from Babson College. He completed the Executive Management Program, University of Denver.  He is active with many non-profit organizations and was awarded the Inspiration Award from Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles for outstanding commitment to youth and families.

Gabrielle G. Gallegos is the Director of IT Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. Gabrielle has held a variety of government and private sector positions including General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources for Indian Motorcycle Company; Head of Business Law at Brett & Daugert, LLP; and Counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice. Gabrielle worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children in Caroline County, Maryland, and has extensive experience serving on non-profit boards focused on health policy and provision of healthcare services. Gabrielle holds an A.B. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Brian Gray, CPA , is a partner at Gursey | Schneider LLP, Brian specializes in income tax planning, annual tax return filings and audit defense for businesses and their owners. Brian has extensive experience working with high net worth individuals and their estate planning attorneys to design and implement tax efficient estate plans. Brian is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting from University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Gursey | Schneider LLP, Brian held positions as a tax director at a national accounting firm and as director of finance and tax for a family office.

Gary Levine is a digital marketing consultant whose agency, WSIWebMark, has been defining and implementing digital marketing strategies for businesses and not-for-profit organizations since 2003. Gary began his career applying information technologies to improve businesses as a systems engineer for IBM in 1976. He was a successful executive with organizations including Wang Laboratories, Simpact Associates, and IKON Office Solutions, before becoming the Chief Information Officer of credit card processing company Card Systems Solutions. He holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University. He lives in the Washington, DC, area.

Tracy Mazuer is an independent executive producer, writer and director who has produced hundreds of hours of content for most major broadcast networks as well as top-tier cable outlets. She holds a B.S. in Journalism and an MAed specializing in urban youth and autobiographical writing. She and her husband are the adoptive parents of a foster teen.

Peter Samuelson, Co-Founder and President of First Star, and CEO of PhilmCo Media llc, Mr. Samuelson is a serial pro-social entrepreneur. In 1982 he co-founded the Starlight Children’s Foundation; by 1990 the positive psychological impact of Starlight seeded his next pro-social endeavor, Starbright World, co-founded with Steven Spielberg. 1999 saw the formation of First Star, 2005 EDAR Everyone Deserves a Roof, and 2013 saw him launch ASPIRE, the Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment. In the midst of all this Peter has produced 26 films and raised four children. Educated at Cambridge and the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, Peter resides in Los Angeles with his wife Saryl, and continues to fight every day for those less fortunate, chief among them America’s abused and neglected children.

Adrien Sebro has worked as a mentor for the First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy for foster youth in Greater Los Angeles since 2012. He now serves as the Program Coordinator of the academy. He graduated with his BA in Women’s Studies from UCLA, his MA in African American Studies from Columbia University IRAAS, and is currently a 2nd Year Ph.D Student in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA.

Vince Thompson lives in Los Angeles and helps First Star with communications, partnerships and donor engagement. He’s lead sales organizations for AOL and Facebook, is a best-selling management author and has served as a startup company CEO and a public company board member. In addition to his work for First Star he invests and consults with his firm Middleshift. Thompson holds a degree in communications from USC and an MBA from Pepperdine University.