Who We Are
Musical Miracles is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated sharing the gifts of music, art and dance to underserved youth and supporting them in their dreams to succeed.
Jane Lee, Founder & CEO
Jane Lee is the founder and CEO of Hills Academy, Palos Verdes Children’s Choir, and Musical Miracles. She started Hills Academy in 2010 and has grown the academy to more than 500 students. The PVCC and Musical Miracles were birthed with the passion of giving the arts to students who would never get the chance. She acts as the Executive Director but also continues to teach many of the programs on a day to day basis. Jane Lee continues to contribute to the community through workshops, classes, and performances.
310.784.0100 • JaneLee@MusicalMiracles.org
Sandra Fuchs, Board of Directors
Sandra is a highly experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the accounting, finance, and non-profit organization industries. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success. She received her Bachelor of Science focused in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University. She grew up with art. She studied voice, guitar, and dance for many years as a young girl growing up in Los Angeles, and even sang in choir throughout her primary and secondary education. Her mom was an actress and her parents were avid dancers of the tango and rock n roll. “There was never a shortage of music, dance, and acting in our home. These experiences helped me develop a way to release and share my emotions, good ones and sad ones. To me, music is life! I am so proud to be part of the Musical Miracles family, and look forward to helping share with other young people that may never have an opportunity to discover the beauty, strength, and creativity of music, dance, and art.”
310.784.0100 • SandraFuchs@musicalmiracles.org
Chinyarai Hamilton, Board of Directors
Chinyarai Hamilton grew up in Pasadena, California and now resides in the Southbay of Los Angeles where she finds joy in making positive contributions to her community through her involvement with local non-profit organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University, and went on to pursue a Master of Business Administration in Marketing Research and Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She has always had a passion for visual and performing arts. As a child, she enjoyed taking classes in dance, art, photography, various musical instruments, and choir. She is very happy to be a part of Musical Miracles and to help create those wonderful experiences for others.
310.784.0100 • ChinyaraiHamilton@musicalmiracles.org
Mary Chung, Board of Directors
Mary (Miree) Chung was born in Korea and is lives in Manhattan Beach, CA, where she still feels like a tourist at the beach. She studied Journalism at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, and obtained an MBA from GSB, University of Chicago. Although her professional background is in accounting and corporate finance, she has a love of music and strongly believes in its intrinsic power. She feels honored and excited to be a part of Musical Miracles, by which she is inspired by compassionate and the sharing of love through music and the arts. “I look forward to working together with the people of MM to bring and witness amazing musical miracles among us.”
630.456.8899 • MireeChung@musicalmiracles.org
Noriko Sato Ward, Board of Directors
Noriko grew up with music in her life. Growing up in the suburbs of NYC, she had season tickets to the NY Philharmonic and saw many Broadway musicals multiple times (a favorite remains to be Rogers & Hammerstein’s The King & I!). She studied Government and Studio Art at Smith College in Northampton, MA, and obtained an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has been a dedicated volunteer for educational nonprofits over 20 years and she is honored and excited to be a part of Musical Miracles.
310.784.0100 • NorikoWard@musicalmiracles.org
Emile Mack, Board of Directors
Emile was an orphan in Seoul, Korea and adopted by an African American family from South Central Los Angeles. Gangs and violence were an everyday part of his young life. As he struggled in this environment, his mother enrolled him into the USC Music Preparatory Division to learn piano, where his love of music was born. He later played the viola in junior and high school orchestra. Still later in life, he began singing with the Hills Ensemble with his wife. Their daughter shares their love for music playing the piano, drums, and singing in a choir. Emile is retired from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) where he rose up through the ranks to serve as second-in-command of the LAFD. He created the LAFD’s 20-year strategic master plan and was brought in by the Mayor to lead numerous City, County, State, Federal, and NGO’s in preparing the LA region for thousands of Katrina evacuees. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presented Emile with the “Spirit of Los Angeles” award as a leader who best embodies the spirit and determination of Angelinos. He was recognized and appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the State Board of Fire Services. He was part of City leadership that led during the uncertain hours and days following 9-11, later to meet with Presidents Bush and Obama. Inasmuch, Emile appreciated those that worked with him in numerous endeavors that touched the lives of others. He works tirelessly in the community and enjoys working with people doing the seemingly impossible.
Junah Kim, Board of Directors
Junah Kim cherishes the positive influence of the arts throughout her childhood and is now excited to share them with as many children as possible. Whether it is singing, dancing, an instrument, or the visual arts, she believes exploring the creative side of the mind is integral to developing a happy, healthy child.
Kara Lanham Jassy, Board of Directors
Kara Lanham Jassy has been practicing law for 20 years; she is a shareholder at the law firm Littler Mendelson, PC. She comes to Musical Miracles as she simultaneously discovers the magic of the arts, music and singing for herself and her two daughters. “Everyone should have a piece of this pie!”
Dario Griffin, Teacher
Dario is a Musician/Photographer, and general connoisseur of sorts who hails from Los Angeles. He is versed in various types of music, but specializes in finger style guitar. He’s studied at the Thornton School of Music with Jim Smith, Pepe Romero, and the LAGQ. He enjoys working on various projects from folk to various Brazilian styles. When not performing or teaching you can find Dario photographing around the city, running Black Market Supper Club, or playing hockey.
323.541.3450 • JDarioGri30@gmail.com
James Yoshizawa, Teacher
James Yoshizawa is a versatile drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles, CA with a BM in Percussion Performance from California State University, Long Beach. While a student, he received the PAS Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship, the Fine Arts Affiliates Scholarship, and the Komaroff Scholarship. Since graduating, he has been an active performer and educator in Los Angeles and around the country. Some recent, noteworthy engagements include a 3-month run as the percussionist and bodhran soloist in the touring production of the Broadway musical, “Come From Away,” a guest performance with the band NYCO accompanied by the Alabama Symphony in Birmingham, AL, and the recording of all the percussion tracks for an upcoming show at Tokyo Disney. He has also been a guest artist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival since 2013. As an educator, he maintains a private lesson studio and has taught at many nationally acclaimed high school percussion programs around Southern California.
626.375.4151 • JYoshizawa@Yahoo.com
Christina Wilson, Teacher
Christina is a Los Angeles based vocalist, composer, and arranger. As a performer, she can be heard with Folk/Americana group Honey Whiskey Trio and a cappella quintet HIVE. She is a former member of the choral ensemble Vox Femina Los Angeles. Additionally, she is part of the Vocal Faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, and teaches voice, beginning piano, and choir classes a Hills Academy of Music, Art & Dance.
424.327.2663 • ChristinaWilson86@gmail.com
Suzanne Gibson, Teacher
Suzanne was born in Preston, England. She moved to Torrance, California as a young child with her family, and has made the South Bay home for over 35 years. Attended San Francisco State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design & Housing. After graduation, Suzanne returned to the South Bay and established her Fine Art & Interior Design business. She works in a variety of mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor, mosaics, pastel, collage, sculptured papers and colored pencils. Suzanne’s educational focus is to bring art to all students, regardless of skill, experience, or financial situation. Suzanne also provides instruction for Girl & Boy Scouts, local school and community organizations, Camp Teresita Pines, Wrightwood. She is a contributing artist and active docent for various local art organizations, including Adventures in Art, Gateway to Art, Young at Art and Art’s Alive and a founding artist for the ArtGAP. In 2012, Suzanne expanded her art instruction and launched the ArtGAP, a non-profit art education program. The outreach of the ArtGAP brings art experiences to schools in Lennox, Los Angeles, San Pedro, Palos Verdes, and the Parks and Recreation Art Program in Manhattan Beach. She just completed an art installation at the Madrona Marsh and will be teaching some of their Summer Camp Programs in 2018. Suzanne has just teamed up with 15th Street Elementary in San Pedro to manage a school mural and beautification project, led by one of their 1st grade teachers.