INTRODUCING FIVE NEW BOARD MEMBERS

 


MILES BENICKES
Miles Benickes retired from the financial services industry in April 2019 after a 43-year career managing the trading and underwriting of municipal bonds.  He often provided commentary on the municipal bond market for KNX radio in Los Angeles and contributed to numerous publications including The Bond Buyer trade periodical.  He also appeared on CNBC to discuss the California municipal bond market.  He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Bond Dealers Association of America. 

Miles and Joni have been active supporters of Center Theatre Group since 1994.  They were the Founders and Co-Chairs of CTG’s Artists and Educators Forum, a support group dedicated to encouraging new works and engaging new audiences.  They are major supporters of CTG’s annual Block Party which brings the work of smaller intimate theatres in Los Angeles to a broader audience at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.  Miles has been a member of CTG’s Board of Directors since 2013.  He served as the Chair of CTG’s Institutional Marketing and Communications Committee for four years.  Miles is currently a Vice President of the CTG Board and serves on the Finance, Audit and Executive Committees.
Miles is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of The Fountain Theatre, one of the leading intimate theatres in Los Angeles.  The Fountain has presented diverse work by both established and new artists since its founding in 1990, including the west coast premieres of Pulitzer Prize winners Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok and Between Riverside and Crazy, by Stephen Alan Gurgis. 
Miles has been on the Board of Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) since 2017.  He currently Co-Chairs BMP’s Development Committee, the Equity and Justice Committee and the organization’s Strategic Planning Task Force. 
Miles was the President of Arcola Pictures Corporation and currently manages the activities of the successor DBA of Arcola Pictures which has proprietary interests in such motion pictures as Mutiny on the Bounty, Move Over Darling, Tony Rome, Lady in Cement and The Detective as well as the Daniel Boone television series. He is an Executive Producer of the documentary Scotty, The Secret Life of Hollywood which was released theatrically in July 2018.  He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West.
Miles was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated with a BFA from the UCLA Film School in 1968. He and his wife, Joni, have four children, Erika, Allyn, Torrie and Jason — all avid theatergoers and arts lovers. They have three grandchildren, Hailey, Greer and Alex. He moved his primary residence to Indian Wells in the spring of 2022 where he enjoys tennis (he met his wife while giving her tennis lessons), pickleball, biking, travelling, and spending time with his family.




LORNA FITZGERALD
Lorna joined the Capital Group in April 2005 after having held a number of leadership positions in the technology industry and after a career in academia prior to that. She joined Capital Group as a VP in Capital Group's North American Distribution team with oversight for building a Market Research & Insights function. Before Capital, she worked for Intel where she held positions in market research and marketing strategy management. Prior to Intel, Lorna held research, market communications and brand management posts at IBM, Toshiba, Xircom, and was on the undergraduate and graduate faculty in Cornell University's Colle of Arts and Scienes.
She holds a doctorate from Princeton University and graduated with distinction as an Honorific Fellow with awards for academic achievement and excellence. Her thesis was on the topic of human information processing and attitude change. Her undergraduate degree is from Wellesley College. Her current passion is in developing a program of custom research and insights to address Capital Group's enterprise products and other business questins. She also has keen interests in brand strategy in applying principles of attitude change and cognitive biases to business challenges. 
Lorna resides in South California on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, where she is involved in non-profit leadership efforts that benefit LA's surrounding communities and beyond. Lorna's favorite past times include family, friends, tennis and travel.






ANN EHRINGER
Ann Ehringer has served as an independent outside director on the boards of over forty companies across a wide range of private and public, and non-profit organizations, with revenues ranging from then under $1 million to over $1 billion. Her current active directorships include two private companies and two non-profit boards (including the Roski School of Art and Design of the University of Southern California).
Her business experience includes 24 years as sole owner of the iconic restaurant, Saddle Peak Lodge, which in 2007 was awarded one of L.A.’s first Michelin Stars. She sold the popular restaurant in late 2016.
Ann’s teaching experience includes five years as a Visiting Professor at the School of Business Studies, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland; following six years as full-time associate professor of entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. She also then was Director of USC’s Family Business Program.
Her education includes a Ph.D in management (University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business); MA in arts and education (Stanford University); BA in art history (University of Hawaii); and post-graduate diplomas in executive development/coaching (Hudson Institute); in owner/president management (Harvard Business School); and in real estate development.
Ann also has been honored with a Doctor of Business degree from the Graziadio Graduate School of Business at Pepperdine University. She is also the author of Make Up Your Mind: Entrepreneurs Talk about Decision Making, 1995, Merritt Publishing, and numerous articles of entrepreneurial decision-making.
annehringer@gmail.com





EMORY RON MYRICK
My family moved to Los Angeles in the late ‘50s. We migrated from Atlanta Ga. to be reunited with my father who had moved here the year before. Unfortunately, my parents' marriage didn't last and my mother, two sisters and I found ourselves abandoned here. My mother decided to make a go of it as a single parent with three children and I couldn't be more grateful that she did. Growing up here in L.A. was quite a contrast from the south in the late ‘50s and ‘60s. Though we had some hard times my mother made sure that we were loved and well cared for. She was also an inspiration for me as I pursued my lifelong dream to become an artist. No matter where we lived or where I attended school, art was my passion. 

I graduated from Manual Arts High located in south central L.A. in 1969. I then spent a year in Los Angeles City College (LACC) before transferring to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ca. It was there that I started to blossom and come to life as an artist. In 1973 I graduated with a BFA in life drawing. I wasn't sure what path my career would take when unforeseen circumstances brought me back home to support my family during a minor crisis. That led me to look into a training program that was started at the animation studio named Filmation. My degree was in life drawing, but I had a natural affinity for animation. Within three short years I advanced from the lowest position in the studio to that of a junior animator. The list is so long of the various TV series, movies, and commercials that I've worked on I won't bore you with those details. I have included some of the most recent in my resume. 
As a young man I fathered two sons with my first wife, but none with the second. I have one grandson who recently graduated from high school. I retired in 2020 during the pandemic, but shortly after that, projects started coming in and the phone hasn't stopped ringing. I consider myself an active senior retiree with a lot of fire still under the hood and gas in the tank. As I said from the start art and culture have been my passion all my life. When I discovered the Master Chorale, I felt that I had found a home with like-minded people crossing all ages, backgrounds, and culture that I could instantly bond with. It would be my pleasure to join the board of the Master Chorale and aid others to find the happiness, and peace of many voices united together to bring joy to the world.





LISA D. RICHARDSON
Lisa Richardson is the President and CEO of Rise Communications LLC., a values-driven media and marketing firm that designs campaigns for clients who drive cultural, civic, educational, and philanthropic change. Rise strategizes to accelerate clients' business growth and develops narratives that influence transformative public policy in California and the nation.
Before founding Rise, Lisa was the director of marketing and communications for Hueston Hennigan LLP, a leading boutique law firm headquartered in Los Angeles known for high-stakes, high-impact litigation. Developing media strategy for trials and high-profile matters of public import is a Rise specialty.
Before joining Hueston Hennigan, Lisa was a long-time journalist at the Los Angeles Times. While there, she worked as a news reporter and feature writer before joining the Times editorial board, where she helped determine the newspaper's position on state, local, national, and international issues. A Native of Boston, Lisa holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College, and studied Spanish literature, art, and politics at the universities of Granada and Salmanca. Against significant local pressure, she remains a Boston Celtics and New England Patriots fan.
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