FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / BOARD MEMBER
Wallace Hall is the mastermind behind the Live The Dream Tour Foundation. He is the founder and producer of this amazing non-profit organization. Wallace is a music industry professional with a strong entrepreneurial background having provided artist management services and business consultations for a number of recording artists from nearly all genres in the recording industry. Wallace has 15 years experience working in the entertainment business exclusively and is also a voting member of NARAS, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The GRAMMYs) He was educated at the University of North Carolina where he garnered two degrees in his fields of study, Psychology and Biology. Wallace says that he pulls from his education in psychology everyday because he has to work with so many different personalities and he enjoys seeing the best that people have to offer by encouraging them to push through and maintain a mind that is goal-oriented and geared in the direction of success.
Wallace uses his expertise and vast experience to coordinate and oversee this Foundation from the selection of recording artists and band members, to the logistics side of venue selection and booking, to transportation and accommodations. He also demonstrates his technical knowledge by coordinating sound, lighting, and stage design. His experience is especially helpful for the events and programs of the Live The Dream Tour Foundation.
In addition to Wallace’s expansive wealth of knowledge in the entertainment industry, he wants to use the Live The Dream Tour Foundation as a vehicle to bring education, innovation, experience, inspiration, motivation, encouragement, creativity and excitement to every person that has the chance to partake in our programs and services. He believes that our organization will be revolutionary and will influence unity and healing in our communities.
LTDTF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DR. FAUSTO BARRAGAN - Chair
Dr. Fausto Barragan, Jr. has been an educator for 20 years. He is the first in his family of 10 to graduate from high school and college. His experience in education has been as a bilingual instructional aide, general education teacher, special education teacher and school administrator.
Most recently, Fausto has served as a school principal for the past 12 years. As an educator, Fausto advocates daily for underserved populations. Dr. Barragan works tirelessly to provide the best educational access to LGBTQ youth, students with special needs, students with autism, English learners and students from high-poverty communities. Amongst Fausto’s priorities are to expand the musical and arts experiences available in schools. As a principal, Fausto does not sit behind a desk. For the last 3 years, Fausto has directed Broadway-style musicals to offer arts education to students who would typically not experience music in the school setting.
Dr. B, as students refer to him, is also an avid baker. He recently competed against eight of the country’s best pastry chefs and home bakers on Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship. His appearance on the show has expanded his home baking business and his passion for the culinary arts. Fausto hopes to retire in 5 years to focus on opening a bakery and representing families as a Special Education Rights advocate.
WENDI VAUGHN - Vice Chair
Over 10 years of diversified working experience in education, marketing, and entertainment. Developed strong people management and conflict resolution skills. Creatively communicated messages to stakeholders (students/faculty) and fostered a healthy learning environment even when resources were scarce.
Natural leader able to bring the best performance from my team. Self-motivated and driven. Well-polished organizational, managerial, analytical and interpersonal skills. Love working with people and challenging projects. Great at multitasking. Take direction well and coachable.
Specializes in: Administration, marketing and reputation management, writing, product/service innovations, research, contingency planning. Functional knowledge of Spanish.
SAUL HERRERA - Secretary
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Saul attended U.C. Santa Barbara where he studied Mechanical Engineering and English. Saul worked as an executive assistant for 5 years at Inamed, a large medical device company now owned by Allergan. He left Santa Barbara in 2006 and moved to Chatsworth, California with his college sweetheart and new fiancé. Married in 2007, Saul decided to start his services business, My Friendly Tech.
My Friendly Tech was started with the goal of helping people with the technology that is ever growing and surrounding nearly every aspect of our lives. Saul's clients include small businesses and individuals around the L.A. County area. Services include tech support and lessons for computers, tablets, phones, and many other tech items. Saul has now begun shifting focus from small business support to individual support for websites, smart home technology, apps, and other tech tools that help his clients accomplish their goals in the most efficient way possible.
JULIANA JAI BOLDEN - Board Member
Digital entertainment and media executive Juliana J. Bolden leads the creation of video, written and still photo gallery content for brands like Wells Fargo, the Emmys, the Image Awards, Grey Goose, the Long Beach Indie International Film, Media + Music Festival, and served on the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee Specialty Media team.
The accomplished producer, editor, reporter and communications strategist is lauded for running high quality, yet highly cost-efficient and scalable operations. She began her television/digital career at ABC Family Channel/Disney, working on such long- and short-form programming as the ubiquitous Power Rangers series, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from San Diego State University.
A community leader with various service organizations, Bolden mentors aspiring broadcast journalists for the Associated Press Television-Radio Association (APTRA) Academy, serves as an Advisor for Silicon Beach @USC, and is a featured guest panelist and moderator at industry events.
In 2009, the San Francisco Bay Area native played a key role in building Emmys.com (the Television Academy’s very first consumer-facing website). Later that year, Bolden launched the Emmy Publications video/film production division—wowing viewers with rare, candid, behind-the-scenes moments in the Emmy Bash Photo Splash video series with such stars as Jon Cryer of Two and a Half Men; Breaking Bad faves Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul; Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara and the entire Modern Familyensemble; the beloved Loretta Devine of Grey’s Anatomy; Jon Stewart; Justin Timberlake and more.
Bolden’s teams continued breaking new ground, delivering real-time multi-platform red carpet coverage, exclusive behind-the-scenes series and feature packages for award-winning Emmy magazine, and video footage to such broadcast and online outlets as Access Hollywood and E! News.
Working alongside social media, marketing, corporate sponsorship and more colleagues, she initiated the Academy’s first branded online content production—How to Make the Grey Goose® Emmy—a fun, tune-in driver which features star costume designer Janie Bryant of Mad Men and inspires fans to bring some Governors Ball style and cuisine home to their own Emmy show viewing parties.
“I jumped into the digital arena years ago largely to help our entertainment industry redefine ‘television’ as the programming itself – the content,” Bolden shared, “not just the physical flat screens or ‘TV sets’ that sit in our living rooms.”
She advises students, new graduates and fellow media professionals regularly on ways to shake off their fears of change and prepare themselves to tell stories and entertain consumers on platforms that do not exist on broad, consumer levels yet. Lots of people remain nervous about technological evolution’s effect on audience measurement, advertising revenue and such—and understandably so, she observes.
As storytellers, however, “it’s still our job to be fearless, yet smart while building value for brands and building great content-driven experiences for fans."
A passionate sports fan and advocate for youth fitness, Bolden was honored in 2011 by the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce with the Spirit of the Games Award for her work on behalf of the historic LA Watts Summer Games.
NIKKOLE HALL - Board Member
From the very beginning, Nikkole expressed an accelerated interest in music. At two years old, she would sit down at her favorite toy, a pink baby grand piano and begin playing and belting out original compositions that were surprisingly good.
Nikkole decided to dive into her new-found career path head-first. She is a featured artist and co-writer on the song "You Keep Lifting Me Higher" from “Stay With Me” that reached #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Nikkole has to date recorded four full-length studio albums, “Appearances”, “A Girl Like Me”, “Creolepatra”, and her brand new breakout record, “Hallucinations”. The first two singles, “Gonna Get it Right” and “Zero” have set fire to the Billboard Charts peaking at #20 and #7 respectively. “Hallucinations” has received acclaim from critics across the board and has been a massive breakthrough for this talented diva.
With all of these accomplishments, Nikkole is also a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The GRAMMYs). Her music has been featured in film, television, commercials and soundtracks. In fact, Nikkole has licensed over 48 songs with the MTV Network. Nikkole has toured with and / or shared the stage with many mainstream artists including: Babyface, Boyz II Men, Macy Gray, and countless others. Magazine spreads and articles about Nikkole have appeared in many top publications including Cosmo, where she was chosen as one of America’s Top 10 Fearless Female Rockstars!
Her fans, the “Nikkolediers,” and critics alike know that not only has the singer mastered the art of brilliant songwriting, dynamic and powerful live singing with a charismatic stage presence, but she has mastered making concert goers feel like they are watching her do what she was born to do – PERFORM! Nikkole is extraordinarily vibrant and universal. Jen Swartz at MTV raves, “…from the moment I heard Nikkole’s music, I loved it”.
With so much on the landscape, Nikkole will continue to evolve; because evolution is the gift of the universe.
DR. DEVON BROOKS - Board Member
Dr. Devon Brooks, joined the faculty of the University of Southern California in 1999 and teaches human behavior and research methodology in the M.S.W. program and research methodology in the Ph.D. program.
His research and practice interests generally revolve around the reduction and treatment of child maltreatment, with a focus on racial and ethnic disparities in the permanency and mental health outcomes of children and families served by public child welfare agencies; risk assessment; assessment of formal and indigenous service needs and utilization; transracial adoption and racial matching policy; gay and lesbian adoption and foster care placements; family preservation; and child welfare innovations.
He regularly provides consultation and technical assistance in the area of child welfare and presents at national conferences. He is principal investigator of both "The SPIN Initiative: Evaluation of an In-Home, Strengths and Video Based Intervention for at-Risk Families" and "Enhancing Positive Outcomes in Transracial Adoptive Families Following Implementation of the Multiethnic Placement Act and Interethnic Adoption Provisions."
Dr. Brooks is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association of Black Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, and the Society for Social Work and Research. He is a member of the editorial board of Children and Youth Services Review, and has most recently published in Child and Family Social Work, Child Welfare, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology and Social Work.
Dr. Brooks has been published in many publications and has received numerous awards including: Senior Research Fellow, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (2007-2011); Culture of Mentoring Award (granted to the School of Social Work), University of Southern California (2009); USC Mellon Mentoring Award, Culture of Mentoring Award; Mellon Faculty to Faculty Mentoring Award, USC (2008); USC Mellon Mentoring Award, Faculty Mentoring Faculty Faculty Award for Research, USC School of Social Work (2008); Senior Research Fellow Sarnat Junior Fellow, USC School of Social Work (2003); and Distinction, Qualifying Examination, University of California, Berkeley (1998).
NAKIA COLLINS - Board Member
Nakia Esteen Collins, better know as Nakia Rachon, is a celebrity hairstylist from Sacramento, California who now resides in Los Angeles. She is most recognized for working with artists such as Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Taraji P. Henson, Tia Mowry, Nikkole, Tina Knowles, Lala Anthony, Solange Knowles, Melina Matsoukas and Yvonne Orj.
Nakia Rachon is a third generation hairstylist having started at the age of 11. She grew up in a salon and eventually attended Paul Mitchell where she excelled and graduated with honors. Her many accomplishments also include numerous projects with Essence Magazine and Ebony Magazine.
RODNEY SKEETER - Board Member
Rodney Skeeter is a 29 year law enforcement professional with the City of Los Angeles. He is a Detective Supervisor with a diverse background having worked various assignments throughout the city including administrative and patrol functions.
As a patrol officer, he interfaced with all sectors of the general public and developed many problem-solving skills. Received many hours of training in the identification of mental health and at-risk youth issues.
He has spent several years in the area of community relations and reserve officer coordinator.
Rodney is nationally recognized as an instructor in the fine art of covert surveillance techniques as it relates to law enforcement operations. He is President of the Pacific Chapter of the National Technical Investigators' Association.
Rodney is also a graduate of the West Los Angeles College Aerospace Electronics program.