Steering Committee Members
The Steering Committee is the governing body of SEL4CA.
Crystal Chavez – Chair of Outreach and Speaking
Crystal is a mother, educator/teacher, children’s yoga instructor, and entrepreneur. Passionate about health and wellness physically, emotionally, and spiritually, she seeks to empower individuals, school communities and business owners to take charge of their own well being and happiness through success coaching and mindfulness.
Andrew Cheeseman – Chair of Website & Social Media Committee; Founder of Team(You), Inc.
Andrew founded and recently sold Team(You), a for-profit social-emotional learning based digital classroom tool that reshapes school culture at both the classroom level and the school and district levels. He currently drives growth and innovation as a business leader for his business clients.
Wade Clement – Chair of Athlete and Sports Committee; Program Manager of the Prime Time Games in Los Angeles
Krisan Crow – Assistant Chair
Krisan has more than 20 years of experience as a Project Manager for a wide array of educational environments. As the Director of the TRIO college-access high school and adult programs, she focused on removing barriers to higher education.
Judy Julin – Chair of Events Committee; CEO of WOW Learning Lab and Inspired Parenting Magazine
A pioneer in developing schools, community learning centers, programs and activities that cultivate the integral connection between intellectual development, social and emotional growth, physical health and spiritual awareness. Judy has been active in youth empowerment, educational innovation and children’s wellness programming since 1982 and has been featured for her ground-breaking initiatives in the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, The London Times, on CBS and in various documentaries. Holds a degree in Sociology from Denison University.
Lara Kain – Education Consultant
A former classroom teacher, Lara currently consults directly with schools and districts to build trauma-informed and resilience-oriented schools.
Jay Levin – Chair of Steering and Media/Promotion Committees; President of The Big EQ Campaign
The goal of the nonprofit The Big EQ Campaign is to mobilize the public via marketing/advertising and grassroots organization to raise the emotional intelligence of all children by requiring Social-Emotional Learning in all schools. Jay also is the founder and former CEO of the LA Weekly newspaper.
Megan Morrison – Project Manager of True-Connection
Armen Ohannesian – Branding and Marketing Consultant
Meredith Sommers – Client Partner, Franklin Covey Education
Meredith is a client partner for Franklin Covey’s The Leader in Me, a transformational school operating process that empowers students and staff to unleash their unique talents and gifts within the school. She is a business consultant, inspirational writer, dynamic speaker, and a serial entrepreneur who has successfully built and sold several businesses in Los Angeles.
Other Committee Chairs
Sidney Lam – Chair of Business Engagement Committee
Susan Ward Roncalli – Chair of Policy and Advocacy Committee;
LAUSD Social Emotional Learning Facilitator and SEL Fellow with Transforming Education!
An SEL expert, Susan is a also a member of the official state advisory committee drafting guidelines for SEL implementation in California.
Mitchell Lyons – Founder and Lead Organizer of the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachussets (SEL4MA.org)
James B. Vetter – Executive Director of SEL4MA Alliance