Voncella McIntosh is a Beverly Hills based Event Management & Strategic Partnerships Consultant possessing over a decade of experience. Her expertise is in producing successful events and curating strategic partnerships in entertainment, hospitality, corporate and non-profit industries.
Before flexing her entrepreneurial skills by building a successful portfolio of clients over the past few years, Voncella developed a wealth of experience leading high level projects across world class brands. With positions like Sr. Director of Event Management & Communications for entertainment mogul Kevin Liles and strategic holding company KWL Enterprises, Director of Communications for NBCUniversal’s Oxygen Media and Senior Publicist at Viacom’s BET Networks, she was responsible for strategic implementation of a multitude of campaigns, corporate initiatives and mega special events.
With education as her backbone, Voncella holds an MSc in Social and Public Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science, along with a BA in Journalism (emphasis in Public Relations) and minor in Business Administration from Howard University. In dedication to her alma mater, she presently serves as the Event Chair for the Howard University Alumni Club of Los Angeles County.
Irvin Shannon III is a graduate of the School of Education with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development with minors in Business Administration and Sociology. Irvin also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California. His professional experience spans from community-based nonprofit, government and public education. Presently, Irvin is a credentialed elementary Resource Specialist Teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District. In his spare time, Irvin enjoys spending time with friends, family, fitness and attending Greater Ebenezer Church.
Crystal Marie is a LA transplant with roots in a little neighborhood called Little Africa in South Carolina. She was educated at Howard University and followed up with a Master of Communication Management at the University of Southern California. Professionally, Crystal Marie helps major brands tell their stories through advertising and marketing. Personally, she writes (true) stories on topics like faith, politics, race, relationships, and current events.
Community Service Chair
J. Marie Jones serves as the Community Service Chair for HUAC-LAC and is a creative professional who’s worked in the entertainment industry for more than a decade. As a singer/songwriter/musician, she’s released two independent albums, has shared the stage with artists such as Charlie Wilson and Bobby Brown, and performs around the Los Angeles area with her band, The Color Different. She’s also held many roles behind-the-scenes in television production, artist management, A&R and music publishing; working with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Linda Perry, and V. Bozeman. In her current role with Playing For Change, she works with hundreds of musicians around the world all in an effort to promote its mission of inspiring and spreading peace through music. In her spare time, she loves to travel, paint, spend time with her dogson Benson, and mentor young girls with the organization, Girls With Gifts.
Group Activities Chair
Class of 2016 | School of Communications | TV Production Major.
Sierra is a creative and insightful Bison with a strong work ethic and team player personality.She grew up in Compton CA and followed her passion for the entertainment industry all the way to Howard University. She graduated with honors in 2016 with a degree in TV Production. In addition to serving as the 2017-18 activities coordinator for LA Bison, Sierra works in TV Production and Development for NBCUniversal. One of her favorite quotes is by Audre Lorde " "If you don't define yourself for yourself, then you will be crushed into other people's fantasies of you and eaten alive." She also loves pugs and will be a proud pug mother some day.