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Brandon Tanori
President
Brandon Tanori received his Bachelors in Film Production from Howard University and his Masters in Television Writing & Producing from Loyola Marymount University. In 2012, Brandon established his own videography business, which primarily focuses on weddings and special events. After LMU he was fortunate to land a job as a production assistant in the writers office of the CBS show Elementary. In 2014 Brandon started the Writer’s Assistants Network with the thought of establishing a networking group for television support staff and assistants working in development, literary agencies and management companies.
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Sabrina Garba
Vice President
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Bukola V. Oyekan
Secretary
Bukola has a B.A. in Film Production and is currently pursuing her Masters in Writing from the Savannah College of Art & Design. She has worked as a producer on an assortment of independent films and web series with her current role focusing on the development of a docu-series that will be airing worldwide. She currently writes for online publications and has developed and executed corporate videos and projects, written proposals and editorials, and produced content for corporate and creative ventures.
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Voncella MacIntosh
Events Chair
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.
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CR Cochrane-McClurkin
Fundraising Chair
CR Cochrane-McClurkin is a Howard University Graduate with a Master’s of Science Degree in Psychology. She worked in Social Services with LA County for 18 years, and now works with LA City Government. She is a Graduate Fellow of USC’s Cecil Murray’s Center for Civic Engagement, and she currently serves as President on the Reseda Neighborhood Council Executive Boards. While at Howard University, CR was a Dormitory Resident Assistant, and a Recruiter for Howard University. As a recruiter, she traveled to the southern states attending High School and College Fairs. She recently worked (along with other HU alumni) on the Kamala Harris campaign and on the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Breanna Hogan
PR & Marketing
Breanna Hogan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Howard University in 2015. She has a well-rounded portfolio of work experience in entertainment publicity, which includes publicity positions with Endemol Shine, Shelter PR, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, Paramount Pictures and BET Networks. She has a special interest in film and television; pop culture, fashion, and blogging. Her most recent project is her personal blog "Living Twenties," which is a creative expression of the misadventures of a typical 20-something-year-old.
Irvin Shannon
Scholarship Chair
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.
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Crystal Marie
Recording Secretary
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.
J. Marie Jones
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.
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Victoria Reese
Membership Chair
Brick by brick, the Howard University alumna has been building Victor Group, a branding agency that has enabled her to aid giants like Nike, Unilever, and Paul Mitchell in building theirs as well. No stranger to success, her resume includes some of the top names in the industry. Prior to risking it all to found Victor Group, she’s worked in advertising for Universal McCann, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC, Walton Isaacson, and MediaVest. None of this compares to what she’s done at Victor Group, though. Before her self-started company turned two, she had already reached her goal of being featured in the coveted Black Enterprise Magazine. Add to that, she’s worked for NBA players, she’s provided her services to Toyota, to Wing Stop, and to Bevel, and she still finds time to inspire youth and other women to find their passions.
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Sierra McDonald
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.
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