THE CANTINAS MISSION
The Cantinas Foundation is a Christian non-profit foundation that exists to transform our modern day culture through opportunities where God can be magnified through the Arts. The Cantinas Foundation was created to be an outreach arts ministry with the purpose of developing Christian leaders through dynamic performances, inspirational concerts, exciting workshops and retreats, artist development and community service opportunities.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADVISORS
But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.”
Melody RossiBoard Secretary
Melody Rossi is the Founder, President, and Executive Director of Cloud and Fire Ministries. She and her husband, Pride Metcalf, co-pastor the Cloud and Fire Ministries church. Melody is also a renowned event and retreat speaker and the author of May I Walk You Home? and Sharing Christ’s Love With the Dying. Melody Rossi is not only a missionary for a new era, but she once sang on some of the world’s most prestigious stages.
Melody’s public career was launched in 1984 when she became a regular soloist at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. For the next 10 years, Melody sang with opera companies and symphonies across the United States. She is a graduate of Vanguard University where she later taught as a professor of music. She is also an ordained minister and church leader in the inner-city Hispanic community of Los Angeles.
Deborah FloraBoard Treasurer
Deborah Flora is an award-winning producer, actress, national public speaker, and radio show host. She is the Co-Founder of Bring It Up Media, a ministry created to empower today’s women to be champions for their families, their communities, their country and their world.
Deborah also co-founded Lamplight Entertainment with her husband, Jonathan Flora, and her producing credits include PSAs, commercials, and films. Most recently she produced the award winning full-length documentary, Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good featuring Academy Award Nominee Gary Sinise, and Academy Award Winners Jon Voight and Robert Duvall. Prior to forming Lamplight Entertainment, she worked in development for production companies that have won Emmy, Golden Globe, and Sundance awards.
Reflecting Lamplight’s goal to bring attention to important causes, Deborah recently produced a series of PSAs addressing military suicide prevention featuring Hollywood celebrities such as Gary Sinise, Tom Selleck, Patricia Heaton, Angie Harmon, Armie Hammer, Katharine McPhee and many others. Deborah and her husband Jonathan live in Los Angeles with their two children, and are actively involved in Shepherd of the Hills Church.
Wendy MillerFounder and Executive Director
Wendy is a third generation Californian and graduate of USC and UCI graduate schools. At USC Wendy was a distinguished with the title of USC’s Most Inspirational Song Girl for her choreography and team building skills. She also was a part of the USC Dance Team and worked as a director for Songfest, an all campus musical production. She possesses a degree in Psychology and several credentials in Education.
Wendy has an extensive background in camping, arts program development, and event planning. She has participated as a camper, camp counselor, arts and sailing instructor, and as an activity program director at various camps all over California. Her event planning skills have helped in a multitude of fundraisers and ministry outreaches. Wendy’s role as a founding Board Member of YoungLife Malibu and fundraising and organizational skills were ground breaking to the community. She also was elemental as a founding family in the establishment of the Oaks Christian Middle School in Westlake, California where she served as the Co-PTA President of the Middle School. She has taken leadership positions in Community Bible Study, as well as spearheaded Couple’s Bible Studies, Children’s Bible Clubs, Mom’s In Touch, and a Women’s Ministry in Malibu called “Women At The Well”, with “Reel to Real” Ministry. She was on the executive board of the King’s League of Women, a support organization of Jack Hayford’s King’s Seminary and Women’s ministries, as well as a founder of the “In the Word” Ministry in Malibu. She is visionary in the progression of “Celebration of the Arts” and design of the Cantinas Ranch facility. She spends her free time in prayer, writing, interior design, creative arts, and activities with friends and family.
Tom TurpinChairman of the Board
Tom Turpin grew up in Southern California and attended San Marino High School. Throughout high school, Tom was active as an artist, painting in oils, acrylics and watercolor. Tom attended Stanford University, where his interests shifted to industrial engineering and computer science. He went on to attend Harvard Business School, where he received his MBA. Tom’s career has been split equally between the creative world and the financial world. Tom is currently the Managing Partner of Riverbrook Capital in West Los Angeles, where he advises corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, private capital raises, divestitures, restructurings and public offerings. Prior to creating Riverbrook, Tom served as a Managing Director of Allied Capital, a publicly traded private equity firm, where he was responsible for all business origination in the Western United States.
He started his career as an Associate at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. In the creative world, Tom has served as President/CEO of Vinton Studios (now known as LAIKA Entertainment), one of the premier animation studios in the United States. At Vinton, Tom executive produced two prime-time television series that were awarded four Emmy awards and six nominations. He also supervised Vinton’s large television commercial division, which produced nationally broadcast television commercials for well known brands such as M&M Mars, Nissan, Kellogg’s, and American Express. Tom also served as the President/CEO of a digital media division within Richard Branson’s London-based Virgin Entertainment Group. Tom is married to the love of his life, Brooke, who is the Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships for Variety, the leading entertainment industry publication. With their dogs, Oscar and Jemma, they live in Encino, CA. Tom and Brooke are actively involved at Bel Air Presbyterian Church.
Douglas W. Burdge
Douglas W. BurdgeAdvisory Board Member
Doug Burdge was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Fernando Valley where he attended Taft High School. As a senior Doug was a member of the school’s LA City championship tennis team and was also an Eagle Scout. He went on to the University of Southern California and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1981. While in college Doug was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and served as President during his senior year. While initially employed at the his uncle’s firm, the Blurock Partnership, in Newport Beach (1980-1985), Doug co-designed numerous institutional projects (libraries, churches, schools and performing arts centers) in Orange County, Italy and Saudi Arabia. Then with the Munselle-Brown Partnership in San Francisco & Beverly Hills (1985-1987), working on mixed-use retail, multi-family and office projects. In 1987, Doug became licensed in California and opened his private practice in Southern California, specializing in custom homes and remodels.
Over the last 22 years, Doug has won numerous awards for distinguished custom residential & retail design for projects in Malibu, Southern California, Mexico, Texas, Idaho and Montana. He is currently a member of the AIA (Los Angeles & Sun Valley, ID chapters) and the US Green Building Council (Idaho Chapter). Doug maintains architectural licenses in California, Idaho, Montana & Wyoming. He has been married to his wife Laura for over 22 years, has twin 17 year old sons and, along with their three dogs, shares time between their homes in Malibu and Sun Valley.
Michael W. Smith
Michael W. SmithMusician and Philanthropist - Advisory Board Member
“Sometimes you’ve just got to shake things up,” Michael W. Smith says with a smile. After selling more than 15 million albums, scoring 28 No. 1 hits, earning three GRAMMYs and more than 40 Dove Awards, no one would blame the Christian music icon if he decided to coast just a little bit, but that’s just not in his nature.
On Sovereign, Smith’s first worship album since 2008 and his first project since signing with Capitol Christian Music Group in 2013, he deliberately steps into a new creative chapter to craft a vibrant collection of vertically focused songs with a fresh sense of musical innovation.
Smith has always had a gift for delivering songs that capture the hearts of the listener and give voice to their thoughts and feelings. During his three-decade career, the Kenova, West Virginia native has shaped the Christian music landscape with such classic songs as “Friends,” which was named the No. 1
In approaching this new chapter in his career, he had the desire to creatively push himself, and there’s a sense of musical adventure that permeates the songs on Sovereign. Moseley serves as one of the producers on the new album along with Chris Stevens, noted for his work with TobyMac, Carrie Underwood, Sanctus Real and Mandisa, among others. Smith also tapped West Coast-based writer/producer Jeremy Edwardson. “He’s from Redding, CA and has done a lot of the Jesus Culture music,” says Smith. “Also Josh Silverburg ended up producing one song at the very last minute called ‘The One That Really Matters.’ It’s a Dustin Smith song. Dustin is a worship leader from Kansas City who did a record at his church and it’s really good.”
Prior to recording Sovereign, Smith toured the world extensively sharing the gospel in such remote locales as Bahrain, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Abu Dhabi. “It rocked my world and it inspired me big time,” he says of his travels. “I had some of the most memorable moments of my entire life on this world tour. In Bahrain, I had to be invited by the king to get in. They’ve never had a Christian concert ever, but there are a lot of churches there. Somehow a Hindu, a Catholic, a Muslim, a Protestant and a Jew all formed this committee and wanted me to come to Bahrain and do a concert of peace.”
Whether sharing the gospel on foreign soil or mentoring artists that seek his counsel on balancing family and music, Smith has long had a passion for serving God and serving others. It’s a fire that continues to burn brightly with no sign of abating. “I don’t see retirement anywhere in the Bible,” Smith says with a grin. “It’s a calling. I love to write. I love to play. It’s still the most beautiful place.
Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee GiffordEntertainer - Advisory Board Member
Kathie Lee Gifford has been a notable entertainer for almost three decades. She was the co-host of the popular morning show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee from 1985 to July 2000. She left the show so she could spend more time with her children. According to Kathie Lee, when she left the show, people thought she had elaborate plans for what she was going to do next. The truth was, she really didn’t know what she was going to do. All she knew was God would counsel and guide her on what to do next.
Nearly four years after appearing on Live, Kathie Lee has been able to reflect on her faith and life. She has compiled these thoughts into her new book, Gentle Grace, and into songs on the album by the same name. The focus of both the book and the album is God’s faithfulness.
“I believe there are no crumbs on God’s table,” she says. “Instead, I believe that He’s always preparing us. All of these years I’ve been singing other people’s songs, but I believe this time is so similar to the calling Mel Gibson feels. As he said at a recent screening of The Passion of The Christ – [with which she has been intimately involved] ‘Every movie I’ve ever made was so that I could make The Passion.’ It’s how I feel about this record, this devotional book and this very moment in my life.”
Kathie Lee also states, “I believe life is a journey and God is not so concerned with the Oscars or Emmys or anything else we get along the way, but it’s what we do with what we’ve been given by God, and our expressions of Him throughout every part of our life, that matters.”
Kathie Lee says she still feels connected to show business. “I’ve been able to make a stand for Christ with what I do, to make a wonderful living and to impact so many lives,” she explains. As Christians she believes we’re called to make a difference in the world, and that’s what she hopes her work does.
In addition to show business and writing, she is involved with causes dear to her heart. Proceeds from Gentle Grace will go to Cassidy’s Place, a home named for Kathie Lee’s daughter that houses HIV infected and crack addicted children and offers family support services, like day care and adoption centers. Cassidy’s Place also helps the homeless build their job skills in a bakery setting to help get them off the streets.
Though she enjoys the change in pace, Kathie Lee also knows God has a plan for her that doesn’t involve slowing down very much. “Our culture tells women that at a certain point in their lives, that there’s nothing left for them. When you know the Lord, I think He says to us, ‘This can be your richest time in Me if you just let Me use you.’ I’m sharing things I never could have when I was younger, and I am blessed and humbled by the Lord to be able to do so at this special time in my life.”
Michael Van Dyck
Michael Van DyckParadigm Agency - Advisory Board Member
Michael Van Dyck has been a TV / Feature Literary agent since 1990, currently with Paradigm. Michael and Paradigm have been responsible for packaging some of the most critically acclaimed and highest rated drama and comedy series on television including Dexter, Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife, Two and a Half Men and 24 (now off the air)– as well as the Disney sensation High School Musical. Through the course of his career, Michael has packaged and sold numerous scripted and non-scripted series, movies for television, and feature projects, as well as staffed over 100 writers, producers, and directors.
Michael’s passion is representing faith brands in scripted/non-scripted television, features, and in the publishing world. He is a member of Bel Air Presbyterian Church and is on the faculty of ACT ONE. Michael is involved with the outreach ministries KEY MEN and PREMISE. His abbreviated testimony, entitled FREE FALL, is written up by Jim and Karen Covell’s book THE DAY I MET GOD.
Mike DrakeHume Lake - Advisory Board Member
Mike Drake graduated from Whitworth University in 1969 with a degree in Business Administration and joined the management team with AT&T. He left the corporate world after 25 years and for the last 18 years has worked for Hume Lake Christian Camps where he currently serves as the Senior Director of Development. While with Hume he has served also as the Director of Operations and the Assistant Executive Director. He has been married to his wife Glenda for 43 years and they reside at the camp where she manages the Hume Lake Gift Shop and Book Store. Mike also serves on the Boards of the Christian Camp & Conference Association – Sierra Pacific region, the Giant Sequoia National Monument Association and as President of the Hume Lake Charter School Board.
Chad HayesBoard Member
Chad graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics, but shortly thereafter, turned to a passion for writing, and hasn’t looked back ever since. He’s been blessed to have written on numerous television series, movies of the week, and feature films, where most of his focus is today.
He and his writing partner, who happens to be his identical twin, wrote the film, “The Conjuring”, which was a cross-over hit in the faith based community, as well as the rest of the world, and went on to gross more than 350 million dollars, and a sequel. This opportunity has thrilled him, as it has given him a way to incorporate his faith, with what he does for a living! He’s been married 26 years to what he calls, “an amazing woman and his best friend”, and has two wonderful children, who are out there in the world, trying to discover their own passion!
CANTINAS STAFF & CONTRACTORS
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Seth PhilpottConsultant, Cantinas Music
Originally from Texas, Seth moved to Nashville after college at Baylor University. He studied film and digital media. He then spend 8 years touring as an Artist, bass player, guitar player, tour manager, and videographer. Seth has toured with The David Crowder Band, Ten out of Tenn, Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz, Andy Davis, Griffin House, John Dee Graham, Crowder, John Mark McMillan, Passion, David Ramirez, Ben Rector, and many more. He has also been apart of the vision casting for the ONE Campaign, Passion Conferences and Young Life Camps.
Seth currently is a published song writer and awarded artist. In 2014 After a successful record release and 5 cuts with David Crowder, Seth stopped touring to fulfill this want to help new artists develop careers and other artists sustain and grow their careers. Seth offers a unique perspective to artist management and development. Having been the artist himself at one point, has an uncanny ability to see into the artists’ brain better than anyone. That coupled with his nurturing personality, Seth can see a need before it even presents itself.
Taylor SwanDirector of Special Projects, Manager of Operations
Taylor Swan is Central California native who ventured down to San Diego to attend Point Loma Nazarene University and graduated with a degree in Managerial and Organizational Communication. During her breaks, Taylor worked at Forest Home Christian Camps and developed a true love for camp, youth and worship ministries.
Following her time at university, Taylor pursued a career in fundraising and development. Taylor worked at Westmont College and gained experience in event production, donor relations, and non-profit management.
After her time at Westmont, Taylor became an Underwriter at a Payment Processing ISO. Working in business analytics helped her to discover her passion for healthy infrastructure and a desire to share what she learned with the creative community.
Taylor’s extensive background in business and ministry experience makes her the ideal employee for Cantinas Foundation. Taylor effortlessly weaves her passion for reaching people through Christ with her experience in the arts and business worlds.
Kimberly CowanChief Operating Officer
Kimberly Cowan currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of
the Cantinas Foundation. Her extensive experience includes event production, non-profit management, digital and traditional marketing strategy, leadership development and Christian education.
Kimberly graduated with honors from Baylor University with a Communication Specialist Degree, and began her career as Marketing Events Manager for Realtor.com. In this role, Kimberly managed a marketing team designed to strategize and develop effective events that created financially successful corporate and consumer relationships in over 80 cities across the nation. Interested in opportunities to further enrich her community, Kimberly transitioned into the role as Director of Student Life and Leadership Development at the highly acclaimed Oaks Christian High School. Here Kimberly developed her administration acumen while serving on the executive administration team dedicated to ensuring each student had a well-rounded educational experience. Kimberly is consistently looking for new ways to utilize and hone her skill set, and has produced a variety of large-scale events including weddings, concerts, parades, galas, fundraisers and award ceremonies.
Not only is Kimberly committed to excellence in her work; she is also passionate about serving her local and international communities. She is an active supporter and aid worker for the International Justice Mission (India), Buyamba Ministries (Uganda), and Hands of Mercy (Mexico). She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Alumni Board of Directors for Oaks Christian School and is long standing member of OPAS, performing arts society. As a dancer, figure skater and musical theater geek, Kimberly has always been passionate about artistic expression. She is honored and blessed to have the opportunity to serve others and celebrate the arts with the purpose of glorifying God.
Bradley RapierDance Director, Cantinas Dance Project
Bradley Rapier is an Ovation Award and two-time NAACP Award winning choreographer. He is the Founder, Creative Director and Lead Choreographer of the award winning performance company, The Groovaloos, who have directly influenced urban dance in film and television for over a decade. Bradley is driven by an intense desire to share the spirit and power behind street dance culture and create real and lasting community within the dance world and beyond. His message is family and futureApart from key involvement in countless benefits, outreaches, school assemblies and mentoring events nationwide, Bradley’s direction has led The Groovaloos onto the main stage for special guest appearances on Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Wayne Brady Show, and as Grand Champions on NBC’s international competition series Superstars of Dance created by Nigel Lithgoe and Simon Fuller.
Most recently, Bradley choreographed Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots for renowned Broadway director Des McAnuff at the La Jolla Playhouse for which he was nominated for a 2013 Craig Noel Award for Best Musical Choreography. He was Associate Choreographer for the 2012 Tony Award nominated Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and Co-creator, Creative Director and lead performer of the acclaimed Off Broadway and National Touring stage production of GROOVALOO. Bradley also served as Director of An Unprecedented Night of Dance at The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA, featuring Wayne Brady, tWitch, Anjelah Johnson, Affion Crockett, The JabbaWockeez, LXD, and iLuminate, and was Creative Director and received a Hip Hop Choreography Award for his TV commercial work with Skechers. As a performer Bradley has had the honor of working with Diana Ross, Cameron Diaz, Queen Latifah, Brian McKnight, Deborah Cox, Smokey Robinson, Fatboy Slim, Brenda Russell, Boys II Men, Cheryl Lynn, Regina Belle, and The Temptations.
Joanie RapierManager, Cantinas Dance Project
Joanie Rapier was born and raised in San Diego, California. She attended SDSU and immediately upon graduating with a degree In Graphic Design, relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her new love of acting. God had another plan, because within months of moving she met her future husband and hip hop extraordinaire and became his partner in dance and life. Together Joanie and Bradley formed The Groovaloos, a world-renowned hip hop performance group that has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, So you Think You Can Dance, The Ellen Show, and winners of NBC’s Superstars of Dance.
Joanie has used her design skills to create logos, merchandise, and web sites for The Groovaloos as well as for dance agencies and conventions. She is also a producer for their stage show GROOVALOO, but her most rewarding endeavor was as Executive Producer of An Unprecedented Night of Dance at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills in which she spearheaded a fundraiser that raised over $100,000 for a member of The Groovaloos who suffered multiple ruptured aneurysms.
Joanie has worked with children for many years through substitute teaching, children’s ministry, teaching hip hop dance at elementary schools and most recently as a youth track coach. Joanie takes great pride in raising her two sons, Marcus and Samuel.
Heidi AdamsManager, Cantinas on Park
Heidi grew up in Southern California. She attended California State University, Fullerton for undergrad and UC Irvine for her Master’s Degree in Teaching and teaching credential. Throughout her school years, she was always active in church and school choirs, including singing the National Anthem at football games and her graduation.
In 2007, Heidi moved to San Luis Obispo, California to begin her teaching career. She led school musical productions, after school programs, two Destination Imagination teams, and the GATE program. Heidi’s passion for teaching stems from watching children’s minds spark as they learn something new. She branched out into the Paso Robles wine industry, as Assistant Manager of Firestone Vineyards and Eos Winery. Her involvement in this booming industry taught her to run events, manage employees, and appreciate the art of wine making. Heidi also served as a Family Readiness Group Lead Volunteer for a California Army National Guard unit, planning large events and support for soldiers and their families.
Heidi is blessed with two daughters, Adilyn and Stella. She and her husband, Ryan, fellowship at Paso Robles Bible Church where she directs the Children’s Christmas Musical each year. Heidi is excited to watch God work in Paso Robles and assist the Cantinas family in bringing people to Christ through the Arts.
Stephen SommersLegal Counsel
Stephen P. Sommers has been an attorney in California since 1977. His legal practice concentrates on the area of nonprofit organizations. Religious and charitable organizations are the major focus of Mr. Sommers’ legal services. These services include the representation of organizations on a local, national and international basis. His clientele includes both large and small organizations.Mr. Sommers established his law office in 1988. Previously, he had been a shareholder in a law firm in downtown Los Angeles. Throughout his years of practice, Mr. Sommers’ emphasis has been in the nonprofit organization arena. In the past, Mr. Sommers has served as an officer and trustee of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena and as the President and a director of the Los Angeles Chapter of Christian Leadership Alliance.
In addition, he has served on the Audit Committee of Wycliffe Bible Translators as well as on numerous boards and committees for other nonprofit organizations. Mr. Sommers has been a lecturer on legal issues affecting nonprofit organizations. He has also taught courses on the law and nonprofit organizations as a part of the graduate program at Azusa Pacific University.
Caryn RyanCFO Services, Missionwell
Caryn has extensive experience championing and starting up shared services in industry settings at Amoco Corporation, BP PLC and in a nonprofit setting at World Vision International. While at Amoco, Caryn was a constant sponsor of a variety of reengineering and shared service start ups. This continued at BP, where as CFO of BP’s global oil trading, she initiated and formalized global shared services while improving critical aspects of management information, and initiated external benchmarking as a means of taking oil trading to world-class standards.
As CFO of World Vision International, she established a global change initiative spanning accountability systems and governance, shared services, and strategic planning. Caryn has been a member of the Board of Directors of various charities and is an elder at her local church.
Scott HasselCPA Services, Missionwell
Scott’s diverse background is in Financial and Operations Management for a broad spectrum of corporate sectors: Non Profits, Investment Management, International Banking, Manufacturing, Advertising and New Media. He has a passion for the work of organizations that strive to make the world a better place and currently uses his professional skill sets to promote and support that mission.
A fourth generation Californian, Scott was born in Pasadena. Working his way through college, he became a CPA shortly before graduating from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA. Currently active in community activities, and formerly on the Board of Directors for Pasadena Christian School, he is married with two sons.
Chris KoehlSocial Media Coordinator, Videographer, and Photographer
Chris grew up in Dallas, Texas with two amazing parents and six siblings. At the age of twenty-one, he felt it was time to move to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams in the entertainment industry. Chris was featured on So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 and made it to the top fourteen. He also danced on Glee, Shake It Up, Bunheads, and can be seen in music videos by Aloe Blacc, Daft Punk, and Skrillex.
As a former member of our Dance Team, Chris has developed an intimate knowledge of Cantinas Arts and has transitioned into our in-house Social Media Coordinator, Videographer, and Photographer. With video credits such as a Director of Photography for Thomas Sanders and T-MILLY Productions, DA Directors Assistant for the Power Ranger Commercial, and Assistant Camera for Symbio Robotics Promo we are lucky to have him as part of our team.