Pablove Staff

Jo Ann Thrailkill

Co-Founder and President/CEO

Jo Ann is Pablo’s Mommy, and the co-founder of The Pablove Foundation. For the 15 years prior to Pablove’s inception, she was an Executive Producer in the music video and television commercial industry, guiding a roster of directors through hundreds of jobs with bands, record labels, and ad agencies. She produced many award-winning music videos, including the Grammy award-winning ‘Learn To Fly’ by Foo Fighters. Jo Ann grew up in the heart of New Orleans and attended Louisiana State University.

Jane Cheung

Chief Operating Officer
Jane captains our business operations, scientific research, and youth arts programs. She brings a wealth of experience to Pablove, with professional experience at cultural institutions, art museums, and in higher education in San Francisco and LA. Jane received masters degrees in Education from Stanford and in Art and Arts Education from Columbia. She recently completed the Executive Leadership Program from Stanford’s School of Business and was awarded the NGen Fellowship from Independent Sector, which recognizes up and coming and notable charitable sector leaders. In 2017, she was elected to serve on the Arts Education Council for Americans for the Arts where she advocates for transformative, experiential arts programming for youth living with chronic illness. Jane is also an advisor for ArtsSmith, a start-up arts agency serving the youth of Bronx, NY.  While she misses the cool, foggy summers of San Francisco, nothing beats the farmer’s markets of Southern California. She loves exploring the parks and museums of LA with her husband and two fun-loving, kiddos.

Bart Verry

Vice President of Development

Bart manages all of the fundraising efforts for Pablove and works closely with volunteers throughout the country to share the pablove nationally. Bart has been in the development field for 20 years in Southern California, having worked for a variety of organizations such as Global Green USA, the Make-A Wish Foundation, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and AIDS Project Los Angeles. Bart and his husband Mark live in LA (and escape to Palm Springs as often as possible) with their gorgeous English Springer Spaniel, Laci Jae.

Anna Lisa Caraveo-Flores

shutterbugs program director
Anna Lisa has the great honor of working as our Shutterbug’s Program Director. Originally from Northeast Los Angeles, Anna Lisa comes to Pablove with over 10 years of experience working in underserved communities with a focus on critical pedagogy through her work as a bilingual elementary teacher in Houston.TX and through her work as a teacher educator in McAllen, TX and Phoenix, AZ. She received her Masters in Social and Cultural Pedagogy from Arizona State University and her BA in Spanish Literature with a minor in Education from UC Irvine. She is beyond thrilled to be working for The Pablove Foundation as our mission is very close to her heart. In 2006, her younger sister was laid to rest after battling childhood cancer for almost 15 years. Because of this, Anna Lisa is committed to working relentlessly to fight childhood cancer with love. When she isn’t working, Anna Lisa enjoys carne asada Saturdays with family and showing her 1 year old son everything that the great City of Angels has to offer.

Emily Nerad

marketing director

As Pablove’s Marketing Director, Emily is responsible for making sure all outward-facing communications from the Foundation are adequately Pablove-y! Creative content, branding and strategic partnerships are her speciality and highlights of her career that’s spanned industries from fashion to hospitality. After ten years in Los Angeles Emily considers herself a naturalized Angeleno. She lives in Highland Park with her husband, two daughters, dog and cat.

Leah Reichman

Grants Administrator

Leah Reichman is the Program Leader for our Powered by Pablove Research Grants Program. She oversees all of our grant programs and guides our grant initiatives. As the main contact person for our research grants, she works with researchers, hospitals, our Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committee to ensure we are making the most worthwhile investment of research dollars.  Leah received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Touro College and a Master in Public Health from Columbia University. Prior to joining The Pablove Foundation, she worked in the pediatric cancer research world on both coasts. A native New Yorker, Leah has fully embraced LA as her home city. When not running our grants program, Leah can be found running after her three active boys or wandering in one of the few bookstores that still exist!

Kerry Quakenbush

Director of Team Pablove

Kerry is the Director of Team Pablove, the organization’s dynamic group of dedicated athletes that raises funds through endurance / racing events. In addition to overseeing Pablove Across America, our amazing week-long fully supported cycling event, he builds groups of charity athletes to participate in other types of sporting events that take place all over the US and abroad. Certified by USA Track and Field as well as Road Runners Club of America, Kerry has completed over 60 marathons, two full Ironman races as well as numerous races of shorter distances. He has been a fundraising professional and athletic coach in the nonprofit sector for 13 years focusing on endurance events. Kerry is a world traveler and is multilingual which makes conquering races with teams in other countries his specialty. Are you ready for a fitness challenge? Team Pablove is open to EVERYONE (complete beginners as well as experienced athletes).

Contact him at kerry@pablove.org.

Lauren Aufiero

social media specialist

Labeled a “social butterfly” since childhood it’s no wonder that Lauren is the chatty master behind Pablove’s Social Media channels. With 10 years of agency and in-house experience managing social strategy and creative content development for consumer brands, Lauren commands our digital channels with lovable personality and a penchant for playful alliteration. A native Bostonian, Lauren has called LA her home for the past 9 years. You can spot her at many local coffee shops scrolling Pablove’s instagram feed with her pug-daschund rescue, Scout.

Ashley Blakeney

Pablove Shutterbugs Senior Manager of National Programs
As Senior Manager of National Programs, Ashley oversees the Pablove Shutterbugs programming in cities across the country including Boston, New Orleans, New York, Denver, Seattle and Houston. Working closely with a dedicated national team of Master Teaching Artists, Ashley engages local communities on an in-depth level. Ashley earned a BA in Creative Writing and Photography from the University of Southern California and is a certified Social Emotional Arts (SEA) facilitator through UCLA’s Arts & Healing Initiative. Hailing from New Haven, CT, Ashley is the ultimate pizza snob, a music enthusiast and a photographer. She loves dancing to 90s hip-hop music and enjoys a good Lord of the Rings marathon. She also prides herself on being the best hugger around!

Tino Carlo

data manager

As the Data Manager, Tino ensures that the information gathered from our supporters and Shutterbug students is used effectively and stored responsibly. Tino specializes in Salesforce database management for nonprofits and he honed his skills in his previous work at Loyola Marymount University and Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for three years and worked in the entertainment industry for the previous six. Even though he’s spent most of his life in California, Tino was raised in Denver CO, so he loves skiing, hiking, and the Denver Broncos.

Skyla Gray

Skyla manages Pablove’s Human Resources and Operations as part of our Ops Team. She comes with a wealth of experience in HR and Operations. Having served in talent management and operations in the corporate world as a Human Resource Manager at Target and a District Operational leader at The Home Depot. She’s worked to advance compliance, workflow, talent management and regulatory issues to leading programs that ensured building great workplace culture, employee safety, welfare, wellness, health, and retention (just to name a few of her responsibilities and accomplishments). Skyla earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Riverside and is now working toward an MA in Psychology from Pepperdine University.

Paige Housner

manager, heart of pablove

Paige is responsible for overseeing our Heart of Pablove program. As a member of the Development Department, Paige‘s focus is to implement all aspects of Pablove’s Sustainable Funding plans and initiatives, acting as the primary liaison with fundraising consultants and managing the Heart of Pablove team. Born and raised in Los Angeles, began her professional career in the Entertainment Industry after receiving her B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University. When she’s not at work, you find her eating donuts or asking to pet your dog.

Raul Lorenzana

pablove shutterbugs program manager

In his role as Pablove Shutterbugs Program Manager, Raul oversees programming in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Austin. He works together with communities and his fellow Pablove colleagues to bring the joy of photography to kids and teens living with cancer. Raul is a graduate from the University of CA, Davis and holds a BA in History and Chicano Studies, with an emphasis in Public Policy and Education, and a minor in Latin-American and Hemispheric Studies. As a native of Los Angeles, he enjoys exploring his city and constantly searching for the best breakfast burrito in town.

Lara Nassar

Senior Manager of Events + Stewardship

Lara produces a full calendar of fundraising and cultivation events, including our national gallery shows, and manages Pablove’s donor stewardship program. After earning her B.A. in English from Occidental College in 2012, she began her career in the non-profit world and has years of development and event production experience under her belt. Although this Oregon native misses having four seasons, she enjoys taking in the LA sunshine through beaching, brunching, and the occasional hike — and can be seen at her local farmers market picking flowers every Sunday.

Maggie Chadwick

operations coordinator

Maggie Chadwick is Pablove’s Operations Coordinator. She was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and received a BA in arts management from the College of Charleston. She has worked in several different industries, but her background is mostly in property management and real estate. Maggie recently moved to Los Angeles! You can generally find her walking her dog around West Hollywood, or treasure hunting at local thrift shops.

Jared Ross

development assistant
Jared supports the Development team and its efforts to fundraise as much as possible to fuel Pablove’s programs and research grants. Jared was born and raised in Colorado, where he graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011 . He moved to Los Angeles later that year, and has been working in the non-profit sector ever since. When he’s not fighting the good fight, Jared is a photographer (deeply inspired by Shutterbugs!), an avid book reader, music-lover of almost every genre and traveler. He currently lives in West Hollywood.

Aubrey Rotino

shutterbugs national programs assistant

As Pablove Shutterbugs National Programs Assistant, Aubrey will be helping support our National Expansion, maintaining and organizing materials in the LA office, and curating national gallery shows and Shutterbugs projects. She is originally from Orange County, but after living in San Francisco for almost seven years, she made her way back to LA to be closer to her family. Aubrey earned her BFA in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute and also studied Printmaking. She loves using her own photography to explore her surroundings and experiments with different alternative photography methods. On the weekends, you can find her at a local music/art show or taking her Yoshika D twin lens out for a photo adventure!

John Sanders

shutterbugs youth arts program coordinator

As Youth Arts Program Coordinator, John ensures the continued effectiveness of the Shutterbugs program by contributing to the artistic and educational needs of the Pablove Shutterbugs team. John also oversees the operation of the Pablove print shop. John graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills earning a BA in Digital Media Arts, with an Audio Recording option. John brings years of experience in youth development, and arts education to the Pablove team, having previously worked for a nationally recognized non-profit, and an arts education non-profit. Growing up in Long Beach, Ca, John loves being out and enjoying the sun. When not working, you could find John on the beach playing in flag football leagues and enjoying Taco Tuesdays!

Board of Directors

Saro Armenian, D.O., M.P.H.

Board Member & Scientific Advisory Committee Member

Dr. Saro Armenian is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist with expertise in pediatric cancer, epidemiology, and cancer survivorship. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Population Sciences, and Directs the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program and the Division of Outcomes Research at City of Hope. He is the immediate past Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group Survivorship and Outcomes Committee, and is a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Clinical Research Scholar. He has been the recipient of several awards including the American Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation HistoGenetics New Investigator Award, Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology Career Development Award, the Ruby N. Roney Endowment at City of Hope, and is a past-fellow of the American Society of Hematology Clinical Training Institute. His research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the American Cancer Society.

Simon Rust Lamb

Chairman of the Board

Simon Rust Lamb is an entertainment industry veteran with 20 years of experience discovering, developing and amplifying artists, creative experiences and brands.

As the former Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Insomniac, Simon managed Electric Daisy Carnival, which drew 400,000 people to Las Vegas in 2015, Nocturnal Wonderland, and many other brands.  While there, he was the Executive Producer of the EDC documentary film “Under the Electric Sky” which premiered at Sundance and sold to Focus Films.

Prior to Insomniac, Simon had a solo law practice focusing on the protection and monetization of intellectual property assets. As a lawyer and now with his consulting practice, Simon provides creative and strategic business to clients across the media spectrum, including the LA Podcast Festival.

Additionally, Simon is an avid entertainment business observer and critic, having written numerous articles on the arts and media for Pollstar, LA WeeklyRay GunResSurfaceURB, etc. He graduated magna cum laude from Southwestern Law School, and earned his Bachelor’s at Occidental College. He is a proud member of the Pablove Cycling Club and a Pablove Across America rider.

Paul Adams

Board Member

Valerie Cabrera

Board Member

As Senior Vice President, Worldwide Content Distribution, AMC Studios, Valerie Cabrera set up the department and oversees all global content sales efforts of off-network owned programming on behalf of AMC Networks, as well as leading and executing AMC Network’s content distribution strategy in domestic and international territories across all forms of linear, non-linear and digital television distribution.  Under Cabrera’s leadership, AMC Studios has structured and executed multi-territory deals for some of AMC Networks’ flagship shows, including Fear The Walking Dead, Talking Fear, Talking Dead, The Terror and DietlandCabrera is an honors graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages and Literature.  She is a Television Academy member, and was named in Cablefax’s list of Most Influential Minorities in Cable for 2017.

John Bennett

Board Member

John’s son Brock was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor in October of 2009. As a cancer father, John has witnessed firsthand the challenges of pediatric cancer and the life-altering impact it has on the affected families. John discovered The Pablove Foundation the night Brock was diagnosed and hospitalized, awaiting a surgical team to remove his cancerous kidney. It was during Brock’s treatment that John and his wife Wendy decided to commit themselves to identify and engage new and innovative ways to support children and families during their journey. Professionally, John is a senior leader at the Microsoft Corporation where his responsibility is driving strategy and implementation of several operational capabilities for the company’s devices products. Additionally, John has worked in the Windows Client Division as a global business manager and in the Advanced Strategies and Research Division focused on low cost computing solutions in underdeveloped countries. John holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance and a minor in Economics from Westminster College. John lives in the Seattle area with his wife and two children. Time permitting, he pursues his passion for cycling.

Phil Cassens

Board Member

Phil Cassens moved from his hometown of Conyers, GA to Los Angeles in 1987 to become a rock star but that dream remained elusive. He instead found work in the mailroom of a newly formed Virgin Records America and climbed his way up (or down) to become a senior A&R executive in the space of three years. While at Virgin he worked with artists as diverse as Keith Richards and Janet Jackson. In 1994 he continued his music industry career at Sony/WORK Group, joining co-presidents Jordan Harris and Jeff Ayeroff, with whom he’d started with at Virgin, working with Jamiroquai, LEN, and Esthero, and on soundtracks to the films GO, Godzilla, and My Best Friend’s Wedding among others. The year 2000 brought a dramatic shift in direction and Phil left the music industry, moved to Switzerland and worked on the turnaround of Corum Swiss Timepieces, based in La Chaux de Fonds. After completing the successful turnaround, Phil returned to Los Angeles and grew a fledgling guitar amplifier company, 65 Amps into what is now the preferred amp of professional guitarists ranging from Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello to Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Keith Urban. Phil now devotes most of his time to managing his family’s home office. His passions include cycling and back-country skiing.

Jeff Castelaz

Co-Founder and Board Member

Jeff is Pablo’s Papa, and the co-founder of The Pablove Foundation. Through his company Cast Management – founded in 1990 – Jeff manages Dropkick Murphys and record producers Tony Hoffer and Justin Meldal-Johnsen. Jeff, a music industry veteran, recently resigned his post as President of Warner Music Group’s Elektra Records, and was the co-founder of respected indie Dangerbird. He is from Milwaukee and attended Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School and Marquette University.

Blair Herter

Board Member
A lifelong fan of underdogs, Blair has spent the entirety of his career working for tiny startups like Viacom and NBC Universal.  He currently serves as Vice President, Branded Content and Development for IGN, one of the largest games and entertainment media brands in the world–a company that his wife, Jessica was the face of for many years.  Although he’s only been at IGN since early 2017, he likes to joke that he’s been in a relationship with the company for the better part of a decade.  His wife stopped laughing at that bit of humor long ago, although she still loves him dearly. Blair grew up in southwestern Louisiana — WHO DAT! — and moved to Los Angeles in 2001.  He spent some time as a Manhattanite between then and now, but very much considers himself a full-fledged Angeleno.  His son, Emerson was born in Santa Monica and he can’t imagine raising him anywhere other than Socal.  He loves reading and music and not-being-the-strongest-cyclist-but-he-does-have-a-big-heart.  He fell in love with the Pablove organization on the 2017 PAA ride and he is honored beyond words to be a part of this incredible mission.

Scott Keys

Board Member

Scott is chief administrative officer for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. He is responsible for managing all facets of Firm administration. Prior to joining Kayne Anderson in 2009, Scott served as the CFO of Indymac Bank from 2002 to April 2008. He was also with Ernst & Young LLP from 1986 to 2001, including four years as an audit partner specializing in the financial services industry. Scott earned a B.S. in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University in 1986. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dr. Leo Mascarenhas

Board Member Emeritus + Scientific Advisory Committee Chair

Dr. Leo Mascarenhas is the Section Head of Oncology and the Director of the Solid Tumor Program at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). He is also the Director of the Clinical Trials Program within the Center and the Principal Investigator of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded Children’s Oncology Group (COG) at CHLA. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and an attending oncologist in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at CHLA. Dr. Mascarenhas is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric bone and soft tissue tumors. His research focus is on clinical trials for sarcomas in pediatrics, adolescents and young adults, as well as developmental therapeutics for pediatric solid tumors. Dr. Mascarenhas is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and Hematology/Oncology. He also received his master’s degree in clinical and biomedical investigations from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Rick Olshansky

Board Member

Rick has spent the better part of his career in the entertainment industry.  He is currently Co-head of AMC Studios (producers of The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, Into the Badlands, among others)  and EVP of Business Affairs for AMC Networks (AMC, Sundance, BBCA, IFC). He has held similar business positions with NBCUNIVERSAL and The Endeavor Talent Agency.  Prior to and then contemporaneous with his television career, Rick was the chief developer, builder and operator of Pacific Park, the amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier, where he has served on the board of directors for 20 years.

Rick was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Los Angeles in 1984. He has undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Michigan and is a member of the State Bar of California. His wife, Leslie Rubinoff, introduced him to the Shutterbugs program several years ago and he immediately fell in love – with the Pablove organization for the first time and with Leslie on an ongoing basis.

Glenn Oratz

Board Member

Glenn earned his B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1989 and joined UBS Private Wealth Management as a Managing Director in 2013. Prior to joining UBS, Glenn spent thirteen years at Merrill Lynch, where he was a Managing Director in the Private Banking and Investment Group. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Glenn spent seven years at Goldman Sachs, where he served as a Vice President in the Private Client Services Division, as well as two years at J.P. Morgan, where he served as a Relationship Manager and Credit Analyst in the Private Bank.

Glenn lives in San Diego, California, with his wife Gabrielle and their twin sons. He is very active in philanthropic endeavors, currently serving as Chair of the Rancho Santa Fe School Endowment and is an Investments Committee Member of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego. Glenn’s personal interests include travel, music, photography and recreational activities.

Rhea Scott

Board Member Emeritus

Since its founding in 1998, Rhea Scott has been the President of Little Minx. Little Minx focuses on creating artistic and commercial opportunities for its talented directors. The directors of Little Minx have worked with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA/Chiat Day, Draftfcb, JWT, Wieden+Kennedy, Publicis and Leo Burnett, among others. Before Little Minx, Rhea was Head of Music Videos at Propaganda Films, a prestigious music video, commercial and feature film production company where she collaborated with 45 directors including, David Fincher, Stephane Sednaoui, and Michael Bay. Additionally, she has also Executive Produced Grammy Award winning music videos with prominent recording artists; notably, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, Lauryn Hill, and Jay-Z. Today, Rhea continues to produce Oscar, Cannes, Clios, D&AD, One Show, AICP, Grammy, and MTV award winning works with artistic resonance and social consciousness.

Alan Sartirana

Board Member

Alan is the co-founder of Anthemic Agency, and a renowned pioneer in the music, entertainment, and ad agency worlds. He is a long-time friend and work-colleague of Jeff’s, and his son Sebastian was a playmate of Pablo’s. As a member of the Board of Directors, Alan leverages his strategic marketing and advertising background and his passion for the cause to extend the national reach and awareness of The Pablove Foundation and its mission.

Jo Ann Thrailkill

Board Member

Scientific Advisory Committee

Saro Armenian, D.O., M.P.H.

Board Member & Scientific Advisory Committee Member

Leo Mascarenhas, M.D., M.S.

Scientific Advisory Committee Chair

James Amatruda, M.D., Ph.D.

Committee Member

Shahab Asgharzadeh, M.D.

Committee Member

Jeffrey S. Dome, M.D., Ph.D.

Committee Member

Sinisa Dovat, M.D., P.h.D.

Committee Member

Steven DuBois, m.d., m.s.

Committee Member

Corrine M. Linardic, M.D., P.h.D.

Committee Member

David M. Loeb, M.D., Ph.D.

Committee Member

Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, M.D.

Committee Member

David O. Walterhouse, M.D.

Committee Member

Lisa L. Wang, M.D.

Committee Member

Daniel S. Wechsler, M.D., Ph.D.

Committee Member