Playing our
Way to a Better World

At ShareWell, we cultivate brave and generous thinkers. Through arts, immersive play and real-world action, we guide children and youth to recognize injustice and possibility within their communities and beyond, and to take meaningful, collaborative and collective action to create a better future.

The Zimmer Children's Museum by ShareWell offers 10,000 square feet of discovery-based exhibits and more than 20 classes and free public programs each week in art, music & movement, cross-cultural exchange, school readiness, early childhood education and foreign language.

Discover youTHink

Empowering middle and high school youth to make a difference in their lives and communities

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Meet Our Team

Esther
Esther Netter

Chief Executive Officer

Estner Netter is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Zimmer Children’s Museum. As Founder, Estner developed a community of supporters and contributing artists, the Museum’s Board of Directors, initial funders and a revenue strategy to support the growing fledgling institution. As the museum expanded its reach over time, Estner launched youTHink, a California arts education initiative which uses the power of art to foster critical thinking, engage diverse learners, promote literacy and serve as a tool for social change. With the creation of the youTHink arts education outreach programming, the museum’s reach extended from birth through high school.

Amy
Amy Shapiro

Managing Director
Chief Operating Officer

Amy Shapiro is the Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer of the Zimmer Children’s Museum. Amy is a nonprofit executive with extensive administrative, fundraising and event management experience. Prior to the Zimmer, Amy served as Executive Director, Advancement & Operation at P.S. ARTS, an organization which provided arts education to underserved public schools and communities. Prior to joining P.S. ARTS in 2001, Amy, who has a background in special education, was a High School Program Manager for Best Buddies of California, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Amy graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. of Science in 2000 and in 2006 she earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis on Non-Profit Management, from the University of Southern California. Amy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Westside Food Bank, an organization that annually distributes more than a million pounds of food to social services agencies, shelters and food pantries across West Los Angeles.

Jennifer
Jennifer Noguera

Accounting/HR Manager

Jennifer was born and raised in Los Angeles. While taking general education classes in college, she began working at a local non-profit where she provided administrative support for both the Finance and Development departments. She decided to pursue other options and returned to school to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. For eight years, she worked with another local non-profit overseeing their programs in therapeutic massage services for terminally and critically ill men, women, and children. Most recently, Jennifer decided it was time for another change and began working with the Zimmer as the Accounting & HR Coordinator. When she’s not at work, she enjoys riding her bike and spending time with her daughter.

Edward
Edward C. Wang

Operations Coordinator/
Database Specialist

Ed was born in Ohio but spent most of his childhood in Columbia, Maryland. Defying his parents’ wishes for him to become an engineer, he received a B.A. in Communication from Stanford University and was hired by legendary low-budget movie producer Roger Corman as a production assistant and assistant director. Ed then worked as an assistant and development executive to film producer Harry Gittes for 16 years, working on such films as About Schmidt and The Girl Next Door. He received an M.A. in Museum Studies from John Hopkins University in 2016 and hopes someday to have a career as a collections manager at a museum or studio archive. His hobbies include seeing lots of movies, collecting DVDs, and frequently attending rock concerts and music festivals.

Audrey
Audrey Nguyen

Executive Assistant to the
CEO and COO

Though Audrey’s education background is science-based with a BS in Biology from the University of California, Irvine, she began her interests in the arts and helping others around the age of 9. It was this year that her father passed away, and that, as a means of distraction, she first learned how to draw human figures from her older cousin. She continued to enjoy the moments of distraction that art provided her, only to later realize in college that these distractions weren’t just moments, but an integral part of her life.

It was also in college that she solidified her passion for volunteer work. Throughout her college years she became involved in various organizations: Global Brigades; the University of California, Irvine Student Parent Orientation Program; and JumpStart, to name a few. One of the most memorable volunteer experiences she has had was when she went to Panama as part of a volunteer abroad opportunity. In Panama she learned valuable lessons in environmental sustainability, but more importantly she learned the value and purpose of volunteer opportunities such as this – to empower and motivate young everyday people to be the change for others.

Christy
Christy Moody

Development &
Communications Consultant

Christy’s job is to help ensure the financial sustainability of the museum and youTHink programs by effectively communicating with and seeking funds from foundations, corporations and individuals.

Prior to this role, Christy was a consultant with a focus on non-profit fundraising, marketing, and project and event management. Previously, Christy directed marketing and programs for the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), international programs for the Marshall School of Business at USC and communications for the ENPC School of Management in Paris, France.

Christy earned an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 2004 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona.

Hannah
Hannah Edwards

Development Associate

Hannah is originally from Southern Illinois. She graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin where she received her BA in Modern Languages, specializing in Japanese. She also has a minor in Anthropology. After graduating, she made her move out west and began a year of service with City Year Los Angeles as an AmeriCorps tutor and mentor at a middle school in Boyle Heights. Inspired by her students, she has continued finding ways to empower children through education. She has since worked with two different literacy-focused organizations, Reading to Kids and Ready, Set, Read. At both organizations, she engaged volunteers and provided students and parents with much-needed resources in schools across the area. Some of her hobbies include crocheting, hiking, and cooking.

Taylor
Taylor Fuller

Marketing &
Retail Coordinator

From a young age, Taylor enjoyed getting lost in her imagination and finding light in a world that was dark. Born and raised in San Bernardino, CA, she enjoyed writing poems that rhymed, playing the flute, and quoting her favorite film, ‘The Princess Bride’. She attended University of California, Irvine where she majored in Film & Media and minored in Comparative Literature. There, Taylor became passionate about social justice and the ways in which art and literature can improve society. Outside of the classroom, she volunteered at various writing clubs and multicultural organizations where she learned how to graphic design and market specialized programs for international students and low-income students of color. In her junior year, she studied abroad in Paris, before working as a PR/Marketing Intern at London’s AMC Network. Prior to graduation, she studied Film History and Ethnic Studies in Prague, while working as a Global Media Intern for an Eritrean-American filmmaker. Today, Taylor lives in the San Fernando Valley where she continues to quote lines from movies and assist marketing campaigns.

Sara
Sara Choi

Education Program Manager

Sara was born in Incheon, South Korea and moved to the U.S. when she was four years old. She grew up in central California and lived a very plain life until she came across a book called “People” by Peter Spier in the third grade that changed her life forever. With a curious spirit and passion to learn more about the world, she continued to get her B.A. in both Anthropology and Communication at the University of California, San Diego and lived and studied in India for a year. After graduation, she returned back to South Korea to teach at Eton House International School, a Reggio-Emilia inspired school that focuses on the individual child and his/ her self-guided learning. She is a life-long learner who is always looking for her next adventure.

Sasha
Sasha Karlova

Visitor Experience Manager
/Arts Educator

Sasha received a BA in fine art from the University of California, Santa Barbara. However, she started her art education at the age of eight and continued taking art classes at Pasadena Art Center while attending Fairfax High School Visual Arts Magnet. During her stay at UCSB she participated in several group art shows and was head curator of the 2009 Undergraduate Art Show in which she also exhibited her work. She has been a yearly muralist at the Pasadena Chalk Festival since 2005 and interned with the Light Bringer Project, a non-profit arts organization. She continues to make art and exhibits her work whenever she gets a chance. An alumni of the Zimmer’s arts education outreach program, youTHink, Sasha loves sharing her enthusiasm for art with children and families here at the Zimmer.

Ana
Ana Miro

Community Engagement
Project Coordinator

A lifelong artist, performer and teacher, Ana was raised in Puerto Rico where she attended a Specialized Art High School and earned a BA in Theater Arts with a minor in Special Education and Dance Education from the University of Puerto Rico. The daughter of a preschool director, she grew up immersed in Early Childhood Education and by age 15 was teaching dance and early childhood classes herself. During her college years she developed arts integration programs where art and dance were used as tools to help kids learn math and science. Since moving to L.A., she has worked as a private tutor, freelance early childhood and arts instructor and a professional makeup artist.

Marissa
Marissa Ring

Program Coordinator

Marissa was born and raised right here in Los Angeles, California. She spent most of her high school summers working at a local day camp as a Senior Counselor and later, Head Counselor. Looking for a change of pace, Marissa attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, earning a BA in both History and Political Science. She later spent her entire junior year living and studying in Brussels, Belgium. After graduating, she returned to LA to temporarily work before taking flight yet again, this time for a 3-month backpacking trip through South America. When Marissa returned to Los Angeles, she began working for an LA River-based non-profit while continuing to work in childcare. It was then that she decided to combine her passions of working with children in an education setting and giving back to her community. She began working for the Zimmer Children’s Museum in 2016 and has loved the opportunity to contribute to a community that has given her so much. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and exploring Los Angeles.

Dominic
Dominic Fury

Visitor Services Coordinator

Dominic was born in Marion, Ohio. As a child he lived in various parts of Ohio including Bowling Green, where he later attended college. While at Bowling Green he discovered his passion for Theatre and Art. His work in the Bowling Green International Studies Department allowed him to study abroad in New Zealand. He later received his B.A. from Columbia College Chicago. After graduation he became actively involved in the Chicago Theatre scene. He spent his days working as an administrator for various Chicago Theaters, and his nights as a stage actor. Having had enough of the cold Chicago weather, he decided to uproot and move to sunny Los Angeles.

Andres
Andres Solorzano

Assistant Floor Manager

Andres Solorzano, originally from Miami, FL, began his work in childhood education in Boston working with City Stage Company as a Performer, Teaching Artist, and Program Coordinator for various free after school theater classes. He graduated from Emerson College with a B.F.A. in Acting. Now in Los Angeles, Andres continues to pursue his creative goals in Music Production while acting regularly in theater, film and commercial projects.

Farnaz
Farnaz Mehrdad

Front Desk Associate
Educator

Farnaz was born and raised in Tehran, Iran where she went to school and tutored youth in mathematics. She later migrated to the United States four years ago to seek a better a life and to be closer to her children who were already here in California. Farnaz soon got the wonderful opportunity to work at the Zimmer as a Front Desk Associate. She later helped kick start the Language Immersion Program here at the museum. Being an immigrant and non-native-English speaker herself, Farnaz understands some of the challenges many migrant parents and grandparents face in communicating to their children who are born here in the US. She now teaches Farsi to younger children here at the Zimmer, in an effort to eliminate communication barriers in families and preserve cultural identities. Outside of work, she enjoys learning about other cultures, watching foreign movies, traveling, and being a devoting mother to her children.

Frank
Frank Salinas

Lead Play Guide

Frank Salinas is a native Angeleno. Apart from his work at the Zimmer Museum, Frank is a professional actor who started his career with Ultimate Improv in Westwood. He then attended the Los Angeles Theatre Academy 3 Year Conservatory Program at Los Angeles City College. Afterwards, he took classes at Margie Haber’s. Being an artist at heart, some of Frank’s hobbies includes, going out to nature and capturing photos of the wilderness. He also has an interest with Zen and martial arts, after studying Shaolin White Dragon Kung Fu for 4 years. He currently studies Jeet Kune Do, the fighting art that Bruce Lee developed.

Teonna
Teonna Garcia

Lead Play Guide

Teonna was born and raised in Los Angeles. As a child, she loved drawing and doing arts & crafts with her mother. While attending Fairfax High School, she took every art elective that her counselors would allow. She also participated in the Youth Education Department that was partnered with Cedars Sinai Hospital. During her time in the program, she realized that she loved working with children. After graduating high school, she studied Visual Arts at the Art Institute in Santa Monica and worked for LA’s Best, which is an after-school program for elementary students. She continues creating art and shares her love of art with the children who visit the Zimmer.

Maribel
Maribel Ramirez

Lead Play Guide

Maribel was born and raised in Los Angeles. Growing up, she spent her summers at the library reading about different types of animals. While attending Roosevelt High School, she was involved in the JROTC program where she learned leadership skills and her passion for helping others. After graduating high school, she attended East Los Angeles College and interned for the Free Arts at the Children’s Court. There, she received an AA in Psychology and Social Behavioral Science, before transferring to California State University, Los Angeles where she is currently working on her Bachelors in Psychology. Today, Maribel enjoys reading comic books, spending time with her loved ones, and finding ways to help people in need.

Luis
Luis Torrealva

Staff Music Educator

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Luis is a self-taught musician playing guitar by age fifteen. In his early career, Luis toured with various bands throughout Latin America and the U.S. East Coast. Between 2001 and 2012, as founding member and lead vocalist for Nayas, the group received nominations for various awards including, “Best Latin Duo/Group” and “Best Latin Vocalists” by Washington Area Music Association. While living in Washington, D.C., Luis developed a following providing music and play programs as Creative Director at the Blue Igloo Playgroup, several school events, festivals and private parties. Now in Los Angeles, Luis continues to teach music classes to young children and performs original and traditional bilingual English and Spanish favorites at venues throughout the city.

Julia
Julia Taylor

Program Director

Julia is an educator, facilitator, community artist, and theater maker. Her work sits at the intersection of the arts and social justice and she strives to promote dialogue through artistic processes in educational and community settings. Before joining youTHink in 2014, Julia worked as a teaching artist in New York and previously, as the Project Manager of The Thousand Kites Project at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY, using film, theater, and radio to impact criminal justice policy on local and national levels. Julia’s independent theater work includes Theater of the Oppressed Forum Theater, Theater-in-Education, and community-based theater projects. She was a 2012 Create Change Professional Development Fellow with the Laundromat Project. Julia received her BA in Social Science from the University of Michigan, and her MA in Applied Theater from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

Isabel
Isabel Gonzalez

Senior Program Coordinator

Y. Isabel Gonzalez received BA’s in Political Science and Spanish Studies while minoring in International Relations from Mount St. Mary’s College in 2009. Her dedication to working with educational/youth service programs stem from an early age as she grew up in South Los Angeles and experienced firsthand the need for educational/youth mentoring support within her own community and neighboring communities. After working for various years within the nonprofit sector for organizations that serviced people in need; Isabel joined youTHink’s staff in the summer of 2014. Isabel welcomes the opportunity to serve as a mentor, role model and friend to the young adults that youTHink and the Zimmer work with as they acquire the skills to be community leaders that can bring positive social change within their neighborhoods and the world.

Jeffery
Jeffery Washington

Program Coordinator

Jeffery is a youth advocate and poet devoted to using art and education to help urban youth overcome the difficulties of their environments. He grew up in Compton, strongly affected by the narrative surrounding minorities and education. As an adolescent, Jeffery developed a passion for combining education with art and social justice, while becoming a poet and youth mentor. Before joining youTHink, he worked with Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools to teach 5th grade students about literature, culture, and social action. Jeffery received a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in English Literature from Kalamazoo College in 2015.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn Mariscal

Program Assistant

Jocelyn is a Los Angeles native and proud Bruin who graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in English and a minor in Anthropology. In high school, Jocelyn volunteered in two non-profits that greatly shaped her interests and goals: youTHink and 826LA. In youTHink, she lobbied for a bill at the State Capitol, informed people about the Red Hand Campaign, and made PSA’s. In 826LA, she became a published author at age 17 as part of their Young Author’s Book Project. After college, Jocelyn returned to 826LA to intern and serve as a mentor and tutor to youth at their South LA site in Manuel Arts High School. She is now back in youTHink, but this time as part of the staff and is excited to make a difference in young lives.

Black Line

Leadership

Board of Directors

Andy Kaplan, Chairperson

Entertainment Industry Executive

Susan Amster

Managing Director, Andersen Tax

Nathaniel Bach

Associate Attorney, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Kevin Beggs

Chairman, LIONSGATE Television

Kendra Bracken-Ferguson

Founder, The BrainTrust

Tamara S. Brandt

Chief Legal Officer, Dreamscape Immersive, Inc.

Karey Burke

EVP Programming and Development, Freeform

Jennifer E. Cohen

Community Leader

Choiwan Hin Essey

Financial Office Director, Essey Construction Company, Inc.

Vanessa Frank

Community Leader

Carl Freed

CEO, Trevanna Entertainment

Rodney Freeman

President and CEO, Freeman Construction

Jean Friedman, Founding Chairperson

Community Leader

Aryeh Goldberg, Treasurer

Director of Corporate Strategy, S&F Management Company, LLC

Rob Goldenberg

Creative Director of Advertising, Native Advertising, Startups and Small Businesses

Scott Greenberg

Co-founder and Principal, Bento Box Entertainment

Matt Hanover, Secretary

Artist and Entrepreneur

Amy Kestenbaum

Lawyer, Community Leader

Heather Lindsey

Strategic Business Consultant

Pauline Malcolm-Thornton

Head of Agency Partnerships, Disney Digital Network

James Mandelbaum, Vice Chair

Partner, Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein

Andy Meyers

President, M3 Creative

Courtney Mizel, Vice Chair

Founding Director, Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab

Dana Pachulski

Community Leader, Banker

Kerry Phelan

EVP of Global Franchise Management and Strategic Partnerships, Lionsgate

Benyamin Ross

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Alon Shtruzman

CEO, Keshet International

Richard A. Smith

Director, Private Bank of America

David Straus, Vice Chair

CEO, Critical Mass Studios

Eileen Stringer

Talent Manager, Rain Management Group

Fernando Szew

CEO, MarVista Entertainment

Sheryl Wachtel

SW Photography

Rayni Romito Williams

Co-Founder, Williams & Williams Estates

Grant Withers

Senior Vice President, The Capital Group

President's Advisory Board

The President’s Advisory Board represents a critical component in both our educational outreach and development programs. It is comprised of a very select group of leaders recognized for their exemplary dedication and support for children, education and community.

  • Dan Adler
  • Allison Berg
  • Adele Binder
  • Gordon Binder
  • Stanley Black
  • Marilyn Brown
  • Bruce Corwin
  • Barbara Fisher
  • Darryl Frank
  • Beth Friedman
  • Jenna Grosfel
  • Mark Itkin
  • Wendy Moss Klein
  • Gary E. Knell
  • Barbara Lazaroff
  • Norman Lear
  • Dick Lippin
  • David Madden
  • Sanford Michelman
  • Sharon Sacks
  • Annette Shapiro
  • Jeff Wachtel
  • Cynthia Sikes Yorkin
  • Richard S. Ziman
Women's Leadership Council

The Women’s Leadership Council is a dedicated group of women from varying professional and cultural backgrounds. Members are professionals, philanthropists, visionaries and change-makers. They share a passion for instilling young people of all ages with the confidence and the desire to shape their own lives and the world around them for the better.

  • Allison Berg
  • Lynn Bider
  • Heather Braun
  • Shainaz Donnelly Burg
  • Beth Freeman
  • Julie Monkarsh Gadinsky
  • Jenna Grosfeld
  • Halle Hammond
  • Sydney Holland
  • Ronnie Kassan
  • Sharon Meron
  • Denise Vasi Mandler
  • Heidi Monkrash
  • Sheila Nazarian
  • Corrine Sands
  • Lynn Segal
  • Ronnie Stabler
  • Nadina Szew
  • Shari Weiner
  • Jacqueline Winnick
  • Shirin Yadegar

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