JDSCA Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of seven industry professions; Diane Strand – Founder, Chairman
of the Board, and Treasurer; Scott Strand – Co Founder, Vice Chair; Allan Robb – Programs, curriculum Chair; Johanna Lack – Secretary; Lynn Cohen – Board Member; Grace Sandlin – Board Member; Nancy Williams – Board Member; Robert Rosenstein – Advisory Board Member; Joan Sparkman – Advisory Board Member, who’ve come together to create collaborative visual and performing arts programs.
The JDSCA Board has collectively over 136 years of professional industry related experience; as producers, directors, writers, musical directors, actors, artist, as well as in video production, stage production, educators and business professionals. The board brings a wealth of experience having worked for companies such as; Disney, Universal and Warner Bros.; on television shows such as; “Good Morning America”, “General Hospital”, “Friends”, “American Idol” and “Good Day Temecula”; the musicals “Brigadoon”, “Evita”, “Westside Story”, and the films “Tyson” and “Last Man Standing”.
Diane Strand – Founder, Chairman of the Board, Treasurer
Diane was drawn to the arts at an early age, participating in her high school dance and drama programs. After high school graduation she went to Fullerton JC where she focused her education on theatre and journalism earning a AA in liberal Arts. From there she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts with intensive focus on acting, which she pursued professionally for a couple years till she realized her passion was more behind the camera and behind the stage which lead her finishing her college education and graduating from California State University Northridge with BA in TV Production and Media Marketing.
After producing professionally for a few notable mainstream Hollywood Theatre Productions Diane moved into entertainment television on such shows as General Hospital, Friends, and Veronica’s Closet. Diane was also an in-house staff producer for The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, and the Staples Center where she produced for the Lakers, Kings, and Avengers. Finally, before escaping the Hollywood scene Diane spent 11 months working in reality television. Diane then found a niche in creating corporate videos for marketing, communications and product launches, where she gained a reputation of creativity, the meeting of deadlines, and always bringing it in “on or under” budget.
Diane founded her business JDS Video & Media Productions, Inc. in North County San Diego in May of 2003, with her partner in both life and business, Scott Strand. They have created a very successful multi award winning Video Production Multimedia Solution Company. Providing Green communication solutions for businesses in video and multimedia (web/CD-ROM/eblast emails), for marketing, internal/external communications, advertising, training, and client services. Then in January 2010 Diane started a Drama Club program with Scott which launched in the Temecula Unified School District There was such a huge response that they decided to create an Actors Studio for all ages to learn the technique and craft of Acting, which is now known as JDS Actors Studio. Since launching JDS Actors Studio in May of 2010 they have enrolled over 200 students who have participated in acting classes, private lessons, and/or our professional workshops. They have also assist actors in getting agent representation from SAG franchised agencies, and produce One Act Plays providing free professional community theatre featuring their enrolled actors that play to a full house.
Diane is also deeply involved with the community and the region’s economic development. In 2006 Diane was nominated by the San Diego Business Journal as a woman who means business. Diane /JDS Video & Media Productions, Inc is a member of many business and community organizations. Diane currently is sitting on 3 other Boards: the Economic Development Corporation of Southwest California, Southwest Community Development Organization, and Riverside County Workforce Investment. Diane chairs the Marketing committee for the EDC, she’s an Ambassador for the Temecula Chamber of Commerce, and is Co Chairing the Woman in Business event for the Temecula Chamber. Diane mentors through ROP and the HIGHER program. Diane is a founding member of the Women’s Business Center of California and a Charter Board Member of the North San Diego Real Estate Investors.
What keep’s Diane balanced the most is the love of her family. She is a very proud parent of two wonderful boys and her baby girl: Joshua Daniel Strand, 14, and Jordan David Strand, 10, and Jasmine Diane Strand, 5. All three who are namesakes of JDS and have a passion themselves in the different areas of arts.
Scott Strand – Co Founder, & Vice Chair
Scott is the co owner of the multi-award winning JDS Video & Media Productions, Inc. The Master Acting Coach at JDS Actors Studio and the Co Founder of JDS Creative Academy.
Scott was very active in his High School Drama program which led him to begin seriously studding acting at Palomar College where he performed in such shows as “Equus”. “Chicago” and Pippin.” Scott then relocated to Los Angeles and attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, after graduating Scott was invited back to be a part the elite few who represented the Academy. During his year with the Academy Company, he performed in multiple shows including “Beyond Therapy”, “Comedy of Errors” and “Homesteaders.”
After leaving the Academy, he started his professional acting and teaching career. He began teaching acting at Theatre 6470 in Hollywood, then founded Images and Imagination Children’s Theatre with his future wife Diane. Scott also continued acting in various Equity Theatrical plays “Brigadoon” and “Westside Story” at Fullerton Civic Light Opera and in “The Labor of Hercules” at the Laguna Playhouse. Scott then began to transition from live theater into mainstream entertainment earning his SAG card working on several TV Pilots, Commercials, and Feature films, including the HBO film “Tyson” working with the late George C. Scott, and going on location when he booked the feature film “Last Man Standing” with Bruce Willis and Christopher Walken.
Scott developed an eye for composition and decided to go back to school and finish his formal education in Film Directing. While at Mission College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and won the Chancellors Distinguished Honor award, he found himself once again teaching this time to college students English and Creative Writing. Scott finished his formal education at California State University Northridge, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cinema and Television Arts. This was also the same year the short film he wrote and directed “The Courage to Run Away” screened at Cannes Film Festival.
In 2003, he and his wife, Diane, decided to relocate their family to North County San Diego to be closer with immediate family, and pool their talents and create their successful multi award winning Video Production Company, JDS Video & Media Productions, Inc. After the initial build of their company in North County San Diego the family decided in 2008 to put down roots in Temecula. Then In 2010 Scott’s loved for acting and his passion for the arts and the youth had him stepping back into teaching when he and his wife developed an after school drama program within the Temecula school district which then led to the launch of JDS Actors Studio. With the success of both the video production business and the acting studio he and his wife have most recently co founded a 501c3 creative academy which is all about education, training and apprenticeships in all the collaborative arts fields for all ages.
Scott has three children currently 14, 10 & 5. He is very involved in the community; donating time and resources to local charities, working with the youth, coaching sports and providing career guidance for young adults and most recently became a board member on the Temecula Valley Foundation of Excellence in Education.
Allan Robb – Board of Director & Programs and Curriculum Chair
In one way or another, Allan has been involved with theatre throughout most of his life. Whether it was acting in high school, college or professionally, set design and construction, or teaching theatre arts, the theatre is part of his DNA. His grandfather and grandmother, John and Holly Robb, were Vaudeville performers and John went on to become a Broadway stage actor.
From early on Allan demonstrated a knack for finding the spotlight, a gift not always appreciated by his teachers. After high school he attended the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts and went on to become a member of their repertory company.
He has worked professionally building sets for HBO and the USA Television Network as well as stage companies in Los Angeles. He left acting and the theatre for a time to earn his Bachelor’s degree and in 2005 he received his California Teaching Credential. But the lure of the stage is too strong and in the end it drew him back. In addition his love of history and the classics have led him to teach a course on Shakespeare at JDS Actors Studio for several years.
His philosophy on theater is simple: “The art of acting and the craft of theatre have a symbiotic relationship. To excel at either, one must have an understanding of the other.”
Johanna Lack – Board Secretary
Johanna, an award-winning writer and television producer, knew as a teenager that she wanted a career in television and film. She kept to that plan and earned a BS degree in Radio/TV/Film from the School of Communication at Northwestern University (while taking her junior year “abroad” at the University of Texas in Austin to study broadcasting). After working as a news video editor in Waco, Texas for a year, she figured it was “now or never,” loaded up her Chevy Chevette, and moved to Los Angeles.
She quickly landed a job as a producer’s assistant working on Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, one of TV’s first interactive television shows. That gig was followed by a variety of different projects for Disney, NBC, CBS, and she even went to Poland while working on a film about the Holocaust. Other memorable jobs during this time include writing copy for the JCPenney Sales Network and coordinating a shoot for The Grudge Match, which featured Mr. T battling it out in a food fight.
Next came overseeing field shoots for CBS’s hit show Rescue 911, and then producing for Discovery Channel’s Hollywood’s Greatest Stunts, where she also fell in love with writing documentary-style shows. She went on to write and produce a large variety of programming on A&E, The Discovery Channel, FitTV, DIY, and HGTV. Her credits include Renovation Realities, Outrageous Bathrooms, House Hunters, Designed To Sell, Designing for the Sexes, Smart Solutions, The Carol Duvall Show, Designers Challenge, Landscapers Challenge, Color Correction, Weekend Warriors, The Main Floor, The Gardens of Beijing, Top Ten, Martial Arts, Vogue Magazine’s Trend Watch, and ABC’s Good Morning America.
Johanna also worked as a Supervising Producer on HGTV’s Simply Quilts and The Insider’s Garden, which earned an Aurora Award for Best Garden Programming, and she produced electronic press kits for Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Johanna decided to expand her repertoire and started writing blog-style advertorial restaurant and event reviews for the online magazine Taste of Temecula. Within a year, she was promoted to Chief Editor, where she booked creative personnel, edited submitted articles, and uploaded content to website. This position was followed by Johanna establishing a consultancy that helps businesses boost their marketing/PR plans by writing their newsletters, blogs, website pages, press releases, social media posts, and other marketing collateral.
Johanna’s decade-long association with JDS Media & Video Productions started with writing their clients’ corporate videos, for which she received a Telly Award for Horse Safety on the Farm. Now, as their “go to” writer, she handles a wide range of JDS projects. She is excited to serve on JDSCA’s Board of Directors and teach the Academy’s writing classes to talented young people.
Lynn Cohen – Board Member
Lynn Cohen has been a resident of Temecula Valley for 13 years. She and her husband are the parents of three children, mostly grown now; she has always made sure arts were a part of their lives. Her love of music came from her Grandfather who had a record collection of 13,000 records. He was always playing something new for her to listen to from Bach to Johnny Cash from Opera to Elvis. She herself always wished to play piano but her parents neither owned a piano nor could they give her lessons. She did play the flute for seven years and loved the experience of being in and orchestra playing as a collective group. Reading and creative writing are also passions of hers. Her children have had art as a constant growing up; from dance to visual arts, piano, drums, and theater. Attending museums, theater, live music events as well as, bookstores and libraries and the San Diego zoo is what their family activities are. Sometimes hiking and the beach gets thrown in.
She holds an A.A. degree in Child Development from Santa Monica City College and a B.A. degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, as well as, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of California Riverside. She has been in the early childhood field teaching or directing for schools from Santa Monica to San Diego and Temecula. She was also an employee in the children’s youth service department of the Temecula Public Library. Her volunteer experience includes working on the board of the North Bay Chapter of the Calif. Assoc. of the Education of Young Children, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and being the board president of the drama booster club at James L Day Middle School and being on the board of the Temecula Valley High School Drama Booster Club. She looks forward to helping all children in the area have access to the exceptional experiences of the JDS Creative Academy.
Grace Sandlin– Board Member
Grace has been a professional artist for over 40 years. She founded the nonprofit organization Studio 395 in Lake Elsinore which provides exposure to the arts and allows creative expression of the community including those individuals who may otherwise not have art exposure. She is about enriching youth education and the personal pride of accomplishment through the expression of art. Grace promotes art as a business incubator to artisans in developing stable commercial skills to market and sell their products.
Nancy Williams– Board Member
Nancy Williams, VP and Branch Manager, Union Bank, Temecula, CA.
Nancy has been in the financial industry for 28 years, the last 18 years have been with Union Bank in Temecula helping businesses and individuals realize their financial dreams. Nancy has many years of community involvement ranging from the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival as a Chairperson and Volunteer, to Past President of the Temecula Noon Rotary Club. Nancy enjoys cycling, cooking and reading in her spare time as well as traveling to National Parks with her family.