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JDSCA Board of Directors

Board MembersJDS Creative Academy Board of Director Bios:

Our Board of Directors is comprised of six industry professions; Diane Strand – Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Treasurer; Scott Strand – Co Founder, Vice Chair; Johanna Lack – Secretary, Lynn Cohen – Board Member and Nancy Williams – Board member, who’ve come together to create collaborative visual and performing arts programs. We are always looking for industry professionals, valued business people, and community leaders for our Board.

The JDSCA Board has collectively over 100 years of professional industry related experience; as producers, directors, writers, musical directors, actors, as well as in video production, stage production, and as educators. The board brings a wealth of experience having worked for companies such as; Disney, Universal and Warner Bros.; on television shows such as; “General Hospital”, “Friends”, “Survivor” “Good Day Temecula”; Design on a Dime, and House Hunters and Equity musicals “Brigadoon”, “Evita”, “Westside Story”, and the Major Release films “Tyson” and “Last Man Standing”.

Diane Strand – Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Treasurer:

Diane is an industry professional in several disciplines of visual and performing arts, an accomplished mainstream Producer/Director on show such as General Hospital, Friends and for Disney Channel. Diane is an owner operator of her own Production Company & Acting Studio JDS Video & Media Productions, Inc/dba JDS Actors Studio

Scott Strand – Co Founder, Vice Chair:

Scott is an industry professional in several disciplines of visual and performing arts, and an accomplished Actor, Director and editor. He is an owner operator of his own Production Company & Acting Studio JDS Video & Media Productions, Inc/dba JDS Actors Studio. Scott is the master Acting Coach at JDS Actors Studio and has trained several actors who have launched successful careers in Television and Film

Johanna Lack – Secretary:

Johanna is an accomplished mainstream script writer for networks such as Home and Garden HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, and The Learning Channel. She freelance writes for several production companies and media outlets. She works as a freelance producer for independent production companies and is involved in helping students study abroad through Foreign exchange programs.

Celeste Ducharme – Board Member:

As Vice President of Self Storage Development at The Rancon Group, Celeste Ducharme is an expert in the self-storage industry producing income, profitability, exceptional customer service and visibility. Celeste joined the Rancon Group team in 2004 to manage Clinton Keith Self Storage and is now responsible for future Self-Storage development opportunities along with working with the Rancon Group Director of Development on current projects, Ranch RV & Self Storage in French Valley, Menifee, Winchester and Temescal Canyon.

With a degree in Business Management, and thirty years’ experience in sales, buying, marketing and management for two high profile companies, Celeste works passionately to create successful, caring and motivated work environments. Celeste is a Co-Author of an International Best-Seller book, Turn Possibilities into Realities and is passionate about sharing her experiences and perseverance that has led her to tremendous joy and success in life through public speaking and mentorship consulting.

Celeste Ducharme always chooses to passionately motivate, mentor, encourage and lead others by example.

Lynn Cohen – Board Member:

Lynn holds an A.A. in Child Dev , a B.A. in Human Dev, as well as, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UCR. Professionally she works in early childhood teaching and program directs for schools throughout So. Calif. Her volunteer exp. includes working on several boards to name a few; Assoc. of Ed of Young Children, LA Times Festival of Books and two Temecula School visual & performing arts booster clubs Day Middle and Temecula Valley High School.