Slam Program

Our Board And Volunteer Leadership

Noah Wood, Advisory Board Chair

Having earned degrees in German and Political Science and a masters in International Affairs, Noah has worked for the global law firm Mayer Brown LLP for 18 years, where he has held a broad-range of jobs and currently serves in the capacity of Operations Manager. Noah was first introduced to music in elementary school when he was given the opportunity to experiment with a variety of musical instruments before settling on the flute. Noah's other interests include mentoring inner city youth, volunteering as a suicide prevention counselor, swimming with a masters club in Los Angeles, world travel and spending time with his beloved Welsh Terriers.

Mark Loranger, Advisory Board

Mark Loranger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Chrysalis, a Los Angeles-Based nonprofit dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. He recently led the organization’s expansion of its Downtown Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley centers, as well as the significant growth of its two Social Enterprises, which in 2014 employed nearly 500 clients in transitional jobs. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of Social Enterprise, homelessness and employment and is a contributing author to the book Succeeding at Social Enterprise: Hard-Won Lessons for Non-Profits and Social Entrepreneurs. Mark is also an Adjunct Faculty Member in Antioch University’s Masters of Nonprofit Management program.

John Nyboer, Advisory Board

John is the Creative Director for Render Media and an active percussionist in Los Angeles. As a volunteer instructor at Vista del Mar, he saw the language of music facilitate self expression and self confidence, and he is excited to be involved with SLAM!'s mission. Educated at UCLA as a writer (and a member of the marching band!), Nyboer sees music as an ideal way to engage young people in something that develops persistence, communication, and improvisation – tools that are essential to successful lives.

Jacquie Shabel, Advisory Board

Jacquie Shabel serves as the Director of Music Licensing and Marketing for Oovra Music, a catalog of music, custom scored by some of the top, award-winning and nominated composers today. Over the past decade, Jacquie has consulted record companies including Priority Records, Hollywood Records, EMI Music and Capitol Records spearheading digital and brand marketing projects for: The Beatles, Coldplay, Beastie Boys, Now That's Music and many other superstar artists. Jacquie's advocacy work also includes supporting My Friend’s Place and Big Brothers Big Sisters of LA and follows in her mother’s footsteps supporting local community activism in Hollywood.

Roi Matalon, Founder and Executive Director

While a student at UCLA, Roi founded SLAM! in order to connect talented college student musicians with underserved schools that have lost music programs due to budget cuts.

Our Staff Advisory Council

Scott Johnson, SLAM! Staff Advisory Council

With degrees in Education and Music from USC and Cal Poly SLO, Scott is an adaptable musician and educator with seven years of in-school and after school teaching experience in LA public schools. He has taught marching band, piano, and classical guitar as well as directed Streetlamp Studio's summer youth arts outreach, When Justice and Peace Kiss. He grew up singing and playing guitar, bass, and drums in church as well as in his dad's rock/pop/jazz groups. Scott was a Program Manager with SLAM! at UCLA for over two years and is now thrilled to advise SLAM! in cultivating meaningful musical and social opportunities for everyone involved!

Jenny Long, SLAM! Staff Advisory Council

Jenny attended Harvard University for her Masters in Arts in Education with an emphasis in music. Having worked with underserved schools throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, Jenny has experience developing curriculum for both educators and students in science + arts learning. As a musician and songwriter, Jenny performs and collaborates with artists all over Los Angeles. With great excitement, Jenny advises the team and is a past Program Manager of the SLAM! chapter at USC.

Roberto Hermosillo, SLAM! Staff Advisory Council

With a Master of Music from Berklee College of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Guitar from Pepperdine University, Roberto is a versatile musician and a passionate music educator. After living, studying, and performing in Europe, South America, and the United States, he keeps an active performing career as a classical guitarist and as a singer/songwriter in Southern California. Moreover, he is a member of the Music Faculty at Chaffey College, and he has gladly taken joined our volunteer team as a Staff Advisory Council Member and was the Program Manager for the Musicians Institute chapter at SLAM!.

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