Our Awesome Board of Directors:

Jim Yanney

Chairman, Co-Founder

Dr. Yanney presently resides in Charleston, SC, his family home since 1994. His advanced education was received from the University of Nebraska, Creighton Medical School, Parkland Hospital, Oregon Health Sciences University and Harvard. He is a practicing Maxillofacial / Craniofacial Surgeon and spent many years serving as the Department Chairman in his specialty at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). Dr. Yanney sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Nebraska and has been a founding member of several technology companies. 

Dr. Yanney serves on the Presidents Council of the Luis Palau Worldwide Ministry and is dedicated to supporting The G.E.M. Kids through Reverend Jimmy Gallant. One of Dr. Yanney’s passions is to empower, educate and mentor underserved children, and over the years, Dr. Yanney has supported many organizations and missions dedicated to helping our youth. The Children’s Fine and Performing Arts Foundation is a vehicle for positive change that he is passionately supporting.

Dr. Yanney is the proud father of four children. 

Beth Bogush

Co-Founder, Executive and Artistic Director

Ms. Bogush’s career spans over 40 years as a professional dancer, dance educator, choreographer, movement specialist, director, and producer across a variety of educational, artistic, and theatrical projects. She has created, developed and consulted on numerous educational and movement programs that serve the unique needs of the worldwide children’s marketplace. Ms. Bogush has staged, directed and produced a number of nationally touring live stage productions, including a live entertainment show serving military families.

For the last fifteen years Ms. Bogush has been working in the television industry directing and producing choreography for Nickelodeon, PBS, and CBS.  Beth has received a 2008 Emmy Recognition Award for her work on the show “The Backyardigans". Other shows include PBS’s Angelina Ballerina and other award-winning Nickelodeon television shows such as Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies and Shimmer and Shine.  Her body of work has received critical acclaim in such respected publications as The New York Times, Parents Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Dance Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and a cover feature in Dance Teacher Magazine.

Ms. Bogush's extensive knowledge of music genres, dance, and movement, unique understanding of movement and choreography for live action dance, coupled with her expertise in motion capture, 2D, 3D, and CG3 animation, and green screen technology, positions her as the most versatile dance/movement consultant in the entertainment industry. This expertise has been utilized in work with Wii and Kinect video gaming. 

Prior to her years in television, Beth served as the Director of the Junior Division (ages 3-18) at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance and The Boston Ballet School where she developed the First Steps conservatory-based, dance curriculum for pre-school children.  She produced and directed numerous productions for both The Ailey School and Boston Ballet, including the Nutcracker, Little Mermaid and Charlotte’s Web, to name a few. She also produced two best-selling children’s music and dance CD’s “Tots on Parade” and “Pas de Tots”, both of which have been on the best selling lists for over 15 years. 

Ms. Bogush has also worked as a consulting producer for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. She has served on numerous boards and as an advisor with The Ailey School, NYC, The Mobile Film School, and New Jersey City University.

Nella Barkley

As one of the nation’s leading authorities on career and life change, Nella Barkley has devoted more than three decades to helping individuals and organizations unlock their full potential. Her extraordinarily successful change program, called Life\Work Design, developed with the late John Crystal, the co-founder of Crystal-Barkley and contributor of the fundamentals of  What Color Is Your Parachute?, has helped thousands of clients create financially rewarding and personally satisfying lives. Going far beyond traditional outplacement or career counseling, the carefully structured process enables clients to take an entrepreneurial approach to their skills and create new enterprises, new careers, or new roles in their present organizations.

 

Prior to co-founding Crystal-Barkley in 1981, she worked as an independent consultant to non-profit and for-profit organizations on issues of organizational design and deployment of human resources. Her consulting work grew out of her earlier involvement in the development of Horizon House, a rehabilitation center for delinquent boys that became a model for other such facilities throughout the U.S.  She subsequently developed a low-income housing rehabilitation program for the City of Charleston and served as the first General Manager of the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A., laying the groundwork for that major international arts event with its founder the composer Gian Carlo Menotti.

 

At the height of her career as an independent consultant, she participated in the 13-week executive course in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School that led her to focus her expertise on better aligning individuals with their work. Extensive research led her to John Crystal, a former WWII intelligence officer and a leading authority on how best to address living successfully and working in the most satisfying ways. 

 

Today she directs the operations of the Crystal-Barkley Corporation and, with her partner, Spencer Deering, BestWork, Inc., serves individuals and organizations throughout the U.S. and in Europe. In addition to providing Life\Work Design for individuals, the company enables organizations to do their “best work” and provides managers with models for making promotion and selection decisions. 

 

She received her B.A. in French and Political Science from Sweet Briar College, where she was named Distinguished Alumna and was its 2018 commencement speaker.

 

Author of The Crystal-Barkley Guide To Taking Charge of Your Career and How To Help Your Child Land The Right Job (without being a pain in the neck), both Workman Publishing.

Carolyn Buchter

Carolyn Buchter grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. She has an extensive background in Reading and Language Arts. Carolyn obtained her BA degree in English from the University of Maryland and her MS degree in Reading and Children’s Literature from Adelphi University in Garden City.  She has taught on all levels and received her certification in School Administration from Stony Brook University in New York. Her  educational positions include Chairman of English (7-12), Coordinator of Language Arts (K-12), and Reading Coordinator (K-12). She was also instrumental in creating the Gifted and Talented Program in her district. Carolyn lectured at Stony Brook University and coordinated the Student Teaching Program there.

 

Carolyn is a published author. She has written for Scholastic Books, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Educational Activities, and Activity Records. In addition, she’s published six children’s books. Carolyn and her husband co-authored an extensive literacy computer software program for grades K-12, which was then expanded to address reading in the content areas of Science and Social Studies.

 

In addition to her lifelong focus on literacy, Carolyn is passionate about The Arts. She has served on several Performing Arts Boards, including:  the Women’s Advisory Council for the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Young Dancers in Repertory, and The Michael Bolton Charities. She is a member of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as well as The Cosmopolitan Club and the Friars Club.

Gregory Finch

Greg Finch is a registered patent attorney and corporate attorney.  His practice focuses on several areas of intellectual property – including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets – as well as business transactions, IP licensing, and corporate counsel.  While Greg represents a variety of business enterprises, a significant portion of his work is dedicated to technology, consumer product, and medical device companies.

Greg has extensive experience in helping companies to develop intellectual property portfolios that align with strategic business objectives.  He works to support the value and growth of each client’s business, while reducing risk through legal strategies that are tailored to the needs of each client.

Greg brings a deep passion for entrepreneurship to the practice of law, and loves working with startups and emerging growth companies.  Greg has been involved in a number of startups, both as a consultant and equity partner.  Prior to practice, Greg worked in business development in the federal marketplace, as well as analytical chemistry.

Dr. Frampton Gwynette

Dr. M. Frampton Gwynette graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine in 2000. He completed both his residency in Adult Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Gwynette joined MUSC’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Faculty in 2006. He is the Founder and Director of Project Rex, a social skills training program that has served hundreds of patients with Autism and their families throughout South Carolina since 2008. Dr. Gwynette is also the Director of the General Psychiatry Clinic within the Department’s Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division. In this position, Dr. Gwynette has administrative, teaching and supervisory roles working alongside third and fourth-year psychiatry residents, clinical faculty, and support staff.

Dr. Gwynette’s clinical and research interests include biological and behavioral interventions for patients with Autism. In 2018, Dr. Gwynette received grant support from SCWorks to start the Autism News Network, a social and vocational training program for adults with Autism. He is also currently the Principal Investigator for the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Adults with Autism and Depression trial, and a co-investigator for the Learning Enhancement Through Neurostimulation (LENS) study. Both trials will investigate the impact of brain stimulation on core Autism symptoms. 

Dr. Gwynette also recently served as the primary investigator for an internally funded pilot grant studying the implementation of a social skills program using an online social network (Facebook). In addition, he served as a Co-Investigator on the Biomarkers in Autism of Aripiprazole and Risperidone Treatment (BAART), a federally funded, multi-center pharmacogenetic trial led by Principal Investigator Lindsay DeVane, Ph.D.

Dr. Gwynette is very active in community efforts to raise Autism awareness and support for patients and families impacted by disabilities and special needs, having previously served as the Vice Chair for Lowcountry Autism Consortium Board of Directors. 

In 2014, Dr. Gwynette was appointed to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability Committee. He also serves in several other leadership positions in the state, including the Executive Council of the American Psychiatric Association’s South Carolina Branch. 

Cathy Marino

Cathy Marino has devoted her career to education with a special focus on Early Childhood Development and Special Education. She was the Founder and Director of the first Infant Toddler Child Care Program in the state of New Jersey.  She has spent over 34 years as an educator, teaching Pre-School, Kindergarten through 5th Grade, and as an Elementary School Principal with children from 34 countries speaking 54 languages.

 

Mrs. Marino holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Russell Sage College, a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities ( Summa Cum Laude ) from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed extensive graduate coursework in Special Education and Early Childhood at Harvard, Yale and Columbia Universities.

 

Mrs. Marino is a published author, has served on the President’s National Advisory Council in Washington, DC, and received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Teachers in New Jersey. Supporting numerous causes in the Low Country, she serves on the College of Charleston’s School of Education Teacher-Leader Program, and the School of The Arts Advisory Board. She is Vice Chairman of Engaging Creative Minds, a Board Member of The Gaillard Management Corporation, MUSC’s Heart & Vascular Center, Co-Founder of Arts, etc. and Co-Founder of The Children’s Center at Carolina Park. Cathy is also on Growing Together, a State Board for Early Childhood and on the Board of Advisors for The Holocaust Education Film Foundation. Some of her former Board positions include : The S.C. Aquarium Education Committee, Charleston Education Network, Trident United Way, Life Management Center for ADD and ADHD Children, Darkness to Light, WINGS for Kids, Florence Crittenton, The Children’s Museum of The Low-Country and Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s National Foundation Board.

Gregg T. Stewart

Gregg Stewart has been a business owner for 26 years and is an expert in residential and commercial construction, engineering, design, and project management. 

 

In addition to his construction and engineering career, Gregg has been certified as aNational Community Crisis Response TeamNational Organization for Victim AssistanceCertified Responderand has been trained in techniques for intervention with traumatized individuals, including: immediate and long-term crisis reactions, diagramming or analyzing disasters and traumas, crisis and post trauma interventions, fundamentals of organizing crisis intervention teams, special issues and populations, and media management. 

 

As aFirst Responder, Crisis Management (Katrina, Hugo, etc.), Gregg provided aid to the victims of natural and manmade disaster areas and assisted in short-term and long-term recovery.

 

Mr. Stewart dedicates much of his time to community outreach and non-profit volunteering. He is particularly excited to be working with the Children’s Fine and Performing Arts Foundation in the areas of development and coordination of resources. 

Lou Tamura

Mr. Tamura is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 34 years of business advisory experiences in finance, accounting and risk management. He holds an MBA degree in Finance and Accounting from Cornell University and is an active, licensed CPA. He started his career at Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co., as an auditor, which is now KPMG LLP.   He was a KPMG US Partner in their Advisory Practice for over 17 years with a variety of leadership positions, including a US National Leader of Japanese Business Advisory group and a member of KPMG NY Office leadership team. Prior to joining KPMG, he worked in the securities/investment banking field with Salomon Brothers, UBS and Credit Swiss for nearly 10 years in the Asia Pacific region. He currently serves as a Senior Executive Advisor for the Asahi Kasei America, Inc.

Matt Yaun

Matt Yaun is an experienced executive who has held leadership positions in companies both regionally and nationally. He is a retired Lt. Col. In the United States Airforce after 28 years of distinguished service, including over 500 hours of combat flight experience.   Most recently, Matt was the chief administrative executive of Cox Industries, a position he held over 12 years until April of 2018.   He now owns/operates a Real Estate Development Firm in Charleston and advises various LLC’s in matters of operations, sales, Human Resources, analytics and governance.

 

Matt graduated from Davidson College in May of 1990 with a BS in Economics and was also commissioned into the United States Air Force (USAF) as a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF ROTC program at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte during that period.  He graduated from USAF Squadron Officers School in January of 1996 and by the time of his retirement in May 2018, he had received 5 Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Medals, and two Aerial Achievement Awards for his service in combat in both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

As an Eagle Scout, Matt has become a passionate leader and advocate for the Charleston area community of the Boy Scouts of America – currently serving as the president of the Coastal Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America and as the Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 11 , Den 8. 

In addition to these obligations, Matt was also appointed by former Governor Niki Haley to the South Carolina Board of Technical and Comprehensive Education as an at-large Board member in August 2014 – a position he holds to date.

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