Our Team

Hollywood HEART delivers effective programming and workshops under the leadership of an engaged Board of Directors, an active Executive Leadership Council, and dutifully committed staff.


David Gale
Founder and Chairman of the Board (EVP Development and Production, Gunpowder & Sky)

Andy Fiedler
Executive Team, President of the Board (Animation producer and consultant)

Sarah J. Eagen
Executive Team, Treasurer of the Board (TV Writer and SAG-AFTRA Actor)

Amy Halpern
Executive Team, Secretary of the Board (Director of Marketing, Platinum Equity)

Jody Simon
Board Member (Entertainment Lawyer, Partner and head of Production Practice at Fox Rothschild LLP)

Dr. Rickey Payton, Sr.
Board Member and Music Team Leader at Camp HH (President & CEO, The Urban Nation Academy For The Performing Arts)

Gabriel Salazar
Board Member (Artistic Director, Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida)

Jordan Duke
Board Member (Communications and Development Head, Granada Hills Charter School)

Tawanna Benbow
Board Member (CEO/Founder of Golden Thread Retreats, LLC)


Hollywood HEART’s Executive Leadership Council is comprised of motivated and philanthropically-minded young professionals dedicated to volunteering their time, talents, and energy. They act as ambassadors for Hollywood HEART through promotion, volunteering, fundraising, and general advocacy of our mission.

The ELC is currently accepting new members!