Dominique Daniels is the youngest child of Billy and Pierrette Daniels, our Director and Chief
Executive Officer of the Billy Daniels Foundation. She is also the owner and Principal Designer of
Daniels Design Associates, a Commercial Interior Design Firm and Historic Preservationist. It is her
goal to provide sound leadership, integrity and commitment, through the Billy Daniels Foundation,
to low-income students of all diversities seeking Arts Education. The Daniels’ Family and our Board
of Advisors believe in the positive benefits of an arts education and how this knowledge, experience
and skill will enhance their educational prospects and personal achievements.
Peter G. Lawson
Peter Lawson, our President and Chief Financial Officer, joined our Board in 2012. His past
affiliations include Board membership on the Los Angeles Chapter of the Huntington Disease
Society of America serving as their Vice President during 2006-2008, and President from
2009-2011. He was recently invited to serve on the Goodwin Family Memorial Trust's Advisory
Board which grants organizations funding in support of disadvantaged youths in Los Angeles
Peter Lawson is honored to work with the Billy Daniels Foundation and fellow board members to
bring opportunities to disadvantaged students seeking assistance with Arts Education.
Andria Daniels Lang
Andria Daniels Lang, our Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, currently lives in Atlanta, GA.,and has worked in hospital administration for over 20 years. Currently she serves as Executive Director of Alliance Charitable Foundation in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Her civic engagement includes outreach activities in 1994 in South Africa with the African National Congress with the election of the late, former President Nelson Mandela for the 1994 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Edwin Lang, Andria’s son is trumpet player and a proud member of the Florida’s A&M University “Marching 100.” Andria’s mission is to provide support and encouragement to performing arts students nationwide, including her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.
Kenneth M. Daniels Ken Daniels, our Chief Information Officer, is an accomplished information technology professional with over 20 years of extensive experience in managing people, processes and technology across several industries including: mortgage banking, financial services, electronics manufacturing, distribution/logistics, life sciences, healthcare and management consulting services. Results oriented manager adept at leading global teams through design, development, testing, delivery, and support of mission critical systems. Effective communicator experienced in forging strong relationships with strategic partners, C-level executives, clients, and vendors. He is married to Dominique Daniels, and is an active member of the the Temecula Community having served on numerous local School Boards.
-== Advisory Board ==-
Adrien Matthews is the eldest grandchild of Billy Daniels, and an accomplished musician and composer. Mr. Matthews is also a published journalist, sommelier, martial artist and educator currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been teaching music education to students in the Nashville area for over 10 years. The BDF Foundation allows him an opportunity to give a first hand insight and perspective to our board members for the needs of students seeking music education and support nationwide.
Desiree Lucienne Daniels is the youngest grandchild of Billy Daniels. She is a recent graduate of Santa Clara University, and an Integrated Marketing Specialist at SAP in Palo Alto, CA. An enthusiastic marketing professional, she has extensive skills in social media management, strategy, public relations and significant knowledge of event planning. Desiree is working to spread the word nationwide about the funding opportunities for music and art education that can be achieved through the Billy Daniels Foundation.
Marjan graduated from USC with a graduate degree in dental surgery and owned a successful private practice in Murrieta, California. She has recently put aside dentistry to pursue her lifelong passion of philanthropy, especially in the field of children education. During the last ten years, she has supported many young female students in her native country of Iran making it possible financially for them to complete their high school education. Having been nurtured in a musical family, her goal through the BDF is to bring the arts to children who thirst for learning music. Marjan currently lives in Los Angeles and San Diego.
Madeleine "Maddy" Mestman
Ms. Mestman has over 25 years of business experience. She built People Partners LLC from the ground up in 2000. The firm offers comprehensive human resources management and organizational development consulting services for various types of clients. Maddy has held various senior-level positions in the following organizations: Wells Fargo Bank, The Walt Disney Company, Guess? USA, Nestle USA, and Sony Electronics/VAIO. She moved to the Temecula Valley in 2000 with her husband Jerome and her three daughters. She is the President of the Temecula Valley SPHR association and a avid supporter of arts education. Maddy's goal is to bring support scholarships for students in the Temecula Valley through the Billy Daniels Foundation.
Dr. Keerthy Sunder, M.D.
Keerthy is a physician trained in Obstetrics and Psychiatric Medicine who has a deep and abiding interest in empowering people to embrace wellness and lead a purpose driven meaningful life. He is the founder and Medical Director of the Mind & Body Treatment and Research Institute that embodies an integrated approach to wellness. Raised in an environment rich with music, dance and arts in India, his goal is to apply positive encouragement to students seeking opportunities for personal growth and enrichment through arts education while serving on our advisory board. His aim is to teach students about the benefits of music and sound meditation as part of an integrated approach to wellness and self confidence. He currently lives in the Wine Country in Temecula, CA.
Leslye has a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology and an extended background in education
and community relations. For 20 years, she has served as Board President of her homeowners association
and is active in her local community. Leslye taught and directed at a private pre-school and currently
works as a Sr. Management Analyst with the Los Angeles Superior Court. Professionally, she works
closely with the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles in a partnership with the Court and inner city
high schools to teach students the vital importance of tolerance and provide them with the tools needed to
speak out against bullying and bias. Personally, Leslye is an avid supporter of the arts and strongly
believes in the transforming power of music and theatrical arts. Her mission is to liase between the BDF
and Los Angeles area schools to distribute resources to under-funded and non-existent arts programs.
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Helen Gelzer Schneider
Helen Gelzer is a singer, dancer, and performer of stage and screen. She appeared with Billy Daniels in the London tour of Bubbling Brown Sugar at the Royal Theater on the West End of London in 1970's. Helen is very honored to work with the Billy Daniels Foundation and is instrumental in developing Arts Presentations designed to introduce students to theater, dance, and music. Helen and her husband Richard Schneider are now retired and passionate about numerous philanthropic causes which focus on Arts Education, they live in Boca Raton, FL. and Ashville, North Carolina.
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