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Board of Directors

Meet the Alums who are working behind the scenes to build your Alumni Foundation.


  • Randall Emmett

    Alumni Foundation Vice President, Director and Co-Founder

    Partner, Emmett/Furla Films
    NWSA High School ’89, Theatre
    One of the entertainment industry's most prolific film producers, RANDALL EMMETT has produced over 50 feature films since his start as Mark Wahlberg’s assistant in the 1990’s. Combining financial acumen with an incisive creative sensibility, Emmett is partner and co-founder alongside George Furla of Emmett / Furla Films, a production company dedicated to the development, financing and production of top tier filmed entertainment for the theatrical marketplace with its own equity fund. Also, he is founder & partner of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's production company, Cheetah Vision Films.
    In the last decade, Emmett’s ability to package films with well known actors and filmmakers resulted in major box office success – netting more than a quarter of a billion dollars in the US box office alone. Additionally, he forged strong partnerships with major Hollywood studios to finance and distribute commercial films to audiences both domestically and internationally.
    Born and raised in Miami, Emmett graduated from the respected performing arts high school, New World School Of The Arts. As an undergrad, he attended the prestigious The School Of Visual Arts in NYC. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

  • Elizabeth Gainer


    NWSA High School ’90, Theatre

  • Steven Levine


    Associate, Office of the CEO at Univision Communications
    NWSA High School ’02, Musical Theatre

  • Patrick O'Connell

    Alumni Foundation Treasurer, Director and Co-Founder

    Senior Vice President, Business Development
    EWM Realtors, An Affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway
    NWSA College ’92, Musical Theatre
    Patrick is Senior Vice President of New Business Development for EWM Realty International in Miami, Florida. He was a member of the first graduating class of NWSA College Conservatory in 1992. He currently serves as Chairman of the Foundation Board of New World School of the Arts and is Vice-Chair of Government and Legislative Affairs for the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Patrick resides in Miami with his wife Patty and has three grown step-children and an amazing grandson.

  • David B. Schwartz

    Alumni Foundation President, Director and Co-Founder

    Assistant General Counsel, The Walt Disney Company
    NWSA High School ’89, Theatre
    David is proud to have been a member of the Founding Classes of the New World School of the Arts, where he helped to create many NWSA traditions that endure to this day, including the “Casting Couch” underground newspaper and the Fightin’ Pigeon. By day, David is Assistant General Counsel of The Walt Disney Company, He’s also a published author of comic books and graphic novels, whose work includes MELTDOWN (Image Comics), Fathom: Blue Descent (Aspen Comics) and IDOLIZED (Aspen Comics). David lives in Los Angeles with his wife Amy (a fellow NWSA alumni from the class of ’89) and their daughter.

  • Keith Tralins


    President, CEO and Grand Poobah, MegaGigaOmniCorp
    NWSA High School ’89, Theatre

  • Karen Zur, M.D.


    Attending Surgeon, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Director, Pediatric Voice Program
    Associate Director, The Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders
    Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, Perelman
    School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    NWSA High School ’90, Dance
    Karen is proud to have been in the Founding Classes of NWSA. After graduating as a dance major in 1990, she attended Yale University and majored in neurobiology. After completing an Otolaryngology: Head & Neck surgical training at Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC she pursued further training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in Pediatric Otolaryngology.
    She is happily living in Center City Philadelphia with her husband Rob and practicing as an airway and voice specialist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is able to maintain her joy of the performing arts by watching her twin preschooler daughters pretend to be Clara of the Nutcracker and sitting at the piano and singing from Annie.

Associate Directors

  • Ada Linares

    Associate Director

    Ada Linares was born in Miami, Florida. From the age of 3, she displayed an immense passion and dedication to Spanish Dance. After training with the famous Rosita Segovia in Miami, Ada began her training at the world famous Amor De Dios studios in Madrid. Back in the US, she continued her studies at Southwood Middle School and later at New World School of the Arts High School. She developed, together with the Adrienne Arsht Center, the Flamenco Festival, Celia the Musical, Miami Libre, and Slava’s Snow Show. In 2009, Ada starred and produced the musical Rocio (The life of Rocio Jurado) to great acclaim and sold out audiences. In 2013 she produced in Chicago’s Soldier Field; Messi & Friends, the Soccer all star game that was viewed by over 200 million fans via the ESPN platform. Ada currently teaches at Dance Unlimited, as well as owning, together with her husband, an assisted living facility-all while touring the world with Ricardo Arjona as tour manager.

  • Paula Scheer

    Associate Director

    Realtor ~ EWM Realty International
    NWSA High School '01, Vocal Music
    Paula's years at NWSA were the foundation for her philosophy on the power of education and the arts. To this day, she values the relationships formed at the school as a network of creative individuals like no other - a force to be reckoned with. After completing an internship at Disney in entertainment, she began in real estate at age 19 while attending university full time. Finding real estate to be an exciting profession which fosters personal growth and relationships, she decided to continue her real estate career after graduating FIU with a degree in psychology. In addition to real estate, Paula sings with two choirs and records background vocals and choruses for various recording artists. Paula lives in Coconut Grove (Miami, FL) with her husband, Stephen, a fellow NWSA alum (visual arts class of '92).

  • Jen Pressley

    Associate Director

    Creative Director, Suka
    NWSA High School '90, Visual Art
    Jen has nearly 20 years of experience leading and executing award-winning visual communication solutions for web and print in the financial, educational and nonprofit sectors. Jen has served in leadership roles at several NYC-based design firms where she created interactive, print and environmental design solutions for The Museum at FIT, TIAA-CREF, Morgan Stanley and more. Since joining Suka in 2007 as Creative Director, Jen continues to apply her holistic and strategic design solutions for Travelers, Liberty Mutual, The Fresh Air Fund, and the Tenement Museum.

  • Erin Berg Hager

    Associate Director

    Erin is part of the NSWA first graduating class of 1990. She was in the musical theater department and a member of the school’s touring company, 'The Connection'. As a senior she was nominated by the school for the prestigious Silver Knight Award in Drama, and also founded E.R.A.S.E. Diabetes for the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, which funds research to help find a cure for diabetes. Erin graduated from the University of Miami with a double degree in Theater Performance and Broadcasting & Communications. Her senior year, UM & WVUM presented her with Radio's Disc Jockey of the Year Award. Upon graduation, Erin continued professionally as a radio disc jockey for over a decade and is currently a voice over talent. In continuing with her philanthropic endeavors, she was President of the "Miami Heartthrobs" a young professional group that raised community awareness and funding for heart health through The Miami Heart Research Institute as well as a host member of Cancer Link, a charitable organization that helps raise money to eradicate breast cancer.

  • Katie Christie

    Associate Director

    Founder & Artistic Director, Voices United
    NWSA High School ’89, Theatre
    Founder (1989) & Director of Voices United whose mission is to empower our youth to promote cross-cultural understanding through the performing and visual arts. Director of Voices United's programs which includes the annual Spring Production, its Touring Company Productions (includes both local and international travel), a movie production, “Break the Chain” in 2011 and numerous collaborative projects with allied organizations. Bachelor's Degree from Florida International University (May, 2014)

  • Tobin Dorn

    Associate Director

    Partner, New Level Design
    NWSA High School ’90, Visual Arts
    Design Director, FILA Brazil (2013)
    Designer, Tobin Dorn Design Studio (2012)
    Partner, New Level Design (2003)
    Tobin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Design from Pratt Institute of Design -Brooklyn, New York (1996)
    Working in the sports industry for nearly 20 years, Tobin has appeared on '60 Minutes’ presenting designs for the new millennium to PUMA (2001), created Olympic track uniforms for the women’s Jamaican relay team debuting in Athens, Greece (2004), designed boots for the ‘XMEN 1' film by New Regency (2002) and developed marathon competition shoes for the FILA running team - Kenya (2013).
    Tobin is also recognized for his MMA projects and has worked with Sherdog.com as an MMA cartoonist as well as creating performance sportswear collections for the UFC (2012). Some of Tobin’s most recognized logos were created for UFC champions, Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva , Mauricio 'Shogun’ Rua and Cristiano Marcello among others.

  • Joshua Levine

    Associate Director

    NWSA High School ’91, Visual Arts
    Joshua Levine holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA in sculpture from the University of Miami. He has had solo shows in Los Angeles at Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Koplin Del Rio, ShoeboxLA Gallery, Manhattan’s Luxe Gallery, an installation at the Mid-Manhattan Library and Irvine Contemporary, in Washington D.C. He inaugurated a new exhibition program, INSIGHT, at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. Joshua has been included in many group shows nationally and internationally, most notably at the following venues: The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Tallahassee, FL, Palazzo della Ragione, Milan, Italy, The Yard@CasaLin, Miami, FL, Fairchild’s Tropical Garden, Miami, FL and multiple international art fairs. Most recently, Joshua has been featured in art ltd., Artillery Magazine and two Italian publications, ARTE and INSIDE, Chrome Hearts’ Magazine, MetroBox (Hong Kong) and in the Huffington Post on multiple occasions. Joshua lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Arlene Prieto

    Associate Director and Faculty Liason

    Teacher, New World School of the Arts

  • Todd Rosen

    Associate Director

    Development Director, Kevin Spacey Foundation
    NWSA High School ’88, Theatre
    Todd Rosen is Development Director at the Kevin Spacey Foundation. Prior, he served as Managing Director of National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF), The Flea Theater, and Lark Play Development Center. He has also worked in key management positions at Classic Stage Company and Nederlander’s Village Theater. Todd is a graduate of the New World School for the Arts, Boston University, and holds an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College. Todd resides in Summit, NJ with his family.

  • Aileen Seoane

    Associate Director

    Stewardship, Recognition and Development, The Mayo Clinic
    NWSA High School ’94, Music
    Aileen enjoys working directly with communities and engaging in organizational development activities. At Mayo Clinic, Aileen works in philanthropy and also serves in multiple capacities within diversity, inclusion, and healthy equity initiatives. She currently volunteers with Peace United Church of Christ; provides organizational development to Rochester Arts and Sciences Academy; and provides strategy to the Oberlin College Latino Alumni Association. Most recently, she organized the 2013 Rochester PrideFest Family and Community Picnic, worked with Minnesota Philanthropy Partners’ Diversity Endowment Funds strategic engagement process. She served as a board member and in a strategic advisory role for various government, grassroots, and nonprofit groups, including the Minneapolis Mayor’s Latino Advisory Council; Philanthrofund Foundation board of directors; The Saint Paul Foundation’s El Fondo de Nuestra Comunidad’s Advisory Board; Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities; Women’s Environmental Institute; and others. Her greatest joys come from singing and enjoying time with her daughter. aileen.seoane@gmail.com

  • Grant Stern

    Associate Director & Secretary

    Owner, Morningside Mortgage Corporation
    NWSA High School, Music
    Grant Stern is the founder of Morningside Mortgage Corporation in Bay Harbor Islands and its Condo Terminators consultancy firm. As a real estate professional, Mr. Stern is an expert witness in his field and has been featured as a source in realty news stories by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, CNBC, ABC News and various other local and national publications and television networks, including a one hour reality TV show by HGTV and on the NBA TV network for his loyal patronage of the Miami Heat. Grant is also a published author and photographer whose work has been featured in the Miami Herald, Miami New Times and Huffington Post. As a community activist, Grant helped create Grand Central Park, a 5 acre temporary park on the former Miami Arena site half a mile south of NWSA and is currently fighting Walmart's proposed expansion into Midtown Miami. He is also on the organizing committee of Social Media Day Miami and a frequent guest in panel discussions of the South Florida Social Media Club.


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