About

Board of Directors

Suzy Amis Cameron, Founder
A noted environmental advocate, mother of five and former actor, Suzy Amis Cameron is committed to the principles of sustainability in all aspects of our lives, with a focus on reducing our ecological footprint through plant-based eating. In 2006, Suzy founded MUSE School CA, with her sister Rebecca Amis, to prepare young people to live consciously with themselves, one another and the planet. In 2015, MUSE became the first school in the country that is 100% solar powered, zero waste, and with a 100% organic, plant-based lunch program, leading to the designation of the “Greenest Restaurant in the World.”
 
Suzy is also the Executive Director and a Founder of Plant Power Task Force, focused on showing the impact of animal agriculture on climate change and the environment, founded with her husband James Cameron and Craig McCaw. In Fall 2018, Suzy will publish, OMD: Swap One Meal a Day to Get Healthy, Live Longer, and Save the Planet, with Simon & Schuster’s Atria Publishing Group. To support the mission of the book, she will launch theOMD campaign to promote plant-based food solutions to climate change—a multi-pronged effort to transform eating habits and the food system.
 
She is also a founder of Cameron Family Farms and Food Forest Organics, a plant-based café and market in New Zealand, and Red Carpet Green Dress, showcasing socially and environmentally responsible fashions at the Academy Awards. Suzy has produced documentaries and serves on several nonprofit boards. As an actor she was featured in more than 25 films, including The Usual Suspects and Titanic. Her website can be found here.


Rebecca Amis, Co-Founder, President & Advisory Board Chair

As a Co-founder of MUSE School CA, Rebecca has overseen its vision for over nine years. Rebecca brings important skills and insights into student-led curriculum, psychology, parent-child relations, socio-emotional development, and process communication. Rebecca is currently working on MUSE programming and its eventual application all over the world! Rebecca’s education includes a BA in Psychology and an MS in Child and Family Studies. She has worked in a variety of federally and privately funded child and family programs as a college instructor in the behavioral sciences and liberal studies, and has founded a Reggio-inspired school in the Midwest. 




Advisory Board

Sir Ken Robinson, Advisory Board Member
Sir Ken Robinson was born in Liverpool, UK. He works with governments, education systems, international agencies, global corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations to unlock the creative energy of people and organizations. He has led national and international projects on creative and cultural education in the UK, Europe, Asia, and the United States. For twelve years, he was professor of arts education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus. He has been named as one of the Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principle Voices’. He was acclaimed by Fast Company magazine as one of “the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” and was ranked in the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thinkers. In 2003, he received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his service to the arts.


Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D., Advisory Board Member
Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D. is an American physician and researcher. He is the president and founder of the nonprofit Preventative Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, CA and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. The author of Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Eat More, Weigh Less and The Spectrum, he is a well-known advocate for using diet and lifestyle changes to treat and prevent heart disease. Dr. Dean Ornish is known for his lifestyle-driven approach to the control of coronary artery disease and other chronic diseases. He promotes lifestyle changes including a whole foods, plant-based diet, smoking cessation, moderate exercise, stress management, and psychosocial support. Ornish has been a physician consultant to former President Bill Clinton since 1993 and in 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Ornish to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.


Learning Consultant

Elliot Washor, Co-Founder Big Picture Learning Network

Board Members

Dr. Cynthia Ambres, MD, MS, Board Co-Chair

Cynthia is a Physician Executive with 30 years of experience in provider and payer practice and administration. She is a consultant focusing on corporate strategic planning, care and payment re-design, wellness, and physician alignment.
Pat Dunn, Board Treasurer, CEO, Dunn Pariser Accounting

Bio coming soon!

Thomas Greither, Owner & Founder of Flora

Thomas Greither, the owner and founder of Flora, is a 3rd generation health entrepreneur. His family has always believed that we are all just custodians in this world and nothing truly belongs to us.  It is this belief, that we must live in harmony with nature, which has guided Flora since its inception. This means that Flora products are sourced from nature, utilizing organic and local ingredients whenever possible, and designed to benefit and heal the human body.
 
Green before green was cool, Thomas has been a vegetarian for over 40 years, his house is “off the grid”, he converted cars to electric over 20 years ago, and he grows his own fruit and vegetables. When not in the office working on the newest herbal formulation, you’ll find Thomas enjoying time with his family, exploring the great outdoors, or checking out the local farmer’s market.

In 2011, Thomas was nominated into the Canadian Health food Association Hall of Frame for his special contributions to the Canadian Health-food industry. In 1999, Thomas was one of the early people that started a veggie meat company. Flora Protein. Thomas later merged with Gardien Protein and was a board member until it sold. Thomas also started the first fair trade water Company in the world. Castle Rock Water.
Paul Cummins, President/CEO Coalition for Engaged Education

Dr. Paul Cummins, founder, president and CEO of Coalition for Engaged Education, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, his MAT from Harvard, and his doctorate from the University of Southern California.  In 1971, he co-founded Crossroads School in Santa Monica and built it into one of the most successful educational institutions in Los Angeles and a national model for innovative, independent, progressive schools. 
 
In 1995, Cummins stepped down as headmaster of Crossroads and formed New Visions Foundation (now Coalition for Engaged Education) to offer opportunities for Engaged Education to all youth. The first venture was New Roads School, a diverse, K-12 independent school in Santa Monica that has a deep commitment to social justice. New Roads devotes 40% of its tuition budget to need-based student financial aid, guaranteeing access to students from a wide socioeconomic array. Cummins has since co-founded several other schools, including Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, LAAAE, and New Village Girls Academy and implemented a number of innovative programs, such as P.S. Arts, to help vulnerable children and youth.
 
Cummins has published four books on education, including For Mortal Stakes: Solutions for Schools and Society (1998), Proceed with Passion: Engaging Students in Meaningful Education (2004), and Two Americas, Two Educations: Funding Quality Schools for all Students (2007). Other recent publications include a book of essays, Why Poetry? Reflections on Poetry, Writing and Culture, as well as two volumes of original poetry and two children's books. His professional autobiography entitled Confessions of a Headmaster, will be released from Red Hen Press in October 2015. Meanwhile, Cummins is at work on a new book entitled Engaged Education.
 
Cummins and his wife Mary Ann reside in Santa Monica. They have four daughters and five grandchildren.
 
 
Parker Beauchamp, CEO INGUARD

Parker Beauchamp is the CEO of INGUARD, an insurance and risk management firm, serving clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. Parker personally specializes in assessing the complex risk management needs for the pursuits of high profile celebrity clientele, athletes, entrepreneurs, and other influencers.

His personal passions include being a positive civic and corporate role model, encouraging environmentalism, education and equality. Parker enjoys contributing and volunteering for a variety of nonprofits that fit his passions. Outside of his philanthropic efforts, Parker enjoys travel, exercise and alpine-style mountain climbing.

Parker holds a master’s degree from Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University and a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University. He lives in his hometown of Wabash, Indiana. He and his wife Katie have two children Henry and Cora. 
 
Takuji Masuda, MUSE Parent, Longboard Surfer, CEO, ONE STEP BEYOND INTELPRISE GMBH and Author

Accomplished Internationally ranked professional longboard surfer, 5th placement in France1995. With a Japanese national professional champion title in 2001. Recognized as a key icon of International Beach Culture community. Referred as “Top 10 most influential surfer” by Longboard Magazine, CA, USA. Transferred this knowledge and applied to film making, book publishing and art show curation as well as navigated some of the most well known brands’ products into the youth market. Published words and photography in Vogue, Elle, BIG, SURFER to name a few. Exceptional teacher and mentor of surfing life to some of the biggest icons of entertainment industry and royal family members world wide. 
James Andrews