About

Board of Directors

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.”
 
She is also the author of OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline, and Save the Planet(Simon & Schuster/Atria, Fall 2018) and the founder of the OMD Movement, a multi-pronged effort to transform eating habits and the food system. She is also a founder of Plant Power Task Force, focused on showing the impact of animal agriculture on climate change and the environment, founded in 2012 with her husband James Cameron and Craig McCaw.
 
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
Elliot Washor, Ed.D. has been involved in education reform and school design for more than 35 years as a teacher, principal, administrator, designer, video producer, speaker and writer. Twenty-one years ago, Elliot co-founded Big Picture Learning and the Met Center in Providence, RI, recognized by President Barack Obama many other international organizations as one of the most innovative high schools in the world; one which should serve as an example to any educator focusing their efforts on student-centered, real-world learning. Given the success of the Big Picture design in the United States, Elliot has been recruited to replicate its successes across the world and, to date, has helped form over over 100 Big Picture international schools in places like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Italy, Israel, The Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey. He has also worked with states and districts to develop new designs for systems that include learning plans for every student that measure in and outside of school learning.
Beyond school design, Elliot has played a key role in designing and developing outside of school programs (such as Seed-To-Table and Makerspaces) —that are specifically designed to entwine head, heart, health and hand. Elliot has always held that the key to education—and really to humanity—is to have students and staff—and people in general—do things that matter to them and their communities.



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
Pat is the founding partner of Dunn, Pariser & Peyrot and is an expert in the art of business management, taxation and accounting. He devotes much of his attention to the unique business management and financial needs of entrepreneurs, corporate executives, professional service providers and their families, professional athletes and those in the entertainment industry.
Pat’s extensive practice serves individuals, family offices, and businesses by developing their financial goals first, which results in the best long-range business and personal decisions. His concept is to let the clients pursue their passions, interests, and entrepreneurial business opportunities within a system where there are financial controls, constant follow-up, and creative management ideas. He has helped develop multi-million dollar businesses for his clients based on a simple idea. By listening to them as their trusted advisor, Pat has shown the ability to pull the essential components together to turn their idea into a self-sustaining business and help it grow. Pat is at his best and happiest when his clients are successful and he has added value.
Pat believes that you must give back to the community through associations that make a difference. He encourages his entire firm to participate and it has become part of the company culture. He is a board member of several non-profit organizations which include an organization teaching drug education and prevention, a nationally recognized private school utilizing passion based learning and environmental consciousness and an organization which promotes and educates on technological advances in the 3D, virtual reality, augmented reality and other cutting-edge technologies. These volunteer opportunities enable Pat to interface with the community and build relationships to help serve the greater good.




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. 
 
James Andrews
James Andrews is an entrepreneur, public speaker and CEO of Authentic Ventures, an innovation consultancy that bridges the gap between cultural trends and emerging technology. Authentic reveals the value of culture and inclusion to brands as a strategic consulting partner and elevates the value of culture through experiences like “Culture & Code.”

Andrews previously founded Social People a strategic digital agency that was acquired in 2013. Social People worked with clients like Nike, Beats By Dre, and Lexus on global social media initiatives. In 2009 Andrews created #BeatCancer an online movement to raise awareness and micro fund raise for Cancer research. Launched over a dinner idea #BeatCancer garnered the 1st ever Guinness World Record for social media mentions and most importantly raised $70,000 for cancer charities in 24hrs via Twitter.

Before launching Social People, Andrews was Vice President, Ketchum PR and launched their initial global social media practice area for clients Monster.com, FedEx, GeekSquad, Nokia, Wendy’s and Newell Rubbermaid. In 1999, Andrews built and sold email newsletter SoulPurpose.com to UBO a digital entertainment company. At the center of the NYC dot-com boom the company went on to raise $40m and hire 320 employees in 15 months. Soul Purpose and Andrews were both featured in the Wall Street Journal. Andrews formative years were spent as a senior marketing executive at Columbia Records in the mid 90’s, helping artists like Nas, The Fugees, Destiny’s Child and Lauryn Hill become household names.

James Andrews has been a keynote speaker globally in Dubai, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Sao Paulo, Oslo and Jerusalem and was named to the Ebony Power100 list. He can be seen as a contributor on CNN, Fox and CNBC discussing digital trends and startups. James Andrews attended UCLA, grew up in Palo Alto, CA and is on the board at Univ. of Miami, Frost School of Music as well as Uncharted Play, a renewable energy company involved in a number of early stage developments in Africa.


Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones grew up in Germany and at the age of 22 opened her first restaurant, which garnered a Moet and Chandon culinary award. She and her husband have five children, and live on an animal rescue farm in Malibu, Canyon. Having just completed a certification in plant-based nutrition, Sarah is writing a cookbook that will help people make the transition to a plant-based lifestyle.
Saad Hussain
Saad Hussain is originally from Houston, TX by way of Pakistan. His work background includes being an oil derivatives trader on Wall Street for over ten years. Saad also is passionate about artificial intelligence and how the future will be evolving with this technology. Saad has two kids at MUSE and is very supportive of the passion based approach to education.