Heidi Kershaw

Executive Director

Heidi Kershaw is the Executive Director for the CSSSA Foundation. She has extensive experience in public relations, marketing and communications. She began her career in Washington, D.C., where she worked on communication and lobbying efforts for developing countries as well as promoting rights for outdoor advertising. She also served as the Director of Marketing at a prestigious private school where she spearheaded all marketing initiatives. Heidi was able to gain more visibility for the school when she won the campus a visit from a leading presidential candidate in 2008 as well as create a week of international celebration between the Las Vegas campuses and its Swiss sister-school. She had the great honor to work on Chevron and Adobe accounts during her tenure at one of the largest public relations firms in the United States.

Heidi’s formal education is in Communication and French (B.A.) from the University of Utah, and in International Affairs (MALS) at Georgetown University. She is a proponent of the arts and studied under Russian pianist Artur Stoyanov as a youth.


Emily Nye

Development & Communications Director

Emily brings broad experience as a communications and project management professional in non-profits, government agencies, and corporations. She led the planning and development of the fundraising campaign for the National Eisenhower Memorial and chaired the selection process for the Memorial's interactive design team. She had previously led the Memorial's congressional relations effort and managed the writing and production of its Pre-Design Program. In Los Angeles, Emily developed an online arts advocacy platform for Ovation TV that helped re-fund the California Arts Council and also worked for WriteGirl, a Herb Alpert Foundation cohort.

Emily graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University and moved to LA upon returning from a backpacking trip through Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. She grew up in the arts as a dancer and singer performing all over the state of Tennessee.


Juliana Zovak

Grants Manager

Julie studied English, Journalism, and Italian at Georgetown University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. While studying at Georgetown she worked for the school newspaper, The Hoya, and took on an assignment that challenged her to meet the women surrounding Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

Julie manages the grant process at the CSSSA Foundation and is in charge of researching and writing grant reports and grant proposals as well as communicating with CSSSAF's foundation funders. She has made a profound impact already – and her work ethic is tireless. When Julie’s not at work, she’s on the basketball court or courtside. Julie received private tutoring in piano lessons as a young student in Pasadena. 



Savannah Benton

Alumni Relations Manager

Savannah is working to build a vibrant and engaged CSSSA Alumni Network through social media outreach,  events and fundraisers, college access, and more. She has experience empowering communities and networks both in Los Angeles and abroad. Recently, Savannah managed the in-house scholarship program and developed college success curricula at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA). Prior to that, she received a Fulbright Fellowship in Malaysia where she advocated alongside local communities for a sustainable women's leadership program.

Savannah graduated from University of Rochester with a degree in International Relations and was chair of Phi Sigma Sigma's Philanthropic Committee. She is also a talented volleyball player who writes webcomics in her spare time.