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 and Communications Manager

Emily Nye is the Development and Communications Manager. She has thorough experience in non-profit and fundraising strategies. Emily graduated from Boston University, and subsequently lived in Washington, D.C. where she jumpstarted the fundraising campaign for the national Eisenhower Memorial. In the seven years she worked there, she also shepherded several bills through Congress as the agency’s congressional liaison. Emily moved to Los Angeles after a worldwide backpacking trip and managed an online arts advocacy platform for Ovation TV. She has also worked for Write Girl, an Herb Alpert Foundation cohort. 


Emily grew up in the arts as a dancer and singer performing all over the state of Tennessee. 


Juliana Zovak

Development Associate

Julie attended Georgetown University and graduated with a degree in English. 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 spends her time at the CSSSA Foundation researching, writing grant reports and grant proposals. 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.