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Who We Are

Our Founders


Carol Rosenstein

"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor" - FDR 

Irwin Rosenstein

1936 - 2021

“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.”

– George Eliot

Our Governing Board 

Governing Board

Our MMM Team

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John Kander

Executive Director

Throughout my media career, including as chief creative executive for the #1
Broadcast Network’s on-air marketing division, as a senior television and film
production executive, and as a writer and producer of entertainment, advocacy,
and informational programming, my collaborative work has often had the good
fortune to influence the national conversation while earning the industry’s most
prestigious creative and humanitarian awards.

I’ve also been both lucky and driven to share my time and support with several vital
common good organizations, including nearly two decades as Chairman of Claremont
McKenna College’s Gould Center for the Humanities whose scholarly and cultural
contributions to CMC’s future leaders have earned national recognition,
including the Pulitzer Prize, five years as a Board + member of People For The
American Way identifying and nurturing future progressive leaders, and more than a
decade as a board member, team leader and senior volunteer for Care Harbor, the
nation’s largest free medical, dental, vision and mental health clinic.

MMM Student Assistants

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Angela Yang is a second-year Neuroscience major at UCLA and an Administrative Assistant for Music Mends Minds. She is an undergraduate research assistant in the Wilke Lab and helps to study prefrontal circuitry and the role of its dopaminergic projections in effort-based decision making - a mechanism that is often disrupted in neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Moreover, growing up closely with her grandparents has shaped her interest in gerontology, geriatrics, and mental well-being for the diverse older adult population.  On campus, Angela is a member of the Neuroscience Undergraduate Society, the UCLA Figure Skating Club, and an Emergency Medicine Research Associate (EMRA).

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Anubhav Chandla is a third-year undergraduate student studying Neuroscience at UCLA and is an Administrative Assistant for Music Mends Minds. Currently, he is involved in both clinical and translational research within the field of Neurosurgery, under the mentorship of Dr. Isaac Yang. His research project revolves around genomic characteristics and clinical outcomes of brain neoplasms such as glioblastoma and developing non-invasive treatments. At UCLA, Anubhav is involved in organizations such as H.A.N.D as the Head Coordinator of the Innovation team, where he spearheads a wearable haptic device to limit Parkinson’s tremors. Outside of UCLA, Anubhav enjoys music as an Indian-classically trained percussionist who performs across the United States and teaches as well. 


Kayla Arellano is a third-year Neuroscience major at UCLA. She is currently involved in Dr. Xia Yang’s integrative multiomics and systems biology research lab on campus, where one of their projects targeted key genes potentially amenable to therapeutics post-traumatic brain injury. At UCLA, Kayla is the Professional Development Chair for Neuroscience Undergraduate Society, Patient Transport volunteer at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and member of Interaxon to teach younger students in underfunded schools about the brain. She shares a love for the arts and serves as the choreographer for Resonance a cappella group, National Anthem singer for UCLA athletics, competitive dancer for 10 years, and Miss Anaheim’s Outstanding Teen for 2 years. 



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Diana Davidow

Ambassador in Memoriam

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Ayodeji Omotoso


Ambassador Board
Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board

Rudy Tanzi

Ph.D. Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, Vice-Chair of Neurology, Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit, and Co-Director of the Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health at Massachusetts General Hospital

David Reuben

MD, Chief Geriatric Medicine Director UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology Professor Department of Medicine

Gary Schneider

J.D. Malpractice Attorney

Jeff Bronstein

MD, Ph.D. Professor Molecular Toxicology, Neurology Member Brain Research Institute, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Studies, Neuroengineering Training Program

Linda Holloway

Founding Patron Services Manager, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Mark Iacobani

Professor Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Professor in Residence, The Semel Institute Member

Brain Research Institute, Neuroscience GPB Home Area

Marie-Francoise Chesselet

MD, Ph. D. Chair, and Distinguished Professor Neurobiology Professor, Neurology Member

Brain Research Institute, CTSI, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Studies, Neuroengineering Training Program, Neuroscience GPB Home Area

Marina Day

Artist and Psychotherapist

Marc Rothman


Chief Medical Officer, Signify Healthcare

Founder, Dementia Spring Foundation

Mark Tramo

MD Ph.D. Director
The Institute for Music & Brain Science,
Co-Director, University of California Multi-Campus Music Research Initiative, Associate Clinical Professor Neurology  UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Adjunct Ethnomusicology Professor
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Daniel Slate

JD. Attorney at Law Buchalter Nemer

Mary Mittelman

Professor and Researcher

NYU School of Medicine Columbia School of Public Health 

Michael Thaut

Ph.D. Professor, University of Toronto

Department of Music

Director, University of Toronto Music and Health Sciences Research Collaboratory and Graduate Programs

Trudy Goodman

Founding & Guiding Teacher at InsightLA

Zaldy Tan


Director, Cedars-Sinai Health System / Memory and Aging Program

Medical Director, Jona Goldrich Center for Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders

Carmen & Louis Warschaw Endowed Chair in Neurology

Professor of Neurology and Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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