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Advisory Board

Blake Stephens

Founding Board Member

Blake Stephens is an award-winning California architect in practice for 25 years, with a focus on custom residences, historic renovation, museum and display architecture. A full-time professor of architecture teaching college students for the past seven years, he currently serves as Architecture Department Chair at Saddleback College. His professional work includes landscape architecture, interior design, and sustainable practice. He received his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his Master’s of Architecture from NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego; he holds an NCIDQ certificate and is a LEED A.P.

With a passion for education, Blake has served for 14 years as Board Member and President of the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation, raising millions of dollars to enrich education in arts and sciences for the over 50,000 students in one of California’s largest public school districts. He has received commendations from both the California Legislature and United States House of Representatives for his work.

Married, with two children in college, Blake also serves as faculty advisor for two student design clubs, continues his busy architecture practice, and is active in non-profit support of higher education.

Alan Hines

Board Member

Alan Hines received a B.A. in Communications, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and did post-graduate work in American Studies at N.Y.U. Harper & Row published his novel, “Square Dance,” and he wrote the screenplay adaptation that starred Winona Ryder, Rob Lowe, Jane Alexander, and Jason Robards (Island Pictures).

Other feature film credits include A Stranger in the Kingdom, O‘Keefe and Stieglitz, First Comes Love, and Save Me, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Alan has written many movies for television, including Ambulance Girl (Lifetime) directed by and starring Kathy Bates (earning an Emmy Award nomination), Guilt by Association (Court TV), In Sickness and in Health (CBS), Too Close to Home (CBS), Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story (ABC), Breaking the Surface:

The Greg Louganis Story (USA), and The Familiar Stranger (Lifetime). His film The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (Court TV) received a Peabody Award in 2003.

He has extensive experience as an editor and an author in educational textbook and magazine publishing (Scholastic, Inc., McGraw-Hill, Holt, McClanahan). For Prentice-Hall, he wrote a manual for GED candidates that focuses on Literature and the Arts.

Hines has been recognized with numerous awards for his fiction, including the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship. His fiction and feature articles have been published in various magazines in this country and in the U.K. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Dramatic Writing and Screenwriting.

Jim Ludlow

Board Member

Jim Ludlow has varied and deep professional business experience. As the Founder and CEO of Liquid Interactive and DSK Media Solutions, Jim successfully leads and manages profitable growth. Liquid Interactive provides Internet related marketing and technology support to many global based brands. DSK is a provider of award-winning multimedia solutions. Also, Jim has been instrumental in leading the development, marketing and deployment of six successful Web-based software platforms.

Jim is an active member in Vistage International, Inc., the world’s largest CEO membership organization. Jim spent 24 years in a variety of financial and technical management positions at DuPont and Air Products and Chemicals. Jim’s expertise centered in financial advisement, business process improvement and the deployment of electronic commerce technologies.

He has 22 published professional articles and has been quoted in many publications, including Harvard Business Review and Fortune. Jim taught 14 accounting and finance courses at the University of Delaware and Penn State University, and has spoken at many conferences and panels. He has also worked in leadership and non-profit board positions with several organizations. In 1994 Jim’s first book, The Road to Wealth, which reflects his personal investment philosophies and advice, appeared in bookstores nationwide.

He earned an M.B.A. in Finance from Indiana University and a B.S. in Marketing from Indiana State University.

Michael Henderson

Board Member

Michael Henderson was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Michael studied philosophy and economics at Howard University. His studies have taken him to the countries of Ecuador, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and Morocco. He is an extraordinary visionary, organizer, and implementer. Mr. Henderson is a student of Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. He is an alumnus of the School for International Training, Middlebury Language Institute, and the Latin American Studies Institute. Michael has contributed original research manifesting in the form of theses, essays, documentaries, and conferences. Contributed works are entitled; Economic Development in the Sultanate of Oman; A Study of Oman Development Bank Loans Given to the Industrial Sector, Ecuador: Policy of Dollarization between the Years of 1998-2000, Break-Dancing in Oman: Opportunities for Corporate Involvement, China’s Role in the Development of the African Continent: Conference, and Shabab: An Oman Hip-Hop Story.

Jonathan Stephens

Board Member

Jonathan Stephens, a California native, is currently studying television and movies. Prior to joining the Board of Directors of the Haydenfilms Institute, he had been the head of his own Web and graphic design company, PixelStudios LA, which produced creative web solutions for companies around the globe. In addition to Web design and development, Jonathan has been composing and producing music as a freelancer, and has been doing so for more than 12 years. Since joining the team at the Haydenfilms Institute, Jonathan has been involved in project management, as well as working alongside third parties and the HFI team to create new Web solutions for the Haydenfilms Online Film Festival.