cEO and Founder - Yael swerdlow
Yael Swerdlow is co-founder of the Women's Empowerment Foundation, as well as a board member of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles and Shelters for Israel. Formerly, she was co-chair of the national leadership council of Games for Change.
A longtime award-winning photojournalist, Yael also writes fiction, including the cinematic script for Activision’s best-selling video game, “True Crime: Streets of LA” and is a consultant for USC’s groundbreaking Gamepipe Laboratory. Raised by a Bach obsessed father, Yael passionately believes in the transformative power of classical music.
CTO - David Shapendonk
David Shapendonk is a 27-year IT veteran in the Entertainment Industry, based in the Los Angeles and Toronto metropolitan areas. He was the Director for Technical Operations and Information Systems at IMAX Corporation. His previous development work includes virtual reality (VR) and Hollywood content distribution systems for commercial use.
David’s father introduced him at an early age to the 3 B’s: Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms; as well as other artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Dave Brubeck. An avid pianist, David has longed believed that music has been an under-rated influence in Hollywood movies and will become a major force in VR entertainment.
Executive producer - Christopher Nicholls
Christopher Nicholls is an Executive Producer with extensive development experience across all forms of interactive content. He has shipped multi-million unit and award-winning entertainment on all major gaming platforms and has been an innovator in the field of interactive audio since his first title in 1993. Chris brings an unparalleled & broad perspective to all projects and has held senior positions across a diverse set of organizations; including leading the development of Fantasia: Music Evolved at Disney
Chris has a passion for experiences that truly immerse the player and allow them to creatively express themselves through play. Music is a language that can shared and experienced by all and technology will continue to transform how people share, create, and interact with it.
Financial consultant - Volker Hüther
Volker Hüther, a trilingual German, who has spent much of his life growing up and traveling between three different continents, is far more than a regular CFO. With over thirty years of experience in enterprises ranging from Startups to Fortune 500 companies, he possesses the know-how needed to provide council to a broad spectrum of businesses.
In his free time, Volker enjoys volunteering at community events in Orange County, where he puts his passion for ham radio operation to use. As a hobby mechanic, Volker also likes to work on his old-timer Mercedes and attends local and international car shows. His current community project involves raising a puppy to become a guide dog for the blind.
Maestro Games Advisory Board
• Keith Boesky – Strategic Partnerships
• Thea Campbell – Health & Wellness Partnership
• Richard Peterson –Tourism, Culture and Education Partnerships
• Rob Holliman – Philanthropy and Grants
• Steve Miska – Military Partnerships
• Dr. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh – Cognitive Neuroscience guidance
• Robert Vijay Gupta – Celebrity Board Advisor
Sea Monster specializes in the creation of beautiful, memorable and unique 2D-animation, as well as the development of engaging games for work or play. Whatever the digital platform, Sea Monster uses it to tell stories.
Dell Computers is providing Maestro Games with VR and computer technology, as well as development and after market product support.