BACF Team

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Lani Rovzar

Executive Director
Lani Rovzar comes to BACF with a deep working history in the Bay Area arts community, as well as expertise in start-ups and Branded Environments. She’s worked with organizations such as The Sharon Art Studio, New Langton Arts, Museum of Craft & Folk Art, Headlands Center for the Arts, and served on the Advisory Board for the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Passionate about supporting local artists and community, she founded 42 Degrees Arts Agency, an incubator program through Intersection for the Arts. She believes it is especially important to support the wonder, inquisitiveness and joy creativity invites in young people, so that it has the opportunity to grow into a natural modality that shapes the way they approach their lives and the world. For fun, Lani enjoys taking photos with her vintage Polaroid LandCameras on hikes in the Mojave Desert.
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Laura Serper

Artistic Director
Laura Kakkis Serper brings rich artistic experience and vision as a choral conductor, singer, educator, and community-builder. She founded the Kairos Music Academy, a place where young students thrive through music, drama and theater arts. This internationally recognized organization was honored by the California State Senate for over twenty years of excellence in service to the community. Ms. Kakkis Serper brings her love of artistic development to BACF through many experiences of designing and implementing multi-media programs with renowned Bay Area music ensembles. Supporting young artists in the expression of creativity brings her pure joy. She also likes to dance, hike, play tennis, pursue a healthy lifestyle, and make music in a family trio with her pianist husband and composer-cellist son.
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Melissa McLane

Partnerships
Melissa McLane is an entrepreneur at heart, and has owned and operated several successful businesses in the Bay Area while raising two wonderful children. Creativity, rhythm, and music have been part of her life since she was a little girl – she loves to paint, drum, and cook. Melissa’s desire and passion is to positively impact the lives of our youth. She believes creativity has the power to awaken, empower, heal, and transform, and creative expression is a crucial part of holistic well-being for ourselves and the planet.
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Eliot Dobris

Marketing
Eliot Dobris brings to BACF a long track record as a communications and marketing leader for startups. His focus is on writing, media relations and branding for organizations with complex stories that need to be made simple and compelling. He has worked with organizations in healthcare, venture capital, cannabis and nonprofits. Eliot particularly appreciates BACF’s emphasis on celebrating creativity in youth who may not be receiving support from others sources. In his spare time, Eliot enjoys cooking and growing his own herbs and vegetables.
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Julie Mozdzierz

Bookkeeper

Julie Mozdzierz has worked as an accountant and consultant in the Bay Area since 1986, in various sectors including non-profit, leisure & hospitality, real estate, and manufacturing. Julie joined BACF for its commitment to expanding youth access to creative resources and the opportunity for artistic expression. She believes creativity comes to us in many forms throughout our lives from art and music, to everyday tasks like gardening, cooking and baking.