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Whole Musician Board of Directors

Our team is proud to introduce our wonderful Board of Directors. We are grateful for their dedication to our mission, and thank them for volunteering their time and expertise.

Barbara Lanz-Mateo, President

Barbara Lanz-Mateo has a creative vision that resonates with the Whole Musician team's desire to design and provide something unique and new. In 2002, after graduating from the Women's Economic Ventures program, she founded Seastar Publications, Inc. This multi-media company produced Coastal Woman Magazine, a free publication that was created specifically for the residents of the southern California coastal area. 

In 2007, she was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times, and was recognized by Women's Economic Ventures as Business Woman of the Year later that same year.

In addition to her entrepreneurial and publishing history, Barbara has extensive experience as a writer and editor. She is the former editor of several Santa Barbara publications, including Montecito Magazine, and the Santa Ynez Journal. Her writings have been published in many magazines and newspapers and has gained her numerous awards. Barbara is now retired in Santa Barbara, CA and is enjoying life traveling and being a grandmother.


Mario Perez, EdD - Vice President

Dr . Mario Perez has been in the field of education for over 20 years. He received his B.A. in Latin American Studies from UCLA. Subsequently, he returned to UCLA to complete a masters degree in education followed by a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. He began his educational career teaching urban school students for the Los Angeles Unified School District. There, he gained extensive experience teaching a diverse student population across multiple grade levels.

In 1998 he became a faculty member of the UCLA Teacher Education Program. In this role, it was his responsibility to advise graduate students through the academic, professional, and social development of a two-year graduate program leading to a teaching credential and a Master of Education degree. His work with graduate students involved teaching coursework, supervising student teaching, evaluating teacher candidates, supporting candidates through their first year of teaching and advising them through their second year Masters’ research project.  

In 2009, he had the opportunity to be one of the founding members of the UCLA Community School. This is the only Pilot, K-12 grade, public school in the nation that has partnership between a school district and a university. There, he was able to enact theories, ideas and practices that had been previously articulated in his faculty work at UCLA. 

Today he continues to exemplify the notion that theory informs practice. He continues to enact his passion for teaching, both at the elementary school level and at the graduate school level. He currently teaching 3rd grade for the Los Angeles Unified School District and teaches graduate education students at Loyola Marymount University. 

Charles Griffith - Treasurer


Charles Griffith worked for the City of Dallas from 1970 to 1999 in various administrative, managerial, and executive positions. He served three terms as Director of the Dallas Employees Retirement Fund, a role that required major fiduciary responsibilities, and was President of the Retired Employees Association. Most recently, Griffith served in all officer positions, including Chair and Vice-Chair, as a director of the City Credit Union. A veteran of the US Army (Lieutenant, Military Police Corps 1968-70), Griffith received his BA at the University of Texas at Austin.