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MISSION STATEMENT
The Audio Engineering Society's Los Angeles Section endeavors to promote the increase and dissemination of educational, and scientific knowledge in audio engineering and the promotion and advancement of this science and its allied arts in both theoretical and practical applications. The Audio Engineering Society's Los Angeles Section also endeavors to promote the stimulation of interest in audio engineering, the encouragement of the interchange and intercourse of ideas, and the promotion and maintenance of high professional standards among its members and the audio community at large.


OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
CHAIR:
Christina Paakkari
Term: June 2019 - May 2020
Christina Paakkari started at Music Lab where she worked as both an engineer and technician.  She then moved to Wilder Bros. Audio Industries, Spindletop (now LA Studios) and Wally Heider Recording.  Heider's was a life changing experience for her doing Scoring, Remote Recording and being involved in the most advanced tech shop of its day.  She joined the Capital Studios team in 1982.  She came up with the concept of the movable wall between Studios A and B.  She was one of the designers of the immense wiring scheme of the 1989-1991 Studio A rebuild that has been the model for many other studios in Los Angeles.  She invented the "Advance Sync Recording" for use with EDNET and ISDN systems.  She has involved in recording for vinyl records, TV, film, live broadcast and concert touring.  She is a 3-time Grammy and 2-time Emmy Winner.
VICE-CHAIR:
Karen Echoff
Term: June 2019 - May 2020
Karen Eckhoff earned a BA in cello performance at Oregon while working in the Beall Hall studio, then moved to Los Angeles to attend LA Recording Workshop.  She worked at Pacifique Recording Studios, gaining credits on albums for Wynonna Judd, Diane Schuur, and Peter Hofmann.  She has freelanced throughout the music and post production industries, including the Oregon Bach Festival, Stockdale Music, Offworld Studios, and Jam Sync Audio/Five Star Video.  In 1994, Karen shifted to post production, working for several years at All Post, then spending 12 years as chief engineer at Advanced Digital Services.  She enjoyed a stint at Chace Productions, and has worked for Disney/ABC Television Group in Entertainment Marketing.  Her favorite audio projects are self-funded passion projects and restoration of early film sound.
TREASURER:
Richard Wollrich
Term: June 2019 - May 2020
Richard Wollrich has served successfully as Treasurer for the AES Los Angeles Section’s 1,000+ membership, for the past 13 years. Richard has freely given of his time to successfully oversee the financial affairs of its ever-expanding activities. He developed the AES-LA website to its current look and feel, serves as its current webmaster, and is the Section’s Newsletter Editor. To reach a wider audience, he is currently helping to develop the bilingual Spanish section for the website and newsletter, and is helping to develop individual and company-supported programs. With more than 50 years of experience within the Hollywood Entertainment Community, Richard has worked in various capacities at all the major motion-picture studios, including Chief of Projection Engineering at 20th Century Fox and as a post-production Sound Mixer with Sony Picture Entertainment Studio in Culver City, California.
SECRETARY:
Thomas Levno
Term: June 2019 - May 2020
Tom Levno is currently the Principal of Tom Levno & Distinguished Associates, independent consulting of facilities design and systems design.   He was a Senior Consultant for National TeleConsultants for 24 years, providing broadcast audio systems conceptual, functional and detailed design, as well as infrastructure planning, serving the world media community.  Tom draws on many years of experience mixing for concerts, live theater, radio and television; designing systems of presentation technology and space planning for television facilities, theaters, sports facilities, night clubs, and council chambers. Tom’s engineering training was attained by apprentice work, team service and seminars. He studied Journalism at the University of Montana where he got his first taste of mixing live. Prior to joining NTC, he worked for Sound and Intercom Systems in Phoenix, Smith Fause Associates in Culver City and Acromedia in LA, and various freelance ventures.
COMMITTEE:
Joe Schwartz
Term: June 2018 - May 2020
Joe Schwartz studied music and played several instruments in high school. He went on to study Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in 1986. Since then, he has worked in diverse settings and capacities. He started as an assistant engineer at various recording studios in New York and Los Angeles. From 1990 to 1996, Joe worked in film and television sound editing at Sony Pictures and independent companies. His ADR and dialog editing garnered two MPSE Golden Reel Award nominations, in 1993 and 1994. Joe was hired to his current position at California State University, Northridge in 2008, providing post-production support for facilities and student films. Joe holds Avid and Apple certifications, and is a member of AES, SMPTE, the Recording Academy, the Mo on Picture Editors Guild, and the Digital Cinema Society. He has served on the AES-LA Executive Committee since 2010.
COMMITTEE:
Dan Schulz
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Term: June 2018 - May 2020
Daniel Schulz has spent a long career in Hollywood lurking in their midst. After a Midwestern upbringing Daniel landed in Hollywood, first at DTS and then its successor, Datasat, servicing sound-for-film and then managing the transition from film to digital cinema. He has also consulted for Auro Technologies and managed a global team in Localization and Audio Description at Deluxe Media. Daniel earned a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University with a double major in Mathematics and History. While at Indiana he performed with the Indiana University Marching Hundred and basketball bands, and he has always had a keen interest in both live and recorded music.  He is an avid filmgoer and loves both the poetry and technology of  motion pictures.  He is a member of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers, serves on the board for the Alex Film Society and is currently serving a term as the President of the Southern California Miata Club.
COMMITTEE:
Barry Rudolph
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Term: June 2018 - May 2020
Barry Rudolph hass his own futuristic music mixing facility called "Tones 4 $" Studios (pronounced Tones For Dollars) and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician's Institute, Hollywood, CA since starting in 2012.  He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine, Music Connection Magazine plus many Web sites and blogs.  While in college, Barry Rudolph worked in So Cal NASA-contracted aerospace and computer companies as an electronics technician.  He went freelance as a recording engineer/producer after his first #1 hit record went gold and, over the course of his ongoing career, went on to work on over 30 gold and platinum RIAA sales awards-winning records and participated in the recording of three Grammy winners.

COMMITTEE:
Peter Doell
Term: June 2018 - May 2020
Peter Doell garnered a B.A. in Electronic Music Composition at SUNY Albany, studying there with icons like John Cage. Pursuing parallel paths in both music and engineering, he moved to Boston - working in studios, small clubs, and Symphony Hall with the Pops. Seeking more opportunity, he relocated to Los Angeles where the recording bug started to metastasize. Initially hired as a technician, but quickly recognized as a talented recording engineer at Wally Heider’s, Sunset Sound, then Capitol Studios 1983-1999. Drawn to feature-film scoring at Sony Pictures Entertainment for four years, he ultimately returned to the music world, at Universal Mastering Studios for 12 years, and now with After Master Audio Labs as Senior Mastering Engineer. Pete is also the host of IPTV show “Inside The Star Chamber” where he gets to interview the folks ‘behind the glass curtain’. Past AES Mastering Panel Member, NARAS P & E Wing Member.
COMMITTEE:
Karen Read
Term: June 2019 - May 2021
Karen Read is an audio professional who has been working in Television Post Production for over 20 years. She studied Film, Video and Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she learned the fundamentals of signal flow and sound design on an original analogue Moog synthesizer. She has worked as an audio engineer, restoration specialist and mixer at Point 360 in Burbank since 2001. Currently, as the Audio Technologies Manager, Karen is the leader of a highly successful creative and technical audio team. She develops workflows and best practices, guiding her team along the cutting edge of audio post production. Although she can become overly-enthusiastic about discussing broadcast specs, she never loses sight that the technology and guidelines only exist to serve the art.

COMMITTEE:
Jerry Danielsen
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Term: June 2019 - May 2021
Jerry Danielsen graduated from Sound Master Recording School in 1982 and has been recording music and anything audio ever since.  He started Busy Signal Studio in Santa Clarita in 1984, and still work there full-time where he engineers, produces and arranges music of songwriters and bands.  Jerry graduated California Institute of the Arts in 1992, where he got a BFA in "Electro-Acoustic" music composition.  He has since written music for many short and feature films.  Jerry also is a co-founder of Los Angeles Poets' Press.  He has published several books of poetry and vignettes.  In addition to these multiple projects, Jerry is also sound designer for Rock and Roll Archeology, a podcast that delves into music culture, history and technology.  Jerry is also a member of NARAS.

COMMITTEE:
Juan de Dios Martin
Term: June 2019 - May 2021
Juan de Dios Martin is a Music Producer and Mixing Engineer from A Coruña, Spain. He started his career as a recording and touring multi-instrumentalist musician for several Spanish bands. In early 2000, he decided to expand his creative talents behind the glass and began producing artists. Shortly after, he opened his recording studio in Madrid, where he made numerous albums, acclaimed by critics and specialized press. He also set up a small record label for releasing his own projects. In addition to producing and engineering, Juan has written music for commercials and television series. Following a work opportunity in 2014, he moved to Los Angeles to continue learning and exploring new ways in music. For the Latino Community, Juan is also helping to develop the Spanish AES-LA newsletter and website.

COMMITTEE:
Kevin Salger
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Term: June 2019 - May 2021
Kevin Salger has over 10 year's experience in theatrical and concert live audio reinforcement, mixing and recording operas, musicals, plays, jazz and rock concerts, poetry readings, lectures, graduations, music and dance recitals, and a couple of game shows.  At the PBS TV station in Charlotte, NC, Kevin helped keep the station on the air as a broadcast engineer, repairing and maintaining video tape recorders, video cameras, control room switchers, audio mixing boards, and more.  He was later the station's audio engineer, mixing, recording, and editing over 240 productions.  He holds two Society of Broadcast Engineers certifications (Broadcast Technician and Audio Engineer), largely due to his TV work.  Now back in the Los Angeles area, Kevin is pursuing a technical writing certification from Cal State Long Beach to add to his Cal Poly Pomona Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
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