FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Evelyn Wendel founded WeTap in 2008 to improve appreciation, access and use of public drinking fountains as a means to reduce dependence on single use plastic water bottles and improve public health. She is a devoted mother of two and discovered the lack of consistently appealing and functioning drinking fountains while bringing her kids to parks around the City of LA and elsewhere. Since WeTap was introduced in 2009 at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference in Long Beach, CA, she developed technology to map and access drinking fountains and filling stations. WeTap continues to grow to include a large group of supporters and partners. WeTap initiated the launch of Tap Water Day in 2015 with the CA State Resource Control Board, AWWA, LADWP and Mayor Eric Garcetti who declared “clean drinking water is a basic human right.” Prior to devoting her energy to WeTap, Evelyn worked at Paramount Pictures for close to 10 years and produced the historical and culturally significant documentary “The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner” that has screened in museums and universities around the globe. A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, Evelyn attended Fairfax High School, graduated from UCLA and has been a yoga practitioner for 3 decades. Evelyn@WeTap.org
LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR, CONSULTANT
Lisa Kaas Boyle, Esq., serves as Executive Director of WeTap. Lisa is a Vanderbilt double major in English and Fine Arts and graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School. Lisa is the co-author of California State legislation to ban plastic microbeads from consumer personal care products which law served as the model for national legislation signed by President Obama in 2015. Lisa worked with her alma mater Tulane Law School to produce the first law journal dedicated to the issue of plastic pollution and wrote the forward to the journal. Lisa was part of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) team traveling to The Rio Earth Summit in 2012 where she spoke on the health impacts of plastic pollution. Lisa is a co-founder ofPlastic Pollution Coalition and gave a TEDx talk on global legal policy solutions to plastic pollution. Lisa began her legal career as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office where she served for 7 years. Lisa also served as Legal Policy Director for ocean protection nonprofit Heal the Bay and has served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations including 5 Gyres Institute. A recognized expert in legal policy to stop plastic pollution, Lisa has produced panels and spoken before audiences around the globe including at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The United Nations. Lisa is a featured expert in the award winning documentary Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve. Appointed in 2009, Parfrey just wrapped up a tenure as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He is also a visiting lecturer at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Parfrey is immediate past-president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia, the popular street event. He is also a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. From 2007-2011, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition. From 1994 to 2007, he served as Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team. In 1992, Parfrey received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, Parfrey received a Stanton Fellowship. In 2011, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business. In 2013, he was a visiting lecturer at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
Brian Sheridan is an experienced nonprofit professional with over 10 years in the field. He is currently the Development and Marketing Manager for the Council for Watershed Health, Southern California’s trusted hub for watershed education, research and analysis. In his role, he spearheaded the growth of outreach, funding and events. Brian was the founder of the Environmental Funders and Media Forum.
Prior to joining the team at the Council, Brian was the Development and Marketing Manager for Heritage Square Museum. In this role, Brian oversaw the growth of the museum from a sleepy outpost to one of the Los Angeles’ landmark historic destinations. Heritage Square was named the number one museum in Los Angeles three years in a row on Fox 11.
While at Heritage Square Museum, Brian co-founded the LA Heritage Alliance, an effort to bring together the museum, history and preservation community around issues of mutual interest. LA Heritage Day, the culminating event of the LA Heritage Alliance, annually brought together thousands of visitors to celebrate the region’s history.
Brian currently serves on the boards of the Lummis Day Community Foundation and WeTap.
Emmy winning identical twins, Ellen Kahn + Lynda Kahn are the co-founding partners / Executive Creative Directors of the bi-coastal TWINART. Recognized as trendsetters in the entertainment industry TWINART is known for adding their fresh vision and voice to a wide range of integrated media projects. Their passion for art, storytelling, music and technology inspire their broadcast design, marketing campaigns, and brand content initiatives.
Most recently, Ellen led the design direction for the Jennifer Lopez, NUVOtv launch and rebrand, while Lynda spearheaded the “Life Lives Here” Scripps Networks Upfront with BPG and the Starz Network Redesign with yU+co.
Notable TWINART brand design projects include the launch of WEtv, the CW brand build and LifetimeTV rebrand. TWINART is acknowledged for their TV program main titles for Ellen (Emmy), “Arrested Development” (BDA Gold), “The Talk”, and “Witches of the East End”. Long form projects include “Picture What Women Do” for LifetimeTV and “Voices” for Elektra Entertainment. Their series experience includes “Peewee’s Playhouse” and HBO’s “Encyclopedia.”
TWINART’s graphic style has defined music and variety shows such as Conde-Nast’s “Fashion Rocks”,“Miss America,” “The Laureus Awards” and “Radio Music Awards.”
As DGA live action directors, the Kahn sisters helm projects for Absolut Vodka, Polaroid, Hershey’s, and Nintendo. Lynda serves as a Governor for the Emmy’s Motion & Title Design Peer Group and Ellen is a former Governor serving on the Executive Committee. At the Promax/BDAconference the Kahn duo curate and moderate the panel “The Art of Title Design.” Ellen Kahn and Lynda Kahn are the recipients of the National Endowment of the Arts fellowship grant in Visual Media. TWINART’s videos have exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo Video Biennale, and The Pompidou Centre in Paris.
Susan Wrenn has spent her professional career devoted to the strategic marketing of film, television, music and new media content. In her twenty-year tenure at Paramount Pictures, as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Media Director for the film group, she created and executed the media campaigns for 300+ feature films, including Titanic, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, Runaway Bride, What Women Want, Wayne’s World, Save the Last Dance, Jackass, Rugrats, Kings of Comedy, Juice, Beavis and Butthead and many, many more. As Media Director, she was responsible for all investments in television, radio, print, new media, and out-of-home assets. In overseeing the planning and execution of $300+ million a year in media and promotional activities, Wrenn developed and executed upfront market strategies as well as individual film strategies for all releases. Sitting on the Viacom Marketing Council for many years, she brought the NBA into movie marketing with Mission Impossible and conducted Viacomʼs first cross-company audit of media assets.
Wrenn is currently CEO of emPOWERme.tv and theStream.tv, and Chief Strategy Officer of Zylogic Media. An experienced event organizer and strategist, she helped design and launch the Producerʼs Guild of Americaʼs annual Produced By Conference in Los Angeles. She co-produced KTLAʼs 75th Anniversary, which garnered a local Emmy nomination and she has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1994. Last year she was nominated for a Streamy Award for Secrets of the Red Carpet which she created and executive produced.
Wrenn teaches and lectures for USC, UCLA and Columbia College Chicago where she has been an instructor for seven years in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She is a passionate advocate for creativity and the power of storytelling, and a firm believer that content is king.