Looking Ahead is a program of The Actors Fund created to help professional young performers and their families thrive amid the unique challenges of working in the entertainment community.
MEET THE STAFF
Heather Vanian, LCSW, PPSC
Heather joined The Actors Fund during the initial stages of the Looking Ahead program in 2003. She holds a Master of Social Work from USC, with a concentration in families and children, and a Pupil Personal Services Credential in School Social Work. Prior to joining The Actors Fund, she worked with The Children’s Bureau of Southern California, The Mental Health Association of Orange County, and The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in Santa Barbara, where she spent four years as a drug and alcohol counselor in the public school system.
Laura Campbell

 

Laura joined The Actors Fund in October 2005. She previously worked for the Orange County Career Exploring Program, where she developed career programs for over 4,500 students, ages 14 to 21; and Cerritos College and Glendale Community College’s Counseling Division. Laura has served on educational task forces for various education committees, school boards and chamber of commerces for the past seven years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Speech Communication from CSU, Fullerton and an Associate Arts Degree in Speech Theory from Cerritos College. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in College Counseling at CSU, Northridge. She also enjoys music ministry at her church and being the best auntie she can be to her two younger nieces.

Keith McNutt
Keith has been with The Actors Fund since 1995, first as a social worker in the NY AIDS Initiative, then as Coordinator of that program starting in 2001, then as Western Region Director starting in August 2006. Keith oversees all activities in the Western Region, including managing Looking Ahead directly. He has a Master of Social Work from NYU and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Before becoming a social worker, Keith worked at the U.S. Interagency Council on the Homeless, the National Clearinghouse on Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Ohio Senate.

Emmanuel Freeman

Emmanuel joined The Actors Fund in February 2012. He provides administrative support to Looking Ahead and the Director of the Western Region, Keith McNutt. He has primary responsibility for managing The Fund's Unclaimed Coogan program. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Japanese from UCLA with an Asian Humanities minor. Some of his past experience includes working as an Executive Assistant for The Wharton School’s MBA Program for Executives.  We are excited to have Emmanuel as a new addition to The Actors Fund and Looking Ahead team!

Magen Senen

Magen Senen has recently joined the Looking Ahead team in March 2012. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University with a degree in Media Production and minor in English she made her way to California several years ago. During this time she gained knowledge and experience working in the entertainment industry in the area of television production and event coordination on multiple television shows working with adults and young professional performers. Transitioning as a current Looking Ahead volunteer to full time staff member with the program has given her more reason to celebrate this new year! She enjoys spending time with her three younger brothers and family and volunteering for her high school youth ministry.

Jolene Latimer

Jolene Latimer is the 2011-2012 intern for the Looking Ahead Program. She currently is a senior at USC pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English and double minors in Cinematic Arts and Marketing. She comes to us from Alberta Canada and loves competing on the USC Ski and Snowboard Team. She’s passionate about marketing and outreach for the program so everyone knows we’re here.  We are thrilled to have Jolene on our team this year!


Events
Join us for cool social events like Laser Tag, beach bonfires, movie nights, and sporting events!

Education
We'll help you with school options, an education plan and college visits.

Support
Talk to us about life, pressures, family and relationships.

Service
Visit the elderly, feed homeless families, do crafts for children with disabilities and give back to the community in many other ways.

Leadership
Join the Leadership Council to create new programming for Looking Ahead, meet new friends and develop leadership skills.