Role: Our Team
Leon is an energetic, passionate and motivating leader who has over 14 years of experience with well-established after school organizations. At this time, his number one focus is youth development. For many years, Leon used his passion for Hip-Hop dance and Theatre Arts to teach students performance art skills. He established a love for experiential educational enrichment programing as well as organizing events that provide once in a lifetime experiences to inner city youth. He is very committed to his work with the just keep livin foundation where he serve as the Program Manager. Leon is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills and currently lives in the South Bay area with his Wife and two beautiful daughters. In his spare time Leon loves to DJ, dance and laugh with his family.
Jenny is the Program Director for the just keep livin Foundation. She has 17+ years’ experience teaching English, ESL and Physical Education for both private and public schools in Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Dallas where she was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2007. Her educational background includes a MA in Curriculum Development from Indiana Wesleyan. Her passion to inspire students and teachers to achieve their maximum learning / teaching potential motivated her to become an Assistant Principal for a short period of time before joining the team at just keep livin. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping and attending outdoor concerts.
As the Managing Director for the just keep livin Foundation, Erica is tasked with managing fundraising events, sponsor relations, social media, marketing, and corporate partnerships for the organization. Prior to joining JKL, Erica worked in Celebrity Relations for City of Hope, a cancer hospital and research center based in Los Angeles. In addition to nonprofit work, Erica has an extensive background in the entertainment industry, beginning her career as an assistant to a film agent at Creative Artists Agency. After CAA, Erica spent time working in film development at Universal Pictures prior to joining the West Coast Bureau of InStyle Magazine, where she helped manage talent bookings while also contributing to the magazine as a writer and reporter. These days, Erica feels incredibly lucky to be a part of an organization whose mission and philosophy she believes in so deeply. Her favorite part of j.k. livin is Camp Ubuntu at Canyon Creek where she gets to spend a weekend connecting with amazing JKL students and helping them break out of their comfort zones. Originally hailing from New Orleans and graduating from Northwestern University, Erica currently lives in Sherman Oaks with her husband, Chase, and their daughter, Savannah.
Shannon Mabrey Rotenberg started her career with non-profit organizations and the entertainment industry while at Creative Artists Agency, a talent and sports agency based in Los Angeles. She was a program director in their philanthropic division for six years before helping to launch the just keep livin Foundation.
Shannon’s work with non-profits extends beyond the walls of the just keep livin Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools Los Angeles West and the Board of Angels for Baby2Baby. She is involved with Teach for America and Hollygrove, an EMQ Children & Family Services Agency. She works with the Harold Robinson Foundation which is committed to providing impoverished children with camp retreats which are designed to strengthen confidence, independence, build character and develop leadership skills. She is also the founding-chair of “Kidstock” an annual event which benefits One Voice’s Scholarship Program in Los Angeles. Additionally, Shannon volunteers her time overseeing The Faro Foundation– a philanthropic family foundation whose primary focus is helping children and education related causes.
Shannon grew up in Okmulgee, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Shannon and her husband Michael now reside in Los Angeles, California with their two sons, Luke Eli and Colt Carlisle.