LaFaye Baker -  Founder
Executive Director

Ms. Baker has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as a professional Stuntwoman/Stunt Coordinator. She has over 135 credits in the industry as a Stunt Performer. Ms. Baker also was the first African American Stuntwoman to Stunt Coordinate a big budget project “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.” Ms. Baker currently is the executive producer of a documentary about African American Stuntwomen called “Hollywood at Its Best II”. In addition, to her career as a stunt performer she has been working as a Probation Officer for over 22 years. As a Probation Officer, she has worked with juvenile delinquents and developed several innovative and creative special programs for at risk teens. Ms. Baker discovered that at risks teens were quite intrigued with the entertainment industry. By co-mingling her expertise in dual careers, she plans on increasing the ratio of women working in the entertainment field by creating programs that would be captivating for at risk teens (especially young girls). In 2010 Ms. Baker received the Peace Officer Award for her work in the community. Her passion and thrust in life is to change the imbalance of gender behind the scenes in Hollywood.

Ms. Baker graduated from California State University Long Beach where she received her Bachelors of Arts Degree. In 2002 she completed the University of California Los Angeles Film, Television and Digital Entertainment Studies Program. Baker is also a member of LAAAWPPI-2013 Institute.

 

Jadie David Co-Founder

At 21 years old, Jadie David performed her first stunt for a motion picture. An accomplished equestrian, Jadie was “discovered” while riding her horse in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park.  Jadie an accomplished equestrian over a period of 25 years from 1971-996 has appeared in a variety of project

She appeared on the first and only hour-long TV action drama series starring an African American Woman, “Get Christy Love” (1974-1975).  Jadie performed the first 3/4 fire burn without the aid of a protective fire suit, “Mandingo” (1975) and performed what was considered to be the second largest stunt of the year, Rollercoaster” (1987).  In addition, she doubled one of the leading female action actors of the 1970′s, “Pam Grier.”

Due to several injuries sustained as a stunt performer Jadie was forced to change her professions. In the early 90’s Jadie started working for Paramount Pictures as Production Safety Coordinator. Her responsibilities as Safety Coordinator included making sure productions stayed current with State and Federal Safety Regulations, reading and breaking down scripts for safety recommendations and supervising the production’s safety on set. Jadie also co-wrote one of Paramount Picture’s early Production Safety Programs as well as NBC Production’s first Production Safety Program.

Looking for yet another challenge, Jadie was hired by the Screen Actors Guild as a Field Representative (1991-1996). During the first year of her employment, Jadie saw the need for the Guild to become more involved in stunt safety and the general safety on the set. She went on to develop and manage a Stunt And Safety Department for the Screen Actors Guild. She re-wrote the Guild’s Safety Manual, making it far more comprehensive and included all applicable Safety Standards and Regulations.  Jadie also served as the Guild’s representative to the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producer’s Safety Counsel.

You can also find her work archived in the National Archives and Records Administration, a government agency that preserves motion picture and sound recording that document important events relating to the history of the United States.   She is a founding member of the United Stuntwomen’s Association and remains an honorary member to this day.

Jadie has always believed strongly in fair hiring of people of color in the entertainment industry.  She was Assistant Affirmation Action Consultant for MGM Studios and assisted in locating employment opportunities for people of color (1976).  She was co-founder of the Alliance of Stunt performers of Color and was responsible for creating the first Stunt Performers of Color Directory for the Screen Actors Guild.  During that time she worked closely with the Guild’s Affirmation Action Department to increase employment for Stunt Performers of Color (1994).

Although Jadie is now retired, she co-founded and works closely with “A Diamond in the Raw”; a 501 3C dedicated to introducing inner city girls to the various employment opportunities in and outside of the entertainment industry. The foundation also raises money for scholarships and provides activities such as mentorship programs, workshops, shadowing programs, etc.

 

Carrie Henley
Marika-Active wear Executive VP/ General Manager

Carrie developed “sub brands” under the larger Marika label, which were the first of its kind in the active-wear industry.  Essentially she developed a way to include the all important women’s shape-wear concept into women’s everyday active-wear which had not been done before and, as a result the revolutionary products created quite a buzz in the industry, not to mention a tremendous surge in sales!  Carrie is frequently called upon as a top resource in the field for popular women’s/health resources and publications such as: Women’s Wear Daily, Apparel Magazine, BODY, Fashion Manuscript… and the list continues to grow.

But Carrie’s drive for new challenges continued.  And, while she remained an integral part of the packaging business she helped grow with her husband, Carrie found her way back to the fashion world and joined FAM Brands, LLC in 2008 where she continues today as Executive VP/General Manager of the Marika active-wear brand.  Under Carrie’s leadership, the brand has seen phenomenal success across all areas; double digit sale increases were reached from 2010-2011 and even larger increases are forecasted for the brand in 2011-2012.

Carrie currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.  In her spare time she loves to jog, ski, travel and keep up a healthy, active lifestyle with her family.

 

Pam Daves

Asoniti Foster

Krystal Wing Glover

Michelle Kazadi

Lauren Sutton

Lisa Wright

Cindi Smith

Junior Board
Ashanti Scott

Program Coordinators
Ceret Daramola
Valerie Pirtle