Laura Newman, Board President
Laura Newman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Los Angeles. She was a Staff Counselor at The Relational Center after having received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Previously Laura received her B.F.A. in film from the University of Southern California. Laura’s career spans from production executive, to partner in a gallery/retail store, to Licensed General Contractor. Laura has also been on several Board of Directors, and currently proudly sits on the Board of Camp Brave Trails. In addition, she has spent the last several decades as a mentor, tutor and advocate for teens and members of the HIV/AIDS and transgender community. Laura and her husband, Jim Tauber, counsel couples as co-therapists using relational/gestalt, experiential psychodynamic, and a psychobiological approach.
In 2002, Jessica moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in order to pursue her dream of working in television production. As time passed, she realized her longing to work with people in a more meaningful way, and was compelled to work with youth in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) community. In March 2010, Jessica earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a specialization in LGBT psychology and became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2016. Jessica is honored to be one of the co-founders of Brave Trails and continues to work with youth, building their leadership skills with programs that support LGBTQ youth to take a stand in their communities and be the leaders of tomorrow. Jessica lives to see queer youth become empowered individuals who work together to change the world.
Michael Carney, Board Vice President
Michael Carney is an actor and talent supervisor with two decades of experience in the entertainment business. Working with various major networks, he has been a talent supervisor on shows such as the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, Miss America, The People’s Choice Awards, Miss Universe, The Super Bowl Halftime Show, and many more. In the narrative world he has produced and co-written numerous content, including the hit series Moonshine for the Emmy and Webby Award winning network, itsallinyourhands.com, as well as the series Blankslate for the FOX/NBC web site Hulu.com. Born in Connecticut with family on both coasts, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, double majoring in Psychology and Psychobiology, and relocated to Los Angeles once he graduated. He has worked with Love146, an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention. His passion for helping both the LGBT community and youth makes Brave Trails a perfect organization to focus his attention on, helping it shape the young leaders of tomorrow.