Daniel Bauer, Development Manager


Daniel Bauer, New York born and raised is now a Los Angeles County resident who is honored to join the Brave Trails Family! He holds a B.S. in Business Management and a M.S. in Family Life Education from Concordia University. In addition to being a professional escape artist, magician and youth motivational speaker, Daniel has served as a marketing, fundraising and development strategist at organizations including: Excelsior American School (India), Alive Inside Foundation (New York), Blue Duck Education (U.K.), City of Albany Office of Special Events and Omega Institute. He also serves as the lead organizing committee member of the annual International Conference on HIV/STIs. Again, he is honored to bring his talents and skills to Brave Trail and is thrilled to play a part in empowering our LGBTQ+ youth to become strong, vibrant leaders in our global society.



Laura Newman, Board President

2011-07-15_10-28-17_851[1]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.




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.




Jim Tauber, Board Member

Jim Tauber, is a a father  to three daughters and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Los Angeles. He was a Staff Counselor at The Relational Center after having received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Previously Jim received his B.A. in Sociology from Boston University and a J.D. from Golden Gate University. Jim spent 30 years in the film industry at Columbia Pictures, Propaganda Films, Anonymous Content, 20th Century Fox, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.