Board of Directors

Kate Beyda

Kate Beyda

Kate Beyda is the head of Physical Production for New Line Cinema, a Warner Media company.  Prior to joining New Line, Kate was a freelance filmmaker working in various capacities.
Kate began her career working in the lower-budget independent world on such films as “Tapeheads” starring John Cusack and Tim Robbins and on Paul Bartel’s comedy “Scenes From The Class Struggle in Beverly Hills”.  Her first studio film was Taylor Hackford’s “Everybody’s All-American”.  She worked her way up in the film business as a Production Coordinator and an Assistant to the President of Hughes Entertainment on “Christmas Vacation” and “Uncle Buck”.
After working as a Sr. Production Coordinator at Disney Touchstone, Kate returned to the freelance world working as a Production Supervisor and later as a Unit Production Manager on such films as: “While You Were Sleeping”, “A Civil Action”, Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember” among others.
After having a child, Kate decided to quit the freelance world and take a job as a Production Executive at New Line. Since being on staff, she has been promoted to Executive Vice-President of Physical Production and has mounted productions all over the world. Some of her projects include: “The Hobbit”, “Wedding Crashers”, “The Conjuring 1&2”, “Game Night”, “Elf”, “Horrible Bosses”, “Journey to the Mysterious Island”, “San Andreas”, “We’re The Millers”, “IT” and many, many others.
Kate is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Director’s Guild of America and the Producer’s Guild of America. She currently serves as Secretary of the Arts High Foundation Board for the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
Lesley Wolman

Lesley Wolman

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Lesley began her professional entertainment career as a child performing locally in theater and TV. She honed her performance skills in Boston and later moved to Toronto where she performed in theater, film as well as numerous voiceovers and jingles. While residing in Toronto, Lesley obtained her Bachelors of Nursing degree at the University of Toronto.

Her big acting break came when she was cast in the Toronto production of “Shenandoah” with Hal Linden, which eventually moved to Broadway and later starred John Cullum.

While living in New York, Lesley was featured on the soaps “All My Children” and “One Life To Live.”

When Lesley was eight months pregnant with her first child and living in New York, she wrote and performed her own cabaret show. This led to a thus far 25-year career as a cabaret performer. Lesley has performed her shows throughout Canada and the U.S. In addition, she has recorded five albums.

Lesley has been a member of the Board of Directors for the BJE, where she chaired the Arts and Cultural committee, Sinai Akiba Academy and Sinai Temple.

She is currently on the Advisory Board for The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies as well as Camp Ramah of California.

Lesley and her husband, business manager Jeff Wolman, have resided in Los Angeles since 1996. They have 2 adult children, Yale and Serena.

Mehrnaz Javid

Mehrnaz Javid

Mehrnaz has always had a passion for dance.  Born in Iran and raised in Los Angeles, she is known for her chic style, deep commitment to health and wellness, and exuberant zest for life.  Mehrnaz graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and spent years in special events planning.

She moved on to build her own interior and events design firm from the ground up with a commitment to transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Her extensive resume includes designing homes throughout Southern California and designing events for Los Angeles’ most influential crowds.  Her reverence to old world charm mixed with today’s most sought-after trends makes her work highly respected and unique.

Mehrnaz has a special ability to connect with people. This, along with her love of entertaining and philanthropic vision, has empowered her to give generously to various organizations throughout Los Angeles.

With her husband and three young children by her side, Mehrnaz is thrilled to join the BODYTRAFFIC board for the 2018/2019 season.  She hopes to combine her illustrious event planning experience and business knowledge to help propel BODYTRAFFIC to new heights and expand to new audiences.  She is extremely passionate about making dance accessible to all and believes strongly in BODYTRAFFIC’s mission to give back to the greater Los Angeles community through art.

Paul Lester

Paul Lester

(Chairman of the Board) Paul graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1982 with three degrees: English, History, and Dance Performance Studies. He continued study with a sabbatical at Cambridge University, England.

Paul has enjoyed strong ties to the worldwide art community throughout his lifetime, with an early career as a professional dancer at such renowned companies as Twyla Tharp. Over the years, Paul developed a keen sense for design and interiors. He has further augmented his real estate career with residential design consultation for many of the clients he represents as buyers and sellers. In addition he remains fully committed to making the arts, in all its forms, a relevant part of his design and property representation. 

Since the inception of The Agency, as a founding partner of the company almost four years ago, he has spearheaded the curation of both the Brentwood and the Beverly Hills offices of The Agency with rotating art exhibits focusing on both local and international artists in all mediums. 

Paul’s real estate career began over 14 years ago in Beverly Hills, and almost immediately he became recognized as one of the top influencers and producers in Los Angeles. 

Having lived in London, Zurich and NYC before moving to LA, his client base has always been multinational. Paul represents many of the most important financial, high profile, and celebrity clients and homes in Southern California. Initially starting his career at the premier boutique offices of Sotheby’s, Beverly Hills, Paul continued that bespoke atmosphere at Westside Estate Agency along with his partner Aileen Comora, establishing record sales in markets all across the city. 

As a founding partner at The Agency, Paul represents many of the most exclusive properties (and international clients) in the world, both on and off the market. Because of his distinct attention to detail and his discretionary manner, he is often sought out specifically to help broker the higher profile clientele, especially in deals that are off market. 

Some of his noteworthy international off market sales include a Montpelier Square Corner Row house, Knightsbridge, London, Sherry Netherlands full floor penthouse NYC, Westmount central city mansion Montreal Canada, and a Country estate on Lac Tremblant, Canada.  Notable sales in Los Angeles have included The Ahmanson Estate in Hancock Park, off market homes in Bel Air, Holmby Hills, and Beverly Park, and the Marmont Manor, a property of four acres in the Sunset strip. 

While Paul has spent time working and living in almost every continent of the world, he now resides full time in Los Angeles. His practice is diligent, honest, straightforward and energetic, and it has won him many repeat clients.

Rachel Webber

Rachel Webber

Rachel grew up dancing, studying ballet, modern and musical theater technique at Paulette’s Ballet Studio in the Greater Boston area and at Barnard College of Columbia University, from which she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.

Rachel currently serves as President of Corporate Development and Chief Strategy Officer at Playboy Enterprises where she is responsible for the company’s acquisition and incubation of new products and businesses. Rachel previously served as Executive Vice President of Digital Product at National Geographic Partners, where she oversaw technology development, audience growth and digital storytelling.

Prior to joining National Geographic, Webber served in senior positions at Fox Networks Group, at Rovio Entertainment (the makers of Angry Birds) and at Tumblr.

Webber started her career at News Corporation, first serving in the corporate office and helping launch the company’s efforts to reduce its impact on climate change; at Fox Television Studios; and at Australia’s major pay-TV platform, Foxtel.  After many years living between New York, DC, LA, Sydney and Helsinki, Rachel now resides in LA.