Vince grew up in a family that was always surrounded by music. His father was a composer in the church, his mother sang in the choir and his brothers all played and sang in their own high school rock bands. Even though Vince did not get involved heavily with music until much later, music had always been his escape from his troubled adolescent years.
Vince grew up in a family where his father was very verbally and physically abusive. Out of 5 siblings, Vince often felt rejected by his family for he was the only child who continually struggled in school and had no apparent musical talent. However, after his college years, Vince focused on reinvented himself as he fell in love with reading self-help and success books.
Vince finally developed a respect and value for education once he began realizing that learning about himself and his surroundings gave him a self-confidence that could not be taken away from him, as opposed to material things. So he decided to go back to school to become a special education teacher to work with students with learning disabilities. Vince’s passion was to work with and educate at-risk youth.
When he was a teacher working with the Anaheim Union High School District, Vince connected with many students who also grew up in abusive homes and who felt rejected by their families. He quickly bonded with the students who relied on music as a means of escaping from their troubles.
It was during this time period that schools were beginning to suffer severely from national budget cuts, which eliminated many school music programs. Vince recognized the problems that schools and students were facing and decided to focus on a solution, which led him to establish The CUT Studios Foundation. Vince passionately lives by the belief that education is the foundation, the youth is our future and music is the bond that brings us all together.
Chief Financial Officer
Jason Mok was born and raised in Los Angeles and has always been an avid music lover. Although he had a love of music, Jason felt that his path would be in business and he recognized the benefits and opportunities provided by a strong education. By focusing on school, Jason earned a scholarship to UCLA, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Economics.
Jason earned his CPA with the international accounting and consulting firm Deloitte and subsequently opened his own accounting / finance company, 550 Solutions, Inc.
Jason’s education and career experiences have partnered him with Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Rockwell, Siemens, and The Gap and have let him work across the globe in the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea.
Board of Directors
Janelle Frese, a California native, proudly hails from the small city of La Palma, California. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a softball scholarship where she earned her degree in English and history. In 1990, she began her 30-year teaching career, and since 1998 has worked with at-risk youth within the Alternative Education division of AUHSD. Janelle teaches English and journalism, and is the adviser of the Hearts and Souls poetry club at Gilbert High School. In 2014, she was named CLHS Region 11 and AUHSD Teacher of the Year. Janelle glories in the success of her students and believes their development in writing, music, and the creative arts, can motivate them to overcome their obstacles and adversities.
Janelle keeps busy and creative herself as a drummer and percussionist, a published writer and editor, a certified massage tech and Reiki master, a part-time model and actress, and a versatile athlete having played professional baseball with Ladies League Baseball, 1997-1998. She has three children. Her two daughters, Mikayla Theone Khramov(26) and Marlena "Ukulena" Khramov (23) are both music and media talents, while her son Harrison (13) excels in sports and loves video games!