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Professor James Forsher and Audrey LePell named to new Foundation Advisory Board

The Lorenzo Theater Foundation has two new voices with the creation of an Advisory Board led by California State University, Hayward, Professor James Forsher, Ph.D., and Audrey LePell, former member of the Alameda County Planning Commission.

Forsher, director of the Broadcast Production Program at Cal State, has long been a student of old movies and movie houses. His recent book, "The Community of Cinema", illustrates how many of the social transformations of the past decades have been spawned in the local movie theaters.

"His knowledge of the importance of movie houses to the revitalization of downtown's is key to what we have been advocating for several years, that the reopening of the Lorenzo Theatre will draw new businesses to the San Lorenzo Village Square," states Nancy Shelvy, president of the Lorenzo Theater Foundation.

Forsher is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he created the first of many documentary films. He earned a master's degree in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Southern California and his doctorate at the University's School of Urban and Regional Planning.

LePell brings her extensive knowledge of the local political scene to the Advisory Board. In addition to her 9 1/2 years on the Planning Commission, she is heavily involved with area transportation issues, serving as member, and former chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority, and president of the Citizens Alternative Transportation Solutions, as well as representative to the Route 238 Working Group. A native of Wichita, Kansas, she attended the University of Wichita, the University of Nebraska and California State University, Hayward, where she majored in environmental studies.

Forsher is a Southern California native who joined the faculty at Cal State in 2001 in the Department of Communication.

LePell has lived in Hayward for 41 years, devoting her time to a number of County boards and commissions.

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