Board of Directors, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Board of Directors, from left standing: Linda Jones Clough, Andrew Turner, Mike Smith, Alex Kausen; sitting, Ben Olson, Craig Kausen (Chairman), on the video screen, Jessica Kausen
Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Board of Directors, from left standing: Linda Jones Clough, Andrew Turner, Mike Smith, Alex Kausen; sitting, Ben Olson, Craig Kausen (Chairman), on the video screen, Jessica Kausen

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Board of Directors

Linda Jones Clough (Secretary) IMDB

Linda has been a member of the Chuck Jones family since July 25, 1937. She founded Linda Jones Enterprises, Inc., in 1977 for the purpose of getting Chuck’s artwork out from wherever it was (in storage or in his head) into people’s homes where they could enjoy it. She served as president and CEO of that company until 2002. She also served as president of Chuck Jones Productions from 1992 to 1996, producing various films with her father, including segments for Mrs. Doubtfire and Stay Tuned and later as one of the producers (with George Daugherty and David Lik Wong) of the Emmy Award winning Peter and the Wolf, plus six theatrical short cartoons produced for Warner Bros. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity since its inception and has served as its recording secretary for the past two years.

In previous lives she worked for the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence Department as a clerk typist, for a criminal tax lawyer in Baltimore (he was a tax specialist and also a criminal), production line worker for Bendix Radio Company, assistant in an employment agency, assistant to the minister of a Unitarian/Universalist Church, and co-owner of a van-to-camper-conversion company with her husband, Jim.

Alex Kausen

Craig Kausen (President & Chairman)

Chuck Jones’ grandson, Craig, received a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA (1985). He held various teaching positions at Orange County colleges in digital/computer sciences while pursuing his scientific career with Hughes Aircraft and MAI Basic Four. For the past 18 years he has been in the fine art business and has been involved in art publishing, opening and managing art galleries, artist management, and many other art business related endeavors.

He has served as President of the Chuck Jones Companies for the past eleven years and Chairman of the Board at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity until present.

Extra-curricular activities have included Board Member at Padre Foundation, Board Member at Get A Grip Foundation, Adjunct Faculty at Irvine Valley College, Fullerton College, Orange Coast College, and pursued additional education at The Anderson School of Management/UCLA. 

Jessica Kausen

Jessica was inducted into the Jones family in July of 1986, and while she can't draw her way out of a paper bag, she has been inspired by her greatI Grandfather's work since day one. Her list of accolades is still being written, but after nearly 10 years of living in New York City, she feels she's earned some sort of stripe. Jessica currently resides in Astoria, where she manages Strategic Brand Partnerships for Squarespace by day, and attempts to write quirky bios about herself by night. Previous work includes Linda Jones Enterprises (!), Theatre Development Fund, The Museum of the City of New York, and Ray Bloch Productions. Jessica has a strong interest in providing all humans access to the arts and is thrilled to be a part of the next generation of the Chuck Jones family to join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s board.

Rob Minkoff IMDB

He has directed several films for Walt Disney Feature Animation, including The Lion King (1994) and two of the Roger Rabbit shorts: Tummy Trouble (1989) and Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990). While working at Disney he wrote the song "Good Company" for Oliver & Company. He also made the films Stuart Little (1999), Stuart Little 2 (2002), The Haunted Mansion (2003) and The Forbidden Kingdom (2008).

Minkoff also participates as a member of the jury for the NYICFF, a local New York City Film Festival dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 18.[2]

He is currently at DreamWorks Animation directing a 2014 computer-animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman. He is also attached to direct the fantasy action adventure Chinese Odyssey.

Rob was also one of the four “Dover Boys” from Cal Arts who was joyfully mentored by Chuck and remained close friends with him until Chuck’s death in 2002.

Rob has supported the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity financially, as well as with his appearances at various events and fundraisers.

John Ramirez IMDB

John Ramirez’ work can be seen in “Toy Story II,”Beauty and the Beast” and more.  Ramirez, includes Chuck Jones as one of his cherished mentors. 

John made many animated films as a student, winning a number of international film festivals. He also worked on animatronic projects and helped design full-scale “open house” environmental designs. John’s varied experiences as an animation student have led to work at Disney and Warner Brothers studios as an animator, storyboard artist, character designer and Art Director. He has also designed theme parks, hotel lobbies, and parade floats internationally. He is currently producing and directing an animated pilot for Japanese TV and five animated shorts for NHK Japan. John was one of the two founders and an instructor and mentor for ACME Online and OnAir telecasts.

He has been creating animated stories, characters and exhibitions since he was a 12 year-old student in junior high school. There, and later in his high school animation class, he was fortunate to have been mentored by many of the masters of animation, including Chuck Jones. In fact, when Jones saw Ramirez and his classmates’ artistic progress and enthusiasm, he chose them to design, fabricate and install the “Chuck Jones: An Animated Life” exhibit at the Capitol Children’s Museum in Washington, D.C. Ramirez also worked with Jones developing animation projects. John was the principal designer of the Chuck Jones Experience at the Circus Circus Hotel in Las Vegas.

Jones (and John’s other mentors from the world of art, animation and design) had a very strong impact that transcended the creation of beautiful and engaging films, environments and experiences. They also gave John a deep appreciation for passing the torch of knowledge to others. While he was still in high school and ever since, Ramirez has been mentoring young student artists and their teachers in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He currently is leading a “12-Principles of Animation” workshop for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Ben Olson

Mike Smith

Before beginning his hirsute pursuits as founder, executive producer and creative director of Beard Boy Productions -- a Tustin California-based company specializing in writing and producing television, radio, interactive and direct response advertising -- Mike worked as a harried (or was it hairy?) press aide for the New York State Assembly, a radio news reporter and public relations manager for two Northeastern regional savings banks.

Tiring of the world of politics, news and high finance, Mike said "Enough of this Schick!" and ventured into advertising. As a copywriter, senior copywriter and associate creative director for ad agencies in New York and Southern California, he came up with razor-sharp concepts for a variety of health care, restaurant, financial, retail, technical and automotive clients.

Agencies, schmagencies, it was time for this Smith Brother to move on -- forming Beard Boy Productions in 1994.

Over the past 21 years, Mike has written and produced over 500 TV, radio and video projects -- along with thousands of print ads, brochures and direct mail pieces. His clients have included: Miller Beer, John Deere, Blue Cross and Blue Shields nationwide, Olympus Cameras, Lexus, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, National Association of Realtors, Taco Bell, Microsoft, Sharp Solar, Medtronic, Edwards Lifesciences, Custom Building Products, American Cancer Society, Dunlop Tire, Butterball Turkey, Dunlop Tire, Yamaha, El Torrito Disneyland and many more. His work has garnered Clio, Effie, Andy, Belding, Telly, Maxi and New York Art Directors Awards.

A spare-time author, Mike's written feature stories for National Lampoon, National Geographic Kids, Men's Exercise, the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, San Antonio Express News, St. Petersburg Times and the Buffalo News. He also helps publish a comic book based on a character he created called, "Pete, the PO'd Postal Worker.” His latest book, "100 of the Worst Ideas in History" is available now from Chicago's Sourcebooks.

A vocational high school drop out, Mike can be found listening to Metallica while scraping Beeman's off the bottom of the corndog counter at Walmart.

Andrew Turner 

Andy is an attorney and principal of Turner Law Firm, LLC, in New Jersey. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and law degree from Loyola University of Chicago.

He met Chuck Jones in a chance encounter during law school while Chuck and his daughter, Linda Jones Clough, were visiting Chicago. Following a few minutes of conversation, a lasting friendship was born and Chuck invited Andy to visit next time he was in California.

Andy shares Chuck's enthusiasm and vision for creativity. In fact, Chuck created a drawing for Andy entitled "An Interesting Challenge" following Andy's suggestion to bring two of Chuck's characters together even though they had not previously appeared in the same scene. The drawing remains one of Andy's favorites.

Prior to joining the Center's Board of Directors, Andy served two full terms as a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Inns of Court Foundation, which is a leading organization for mentoring attorneys. The Foundation consists of nearly four hundred local Inns around the United States whose judge and attorney members are dedicated to promoting professionalism, civility, and excellence in the practice of law. Andy has lectured extensively for professional legal groups and looks forward to bringing his talents to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.