Cushy Board of Directors
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Jillian Bravo
Secretary

Jillian Bravo been active playing and attending shows in so-called Vancouver's music scene for over 10 years, and has been booking shows for much of that time. You might recognize her from bands like Dad Thighs and Slow Erase. Jill is passionate about creating safe and diverse spaces for people of all ages, abilities, and genders to enjoy live music.

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Telly Cruz
Treasurer

Telly Cruz is a professional supporter of the Vancouver arts community. From running coat checks to managing a venue, they’ve consistently put their time into helping people pursue their dreams. Telly is currently running Teleport Administrative Services, a business that focuses on the backend parts so artists can do what they do best. As Treasurer, Telly is excited to help Cushy Entertainment succeed at spotlighting artists that deserve to shine.

Kristina Lao
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Kristina Lao (she/her) is an artist-advocate from Hong Kong, residing  on the unceded Traditional Coast Salish Lands including the Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC. Kristina has hosted and performed at local and international music festivals and national theatre tours, appeared on network television, and collaborated with Grammy and Juno-award winning producers. In parallel to her creative career, Kristina is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Prolific Media Holdings, currently designing global initiatives to create greater career pathway visibility in Media & Entertainment Careers for underrepresented communities. She is a host and speaker on industry panels, workshops and events, believing in an ongoing commitment to mentorship and support of the next generation of our creative leaders.

Kristina is also on the Board of Directors at Music BC.

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Navreet Dhaliwal

Marketing and-PR-specialist, Navreet Dhaliwal is known for her creative vision and drive. Instead of forcing herself to choose between music and business, Navreet has found unique ways to blend her talents by helping creatives understand the monetary value of their craft.

Navreet has been working in the arts and entertainment space for 3 years with the goal of addressing a rapidly changing entertainment industry. She deeply believes in artists’ ability to showcase their talents and make a living doing so. Navreet has co-founded and works within her organizations, Face the Music Entertainment and DSTNCE Media. Alongside these operations, she donates her time and efforts to the Music City Taskforce in which they aim to cultivate a music economy by providing opportunities to artists and bringing music to the City of Surrey. She also serves as a Part-Time Marketing Coordinator at St. James Community Square. 

Navreet has joined with the Cushy Board of Directors guided by the mantra “business as unusual” to remind herself and others that great opportunities are often born through crisis.

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 Jessica Pleich

Jessica Pleich is the founder and owner of Vibe Frēq Vancity, a platform geared to supporting local artists through social media support and curated events. Jessica's love for music began to develop at the age of 9 years old when she picked up a violin for the first time. Her eclectic ear started to evolve almost immediately after and thus she officially became a music Frēq.

Over the course of her life, Jessica had naturally been drawn to creative minds; and them to her. With music connections globally, she saw it fit to try to utilize those connections and become a master networked of sorts. She launched Vibe Frēq Vancity in October of 2019 and it has quickly gained attention in Vancouver and has reached the attention of artists in places like the UK, Panama, Rwanda and various cities within Canada.

Jessica sees the potential within the Vancouver music scene and is dedicated to gaining more knowledge within the arts/music industry and utilizing all of her connections to help artists reach their fullest potential and put Vancouver on the map as a major music hub!