Founder & President
On the forefront, Jessica has been involved with casting some of film and television’s biggest projects over the last 6 years. Sherman has worked with April Webster Casting since 2010, she has been involved with projects like Star Wars Episode 7, Star Trek Into Darkness, Bates Motel, and The Strain. As well as several smaller budget films that she has cast independently (including 2016 Sundance hit Sleight). Sherman founded A Cause for Entertainment to support the fight against Breast Cancer, she has walked the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer since 2010, when her grandmother was diagnosed with the disease. As an avid supporter, she was inspired to start her own organization to have a greater impact in the community.
Courtenay Taylor is a Los Angeles actor well known for her animation and video game voiceover roles. You can hear her dulcet tones on Cartoon Network’s Regular Show as well as in games like Fallout 4, Mass Effect and Resident Evil. She got involved in A Cause For Entertainment to honor her friend Jenn Lyon, who passed away from breast cancer at age 37. “She’s always on my mind, and this is one way to keep her close. No one should have to lose a loved one to this horrid disease. I know that every little effort adds up to save the lives of women and men we cherish. Let’s conquer cancer together!” *fist pump*
Alex Spear is proud and excited to be part of such an important event. Working in Current Programs at Warner Brothers Television, Spear wanted to find a way to get involved and give back during his spare time. The ability to contribute to the hunt for a cure for something that ails so many proved to be an opportunity he could not turn down. Spear is honored to be part of this event, and would like to thank everyone for their help and support for a third straight year.
Director, Website Designer & Developer
Sara is so grateful to have been a part of this incredible event from the very beginning. She has designed and built the ACFE website and graphics since the first event in 2015, and this year she is so thrilled to join the board, as well! Having lost family members and dear friends to cancer this is a cause near and dear to her heart and every dollar raised is another step towards victory. Sara is an actor originally hailing from Chicago known for her work in indie thriller Chrysalis, and the upcoming Gut Punched, as well as a long list of films and stage productions. She is also a proud freelance web designer & developer.
Los Angeles native Devon Balsamo-Gillis is an award winning writer who works in television and a lover of those miniature cooking videos on the internet. In 2017, Devon’s sister, who at the time was 17, had a tumor on her pancreas; her sister’s health ordeal sparked a passion for wellness in Devon and a desire to learn and share methods of preventative care. Devon joined A Cause For Entertainment to help spread the word about prevention and detection of ALL tumors, and to help eradicate a disease that has affected so many people personally. When she’s not wielding an altruistic sword, Devon enjoys doing yoga, eating kale, and using essential oils to cure the common cold. Just kidding. Kale is gross.
Resident Social Media Manager
Cecilia was born and raised in St. Louis, MO where she grew up with her 7 siblings. Growing up in the mid-west, in a big family, taught her everything she knows about hard work, not shying away from competition, and the importance of being a genuine person. Now that she lives in Los Angeles these are the traits that she carries with her in every thing she does. In 2014, Cecilia graduated from Missouri State University with a BFA in Acting. Shortly after graduation she packed her bags and headed West. She is honored to be a part of A Cause for Entertainment and to help continue to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.
Director of Media Production
CJ has a passion for entertainment and can usually be found at his keyboard or behind a camera. Whether directing a Cricket Wireless commercial starring John Cena, writing viral sketch comedy for funny-shorts.com, or editing a documentary on Dua Lipa, the focus and drive remain the same: to tell great stories. And if there’s one story in desperate need of an uplifting third act, it’s the fight against breast cancer. After seeing the amazing work Jessica began in 2015, CJ was inspired to dedicate his production knowledge and story-telling skills to ACFE in hopes of spreading awareness of the event, it’s brave beneficiaries, and the noble fight it will one day win.
Director of Events and Media Producer
Paige is from Northern California and has always had a deep love for the arts and helping others, likely stemming from a lifelong passion for theater and 14 years with The Girl Scouts of America. Previously, Paige founded and taught music and theater programs for underserved schools. She later worked professionally as a wedding and events planner and has seen things you couldn’t imagine. She finds it important to make the most of what you have. Many of us are fortunate to have so much, and it is important that we lift others up in dark times and in light. It is her privilege to work alongside the ACFE team to bring an end to cancer and aid those who are currently fighting. As is her mantra, “Be kind, make art.”
Jaye has performed internationally in TV, Film, Theatre, Voice Over & Commercial. She’s also worked behind the scenes, with Academy Award winning documentary house Simon & Goodman Picture Company on Emmy Award winning HBO’s Masterclass and a variety of other documentaries, as well as co-producing award winning events and live performances. Jaye started volunteering with ACFE in it’s first year and has continued to be involved each year since. She looks forward to the continued growth of the organization and it’s ability to help people.