Ty Gerald Burrell, son of Sheri Rose (Hauck), a teacher, and Gary Gerald Burrell, a family therapist, earned a BA from Southern Oregon University and an MFA from Penn State. His credits include: Black Hawk Down, Dawn of the Dead, Law & Order, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Finding Dory and Rough Night. Most notably, Ty received 5 Emmy nominations and 2 wins, for his popular role as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family.
In 2019, Ty was the inaugural recipient of the Gary Burrell Humanitarian Award, named in honor of Ty's father's selfless service in social work in support of foster youth.
Despite being born the daughter of a poor sharecropper and a maid, Joni Bovill went on to become the first in her family to graduate college. The multi-talented Mississippi native is best known for her recurring role as Ida in Amazon's hit show, Bosch. Additional TV and film credits include How to Get Away with Murder, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS LA, Shameless, Animal Kingdom, Life in Pieces, Sony Pictures' Concussion and Netflix's Come Sunday.
Joni has been married to fellow actor, Kirk, for 26 years. Both are devoted foster care advocates and licensed foster caregivers.
Kirk Bovill is an actor, writer, songwriter and producer with 100+ credits, including Oscar nominated films “Vice” and “21st Century Women”, and TV roles on CSI, NCIS, American Horror Story, Criminal Minds, Shameless, Young Seldon, Hawaii Five 0, Brooklyn Nine Nine among others. He’s known in the video game world for his portrayal of Dick in Dead Rising 3. He and his wife, Joni launched the indie record label, Elmo Records and released two critically acclaimed CDs and have licensed their music for film and TV projects.
Kirk and Joni are licensed foster parents.
Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Patrice Covington has been seen all over the globe with all-star Broadway casts and with her original music. Most recently, Patrice starred as Erma Franklin on Genius: Aretha and as Roz in the World Premier of The Heart of Rock and Roll, a new musical set to the hits of Rock and Roll superstar Huey Lewis. Patrice also played the role of Squeak in the 2015 The Color Purple revival, as well as shining in
Barry Gordy's Motown the Musical, and Broadway tours of Ain't Misbahvin', Dreamgirls and The Book of Mormon.
Nadine Ellis is an actress, known for films Hairspray, Iron Man 2, Live Free or Die Hard.
Nadine's TV credits also include Let's Stay Together, Shameless, Country Comfort, Stuck with You, Jane the Virgin, NCIS: Los Angeles, Greenhouse Academy and Lucifer.
Nadine also starred alongside our youth in KITS short film, Love Just Is.
David Mahmoudieh is a director, writer and producer. His production company, Alpha Wolves TV, doesn't fear the impossible, but embraces it. Some of David's films include: Lovebug, Furry Bastards, Exorcist Academy, Snack Dick, Coldplay: Lost, Davina Leone: Up All Night, Worth, and Rain.
David has directed Bully, Parallel, Kurupted, Death's Possessions, and Answer That for Kids In The Spotlight.
Actor and writer, Alphonso McAuley, is best known for films Glory Road, Walk of Shame, and Fat Albert. His TV credits include: Schooled, The Middle, Love That Girl!, Girlboss, Breaking In and more.
Alphonso has directed Cyverius, Staying True, Intertwined, and Camp Little Cub
for Kids In The Spotlight.
Mo McRae is a multi-talented actor, producer and director. His film credits include: Wild, Lee Daniels' The Butler, and The First Purge. His TV credits include: Big Little Lies, Rebel, Almost Family, Sons of Anarchy, Empire, Pitch, Murder in the First, This Is Us, and Ray Donovan. McRae directed an episode of All Rise, and is currently filming his feature film directorial debut, A Lot of Nothing.
Mo has directed Trapped Within, Heaven's Hard Pitches, Team Spirit and The Other Side for Kids In The Spotlight.
Actress, producer, writer, comedian, and CEO of Latin Hollywood Films Inc and of Omni Cultural TV and Omni Cultural TV Fest, Kiki stumbled into comedy while living near the Comic Strip in NYC and soon became one of America's top female performers. She created the first bilingual entertainment show, Kiki Desde Hollywood, as well as the all-female cross-cultural Kiki Meléndez'
Hot Tamales Live!.
Kiki brought her famous Hot Tamales Live! comedy show to The Comedy Store, hosted by Zulay Henao, as a fundraiser for KITS.
Robert Munic is a producer and writer, known for Empire, Tales, Star, Fighting, Murder in the First, The Cleaner, Ice and a new TV series, Vital Signs, starring Dr. Dre.
Munic is also the showrunner for the new series, Power Book IV: Force, currently in production.
Munic has directed Vigil, System Failure, Caged, I'm Not Normal and Perfect Chemistry for Kids In The Spotlight.
Kelsey Scott is an actress and writer, known for both TV & film. Her credits include: Insecure, Fear the Walking Dead: Passage, How to Get Away with Murder, 12 Years a Slave, Giants, Dynasty, True Detective, Hollywood Girl, NCIS, Treme, Criminal Minds and The Robert Guillaume Show.
Kellee Stewart is a film & TV actress, best known for films: Guess Who, Hot Tub Time Machine, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and Love by the 10th Date. Her TV credits include:
My Boys, All American, Cherish the Day, The Soul Man, Black-ish, and Midnight, Texas.
Kellee has starred alongside our youth in Heaven's Hard Pitches for KITS.
Claudia Wells is an actress and producer, known best for Back to the Future, Back to the Future: The Game, Fast Times, Off the Rack, Herbie the Love Bug [TV series], The Comeback Kids, and CBS Schoolbreak Special.
Claudia has starred alongside our youth in System Failure and You Are Not Alone for Kids In The Spotlight.
Ariel Winter is one of Hollywood's most promising young talents with notable roles in both television and film. Ariel stars in ABC's critically acclaimed hit, Modern Family, alongside fellow KITS Ambassador and TV dad, Ty Burrell. Further, Ariel stars in Sofia the First, as well as Mr. Peabody & Sherman. She also has TV credits from: Law & Order: SVU, ER, Criminal Minds, Bones, Phineas and Ferb, and Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred.
In 2021, Ariel starred alongside our youth in Bully, the winning script from our inaugural KITS National Short Screenplay Competition.