Sensory Art Manager
Magical Sensory Art Educator, Lydia Milich is a Juilliard-trained Scenic Painter and Artist, who grew up in South Florida. While living in New York, she was Scenic Charge for several Off-Broadway productions and worked in various Art Department’s for Television and Film. Lydia found her love of working with children as the Art Project Manager on Universal Kids’ TV show “Get Out of My Room”. After moving to LA, she jumped at the opportunity to resume working with kids in a creative environment, and continues to passionately explore the benefits of process art and sensory play for early childhood development.
Weekend Office Coordinator
Niña has dedicated over a decade working for educational non-profits focused on providing enrichment programs for elementary to college aged students. Her work with youth has fostered a deep and passionate fervor for empowering them to succeed and serving her community by continually seeking ways to improve the quality of and access to opportunities and resources for all students. During her free time she enjoys volunteering, spending time with her husband and 2 teens boys, and being outdoors with her pup, Cali. She’s eager to support LoveBug’s weekend operations and to work with the team to create a fun, engaging, and nurturing space for all families.
Melissa has been a Project Manager for over 20 years. She works diligently behind the scenes to help provide a fun and educational program to our LoveBug families. Melissa has a 6 year old daughter who also loves music and movement as much as she does.
Magical Events Manager
Loraine is originally from the Netherlands and made the leap to Los Angeles 14 years ago to pursue her passion as a professional dancer. She has performed and has taught dance workshops and masterclasses all over the world.She fell in love with the LoveBug & Me program as a parent, bringing her own two lovebugs to music classes.
Laura Snyder, Office Manager
Laura comes from a blended career background of corporate HR work, dance studio management, and small business life coaching solopreneurship. She is so excited to join the LoveBug & Me Community and be a part of a company spreading fun, love, and the arts into the world. In her free time, she teaches fitness classes, writes on her blog, rollerblades at the beach, and loves lounging around with her sassy cat, Penny.
LoveBug & Me Operation Manager, Jared Handler, was born and raised here in Los Angeles where he has been in operations for nearly two decades, managing restaurants, offices, and other businesses. Jared always wanted to operate an organization that made an impact in the community. He was absolutely thrilled to discover LoveBug & Me to utilize his operations skills and experience for an organization that helps children learn and develop. Jared, his wife Morgan, and their daughter Brette love music, art, and going on adventures!
Founder & Creative Director
Founder and Creative Director, Mary Arden Gorman (aka Miss Mary), created LoveBug & Me out of her love of music and children. She is known for her sweet voice, creative classes, and the heart she brings to every little lovebug. After the birth of her first child, she researched the best things she could do to give him the best possible life. Music, movement and togetherness topped all of the lists…. and thus, LoveBug & Me was born!
Her musical journey began at age 11 when her first audition for the musical theatre production of “Annie” was her first starring role. Her favorite role was as Mary Magdalene in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” She continued her musical development with a degree in Fine & Performing Arts, focusing on early childhood education. With guitar in hand, she has toured the country, released albums, and has written music for Film & TV, all while exploring a variety of musical styles & world rhythms.
Her passion for singing, creative movement, and kids, perfectly blend to deliver a fun, entertaining, and educational experience for the thousands of little lovebugs who have attended her classes. Miss Mary lives in Los Angeles with her bass player husband, Mark, and very musical children, Sahara, 5, and Bodhi, 13. You’ll see and hear them on the LoveBug & Me songs and videos.
“If you have a kid and you are interested in a music class, the only class you should consider is LoveBug! Mary is the best at what she does. She’s creative beyond words, she loves what she does and she’s so sweet with the kids. She brings neat instruments and is absolutely delightful. It’s worth a drive for you and your little one.” – Rebecca G. (5 Star Yelp Review)
Mascot & CEO
Founder and Creative Director, Mary Arden Gorman (aka Miss Mary), created LoveBug & Me out of her love of music and children. She is adored all over Los Angeles and beyond for her sweet voice, creative classes, and the heart she brings to every little lovebug. After the birth of her first child, she researched the best things she could do to give him the best possible life. Music, movement and togetherness topped all of the lists…. and thus, LoveBug & Me was born.