David Marciano



    Mr. Marciano is a professional actor, writer, director who has achieved considerable success in a vast career that has spanned over twenty five years. Currently you can see David on the critically acclaimed Showtime series "Homeland" where he plays Virgil opposite the multi-award winning Claire Danes.

    As a tv veteran Mr. Marciano has had the honor of working with such entertainment luminaries as Steven Bochco, who brought David into America's homes on a weekly basis in "Civil Wars" as the poet bicycle messenger, Jeffrey Lassick.

    His second series was the CBS drama, "Due South", created by Oscar winner Paul Haggis. Here David was able to bring his flare for comedy to the Buddy Cop genre on the streets of Chicago as Detective Ray Vecchio. While on "Due South", the Canadian Academy nominated David, two years consecutively, for a Gemini Award. Next David completed a four year run as a regular cast member of the FX Emmy Award winning drama "The Shield" as old school Detective Steve Billings.

    Mr. Marciano's other credits include numerous television guest spots and movies, as well as a starring role as Giorgio, in the CBS mini-series "The Last Don" and "The Last Don II". Among the projects of which he is most proud, was his participation in director Leslie Dektor's Cleo Award winning commercial campaign for "Partnership for a Drug Free America".

    David and his wife, Katayoun have devoted much of their time and resources to help educate and raise awareness of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).

Johnathon Schaech

Actor, Writer and Producer

    Johnathon Schaech was the Co-Host for 2012 Ante Up For Autism Event.


    Johnathon Schaech started his career some twenty five years ago saddling up and slinging a gun in THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR. Since then he's starred in over fifty productions. Finding himself starring opposite some of Hollywood's greatest talents like Jessica Lange and Gwenyth Paltrow in HUSH, Winona Ryder in HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, Idris Elba in PROM NIGHT and most notably Tom Hanks in Hank's directorial debut, THAT THING YOU DO! (Too name just a few.)

    In the last several years; Johnathon has been reinventing himself as a leading man to watch. Starring in the thriller PHANTOM opposite Ed Harris and David Duchovny. Making a movie star turn on the first season of Showtime's RAY DONOVAN opposite Liev Shrieber and Jon Voight. He reoccured as a heroic cop in CBS's BLUE BLOODS along side Donnie Wahlberg and played a haunted eyed detective opposite Bruce Willis and Christopher Meloni in the Lionsgate's feature MARAUDERS. New York Times highlighted his work saying, "Schaech pitches in with conviction." Chicago Times said, "Schaech is excellent as Mims, a possible corrupt cop with a wife who is dying of cancer."

    Most recently Schaech saddled up for the History Channel's TEXAS RISING going toe to toe with Bill Paxton's Sam Houston as the fiery Colonel Sherman. Now you can find him riding high again for Warner Bros as the famous comic antihero Jonah Hex in DC'S LEGEND'S OF TOMORROW. Jonah sometimes makes appearances on THE FLASH and ARROW.

Leyla Milani

Actress and Model

    Leyla Milani is the Honorary Co-Chair for the 2015 Ante Up For Autism Event.


    Leyla Milani-Khoshbin is a former model, actress, television personality and now successful business-woman and philanthropist residing in Newport Coast, CA with her husband, real estate entrepreneur, Manny Khoshbin and their 2-year old daughter. Leyla is best known as "Lucky 13" or "Lucky Leyla" on the hit NBC gameshow, Deal or No Deal hosted by Howie Mandel. As a briefcase model, she became known for her beautiful hair, receiving thousands of fan mail from around the world asking how to "get her look." She quickly turned that demand into a thriving business by launching her very own hair-care empire: Leyla Milani Hair which specializes in selling luxury, clip-in hair extensions made of human hair as well as styling tools and hair-care products available at fine salons and beauty supply stores world wide.

    Throughout her hollywood career, Leyla has appeared on many hit television shows as a guest star or host including, "Sleeper Cell", "Las Vegas", "Rules of Engagement", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "WWE", "Entourage", "Stacked", "Desire", "Wanted", "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "Extra TV", and "Entertainment Tonight" to name a few. Leyla has been a proud supporter of TACA for the past 4 years and looks forward to continuing her efforts in raising autism awareness.

Manny Khoshbin

Author and Businessman

    Manny Khoshbin was the Honorary Co-Chair for the 2015 Ante Up For Autism Event.


    After Arriving in the United Stated at age 14, Manny Khoshbin started selling used goods at the swap meet on the weekends while attending High School. At age 16 started his first real job at Kmart in city of Santa Ana with a wage of $3.15 per hour as a labor clerk moping floors and collecting shopping carts in the parking lot.

    Manny was later promoted to employee of the month 4 times and eventually as Sporting Goods Assistant Manager after just one year.

    Manny wanted more than just a salary so he started looking for other job opportunities and found a multi-level marketing firm selling bags of Nuts and candies door-to-door. Manny applied for the job and in his first 2 months he become the highest revenue salesman in the company. one day shopping at Price Club (now Costco) with his father, Manny saw that all the goods he selling were sold in bulk and quickly did the math to realize that the cost per bag would be a fraction of what his employer is charging him. He went on started his own business at age 18 while in his last year of High School. He leased a small office, purchased a full pallet of the mixed dried fruits and nuts from Price Club, purchased polyester bags, purchased a scale, purchased a sealer and for labels he used his dads computer. he was officially in business !

    Manny sold mainly to auto retail/service centers and he did great -- until he realized (by notice form health department) he needed to have a approved facility for packaging food products. He was forced to shutdown due to cost of upgrades to satisfy health codes.

    He was very disappointed to be forced to close down his business, but the manager of one of the stores he sold nuts to, was Winston tire shop liked him so much that he was hired and worked as assistant manager for a year. But as an entrepreneur at heart, he knew that this was only a stepping stone until he found his next venture.

    In 1991 at age 20 he was approached by his dads friend, a broker, about purchasing a Mobile gas station. He was told he could purchase one with just 10% down and so he jumped at the opportunity investing all his savings and became a Mobile Dealer passing all the requirement and got his Smog License for service shop. well, it turned out that the loan company was a fraud and Manny lost his entire savings!

    With no money and no job, in 1992 Manny obtained his real estate license and started working for a mortgage company as a loan officer. After 6 months, he started a realty and mortgage company of his own so that he could invest in distressed and bank-owned properties. The rest was history.

    During the early years Manny had been faced with many challenges, such as a language barrier, being criticized for being middle eastern, etc., but it never stopped him. Instead, it made him work even harder.

    Today Manny Khoshbin is guiding several companies in all aspects of the business. He is personally involved in all acquisitions, dispositions, other material transactions, and maintains a hands on management of The Khoshbin Company, which has a commercial real estate portfolio in excess of 2,200,000 Sq. ft. in 6 USA states. Although his main trade of business is real estate and he sees that as his backbone, he has ventured off into other business trades. As an entrepreneur, he loves to challenge himself and maintains a dream of having a vast enterprise expanding across many businesses.

    Manny resides in Newport Coast with his wife, model and actress. Leyla Milani and their daughter, Priscilla Khoshbin, as well as their dogs, Lupe and Coco.

Nicky Whelan



    Nicky Whelan is starring opposite Academy Award winners Nicolas Cage and Faye Dunaway in the thriller INCONCEIVABLE. Nicky is also starring in Robert Rodriguez's  From Dusk Til Dawn:  The Series, which  currently airs on the El Rey network. She previously starred on Rodriguez's series Matador. 

    Nicky  recently starred in the twisted psychological drama Rebirth for Netflix, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.  Nicky is also starring in the upcoming comedy horror comedy, TRAGEDY GIRLS opposite Josh Hutcherson and Craig Robinson.  Nicky's film credits include the Farrelly brothers' Hall Pass (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis); THE WEDDING RINGER (opposite Kevin Hart); LEFT BEHIND ( opposite Nicholas Cage); and KNIGHT OF CUPS (opposite Christian Bale). Her television credits include House of Lies; Entourage; Friends with Benefits; Workaholics; The League; Franklin and Bash; Satisfaction, and, notably, as Pepper Steiger on the renowned Neighbours. She is also currently featured opposite George Clooney in the Nespresso commercials. She was voted among Maxim's Hot 100.

    A native of Victoria, Australia, Nicky trained as a classical and jazz dancer at the Dance Factory before emerging as a multimedia star. She was the face of racing for 8 years on live Australian television, hosted programs for women's health, and adventure sports, and was voted sports model of the year for three years running. A former professional cheerleader and commentator for K-1 kickboxing, Nicky is a huge fan of MMA and pro boxing. Nicky lives in LA with her French bulldog, Yoda and her finance former NFL player and current actor and producer Kerry Rhodes.

Nicholas Gonzales



    Nicholas Gonzalez continues to impress with a substantial list of current and upcoming projects. On television, he’s presently starring on ABC’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, Freeform’s smash hit PRETTY LITTLE LIARS as Detective Marco Furey, Netflix’s hit show NARCOS, and the new CW series FREQUENCY. He is recurring on Amazon’s critically acclaimed series BOSCH as Detective Ignacio Ferris, CW’s THE FLASH as Cisco’s brother Dante Ramon, and BET’s BEING MARY JANE. He will play Dr. Neal Melendez in ABC’s highly anticipated new series THE GOOD DOCTOR in the fall, opposite Freddie Highmore. Nicholas also stars as Nico Reynoso in the upcoming film PRAY FOR RAIN, opposite Jane Seymour, set for theatrical release on June 16, 2017.

    A graduate of Stanford University with a BA in English, Nicholas first burst onto the scene in the critically acclaimed Showtime series RESSURECTION BLVD. where he played boxer/medical student Alex Santiago. He followed that with a steady stream of roles, most notably as Detective Mike Sandoval in NBC’s LAW & ORDER: SVU and as Detective Luke Morales in Fox’s hit SLEEPY HOLLOW. Additional television roles include appearances on JANE THE VIRGIN, MODERN FAMILY, BOJACK HORSEMAN, BONES, BORDERTOWN, TRUE BLOOD, and GREY’S ANATOMY.

    On the big screen, he has been seen in THE PURGE: ANARCHY, ANACONDAS, DIRTY, SWAT: FIREFIGHT, and BEHIND ENEMY LINES II. He also can be seen as the lead in BATTLEFIELD: HARDLINE, the fifth installment of the celebrated video game series BATTLEFIELD from Electronic Arts (EA).

    Gonzalez is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and currently resides in L.A. with his wife, actress Kelsey Crane and their newborn daughter, Ever Lee Wilde. Charities dear to him include Friends of El Faro and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Tim Conway, Jr.

KFI Radio Host


    Tim Conway, Jr. was born and raised in Los Angeles, and survived 10 years in a youth detention center called the Los Angeles Unified School District. He spent his childhood around Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar Racetracks with his father, four younger brothers and older sister. His father is yes, the real Tim Conway from the real Carol Burnett Show. Dad guests regularly on the younger Conway's radio program and recently told his son, "Comedy is in your blood...too bad it's not on your show." Conway survived 12 years at 97.1 FM Talk in Los Angeles until it switched to an all-music format. The show was famous for providing Southern California with a wide variety of entertaining topics including live police Chases, Hollywood craziness and current events with a twist of humor. "What The Hell Did Jesse Jackson Say?" was a favorite segment and maintains a substantial cult following to this day (it's the stuff radio legends are made of). He now hosts a nightly show on the No. 1 news/talk radio station in the country, KFI AM 640, More Stimulating Talk Radio. You can catch the show Monday-Friday from 7-10pm. Conway's down-to-earth take on life brings a sense of refreshing levity to those surrounded by lunatics in SoCal. Today, the Conway tradition continues.

Brandon Maurer

Kansas City Royals Pitcher

    Brandon Maurer is Major League Baseball (MLB) player for the Kansas City Royals. Maurer is from Costa Mesa California and pitched in Little League and at Orange Lutheran High School. The Mariners selected Maurer in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft and he made their starting lineup in 2013. In 2014 he was traded to the San Diego Padres and became a relief pitcher. Maurer is currently pitching in the relief spot for the Kansas City Royals.

Christina Amato

Singer, Songwriter & Social Media Personality

    Christina Amato is a dynamic vocalist, songwriter, and social media personality who brings infectious energy and style to any project she’s working on. Only 23 years old, Christina is already a seasoned performer who has appeared at some of the most prestigious venues in her hometown of Las Vegas and nationwide. Since beginning to sing live at 19, she has totaled over 400 live performances.

    From an early age, Christina recognized the impact of social media. After starting her YouTube channel at the age of 16, she has gained over 9 million video views and more than 42,000 subscribers on YouTube. Branching out onto other social media platforms, Christina has publicly shared many different aspects of her life. From fashion and fitness, to music and lifestyle – Christina has continued to share her experiences and opinions with her followers.

    Christina’s ease in front of the camera and bubbly personality led her to exploring the world of live-streaming. Within the first year, Christina garnered over 36k loyal followers on the live streaming app, Periscope. Periscope is a relatively new application owned by Twitter that allows users to interact with their viewers in real-time. Christina prides herself on building a rapport with each of her followers – and her daily lifestyle broadcasts garner thousands of views daily worldwide. Christina has also created content for many well-known fashion and beauty brands on Instagram, where she posts professional modeling photos on a daily basis.

    Christina has collaborated with many different brands, campaigns, and initiatives across her social media platforms. From documenting her trip in the UAE for the tourism department of Dubai, to becoming a brand ambassador and model for different fashion brands worldwide – Christina has turned creating content for social media into a full-time adventure.

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