OUR TEAM

 Bernard Semerdjian - Creative Director

Bernard Semerdjian - Creative Director

Bernard Semerdjian Creative Director

Bernard Semerdjian serves as the SAEF Creative Director. Mr. Semerdjian, a gifted Honors Alumni from the Mt. Sierra College of Art and Design, is the creator of the beautifully designed animated rendition of the proposed Sport and Art Educational Foundation Facility that appears on our website. Specializing in 3D Imaging and Interactive Digital Interface Design at his company, Semerdjian Design, Mr. Semerdjian has also been a dedicated table tennis player for the past four years. We are grateful for his exemplary work on behalf of the Sport and Art Educational Foundation.

 Kundan Ghimire - Program Director

Kundan Ghimire - Program Director

Kundan Ghimire Program Instructor

Kundan Ghimire, born in Nepal, began playing table tennis at the young age of 9 years old. At the age of 13, he played in the All India National Championship winning the Bronze Medal in the Team Championship category. In 2001, he placed 3rd in the Under 14 Boys Category at the North India Juniors Championship and from 2001 to 2005, representing his school, continued to compete as a young player winning various Regional Championships. He later also represented his state in the Indian National Championships. Once having moved to the United States, he won in the Boy's Category in the California State Open and again in the California Golden State Open.

 Elie Zainabudinova - Instructor

Elie Zainabudinova - Instructor

Elie Zainabudinova Program Instructor

Elie Zainabudinova, one of the finest table tennis coaches in the Los Angeles area, began playing the game when she was only eight years old. In 1999-2000, she was ranked as the # 1 women's player in her home country of Kazakhstan. In 2006, she became the California State Champion, and currently is one of the most highly respected of KIllerspin's sponsored players. Ms. Zainabudinova, who provides expert training lessons for all age groups and skill levels as a coach and teacher, also supervises the Sports and Art Educational Foundation Juniors Training Programs at all levels.

 Bella Livshin - Instructor

Bella Livshin - Instructor

Bella Livshin Program Instructor

Bella Livshin has been a table tennis coach since 1968. As a player, she has won numerous U.S. Open and U.S. National titles in the Over 50 and Over 60 age groups. Ms. Livshin began coaching the Los Angeles Junior Maccabi team as early as 1995 and due to her success as their valued coach, still holds the position today. Ms. Livshin also serves as a coach at the Santa Monica City College table tennis programs. Her passion, experience and skill for the game is unparalleled, and aside from being an extraordinary certified USATT Table Tennis Coach and player, she is one of the most respected members of the Sport and Art Educational Foundation faculty.