Board & Staff

 

Erin Sedor, Board Chair

Erin Sedor is an Executive Risk and Strategy Consultant and owner of Wicked Smart Risk LLC, with more than 24-years experience as a paralegal, risk manager and executive officer supporting private, public and native-owned companies. She has a proven track record of developing and executing strategic initiatives to drive profitability within complex environments, identifying and capitalizing on opportunities for increased growth as well as contraction, streamlining, and cost reduction.

As Corporate VP of Risk Strategy, it was this capability that allowed her to play a key role in helping a $450M company reach record profits for two consecutive years during her tenure. Erin’s extensive experience with diverse cultures and an ability to bridge communication gaps makes her highly adept at cultivating relationships and driving consensus with stakeholders at all levels of an organization, from managers in the field to the Board of Directors.  Erin holds a Master’s in Operational Risk, Bachelor degrees in both Finance and Organizational Management, a Professional Certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a Professional RIMS Fellow. 

 

Robert Hollman, Jr., Treasurer

As a third-generation Southern Californian, Rob’s grandparents instilled a strong responsibility of always giving back to the community. As they were some of the original founders of Los Angeles’ Music Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and several other non-profit organizations, Rob learned early the importance and value of being involved with charitable organizations. A graduate of Bennington College, majoring in Drama and Literature, Rob went on to Cornell University receiving a Masters in Hospitality Management. Rob has been a charter member of young professional chapters of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles Public Library and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA). He was also a member of L.A. Opera’s Educational Advisory Council. Rob’s professional fundraising career began in 2008 with a 4 ½ year tenure as Manager of Individual and Corporate Giving a at UCLA’s public performing arts program, UCLA Live (now CAP UCLA), steering their fundraising work through the economic uncertainty of a major global recession. Rob went on to work with the American Institute of Architecture’s Los Angeles (AIA|LA) chapter and started his own consulting company, Rosinante Group Advisors, with clients like Phoenix House, PBS SoCaL, Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

 

Carol Saunders, First Vice Chair
President, Grand Events

Carol Saunders is founder and President of Grand Events and has been creating spectacular event décor for all occasions for over 22 years.  She produces social, corporate and non-profit events throughout all of California with the aid of her talented, dedicated and professional staff. Graduating from UCLA with a degree in art, Carol’s first design endeavors were in the field of interior design later making the transition to event design. She has been an active ISES (International Special Event Society) member holding board positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President over the years.  Carol has been an active ISES Committee Member serving on the Décor Committee for  ISES Fundraisers, The JAM Committee, and Budget Committee to name a few.  She servied as  the event producer for the Leadership Reception at Eventworld in Los Angeles and the Event Chair and producer for The Leadership Brunch at The Special Event in 2007. Carol will be celebrating 45 years of marriage to her CPA husband, John in June and is most proud of her two grown daughters, Jamie, an attorney and Danielle, a make up and special effects artist for motion pictures and television. Her newest passions are her four grandchildren with whom she spends much of her free time.

 

Tamla Roberts

Tamla Roberts, Second Vice Chair
Senior Director, Health Advocates, Sherman Oaks, CA

Tamla Roberts has worked in healthcare marketing and sales for over 20 years with such companies as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott Laboratories, Cardinal Health, and Genzyme. She is also actively involved in her community through her membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. Tamla enjoys traveling, reading, plays, movies and sports. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor. Tamla is very engaged with Hands4HopeLA program activities, and will be assisting with the teen program in spring 2015.

 

Diana Means, Treasurer
Alliance of Women Filmmakers/President

Diana Means graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Media Management as well as a Masters in Public Administration. Diana began her entertainment career in January 2000 at ABC Television Network, Finance department and is currently working for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Creative Services department where she sits on the board of Women of Warner a business resource group that creates and produces events that engage Warner Bros. employees and encourages dialogue about the image and roles of women in media. In addition, Diana is President of Alliance of Women Filmmakers a non-profit organization established to empower women filmmakers to create diverse and strong roles for women. AWF produces the Los Angeles Women’s International Film. Now in its 11th year the festival serves as a platform for women filmmakers worldwide to share their unique stories and cultural experiences with Los Angeles' diverse audience. Diana programs the festival to reflect Alliance of Women Filmmakers' mission to educate and inform audiences of social, political, and health issues impacting women globally. Diana also volunteers with organizations serving women the past 10 years including Dress for Success Worldwide-West, The Downtown Women’s Center and NCJW Women Helping Women program.

 

Lydia Floyd
Executive Director

Lydia Floyd is an active member of the First Baptist Church of North Hollywood (FBCNH), serving in several roles since 1991, including Choir Director and Chair of the Finance Committee.   One of four children from a single parent household in Brooklyn New York, Lydia watched her mother help single parents and raise foster children, despite her own struggles with Epilepsy.   Lydia and her husband Stafford, a musician,  moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as an Accountant. For nine years, Lydia cultivated relationships in the neighborhood and congregation, and founded Hands for Hope in 2000, on site in a large, unused facility owned by the church. She is a proponent of enrichment activities and a safe place for children because she knows it's the best way to increase the developmental assets of children and guide them toward pro-social behaviors. Sher serves on the board of First Baptist Church and American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest and Hawaii

In her work with H4H, Ms. Floyd has been honored with several awards including the Civic Duty Hero Award, the Avery Dennison Great Results Achievement Award, The Bank of America Neighborhood Local Hero AwardWoman’s Day magazine honoree,  the Model of Hope Award by We Care America, A Champion of Hope at the Legacy of Hope Awards, a 2014 Certificate of Recognition for her work from California State Legislature, and a nomination for one of Los Angeles Business Journal's Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards. Read more about Lydia in a profile by the NoHoArts District.


Advisory Council:  Woman's Day Magazine

Judith Bickel 

Celestina Bynes,  Legal Executive Assistant, Prudential Insurance Company

Patricia Colbert , Chief Executive Officer, Liquid Flame Productions

Jerri Hart, Director,  Office of the Controller, Loyola Marymount University

Stephanie Mirkin, Annual Fund and Alumni Manager, Windward School

Pat Prescott,  Radio Host,  KTWV, 94.7 The Wave

Anita Otaño, Realtor, Filmmaker, Producer

Gina Pickens, Owner, Forks Restaurant

Clarence Roberts, US Government Contracts Instructor (retired)

Alicia Soto, Therapist, Aviva Family Therapist

Mauro Sardi,  Chief Financial Officer (Retired) Warner Bros. 

Christa Windley,  Post Production Editor

Dr. Michael Woodcock,  Pastor,  First Baptist Church of North Hollywood

 

Staff: 

Diane Allen
Program Director

Diane Allen was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in the West Indies. She is formally trained in Architecture and has practiced in the field successfully for quite a few years. She then shifted her career goals in 2010 to work in children's education. For three years in New York City, Diane was an Elementary School Teacher's Assistant, and a Youth Mentor at a Harlem Middle School. After relocating to Los Angeles, Diane signed on as a volunteer at Hands4HopeLA in October 2013, assisting in program administration.

In May 2014, Diane was promoted to Program Director, and together we are embarking on efforts to maintain program excellence; staff training and motivation, and raising awareness of our cause and services throughout the community of North Hollywood. She is also a CALSAC Trainer. She is fueled by her passion to inspire youth and equip them to follow their hearts and dreams, and to see the possibilities beyond their immediate circumstances."