Erin Sedor, Board Chair
Erin Sedor is the owner of Black Fox Strategy, a highly specialized executive consulting practice based on the philosophy that organizational success and sustainability are best achieved through integrated strategy, risk and resilience capabilities. Having built a 25-year career in the for-profit sector supporting, directing and successfully implementing strategic planning, enterprise risk, and business continuity programs, Erin now translates that experience into meaningful programs for her private, public and non-profit clients. Her broad industry background and deep expertise in balancing risk and opportunity makes her a uniquely qualified and valued asset to her clients. Erin holds a MBA in Operational Risk, Bachelor degrees in both Finance and Organizational Management, a Professional Certification in Paralegal Studies, and a RIMS Fellow Professional designation. She is a member of the Professional Risk Manager’s International Association, the Open Compliance & Ethics Group, and the Association of Strategic Planning.
Carol Saunders, First Vice Chair
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, Treasurer
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.
Robert Hollman, Jr., Secretary
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.
A graduate of many years of after school programming, Brett Heeger is a firm believer in the value of a program like Hands4Hope LA to families and communities. As a day job, Brett is an Attorney focusing on corporate and securities matters at the law firm of Gartenberg Gelfand Hayton LLP. Passionate about the contribution of small businesses to sustainable economic development, Brett is dedicated to supporting businesses, including social enterprises and cooperatives, from inception through each phase of growth. He is a member of the California Center for Cooperative Development and a graduate of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Riordan Leadership Institute. Mr. Heeger received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a B.A, magna cum laude, from Brown University. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and adorable dog.
Michael Wichser is the Senior Vice President of M&A and Strategic Investments at Live Nation, the world’s largest live entertainment company. In his role, Michael is responsible for evaluating potential acquisitions, investments and joint ventures across Live Nation’s core business units. He also works to source, diligence and manage investment opportunities in early-stage technology companies through his work with Sound Ventures, a Los Angeles-based venture capital fund. Prior to Live Nation, Michael was an Executive Director in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley.
Michael, his wife Debra, and their two young boys relocated to Los Angeles from NYC in 2014 and have been busy acclimating themselves to a lifestyle filled with some more sunshine and a lot more space! Michael holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MS in Applied Statistics from Columbia University, Teachers College, and a BA in Communications from Vanderbilt University.
Mason Richards (Filmmaker) has an MFA in Film Directing from California Institute of the Arts (CAL ARTS) and has written and directed several narrative short films including The Seawall, which has screened internationally at film festivals including The 36th Havana International Film Festival in Cuba; the 64th Festival de Cannes, and festivals in London, Toronto and throughout the Caribbean. Mason’s feature-length screenplays include Hold Love Strong, a film adaptation of the Simon & Schuster novel by the same title. Mason is also a Directing Fellow Alum of Film Independent's Project: Involve, and is the recipient of the Sony Pictures $10,000 Diversity Fellowship given to one promising filmmaker each year. Additionally, Mason has facilitated numerous workshops internationally and across the United States around identity, privilege, social responsibility, and developing a personal narrative - all under the umbrella of arts-education. His undergraduate degrees from Vanderbilt University are a B.A. English: Intellectual History and a B.S. Human & Organizational Development. Previously, Mason has worked at CBS News, Jim Henson Productions, Paramount Pictures, and Storyline Entertainment. He is founder and owner of Maurva Productions, producing branded and creative content for non-profits, and cinematic documentary projects. Mason was born in Guyana, South America, grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
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 Award, Woman’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.
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
Communications & Development 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 Hands4Hope LA in October 2013, assisting in program administration.
Diane served as Program Director from May 2014 - May 2017. Starting June 2017, she began serving as the Communication & Development Director. She is also a CALSAC Trainer. She is fueled by her passion to provide youth with opportnities and resources they would not otherwise have. Her goal is to equip them to follow their hearts and dreams, and to see the possibilities beyond their immediate circumstances.
Jennifer Wood has been with Hands4Hope LA since 2015.As a child who grew up in foster care, she was touched to work with our organization due to her passion to help children and families in her community. She wholeheartedly believes that it takes a village to raise a child. She strives to touch many lives and lend a helping hand of support to those in need. She finds creative ways to help the children with homework, gives them the knowledge to cook nutritious meals at home, helps them strive to do their best, and encourages them to accomplish their goals. She is also very passionate about education and believes that it is a necessity to advance in life to be self sufficient and financially stable as an adult, so she encourages every child to go to college and pursue their dreams. She looks forward to working with even more families in the future and showing them that they have a reliable resource in the community at Hands4Hope LA. currently pursuing valley comm college to pursue a social work degree.