Board Leadership

Empowering lives by valuing their strengths

    Board of Directors

    Covenant House California is grateful for the leaders who have made a commitment to our young people. Their support helps us pursue our mission to help youth overcome homelessness and human trafficking.

    Omid Yazdi

    Omid Yazdi

    Board Chair
    Partner, KPMG, LLP
    Omid joined the Covenant House California’s Board of Directors in 2011 and took on the role as Chair in the summer of 2019. He and his wife, Sudi, have two young children and live in Los Angeles County. Omid is a national partner in KPMG’s Advisory Services and currently serves as the leader for the data analytics team supporting KPMG’s Internal Audit practice. He has over 27 years of international experience assisting KPMG’s clients with data analytics, financial statement audits, and forensic services.

    Mike Kibler

    Michael Kibler

    Vice Chair
    Managing Partner, Kibler, Fowler & Cave LLP
    Mike Kibler joined the Covenant House California board in October 2013 and has served on its Governance Committee and as co-chair of the Executive Sleep Out Task Force. He was elected to serve as Vice Board Chair in 2019. Mike is the managing partner of Kibler, Fowler & Cave LLP, a Los Angeles-based commercial trial and litigation boutique law firm. In addition to serving on the CHC board, Mike’s community involvement has included coaching baseball in the Beverly Hills Little League and serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 223 in the Pacific Palisades. He lives with his wife, Ann, and children, Andrew and Beatrice, in Beverly Hills.

    Hon. William Brodhead

    Honorable William Brodhead

    Attorney, Former Congressman (Michigan)
    William (Bill) Brodhead is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. He practiced law in Michigan for 38 years until his retirement in 2006. Bill served for 12 years as Chair of the Board of Covenant House, Michigan. Upon moving to California in 2011, Bill became a member of the board of Covenant House California. Bill served from 1970-1974 as a member of the Michigan Legislature and from 1974-1982 as a United States Congressman from Michigan. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Kathleen. They have been married for 55 years. They have two sons, both of whom live in the Bay Area.

    Melissa Abbott

    Melissa Abbott

    General Manager, Sales Partnerships, Delta Airlines
    Melissa joined the Covenant House California’s Board of Directors in 2017 and has served on the Development Committee. She and her husband, David have two young children and live in Los Angeles. She loves to travel, read, volunteer, and spend time with her family. Melissa is a General Manager at Delta Air Lines where she is a seasoned marketing and communications leader with over 15 years of experience leading teams in Sales and Marketing at Delta Air Lines.

    Gus Anagnos

    Gus Anagnos

    CISO, University of Southern California
    Gus is the Chief Information Security Officer at the University of Southern California.  He has over twenty years of experience in application security, vulnerability detection and management, crisis management, electronic crime and threat intelligence, business continuity management, and information risk management. He joined the Board at Covenant House California in 2018.

    Fred Ali

    Fred Ali

    Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair / Development Committee Co-Chair
    President & CEO, Weingart Foundation
    Fred Ali was the founding executive director of Covenant House California. In 1999, Fred left Covenant House to become the President of the Weingart Foundation. He has over 45 years of senior management experience with philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government. Fred speaks regularly on issues pertaining to the nonprofit sector including equity, organizational effectiveness and capacity building. In 2021, Fred will step down as President of the Weingart Foundation, but will remain active in social justice and racial equity work. He joined the Board of Covenant House California in 2017.

    Mia DeMontigny

    VP, Controller and CFO, SoCal Gas
    Mia DeMontigny is vice president and chief financial officer for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She also serves as SoCalGas’ controller, chief accounting officer and treasurer. DeMontigny joined Sempra Energy as assistant controller in 2015. Prior to that, she was U.S. assistant controller for National Grid from 2013 to 2015. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing accounting and financial reporting functions. Before National Grid, she worked at PwC in a variety of roles in the power and utilities industry group, including managing director. Mia joined the board of Covenant House California in 2019, and serves as the Chair of CHC’s Audit Committee.

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    Kristine Dunn

    Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom
    Kristine Dunn has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and IFLR1000. She also has repeatedly been listed in Best Lawyers in America, named as one of the 40 Under 40 by The M&A Advisor and included on the annual list of Top Women Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. Ms. Dunn was a key member of the deal teams recognized by the Daily Journal with California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) awards for innovative work on behalf of Livongo Health, Inc. in its $18.5 billion acquisition by Teladoc Health, Inc., the largest-ever M&A transaction in the digital health sector (2021); Intel Corporation in its acquisition of Mobileye N.V. (2018); and Broadcom Corporation in its acquisition by Avago Technologies (2016). She’s been a member of Covenant House California’s board since 2008.

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    Joy Erven

    COO, Supply Line Association of California
    Joy Erven joined The Surplus Line Association in July of 2003 as Director, Stamping Office. She has since seen extensive growth and change in the Association. She was promoted to COO in 2015 and added the titles of Chief Cultural Officer and Director of Member Services in 2020. She oversees the $24m+ organization responsible for assisting and educating the surplus lines members of California. Joy’s duties include overseeing the operations at an executive level, primarily focused on the Education & Compliance and Financial Analysis Departments. In her role of Chief Cultural officer, she focuses on the initiatives that promotes mental and physical health along with diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She joined Covenant House California’s board of directors in 2020.

    Kelly Gordon

    Kelly Gordon

    Program Committee Chair
    COO, Topson Downs
    Kelly Gordon joined the Board of CHC in 2017 after being introduced to Covenant House California through her company, Topson Downs. Kelly worked for Topson Downs, a clothing manufacturer and wholesaler, for 18 years, with her latest position being Chief Operations Officer. Kelly left her career in 2020 to spend more time with her 3 kids, Emma, Jack and Drew as well as spend more time with various charities. She lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband.

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    Jacqueline Guichelaar

    Chief Information Officer, Cisco
    Jacqueline Guichelaar joined Cisco in February 2019 as Senior Vice President and Group Chief Information Officer.  She is spearheading the creation of a digital architecture to accelerate Cisco’s digital enterprise transformation.  She oversees a multi-billion dollar organization responsible for running and transforming the technology infrastructure, digital platforms, enterprise security, and business applications that enable Cisco’s global workforce to excel and be productive. She joined the board of directors at Covenant House California in 2021.

    Hanneman

    Paul Hanneman

    President of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing & Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox
    Mr. Hanneman’s bio is coming soon.

    Ilene Harker

    Ilene Harker

    Governance Committee Chair
    Head of Enterprise Risk, Western Asset Management (retired)
    Ilene joined Covenant House California’s Board of Directors in 2015 and currently serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. She and her husband Jim live in Newport Beach, CA. Ilene and Jim are proprietors of SoMa Cellars a premium wine brand. Ilene retired in 2014 from Western Asset Management Company, a global investment management firm. While at Western Asset, she was responsible for their Enterprise Risk program. Ilene serves as Chair of the Board of CREST Education Center a non-public school for children with special needs. She also is a board member of the Marconi Foundation for Kids.

    Ricardo Hartigan

    Investment Committee Chair
    Director, BlackRock
    Rick joined the Covenant House California’s Board of Director’s in 2015. He is a Director at BlackRock, Inc. and Market Leader in their U.S. Wealth Advisory Business. He and his wife Carolina have two boys, Liam and Aidan, and live in Los Angeles County, CA. Rick graduated from Princeton University, and earned his CIMA from The Wharton School.

    Dennis L Jilot

    Dennis Jilot

    Finance Committee Chair
    Retired CEO, Specializing Technology Resources
    Dennis joined the Board of Covenant House California in 2015. He had previously served on the Board of Covenant House New York for over 10 years. Prior to his retirement, Den had been Chairman and CEO of Specialized Technology Resources and had completed a near 25 year executive career at Corning Incorporated/Corning Clinical Labs (now Quest Diagnostics) where he was President and COO. Den also served as a Captain in the USAF. Den and his wife Lynne have been married over 50 years and have their primary residence in Reno, NV where their son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter also reside.

    Daryl Kueter

    Daryl Kueter

    Sr. Vice President Small Business Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Daryl is a Senior Vice President and Business Planning & Management Executive in Small Business at Bank of America. In his current role, Daryl works closely with Small Business teams’ to create and execute competitive sales plans to exceed market objectives. Since joining BofA in 1984 he has held various managerial positions crossing many lines of businesses within the company including the Consumer Bank, Premier Bank, Small Business and Global Wealth Management. As a member of the board of directors for Covenant House California, he is passionate about providing youth a safe haven from homelessness and helping them achieve their personal goals. He joined the board in 2013.

    MacLellan

    Kevin MacLellan

    Chairman, Global Distribution and International, NBC Universal
    Kevin MacLellan is a senior media, digital, and production executive with over twenty-five years’ experience developing, launching, and managing entertainment businesses around the world. Most recently he served as Chairman, Global Distribution and International at NBCUniversal, where he was responsible for over $5 Billion a year in revenue and managed over 2,500 employees across 36 offices in the US and worldwide. Mr. MacLellan is a founder and Board member of the Soho Recovery Center, one of the largest drug and alcohol recovery centers in Europe. He also proudly serves on the Boards of several charities including Tribute to Humanity, and Covenant House California, which he joined in 2019. Currently lives in LA with his husband of 25+ years and their two wonderful sons, who bring them joy every day.

    John Mavredakis

    John Mavredakis

    Senior Managing Director, Houlihan, Lokey Howard and Zukin
    Mr. Mavredakis has been on the Covenant House Board of Directors since September 2009. John and his wife, Christie, live in Los Angeles and enjoy living at the beach. John is a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey and Global Head of Financial Sponsors Group. He has over 40 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, private financings, and ESOP buyouts, and he has personally closed more than 500 transactions. Mr. Mavredakis holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the University of Denver Graduate School of Business.

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    Liza Pano

    Development Committee Co-Chair
    Senior Vice President, Paramount Pictures
    Liza Pano is responsible for overseeing global localization operations for all theatrical and non-theatrical product.  Ms. Pano joined Paramount Pictures Corporation in 2006, when DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures Corporation merged.  She began her tenure at DreamWorks in 2005, serving as Vice President, Worldwide Technical Services, supervising the international delivery of all theatrical and non- theatrical DreamWorks product.  In 2014 Ms. Pano was also named one of the most Influential and Powerful Latinos in Entertainment by the Imagen Foundation. She’s been a member of the Covenant House California Board of Directors since March 2014.

    James Rossiter

    James Rossiter

    Chief Revenue Officer, Next Gate Solutions
    Bay Area Chair

    Founder and CEO, CurData Solutions

    Jim Rossiter is a recognized leader in the Healthcare Information Technology industry. He has been an innovator with technology companies in the areas of interoperability, digital hospitals, medical terminology management and electronic health records. Mr. Rossiter has held senior executive management roles with technology companies such as IBM, Siemens, NextGen Healthcare, 314e, and Velos Corporation. Mr. Rossiter was founder and CEO of Whimstay, Inc and Carego International. Mr. Rossiter is on the board of nCoup, Lionrock Behavioral Health and LifeData Systems. He and his family were introduced to the Covenant House in 1974 in New York City. He has been on the board of Covenant House California since March 2016.

    Shantel Williams

    Shantel Williams

    Covenant House California Alumni, Youth Advocate
    Shantel is an alumni of Covenant House. She first went through our 30-day emergency shelter before staying in our supportive apartment program for two years then successfully exiting the program. Shantel is now on our board sharing her experience and perspective to help make our programs even better for our youth. She is currently in school pursing her degree in nursing. During her free time she enjoys writing, cycling with her husband Joshua and running after her son Josiah at beautiful parks. She has been a board member of Covenant House California since 2018.

    Associate Board of Directors

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATE BOARD FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

    Brittany Strametz, Board Chair
    Senior Director Brand Partnerships, AllOver Media

    Kosha Shah, Vice Board Chair
    Senior Executive, UTA Ventures

    Robyn Freedman, Treasurer
    Senior Financial Analyst, Comcast

    Amy Adolph
    Counsel, Disney/ABC Television Group

    Samantha Ahmari
    Manager – People and Culture, Kin Community

    Audria Amirian
    Research Analyst, Newmark Knight Frank

    Michael Beck
    Executive Producer, Bishop Peak Productions

    Moana Casanova
    Coordinator, West Coast Productions, HBO

    Pat Donahue
    Sr. Director, Digital & Creative, Los Angeles Kings

    Andrea Farah
    Visual Sourcing Manager, BCBG

    Ashley Farrell Pickett
    Associate, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    Anna Goodman
    Appellate Fellow, Horvitz & Levy LLP

    Emily Heller
    Marketing & Creative Concept Manager, BRC Imagination Arts

    Olivia Johnson
    Public Relations Associate, Weber Shandwick

    Christen Lehman
    Senior Manager – Partner Strategy, Kin Community

    Erika Masonhall
    Content Communications, Netflix

    Ashlyn McIntosh
    Director Human Resources, Abacus Wealth Partners

    Conor Meehan
    Associate Wealth Manager, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

     

    Alexa Molina
    Southern California Advocate, Empower Her Network

    Clara Murphy
    Sales Representative

    Jesy Myles
    Human Services Program Coordinator, City of Downey

    Elizabeth Nguyen
    Vice President, National Property & Casualty

    Paula Park
    Executive Assistant, SB Projects

    Andrew Saetern
    Accenture Consulting

    Harvey Shieh
    Director of Finance, Office of Associate Chancellor, UC Irvine

    Sarah Sotirin
    Site Merchandiser for AFRM, Topson Downs

    Jacquelin Stanford
    Photographer

    Brittany Strametz
    Senior Director Brand Partnerships, AllOver Media

    Alexis Suarez
    President and Founder, ASI Real Estate Investments

    Rachelle Tejada
    Attorney – Charley M. Stoll, A Professional Corporation

    Kaleb Tuttle
    Development Coordinator, Brillstein Creative Partners

    Yandro Valdez
    Commercial Banking-Dealership Finance, BMO Harris Bank

    Jason Valdez
    CEO/Founder & Creative, Third Floor

    Sam Waters
    Operations And Logistics Manager

    Alyssa Winkelman
    Senior Marketing Analyst, PepsiCo

    Danyelle Younghans
    Director of Operations, AllOver Media

    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATE BOARD FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

    Andrew Hayes, Board Chair

    Apple

    Brenna Mulvey, Treasurer

    EJ Gallo

    Allegra Armas

    Oakland Athletics

    Kibuchi Banfield

    Collective Health

    Kristina Benvenuto

     

    Ian Breen

    Cisco

    Leah Copertino

    Pinterest

    Sean Dula

    Evergreen Industrial

    Benkert Evan

    ESPi.io

    Ashley Green

    Creative Designs 4 Print

    Quentin Harris

    Delta Airlines

    Chimere Jones

    Aetna

    Emily Krantz

    Illumina

    Victoria Mackey

    Premier Talent Partners

    Russell Martin

    City National Rochdale

    Rahul Mehta

    Aetna

    Tiffany Melo

    Protiviti

    Casey Pond

    Urban Land Institute

    Wesley Simon

    Evergreen Industrial

    Cheyenne Vancooten

    Facebook

    Taryn Zumwalt

    Premier Talent Partners