STAFF LEADERSHIP

    Bill Bedrossian
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    BBedrossian@covca.org

    With 20 years of child welfare and homeless services experience, Bill has served as the CEO of Covenant House CA, since 2014. Bill’s own parents have been foster parents for 30+ years and have adopted 8 of his 11 siblings through the child welfare system. He has a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from Taylor University, and a Masters of Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. Bill began his career in social work doing street outreach, residential care and behavioral modification therapy in Chicago, Illinois in the mid-1990s. He subsequently spent 13 years with the L.A. County Department of Child and Family Services, leaving in 2008, as the agency’s South County Regional Director, overseeing 400+ staff and the total child welfare operations for the region of 1 million + people. In 2010, Bill became the Executive Director at Olive Crest, Los Angeles, and was subsequently appointed as ED of Olive Crest’s Southern California operations in 2012, overseeing 500+ staff and programs in LA, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties, serving abused and at-risk children through a continuum of child abuse prevention, family support, foster care, adoption, and housing services. Bill has served as an adjunct professor in USC’s Graduate School of Social Work since 2012.

    Ami Rowland
    Chief Operating Officer
    ARowland@covca.org

    With more than 20 years of experience working in residential treatment programs for at-risk children and youth, Ami oversees all programmatic operations for Covenant House California.  Ami and her family recently relocated to the Bay Area to provide increasing leadership and support for our expansion in Northern California.  Prior to joining the team at Covenant House, she was the Southern California Regional Director of Residential services for children and transitional-age youth at Olive Crest. It was there that she handled all program guidelines, development, strategic planning, budgeting, supervision of management employees, and was an advocate for transitional housing programs and the extension of ‘Foster Care Until 21’ across the state.  Ami is a passionate voice for all youth experiencing homelessness, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors for California Coalition for Youth.

    Luz Buan, CPA
    Chief Financial Officer
    LLBuan@covca.org

    Luz has served Covenant House California since 1992. Luz oversees finance, payroll, purchasing, and grants management processes. She also manages the facilities management teams for both Hollywood and Oakland, and the contract with Covenant House California’s food service provider, FMA. She develops annual and long-range goals and strategies for the finance group as well as the agency as a whole. Luz’s extensive experience includes developing and managing the agency’s budget, which is upwards of $9.6 million, tax and audit reporting, grants management, and managing the agency’s investments.

    Krista Girty
    Senior Vice President of Northern California Operations
    KGirty@covca.org

    Krista has worked for two decades as an advocate for youth in several capacities managing crisis and stabilization programs and services for homeless youth. Krista was the Director of Health Services at Huckleberry Youth Programs (HYP) where she managed the Huckleberry Youth Health Center/Cole Street Clinic before joining CHC. While at HYP Krista helped design and implement the 24-hour crisis response for CSEC for San Francisco County. Prior to that, she was the Manager of Health Services at Larkin Street Youth Services overseeing HIV health, residential, and ancillary services for HIV positive youth. Prior to that she was the Director of Program Operations and Services for the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN) in Florida. Krista is a MSW and graduated from Eastern Michigan University.

    Robert Haley
    Senior Vice President of Southern California Operations
    RHaley@covca.org

    With more than 25 years of experience in Child Welfare, Robert began his work in residential care, for at-risk youth, in the early 90’s, before going to work for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services in 1995.  Robert served at DCFS for 19 years, in various roles, including Social Worker, Supervisor and Assistant Regional Administrator.  In 2014 he began working with Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) as a Clinical Supervisor, and subsequently transitioned to the role of Director of Foster Care.  In this role, Robert focused on quality of care, effective service integration, permanency for children through adoption, and developing an Intensive Treatment Foster Care Program. He was also instrumental in assisting the Foster Family Agency in obtaining National Accreditation through the Counsel of Accreditation (COA).  Robert has an MS in Marriage and Family Counseling from Cal State Fullerton, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  Most importantly, Robert has dedicated his life to helping young people be safe, and fulfill their potential.

    Amanda Sattler
    Chief Development & Communications Officer
    ASattler@covca.org

    Amanda oversees all fund-development and external communications for the organization. With nearly 20 years of increasing experience in non-profit leadership, Amanda is passionate about serving causes that support young people. Before transitioning to CHC in 2015, she led all fundraising activities at Junior Achievement of Southern California, where she honed her skills in major gift cultivation, board development, strategic planning, communications, staff recruitment and management. Amanda has a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy & Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and an Executive Master of Leadership degree from the University of Southern California. Amanda is a CASA for a 17-year-old in foster care, and serves on the boards of RaisingHOPE, and USC’s Executive Master of Leadership Alumni program.

    BOARD LEADERSHIP

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    Paul Hanneman

    CHC Board Chair, President, Worldwide Theatrical Marketing & Distribution, 20th Century Fox (Retired)

    Omid Yazdi

    CHC Vice Board Chair, Partner, KPMG, LLP

    Honorable William Brodhead

    CHC Program Committee Chair, Attorney, Former United States Congressman, Michigan

    Melissa Abbott

    Manager Sales Partnerships, Delta Air Lines

    Fred Ali

    President & CEO, Weingart Foundation

    K. Kristine Dunn

    Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

    Kelly Gordon

    COO, Topson Downs

    Ilene Harker

    Head of Enterprise Risk, Western Asset Management (Retired)

    Ricardo Hartigan

    Director, BlackRock

    Denis Jilot

    CEO, Specialized Technology Resources, Inc. (Retired)

    Michael Kibler

    Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlet LLP

    Daryl William Kueter

    CHC Governance Chair, Sr. Vice President, Bank of America, Small Business Banking

    Priscilla “Bo” Marconi

    CEO, Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids

    Michael F. Marino

    CHC Finance Chair, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo (Retired)

    John G. Mavredakis

    Senior Managing Director, Houlihan, Lokey Howard & Zukin

    Diane Scott

    Senior Vice President, Site Relations, Covenant House International

    Liza Pano

    CHC Co-Chair Development, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Distribution Services, Paramount Pictures

    James Rossiter

    Founder, Principal, Rossiter LLC

    Herbert Dick Richard Schulze

    CHC Bay Area Chair, Attorney, Holland & Hart LLP

    Steven Wilcox

    President, Wilcox Family Foundation

    Anthony Solis

    Youth Advocate, CHC Alumni

    ADVISORY BOARDS

    Los Angeles Advisory BoardBay Area Advisory Board
    Kate Brady

    Owner, Barnsdall Property Management

    Corey Breton

    Executive Vice President of Sales, LA Football Club

    Gil Cedillo

    Councilmember, 1st District of Los Angeles

    Joe Emory

    President, Hot Topic Foundation

    Kelly Gordon

    Chief Operating Officer, Topson Downs

    Ryan Gordon

    Financial Advisory, Wells Fargo

    Paul Karlitz

    Senior Managing Director, Lennox Advisors

    Jordon Kruse

    Senior Managing Partner, Oaktree Capital

    Ellen LaBonte

    Retired, Kayne Anderson

    Jenine Leigh

    Senior Vice President, LA Talent

    Mitch O’Farrell

    Councilmember, 13th District of Los Angeles

    Scott McMullin

    Principal, Suntex Marinas and Stratford Hospitality

    Jeremiah Reynolds

    Partner, KWIKA

    Patricia Serio

    Owner, Seahorse

    Jenny Swanson

    Sales Executive, Sientra

    Julien Thuan

    Partner, UTA

    Beth Corets

    Attorney, President of BACOR Inc.

    Rachel Chambers

    Strategy & Planning Manager, Cisco

    Olivia Fernandez

    Supervisor of Protection Services, Esurance

    Andrew Hayes

    Senior Account Executive, Twitter

    Tasha Henneman

    Office of CA Congresswoman, Nancy Skinner

    Honorable Victoria Kolakowski

    Alameda County Superior Court, Superior Court Judge

    Abusheri Ohwafasa

    Director of Community Relations, Golden State Warriors

    Meera Shankar

    Global Strategic Alliance Manager, Splunk

    Sam Yun

    Pastor, Embrace Church

    ASSOCIATE BOARD FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

    Moana Casanova, Board Chair

    Coordinator, West Coast Production, HBO

    Andrew Ramaglia, Board Vice Chair

    MSW Candidate, USC Suzanne Dworak – Peck School of Social Work

    Samantha Ahmari

    Manager – People and Culture, Kin Community

    Jacqueline Brand

    Public Defender, Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office

    Alexis Carra Girbés

    Actress/Writer/Choreographer
    President, Sweet Carraty Pictures

    Teresa Christovich

    Account Supervisor – Honda National Account, RPA

    Chloe Drulis

    DIR/Floortime Player, Therapeutic Play LA

    Sharif Elkhaldy

    VP Relationship Manager, Bank of America

    Ashley Farrell Pickett

    Associate, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    Chris Girbes-Pierce

    Founder & CEO, Enlightened Wealth Management, LLC

    Benjamin Hopkins

    Business Affairs, CBS

    Kristina Kuhle

    PR and Events Manager, Kin Community

    Christen Lehmann

    Senior Manager – Partner Strategy, Kin Community

    Jeff Marshall

    Director of Marketing, Dragon Crowd Apparel

    Conor J. Meehan

    Associate Wealth Manager, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

    Monica Mendizabal

    Vice President, Small Business Client Manager, Bank of America

    Alexa Molina

     

    Elizabeth Nguyen

    Vice President, National Property & Casualty

    Scott Pickett

    Vice President – Acquisitions, Real Estate Investment Firm, Beecher Carlson

    Jason Riffe

    Partnerships and Communication Manager, J/P Haitian Relief Fund

    Jacquie Rivera

    Senior Designer – Girls Spiritswear, Blended Clothing, Inc./Kandy Kiss

    Harvey Shieh

    Director of Finance, Office of Associate Chancellor, UC Irvine

    Alexis Suarez

    President and Founder, ASI Real Estate Investmants

    Rachelle Tejada

    Attorney – Charley M. Stoll, A Professional Corporation

    David Turken

    Associate, Tishman Speyer

    Jared Suender

    Senior Underwriter, Zurich International Programs

    David Waller

    Project Manager, AMA Project Management

    Makanani Washbon

    Children’s Case Manager, Harbor Regional Center

    Yandro Valdez

    Commercial Banking-Dealership Finance, BMO Harris Bank

    Jason Valles

    CEO/Founder & Creative, Third Floor