Foundation Board of Directors

The board is comprised of dedicated and compassionate community, professional, business and civic leaders who oversee the operational, philanthropic and investment activities of the foundation. They continue to improve the health of the community through their fundraising efforts.



Dorothy Benveniste - Executive Director, STEM Careers


Michael Gardner -  Senior Vice President,  Bank of Hope


Enrique Wong - Vice President, Marcus & Millichap


Bill Newbold - Civic Leader


Daren Schlecter - Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Daren Schlecter


Brian P. Hammel


Bob Allen
Divisional Vice President, UBS Financial

Valerie Kohler
Civic Leader
Mark Amico, MD 
Medical Director, Dignity Health Medical Foundation

Dorothy Lake
Community Leader
Linnea Benning
Civic Leader
Melanie Coto
Founder & CEO, 
Coto Interpreting LLC & Tele Interpreters, LLC
Sherry Lapides
Member, CATS Meow Guild*
Grace Leland
Vice President/Hospital Relations, 
Northridge Hospital Medical Center
Rebecca Firoozi
District Manager, Premier America Credit Union
Dana Pump
CEO, The Pump Group, Inc.
Charles Goodman, MD
Department Chair, Pediatrics, 
Northridge Hospital Medical Center
David Pump
President, The Pump Group, Inc.
Mary Grim
Community Leader 
Afshin Safa, MD
Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, 
Northridge Hospital Medical Center
Jeremy Grosser, MD
Medical Director, Chronic Disease, 
Northridge Hospital Medical Center
Jahandar Saleh, MD
Medical Staff President, 
Northridge Hospital Medical Center*
Carlos Gutierrez, Jr. 
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP
Jody Sherman
Executive Director & President, AAA T.L.C. Healthcare
Barbara Hawthorne
Civic Leader
Paul Watkins 
President/ CEO, Northridge Hospital Medical Center*
Patrick Hawthorne
Owner, Northridge Lumber
Bessie Wilson
Mel Wilson & Associates Realtors
Alain Karaguezian, MD 
Family Medicine, Private Practice
Maurice Zeitlin, MD 
Behavioral Health,
Northridge Hospital Medical Center

* Ex-Officio Member, With Voting Privileges

Click here for a PDF of the Foundation Board of Directors