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 - Engineer, The Boeing Company 


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

Alain Karaguezian, MD 
Family Medicine, Private Practice
Mark Amico, MD 
Medical Director, Dignity Health Medical Foundation

Valerie Kohler
Civic Leader
Todd Amirian
President, Amirian Home Company

Dorothy Lake
Community Leader
Linnea Benning
Civic Leader

Sherry Lapides
Member, CATS Meow Guild*
Melanie Coto
Founder & CEO, 
Coto Interpreting LLC & Tele Interpreters, LLC

Grace Leland
Vice President/Hospital Relations, 
Northridge Hospital Medical Center
Rebecca Firoozi
District Manager, Premier America Credit Union

Dana Pump
President, The Pump Group
Charles Goodman, MD
Department Chair, Pediatrics, 
Northridge Hospital Medical Center
David Pump
President, The Pump Group
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 
CEO, Northridge Hospital Medical Center*
Patrick Hawthorne
Owner, Northridge Lumber
Bessie Wilson
Mel Wilson &Associates Realtors
Maurice Zeitlin, MD 
Behavioral Health,
Northridge Hospital Medical Center




* Ex-Officio Member, With Voting Privileges
** Director Emeritus, With Voting Privileges 

Click here for a PDF of the Foundation Board of Directors 

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