BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Matt Celenza (Chair)
President Vicente Fox
Robert A. Hoff
C. Evan Knapp
Herb Perlmutter (Treasurer)
Ray is a 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He is currently co-managing the LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. His prior assignment was working as a gang investigator with Operation Safe Streets Bureau and was the law enforcement liaison to street gang Intervention outreach programs. Over his career he has worked several other assignments, which include, the County Jails, Street Patrol, Schools, Community Policing, Narcotics, Gang Enforcement, Gang Investigations and Intelligence. He has been involved in programs working with inter-city youth and families who live in gang-infested neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. He has facilitated and taught cognitive based skills courses to professional staff, parent groups, youth and gang members. He is one of the founding members of "A Better LA."
After receiving her graduate degree from the Price School of Public Policy at USC, Lynne spent seven years as administrator of a public program designed to divert young first-time offenders out of the juvenile justice system and into a more supportive environment. After shepherding the program through 5 funding cycles, Lynne’s career took a turn to the private sector, at the Walt Disney Company’s Imagineering Division, where her first assignment was to write and secure a $15M grant from a consortium of federal agencies. Lynne spent the next twenty-five years at Disney in roles ranging from Manager of Research and Planning, to Director of Program Development, and culminating as Producer on billion-dollar creative and construction projects worldwide. Following her retirement, Lynne immersed herself in a lifelong passion as advocate for social justice in South Los Angeles. She joined A Better LA in 2008, engaging at the grass-roots level, rolling up her sleeves and learning first-hand how to best support communities in need while also assisting A Better LA leaders with program planning and implementation.
Joe began a full-time career in municipal recreation with the City of Cerritos in 1975, continuing through February 2007. As Recreation Services Superintendent from 1998 to 2007, managing budget and staff. In February 2007, Joe began working for County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation as Deputy Director. He is currently responsible for management and overview of 48 parks and 16 pools within the Second and Fourth Supervisorial Districts with an annual budget of $25. Joe interacts with numerous other County agencies, partners with non-profits, and works with community groups and law enforcement to provide programming, intervention/prevention, graffiti control, and homeless resources. Joe has interaction and relationships with the Second and Fourth District Board Offices having had success in quickly resolving issues regarding constituent concerns, facility usage, policies and procedures.
Scot is a graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business, a CPA, and currently president of Allen Packaging Company in Tustin, CA – a packaging distribution company serving Southern California. Scot became involved with A Better LA in 2007 as a volunteer, and continues in that role which now includes event planning and photography. Scot also supports and volunteers with several areas of USC, including 20 years of membership in the athletic department’s Board of Counselors. He also is involved in event support for A Better LA by USC Marshall's annual “Challenge for Charity” (C4C) program and the athletic department’s community outreach program.
Francisco graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature. Between 1999 and 2004 he served as Community Mentor Liaison for the Puente Project at the University of California Office of the President. For the last nine-and-a-half years Francisco has worked at Los Angeles City Hall. He is currently Senior Human Relations Advocate for the City and is a passionate champion for the improvement of inter-group relations for the City of Los Angeles. He has worked closely with LAPD to strengthen community/police relations through innovative solutions and community engagement. Francisco’s focus continues to be on coalition building in sectors of the city that continue to experience conflict and strife. He is a continual advocate for community stakeholders whose voices are seldom heard in order to link people together and improve the quality of life for all. Francisco remains excited about new partnerships and the potential for real and sustainable change.
Ed earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his master’s in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California. He has been a school administrator and teacher since 1988. Dr. Robillard currently serves as the Principal at Holy Family High School in Glendale California. He is also the President and founding Board member of Inspire Charter School, an independent study charter school serving over 2,000 students throughout southern California. Prior, he was the founding Board President of the Academy of Science and Engineering Charter School. Ed most recently served as the Principal of Santa Clara High School in Oxnard from 2011 through 2015. He was employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District from 1988-2009. Ed taught mathematics at Jordan High School and South Gate High School. He served eight years as Assistant Principal and Principal of Manual Arts High School and was the founding Principal of West Adams Preparatory High School. He became the Chief School Administrator of MLA Partner Schools in 2009. He is a retired Commander in the United States Naval Reserve.
Debra received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York City. She completed her doctorate in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University, in Fresno. Debra is currently an Associate Professor for the Los Angeles campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She has also served as Special Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs: Diversity and Community Engagement and Lead Faculty for the Forensic Psychology department for Los Angeles and Irvine. In 2009 she received awards and recognitions for community engagement from the Los Angeles City Attorney, the Department of Defense, the Los Angeles Police Department and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In 2013 she was given a distinguished teaching award for Outstanding Public Service Teaching. She now focuses her clinical practice on male survivor issues of abuse, violence and trauma. Currently, her research focuses on diversity issues connected to forensic community mental health and male survivor trauma. It should be noted that in all of her professional endeavors she involves students for professional development.
Curtis Woodle is a professional law enforcement officer and Sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department. A 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Curtis presently operates as the department’s citywide gang liaison officer reporting directly to Chief Beck. He possesses extensive experience in policing urban street gangs by implementing prevention, intervention and targeted suppression. He teaches the Law Enforcement component at the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute and lectures across the nation and internationally. Curtis’ passion for community improvement is unparalleled. He was among the earliest members of A Better LA’s Advisory Board, working tirelessly to demand honor and accountability from men whose paths had traversed from peril to redemption.