OUR TEAM

Our team and board are some of the best and brightest minds in LA all working to make change in our communities.

THE SHAREFEST STAFF

CHAD MAYER, Executive Director

Chad Mayer has years of leadership experience building community relationships, acting as a networking catalyst to mobilize citizens, the faith community, community-based organizations and businesses to get involved in community service and youth development. Chad is the founding director of Sharefest Community Development and is a selfless leader who does what it takes to make programs work. He forges ahead to solve community problems and delights in the successes of the youth who engage in Sharefest programs. His love for youth and for improving their lives and their communities, one person at a time, is inspiring. Chad’s achievements and awards are numerous. Recently, he was awarded The Daily Breeze’s People of Distinction Award in the Volunteer Category.

TODD DORAM,  Communications and Community Engagement

Todd graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon where he
majored in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. He’s
spent the last 5 years in Television & Film production and using those skills and
connections to produce media content that allows Sharefest to convey a clear
message for our mission.

KYLE AUBE, Partnerships Manager

Kyle Aube is the Partnerships Manager at Sharefest Community Development.
Kyle started working with Sharefest as a Workday Project Manager in March 2016 and started the full-time position in May 2016. His primary responsibilities include managing the Annual Workday, Gala Dinner, and student-led Summer YDA projects.
Kyle graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Art and Design
and a minor in Business. Outside of Sharefest, he can be found exploring California’s
great outdoors snowboarding, hiking, or hanging out at the beach.

QUARTNEY CERVANTES, Continuation Schools Program Manager

Quartney Cervantes is the Program Manager for the School-Based Program. Quartney has been with Sharefest for four years. Her responsibilities range from program management, curriculum development, teaching, and maintaining relationships with the schools, as well as managing the administrative responsibilities for Summer YDA. Quartney received her B.A. in History and Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University. She is currently a doctoral candidate of Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her baby nephew, Jackson.

SUSAN YAMASHIRO, Community Relations

Susan has been with Sharefest since the beginning. She has volunteered in the capacity of Community Relations Liaison. She has connected Sharefest to strategic individuals and organizations. She is at all our functions lending a helping hand or a compassionate ear. She is also a part of the Sharefest prayer team. In her spare time, she takes care of her 89-year-old mother. Together they go on many great adventures.

VALERIE MAYER, Operations and Program Manager

Valerie has been at heart with Sharefest since the beginning and hired in 2013.
Her role has ebbed and flowed with changing needs in the organization.
Currently, she is responsible for the BBC golf tournament, summer food service
program, Saleforces implementation, gala auction solicitations, Workday and
Summer YDA recruitment, and assists with human resources. She graduated
from California State University Dominguez Hills with a B.S. in International Business.
She also holds a teaching credential. Outside of work you can find
her at the beach roller skating or hanging with family, reading a book or having
a family dance party in their living room.

BETSY CHOU, Accounting Manager

Betsy joined Sharefest November 2016 as the Accounting Manager. Her main responsibilities include keeping the financial records {monthly financial reporting, budgeting and payroll}. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with an Accounting Degree and also has a Special Education teaching credential. She is a full-time mom of three girls. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching her girl’s softball teams, cheering on the Dodgers, reading and staying fit with friends.

SALVADOR SANCHEZ, JR., Program Director

Salvador Sanchez, Jr. is the Program Director for Sharefest's new Youth Development Center. He is very passionate about providing support to youth and helping them reach their full potential. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a CAS in Adjustment Counseling / School Social Work from Harvard.

NESTOR MENDEZ, YDA Counselor & School-Based Assistant

Nestor began with us as a continuation student in Sharefest’s school-based YDA. He then became a counselor during the 2017 Summer YDA. His time with Sharefest marked a pivotal transition in how he saw his future. He shared this revelation with guests at the 2017 Gala. He continues to pour into other students as an Instructors Assistant. His main responsibilities are to aid instructors in preparations for the class lessons. He also helps students with the daily lesson and helps them stay on task. He currently attends Los Angeles Harbor College and his hobbies include spending time with family and friends and cleaning.

LUIS GUERRERO, YDA Instructor

Luis A. Guerrero is a School-Based Instructor for the College-Prep Class at the continuation high schools. Once a continuation student himself, he is passionate in helping students recognize their full potential. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Chicano/Latino Studies and History and is currently working on his Master's in Education. His hobbies are reading, exercise, and listening to various types of music.

JAI KEMP, YDA Instructor

Jai was born and raised in Watts, California. He graduated with a BA in biology from California State University Northridge. Jai is thrilled to be back in his community trying to change student’s lives in the same manner that his life was changed. Jai is also pursuing a medical career and hopes to one day be a physician working in underserved communities. In his spare time, you can find Jai playing basketball at Venice beach or watching Laker games with family and friends.

LYDIA RANKIN, YDA Instructor

Lydia completed a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and minor in Communication Studies at Biola University in 2015. After her undergraduate studies, she received her certification as a Mental Health Support Specialist for Transition Age Youth through Loyola Marymount University. Currently, she is working towards her Masters in Student Affairs through Post University. Ultimately, her dream is to empower and support the holistic development of today's youth. Lydia is an energetic and optimistic person who loves to dance, make people laugh and learn new things in her free time.

ANGEL RAMIREZ, YDA Instructor

Angel is an instructor at Angel’s Gate continuation High School with Sharefest. He grew up in Long Beach and attended Long Beach Poly High School and was very active in multiple clubs, from Best Buddies to the Surf Club. Angel attended Long Beach City College where he realized he wanted to pursue teaching as a career. As an aspiring history teacher, Angel transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned his B.A. in history in 2017. He is now earning his single subject teaching credential at CSUDH. Angel's hobbies include surfing, camping, playing basketball, listening to country music, and fantasy football.

THE SHAREFEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

LINDA BRADEN

Linda studied Business Administration at Mt. San Antonio College in Los Angeles County, after which she worked with the President of Wells Fargo Realty Advisors, Property Management Division. In 1985, she co-founded Cornerstone Construction Group, Inc. where her business and project management skills were a perfect foil to the entrepreneurial skills of her husband. Her attention to and understanding of the needs of their clients are legendary, and she has developed over the past 30 years an innate ability to turn their clients’ dreams into firm reality. Linda is a conduit of energy; she often speaks of her faith. Her optimistic and visionary approach to both the business and her family life maintains an infectious support mechanism, which keeps the team spirit and momentum going. She is a most gracious and observant individual who is very sensitive to Client needs.

ANTOINETTE BROWN-LEON

Antoinette Brown-Leon is the Executive Director of the Asomugha Foundation, Inc. a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, formally established in 2010 and chaired by NFL defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha. The Foundation serves disadvantaged youth in the U.S. and underprivileged orphans and widows in Africa through education and empowerment. She is a strong advocate of education and focuses on the foundation's mission to ensure that those with fewer means receive the opportunity to obtain a quality education, and thereby transform themselves, their families, and communities.

ANA DRAGIN

Ana Dragin joined the City of Los Angeles workforce in 2005 and has been with Council District 15 ever since, proudly serving its constituency. Most recently, as Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino’s Port Affairs Director, Ana Dragin advises the Councilman on all Port related matters. She previously served as Deputy District Director and Small Business Liason and as San Pedro Field Deputy under then-Councilwoman Janice Hahn. She holds a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration.

CINDI KRIPPENDORF

Cindi Krippendorf and her husband, Michael, have been residents of the South Bay for 30 years. They’ve owned and operated Fielding Electric, Inc., an electrical contracting company headquartered in Torrance, since 2000. They enjoy active participation in their church and community and are proud supporters of the Sharefest Workday, both as volunteers and corporate sponsors.

MARK LIMPERT

Mark Limpert is a Principal at ColdWater Partners, a privately held Real Estate Investment firm focusing on opportunities in the Western United States. Prior to joining CWP, Mark served as Vice President at two large institutional real estate private equity firms where he focused on asset management responsibilities. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College and resides in Hermosa Beach with his Wife, son, and golden retriever.

ERIC RUEHLE

Prior to founding West Harbor Capital, Eric was a Senior Vice President at Sitex Group, a national industrial real estate private equity firm where he led the firm's expansion into Southern California. Eric has also held key roles at CenterPoint Properties, First Industrial Realty Trust and AEW Capital Management. Eric currently serves on the board of directors for the NAIOP Inland Empire chapter and the SIOR Los Angeles chapter. Eric lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife and two children.

CHAD MAYER

Chad Mayer has years of leadership experience building community relationships, acting as a networking catalyst to mobilize citizens, the faith community, community-based organizations and businesses to get involved in community service and youth development. Chad is the founding director of Sharefest Community Development and is a selfless leader who does what it takes to make programs work. He forges ahead to solve community problems and delights in the successes of the youth who engage in Sharefest programs. His love for youth and for improving their lives and their communities, one person at a time, is inspiring. Chad’s achievements and awards are numerous. Recently, he was awarded The Daily Breeze’s People of Distinction Award in the Volunteer Category.

FRANK SCHULZ - BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR

Frank is a born leader who spends his days serving his corporate clients at The Klabin Company and helping them solve their commercial real estate needs. Frank has served his professional association SIOR (Society of Industrial & Office Realtors) in Los Angeles as its Chapter President and at a national level as Leader of its Young Professional Group. Collaboration, hard work, and building relationships are what makes Frank tick. His leadership extends to Sharefest in serving as the Chairman to the Fundraiser Dinner Committee. Frank's hobbies include swimming, tennis, and chasing his young twins.

DAN SIMON

Dan is the Director of Finance at Wedbush Inc., an investment firm headquartered in Los Angeles that includes among its holdings broker-dealers, registered investment advisors, and private and public equity funds. Dan is responsible for oversight of daily operations, including finance and accounting and is also directly involved with the underlying investments, including serving as a Board Member or Committee Member. Dan joined Wedbush in 2006 as the CFO of Wedbush Capital Partners, where he oversees the funds administration, interacts with portfolio companies, and supports the financial due diligence process. Prior to joining Wedbush, Dan was the CFO of DynaFund Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. Dan began his career in the attestation group of Ernst & Young LLP and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). An avid ice hockey and University of Washington Huskies fan, Dan often can be found yelling at the television during football season. He spends the rest of his free time with his family, coaching Little League baseball, enjoying sports and traveling.