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


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.


Quartney Cervantes is the Program Director 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.

KYLE AUBE, Development Operations 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.

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.

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 has been at heart with Sharefest since the beginning and was 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.

ERICA TARTT, Instructional Manager

Erica Tartt has worked in education for over 15 years. She is a native of Ohio and received her BA in Middle Childhood Education prior to moving to Atlanta
Georgia to teach middle and high school. In addition to teaching mathematics, she directed after-school programming and coached volleyball as well as basketball. She earned her master’s degree in Human Development & Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University, and is currently working toward her PhD in Education with a focus on quantitative methodology and the importance of social and emotional education for adolescents.

She has worked in distance education at Ventura College and Loyola Marymount University on curriculum and online course development, while also training on best practices using educational technology. Through her work with Sharefest, she is excited to return to adolescent populations, utilizing her varied experiences across the education spectrum to aid in their development of agency and social connectedness.


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 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 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 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.

KRISTIN GULCHER CONFORTI, Director of Individual Giving

Kristin Gulcher Conforti is the Director of Individual Giving at Sharefest Community Development. Essentially a native Californian, Kristin fell in love with nonprofits when she was very young through her family’s philanthropy at a local hospital, setting up more gala auctions on behalf of her mom than she could possibly count. Inspired by the stories she would hear about the impact on families’ lives, Kristin quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work.

Kristin started as a Business Manager for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, helping small businesses in the community where she grew up, then moved to Cancer Support Community, a non-profit that provides essential psychological support services to cancer patients and their families in the South Bay. 

Outside of Sharefest, Kristin loves spending time with her family, reading, cooking and keeping up with the news and politics. 

VANESSA AREVALO, Center Program Instructor

Vanessa Arevalo was born and raised right here in Wilmington, California, and attended the Sharefest Summer Program when she was in middle school. She still remembers building the satellite cars and learning how to swim in the CSUDH pool.

Her passion for working with youth started when she was a Drill Team Coach, and it has been growing ever since. She attended Los Angeles Harbor College and transferred to the University of California, Irvine. She graduated as a first-generation student with a B.A in Psychology and Social Behavior and B.A in Education Science with a specialty in After-School Learning. Now she is ready to give back to her community.

Outside of work, you can see her in a coffee shop hitting the books and applying for MSW programs or training for a Half Marathon.

KENDRA DOWEN, School Based Program Instructor

Bio coming soon!

DESTINEE LANG, Center Program Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

KRISTOPHE MALONE, School Based Program Instructor

Kristophe Malone is one of our newest Sharefest instructors at Simon Rodia continuation High School. Kristophe is a 2010 graduate of UC Riverside where he studied mathematics, he is currently a college math professor, musician, and martial artist. Mr. Malone is a member of the West Los Angeles community, where he has been an advocate for his neighborhood. His believes that helping the youth cultivate discipline and focus will give them the tools needed to be conquerors in education and beyond. He cites his faith to be the leading factor in all of his achievements.

RODOLFO VALVERDE, School Based Program Assistant

Bio coming soon!

PEDRO FLORES, School Based Program Instructor

Pedro was born and raised in South Central. Growing up was tough on him as he was surrounded and involved with gang violence and felt stuck in his reality. Overcoming hood politics and social conditioning was tough. He graduated from high school late and eventually started working as an assembler for an aviation company. From there he realized that he wanted something more so he returned to school in 2012 failing miserably. Pedro had given all hope on education until trying again in 2016, where he found mentors that helped and believed in him. From that point on, he began to strive for more, graduated from East Los Angeles College and transferring to UC Berkeley in 2019. He graduated from UC Berkeley and now wants to do what his mentors did for him.

He has a passion for education because he is proof that students can make it happen if they have people in their lives that believe in their power and success as a human being. He has worked with children of all ages for about 4 years. His experience involves basic needs counseling and educational mentorship. He has worked for programs such as The Puente Project, TRIO Upward Bound, TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science, African American Pipeline Program, UC Berkeley Summer Experience, and the John Delloro Social Justice Program. His wide range of experience will allow him to teach students how to grow not just academically, but emotionally, and personally.



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.


Tim Seidel is the Refinery Manager of the Los Angeles Refinery for Phillips 66. The refinery has operating sites in Wilmington, Carson and the Port of Los Angeles. In his role, Tim is responsible for managing the 600+ employee operation to safely refine oil into transportation fuels. Tim and his family moved from Oklahoma in July of 2018 from Ponca City where he served as the refinery manager.

A graduate of Montana State University, Tim began his career with the company in 1997 and has worked at multiple sites in both California and Texas as well as at the company’s Billings Refinery in his home state of Montana. In the different cities where Tim has lived, he has served on a variety of boards ranging from the Billings Food Bank to a Board of Reagents position for the University Center at Ponca City. Tim and his wife, Kim, both chemical engineers, live in Palos Verdes Estates with their two sons.


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 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 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.


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 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 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 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.


Bio coming soon! 


Gabriela Medina is the District Director to Councilman Joe Buscaino. In this capacity, she works to grow partnerships and ensures the communities of Watts, Harbor Gateway, Harbor City, Wilmington, and San Pedro have access to city resources, directly advancing the opportunities of residents. She oversees initiatives addressing homelessness in the District, specifically A Bridge Home. Gabriela started as Councilmember Buscaino's Field Deputy representing Wilmington and Harbor City. She was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and majored in Sociology. She is a member of Lambda Theta Nu, Sorority, Incorporated. Gabriela is a proud daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and El Salvador.


With over 15 years of experience in creating iconic destinations, Jessica's guiding principles are of hospitality as an entire experience, one that is woven together with place, service, food and art. Born and raised in Canada to Hong Kong immigrants, after getting her degree in illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, she worked for various notable design firms and MGM Resorts in design, management and marketing. Career highlights include design management of all the signage, water features and Fine Art Collection at CityCenter in Las Vegas and traveling to China with Mayor Eric Garcetti to support development investment in Los Angeles. She currently oversees a portfolio of 5 small family businesses with 65 team members across 6 cities in Asia/North America.