Meet Our Board of Directors

Deborah Richmond, AIA

Board Chair

Deborah is a practicing architect, installation artist, writer and researcher in the areas of container logistics as they impact urban settings and consumer culture. Deborah is experienced in the design and construction of projects for public agencies, with past clients from CA State Parks, the City of Santa Monica, LACMA and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. She currently teaches architectural design at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA. She has provided support in the development of the Mobile Village project at Peace4Kids which grew out of the intersection of her research into container logistics and her understanding as an architect of the fragile relationship between foster youth and the places they occupy.

 

Richard Loring

Treasurer

Richard is the Chief Operating Officer of Tsuchiya Construction Company, a construction management firm working on multifamily and single family projects. Previously a Board member of the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation and The Antaeus Company, Richard is now committed to redevelopment in South Los Angeles and uplifting that community.

 

Elizabeth [Liz] Parker

Secretary

Liz is the Regional Operations Manager for Embarcadero Realty Services LLP, managing over 1.5 million square feet across 11 properties. Liz joins the Peace4Kids Board having been a regular volunteer at the Peace4Kids Core Saturday Program. She brings an intimate understanding of our organizational culture and the needs of youth in foster care.

 

Jenny Serrano, MPA

Jenny serves as the County of Los Angeles Children and Family Services Special Services Assistant II and acts as an official representative of the department, as directed. She maintains liaison with County departments and other governmental jurisdictions on the more difficult special problems. She also acts as a Children’s Services Administrator II within the Youth Development Services Division, managing 5 Supervising Children’s Social Workers, 5 Community Workers and 2 Intermediate Typist Clerks. She is motivated to improve systems serving foster youth as she is an alumnus herself from foster care.

 

Joshua Levenson

Joshua is a vision-driven executive with 34 years progressive experience driving long-range success and immediate profitability within the highly competitive for profit education / blended learning industry. He is a multi unit school leader with exceptional communication and collaboration talents leveraged to forge rapport, build consensus, and establish buy- in across organizational levels with a passion for educating, inspiring and training teams to deliver superior customer service. In addition to his professional experience, Joshua has served for six years as a volunteer at Peace4Kids nearly every Saturday.

 

Susan Ramaker

Susan currently serves as the Director of Marketing (West) for Panda Restaurant Group. She is a creative thought leader with strong experience in brand development, strategic planning, product and concept launch, and department leadership. She also has experience in new media and digital platforms, as well as fundraising event management. Most significantly, Susan has a long history of serving the nonprofit sector as a Board Member, Executive Director and as a tutor for inner-city youth in Chicago.

 

Lee Gelb

Lee Gelb is an innovative human resources professional, with over 20 years of business experience and a truly global outlook. She’s held senior executive positions at CARE, Starbucks, and ARYZTA, and currently at Pathfinder International, building a reputation for an effective leadership style and a lead-by-example attitude. She designed and implemented the Employer of Choice methodology – now a human resources standard throughout the corporate world – during her time at Starbucks. Whether through coaching, strategic planning or the application of technology, Ms. Gelb specializes in utilizing human resources strategy and tools to gain positive organizational performance.

 

Leslie Ponciano, Ph.D.

Board Member Emeritus

Leslie Ponciano is a developmental psychologist, the Director of Research for Age of Learning (ABCmouse.com), and a professor in early childhood education and applied developmental psychology.  She has created, directed, and taught academic courses at Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, and CSULA.  Dr. Ponciano’s research examines the social and emotional development of children in non-parental care such as ECE classrooms and foster care.  She also has experience as a social worker/supervisor in foster care, an infant-toddler teacher, and a behavioral specialist.  Dr. Ponciano helped to develop the curriculum for Peace4Kids, a community-based organization serving foster children. She has three children and is a former foster parent. Dr. Ponciano obtained a B.A. in Psychology from UCI, a M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education from the UCLA.