Board of Directors

One of four children from a single parent household in Brooklyn New York, Lydia watched her mother help single parents and raise foster children, despite her own struggles with Epilepsy.   Lydia and her husband Stafford, a musician,  moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as an Accountant. For nine years, Lydia cultivated relationships in the neighborhood and congregation, and founded Hands for Hope in 2000, on site in a large, unused facility owned by the church. She is a proponent of enrichment activities and a safe place for children because she knows it’s the best way to increase the developmental assets of children and guide them toward pro-social behaviors. Sher serves on the board of First Baptist Church and American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest and Hawaii

In her work with H4H, Ms. Floyd has been honored with several awards including the Civic Duty Hero Award, the Avery Dennison Great Results Achievement Award, The Bank of America Neighborhood Local Hero AwardWoman’s Day magazine honoree,  the Model of Hope Award by We Care America, A Champion of Hope at the Legacy of Hope Awards, a 2014 Certificate of Recognition for her work from California State Legislature, the City Impact Lab “Impact Makers to Watch Award” in 2016, and a nomination for one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards. Read more about Lydia in publications by NoHoArts District  and Voyage L.A. Lydia is an active member of the First Baptist Church of North Hollywood (FBCNH), serving in several roles since 1991, including Choir Director and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Carol Saunders is founder and President of Grand Events, producing social, corporate and non-profit events throughout California with her team.  After earning a B.A. in Art from UCLA, Carol worked as an Interior Designer.  She is a long time member of the International Special Event Society (ISES), has served on their Board of Directors and in committee roles for the Décor Committee, The JAM Committee, and Budget Committee.  Carol is married to her CPA husband, John, and is proud of their two grown daughters, Jamie and Danielle. Her newest passions are her four grandchildren with whom she spends much of her free time.

Having participated in community afterschool programs as a youth, Brett knows firsthand the value our organization provides to our community.  Brett is a corporate and securities attorney at Gartenberg, Gelfand, and Hayton LLP, who is passionate about the role small businesses play in sustainable economic development. He is a member of the California Center for Cooperative Development and a graduate of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Riordan Leadership Institute. His J.D., cum laude was earned at Harvard Law School, and undergraduate degree at Brown University. Brett lives with his wife and adorable dog.

Beverly Murray is a seasoned HR senior leader in the healthcare industry with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a J.D. from William and Mary. She has a love of community service and is a proud 32 year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she currently serves as her chapter’s fundraising chairman. Beverly has two daughters Julian and Jordan who work in teaching and law enforcement. Beverly enjoys reading, writing and traveling. One of her favorite quotes is “You cannot diminish your light by sharing it with others.”

Owner, Ace Home Solutions.   Raised in Georgia, Otis comes from a building and construction family.  His grandfather was a brick-mason and his father had a construction business where Otis worked and learned the skills of the trade.  After high school, Otis joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to Iraq during the first Gulf War.  He received the two Bronze Service Star medals. A Los Angeles resident since 2006, Otis has built his construction business, ACE Home Solutions Inc. on referrals from many satisfied customers.  His work has been featured in HGTV’s Online Magazine, for their Urban Spaces article. Otis was a volunteer of time and talent for Hands4Hope LA for several years, helping to make the annual Jazz Concert Fundraiser a success. He is now proud to be on the board of directors.

Joe Schlosser is Senior Vice President, Communications of Endemol Shine North America, overseeing all corporate, consumer and internal communications, as well as talent relations and events coordination for the Los Angeles-based TV production company in both North America and Latin America. Previously, Schlosser was with NBCUniversal in various top communications roles, responsible for publicity efforts for Access Hollywood, Maury, The Chris Matthews Show and several others, and previously worked at NBC Enterprises on international sales of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Will and Grace, among others.

For the past 12 years, Schlosser has taught “Working with the Media,” an annual course offered through UCLA Extension. He holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Stacey, and children Ivy, Mia and Noah.

Principal Echo & Rig / Partner The Goat LLC / Director of Investor Relations /President of the William Tilley Family Foundation

Michael is Senior Vice President of M&A and Strategic Investments at Live Nation, the world’s largest live entertainment company. He also works with Sound Ventures, a venture capital fund working with early stage technology companies, and previously was with Morgan Stanley. Michael holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MS in Applied Statistics from Columbia University, Teachers College, and a BA in Communications from Vanderbilt University. Michael, his wife Debra, and their two young boys relocated to Los Angeles from NYC in 2014.


Diane Allen
Program and Communications Director

Diane Allen was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in the West Indies. Formally trained in architecture, she left the field in 2011 to become an educator and youth mentor in New York City.  In 2013, Diane became a volunteer with us, and by 2014 she was promoted to Program Director, until June 2017 when she became Communication & Development Director.  Diane is a CALSAC Trainer, passionately providing youth with opportnities and resources that equip them to follow their hearts and dreams, and to see the possibilities beyond their immediate circumstances.  She is also completing her Masters degree at UCLA in Human Development & Psychology.

Communications & Marketing

General Information / Volunteer Manager:

  • Sharon Bills
  • Natt Narkthong

Advisory Council

Judith Bickel, Freelance Writer/ Nonprofit Consultant

Celestina Bynes, Legal Executive Assistant, Prudential Insurance Company

Patricia Colbert, Chief Executive Officer, Liquid Flame Productions

Jerri Hart, Director,  Office of the Controller, Loyola Marymount University

Stephanie Mirkin, Annual Fund and Alumni Manager, Windward School

Pat Prescott, Radio Host,  KTWV, 94.7 The Wave

Anita Otaño, Realtor, Filmmaker, Producer

Gina Pickens, Owner, Forks Restaurant

Clarence Roberts, US Government Contracts Instructor (retired)

Alicia Soto, Therapist, Aviva Family Therapist

Mauro Sardi, Chief Financial Officer (Retired) Warner Bros.

Christa Windley, Post Production Editor

Dr. Michael Woodcock, Pastor,  First Baptist Church of North Hollywood