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Board Of Directors

Rudy E. Grimaldo

Chairman

Mr. Grimaldo is director of operations for a healthcare management company. He received an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business. He is a veteran of Afghanistan where he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He brings a broad business background to NDVets.

David Baylor

Vice Chairman

Mr. Baylor, retired executive vice president, Directv, and founder and principal of DB Technology, a consultancy focused on media, technology, and organizational change. He is a senior executive with over 40 years’ experience in broadcast television engineering and operations. He has a demonstrated successful track record of strategic planning, cutting edge technology development and implementation, as well as leading organizational change in a diverse environment. He has solid experience in developing and managing annual budgets in excess of $100 million.  Mr. Baylor served in the US Army (1969-1971) as a microwave radio repairman in Vietnam.

Mark Robeson

Treasurer

Mr. Robeson brings over 35 years of management and finance experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit arenas. During the past 15 years, he has been the senior officer responsible for commercial real estate lending in Union Bank’s multi-state Business Banking operation. Previously he held senior leadership positions at both Security Pacific and Bank of America. Mr. Robeson was also the COO/chief credit officer for California Community Reinvestment Corp. He served as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer and holds an MBA in finance/management from Arizona State University and a graduate certificate in finance from Stanford University.

Jennifer Kim

Secretary

As a Supervising Attorney for the State, Ms. Kim brings more than 16 years of government and policy expertise to the NDVets Board of Directors. In addition to serving as an instructor for the National Association of Attorneys General and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Ms. Kim also serves on the Board of the Conference of California Bar Associations.

Elijah Adams

Mr. Adams is president and CEO of Faith Electric and General Building Contractors, LLC. Formerly, Mr. Adams was a principal in Industrial and Private Equity practices at Bain and Company and vice president in BNY Mellon’s corporate strategy group, where he led the development of a new product that became a $25M+ revenue business. Elijah earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Santa Clara University and a joint master’s degree from the School of Computer Science and the Tepper Graduate School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Barbi Applequist

Barbi Appelquist is an attorney in Los Angeles, California whose practice focuses on government affairs & nonprofits in the entertainment industry. She has taught Contracts Law and, as a member of Public Counsel’s Community Development Project, advised microbusiness clients and nonprofits. Prior to entering law, Ms. Appelquist was a Management Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 

John Ebey

Mr. Ebey is a retired senior vice president of Merrill Lynch. He managed an investment group that specialized in consulting with large retirement plans and foundations, mostly in the film and entertainment businesses. When he retired in 2008, the group was managing $15 billion in assets. Mr. Ebey has been active in several Los Angeles-based philanthropic organizations over the past 25 years. He currently serves on the board of the Hoag Family Foundation and has served on the board of the Geffen Playhouse for 10 years. He attended Colorado College and majored in English Literature before becoming an officer in the US Navy and serving from 1963 to 1968.

Lemuel Daniels

Mr. Daniels has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years at four major Wall Street firms. In 2013, he joined Morgan Stanley. Prior to entering this industry, he served with distinction as a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. Mr. Daniels is listed in Who’s Who in Black America, as well as other publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise, Wall Street T.V. Journal report, Ebony Man, and Registered Representative magazine. He is also the former Vice Chair of National Association of Securities Professionals.

Ray Delgado

Retired. Past Board Member.  Vietnam Veteran and CFO AMVETS Foundation.  Member of the American Legion, VFW and Vietnam Veterans of America.

Jackie Freedman

An elementary school teacher and retired City Planner with Culver City, Calif, Ms. Freedman brings her expertise in local government to the NDVets board. She holds a master’s degree in political science and serves on the board of the Westwood Community Council and is co-president of Coalition of Veterans’ Lands.

Ted Howells

Mr. Howells is a former chief financial officer of both Beacon Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment. A U.S. Army combat veteran in Vietnam, he advises NDVets on many issues, including financial matters.

Andrew David Gross

President at Thomas Safran & Associates, Mr. Gross is experienced in all aspects of affordable and market rate development, including site acquisition, public and private joint ventures, creative financing, negotiations, land use entitlements, design and construction. He is a member of the California Bar, earned a JD/MBA from Emory University, and graduated cum laude with a degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Phalen Hurewitz

An entertainment attorney with Isaacson, Kaufman & Painter, Mr. Hurewitz represents clients in the music, television, and film industries. He brings with him more than 30 years of experience leading and assisting community service organizations in the Los Angeles area. Among his many offices, he has served as president of Jewish Family Service and president of Affordable Living for the Aging.

Charles Kahn

Mr. Kahn is a retired founding partner of Berger Kahn, a 64-member Los Angeles law firm. After retiring, Mr. Kahn earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and served as a psychology intern specializing in homeless and addicted persons. Subsequently, he worked as a part-time procedures analyst for Douglas Emmett & Company, a property ownership and management company. He brings a variety of legal, investment and psychology experience to the board.

Sam Harris Meites

Principal at Bain & Company; Marine Corps veteran, serving as Captain and Logistics Officer.

Brian Stefan

Mr. Stefan is COO for Setec Security Technologies, an industry leader in information security solutions and cyber/forensic investigations since 1997. Prior to joining Setec Security Technologies, he had extensive experience in public and private sectors, including the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation/Department of Homeland Security, and the Motion Picture Association of America-Content Protection Intelligence Center. He brings to NDVets his commitment to veteran affairs and interest in effective programs to assist veterans in need.

Parris Wells

He is a Flight Attendant for United Airlines. Prior to that, he was a Case/Manager/Lead Lab Technician/Lead Detox Attendant for New Directions for Veterans. Parris served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Administrator and is an Alum of New Directions for Veterans.

Executive Leadership

Yvette J. Kelley

President & CEO

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