Los Angeles Youth Network Mission Statement:
Los Angeles Youth Network’s (LAYN) mission is to empower abused, neglected and homeless adolescents to become self-sufficient. We do this by providing street outreach, food, emergency shelter, transitional living apartments, and educational enrichment programs in a safe and nurturing environment.
Board of Directors:
David Cottrell, Chairman
After over a successful 30 year career as a C level officer in several leading public and privately owned entertainment, service and Investment Management companies, David Cottrell is now a CFO/COO Consultant and Strategic Business Advisor. He is known for his track record of leadership, evolving deals and nurturing startup companies, turning around problematic and unstable operations, being a visionary to grow companies and motivate talent, championing best practices and maximizing profitability, and driving businesses and optimizing outcomes. “When I was introduced to LAYN I saw an opportunity to give back to the local community by channeling my connections and talents into something that benefits a greater good, the kids, and as important, those who work at LAYN dedicating their careers to the cause.”
Russell Allyn, Vice Chairman
Russell Allyn is Senior Counsel at the firm Buchalter Nemer in the Litigation Practice Group in Los Angeles. Mr. Allyn’s practice focuses on commercial and business litigation. He also has a specialty in intellectual property litigation (including trademarks and copyrights), and more broadly, unfair competition law and trade secrets disputes. Mr. Allyn earned his J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1989, where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Commercial Paper. He received his B.A. in Political Science and U.S. History at the University of California at San Diego in 1986.
Kattya Hidalgo, Treasurer
Kattya Hidalgo is an Assistant Branch Manager at CapitalSource Bank. She has worked in the banking industry for the last 21 years. She has always had a passion for children’s advocacy and when given the opportunity to contribute her time on behalf of CapitalSource Bank, Kattya chose LAYN. She has since become more involved with LAYN, serving as a member of the Board of Directors. She remains dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children. Kattya is also the proud mother of a daughter, who recently graduated with honors from the University of Southern California. A philanthropic interest in benefiting the lives of youth runs in the family, as her daughter recently became a Teach for America corps member, teaching in a socioeconomically disadvantaged school in the Los Angeles area.
Hope Biller, Secretary
2-time Emmy nominated producer, Hope produced and directed documentaries for many years but is now semi-retired and spends the majority of her time raising two children (Sofia and Sam) and doing an inordinate amount of work volunteering at their school. Hope grew up in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania and has lived in Los Angeles for 17 years. Residing in Los Feliz, Hope is proud to be a member of the LAYN board.
Diana Buckhantz, Director
Diana is a social issue public relations consultant with a 20 year track record in obtaining media attention for non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and foundations. She has worked on issues as diverse as the environment, women’s civil rights, children’s educational programs, disability, and adolescent sexuality to name a few. Through her work in the area of runaway and homeless youth, she encountered LAYN and was impressed with the commitment of the staff to provide a caring home environment for youth who have none. Diana is the mom of a remarkable 18 year old boy. She often looks at him and wonders what his life would have been like if he had needed to run away and live on the streets.
Angela Choi, Director
Angela Choi is an associate with CB Richard Ellis, a Fortune 500 company and the world leader in Commercial Real Estate. Angela specializes in the development and implementation of high-level strategic plans that align real estate strategy with overall organizational objectives and financial goals. Through her expertise in solving complex real estate challenges, she has helped numerous public and private companies remain profitable and nimble through shifting business climates. Her dedication, integrity, and client-centric mentality have made her an asset to organizations across many industries and product types. Over her eight year career, Angela has represented commercial real estate assets encompassing over seven million square feet and such clients as MetLife, Lagadere Unlimited, State Compensation Insurance Fund, Edelman, World Oil, Thrifty Oil, and New Balance. Angela was awarded the 2008 Women Role Model Award by Councilwoman Jan Perry and also volunteers with the Westside YMCA and the Lange Foundation.
Lisa Ferguson, Director
Lisa Ferguson is the managing partner for Premier Business Management Group, LLP, a business management firm, located in Sherman Oaks, CA. Ms. Ferguson has been working in business management for over 30 years and started her own firm in January, 2003. Her clients range from all areas of entertainment: actors, directors, screen and television writers and music. Ms. Ferguson has been in Who’s Who for Women in Business since 2003 and has also been listed in Who’s Who and the Entertainment Business Journal for the same amount of time. Ms. Ferguson holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Ferguson has done pro-bono accounting for the Elton John Charitable Fund and the Elton John Aids Foundation and she contributes to many charities. She and her husband, Michael Miqdadi, reside in Valencia California with her son, Colin.
Erik Hibshman, Director
Erik Hibshman is an international businessman, entrepreneur, and the owner of Hibshman Trading Corporation, which he started in 1996. Erik shares a personal connection with the adolescents served by LAYN because he left home at the age of 15. This experience has allowed him the compassion to effectively serve the needs of his local communities. Throughout the years, HTC has provided in-kind gifts to local families in need. Erik currently lives with his wife and 2 children in Alta Loma, California. It’s his vision to create new and exciting opportunities that will allow the youth of LAYN to obtain the skills needed to enter the work force and seek positive reinforcement for hard work and determination.
Leslie Kaplan, Director
Leslie, a native Los Angelino, is a physician practicing adolescent and young adult medicine in both Encino and Malibu. While receiving her adolescent medicine training at Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles, she especially enjoyed working with homeless youth at the (then) Los Angeles Free Clinic (now the Saban Clinic.) She currently lives in Encino with her husband, Robert, and three young daughters.
Scott Kay, Director
Scott is currently an acting principal at Vine Street Partners. His most recent project involved the opening of Wood & Vine, a 4000+ square foot restaurant and bar in the heart of Hollywood. He is currently actively involved in the day to day operations of Wood & Vine. Prior to his current role Scott served as Executive Director at JPMorgan, where he headed a fixed income trading division in New York. With 10 years of service at JPMorgan, he has experience working in both London and New York, with extensive high private net worth and institutional capital relationships globally. An Australian by birth, Scott has spent many years living and working in Asia, Europe and the U.S. He received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and studied International Economics in Brussels
Brian Lee, Director
Brian Lee, Co-Founder of LegalZoom, was formerly an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and a former Manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. He has substantial experience in consulting on tax and accounting issues specializing in the high technology industry. Mr. Lee graduated Magna Cum Laude with at B.A. in Economics/Business from UCLA and received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. Mr. Lee is also the founder of ShoeDazzle.com
La Greta McHenry
La Greta McHenry, Director
LaGreta McHenry is employed with Entertainment Partners, and has worked in various capacities over the last 20 years with this entertainment services company. She is the senior member of the LAYN Board having served since 2000 since the merger between LAYN and Options House (former non-profit organization). “I originally became involved with Options House because I felt if my former boss, Bob Draney, who was the CEO of Entertainment Partners (now retired) and a Trustee Board Member of Options House, had time to do it, I must have some time to give back to those in need as well. Youth today face many challenges and that’s compounded when you find yourself on the streets. I know I can’t alleviate all the social problems in the world, but I can do something. Being a member of LAYN’s board is one way I can go about giving of myself to help give a child the opportunity to pursue his/her dreams in life.”
Mark Prior, Director
Mark Prior is Chief Operating Officer of Entertainment Partners, the world leader in production management systems and services for film and television. He has had a long and distinguished career in Canada as an innovator, entrepreneur, and CEO, and is happy to have called Los Angeles home since 2009. Mark has served on a numerous agency and industry boards, most recently as Vice Chair of Leadership Vancouver, an organization dedicated to strengthening community through developing strong leaders. One of Mark’s most fulfilling roles has been acting as a mentor volunteer for Supporting Our Youth, an agency that supports GLBT youth through role modeling, teaching them to live with self esteem.
John Ryan, Director
John A. Ryan, CPA is Controller of The Colburn School, Los Angeles, premiere musical training facility. John has served at the executive level for various local non-profit service agencies for over a decade, and is happy to continue to serve the community with Los Angeles Youth Network.
Gayane Tatoulian, Director
Gayane Tatoulian resides in San Marino, California. She has served as vice president for a chain of high-end retail watch stores in the Southern California area for the past 22 years. Her charities of choice have pertained to children and animals. Her love for children has moved her to serve as Chairwoman of ECF, a US based charity dedicated to supporting orphans in Armenia and other countries. Gayane has organized numerous successful benefits to raise funds for this charity. Additionally, she has volunteered her time to several animal support charities. Gayane has also been actively involved in her own children’s schools through wide spread support of the PTA and other school based organizations. ” I feel I need to speak up for the ones who have no voice to say that they are hungry, cold, and need help”.