Our Team

 

KEEN Los Angeles is a volunteer-run, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, led by an executive director and governed by a Board of Directors comprised of parents, volunteers, business people and community leaders. The board directs KEEN’s operations, charts its direction, spearheads fundraising events, and ensures that KEEN stays focused on its core mission. KEEN Los Angeles is an LLC, and, together with its sister affiliates, falls under the umbrella of KEEN USA.

 

STAFF

Rebecca Polivy
Executive Director

Rebecca's professional career is dedicated to fostering relationships between people(s) that promote dignity and respect. She has spent the last decade working in non-profit organizations committed to addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including seven years working on the ground in Jerusalem. Rebecca joins KEEN LA after serving as...

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Evelyn Santiago
Program Coordinator

Evelyn Santiago has always had a propensity for working with children and families. She studied Elementary Education, Social Service, and Anthropology and Sociology at Knox College in Illinois. Evelyn focused her studies on special education and expanded her interests in the nonprofit setting. She taught special education on a preschool level...

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jonathan Chiquito
President
AECOM

Jonathan Chiquito is passionate about doing his part to help repair the world. He was President of Circle K International (a community service organization) in college and came across KEEN LA during one of his community service engagements. He loves KEEN LA and everything that it embodies. He has been Treasurer of KEEN LA since 2015.

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Ravi Gadam
Treasurer
Curtiss-Wright

Ravi Gadam is a Finance Controller at Curtiss-Wright Controls in Santa Clarita.  His career started as a finance analyst at Orbital ATK in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He was transferred to Los Angeles 9 years ago to be a finance manager at Orbital ATK. During his career, he focused on cost control and managing the revenue and profit forecasting...

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Carolyn Johnstone
Cartoon Network

Carolyn Johnstone has served on the KEEN LA Board of Directors since 2010. She first joined the organization after volunteering for “Bowl with Keen LA” through Turner/Cartoon Network Studios. KEEN is near and dear to Carolyn’s heart because her nephew, Findlay, had Cerebral Palsy and was severely disabled. Carolyn saw firsthand the benefits of...

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Zulma Mena
KEEN Parent

Zulma Mena has been involved with KEEN LA since 2004.  At that time her son, Freddy, was four years old and was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. This diagnoses prompted her search for a free program that offered a recreational and socializing environment. KEEN LA has benefited Freddy so much that it became part of the families’ routine to be...

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Marissa Roy
Los Angeles City Attorney's Office

Marissa Roy is an attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Affirmative Litigation Division, filing consumer protection actions on behalf of the People of California against businesses engaging in unlawful, unfair, or deceptive business practices. A lifelong Angeleno, Marissa has spent over 200 hours volunteering in Los Angeles and...

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Rabbi Erez Sherman
Sinai Temple

Rabbi Erez Sherman was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in May of 2009. He is also a graduate of Albert A. List College and Columbia University with degrees in Music and Jewish Studies, where he wrote his thesis titled, “Music in the Synagogue in the 21st Century.”

Rabbi Sherman has served Sinai Temple in Los...

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Dave Sentenn
Sentenn Capital

David Sentenn joined the KEEN Los Angeles board in July, 2016. By profession he is a CMO and CMO Advisor for businesses and startups in the technology, education, and healthcare space. Prior to joining KEEN LA, David and his wife serve (and continue to serve) as counselors and volunteer advocates for groups focused on the developmentally...

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Michelle Taus
MA, OTR/L

After graduating magna cum laude from Bar Ilan University in Israel with a joint degree in Sociology, Criminology and Psychology, Michelle dedicated her professional life to helping children with special needs achieve their highest potential.  In 2003, she obtained her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern...

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