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

Suzanne Phillips
Executive Director

Suzanne Phillips comes to KEEN with decades of marketing, special events and fundraising experience working with legacy brands and Fortune 100 companies. Over the past ten years, Suzanne has adapted her skill set so that she can dedicate her efforts toward helping underserved communities and working with children. Her most recent efforts were...

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Reyna Valleza
Program Coordinator

Reyna is an Angelena born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s in Chicana/o Studies and Education Studies Minor. She also attended CSULA’s Masters in School Counseling Program. Reyna is passionate about with children, youths and families in empowering them to get the best resources available. Reyna...

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joel John
Co-President
PwC

Joel John joined the KEEN Los Angeles Board in 2021. As a Director in PwC's Mergers & Acquisitions Deals Practice in Los Angeles, Joel focuses on advising clients across the Deal...

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Zulma Mena
Co-President
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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Crystal Garcia
Secretary
Speech and Language Pathologist

Crystal Garcia is a bilingual Speech Language Pathologist who loves working with children with disabilities. She received her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Disability Studies from UCLA and her masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from Cal State LA. Her interest in the disabilities population began when she was a junior...

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Kevin Reiser
Treasurer
Snap

Kevin Reiser joined the Keen Los Angeles team in 2020 while looking for an organization where he could utilize his love of sports and working with kids.

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Carolyn Johnstone
Past President
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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Jillian London
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jillian London joined the KEEN Los Angeles Board in 2020.  She is an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she practices in the firm’s Litigation, Media, Entertainment & Technology, Class Actions, and Appellate practice groups.  Jillian is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  She also lived in London for three...

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Rebecca Polivy
Encounter

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 joined KEEN Los Angeles after...

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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.”

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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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Carol Yur
Dentons

Carol Yur is a managing associate in the Los Angeles office and a member of Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and Employment and Labor group. She defends employers in wage-and-hour class actions and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) lawsuits; in cases alleging employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and...

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