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

Eric Lane
Executive Director

Eric comes to KEEN from California State University, Fullerton, where he is Director of Development, Campaign and University Programs. Previously he was Associate Director of Development for Athletics at Fullerton.
 
Eric has also served as Development Manager for the Mayor's fund for Los Angeles.

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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

Carolyn Johnstone
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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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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Crystal Garcia
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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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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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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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.”

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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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