Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Hope-Net’s Board of Directors come from several of our sponsoring congregations and the community-at-large. The Board meets bi-monthly and provides governance and oversight, ensures that the agency’s mission is being fulfilled, and that Hope-Net remains a strong, visible and effective force for good in our community.


Laurie Brown

Laurie Brown is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.  She has received her teaching credential and Master’s degree with honors in Educational Psychology and taught in public and private schools on both the East and West coasts.   She was employed at Marlborough School for nearly 20 years and broadened the School’s community outreach program and is recently retired.  She maintains a vibrant private tutoring practice.

Laurie learned of Hope-Net while at Marlborough, where students volunteered weekly at Hope-Net’s First Unitarian food pantry for many years, and adds:  “I continue to be impressed with Hope Net’s sense of purpose and effectiveness in meeting its goals. I’d like to see more neighborhood understanding of the valuable service Hope Net provides.”

Hilary Connolly Dubin

Hilary Dubin was born outside of Boston, and raised in Northern California.  She is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a B.A. in Government; she is now a Sales & Marketing Executive with an expertise in helping national advertisers target the rapidly growing Hispanic market.  She has served as Vice President, West Coast Sales at NBCUniversal/Telemundo, and will be joining Univision Communications, Inc. in January 2013 as Vice President, Business Development, with an emphasis on developing the entertainment category.

Hilary is a member of the Los Angeles Tennis Club, a parishioner at St. Brendan Church, and resides in Larchmont Village with her family.

She currently volunteers at the St. James food pantry, and is incredibly excited about the opportunity of becoming more involved with Hope-Net.  Hilary is especially interested in using her marketing and sales experience to spread the word about Hope-Net, and assist with future fundraising efforts.

Walter Engler

Walt is a native of Southern California. He resides in West Los Angeles with his wife, Virginia, and their three sons. Walt attended CSU Northridge and earned a BS in Business Administration before beginning a career as a CPA at Ernst & Young and late as the Senior Vice President of Operations at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City. Walt and his family are parishioners at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. He is committed to continuing the Hope-Net mission of feeding those in need. Walt is the acting Treasurer for Hope-Net.

William (Bill) Gaddy

A native of Los Angeles, Bill has resided in Larchmont Village since 1978. Involved in construction for 28 years, Bill opened B. Gaddy Electric in 1995. He and his wife and 2 children are active at Bel Air Presbyterian Church and appreciate the value and reward of service to others.

Floydette Gibson

Floydette has spent her professional career in consumer relations. She is a member of Wilshire United Methodist Church, is married with two children and is committed to addressing hunger in our local area.

Jane Gilman (Honorary Member)

Jane Gilman is editor and publisher of the Larchmont Chronicle newspaper which serves the Hancock Park, Larchmont, Miracle Mile and Park La Brea communities. She is secretary of the Larchmont Boulevard Assoc., and of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. She joined the Hope-Net board in 2006, and has been active as a chairman of the annual Taste of Larchmont Village fundraiser for Hope-Net since its founding in 1993.

Dr. Patricia Gordon, M.D.

Dr. Patricia Gordon is a graduate of Harvard University, and received her degree of Doctor of Medicine at UCLA. Specializing in Radiation Oncology, she remained on the UCLA clinical faculty through 2003 and enjoys the general practice of Radiation Oncology with a particular passion for breast and prostate cancer management.

Over the past 20 years she has devoted a great deal of her life to helping patients with HIV related malignancies. She has twice completed the 560-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of the California AIDS Ride. Patty is on the National Advisory Board of Eagle Mount which provides activity services for disabled persons. She lives in Hancock Park and enjoys her three adult children.

Patricia Heaton (Honorary Member)

Patricia Heaton is an actor and community supporter. She is well-known for her role on the popular TV sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”. As a community resident and mother of four sons, she is vitally concerned about the quality of life of all who live in our area.

Councilmember Tom LaBonge (Honorary Member)

The Los Angeles City Councilmember from the 4th District, Tom is dedicated to making our community and all of Los Angeles a better place to live and work. As a City Councilmember, Tom is well-known for his tireless efforts to help individuals and businesses and in taking care of every aspect of our local quality of life. Tom has been a long time supporter of Hope-Net’s Taste of Larchmont Village and is also a great help with the Taste of Los Feliz.

Brian Milder

Brian is a native Californian; he grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from both UC Berkeley and Loyola Law School.  Following a brief stint in the legal practice, Brian started a successful company wireless communications consulting company.  After more than a decade in that industry and years of business travel, he returned to Los Angeles in 2004 and started Kinetic Group, a company specializing in strategic business communications.

Brian’s interest in Hope-Net is to devote consistent time and effort to a local charity that directly impacts the quality of life of its clients, improves our community, and maximizes what it can accomplish through a very lean infrastructure. Brian lives with his wife, Roya and their two children, Jacob and Gabby.

José Narciso

José Narciso is an active member of Metropolitan Community Church, located in Hollywood. He was chosen to represent MCCLA as a Board of Director for Hope-Net. He owns his Consultation Business at home and is very active in all his Church’s ministries. He helps initiate the very first Hope-Net Sunday to help collect food and money for the Hope-Net Ministry monthly.

Andy Nieman

Andy has been a long time Hope-Net board member, serving as agency Treasurer for many years. A CPA, Andy brings Hope-Net a sound financial perspective and common sense as well as a profound commitment to Hope-Net’s mission of serving the low-income population in our area. Andy and his wife Jill have two grown children. Andy is a Vice-President for Hope-Net.

Tom Patterson

Thomas Patterson was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, attended the University of Manitoba and later attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence (First Class) in 1984 and a Bachelor of Civil Law (First Class) in 1985.
He moved to the United States, and in 2002 joined Klee Tuchin Bogdanoff & Stern, LLP, one of the nation’s leading bankruptcy and reorganization, where he has practiced since.

Tom enjoys both the intellectual and the practical aspects of complex reorganizations and has received numerous honors. Tom is committed to the advancement of the legal profession and has dedicated countless hours of service to the bankruptcy bar serving as the President (2006-2007) and member of the Board of Governors (1998-2001, 2003-present) of the Financial Lawyers Conference. Tom is the author of many articles and is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy, and responsible for updating Collier’s Real Estate Transactions and the Bankruptcy Code.

Tom has been married for nearly 25 years to Kelly Martin, who was recently appointed as the General Counsel of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Tom and Kelly are longtime residents of Windsor Square, where they are active members of the Los Angeles Tennis Club and St. Brendan Catholic Church. They have two sons, Ryan, a recent graduate of Vassar College, and Kyle, a sophomore at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Sandy Rogers

Sandy recently returned to Hope-Net’s Board of Directors after having served for many years in the capacity of Board Secretary and President. Her full time employment is as music director and office administrator for First Baptist Church. Sandy is the acting Secretary for Hope-Net.

Steve Tator

Steve began working with Hope-Net in 1996 and became a board member since 1999. Steve received a M.A. in Economics from UCLA. Professionally, he has been in real estate sales with Coldwell Banker, Hancock Park since 1987. Prior to that, he worked with NASDAQ, Inc. and the Federal Trade Commission.

Steve also volunteers with Meals on Wheels. He resides in Hancock Park/Windsor Square, is married and has 2 children. Steve has been committed to the success of the Taste of Larchmont and been a member of that committee for many years.

Gillian Wagner

Gill has lived in Los Angeles for over 30 years.  She is committed to bridging the gap between the haves and the have-nots in this town.  Gill is involved with several local charities and has served on the Board of Hope-Net for over ten years.  Gill is a member of St. James’ Episcopal Church.  Gill and her husband, John, have two sons in college.

Tim Wood

Tim Wood is a local businessman and developer, and the former Chief Operating Officer of Ticketmaster. A Los Angeles native and UCLA graduate, he and his family live in the area serviced by Hope-Net’s pantries. Tim says he is motivated daily of Hope-Net’s mission to ensure that “none of our neighbors should go hungry.”

Douglas Ferraro, Executive Director

Douglas Ferraro was raised in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles and attended Loyola High School. He served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for nearly 20 years, during which time he received a Doctorate Degree in Theology from Pontificio Sant’Anselmo in Rome, Italy. After that, he has served as executive director for several not-for-profit agencies and became the executive director of Hope-Net in 2004. He is deeply committed to helping the needy of our area and in working collaboratively with area congregations and the boarder community to see that “none of our neighbors should go hungry.”

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