ABOUT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tim Wood at the
2010 Hope-Net Pantry
Leadership Luncheon

Hope-Net is a 501(c)3 charity organization. Its 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, and ensures that the agency mission is being fulfilled and that Hope-Net remains a strong, visible and effective force for good in our community.

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.

Douglas Ferraro
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.”

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 hungeri n 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.

Sunta Izzicupo
Sunta has worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles for over 25 years.  Working for Twentieth Century Fox, Lorimar/Warner Brothers, the Walt Disney Company and CBS Television, she has developed and produced TV movies and mini-series.  More recently she has be3en in independent producer and writer.  Sunta lives with her son Nick in Hancock Park.

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 and grew up in the San Fernando Valley, graduated from UC Berkeley and Loyola Law School.  Following a brief stint in the legal practice, he started a company focused on wireless telecommunications consulting.  After years of job-related travel, he returned to Los Angeles in 2004 and started a new company, which focuses on developing 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, and maximizes what it can accomplish through a very lean infrastructure.  Brian lives with his wife, Roya and their two children, Jacob (5) and Gabby (3).

Jose Narciso
Jose' Narciso is an active member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles located in West 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. MCCLA delivers all the food collected to their partner Wilshire Presbyterians pantry.

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
Tom was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy with First Class Honors.  He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and graduated 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, first teaching for a year as Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at The Law School, University of Chicago, then moving to Los Angeles where he began as an associate at the national law firm of Sidley & Austin, practicing in the bankruptcy and corporate reorganizations group. After becoming a partner in 1993, Tom left in Sidley 2002 and joined Klee Tuchin Bogdanoff & Stern, LLP, one of the nation’s leading bankruptcy and reorganization, where he has practiced since.  

Tom has received numerous honors.  He was elected a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in 2008, named one of the Top 100 lawyers in Southern California by Super Lawyers and as Century City Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year in 2011, and is listed in Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America. 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.

Sandra 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.

Robin Snyder
Born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Robin Snyder earned her BA in Art History from The George Washington University.  Shortly after graduating, Robin moved to Los Angeles and has since pursued a career managing operations in both for profit businesses, recruiting, and non-profit institutions, cultural, religious, and educational.  Robin lives in the West Adams area with her husband and two sons.

Steve Tator
Steve began working with Hope-Net in 1996 and became a board member since 1999. He 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 is taking a one year leave of absence from the board in 2012.

Gillian Wagner
Gill Wagner lives in Hancock Park with her husband and two sons and is concentrating on raising a family at the moment, while recognizing the importance of community involvement.  Gill is a member of St. James’ Episcopal Church. Gill is the acting Board President for Hope-Net.

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."