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Who We Are

Staff & Board

Our Staff:

A team of 50 dedicated staff members work collaboratively at Bresee to provide impactful youth development programs and family services that equip young people to pursue their education, achieve their full potential, and serve their community.


Staff Leadership


Seth Eklund Executive Director

Rene Lopez Director of Operations

Daniel McWhirter Director of Programs

Betsy Blanchard Director of Development


Our Board Members:

Our board is an integral part of the Bresee leadership team. Members of the board offer their diverse backgrounds and experiences to share their expertise, community influence, guidance, and resources to support the Bresee Foundation in the following ways:

  • Ensure effective organizational planning and oversight
  • Ensure adequate resources are available for continued success of the organization
  • Manage available resources effectively
  • Develop recruitment strategies for a vibrant, successful board
  • Manage public relations and media
  • Support and oversee the Executive Director
  • Participate in meetings and financial planning
  • Ensure the legal and ethical integrity of the organization


Board of Directors

Craig Beatty - President KPMG
TIm Martin - Vice President Owner - Justwrks
Bryan Sapanza - Treasurer Senior VP - The Picerne Group
Kara Petreccia - Secretary Project Manager - Criteria Corp.
Eddie Bader General Manager - Comanybuilt
Jennifer Brown Audio/Video Integration Consultant - Verrex
Heidi Feng Managing Director - PricewaterhouseCoopers
Ashley Fontanetta VP, Philanthropic Services - Whittier Trust
Lilianna Granda Assistant Controller - Festival Management
Linda Kim VP, Senior Fraud Operations Manager - Bank of America
Michael Lee Portfolio Manager, Founder - Hypotenuse Capital Management, LLC
Robert Longnecker Partner - Ides Capital Management LP
Rich Orosco EVP, Brand & Community - LAFC
Marco Orozco General Manager, Compton - Best Buy
Ramon Pack III Head of Trust Compliance - First Republic Bank
Maki Villacarillo VP, Relationship Manager - US Bank



Junior Board

Judy Kim Reformation
Andrew Morovati Capital Group
Andrew Kim Private Wealth Manager
Albert Ragabo Disney



Advisory Council

Deputy Chief Robert Arcos LAPD
Americo Cascella Brouweij West / Ares Management (retired)
Frank Chen Pioneer Industries Inc. / Aristo Capital Ventures, LLC
Ted Dorsey Tutor Ted
Malik Ducard YouTube
Susan E. Hill Hill & Piibe Immigration Attorneys
Dr. Melina B. Jampolis Celebrity Nutritionist M.D.
Mike LaHoud MLS Soccer
Tom Martin III, Esq. Martin & Bontrager APC
James Riley MLS Soccer
Reno Wilson Actor, Comedian

Our Impact in 2017

  • People Helped


  • Volunteer Hours


  • Dollars Raised


  • Scholarships Granted


  • WM Keck Foundation
  • Tuthill Family Foundation
  • Ballmer Group
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Bank Of America
  • Best Buy
  • GRYD
  • The Eisner Foundation
  • Californina Community Foundation
  • Beyond The Bell
  • LA84 Foundation
  • The Clubhouse Network
  • City of Los Angeles
  • The Parsons Foundation
  • LAFC
  • S. Mark Taper Foundation
  • Wilshire Family Source
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