Senior Leadership Team

Chanel Boutakidis, MA, MFT
Chief Executive Officer

Chanel Boutakidis

Carmen Benitez, MBA
Chief Administrative Officer

Carmen Benitez

Jennifer Berger, MPA
Chief Advancement Officer

Jennifer Berger

Chinling Chen, LCSW
Chief Program Officer, Prevention

Chinling Chen Five Acres CPOP

David L. Graft
Chief Financial Officer

David L. Graft

Elizabeth Gonzalez, MA, LMFT
Chief Program Officer, CCR

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Rachel McClements, Psy.D.
Chief Operating Officer

Rachel McClements

Will Smith, MBA, SPHR
Chief Administrative Officer

Will Smith Chief Administrative Officer

Executive Board

Christianne Kerns
Board Chair

Christianne Kerns board chair of Five Acres

Rustin Mork
Board Secretary

Picture of Rustin Mork Five Acres Board Member

Nicole Rodger
Vice Chair, Finance/Investment

Nicole Rodger Five Acres

Kelley Bannon Lashley
Vice Chair, Advancement

Picture of Kelley Bannon Lashley Five Acres Board Member

Sue McGuirl
Vice Chair, Nominating

Picture of Susan Mcguirl Five Acres Board Member

John Reith
Ex Officio Vice Chair, Audit

John Reith Five Acres

Don Boline
Vice Chair, Administration


Chris Selak
Member at Large


Board of Directors


Chanel Boutakidis, MA, MFT | Chief Executive Officer

Chanel Boutakidis, LMFT, assumed her role as Chief Executive Officer of Five Acres in 2011. Prior to being appointed CEO, Ms. Boutakidis was the Executive Director of Pasadena Mental Health Center. Collectively, Ms. Boutakidis has over 20 years of experience in child welfare, health care, advocacy and policy making. She is a dynamic leader with verifiable year-after-year success achieving innovative client impact targets, revenue, and business growth objectives within turnaround, and rapid-change environments. Highly successful in assessing and managing enterprise risk, seizing control of critical problem areas, and delivering on strategic mission/value driven commitments. Ms. Boutakidis has led and motivated diverse teams comprised of more than 400 employees and managed organizations exceeding $30 million revenue. She earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Northridge. Her notable awards include 2016 Los Angeles Business Journal, Awardee – Asian Business Woman of the Year, 2015 Los Angeles magazine, Awardee – Woman of the Year, 2014 Pasadena Magazine “Woman of Influence,” 2014 Congressional Recognition from Michael Antonivich and 2014 Congressional Recognition from Judy Chu. She also sits on the California Alliance Board of Directors, Association of Community Human Service Association Board of Directors and Board of Director of the San Gabriel Valley Young Presidents Organization. Back to top.

Carmen Benitez, MBA | Chief Administrative Officer

As Chief Administrative Officer at Five Acres, Carmen Benitez manages the operations, human resources, and training departments for the agency. She joined Five Acres in 2000 and has more than 30 years of human service leadership, executive management, and human resources administration experience. Carmen actively participates in professional networks such as ACHSA (Association of Child Health Services Association), SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association), and the National Alliance for Strong Families and Communities; a non- profit agency whose mission is to strengthen community capacities and influence high-impact nonprofit human-serving organizations to pursue a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families. Carmen holds a Master’s in Business Administration and has lived in the Pasadena area for over 30 years. Back to top.

Jennifer Berger, MPA | Chief Advancement Officer

Jennifer Berger is the Chief Advancement Officer at Five Acres and oversees all fundraising, marketing/communications and volunteer efforts. Five Acres promotes safety, well-being and permanency for thousands of children and family members annually by building on their strengths and empowering them within communities.

Passion for the non-profit sector and serving the community has led Jennifer to her over 20 years of professional experience with fundraising, events, program management, board development and organizational leadership. Previously, Jennifer was Director of Development and Outreach & Education at The Pasadena Playhouse, charged with overseeing, strategizing and implementing all Playhouse fundraising activities during which time fundraising goals were exceeded. Her professional background also includes Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation where she was responsible for overseeing all operational fundraising activities, as well as the University of Southern California as a director of development of the Marshall School of Business and with University Advancement’s Central Office of Annual Giving. Jennifer also worked with Morris & Berger as a non-profit executive search consultant.

She spent her formative years in Pasadena, California, graduating from Duke University with a BA in English, followed by a Master degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis in non-profit management, at the University of Southern California. Jennifer has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2007 and is past President of the AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Board. Other professional affiliations currently include the San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Council and she is an active parent volunteer with Chandler School, Girl Scouts, Pasadena Humane Society, Polytechnic School and the Pasadena chapter of National Charity League.  Jennifer and her husband, John, a Founding Principal of Lee & Associates, live in Altadena with their daughters, Madeleine and Grace, who attend Polytechnic School and Chandler School, respectively. Back to top.

Chinling Chen, LCSW | Chief Program Officer, Prevention

Chinling Chen, LCSW, has over seventeen years of professional experience in the child welfare and substance abuse treatment industry. Ms. Chen has served in various positions, with increasing scope of responsibility, ranging from a therapist offering direct services, Program Supervisor, Director, and as a Regional Vice President overseeing residential and outpatient programs in CA and Texas regions. She is skilled in leading and directing the overall management, strategy, advocacy, and operations of multi-million dollar programs. Ms. Chen holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from University of California, San Diego. Back to top.

David L. Graft | Chief Financial Officer

David has 30 years of professional experience, primarily as a C-level executive, including responsibilities as Board Chair, CEO, COO and CFO. Prior to joining Five Acres, David was the CFO of the nation’s largest human organ, eye and tissue recovery agency and foundation. David’s experience includes challenging C-level executive and board positions with for profit and non-profit operating companies in healthcare (including hospitals), financial services and technology. As chairman & CEO of a financial services and technology company, David’s firm earned ranking in Inc. 500’s list of fastest growing privately held companies in its first year of eligibility, achieving this distinction for three consecutive years. David was selected as a financial service sector finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Greater Los Angeles in 2002. He was also selected as a Summerall Success Story and recognized in Forbes Magazine and featured in a national telecast on Fox News Network. David has also successfully founded and sold an institutional pharmacy management company.

David’s competencies include operations, strategic planning, budgeting, forecasts and financial modeling; financial, operational, GAAP, regulatory and statutory accounting and reporting; audit and regulatory compliance; internal control systems; metrics, measurements and KPIs; analytics and predictive modeling; decision support; cash management and credit risk concentration; business services including revenue cycle and claims management; complex reimbursement systems and cost accounting; treasury function including financings (debt and equity) and investments; risk and litigation management and insurance programs; administrative, human resources and financial policies; legal matters including employment practices; contract management and compliance; intellectual property and software licenses; information technology and systems; payroll; human resources including recruiting, employee relations, compensation and benefit programs.

Prior to starting his career with operating companies, David worked as a manager in public accounting with two of the Big 4 public accounting firms, with industry experience concentrated in healthcare and financial services. He is a certified public accountant and holds a BS degree in business administration, accounting from Indiana University. Back to top.

Elizabeth Gonzalez, MA, LMFT | Chief Program Officer, Residential

Elizabeth Gonzalez, LMFT, has worked at Five Acres since 2001 and has more than 19 years of professional experience in the child welfare field.  Throughout the course of her work at Five Acres she has had a variety of positions from Residential Treatment Program Case Manager, Community Based Clinician, Intensive Treatment Foster Care Program Supervisor, Evidence-Based Practice Clinical Coordinator, Division Director of Residential Services to her present position as Chief Program Officer.

While at Five Acres, Ms. Gonzalez has overseen all essential division functions to include Client Care and Services, Financial Performance and Program Development for multiple programs to include Intensive Treatment Foster Care, Residentially Based Services, Transitional Shelter Care and Short Term Residential Therapeutic Programs.  As Chief Program Officer at Five Acres, Ms. Gonzalez provides leadership to the Residential and Permanency Divisions. Back to top.

Rachel McClements, Psy.D. | Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Rachel McClements serves as Chief Operating Officer at Five Acres and is responsible and accountable for the administration, coordination, development, and implementation of all agency operational activities. As a result-oriented executive, she provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure each department is working towards achieving the agency’s strategic targets and objectives. Her constructive and energetic style provides effective, inspiring leadership that promotes a culture of high performing teams who value learning and a commitment to quality. Rachel also serves as the Chief Clinical Officer and is responsible for the direction and management of the agency’s overall clinical and mental health service delivery, steering the organization in the development and maintenance of effective therapeutic practices. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she is an invited speaker to conferences and workshops throughout the United States. Dr. McClements received her B.Sc. in England and her M.A. and doctorate from Alliant University (formerly California School of Professional Psychology). Back to top.

Will Smith, MBA, SPHR | Chief Administrative Officer

Will Smith has more than 30 years of leadership experience in various operational and human resources management positions. Will has worked in leadership positions for United Parcel Service (UPS); Home Depot; American Red Cross, Michigan State University and HCA. Will earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at Spring Arbor University. Will also has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Will’s main professional interests are in the areas of organizational leadership and organizational development. He has served on several boards, including President of the Greater Lansing Society for Human Resource Management (GLSHRM)  and has been nominated for the City of East Lansing Crystal Award. He loves to see people grow and succeed! Will’s 21-year-old son, Cole, attends Michigan State University and is on the basketball staff.  Will lived in Alaska for three years and enjoys all sports, traveling and photography. Back to top.

Christianne Kerns | Board Chair

Christianne Kerns is a partner in the firm of Hahn & Hahn LLP in Pasadena, California.  Her legal practice focuses primarily in the areas of real estate, finance and general business matters.  Her experience includes significant work with non-profit boards and a governmental agency, including Five Acres, Villa Esperanza and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.  Her legal expertise extends to a wide variety of real estate and commercial transactions; commercial and asset-based financing and restructures; partnerships and limited liability companies including disputes and buy-outs among equity holders; myriad commercial contracts; board governance matters; and property tax change in ownership and change in control rules.  Among other clients, she is counsel to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, and in that capacity has negotiated contracts with the College Football Playoff and its predecessor, the Bowl Championship Series, and ESPN.  Chris is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.  She lives in Pasadena with her husband Charlie; they have two adult children. Back to top.

Kelley Bannon Lashley | Vice Chair, Advancement

Kelley Bannon Lashley is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Santa Clara University School of Law. Kelley attended Cal Poly on a softball scholarship and was honored as the Cal Poly Female Athlete of the Year in her last season as a Mustang. At Santa Clara, she was a member of the Honors Moot Court team and was named one of Santa Clara’s Law Students of the Year for her work in running a pro-bono domestic violence restraining order clinic. She also worked for two years as a law clerk in the Oakland Raiders legal department.

Kelley formerly practiced in San Luis Obispo where she was Co-Chair of the County High School Mock Trial Competition, and served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Cal Poly Mustang Athletic Fund, the San Luis Obispo County Economic Vitality Corporation, as well as the Central Coast Planned Giving Council. She is a graduate of Leadership San Luis Obispo, Class XII. Kelley left the Central Coast in 2005 to join her grandfather, Robert D. Bannon, in his Pasadena law practice. Since then, Kelley has joined the Board of Directors and chairs the Legacy Society for Five Acres, a Los Angeles area child and family services agency that prevents child abuse through treatment and education in community based and residential programs. She also serves on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Pasadena Community Foundation and the Endowment Advisory Council for Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village. Kelley has been selected by her peers as one of Pasadena Magazine’s Top Attorneys since 2010. Kelley is an active member of the Pasadena and Los Angeles County Bar Associations. She has served as a Probate Volunteer Panel attorney for the Los Angeles County Superior Court and currently serves among a select group of attorneys as a Pro Bono Settlement Officer for the Court.

Kelley serves as a private mediator and speaks regularly on legal and tax issues relating to estate planning and administration. She is a guest lecturer for the Advanced Wills and Trusts course at Pepperdine University School of Law. She also authors the Estate Planning Considerations chapter in the California CEB Business Buy-Sell Agreements book and is a published contributor to the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly. Kelley and her husband, Dan, have two children. When not practicing law, she enjoys playing golf, coaching her kids, traveling in her motor home, scrapbooking and working with her alma mater as a Director of the Cal Poly Alumni Association and a member of the Cal Poly Athletic Director’s Council. Back to top.

Sue McGuirl | Vice Chair, Nominating

Susan McGuirl, Head of North America Entertainment for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.  With 30 years in the insurance business, Sue began her career in Rhode Island as a claims adjuster and rose to executive leadership positions at several carriers including Travelers Insurance before joining Allianz in 2013. As a as a leader in the entertainment insurance industry, Sue has a proven track record of solving complex business problems, integrating large organizations and maintaining longstanding relationships with clients.  She leverages her own talents by recruiting and developing high performing employees and building highly functional teams.

Sue is also an accomplished figure skating coach, leading championship synchronized teams at national and international levels. Shortly after Sue moved from Connecticut to California in 2009, a fellow board member and friend introduced Sue to Five Acres. She began volunteering on the Grace Center charity events and became a member of the Program Committee. Sue joined the Board in 2014 and has served as Sponsorship Chair for the 2014 and 2015 Five Acres Annual Galas. Most recently Sue joined the Nominating Committee, and looks forward to continued support of Five Acres and its valuable programs. Back to top.

Rustin Mork | Board Secretary

Rustin Mork has been involved with Five Acres since 2009, starting out on the golf committee raising funds for the organization, eventually falling in love with the mission of Five Acres.  After serving on varying committees within the agency, Rustin moved to the Board in 2012.  Rustin’s other main passion within the agency is the Golf Committee, which he co-chaired in 2014 and chaired in 2015, along with a very supportive and vibrant group of leaders who help drive this annual event, raising funds for Five Acres. Rustin grew up in the Pasadena area, eventually attending the University of Southern California in 2000. Rustin now lives in Pasadena with his wife Paola and two young boys.  Rustin is a Director at Realty Advisory Group where he handles commercial investment and owner-user sales and leases throughout Southern California. Back to top.

Don Boline

Don Boline has been intimately connected to Five Acres since being introduced by a friend.  So impressed by the work of the Organization he simply had to become involved.  Being a local builder, it was a natural fit that he started on the Building and Grounds Committee. Later he was asked to become a member of the Board of Directors.  He is the owner of 3 companies: Concept Builders, Lido Cabinets and White Glove Home Repair in Monrovia, California. Married to his wife Jill for more than 19 years, together they enjoy golfing & working with their newest hunting dog Kono.  Don enjoys creating gourmet dishes for family & friends—including one of his favorites, Five Acres. Don was inspired to find his own biological family through his involvement with Five Acres over the last five years and now enjoys growing relations with his five biological siblings. Don remains committed to the success of our mission at Five Acres.  He has been on the Board since 2012. Back to top.

Andrew Crowell

Andrew Crowell serves as Vice Chairman of Wealth Management, D.A. Davidson & Co. He has been a director of D.A. Davidson Companies since the 2013 merger of D.A. Davidson and Crowell Weedon.  Prior to his financial services career, which began in 1995 with Crowell Weedon, Mr. Crowell was associated with Russ Reid Company, an advertising agency serving nonprofit organizations. He serves on the North American Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for Two Oak Investment Management, LLC and a board member of Five Acres in Altadena, California. In addition, he is a member of the Sunset Club, California Club, Valley Hunt Club, California Vintage Wine Society, San Gabriel Valley Chapter of Y.P.O. and serves on several investment committees in his community.  A native Californian, Mr. Crowell graduated from Stanford University and earned a postgraduate degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He and his wife, Keri, have a son, Thomas, and daughter, Christine, and reside in Arcadia, California. Back to top.

Sam Greenberg

Sam Greenberg is a tax and corporate partner in the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice focuses on the taxation of domestic and international transactions with a particular emphasis on founder-led initiatives. His experience includes:

  • Advising clients on tax issues related to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, bankruptcy and insolvency restructurings, including debtor and creditor tax considerations, loss preservation and cancellation of debt issues.
  • Structuring and implementing complex formation transactions for both master limited partnerships and real estate investment trusts.
  • Counseling clients in tax-free reorganizations and split-offs.
  • Representing investment banks and issuers in a variety of debt and equity offerings.
  • Establishing, obtaining and maintaining tax exemptions for non-profit organizations and structuring transactions between non-profit and for-profit entities.

Mr. Greenberg was named an “Up and Coming” attorney in the California Tax section of Chambers USA 2017. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Greenberg serves on the executive committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Tax Section. Mr. Greenberg also teaches partnership tax at University of Southern California and income tax timing at Loyola Law School as an adjunct professor. He has written extensively on a variety of tax law issues. While in law school, Mr. Greenberg was an Articles Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and received the Gregory W. Goff award for highest achievement in the tax law curriculum. He was also a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Greenberg has studied the taxation of real property, individuals, U.S. and non-U.S. corporations, intellectual property and partnerships at the graduate level, where he received the Lynn Witte Award from the LACBA Tax Section for the highest GPA in his Tax LL.M. program. In addition, he has a background in public accounting. Back to top.

Kirsten Hansen

Kirsten Hansen received her undergraduate degree in English at Loma Linda University and received her J.D. from Glendale University College of Law. She was the Director of Legal Affairs at EarthLink Network, Inc. and was Practice Development Manager at O’Melveny & Myers LLP where her focus was on labor & employment and healthcare in the Los Angeles office. Kirsten is a co-founder of Dot Luxury (.Luxury), an Internet generic top-level domain which was launched in 2014. She is actively involved with the Angeleno Gold Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and serves on the Huntington Library Overseers Marketing and Education Committees and the Geffen Theatre Advisory Board. She is a lifetime member of the Guild Board of the larger Foundation Board of Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Committee. Back to top.

Celeste Liversidge

Attorney Celeste Liversidge has been practicing exclusively in the field of adoption law since 2001. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, Christian Adoption Legal Services, National Council For Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Celeste earned her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Westmont College. She has served on numerous boards and as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine School of Law. Celeste is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on a variety of adoption-related issues. Back to top.

Shoshana Puccia

Shoshana Puccia is a seasoned executive with over two decades of marketing and tourism experience. Her extensive background includes marketing positions at the renowned Santa Monica Place, Glendale Galleria, Beverly Center, Universal Studios Hollywood and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Puccia’s diverse background also includes overseeing the marketing for Child S.H.A.R.E., a non-profit agency that finds homes for abused and at-risk children.

She is a principle at Roseworks Marketing and Le Bridge LLC where they work with High Profile tourism-driven business and cultural institutions. As Senior Marketing Director for Santa Monica Place, Puccia was trendsetter who led the on-site marketing team to develop innovative marketing and tourism strategies. Puccia was instrumental in Santa Monica Place, a one-of-a-kind, luxury beach-side center, receiving the China-Ready Designation from the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. She was recognized for her tourism expertise and initiatives by the California Travel Association who selected Santa Monica Place as the winner of the 2016 Retailer of the Year award. Puccia has won numerous marketing awards including the MAXI – the International Council of Shopping Center’s top marketing award as well as nine Macerich WOW awards. Los Angeles Magazine appointed Puccia to sit on the 2016 L.A. Woman Selection Committee.

Puccia is involved in the Pasadena community and has served on the executive Santa Monica Travel and Tourism planning committee for the international One Travel Conference and on the Corporate Partnership Committee for the Santa Monica, Malibu Education Foundation. Puccia’s past community memberships include a Board of Directors position for Los Angeles’ Latino Heritage Month, chairperson of the City of Covina Arts Commission and a Board of Director role for BookEnds, a non-profit literacy program. Back to top.

Grace Russak

Grace Russak is a Senior Director who works with a clientele of very high net worth individuals, families, foundations and not-for profits.Over more than 25 years, she has built a practice focused on bringing carefully tailored solutions to her clients’ investment, trusts and estates and strategic philanthropy concerns and needs. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Grace spent over 15 years in senior management and client relationship roles at a private trust company. She also has extensive experience in the international art auction industry, including serving as the Regional Manager for the Western US for Sotheby’s, as well as their Global Head of Latin American business and operations. Grace received an A.B. in History from Smith College and an M.B.A in Strategy from the Claremont Graduate University.She is a graduate of the Cannon Trust School and holds the CTFA and TEP designations. Grace is a member of the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Councils of STEP and is on the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Council of Gift Planning as well as the Pasadena Literary Alliance. She frequently speaks on topics related to wealth management and philanthropy and topics relating to women. Grace was born and raised abroad and is fluent in both Spanish and French. Back to top.

Nicole Rodger

Nicole Rodger is an attorney at White & Case LLP, a premiere international law firm, where she represents major commercial banks, investment banks, and private equity funds in connection with a variety of complex and often cross-border lending transactions; she is also experienced in mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advisory. Her global pro bono practice has included representation of organizations serving marginalized children and women around the world.  Locally she has represented families finalizing their adoptions of children out of foster care to create “forever families.” She has also served in leadership with the All Saints Foster Care Project for several years. Nicole received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. When she isn’t working, Nicole loves to travel and spend time with her husband Bob and their two-year old daughter, Maisie. The Rodgers live in Pasadena. Nicole serves on the Five Acres Finance Committee and the Gala Committee. Back to top.

Chris Selak

As Executive Vice President and Head of Worldwide Scripted Television, Chris Selak oversees creative development and programming for all Lionsgate scripted television projects and is part of the Lionsgate Television Group leadership team. Ms. Selak has built on Lionsgate’s legacy series like Mad Men (AMC), Nurse Jackie (Showtime) and Weeds (Showtime) with ground-breaking shows like Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Nashville (CMT/Hulu), The Royals (E!), Step Up: High Water (YouTube Red) and Dear White People (Netflix). She continues to expand scripted programming with upcoming shows like The Rook (Starz) and Kingkiller Chronicle (Showtime).

Ms. Selak spearheads the Lionsgate Television Group’s collaboration with the Lionsgate UK television business, led by UK CEO Zygi Kamasa and UK Television Creative Director Steve November. Before joining Lionsgate in 2011, Ms. Selak served as SVP at John Wells Productions, where she worked on shows including ER, The West Wing, Shameless, and Southland. Prior to that, Ms. Selak was VP at Mandalay Television, a Peter Guber Company, serving as a producer on the Showtime series Rude Awakening. She also oversaw the development and production of the ABC series Cupid and The WB’s Young Americans. Back to top.

Scott Street

Scott Street began his career as a journalist, first writing sports stories for the UCLA Daily Bruin and then investigative pieces for the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, DC. That led him into his second career, performing political research and strategy for political campaigns and companies around the country. His clients included a former president, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, a presidential candidate, governors and mayors.

During that time, Mr. Street graduated with honors from Loyola Law School, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. Mr. Street edited Loyola’s Entertainment Law Review Board and served on the school’s Moot Court Honors Board. He completed a judicial externship for Ninth Circuit Judge Kim M. Wardlaw and also published several articles on constitutional law.

Mr. Street started his legal career at the global law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he worked closely with lawyers across the firm, from Texas to London. At Akin Gump, he was a key part of the team of appellate lawyers that upheld the biggest judgment ever issued against an individual trustee (Uzyel v. Kadisha, 188 Cal. App. 4th 866 (2010)). He also argued an immigration case, pro bono, in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and convinced the court to vacate his client’s deportation order based on the ineffective assistance of the client’s prior lawyer (Baghdasaryan v. Holder, Case No. 06-71851 (9th Cir. Feb. 25, 2011)).

Mr. Street’s work includes a broad range of business litigation and trial work, on both the plaintiff and defense sides of the table. His clients include real estate companies, developers, Fortune 500 companies, local businesses, public interest organizations and individuals. He also continues to advise political candidates and government officials. And he is very active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of Five Acres, the Boys’ and Girls’ Aid Society of Los Angeles, and on the Advisory Board of the Western Center on Law and Poverty. He is an avid golfer and lives with his wife and son in Pasadena. Back to top.

Erica Tejeda

Erica is a 15-year Wells Fargo veteran, and as the Pasadena district manager, she manages more than 200 team members at 12 banking stores in the communities of Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose and San Gabriel. Prior to this role, Erica served as vice president and Wells Fargo at Work director for Southern California with a territory spanning from the Calexico board to Palm Springs, and 14 regional representatives directly reporting to her. She assumed the Wells Fargo at Work role in 2012 and served as a liaison between retail and key business partners, identifying market trends and opportunities. Erica has also worked in banking locations, where she specialized in managing the complex financial service needs of Premier Business Banking customers.

Holding a Bachelors of Science from California State University Fullerton, Erica is a sought-after public speaker and has conducted countless financial education classes across Southern California. She also served on the board of directors for the Whole Child, one of the oldest private nonprofit mental health contractors in Los Angeles County, with a mission to restore at-risk children’s emotional health. She resides in Los Angeles with her three children, including daughter Mya and sons Brayden and Cruz and is an active board member for the Pasadena Education Foundation and Five Acres. Back to top.