Gala Committee


Frank Schulz
Sharefest Gala Committee Chair

Managing Principal  |  The Klabin Company

Frank J.H. Schulz III, SIOR is the Managing Principal with The Klabin Company, a well-respected Commercial Real Estate firm serving clients worldwide since 1961. Frank’s focus is industrial property including sales, leasing, investment, and development. Frank holds the most respected designation in commercial real estate with the SIOR, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. This is a designation held by only 3,000 practitioners worldwide. He is a past President and current Board of Director for the Los Angeles Transportation Club and is President of the Los Angeles Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). Frank has a B.S. in Planning and Development from USC. Frank, his wife Devan, and twins reside in Redondo Beach. Frank was born and raised in Lodi, CA and he was a member of the National Championship USC Water Polo Team in 2003. He enjoys running, swimming and target shooting.


Joyce Sharman
Sharefest Honorary Committee Chair

Wife of late Bill Sharman

Joyce Sharman, community advocate, has helped change the face of philanthropy in Los Angeles through her contagious commitment to turn every challenge and pain into something positive for others. As the wife of the late Bill Sharman, two time NBA Hall of Famer as a player for the Boston Celtics and Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Joyce infused the Los Angeles sports community with the conviction that kindness can change the world. Her unrelenting efforts to bring good to others helped birth the Forum Community Services (known as the Lakers Wives) which eventually became the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation. She has been influential in helping athletes and local leaders discover joy in bringing encouragement and empowerment to those facing challenging health, economic, and social conditions. Sharefest is privileged to recognize and celebrate Joyce for her lifetime achievement of community kindness


Linda Braden

President | Cornerstone Construction Group

Linda studied Business Administration at Mt. San Antonio College in Los Angeles County, after which she worked with the President of Wells Fargo Realty Advisors, Property Management Division. In 1985, she co-founded Cornerstone Construction Group, Inc. where her business and project management skills were a perfect foil to the entrepreneurial skills of her husband. Her attention to and understanding of the needs of their clients are legendary, and she has developed over the past 30 years an innate ability to turn their clients’ dreams into firm reality. Linda is a conduit of energy; she often speaks of her faith. Her optimistic and visionary approach to both the business and her family life maintains an infectious support mechanism, which keeps the team spirit and momentum going. She is a most gracious and observant individual who is very sensitive to Client needs.


Antoinette Brown-Leon

Executive Director | Asomugha Foundation, Inc.

Antoinette Brown-Leon is the Executive Director of the Asomugha Foundation, Inc. a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, formally established in 2010 and chaired by NFL defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha. The Foundation serves disadvantaged youth in the U.S. and underprivileged orphans and widows in Africa through education and empowerment. She is a strong advocate of education and focuses on the foundation's mission to ensure that those with less means are given the opportunity to obtain a quality education, and thereby transform themselves, their families, and communities.


Ana Dragin

Deputy District Director | Council District 15 | Office of Los Angeles City Councilman Buscaino

As Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino's Deputy District Director, Ana Dragin manages the day-to-day field staff operations and oversees constituent case work.  She also serves as the Small Business Liaison cutting out the red tape for businesses. Ana previously served Council District 15 as a San Pedro Field Deputy under then Councilwoman Janice Hahn. She holds a BA in Political Science and Masters in Public Policy and Administration.


Donna Duperron

President & CEO | Torrance Chamber of Commerce

A dedicated and respected community leader, Donna Duperron consistently develops and advances personal and business relationships benefitting social, educational, civic and community realms.

Her expertise in relationship based management and strategic team building experience has allowed for collaboration with notable community and business leaders in creating esteemed events and achieving mutually beneficial goals.

Donna has been recipient for “South Bay Woman of the Year” named for her service, dedication, and commitment to the South Bay. Understandably so, she is an admirable person of impeccable character. On her desk are the words “Be the change you want to see in the world” by Ghandi. Her leadership in the community creates an indelible ripple effect for positive change. What she is most noted for is her sincerity and gratitude. As a visionary, she takes great pride in her works and outwardly shares appreciation for the contributions of others. She has been at the helm chairing professional and charitable events for organizations such as Pediatric Therapy Network, American Honda Motor Company, City of Torrance, and Torrance Unified School District.

As President / CEO for Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, Donna vigorously contributes efforts towards advancing Board directives. She has much success in revitalizing programs and securing financial vitality for non profit organizations for over 18 years. Her key achievements include the establishments of many partnerships such as TACC Foundation – Adopt a School program, Business for a Day, Mentor Program, State of Education, as well as developing task forces to better serve the civic and business community.

In addition to her chamber responsibilities, Donna remains an active committee executive for the Western Association of Chamber Executives, in which she has been recognized as the Hathaway “Staff Person of the Year”. She served on the executive committee for the City of Torrance Centennial. She holds board membership with South Bay Association of Chamber of Commerce and is immediate past Chairman of the Board. She, has served as President for the Torrance Kiwanis Club two times and is a member of Del Amo Rotary Club. She currently serves on the board for the Southern California Association of Chamber of Commerce executives.

Her keen ability to develop successful long term relationships is evidenced by her 38 year marriage to Gary. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.


Terri Ann Ferren

Advertising, Marketing, & PR Professional | Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Since 2006 TerriAnn Ferren has worked for the City of Torrance doing the advertising/marketing/public relations for the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. She also writes a weekly column for the Torrance Tribune and is very involved with the community. She sits on the boards of the Salvation Army, Torrance Corps and the Art Attack Foundation, and is an Ambassador for the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce.


John Heffernan

Director of External Affairs | AT&T

John Heffernan is Director of External Affairs for AT&T California focusing on legislative and community affairs for the southern Los Angeles County region. In this role, he serves as the company’s governmental liaison for elected and administrative officials and is responsible for legislative activities and public policy issues impacting AT&T throughout his territory.

He is also responsible for community outreach in all cities throughout the South Bay and Greater Long Beach region representing AT&T on a variety of organizations and boards, including: Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, Carson Chamber of Commerce, South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce, Long Beach City College Foundation and the El Camino College Foundation.

John joined the Los Angeles External Affairs team in April 2015 transitioning from the Orange County team where he had been active for years working with chambers of commerce as well as non-profit educational and service organizations. John previously served on the board of directors for the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Saddleback College Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce Cypress Chamber of Commerce, Buena Park Chamber of Commerce, Cypress College Foundation, San Clemente Chamber of Commerce and Camp Fire USA Orange County Council while representing AT&T.

He serves as an advisor for AT&T’s Employee Resource Group “AT&T Veterans – Greater Los Angeles” and mentors service veterans looking for employment opportunities at AT&T. He is also an active member of the ASPIRE Mentoring Academy providing career insights and direction to regional youth.

John grew up on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. He is married to Dr. Jae Townsend and lives in Altadena. He the proud father of five grown sons and is excited about his new title of ‘Grandpa’. He enjoys outdoor activities, sports, concerts and travel.


Kelli Keller

Principal | Ridgecrest Intermediate School

Kelli Keller is a member of the local Palos Verdes community and lives within a stone’s throw from Ridgecrest Intermediate School with her husband, who is also an educator, and her daughter. She received her Masters’ degree from Chapman University and began her career in education in 1999 as a teacher in her hometown of Manhattan Beach. She has served as an elementary, middle, and high school teacher, and as an administrator at the preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. She is proud to be a part of the Raider family. 

Kelli Keller is an educator who believes that her position as an educational leader is to stand up for the future of her community’s children. She believes that all students deserve the right to learn in an environment that is safe, accepting, engaging, and provides the opportunity for continued success beyond school throughout life. Students must be competitively educated to thrive in today’s society and she is determined that Ridgecrest Intermediate will serve as each child’s continued step toward higher education and to meeting this worldly challenge.


Dr. Steven Keller

Superintendent | Redondo Beach Unified School District

Dr. Steven Keller has spent over thirty years in public education, beginning as a middle and high school history and language arts teacher, a middle school assistant principal and principal, a Director of Student Achievement, and an Assistant Superintendent, before becoming the proud Superintendent of Schools in the Redondo Beach Unified School District, the finest school district in the South Bay. Dr. Keller has been the leader of RBUSD for over ten years. In addition to his role as the Superintendent of the district, he has served as an adjunct professor at Chapman University and UC Irvine. He is also the proud father of Sloan and Jaxon. Jaxon is a middle school teacher in Orange County. Dr. Keller is an avid Anaheim Ducks hockey fan who believes that penalty minutes should be as equally important as goals and assists. Dr. Keller earned his undergraduate degree from Pitzer College in Claremont and his master’s degree from Claremont Graduate University. His doctoral degree is from the University of California, Irvine where he still holds the record for the briefest dissertation.


Charles Lee

Founder & CEO | Ideation

Charles is the Founder & CEO at Ideation, an idea-making company that specializes in helping brands scale their business by effectively integrating their strategic plans into day-to-day implementation. Ideation fills this gap between strategy and implementation with innovative approaches to idea execution, team-driven support, brand (re)development & effective storytelling, and creative services that bridge concepts into the real world. He is also the author of Good Idea. Now What?: How to Move Ideas to Execution, a practical book designed to help people move ideas to implementation.

Charles is regularly invited to speak to leading brands on topics such as fostering creativity, disruptive innovation, idea-making, and brand strategy. Executive leaders from brands including Wells Fargo, Toyota, William Morris Endeavor, NBCUniversal, CAA, Caterpillar, ONE Campaign / Product (RED), The White House, Catalyst, and many others have benefited from having Charles present at their key events. In addition to speaking, Charles has served as host and/or moderator for numerous events with NY Times best-selling authors and executives from brands including Google, Twitter, Groupon, Starwood, Disney, NBCUniversal, CAA, Toyota, TOMS, charity: water, United Way, World Vision, and many others.


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Manny Lopez

Harbor Area Representative for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Manny is the Harbor Area Representative for Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office of Public Engagement. A recent graduate from the University of Southern California’s Master of Social Work program, Manny focused his education on both Military Social Work and Community Organizing, Planning, and Administration. New to the public service sector, Manny got his start interning with the Mayor Garcetti's Office of Veterans Affairs. He supported the Mayor’s ongoing efforts to end veteran homelessness and the 10,000 STRONG Hiring Initiative which aims to bring valuable employment opportunities to the City’s military community. Now on the Public Engagement team, he strives to use his experiences as a US Navy veteran and social worker to be an effective liaison between City Hall and the communities of San Pedro, Harbor City/Gateway, and Wilmington.


Chad Mayer

Executive Director, Co-Founder  |  Sharefest

Chad Mayer has years of leadership experience building community relationships, acting as a networking catalyst to mobilize citizens, the faith community, community-based organizations and businesses to get involved in community service and youth development. Chad is the founding director of Sharefest Community Development and is a selfless leader who does what it takes to make programs work. He forges ahead to solve community problems and delights in the successes of the youth who engage Sharefest programs. His love for youth and for improving their lives and their communities, one person-at a time, is inspiring. Chad’s achievements and awards are numerous. Recently, he was awarded The Daily Breeze’s People of Distinction Award in the Volunteer Category.


ANTHONY PIROZZI

Director, Satellite Systems Operations & Quality | The Boeing Company

As Director of Satellite Systems Operations & Quality, Anthony Pirozzi, Jr., is responsible for day-to-day operations of all levels of satellite production at the Satellite Development Center in El Segundo, California. With 26 years of experience, Anthony extensive knowledge spans the entire satellite product life-cycle.

In October of 2013, he was appointed to the Los Angeles Harbor Commission by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and continues in this role today. Prior to this appointment, his community service included two terms as the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board of Directors and three years as President of Eastview Little League. He is the co-founder of the Scalawag Productions Theatre Company, a columnist for San Pedro Today magazine, and coached baseball and soccer for 15 years.

His primary focus is to transform San Pedro into a technology center for marine research and redevelop the waterfront at Port’s O’ Call into an international tourist destination, while ensuring the Port of Los Angeles remains the #1 Port in the nation. His passion is our youth and sharing his life-story of challenges, success, leadership, passion and most importantly to believe in oneself to achieve life success!

Anthony was born and raised in San Pedro and graduated from San Pedro High School in 1983. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Electronics Technology from Cal Poly Pomona in 1989 and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Loyola Marymount University in 2000. He shares his life with his wife Carolyn and their boys Antonio, Vincent and Luca.


Rick Rozman

Vice President & Wealth Management Advisor | Wells Fargo Advisors

As a vice president and wealth management advisor in the sales and marketing branch of a Fortune 500 Company in El Segundo, Rick has worked for thirty-two years to create a positive culture in his all business relationships. Through his personal desire to make the world a better place, his has pledged himself to community work with charities and non-profits such as the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles and the Asomugha Foundation. Through Rick’s recent affiliation as a contributor to The Washington Times, he is reaching a broad-spectrum of readers who are looking to him for expert advice on the world of philanthropy and the best ways to become involved in their own communities. In addition, he hosts a weekly show on Blog Talk Radio through EZ Way Broadcasting called The Rozman Experience as another platform to promote philanthropy. Since earning his B.A. from UCLA in economics and finance in 1977, Rick has a proven his zest for life and boundless energy in business, charity, and his personal life from running marathons to mentoring disadvantaged students in South Los Angeles at Jefferson High School.


Maddie Schotl

Administrative Professional | DPR Construction

Maddie Schotl is an Administrative Professional at DPR Construction in Pasadena and Newport Beach, CA. DPR is a technical building company with expertise in large commercial Healthcare, Higher Education, Advanced Technology and Life Science projects. She is responsible for training, learning & development as well as other people practices. Maddie also leads the Corporate Social Responsibility & Giving efforts at DPR. Her passion is people.

Philanthropy has held an important place in Maddie’s career thus far. She will log 300 hours of service in 2016 through projects with 9 Dots, Girls Inc, Playworks, AbilityFirst and more. As well, Maddie currently holds a chair position on the board at the Ronald McDonald House of Orange County.

She attended University of Oregon and San Diego State University graduating in 2014 with a B.A. in Public Administration/ Pre-Law.


JAMAL SHOFANI

Vice President, District Manager, South Coast Community Bank
Wells Fargo & Company

Jamal Shofani is Vice President and District Manager for Wells Fargo’s South Bay market for the South Coast Community Bank. Shofani oversees more than 150 team members at 10 banking stores. His district includes the communities of El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance.

Shofani, a 21-year financial services veteran, assumed his current role in 2007. He was previously a Wells Fargo banking store manager in Torrance. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he was a branch manager at Washington Mutual Bank for branches in downtown Long Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. He also worked as an assistant financial center manager at Washington Mutual and was a personal financial representative at Great Western Bank before Washington Mutual acquired the company.

Shofani is a graduate of California State University Long Beach, where he majored in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Organizational development. He also served as a reserve for the U.S. Marine Corps for six years. 

Shofani resides in Redondo Beach with his wife and four young children and is active on the board for the South Bay Center for community counseling. He also was a Board Member for the San Fernando Award from 2007 - 2010.


Dan Simon

Director of Finance | Wedbush Inc.

Dan’s deep experience spanning public accounting, the specific needs of managing an investment fund and financial due diligence are key attributes to his success in managing his multi-faceted role at Wedbush Capital. In addition to overseeing the fund’s overall administration, he also interacts with portfolio companies to supplement their management teams. He contributes to the financial due diligence process, both in advance of a new investment and when there are changes at portfolio companies. An avid ice hockey and University of Washington Huskies fan, Dan often can be found yelling at the television during football season. He spends the rest of his free time with his family, enjoying sports and traveling.