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Board of Directors & Advisory Members


Founder + CEO, Walk With Sally

Nick has been a resident of Manhattan Beach for 25 years. He came to LA after he attended the American Conservatory Theater and Boise State University to pursue a career in film industry. He has worked as an actor getting his SAG card in 1994 for a stint in 90210 and has filled many production roles in movie and television. Nick created a niche business he has owned for the past 20 years as a broker negotiating deals for major productions shooting on location in LA and throughout the United States. In addition Nick has grown as an entrepreneur in the South Bay and is also passionate about the aging population, having created products and services to enhance quality of life for aging population. In 2006 he co-founded Adia InHome Care and recently started Assisted Preferred, a local information site providing customer support for placement services and quality senior care referrals. Nick was recipient of the Citizen of the Year award from MB Chamber Women in Business 2011 and Daily Breeze finalist for Most Philanthropic 2012.


Partner with Oder Investment Management

Erik is a partner with Oder Investment Management and has been in the financial services industry for 22 years.  He was born in Tokyo, Japan and lived there for 11 years before moving to San Diego.   Erik graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Business Specialization.  While at UCLA he also played on the golf team.  Erik met his wife and fellow board member, Christi, at UCLA and the couple has 2 daughters.  Erik is also on the board of directors of the Helmstetter Family Foundation which his parents established to help less fortunate children.   Erik’s mother passed away from cancer in 2008 and his father is a cancer survivor, so working with Walk with Sally is something he is very passionate about.


Helmstetter Family Foundation

Christi is a Southern California native and graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting.  The first decade of her career was spent in business consulting and commercial finance.  Christi has found the transition to the non-profit sector extremely rewarding as she now manages the Helmstetter Family Foundation which was founded by her philanthropic in laws.  Christi’s mother-in-law, Jeaninne, was an inspiring woman who was committed to helping disadvantaged youth and the foundation was one of her proudest accomplishments.  Jeaninne passed away from cancer in 2008 and Christi’s work, both with the foundation and Walk With Sally, hopes to continue her legacy of helping less fortunate children.  Both of Christi’s parents are cancer survivors and making sure no child faces the cancer journey alone is a mission she is proud to support.  Christi met her husband, Erik, at UCLA and the couple has 2 daughters.


Founder + Creative Director, Video Director & Still Photographer, Quiet Digital Studio

Michael is a video director and digital media producer for Quiet Digital Studio. Following a short career as an equities analyst in Hong Kong, Michael followed a path of creativity spending two years in New York City attending acting school. This led to his current career in video production, directing and producing over 200 videos for clients like Nissan, Toyota, Monster Energy, Salesforce, HP, Microsoft, and of course Walk With Sally. Michael has been a part of Walk With Sally since its inception. Michael considers it an honor to have been a small part in taking this great “idea” and seeing it blossom into friendships, programs and support for kids and families. As someone who has directly seen the impact that cancer puts on children, Michael is proud of the work Walk With Sally’s mentors, staff and volunteers do in helping kids and families grow and thrive in adversity.

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Senior Vice President Business Development, Cross Country Mortgage

After moving to Southern California from Chicago in 2009, Russell fell in love with the South Bay community. He has over 23 years’ experience in the mortgage industry and is currently SVP Business Development Officer for Cross Country Mortgage where his focus is on Sales and Secondary Marketing. Previously he served as an EVP for Bank of Manhattan in California where he launched the mortgage banking platform for the bank. He met Walk With Sally Founder Nick Arquette in 2010 while working at Bank of Manhattan. Once he learned about Walk With Sally he immediately wanted to get involved and helped Bank of Manhattan become one of the main corporate sponsors for Walk With Sally’s annual White Light White Night event. Although there are many worthy charities, Russell feels that Walk With Sally is unique because of its heartwarming mission to help kids who have or have had an immediate family member diagnosed with cancer. He looks forward to working with Walk With Sally and growing the organization nationally.


Chief Operating Officer, UPI Marketing

A Native New Yorker, Grace has always loved sun, warm weather & the BEACH! So when California came calling 13 years ago, she answered “YES!!!” And, the South Bay became her “home.” Grace loves sports so much she worked for the National Football League for several years ~ developing her strategic planning, marketing and events skills. Taking her Big League experience local, Grace is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Hermosa Beach-based UPI Marketing Inc., a retail sports licensing company specializing in official NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and MSL products. Having been involved with Walk With Sally for over 10 years, being a part of this community provides Grace with enormous pride. Walk With Sally is not like other organizations that just write checks and then they are done. It’s people connecting with people and actually caring. It brings families with a shared story together so they do not feel alone. For Grace, the S in WWS stands for Sam, her dad. She knows firsthand how incredibly difficult it is watching a parent suffer from cancer and because of that she wants to make sure Walk With Sally is accessible to every child stricken by this deadly disease.


Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, CalPrivate Bank

Richard has been in the banking and financial services industry for 22 years.  He was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from CalPoly Pomona with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Real Estate and Law.  He lives in Redondo Beach and has been a resident of the South Bay for ten years.  Richard was first introduced to Nick Arquette and Walk With Sally in 2014 and served on the Advisory Board prior to becoming a Board Member in 2020.  Richard is focused on helping the team grow beyond the South Bay and enjoys contributing to this unique cause that has a positive lifelong impact on children and their families.


Principal Consultant & Account Executive, Opus Regulatory

Stacy has been in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry for 20 years. She was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in BioPsychology. Stacy lost both her Grandmother and Grandfather to cancer and her father is a cancer survivor. Stacy was first introduced to Walk with Sally when fellow Board Member Rich Pimentel introduced her and her husband Erik to Nick Arquette at one of the wonderful South Bay fundraising events. It was then that Stacy knew she needed to be involved with such a compassionate and amazing charity. The positive and lasting impact that WWS has on children and their families is what drives Stacy. She is focused on expanding the reach of WWS, so no child is alone during the cancer journey.


CEO & Founder, InTeleLabs

After spending 20+ years as a healthcare life science attorney, Erik decided to use his entrepreneurial spirit to start his own telehealth and personalized medicine company, ensuring that high quality, clinical lab testing is accessible from the comfort of home, and empowering patients to take control of their health. Erik was born in Southern California and after attending law school at Villanova in Philadelphia, returned to his roots and now lives in San Diego. Erik and his wife Stacy, are the proud parents of three amazing kids. Erik has been personally touched by cancer as he supported his mother through the journey and can happily say she is a cancer survivor for 15 years. Erik aims to bring his personal and professional experience and network to the WWS Board. The drive to continue to support and put our arms around families affected by cancer, is what drew Erik to take an active role in expanding the reach of Walk With Sally.

Honorary Advisory Board Members

Ryan Choura
Choura Events

Maureen McBride
Tabula Rasa Essentials

Gaye Vancans
Community Relations
Terranea Resort & Spa

Michael & Andrea Zislis
Zislis Group

Malcolm Gill
Regional Sales Director, Hitachi Consulting

Richard Lundquist
Continental Development Corp.

Jeff Wilson
Sr. Representative – Policy,
Government & Public Affairs/ WWS Mentor

Suzanne Sharer
Vice President of Sales and Operations, Contemporary Holding Corporation

Sharon Strauss
Business Development Executive, North Highland

Advisory Board 2021

Danielle Aiello
Boingo Wireless/ WWS Mentor
Director of Customer Experience

Christina Aigner
Coldwell Banker

Tony Barberi
Barberi Group
Owner and Principal

Holly Barberi
Barberi Group
In House Attorney

Kevin Bidenkap
Tortuga Wealth Management

Jill Brunkhardt
Public Affairs

Betsy Caffrey
CSC Serviceworks
Director of Strategic Accounts

Jen Carlson
Technical Connections
Managing Director

The Cegelski Family
The Cegelski Family Foundation

Greg Colgan
Formerly of Computer and Science Corp
WWS Mentor
Client Relationship Director

Michelle Croasdale
The Tribe Companies, LLC

Sharon Day
Raimondo Pettit Group

Lauren Dennis-Perelmuter
The Art Box Academy
Art To Grow On Children’s Art Center, Inc
Founder & CEO

Kathy Doel 
FBC Realty
Executive Broker Assistant

Jason Dolby
Dolby Style Fitness

Warren Dow
M3 Media
President & CEO
South Bay Digs

Benjamin Downs
Acell, Inc.
Territory Sales Manager

Steve Delk
OB’s Pub & Grill

Michael Foster
3PL Central
Sales Representative

Nicole Galil
KPMG LLP Los Angeles

Alan Gittelson

Debbie Goldberg
Fresh Brothers Pizza

Bibi Goldstein

Buying Time, Virtual Solutions for your Business

Mark Goldstein
Center for Mathematics & Teaching/ WWS Mentor
VP of Curriculum

Dr. Jay Granzow
Manhattan Beach Plastic Surgery
Owner & Founder

Mark Haushalter
Okabe & Haushalter
Attorney & Principal

Christi Helmstetter
Helmstetter Family Foundation

Erik Helmstetter
Oder Investment Management
Partner & Financial Advisor

Tara Klein
Vista Sotheby’s International Realty
Tara Klein Real Estate

Sherry Kramer
Continental Development
Community Affairs Director

Mickey Marraffino
MickeyM Marketing

Mary Beth McDade
Newscaster/ Journalist

Jim McErlean
Business Development
NSM Insurance

Cyndi McMaster
Spoon Guru
VP of US Business

Wimberly Meyer
Summerjax, Inc.
VP, Executive Producer

Jennifer Mentesana
Locale 90

Kendra Millard

Richard Montgomery
City Councilmember
City of Manhattan Beach

Bryan Moskowitz
Orgill, Inc./ WWS Mentor
Director of Sales

Keri Murphy
Inspired TV

Dr. Vimal Murthy
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Medical Director, Burn Center

Robyn Orloff
Elicit Executive Search
VP of Recruiting Services

Diana Parks
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Partner, Chair Infrastructure & P3 Practice Group

Richard Pimentel
CalPrivate Bank

Jesse Raynes
Jimmy John’s – Manhattan Beach

Nicole Raynes
Hulu/ WWS Mentor
VP of Integrated Marketing

Christos Richards
Spencer Stuart
Consultant, BioPharma Practice

Dana Richards
Malibu Dana

Ellen Robbins
Akerman LLP

Jenn Robertson
Consumer Attorney Marketing Group
Senior VP of Business Development

Kim Ryan, PMP, CSM
Director, Strategic Project office

Manny Serrano
Mission Valley Bank
Vice President

Paul Servo
JMJ Financial

Cyrus Shargh
Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banking
Private Equity Branch Sales Manager – El Segundo

Angela Park Sheldon
Tortuga Wealth Management

Sam Sheth
Co-Founder & Sr. Managing Director

Wil Silva
Dealer Teamwork LLC
OEM & Large Dealer Group Manager

Rick Sowers
CalPrivate Bank

Grace St. Clair
Grace St. Clair Esq.
Attorney, Founder & Principal

Kelly Stroman
Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce

Scott Sutherland
Telegraph Hill Advisors
Managing Director

Robert Sydow
Grandview Capital Management, LLC
President and Chief Investment Officer

Marcell Tejada
Ishop Solutions

Ed Vukmirovich, CIMA®
Diamond Hill Capital Management
Director of Business Development

Donnelle Weaver
Nosara Beach Houses

Melissa Varon Weinberg
Morgan’s Jewelers
Director of Marketing

Matthew Weinberg
Go Line Transportation