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Board of Directors & Advisory Members

NICK ARQUETTE

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.

ERIK HELMSTETTER

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.

CHRISTI HELMSTETTER

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.

MICHAEL HARRINGTON

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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RUSSELL HOSSAIN

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.

GRACE LEUNG

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.

Honorary Advisory Board Members

Ryan Choura
Choura Events
Founder

Maureen McBride
Tabula Rasa Essentials
President/Owner

Gaye Vancans
Community Relations
Terranea Resort & Spa

Michael & Andrea Zislis
Zislis Group
Entrepreneur-Restaurateur-Hotelier

Malcolm Gill
Regional Sales Director, Hitachi Consulting

Richard Lundquist
Continental Development Corp.
President

Jeff Wilson
Chevron
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
Mentor

Advisory Board 2020

Danielle Aiello
Boingo Wireless/ WWS Mentor
Director of Customer Experience

Christina Aigner
Coldwell Banker
Realtor

Tony Barberi
Barberi Group
Owner and Principal

Holly Barberi
Barberi Group
In House Attorney

Kevin Bidenkap
Tortuga Wealth Management
Principal

Jill Brunkhardt
Chevron
Public Affairs

Betsy Caffrey
CSC Serviceworks
Director of Strategic Accounts

The Cegelski Family
The Cegelski Family Foundation
Philanthropists

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

Michelle Croasdale
The Tribe Companies, LLC
CRO

Sharon Day
Raimondo Pettit Group
CPA

Kathy Doel 
FBC Realty
Executive Broker Assistant

Jason Dolby
Owner
Dolby Style Fitness

Warren Dow
M3 Media
President & CEO
South Bay Digs
Publisher

Benjamin Downs
Acell, Inc.
Territory Sales Manager

Steve Delk
OB’s Pub & Grill
Owner

Michael Foster
3PL Central
Sales Representative

Alan Gittelson

Debbie Goldberg
Fresh Brothers Pizza
Co-Founder

Bibi Goldstein

Buying Time, Virtual Solutions for your Business
Founder

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
Treasurer
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
Owner/Consultant

Claudia Marroquin
CTM Service
VP Commercial Realtor

Mary Beth McDade
KTLA
Newscaster/ Journalist

Robert McDaniel
Contemporary Holding Corporation
South Bay Automation

Jim McErlean
Business Development
NSM Insurance

Cyndi McMaster
Spoon Guru
VP of US Business

Wimberly Meyer
Summerjax, Inc.
VP, Executive Producer

Kendra Millard

Richard Montgomery
City Councilmember
City of Manhattan Beach

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

Keri Murphy
Inspired TV
CEO

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

Julia Parton
Malaga Bank
Asst. VP, Branch Manager

Tina Patel
Tina Patel Consulting
Owner & Principal

Richard Pimentel
CalPrivate Bank
CFO

Jesse Raynes
Jimmy John’s – Manhattan Beach
Owner

Nicole Raynes
Hulu/ WWS Mentor
VP of Integrated Marketing

Christos Richards
Spencer Stuart
Consultant, BioPharma Practice

Dana Richards
Malibu Dana
Founder

Ellen Robbins
Akerman LLP
Partner

Jenn Robertson
Consumer Attorney Marketing Group
Senior VP of Business Development

Kim Ryan, PMP, CSM
Kinecta
Director, Strategic Project office

Manny Serrano
Mission Valley Bank
Vice President

Paul Servo
JMJ Financial
Director

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

Angela Park Sheldon
Tortuga Wealth Management
Principal

Sam Sheth
VerityPoint
Co-Founder & Sr. Managing Director

Wil Silva
Dealer Teamwork LLC
OEM & Large Dealer Group Manager

Rick Sowers
CalPrivate Bank
President

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

Kelly Stroman
Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce
CEO

Scott Sutherland
Telegraph Hill Advisors
Managing Director

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

Marcell Tejada
Ishop Solutions
Owner

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

Lolita Wang
Wells Fargo
SVP: Head of Product – Merchant Services

Donnelle Weaver
Nosara Beach Houses
Owner

Melissa Varon Weinberg
Morgan’s Jewelers
Director of Marketing

Matthew Weinberg
Go Line Transportation
Owner