The Exceptional Children’s Foundation is privileged to have highly qualified and deeply committed community leaders serving on its Board of Directors and Board of Governors. In partnership with an experienced Executive Management Team, these individuals give generously of their time and resources to help fulfill the organization’s mission.
Board of Directors & Board of Governors
Leslie B. Abell, Esq.
John L. Holcomb, Jr., Esq.
First Vice Chairperson/Treasurer
Jeff Aidikoff, Esq.
Steven P. Beltran, Esq.
Shelley I. Smith, Esq.
Immediate Past Chair
Russell Ching, Esq.
Mark Flagel, Esq.
Paul K. Zimmerman
BOARD DIRECTOR EMERITUS
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Founder, Kayne Eras Center
Honorable Dickran Tevrizian
Robert D. Shushan, Ed.D.
President Emeritus – In Memoriam
Executive Management Team
Scott has over 30 years of experience working with nonprofits that serve people with developmental disabilities, including direct service work with clients and management positions. Scott joined ECF in 1999 as President and CEO, where he is responsible for a complex nonprofit organization with a $25 million operating budget, 15 service sites throughout Los Angeles County, 375 employees, a 20 member board of directors and the provision of service to 3,600 children and adults with special needs and their family members annually.
Scott’s accomplishments at ECF include implementing a long-term strategic planning approach to management and achieving 85% of planned goals; strategically designing new revenue streams to ensure sustainability; and substantially increasing agency enrollment and ECF’s impact in the community.
Scott earned a Doctorate in Psychology from Ryokan College, an M.A. from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Scott serves on the board of directors of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce and the Uniquely Abled Project, and in 2014 Governor Brown appointed Scott to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences where he served until January 2017.
Clark has over 20 years of experience in non-profit management, including over eight years working with people with developmental disabilities in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Clark worked with the American Red Cross in Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Russia and Israel, as well as their national headquarters in Washington D.C. He served as the Chief Operating Officer in Los Angeles from 2003-2006. Clark joined United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles in 2007, implementing long-term strategic planning and infrastructure development for human resources, IT and operations. He led management oversight for operations, nursing, HR, and both school- and center-based arts and education programming. Clark’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University in History and Political Science. He graduated from the Center for Non-Profit Management’s Non-Profit Leadership Program in 2010.
Karen has 30 years of administrative and human resources experience, gained through a variety of progressively responsible positions with ECF since 1981. Over her many years with the agency, she has served in a variety of positions including personnel assistant, assistant personnel director, support services manager, assistant to the executive director, and director of personnel and administrative services. She served as the Director of Administrative Operations from 1998 to 2006 when she was promoted to Vice President of Administrative Operations. Karen’s duties in these two most recent positions include overseeing general administrative operations including human resources, facilities management, information technology, health and safety, risk management, and HIPPA compliance. Karen’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Whittier College.
Debbi has over 20 years of experience in senior-level planning and administration of social service agency operations, including working with mid-size and large nonprofit organizations. She has comprehensive fundraising skills and extensive experience working with boards of directors. Debbi has expertise in policy development, budget analyses and projections, organizational development, and structured strategic planning processes. Debbi also has solid experience in developing and executing communications and public relations plans. Debbi previously held Development positions at Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, 1736 Family Crisis Center and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles; and worked as the Director of the Mayor’s Criminal Justice Planning Office for the City of Los Angeles. Debbi joined ECF in October 2010, and works closely with program, finance and executive staff to ensure that the agency’s fundraising and communication goals are well-defined and met.
Denise is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with more than 30 years of finance, accounting and business experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She began her career with the national CPA firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. After her tenure at Deloitte, Denise held several positions at Tenet Healthcare including Hospital Controller and CFO of a Tenet medical group. Denise served for five years as CFO with St. Joseph Center, a nonprofit social services organization in Los Angeles. She spent three years in public accounting with the firm Quigley & Miron specializing in audits of for-profit and nonprofit clients. Denise was the Director of Finance and Accounting at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement and most recently served as the Controller for Goodwill Southern California, where she was responsible for the organization’s financial operations. Denise has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting from California State University, Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles and has two sons.