Leadership

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

Board Officers
Board Members

Shelley I. Smith, Esq.
President and General Counsel, GrayShell Consulting
Chairperson

Anil Ranavat
Chief Executive Officer,
Cedar Porch Capital
Vice Chairperson

Malcolm McNeil, Esq.
Partner, Arent Fox
Second Vice Chairperson

Thomas Hopkins
Vice President, U.S. Bank
Treasurer

Montgomery Zimmerman
Vice President, Client Strategist
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Vice Treasurer

Ellen Turner
Chief Executive Officer
Turner Techtronics, Inc.
Secretary

Azita Karimkhany Fatheree
Community Advocate
Assistant Secretary

Shelley I. Smith, Esq.
Consultant, GrayShell Consulting
Chairperson

Anil Ranavat
Chief Financial Officer, Homebound, Inc.
Vice Chairperson

Malcolm McNeil, Esq.
Partner, Arent Fox
Second Vice Chairperson

Thomas Hopkins
Vice President, U.S. Bank
Treasurer

Montgomery Zimmerman
Vice President, Client Strategist
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Vice Treasurer

Ellen Turner
Chief Executive Officer
Turner Techtronics, Inc.
Secretary

Azita Karimkhany Fatheree
Community Advocate
Assistant Secretary

Leslie B. Abell, Esq.
Attorney, Leslie B. Abell,
A Professional Corporation

Lisa C. Anderson
Client Advocate

Russell Ching, Esq.
Attorney, Stonesifer & Chong

Scott Cooper, CMC
Principal, Pegasus Squire, Inc.

Kimberly Lewis, Esq.
Ervin, Cohen & Jessup, LLP

Aaron Neubert, FAIA
Principal, Aaron Neubert Architects (ANX)

Lan Nguyen
Sun Group

 

Larry Rabineau, Esq.
Attorney, Law Offices of Larry Rabineau

Eugene Siciliano
President, Western Management Associates

Leonard Washington
Digital Media and Business Operations Consultant

Paul K. Zimmerman
Independent Businessman, Imperfect Partners

BOARD DIRECTOR EMERITUS
Suzanne Kayne

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Barbara Cull
Founder, Kayne Eras Center

Monte Markham

Jerry Moss

SHARE, Inc.

Honorable Dickran Tevrizian

 

EMERITUS

Robert D. Shushan, Ed.D.
President Emeritus — In Memoriam

Scott D. Bowling, Psy.D.
CEO Emeritus

Executive Management Team

Veronica Arteaga, LCSW, PPSC, President and CEO

Veronica has more than 15 years of experience leading and providing social services. As ECF’s third President and CEO, she is responsible for a complex nonprofit organization with a $28 million operating budget, 14 service sites throughout Los Angeles County, 375 employees, a 21-member board of directors and the provision of service to more than 4,000 children and adults with special needs and their family members annually.

Veronica is a licensed clinical social worker and is pupil personnel services credentialed (K-12 counseling), and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Social Work from University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Veronica has more than 15 years of experience leading and providing social services. As ECF’s third President and CEO, she is responsible for a complex nonprofit organization with a $28 million operating budget, 14 service sites throughout Los Angeles County, 375 employees, a 21-member board of directors and the provision of service to more than 4,000 children and adults with special needs and their family members annually.

Veronica is a licensed clinical social worker and is pupil personnel services credentialed (K-12 counseling), and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Social Work from University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sonhui “Sunny” Robilotta, Chief Financial Officer

Sunny Robilotta has more than 27 years of financial management and accounting leadership experience in for-profit and nonprofit education, health and social service organizations.

She served as ECF’s Vice President of Finance and Director of Finance & Controller from 2004 to 2012, and assisted in successfully executing the organization’s merger with the Kayne Eras Center in 2006.

Aa Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Sunny holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from California State University Monterey Bay and Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from College of Charleston, South Carolina.

Sunny earned the Los Angeles Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award (2009).

Sunny Robilotta has more than 27 years of financial management and accounting leadership experience in for-profit and nonprofit education, health and social service organizations.

She served as ECF’s Vice President of Finance and Director of Finance & Controller from 2004 to 2012, and assisted in successfully executing the organization’s merger with the Kayne Eras Center in 2006.

Aa Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Sunny holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from California State University Monterey Bay and Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from College of Charleston, South Carolina.

Sunny earned the Los Angeles Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award (2009).

Maryam Hamedaninia, Chief Programs Officer

Maryam formerly served as Director of ECF’s Residential Program, and has over 31 years of experience serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Maryam started working with children with special needs as a volunteer in high school, and found she really enjoyed interacting with them, later focusing her university studies on developing the skills to work professionally with individuals with special needs. Since joining ECF in 2001, Maryam helped acquire the six-bed Barman House residence, developed ECF’s first Medi-Cal-funded Intermediate Care Facility programs, and converted the 12-bed Valverde House residence into ECF’s first Intermediate Care Facility with on-site nursing services.

Maryam formerly served as Director of ECF’s Residential Program, and has over 31 years of experience serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Maryam started working with children with special needs as a volunteer in high school, and found she really enjoyed interacting with them, later focusing her university studies on developing the skills to work professionally with individuals with special needs. Since joining ECF in 2001, Maryam helped acquire the six-bed Barman House residence, developed ECF’s first Medi-Cal-funded Intermediate Care Facility programs, and converted the 12-bed Valverde House residence into ECF’s first Intermediate Care Facility with on-site nursing services.

Lauren Rayner, Chief Development Officer

Lauren RaynerLauren Rayner joined Exceptional Children’s Foundation as Chief Development Officer in October 2022, bringing over 20+ years of non-profit management and fundraising experience. She holds an MBA from the University of Utah and has dedicated her career to the non-profit sector. Her expertise has been applied to working at government agencies and various non-profits, each one unique and critical in the community.

Lauren lives in the fundraising moment and always has her eyes on the next ask, the next event, or next month’s revenue goal. She enjoys the fact that she is helping move a cause forward and feels enormous satisfaction when she helps a donor fulfill their philanthropic goals. She is a passionate advocate for advancing and protecting individuals with disabilities and learned many lessons during her childhood while helping raise her sister with a disability. This family experience was one of Lauren’s richest classrooms, and learned compassion is one of the most important characteristics of an effective leader.

Lauren Rayner

Lauren Rayner joined Exceptional Children’s Foundation as Chief Development Officer in October 2022, bringing over 20+ years of non-profit management and fundraising experience. She holds an MBA from the University of Utah and has dedicated her career to the non-profit sector. Her expertise has been applied to working at government agencies and various non-profits, each one unique and critical in the community.

Lauren lives in the fundraising moment and always has her eyes on the next ask, the next event, or next month’s revenue goal. She enjoys the fact that she is helping move a cause forward and feels enormous satisfaction when she helps a donor fulfill their philanthropic goals. She is a passionate advocate for advancing and protecting individuals with disabilities and learned many lessons during her childhood while helping raise her sister with a disability. This family experience was one of Lauren’s richest classrooms, and learned compassion is one of the most important characteristics of an effective leader.

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