Board of Directors

Officers

John D. Bunzel

Chairman

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A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Bunzel worked extensively as a writer/producer and production executive for over 20 years, enjoying significant success for his achievements in the areas of business development, strategic planning and positioning, management, corporate communications, international sales, and as a produced screenwriter and award-winning playwright. He has worked for Morgan Stanley since early 2009.

Mr. Bunzel has been married for nineteen years to his wife Florie, a successful costume designer, and is the proud father of two children, Jordan and Maggie. In addition to his role at Morgan Stanley running The Entertainment Group, he is a former Trustee at The Wesley School, a K-8 independent school located in North Hollywood, California, a Trustee of a family foundation started by his grandfather, Franklin Cole, current board member for The Unusual Suspects Theater Company, and former board chair for the C5 Youth Foundation of Southern California (formerly Camp Coca-Cola).

Ken Miles

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Kenneth A. Miles, Managing Partner of NSBN, provides tax planning, estate planning, retirement planning, personal financial planning and business management services for wealthy and high profile individuals in the entertainment and other industries. Ken also serves as a trustee for various living and life insurance trusts.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Information Technology Section
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
  • Member of various board of directors, including charitable foundations
  • Temple Ahavat Shalom, Treasurer, Executive Committee member ,Board of Trustees, Budget & Finance

Education

  • BS, Business Administration, Accounting Theory & Practice, California State University, Northridge
  • “My clients trust in me to provide solutions to their problems. Helping clients reach their goals gives me the greatest satisfaction.”

Stuart L. Jaffe

Treasurer

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Stuart L. Jaffe is a CPA and is the managing partner of Kirsch, Kohn and Bridge LLP (KKB). He joined KKB in October 1986 and also heads the firm’s Tax Department.

Stuart has over 30 years of experience in public accounting, with his primary focus being tax compliance and planning for business and individuals in the technology, construction, entertainment, manufacturing, distribution and professional services industries. He practices in the area of complex tax matters and is provides services for many closely-held corporations and high net worth individuals.
Stuart earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Taxation from California State University, Northridge. He also holds a Certificate in Estate Planning issued by the California CPA Education Foundation.
Stuart is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the California Society of CPAs where he has held several leadership positions. He is also a former chairperson of the Los Angeles Chapter’s San Fernando Valley CPA Discussion Group.

In his spare time, Stuart is a soccer referee and is responsible for providing referee instruction throughout the San Fernando Valley. He is also the longest-serving active board member of American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) Region 58 (Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks). A former runner, Stuart now enjoys hiking and taking long walks with his wife, and spends a fair amount of time tending his vegetable garden.
Stuart grew up in Brooklyn, New York and has lived in the San Fernando Valley since 1976. He resides in Sherman Oaks with Fran, his wife of twenty-seven years, and their teenage daughter Leah. Their two older children, Jacob and Emily, currently live in Seattle, Washington and Eugene, Oregon.

Heidi Lennartz

Secretary/Chair-Elect

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Ms. Lennartz has served in community health and healthcare management for over 30 years, from LA Free Clinic, LA GLCSC, and Social Work in NYC to CEO of Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City.  She now serves as Associate Administrator at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, responsible for Ancillary Support Services and Continuum of Care divisions.

Ms. Lennartz has her BA Psychology from CSUN, MA Social Work, USC, LCSW, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In the 1990’s she served as Director of Mission Community Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services, collaborating with L.A. County’s network of mental health service providers, participating in psychiatric and homeless services taskforces with Hospital Association of Southern California, and represented stakeholder Hospitals for HASC during the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act. As CEO, she oversaw the development and opening of Mission’s San Fernando Community Center for Health & Education, providing free dental health services through UCLA School of Dentistry as well as Project ALTO, a diabetes education & teaching kitchen.

Ms. Lennartz has served on community and healthcare governing boards, including Shanti Foundation, Mission Community Hospital, National Alliance for Mental Illness, Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce, and received the Woman CEO of the Year Award 2010 from the SFV Business Journal.

Ms. Lennartz is a native of Southern California and an avid hiker, trekking Mount Whitney in 2009, 2011 and enjoys retreating with family to Orcas Island in Washington each year.  She has resided in North Hills, near New Horizons, for 17 years.

Directors

David Adelman

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Nathan B. Adlen

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F. Shawn Azizollahi

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F. Shawn Azizollahi, Managing Director at Marquee Law Group, APC, has devoted his career to serving his clients in various transactional matters. As a licensed and good standing member of the State Bar of California, Mr. Azizollahi received his Juris Doctorate from the prestigious UCLA School of Law. Mr. Azizollahi serves as Outside General Counsel for numerous businesses, spanning various industries throughout the western United States.

Mr. Azizollahi leads his firm’s transactional practice, whereby the firm represents clients in business deals within the following industries: real estate, construction, entertainment, manufacturing, technology, import/export, restaurant, retail, development and franchise related matters. His practice has been devoted to zealously and passionately advocating for his clients in numerous diverse corporate, entertainment and real estate transactions.

Mr. Azizollahi spearheaded his firm’s dedication to serving our community by creating the Marquee in the Community initiative. Through this program, Mr. Azizollahi advises and consults for many non-profits and community organizations within Southern California.

Glenn Baker

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Glenn Baker is the Chief Financial Officer for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and is responsible for all financial and investment functions of the Foundation as well as the organization’s information technology, retail, facility rentals and contracted food and photo services. Mr. Baker arrived at the Foundation in 2007, with substantial previous experience in non-profit institutions having worked in the same role at The Art Center College of Design and at The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association where he helped to oversee that organization’s move into the new Disney Concert Hall, as well as the rebuilding of the Hollywood Bowl as the Philharmonic’s summer venue.

Prior to those assignments, Mr. Baker worked for eleven years in a variety of roles and business units for The Walt Disney Company, including two years at ESPN the Magazine during its launch phase. He began his career as a C-130 pilot for Special Operations in the United States Air Force. He resigned after 8 years in order to attend business school.

Mr. Baker holds an undergraduate degree from the United States Air Force Academy and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. A native of Southern California, he and his wife Diane reside in Valencia and have two grown sons.

Gregory Buesing

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Ron Burkhardt

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Ron Burkhardt joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in 1994 as a vice president of the Washington, DC, office. Now situated as a managing director in the firm’s West Los Angeles office, he continues to specialize in national tenant representation and corporate services, providing his clients with real estate-related professional and technical support. Mr. Burkhardt focuses on lease and purchase transactions including: facility acquisition, financial analyses, market research, lease negotiations and sublease representation.

Mr. Burkharadt is also a prominent member of NGKF’s national non-profit division. In this capacity, he works with such clients as Autism Speaks, Inc., the California Society of CPAs, Los Angeles Education Partnership, Make-A-Wish Foundation and National Immigration Law Center. He has also represented corporate tenants such as Amazon.com, DeVry, Inc., John Paul Mitchell Systems, Net App Inc., Neutrogena and Woodside Natural Gas in their leasing requirements.

RECENT ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Anti Defamation League
  • Armanino (RBZ, LLP)
  • Autism Speaks
  • Bayard Advertising
  • DeVry University
  • Exceptional Children’s Foundation
  • Found Animals Foundation
  • Lido Advisors, LLC
  • Los Angeles Education Partnership, LLP
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • National Immigration Law Center
  • Neutrogena
  • Rocket Fuel, Inc.
  • System One/Compliance Staffing

Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Mr. Burkhardt was a senior leasing associate at Berens Asset Management Company, Inc. During his three years at Berens, Mr. Burkhardt focused on tenant representation and corporate real estate services. During his last year at Berens, he was recognized as the top producer in office leasing.

Mr. Burkhardt is the recipient of 2012 Social Sustainability® Champion Award and is the first corporate real estate director to receive this award, issued to those passionate about bettering the workplace and who lead with a social conscience. Individuals selected advocate a call to action in their fields of expertise regarding the importance of serving non-profit organizations locally and nationally and as stewards of the environment through efforts that mitigate climate change.

In addition, Mr. Burkhardt is a member of the Los Angeles Commercial Realty Association (LACRA). He also sits on the boards of ANEW Foundation, New Horizons, The Nonprofit Advisory Council (NAC), Starlight Children’s Foundation (Global Finance Committee) and A World Fit For Kids.

Mr. Burkhardt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business at Roger Williams University.

Luis A. Cayo

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Colin Donahue

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Colin Donahue is the Vice President for Administration and Finance at California State University, Northridge. Colin has over 25 years of experience in planning, design, construction and facilities management within both the public and private sectors. Since coming to the University in 1996, he has guided the development of the campus master plan, including the $407 million 1994 Northridge earthquake recovery program and $400 million in subsequent capital improvements. In addition to capital development, Colin oversees maintenance and operations of campus facilities and grounds, with a staff of more than 200 and an annual operating budget of $25 million.

Colin was born and raised in Southern California. He received a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology from Cal Poly, Pomona, and a Master of Public Administration from CSU, Northridge. He currently resides in Valencia with his wife Christine and three children: Kelsey, Padraic and Lacey.

John Eissele

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John D. Eissele is a Managing Director at MUFG Union Bank, N.A. and has been the national senior credit manager covering the Commercial Finance portfolio since 2012.

John has over 25 years of experience in finance and banking, with his primary focus on corporate and commercial lending and asset-based financing, serving clients in various industries including retail, manufacturing, distribution, technology, automotive, oil & gas and other industrial segments.  His client base ranges from privately held middle-market companies to large corporate clients.

John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola Marymount University.

John has lived in the San Fernando Valley since 1995.  He resides in Chatsworth with Lynn, his wife of twenty years, and their two teenage sons, Jake and Grant.

Alan Goodstein

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Brandon Kaufman

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Dana K. Martin

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Dana Martin is the College Director of ITT Technical Institute, Sylmar, where he manages all college operations. He became the Director in December 2006. ITT Technical Institute offers Bachelor and Associate Degree programs in Information Technology, Electronics, Drafting & Design, Criminal Justice and Health Sciences. Prior to joining ITT Technical Institute, Dana managed the Institute for Business & Technology in Santa Clara and the National Institute of Technology in Long Beach; now Wyotech. A former Marine Corps Colonel, Dana served for 23 years, 12 years active and 11 years reserves. During his service in the Marine Corps, Dana served in a variety of staff and command positions, including commanding officer of 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines. It was while stationed in Japan that Dana met his wife Debbie who was working for the Naval Audit Service.

Upon graduating from the University of Southern California following his active duty Marine Corps career, Dana founded an agriculture cooperative supporting California ostrich ranchers. The cooperative located at Avenal State Prison in the San Joaquin Valley, provided training for inmates pending release from state prison.
In 1996, Dana was instrumental in founding International School Licensing Corporation, an entrepreneurial venture founded to help raise funds for K-12 school programs.

Dana is a Vice Chair of the Valley Industrial and Commerce Association (VICA) and Chairs the Education Committee. He also supports his local community as a long time board member of the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association and the Sand Canyon Fire Safe Council.

Dana graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1979 and earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), with concentrations in entrepreneurial studies and operations management, from the University of Southern California in 1994.

Dana and his wife Debbie have lived in the Sand Canyon area of Santa Clarita since 1996 and have two children, Lindsey and Steven.

Sal Mendoza

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Patrick Murray

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Jeffrey Noblitt

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Jeff Noblitt is Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications at California State University, Northridge, where he leads the university’s marketing efforts.

Prior to coming to CSUN, Noblitt served as Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Waubonsee Community College in suburban Chicago; Vice President at Cambridge Educational Services, an educational publisher; and as Assistant Managing Editor at the Richmond Register, a daily newspaper in Richmond, Kentucky.

A strong proponent of community economic development and disability advocacy, Noblitt previously served as Chairman of Aurora Downtown and as a board member of the Association for Individual Development. Noblitt and his wife, Natalie, have three children, Nicolas, Nathaniel and Eliza.

Noblitt holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola University Chicago.

Kurt Peter

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Kurt attended the University of South Carolina on a track and cross country scholarship where he was both an athletic and academic “All – American”. After college Kurt began his career full time with Anheuser-Busch. Kurt started working in the process Engineering group where he was involved with several new brewing technologies. After two years in process engineering Kurt moved over to brewing where he worked in the Research Pilot Brewery. He was involved with several new product developments such as Bud Light, Natural Light, Chelsea, Root 66, and a Non Alcoholic beer “LA”.

In 1986 Kurt moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles. He has worked in all areas of brewing including 2 years as the assistant Brewmaster in their finishing department. While working in the brewhouse Kurt made several process improvements, the most significant being “Rice First” mash in cycle. He was also responsible for the new sparge water spray design “ Isodensic Nozzles”.
Kurt spent years gaining approval for a new filter beer releasing concept in which the beer is blended on the way to packaging “Post Filter Blending”

He led Modernization teams for their Brewhouse, Fermenting, and Finishing departments and is presently involved with scoping of their flavored beverage system. Kurt has been involved with Bud World’s for the past 5 years where he has performed numerous beer schools. He has also been on several radio and newspaper interviews where he talked about beer.

For fun Kurt plays tennis, golf, runs, and works out at the gym on a daily basis. Kurt, his wife Ashley, and their two daughters live in Sunny Southern California.

Angela Reese

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Angela Reese is an accomplished sales support manager offering an impressive background in the leadership, management and direction of major sales and portfolio management, with extensive experience in the banking industry.  She currently is a VP; Business Associate Manager at Wells Fargo managing Business Banking  teams in the San Fernando and Greater LA Markets.

Angela was born and raised in Fresno California and moved to Los Angeles to work in the music industry where she successfully became a promotion/sales director for large record labels. She later joined the banking industry where she has overseen the account management, sales and service for companies who sales size reaches up to 3 billion in annual sales.

Jerald Savin

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Carolyn Strauss

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Christine Ward

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Chris has an 18 year history in health care services. She was office administrator for the late California State Assemblymember, Keith S. Richman MD, when he was a General Practitioner (and internist) with a large medical practice serving the northeast San Fernando Valley. Chris gained experience with the developmentally disabled due in part to Dr. Richman’s association with Tierra Del Sol and the Sun Valley Child Care Center.

Since joining the California legislature in 2000, Chris has been director of constituent services to the 38th Assembly District, 435,000 residents in the San Fernando, Simi Valleys and Santa Clarita. She has been recognized by community organizations and patient advocates for expediting solutions to constituent complaints and helping folks caught in a bureaucratic nightmare. Chris has established a liaison with various state agencies which allows her to address and resolve a variety of issues for constituents. Her volunteer services resulted in Chris being named the Lakeside Healthcare Volunteer of the Year in 1999. Chris has had the opportunity to serve the 38th District for the past 11 years starting with Former Assemblyman Keith S. Richman, M.D.

A native of the San Fernando Valley, Chris is married to Rick Ward and they have four adult children and six grandchildren. Chris’ daughter Rachel was born 11 weeks premature in 1992 and suffered a cerebral brain hemorrhage that resulted in hydrocephalus. She and Rick encountered every parent’s worst nightmare—how to find resources to help their daughter live a fulfilling life. Through early physical and occupational therapies her daughter was able to live a fulfilling life and recently graduated from high school with honors. Chris has utilized the lessons learned with her family member in assisting numerous families.

Currently representing Assemblyman Cameron Smyth in the San Fernando Valley portion of the 38th District, Chris addresses community organizations on the Assemblymember’s legislative program and addresses issues such as the state budget crisis and changes in state laws and regulations. Chris’ greatest joy is in providing constituents and community organizations with assistance with state agencies.

Chris and Rick moved to the Antelope Valley in 1988. She is happy to serve with New Horizons because she can share her expertise with the legislature and, more importantly, she can share lessons learned with a daughter who faced significant challenges that were overcome with hard work, dedication and a good attitude. Chris looks forward to working with the clients and families of New Horizons.

Sue Weitkamp

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Sue Weitkamp is a probate paralegal in the Law Offices of Weitkamp & Weitkamp. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of New Horizons since 1992 and was President (no known as Chairman of the Board) for two terms (2003-2007). She was instrumental in getting the first annual golf tournament fundraiser started with the help of Susan Stearns and Mike Casey. It was during her administration that the very successful annual Gala and the Golf tournament fundraisers were initiated. She was Co-Chair, along with husband Fred Weitkamp and Stan Bryant, of our very successful capital campaign which raised in excess of $4,000,000.

When she learned that one of her law office clients controlled the development of the two acre parcel of property immediately adjacent to the New Horizons campus, she initiated the efforts and negotiations which culminated in the successful acquisition of that property for New Horizons. She was responsible for the formation of New Horizons Perpetual Foundation, Inc. in 1999 which organization serves as the endowment fund for New Horizons and which now has assets of in excess of $1,600,000.00.

Sue was also responsible for New Horizons acquiring the San Jose group home from one of the estates of her law offices. Their son, Troy Binder, was a client from 1971 through 1978 and was the first client to get a job out in the community through N.H. He worked in the community for nearly 30 years and was an inspiration to all who knew him. Sadly, he passed away from cancer in 2007. Sue and Fred have 6 children and 7 grandchildren, all of whom are supporters of New Horizons. They also have 4 great-grandchildren who will most likely follow in the same footsteps as their parents.

Honorary Directors

  • Paula Boland
  • Peggy Carr
  • Mitchell Englander
  • Julie Kavner
  • John Lithgow
  • Jonathan Murray
  • Julie Newmar
  • Charlotte Rae
  • Michael Tilson Thomas

Emeritus Council

  • Dick Bartus
  • Dr. Robert Behringer
  • Spero Bowman
  • Stan Bryant
  • Roc Caldarone
  • Sally Cook
  • Larry Daniels
  • Larry Diamond
  • Paul Elkins
  • Joyce Feucht-Haviar
  • Judy Fisher
  • Muriel Goldojarb
  • Janet Latto
  • Gene Siciliano
  • Susan Stearns
  • Stuart Steinberg