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Our Founders

Dr. Robert Donahue, Ed.D, Executive Director and co-founder

Dr. Donahue holds a Doctorate in Education from University of Southern California (USC) and has over 35 years experience as an educator. He was named Administrator of the Year by the California Association for Gifted Education in 1988 and has served as principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Dr. Donahue authored and received an Academic Volunteer and Mentor Service Grant from the Governorís Office of Education, as well as the Cesar Chavez Service Learning Grant from the Governorís Office of Service and Volunteerism. He also worked with LAUSD principals to qualify eligible students for free and reduced price meals, and to incorporate healthy, culturally appropriate foods in schools.

Board of Directors

Hilarie Murad, President
Murad Family Foundation

Jan Stein, Vice President
Executive Director, Retired
St. Vincent Foundation
The Nonprofit Partnership

SOSMentor is well equipped with the expertise, capacity, and experience to deliver exceptional results.
Carole Donahue, MA, Partnership Coordinator and co-founder

Mrs. Donahue has been teaching nutrition education to adults and children, both in schools and doctorsí offices, for more than two decades. She formerly ran family literacy, nutrition and mentoring programs in schools throughout L.A. Unified School District as Partnership Coordinator at LAUSD Beyond the Bell Branch.

Carole has 29 years experience as a teacher and program coordinator, and received a Masterís degree in Education from California State University Northridge (CSUN). In 1995, she founded the largest school-based mentoring program in California, earning her national recognition for her innovative program design.
Daniella Spadafora, BS, CHES, Program Coordinator 

Daniella Spadafora has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from California State University Northridge and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She works with the Program Manager to organize and implement SOSMentorís various programs and events. She also manages mentors, program documentation, and social media.

Our Staff

Emily Norensberg, Secretary
Educational Consultant
Hollywood High School

David Kohn, Treasurer
Executive Vice President
California United Bank

Patti Behr
Director of Marketing and Acquisitions
SOWA Development, Inc.

Carole Donahue
Co-Founder/Partnership Coordinator

Sarah Farnham
Youth Athletic Coach
The Wesley School and Colfax Charter ES

Michael T. Greene, Ed.D., M.S., R.D.
Doctor of Education Registered Dietitian

Rita Henderson
Director Educational Programs
Nestle USA

Todd Johnson
President & CEO
Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Sumi Kawaratani
MD, Family Medicine
Private Practice - Los Angeles

Paula Kendrick
Risk Management Consultant

Carole Shandler, J.D.
SGS Produce

Barrie Segall
Segall Nonprofit Consulting

Executive Director
Robert Donahue
SOSMentorís mission is to empower underserved youth to make healthy choices. We deliver innovative nutrition and fitness education that inspires kids to advocate for health in their schools, families, and communities.
Advisory Council
Alan Bernstein
Sales Manager
Pace Litho

Michael Chooljian
Chooljian Brothers Packing Co.

Tuan Do
Chief Operating Officer
Zealyx Computer Solutions

Teresa Power
Author, Yoga Instructor
The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

Margaret Karren
Managing Partner
Green Hasson & Janks, LLP Accountancy Corp.

Dr. Anu Pakanati
MD, Oncologist
Kaiser Permanente, Panorama City

TK Pillan
Co-Founder/Co-Chair and Managing Partner
Veggie Grill and Powerplant Ventures

Lisa Tollman
Executive Director Global Marketing