Mr. Razi is the President and founder of The Stratham Group of Companies. He is a Trustee Emeritus of California State University, member of the Board of Governors of California State University Foundation, Chairman of the Farhang Foundation and Vice Chairman of The Midnight Mission. He is past President of the BIA/Baldy View Chapter, and a former Member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Investment of the State of California.
In 2004, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Baldy View Chapter of the Building Industry Association. Mr. Razi was selected as Builder of the Year for 2006 by the Building Industry Association of Southern California.
He has served as Chairman of the Committee on Campus Planning, Building and Grounds, Chair of the Committee on Audit, and Chair of Committee on Institutional Advancement of California State University.
Mr. Razi is a graduate of King’s College, London University in Civil Engineering and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
R. Stephen Doan received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1971, graduating summa cum laude, with highest department honors. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1974. He has been a member of the California State Bar Association since 1974 and belongs to its Sections on Taxation and Probate and Estate Planning.
He is very involved in volunteer work, having served as Grand Master of Masons in California, Chairman of the Board of the Midnight Mission on Skid Row, President of the Youth Fund of Southern California, President of the Boys and Girls Club of Venice and a Vestry member of his church.
Director David R. Doan has been a member of the Board of Directors for The Midnight Mission since 1998. As a senior member of the Board he is now serving as the Board Secretary. He has been active in many charitable organizations in the Los Angeles area for the last 20 years. He has worked for the Los Angeles Police Department since 1973.
He retired from active duty in 2011 as a Deputy Chief of Police and continues to volunteer for the Department working on leadership training, mentoring of command officers and special projects for the Chief of Operations.
A native of Southern California, Larry Adamson is the President and CEO Emeritus, Member, Board of Directors of The Midnight Mission, Los Angeles’ premier social service agency serving the homeless, poor and addictive population of Southern California. Prior to accepting this position in May 1998, Adamson served as Vice President of Administration for the Automobile Club of Southern California for 23 years.
During his tenure at The Midnight, he has been successful in growing the total asset to over $46 million, an increase of $20 million. In 2005, he led the corporate relocation effort of The Midnight’s new 138,000 square foot facility at 6th St. & San Pedro St. in Los Angeles’ “Skid Row”. He has also lead the efforts which secured one of the largest AmeriCorps grants in the nation for outreach services.
Adamson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He serves on several Boards of Directors and is the past Grand Master of the Free & Accepted Masons of the state of California. He has also served as President of Board of the Los Angeles Central Area Providers Collaborative, as Vice Chairman of the Board of ACSC Federal Credit Union and the Foundation for California State University, Los Angeles. In addition, he was elected to Who’s Who of American Business Leaders. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles.
For over 10 years, Larry served on the Board of Directors of the CSULA Alumni Association where he was President in 1996. In 1998 he was honored as the University Alumni of Merit. In 1996, he joined the CSU Alumni Council, an organization that represents the Alumni Associations of the 23 campus of the California State University system, where he served two terms as President from 1998 to 2000. The 1998, he was honored as the systems “Outstanding Alumni”. In 2005, Adamson was confirmed as a Trustee of the California State University System.
In December 2004, Adamson was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to serve as Commissioner for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which he chairs currently.
Adamson is active in several community and social organizations. He is the past President of his Rotary Club and is past District Chair of Urban Emphasis for the Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council.
Adamson married his wife Lynn in 1974. They live in Newhall, California and have two adult daughters, two son-in-laws and three grandchildren.
Richard Aguiar is a Managing Director in the Los Angeles office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Rich delivers comprehensive advice to oversee the complex financial needs of prominent families, business entrepreneurs, corporate executives, foundations, and nonprofit institutions.
Rich takes a holistic approach to offer customized recommendations encompassing financial planning, investments, lending, tax and estate planning, and charitable giving. He recognizes the benefits of working across a client’s balance sheet to facilitate informed decisions that blend short-term tactical opportunities with long-term, strategic ideas. Rich serves as an experienced sounding board to connect like-minded families and share best practices. He is an influential leader in the community and plays an essential role in expanding J.P. Morgan’s presence in the area.
With 25+ years of experience in financial services that spans both coasts, Rich began his career at SEI Investments, designing technology systems that powered bank wealth managers and other financial advisory firms. Shifting focus to work directly with private clients, he joined Boston Private Bank & Trust Co., where he led in bringing the firm’s wealth management services to the Los Angeles market. Rich later worked at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Bank, and most recently Deutsche Bank Wealth Management, where he advised ultra-high-net-worth families. He joined J.P. Morgan to enhance the capabilities and services he brings to his client engagements.
Rich has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Certificate in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. Rich is proud to serve on the board of directors of The Midnight Mission, the oldest continuously operating human services organization in the Los Angeles area. The Midnight Mission offers a beacon of hope for people experiencing homelessness, fusing care and compassion with accountability to provide resources and structure for a meaningful bridge to self-sufficiency. He formally served as President of the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the Georgia Tech Alumni Network.
Saul serves as Vice President, Facilities at E&I Cooperative Services. He is responsible for developing the strategic framework to improve growth and utilization of E&I’s facilities category contract portfolio, with a focus on establishing, enhancing, and negotiating regional and national contracts for higher education and K-12 markets in the U.S.
Before joining E&I, Saul held various leadership positions at W.W. Grainger, Inc., including a role as Sr. National Sales Manager, where he led the company’s largest education contract with over 1,800 customers nationwide. He also served as District Sales Manager and Government Sales Manager in Southern California for Grainger Public Sector West where he headed up a top performing team of sales professionals.
Prior to joining Grainger in 2009, Saul was Managing Partner at Pinnacle AGI. His primary role was representing private and public clients on investment, procurement, and economic development projects. He also served as a senior Business/Economic Advisor to three City of Los Angeles Mayors, where he was responsible for various city investments and public procurement contracts that ultimately benefited the public and business communities.
Saul’s philanthropic efforts are focused on education, human health, and development. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of The Midnight Mission. He serves on the Board of Directors of USC LAA, focused on providing scholarship assistance for the academic advancement of USC students who demonstrate financial need or merit. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the California Masonic Foundation, making a profound difference for public schools in communities across California.
Saul earned a B.S. in Public Policy & Administration from the University of Southern California (USC).
Maria Beckman is Senior Vice President/Consumer Banking and Merrill Edge Region Executive for the Los Angeles-South Bay Region, overseeing ten Market Leaders and a team of 725 associates across 71 financial centers. In this role, she is responsible for developing, implementing and executing a plan to deliver Bank of America’s “One Team” strategy focused on our client management process, cross line of business referrals, and building a World Class Sales and Service Force.
Ms. Beckman has thirty years of leadership experience in the financial services industry, which includes the role of District Manager at Wells Fargo, before joining Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management team as Premier Market Manager for the Beverly Hills Premier Market. Beckman has held multiple roles at Bank of America prior to her current assignment, including Consumer Market Executive, Regional Sales Executive for the Legacy Greater Los Angeles and Southwest Regions, Business Support Executive for the Community West Region, MSM for the Alhambra Market and most recently Region Executive for the Arizona North Region.
Ms. Beckman served as the Co-Chair for the Los Angeles Chapter of I-Gen, our employee network focused on understanding and leveraging intergenerational diversity, which she and her leadership team launched in September 2013 and then served as the West Region Leader for IGEN until 2017. In this role, she mentored, coached and supported chapters in Los Angeles, Phoenix, North Texas, Houston, Kansas City and Chicago. Maria is active in multiple employee networks including HOLA, ALN, WT&O and is an LGBT Ally. She was a founding member of the Latino Strategy Executive Council in Los Angeles and established the Hispanic Business Council in Phoenix. Beckman is a three-time winner of Bank of America’s prestigious Global Diversity and Inclusion Award for her work with I-GEN and for building an inclusive work environment at Bank of America. In addition, she is a 2015 Performance Excellence and Pinnacle Club Award Winner.
Maria grew up in Bakersfield California. She is a graduate of UCLA where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. She is a FINRA registered principal with Series 7, 66, 9 and 10 licenses.
Ms. Beckman is married and has one son, Ryan, a senior at Loyola High School. She is passionate about her community and supported the Market President Council as the Senior Banking Executive for the San Gabriel and South Bay/Long Beach Markets. She serves on the boards of The Midnight Mission and Junior Achievement of Southern California and has a strong relationship with and supports multiple non-profit organizations, including March of Dimes, the American Diabetes Association and The Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Katherine is a Co-Founder of Vivi Jewelry, formerly Cookie Lee Jewelry, America’s fastest growing direct sales jewelry company, where she was instrumental in their recent re-branding and re-launch. Katherine is the Senior National Sales Director and trains and manages a sales team of over 45,000 people. She has been recognized as the company’s #1 recruiter with over 800 people recruited throughout her career. She has also been recognized for #1 in sales since the company’s inception in 1991. Throughout her career, Katherine has sold over one million dollars in jewelry.
Katherine, originally from Paradise Valley, Arizona, was first exposed to social issues at the age of six. Her father, an avid volunteer of St. Vincent de Paul in downtown Phoenix, imposed in Katherine a need to help others who were less fortunate.
Katherine has been volunteering at The Midnight Mission since college, when she stayed in Los Angeles during her Thanksgiving break. Since this time, she has been a dedicated volunteer, bringing her children here as well. She believes that her children have benefited from volunteering at The Midnight Mission and that these experiences have helped them grow into responsible young adults.
Katherine is delighted to be a mother of two boys, a Masonic wife, an active member of the Order of Eastern Star and has been a member of The Midnight Mission’s Board of Directors since 2009. She received her B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1991 and her M.D.E. (Management Development for Entrepreneurs) from U.C.L.A.’s Anderson School of Management in 2013.
Ronald Koretz received his undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology. He then received his M.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
After his service in the United States Air Force and the completion of training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, he spent over thirty years in academic medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and the UCLA School of Medicine.
He is currently Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine.
Ron has received multiple honors and awards in regards to his schooling, medical publications, service in the Air Force and his involvement in Masonry.
He is happily married with three children.
Liberman is former President and CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, where he served from 2003 to 2012, leading the organization in its efforts to market and sell Los Angeles worldwide. Prior to joining LA Tourism, Liberman spent over 34 years with United Airlines, moving to Los Angeles in 1995 to become United’s Vice President, North America – Western Region. His previous roles with United Airlines included serving as Vice President – Latin America, based in Miami, Florida, where he launched United’s Latin American Division in 1992; and Vice President of Services Planning and Vice President of Reservations and Ticket Sales at United’s world headquarters in Chicago. Liberman has served as a Commissioner to the California Travel and Tourism Commission and is on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association – Southern California Southland Chapter and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission.
Mr. Noonan serves as an Executive Vice President and Managing Director in the Construction Services Group at Alliant Insurance Services headquartered in Newport Beach, CA. In this role, he serves on the North America Construction Executive Committee. Mr. Noonan is responsible for client service and strategy inside the Construction Practice. Prior to this role, he was the Executive Vice President and Construction Industry Leader for another large broker.
Before joining the brokerage industry Mr. Noonan was the Senior Vice President of Risk Management at a top 20 ENR Construction Manager where he led the Risk Management department. He oversaw the corporate insurance program, rolling CCIP program, Subcontractor Default program, Enterprise Risk Management, Subcontractor Pre-Qualification, Surety, and all other risk and insurance-related functions. Prior to that, he served as a Regional Director with a top 5 ENR Construction Manager.
Mr. Noonan speaks at many national conferences, including the IRMI Construction Risk Conference. In 2014 he was awarded the Words of Wisdom award at the annual IRMI Construction Risk Conference. He also spends a large amount of time educating students in both Risk Management and Construction Management programs.
While his professional life is important he feels his true purpose is to help others.
Kristina Olson is a new business development leader with proven success and established expertise creating integrated brand communications, marketing strategies and marketing execution globally across multiple channels. Her success has been achieved through a combination of data, analytics and targeted marketing collateral to drive ROI and impactful marketing solutions including print, digital communications, distribution strategies and in- store interactions. Having held senior executive positions with companies such as Metromail, RR Donnelley, Valassis and Cenveo, she has developed strong client and network relationships with a hands-on approach to create solutions for short and long term strategic opportunities. Her clients have included AT&T, Hilton Hotels, Petco, Carl Zeiss, Princess Cruises, Hyundai and Blackstone. She has recently been selected as an Ambassador for the California Technology Council, a membership organization providing advocacy, research and business development to further preserve California’s leadership and achievement in technology and innovation.
Success in the business world has afforded Tina the ability to share those skills towards her social passions of education, at-risk youth and homelessness:
Kristina has an undergraduate degree in Human Behavior (Sociology, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology) from California Western/ United States International University. Her post-graduate studies were focused on Psychology and International Business.
Ms. Olson is an accomplished pianist and enjoys reading, music and the arts. She and her husband live in the Hollywood Hills and maintain an active lifestyle.
Ronald began his public service career in 1963, at the age of 17-years by enlisting in the United States Marine Corp, becoming a Non-Commissioned Officer in 1965, during the Vietnam conflict. Upon completing a 4-year tour of duty, he entered public service once again with the California Highway Patrol in 1967, as a State Traffic Officer assigned to the East Los Angeles office.
In 1980, he transitioned from State Service with the California Highway Patrol to Federal Service with the National Transportation Safety Board, where he conducted and supervised comprehensive and forensic highway accident investigations in catastrophic accidents. During his 28-year career with the NTSB, he achieved the position of Regional Director of the Western Region as Investigator In-Charge of Federal Investigations throughout the 13 western states. He helped develop and implement safety studies in school bus safety, seatbelt design and use, as well as child safety seat design, placement and implementation. Over time the recommendations promulgated by the NTSB were adopted nation-wide. In 2008, he completed 45-years as a professional public servant, in the field of highway safety.
He has served on the Board of the Midnight Mission since 1998, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital for Children. He is also committed, as President, to the work of the Imani Economic and Community Development Corporation. And as a Mason, he has labored in the quarries of the Prince Hall Masonic Fraternity for the betterment of humanity for over 38-years, serving as its Most Worshipful Grand Master from 1998-2001.
Ronald is a native of Jersey City, NJ and resides with his wife, Lena, in the San Gabriel Valley. They have four children, twelve grand children and three great-grand children. He has earned degrees in both Business Administration and Business Management from the University of Redlands.
Mark Rothstein is one of the USA’s top Certified Financial Planners and Income Tax Specialists. He has three decades of experience in the fields of personal finance and investment. Mark is Founder and President of Tri-Star Income Tax and Financial Services, one of the largest Wealth Management Firms in the Los Angeles area. He is also past President and Chairman of the Board for the Los Angeles Financial Planning Association – which presides over the Certified Financial Planners of greater Los Angeles. Mark is a member and educator for the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Estate Planners.
Mark is known to and applauded by millions of radio listeners, nationwide, as “Mr. Money” – #1 rated talk show. In addition to his “Mr. Money” radio talk show, Mark has been featured on NBC Nightly News, and a frequent commentator on the Fox Business Channel. He is also co-author of the personal finance book “Love, Money and Control”. Mark was recognized by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of the top Financial Planners in the USA (2008-2012). He was also featured in Los Angeles Magazine as one of the Top Financial Planners (2011-2012).
Mark is philanthropic with his time, financial expertise, and money with Charitable Foundation Boards: Midnight Mission (ending homelessness), Washington Institute (peace among nations), and the American Jewish University (religious self-expression). He teaches a comprehensive, three day money-seminar, nationwide to thousands of students, with graduates in action to put their entire financial life in order toward massive wealth creation.
Native Southern Californian Mike Thom is Managing Director and Chief Corporate Administrative Officer for MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation and its primary subsidiary, MUFG Union Bank. He was appointed to this role in November 2017. Mr. Thom, who joined the company in 1994, reports to CEO for the Americas Steve Cummings and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Americas.
Mr. Thom is responsible for the Central Risk and Controls Office (CRCO), which develops strategies, policies, and governance procedures to remediate open issues across the enterprise. He also oversees Corporate Communications, Corporate Branding, Sponsorships and Events, Corporate Security, Corporate Real Estate, Location Strategy and Execution, the Chief Data Office, the Chief Economist’s Office, Crisis and Critical Issue Management, and Business Continuity Management.
During his nearly 25 years with the company, Mr. Thom has held a number of key roles including: Chief Strategy Officer, Head of Integration Management and CFO of Global and Wealth Markets. He began his career at the accounting firm Ernst & Young as a senior auditor. Mr. Thom earned a B.S. in accounting from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a MBA from the University of Southern California.
Stephen Watson, President and Partner of Total Realty Group, is a California native. Stephen attended the University of Santa Clara. Mr. Watson has an impressive client list, which includes major financial institutions, and high net-worth individuals, yet he understands the concerns of the smaller investor. He is primarily responsible for marketing Investment Properties in the Greater Los Angeles areas.
Mr. Watson’s family has been in Real Estate development since the 1950’s. He is a seasoned real estate professional with over thirty years experience in managing real estate investments in the Los Angeles and Southern California area. Stephen has been a top income-producing agent for 15 years. In June of 2003 he purchased controlling interest in Total Investment Real Estate Brokers. During his tenure at Total Investment Real Estate Brokers has experienced significant growth, seeing revenues grow almost 225% in addition to doubling staff size. Total Investment Real Estate Brokers is a commercial brokerage that has successfully closed transactions valued over $250,000,000 in the past years. In 2009 Total Realty Group was formed and Mr. Watson became a Partner and President.
Mr. Watson is a member of The Board of Directors at The Midnight. He sits on the Board of Saint Brendan School Council and he also sits on the Board of the West End Group, a non-profit whose sole purpose is to help those in need. Mr. Watson currently lives in Los Angeles with his children.
G. Michael Arnold has been the President and CEO of The Midnight Mission since January of 2016. Prior to his current position, Mike was a Certified Public Accountant and also served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).
Mike’s professional experience includes Big Four international public accounting and executive management roles in the non-profit and government sectors, serving in executive roles with the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and large health systems and research institutes. He also founded an independent consulting firm specializing in federal contract and grant compliance, health care finance, and organizational management.
In 2005, Mike was retained by the County of Los Angeles to assist in the assessment and restructuring of LAHSA, where he led the agency through a major financial reorganization and developed robust fiscal management and reporting capacity. Mike provided ongoing financial management consulting to LAHSA before becoming its Chief Operating Officer in 2006. He was promoted to Executive Director in 2008, serving as Executive Director until December 2014.
Mike has been a major force behind the re-engineering and expansion of the Los Angeles Continuum of Care’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a HUD mandated data collection and reporting system designed to provide information on community’s homeless populations served. Under his tenure and leadership, Los Angeles City and County achieved some of their lowest homeless count numbers in recent history. During his tenure at LAHSA, he focused on improving the effectiveness of the services offered to people experiencing homelessness throughout Los Angeles County and is a relentless change agent for integration and collaboration of services and housing for individuals, youth, and families.
Mike is committed to ensuring a full continuum of services and programs are available to serve all people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. These include permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people as well as solutions that provide pathways to housing and self-sufficiency for non-chronic youth, individuals, and families.
Under Mike’s leadership, The Midnight Mission has expanded its services in Los Angeles to include both men’s and women’s shelter and bridge housing services.
Clancy Imislund, Managing Director of The Midnight Mission since 1974, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2020. For 46 years, he worked relentlessly, helping disenfranchised people in Skid Row find a pathway to self-sufficiency. Clancy is known worldwide for his leadership in the 12-step community, speaking globally to bring a message of life-saving hope to those in the darkest places.
Among his many accomplishments, Clancy was responsible for bringing the 12-step philosophy to The Midnight, establishing the organization as one of the first providers of addiction treatment on Skid Row, earning him the title, “The King of Skid Row.” Clancy has said that what The Midnight Mission does “is the difference between giving a hungry person a fish and teaching them how to fish.”
Clancy led The Midnight through the many dramatic changes occurring on Skid Row over the past five decades. During his tenure, he saw drastic changes in the population, which began to include not only homeless men but women and children, too. Clancy championed the Capital Campaign to build TMM’s facility at 601 S. San Pedro Street, which opened in 2005 to handle the diverse populations The Midnight Mission now serves.
TMM President & CEO Mike Arnold stated, “Clancy has been part of The Midnight Mission family for almost 50 years, and has a special place in our lives, and our hearts. He was my mentor, my advocate, my fellow Norwegian, who always understood and loved my Olli and Olaf jokes, and a kindred spirit in his desire to help people live better lives than they ever imagined for themselves. We can and should celebrate that we had the opportunity to spend so much time with this man whose presence was always larger than life, and recognize that we may never meet anyone who has left a bigger footprint on not only The Midnight Mission but the world at large than our friend, Clancy.”
Where Clancy’s life ended was a far cry from where he began. He was born in the small town of Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1927. At the tender age of fifteen, Clancy left home, joined the Merchant Marines, marked his sixteenth birthday in Pearl Harbor, and then joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. After the war, while in college, Clancy began drinking with other Veterans and growing more dependent on alcohol. Despite not liking the taste, he continued to drink because it was “the thing to do.” Alcohol slowly took control of his life, and after a 15 year downhill battle, Clancy found himself alone and penniless on the streets of Skid Row. He had lost everything, his career as a successful marketing executive, friends, and his family. Only the clothes on his back and portable typewriter remained, which he pawned for ten dollars so he could function a bit longer.
When Clancy was thrown out of The Midnight on October 31, 1958, after a brief scuffle, no one dreamed that one day he would return to become the organization’s leader. Back out on the street again, Clancy realized he had finally hit bottom. His recovery began by his walking 71 blocks, in the rain, to an alcoholic rehabilitation center on Wilshire and Fairfax. Upon entering, Clancy was finally willing to do whatever it might take to get his life back. Under the instruction of a mentor, Clancy found a job, a plan for life, and began his journey on the road of recovery.
After five years of sobriety and laborious progress on his part, his wife and family reunited. He made his way back into the work world and, after some time, became an executive at KHJ radio and television in Los Angeles, where he was instrumental in introducing the “boss radio” format. During this time, he began working with alcoholics and speaking to civic groups about alcoholism and rehabilitation. He had found his passion in helping others get their lives back. No one could describe alcoholism or talk to “drunks” the way that Clancy could.
“Clancy Imislund was the Jonas Salk of recovery,” TMM supporter and friend, actor/activist Ed Begley, Jr. explained. “With 12 steps (and often 12 good jokes), he could inoculate a large room, or one lonely and desperate soul with a cure that, unlike polio, didn’t last a lifetime, but one manageable a day at a time. The millions of people that he touched around the world will never be the same.”
In 1974, Clancy was enjoying a second successful career in publishing and radio promotion, when a member of TMM’s Board of Directors asked if he knew of any candidates that were qualified for the Managing Director position. He could find no one that would take the job and decided to do it himself on an interim basis. Clancy discovered his true calling and was so effective using his talents that he stayed on permanently.
Over the years, Clancy had a profound impact at The Midnight and in the lives of the thousands of people who have come through our doors. Clancy brought an unmatchable level of empathy and understanding to the organization. TMM Board member and former President and CEO Larry Adamson wrote, “A great man has been called to his place in God’s kingdom. Everywhere I traveled and spoke of The Midnight Mission, Clancy’s name would immediately become the subject. He was a man who had more impact on humanity than anyone I ever had the privilege to know. God, thank you for allowing me the privilege to have shared the leadership of The Midnight Mission with him. Until we meet again, my brother, until we meet again. Rest in Peace.”
Never one to mince words, Clancy was known for his direct, no-nonsense demeanor, but also his approachability. He always seemed to have the time to listen and provide a few words of wisdom. To say that Clancy was the heart and soul of The Midnight would be an understatement. Clancy saved homeless lives, as well as the lives of alcoholics all over the world. He offered hope to everyone: rich and poor, those living in tents and boxes, and those living in Beverly Hills mansions. They would all come to the Midnight to get his help to beat alcoholism. Longtime friend and TMM supporter, entertainer Dick Van Dyke said of Clancy, “He was one of a kind. How many of us owe our lives to him?!”
The cornerstone to recovery is one alcoholic helping another alcoholic. For over 61 years, Clancy lived a life that mattered and showed others by his example, how helping one person help another could make an enormous difference to those whom the world may consider hopeless. The traditions he established will have a ripple effect on the lives of those who knew him and will continue to impact for generations to come. “Clancy was the most influential person in my life,” TMM board member and friend Steve Watson said. “He taught me that it is our great honor to be able to help another human being, no matter what their pain or suffering or needs are. He helped give me a purpose for my life, and that is to help my fellow man, woman, or child.”
To carry on his legacy, Clancy leaves his five children, fifteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and thousands of friends who considered him their teacher and mentor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, and his son.
Donald Holt has a passion for people experiencing homeless and has been working to help homeless individuals since 2006. After graduating from college, he became an outreach worker for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Donald also worked with CalWorks Families Project as a program manager and with Volunteers of America. Today, he is The Midnight Mission’s OC Courtyard’s Director.
Donald says, “working with and assisting people experiencing homelessness in different capacities and at all levels of the field has been an eye-opening, humbling, and extremely rewarding opportunity.” Donald works hard to ensure those who are underserved have a voice and receive the services they need with dignity and respect.
He says he loves to work for The Midnight Mission. The Midnight Mission has track record for serving the homeless community in Skid Row since 1914, and Donald believes this foundation speaks volumes. Donald has seen a lot throughout his career, and he states, “TMM is an organization that continues to fight to end homelessness, and I am happy to be a part of that tradition.”
Donald loves to help give people the tools they need for a new beginning. One of Donald’s most memorable experiences while working with TMM was getting to witness one of the residents reunite with their family after being separated for ten years! The Midnight Mission has provided Donald with a place to fulfill his passionate purpose and we are grateful he is part of TMM family.
Arpit Jain is the Chief Financial Officer at The Midnight Mission. He has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 2012 and started his career with Ernst and Young as a financial auditor. Arpit’s professional experience includes over eight years working in the healthcare industry with organizations including Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai, and Torrance Memorial. He has worked in various capacities, including consulting, risk assessment, financial audits, and as a Controller and Financial Executive. Arpit has been heavily involved in the nonprofit sector for over ten years through various charitable organizations where he serves on their boards. Arpit joined The Midnight Mission to make a difference to people who have lost faith in themselves and are trying to get back on their feet. He believes The Midnight Mission is a source of light for the people struggling and looks forward to continuing the organization’s life-changing work.
Georgia Berkovich is the Director of Public Affairs for The Midnight Mission and is responsible for their volunteer program, communications, community affairs, and community events. She created and manages Art With A Mission, Music With A Mission, and Laughter With A Mission, which are programs aimed at bringing hope to people in the Skid Row community. In recovery herself, she brings a unique perspective to her position. She speaks nationwide about her recovery and her work at The Midnight. Before being hired at The Midnight in 2010, Georgia had been volunteering with the organization since 1993 while working in the corporate and non-profit fields. In 2019, she was named Pioneer Woman of the Year by the Commission on the Status of Women and LA City Council District 14. She has served on the boards of Street Symphony since 2015 and the West End Group, Inc. since 2020. Georgia is a southern California native and resides in the Los Angeles area.
Marcus Butler is Director of Security Operations. He is responsible for The Midnight Mission’s Security which includes all Security Staff, Hygiene Center Staff, HomeLight Family Living Security Staff and security oversight at the Courtyard OC located in Santa Ana. Marcus came to The Midnight in 2002 in need of assistance due to homelessness and drug addiction. After completing the Healthy Living Recovery Program in 2004, Marcus was offered a position as Manager of Security. In 2012 Marcus was promoted to his present position as Director. Marcus is an Oklahoma native and still has roots there.
Christopher Doyle has spent more than 30 years in the non-profit world leading the resource development efforts of local, national and international charities. Through his efforts to build exceptional teams, focus efforts and effectively allocate resources, tens of millions of dollars have been channeled to worthy programs and needy people around the world.
Before joining the blue dawg team, Chris served as the VP of Development for the Los Angeles Mission, one of the oldest and largest gospel rescue missions in the United States. Together with his 15-member development team, he raised over $10 million in contributions to support the programs and services of the mission located in the heart of Skid Row. During his tenure, the active donor file grew by 18% and overall donations went up 10%.
Prior to serving at the LA Mission, Mr. Doyle served as the VP and Client Services Lead for Brewer Direct, Inc a direct marketing agency in Monrovia, CA. Chris was responsible for all aspects of client services for the agency whose client base includes over 30 rescue missions from across the United States. Chris built annual fundraising strategies for clients, monitored the results and provided analytical analysis of all activities. In his last year, client revenue grew over $1 million, an increase of 14% over the previous year.
Prior to working at Brewer, Chris was the Executive Director of Development for the Salvation Army, Southern California Division, which is the largest division in the Western Territory of The Army. Chris managed a department of 25 staff and was responsible for raising $20 million in current revenue along with $15 million in estate gifts. During his tenure overall income grew by 8.5% and direct marketing revenue grew by 10%, increasing over $1 million in his last year.
Mr. Doyle served as the Executive Director of African Enterprise from 2010-2012. AE has field offices in ten African countries and has over 50 years of experience in reaching the urban areas of Africa through a stratified evangelism process. Chris led the fundraising efforts for the US office connecting with donors and churches across the country.
Mr. Doyle was President and Chief Executive Officer of American Leprosy Missions from January 1995 until January 2010. He was responsible for securing financial resources for the organization, managing the agency’s development plan, and fulfilling ALM’s mission and vision to eliminate leprosy and its consequences. ALM is the United States’ oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to the care and treatment of people with Hansen’s disease worldwide. In 2001, ALM received the Award for Excellence in Fundraising from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the highest honor bestowed by the association.
At ALM, Mr. Doyle traveled to 18 countries on behalf of the mission surveying field projects and collaborating with international partner agencies. He served on the boards of the Schieffelin Leprosy Research & Training Center in Karigiri, India, and The Leprosy Mission Trust, India as well as the National Directors’ Forum of The Leprosy Mission International.
From March 1988 through December 1994, Mr. Doyle was state director of Bethany Christian Services of South Carolina. With five offices in the state and headquarters in Columbia, Bethany is the largest non-profit, private child-placing agency in South Carolina.
He was trust officer for South Carolina National Bank (now Wells Fargo) for two years preparing fiduciary tax returns in the trust tax department, conducting research for trust administrators and assisting in estate tax planning.
Mr. Doyle was graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, serving as student body president in his senior year. He also has an Associate Degree in Business from Greenville Technical College. He has done graduate work at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina and holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from Clemson.
Mr. Doyle has served on numerous boards including the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and is currently a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Los Angeles area Chapter. He received his CFRE certification in 2016.
Mr. Doyle served in the United States Marine Corps for ten years and receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of E-6.
Christopher J. Doyle was born in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire in 1958 and raised in Rhode Island. He is the son of Mary Doyle of The Villages, Florida.
Stephen Hall is the Director of Operations at The Midnight Mission. He is responsible for the strategy, leadership, and management of multiple non-programmatic departments within The Midnight Mission, including facility operations, transportation, food services, warehousing, and related activities.
Before joining The Midnight Mission, Stephen spent over fifteen years as the Director of Operations with Guidance Community Development Center (Guidance), a non-profit grassroots community outreach organization in South Los Angeles. Guidance provides in-home outreach services, child welfare, enrichment programs, and mental health services to families in underserved areas of the community, providing resources and services that ensure the preservation of the family unit.
While at Guidance, Stephen provided oversight for all of the agency’s operations, including facilities, transportation, outreach, and other supporting roles. He created ESL for Parents and developed an internship program that helped prepare master’s level students from schools such as the University of Southern California, Boston College, and California State University Long Beach, for careers in social work.
Stephen spent over fifteen years in the aerospace and defense industry, working with Hughes Aircraft Company and Boeing Satellite Systems. He supported programs such as the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the B2 Bomber, the Tow Cobra, and Apache helicopters. As a Production Control Coordinator with Boeing Satellite Systems, he coordinated the production and manufacturing of communication satellite systems for DirecTV, XM Radio, and several government communications programs.
Currently, Stephen is a board member with Youth Esteem Corporation (YEC). This philanthropic organization sponsors school supply and holiday giveaways and with Guardian Institute for Technology (GIFT), an organization that offers mentoring and tutoring programs.
As part of the team at The Midnight Mission, Stephen is intent upon using his skills to support health, recovery, and The Midnight Mission’s ultimate goal of providing a path to self-sufficiency.
Heather MacCartney is the Director of Human Resources for The Midnight Mission. After 25 years in the field of human resources across multiple industries from social services to entertainment, technology, and consulting she has learned to focus on developing employees at every level. To Heather, Human Resources is a service department dedicated to the growth, efficiency, and improvement of the organization through strengthening processes, procedures, and skills at every level of the organization. Her “why” is to help others discover their own purpose and mentoring them to achieve their own “why.”
She is a Los Angeles native, mother of three children, fluent in French, and has lived in five different countries.
As a member of the executive team, Ricardo Rosales is responsible for the overall operation of HomeLight Family Living, a program of The Midnight Mission located in Inglewood. HomeLight Family Living provides the path for families in crisis to reunify, rebuild and restore their lives. They provide education, career preparedness, counseling and life skills to break the cycle of abuse and poverty to ensure independent, successful living.
In his role as Director, Ricardo spearheaded and chaired the Transitional Housing Action Team (THAT) that brought together over 17 homeless service agencies focused on improving their programs and services. In 2014, Ricardo was assigned to lead the re-branding of the HomeLight program. He develops and organizes events to market the brand. He has forged celebrity partnerships and developed new social media strategies to raise awareness and visibility for HomeLight while cultivating new sponsors and supporters.
In 2015, Ricardo joined the City Of Champions Revitalization Initiative. The focus of the initiative was to help secure the constituent vote to help bring the new football stadium to Inglewood.
Ricardo joined the Inglewood Airport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2016.
In 2018, Ricardo joined the Inglewood Forward coalition that is focused on creating jobs and improving the quality of life for Inglewood
Before joining The Midnight Mission, Ricardo was the Program Manager for Safe Haven, a project of OPCC in Santa Monica where he was instrumental in the opening of the program in May of 2004. The Safe Haven utilizes a “Housing First” community model to serve chronically homeless individuals living with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Ricardo also worked on two of the City of Santa Monica’s homeless pilot projects: the Serial Inebriate Program and the Chronic Homeless Program.
Before joining OPCC, Ricardo worked for the County of Los Angeles for 17 years, 12 of which were with the Child Support Services Department. He was the Supervising Child Support Officer of the Policy, Planning and Training Division. Over time, he served as Quality Control Supervisor and as the Department Liaison with the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. In a Public Relations capacity, he improved the working relationship with the Department of Public Social Services. Ricardo was selected by the State Department of Child Support as a Staff Development Specialist and assisted the State Department with the development of their training curriculum. Ricardo Rosales also worked for the Department of Public Social Services.
Ricardo currently resides in Whittier with his wife Wendy and their family.
Jeanette Rowe is the current Director of Programs at The Midnight Mission. She has thirty-two years’ experience working in the field of homeless services and substance abuse treatment with various organizations in Los Angeles County. Prior to coming to The Midnight, Jeanette spent 19 years with Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) as Manager and Director of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) outreach program. She has also worked in conjunction with the City and County of Los Angeles Homeless Initiatives, developed professional relationships with County Supervisors, the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, City and County Departments, Law Enforcement Agencies, First Responders, LA Metro, Social Service Agencies and Community Groups, and has mentored, coached and supervised persons with lived homeless experience to transition effectively and successfully working in the social services field.
Jeanette has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Sociology) from California State Dominguez Hills, and a master’s degree in Sociology, Specialty in Social Research
Jeanette is honored to have received various acknowledgements from the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County Supervisors for Outstanding Operation and Direction of Homeless Services Programs.
Matt Scharf values community. Growing up in a family dedicated to youth arts access, Matt was privileged to see the benefits of wholehearted service early on. Translating his love of the arts and creativity into work with the sober community has been his focus for over two decades. Matt has brought leadership and a unique management style to all of his endeavors, whether leading teams as a VFX Producer to Technology and Engineering Emmy nominations or coaching as a Sober Companion and Interventionist.
To hold the position of Recovery Program Director at The Midnight Mission is not only a dream come true but the culmination of years of personal and professional effort and commitment. The humanity of Skid Row is the heartbeat of Los Angeles, and fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity within this organization is how Matt strives to keep the pulse stronger than ever.