MEET THE BOARD
Board of Directors
Our board is a team of bold, fun, focused leaders and community members who care deeply about our youths’ growth and development. The board’s continual goal is to be certain that every kid and teen has access to everything a child should have – a safe space they can come to make friends while learning, further developing, and increasing healthy habits that will guide them for life. Our board works to ensure all Clubhouses have familiar faces, educational support, and emotional availability so that all of our members can grow confidently.
Nathan Jones, President
Born in Wales, Nathan Jones moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to play rugby for the Santa Monica Rugby
Born in Wales, Nathan Jones moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to play rugby for the Santa Monica Rugby Club and work in the construction industry. In 2005, Nathan started working in Malibu, building a home for celebrities Brooke Burke and David Charvet in Serra Retreat, an exclusive neighborhood in Malibu. This project developed into a friendship with
Mr. Charvet, thus co-founding the Jones Builders Group. Overseeing the growth and development in the construction company located in Malibu, Nathan had the opportunity to experience first-hand the rich architectural designs creating dream homes to the highest standards with a truly personal touch.
Nathan is not only a builder but a husband and a dedicated father who enjoys spending time with his family. Nathan has had close ties to the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, where not only both his sons are members of, but also renovating pro bono the newest of the Clubhouses at Webster Elementary.
Nathan has close ties to the Boys & Girls Club organization as his grandfather is the CEO of a Boys & Girls Club in Wales that has achieved enormous sporting success and earned his grandfather an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from the British Royal Family.
Monica Lurey, Secretary
Monica’s career as a branding and marketing expert has spanned almost 20 years as a senior executive
Monica’s career as a branding and marketing expert has spanned almost 20 years as a senior executive in the entertainment industry working with several studios, including Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios. Overseeing advertising and branding in the international marketplace, she led Creative and Client Services for local marketing and promotional efforts for television series as well as launched joint-venture channels in the UK, India, and Asia Pacific regions. Most recently, she established her own business here in Malibu, BrandVice LA, from which she and her team advise local business leaders and consult in everything from traditional marketing and branding efforts to the production and execution within the virtual reality space. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English Literature degrees at UCSB, Monica returned to her native Los Angeles where she continues to be active in serving her community. Over the years, she has supported various grassroots organizations and the national organization Step Up Women’s Network as it launched its Los Angeles chapter. She is passionate about supporting teenaged girls from under-served communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused women ready to join the next generation of professional women to break glass ceilings in their fields. Joining the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu’s Board, Monica extends this support to all children and young adults here in Malibu, who come from a multitude of diverse backgrounds and have as unique support needs that vary as much as they do as individual youths. Monica also serves on a board that addresses local homeless issues here in Malibu. This organization focuses on addressing challenges in a respectful and humane manner while providing and connecting individuals with supportive services leading to long-term solutions.
Debbie Frank, Immediate Past President
Debbie, a native of Los Angeles, has had the creative streak and interest in the world of art for many years.
Debbie, a native of Los Angeles, has had a creative streak and interest in the world of art for many years. Graduating from the University of Southern California with a Bachelors of Art in communication, Debbie dove into the world of art curating art shows and consulting with potential art buyers and sellers. Debbie founded Compound Project Art Consultation in 2009, becoming a fulltime consultant and art dealer. Since joining the board in 2012, Debbie climbed the ranks to become President of the Board of Directors until 2020, taking undeniable leadership and having a personal attachment to the children and staff of the Boys & Girls Club. From hosting events to personal solicitations, Debbie has intertwined her passion for art with her heart for the children of the Boys & Girls Club and has made it a mission of loyalty and hard work to keep the doors open and continue its many opportunities for youth. Debbie, a mother of two adult children, resides in Malibu with her three adopted dogs.
Sally Phillips, Director
Sally Phillips began her professional career as an employment lawyer with the law firm of Paul
Sally Phillips began her professional career as an employment lawyer with the law firm of Paul Hastings. She then spent 14 years in the corporate world serving variously as Assistant General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President Human Resources for a $2 billion services company with over 135,000 employees. Sally also worked for Wolfgang Puck as SVP Business Affairs. Sally began her consulting business, Upside Strategies, in 2002 and focuses on coaching executives and leaders on strategic direction, senior staff issues, organizational structure, life balance, and advanced leadership development as well as general HR issues. Sally regularly speaks on a variety of leadership and management development issues. She received her BS from NYU and her JD com Laude from Georgetown Law School. Sally’s three children went to Webster Elementary and graduated from Malibu High School.
Todd Doyle, Director
Todd, a University of California, Los Angeles graduate, is a long-time Malibu community member.
Todd, a University of California, Los Angeles graduate, is a long-time Malibu community member.
Todd, a University of California, Los Angeles graduate, is a long time Malibu community member, currently serving as a detective in the West Los Angeles Division. Although a full-time career, Todd has managed to be a triple sport coach, coaching AYSO, Malibu Little League, Malibu Sharks Youth Football and Youth Basketball. Heavily involved in the Malibu community as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Malibu where all four of his children are members.
Laila Taslimi, Director
Laila’s professional career has been loyally dedicated to academia. A Nationally Board Certified Teacher
Laila’s professional career has been loyally dedicated to academia. A Nationally Board Certified Teacher with a Master’s in Education and teaching credentials from UCLA obtained in 1998, Laila taught primary grades for 17 years in Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District and for one year at the UCLA Lab School before turning her focus to early childhood education. Laila’s volunteer and non-profit work include service as Board Treasurer between 1993 and 1997 for the Children’s Enrichment Program, a non-profit after school program in Baldwin Hills. Throughout the years, Laila has also dedicated her time to not only attending conferences and workshops, but also leading them as a source of her own professional development in teaching. In 2018, she founded a non-profit nature-based community preschool in the Pico neighborhood of Santa Monica.
Mona Sabet, Director
Mona is a Vice President at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.
Mona is a Vice President at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. She connects high net worth individuals, institutions and foundations with guidance & advice that can help reach their financial goals. Her approach combines the client experience of a boutique private bank with access to extensive resources, including traditional, specialty asset, alternative, and capital market investment strategies as well as customized credit and banking offerings. Mona has over 8 years of experience in structured finance, private equity, investment banking, capital markets, client management & service and strategy planning across multiple industries, working all around the world, from Asia, to the Middle East and the US. Mona is also an Advisory Committee Member for the Little Market, a nonprofit founded by women to empower women.
Mona received her MBA from University of Southern California with a focus in Finance and Entrepreneurship and a BA from University of California, Santa Cruz with honors in both her majors in Business Economics and Psychology. When she is not advising clients, she can be found paddle boarding in the beaches of Malibu, hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains or writing her novel.
MEET THE WELLNESS ADVISORY COUNCIL
Wellness Advisory Council
Our Wellness Advisory Council is a local group of experts comprised of individuals who work in the field of mental health and psychology. Through a shared invested interest in caring for and addressing the needs of Malibu’s youth, families, and the community at large, driven by dedication to every individual & family to ensure access to high quality services.
Kathryn is a bestselling self-help author who directed Agape’s Crisis Support Team for six years.
Kathryn has been featured in Psychology Today and The New York Times as well as other media. Kathryn is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She is based in Malibu and is married with four boys. Kathryn serves on the Board of Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) where she has been President and has been a member of the Malibu Leadership Council.
Shelley P. Cox
Shelley received her Masters degree from Chicago School of Psychology.
Her studies are based in Human Development with an emphasis in working with special populations. Her graduate work is in prenatal, perinatal, and early childhood psychology and health. Her focus of work has been in working with parents of children who have or may be at risk for a developmental difference or Autism Spectrum Disorder. She founded Step by Step Early Childhood Development Program (DBA Step by Step Programs & Services) in 1998 to provide comprehensive services for children with and without developmental delays and differences to maximize potential in all areas of development. Shelly has been a Malibu resident for over 30 years and her children attended the Malibu schools.
Katie Dahm, MA
Katie graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor’s Degree and got her Masters from California Lutheran University in school counseling.
She is currently High School Counselor at Malibu High School and has been since 2004. She helps students develop academic and social skills needed to succeed in school. She is also a mother of four children and a SUPER sweet dog.
Kasey Earnest is the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Malibu. After establishing her career in the Non-Profit arena, in 2005 she joined the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, then brand new non-profit in the small rural community of Malibu.
Through her leadership, vision and the support of an engaged board of directors and staff, she has led the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu from a modest beginning of a staff of 3 and membership of 30 young people in a single trailer, to an expansive community for youth with 4 locations, 30 staff, 300 volunteers (annually), and has grown the membership to 800 members with a reach of over 1,600 young people. In 2017, Earnest’s long time vision for a Wellness Center, meeting the mental health needs of Malibu’s public school children was actualized. Currently the BGCM’s Wellness Center provides licensed mental health and counseling services to all Malibu Public school children and their families through a formal MOU with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
Many people, including Malibu City Council members, a school board member, and even a California state senator, submitted nominations for Earnest as Citizen the 2018 Citizen of the Year, (Malibu Times). In 2019, she was awarded the Certificate of Congressional Recognition, Community Service Award, Ted W. Lieu, Member of Congress 33rd District, May 7th, 2019 State of California Non Profit of the Year. This substantial recognition is on account of her regular work as executive director and commitment to mental health resources for youth; and later, for her extraordinary performance coming to the aid of all Malibu residents during and after the devastating Woolsey Fire. Earnest created and set up the Malibu Emergency Relief Fund in less than a week to provide disaster relief and emergency aid to the citizens of Malibu. Her immediate and decisive action resulted in $1.8 million awarded to local individuals, families and workers, directly providing vital relief to hundreds of distressed families who lost their homes.
Women’s Leadership Award, Malibu Chamber of Commerce, November 20th, 2019
Hagop Kuredjiam Memorial Citizenship Award, City of Malibu, May 17th, 2019
Community Service Award, Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs, May 7th, 2019
Certificate of Congressional Recognition,Community Service Award, Ted W. Lieu, Member of Congress 33rd District, May 7th, 2019
State of California Non Profit of the Year, CalNonprofits, June 5th, 2019
2018 Citizen of the Year, Malibu Times, March 13th, 2019
County of Los Angeles Commendation, “Hero of the Woolsey Fire”, Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor, Third District, March 10th, 2019
Keynote Speaker, Malibu State of the City, April 20th, 2018
State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition (for Wellness Services), Senator Henry Stern, April 20th, 2018
Wellness Achievement Award, Malibu High School Parent Teacher Student Association, May 24th, 2018
Dr. Kathleen Eldridge, MA, PhD
Dr. Eldridge has been a Malibu resident since 2004 and a Malibu public school parent since 2011. She is a licensed clinical Psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
She earned a BA in Psychology at UCSB and an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at UCLA. She specializes in teaching graduate courses in couple and family therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, and mindfulness/acceptance processes. Dr. Eldridge’s scholarly work focuses on couple therapy, relationship communication and education, faith and spirituality, and culture. She has worked in multiple clinical settings with diverse populations comprised of children, adolescents, college students, adults, couples, and families. She is passionate about partnerships between Pepperdine and the Malibu community and excited about serving on the Advisory Council for the Wellness Center.
Randi Goodman, LMFT#52964, MA, MS
Randi is a licensed therapist and was an educator for over 25 years, Randi has taught in the public schools in New York and trained teachers in all areas of Early Childhood Development.
Her creativity and passion led her to the Children’s Museum of Long Island, where she developed an early childhood play space and parenting resource center. She moved to California over 15 years ago and she has been in private practice, and specialized in children and families. She enjoys working as the Director of the Wellness Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu and appreciates the overall process of growing programs, supervising interns, and collaborating with the Boys & Girls Club as a support to students and families.
Colin Keller, LMFT, MA
A Los Angeles native, Colin Keller received a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, specializing in conflict-related trauma. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Prior to Engage Therapy he worked in a community-based mental health program in Los Angeles providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and assessment and crisis intervention. After 15 years working in business development, Colin left the corporate world to become a psychotherapist and follow his “compass of the heart”. Along this journey, he has trained extensively in mindfulness-based therapies, substance abuse treatment, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and is Level 1 certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to treat PTSD and other types of trauma. Combining evidence-based practices with an interpersonal and client-centered approach, Colin strives to remain as authentic as possible, while helping empower others to find their own purpose and meaning.
Shuli Lotan, LCSW
Shuli Lotan is the Coordinator of Mental Health Counseling for the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in schools as a therapist and program coordinator for over 20 years.
Providing direct counseling services to students and families as well as managing programs and supervising school social work interns. She coordinates the services that are provided at district schools by the various community-based mental health programs including the Wellness Center at the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu, and works collaboratively with school and agency leadership to try to increase access to supportive counseling for district students. Shuli can help connect families to services in the community as well as on campus, and is grateful for the wonderful partnership between the Malibu schools and the Boys & Girls Club Malibu Wellness Center.
Jennifer Morgan, MA
Jennifer is an occupational therapist and founder of Morgan Occupational & Speech Therapy (mOST), a pediatric therapy practice based in Malibu.
Jennifer and her team of therapists work with local Malibu children and families on a variety of skills ranging from fine motor skills, coordination, speech and language, attention, sensory processing, and much more. They provide professional, personalized, services at their sensory gym in Point Dume, local homes, and private schools. Jennifer received her M.A. from USC, and has been practicing in the Malibu community for ten years. Jennifer and her team are passionate about their work, and this is reflected in everything they do at most.
Michelle Smit, LMFT#39167
Michelle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in the West Los Angeles area.
She has been in private practice for 16 years. Prior to working in private practice, she worked with children in the foster care system, providing counseling and working with foster families. Her private practice focuses on couples, young adults, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Michelle is a parent of two teenage children, a son at Malibu Middle School and a daughter at Malibu High School.
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