Meet our Board

Sheila Zamel – Founder, President and Chairman of the Board

Sheila has created, owned and operated companies in Mexico, South Africa and the United States in addition to representing international companies in the USA. She has worked with and co-chaired fundraisers for other nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of University of Southern California in business, finance and marketing and attended the University of Cape Town for her Bachelor of Science studies in social work.

James S. Mayfield – Treasurer

Mr. Mayfield is co-founder, chairman and CEO of Netstar Capital, Inc., an investment company in cooperation with private equity investment firms. He has been a Superior Court appointed chairman, CEO, COO/CFO and provisional director. He has also been chairman and a board member of numerous large size companies. He was a senior vice president and division manager for two major US banks. He has been a board member of Santa Monica Mounted Police, a 501C3 non-profit organization. He has a MBA in finance and a BA degree in finance, and is a California real estate broker.

James Nagle – Secretary

Mr. Nagle is the founder and CEO of Nagle Investments & Real Estate Advisors, a real estate & investments company. He is the past president/shareholder of R&B Realty Management in Los Angeles and prior managing director for CB Richard Ellis in Los Angeles. Jim is an expert in asset utilization, commercial real estate issues and real estate maximization for a variety of industries. He is a registered investment executive and a California real estate broker and works with many private investors analyzing, sourcing and funding commercial real estate portfolios. He holds the distinction of the designation of CCIM. He has also been the executive director of the Santa Monica Mounted Police, a 501C3, non-profit organization.

Dr. Laurie Stephens, PhD – Director

Dr. Stephens received her BA in experimental psychology from the UC San Diego, and her PhD in developmental psychology from SUNY Stony Brook. She has worked in the field of autism for more than 25 years, providing therapeutic and educational services for children with all levels of ASD. She co-founded the Early Diagnosis Center for Autism in Suffolk County, New York. Dr. Stephens has published and lectured extensively, and appeared as an expert in autism on several news, radio and TV programs. She has served as the autism consultant to several TV shows. Recently, Dr. Stephens traveled to Japan to lecture to 300 educators on the best practices in education for students with Asperger’s Disorder. She was chosen to be part of the legislative California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism and is currently collaborating with CalTech on designing specific social skill intervention based on their brain imaging research.

Ron Levy – Director

Mr Levy is a native of Los Angeles, California and is the founder and President of LG Development, Inc. Under his management, LG Development, Inc. became one of the top ten construction companies in the most prestigious areas of Los Angeles. LG Development, Inc. has won prestigious awards including the Home Book award for the Best Home in Los Angeles. His clients are some of the most successful individuals in the world of entertainment, business and politics. LG also built and developed numerous commercial projects in California and Arizona. He has secured and managed significant levels of private investment funds. Mr. Levy offers his expertise in real estate analysis, negotiation, financing, as well as complex management of hundreds of workers.