Pacific Coast Civil
Richard Doss is one of the founding partners of Pacific Coast Civil, Inc. and has been with the company since its inception in December 1996.
He has worked in the land development field for more than thirty years. He has worked as a design engineer, project planner, and project manager for residential, recreational, municipal and commercial developments throughout Southern California and Nevada. He has served as project engineer and manager on a variety of major developments, including the Lake Sherwood Ranch, Belcaro/Hidden Creek and West Hills/West Creek projects.
As Director of Planning his duties include preparation of project master plans and land use feasibility studies, and coordination with government agencies through the entire approval process. He supervises project design through every phase of responsible development, from the mapping of sensitive species habitat to the creation of long-term restoration plans.
Richard has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since July 1991. He has been a Registered Civil Engineer in California since July 1992.
American Beauty Development
Jack Shine, President and CEO of American Beauty Development Co., has built residential and commercial projects throughout Los Angeles County for over 50 years. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of the University of Southern California, Jack Shine entered the real estate industry in 1958. American Beauty Development Co. has developed over 15,000 residential units and almost 50,000 square feet of commercial space.
Jack has served as President of the Building Industry Association of Southern California and has been acknowledged as “Builder of the Year” on three occasions. Jack is also a founder and past President of the Government Affairs Council, and served as a president, chairman, or board member of numerous other professional organizations and government committees. In 2001, by appointment of the Governor, Mr. Shine became a Board Member of the California Housing Finance Agency, where he continues to serve.
Jack has been an honorary member of the Board of Directors of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation and Board member of the Santa Clarita Valley Boys and Girls Club. He is a Trustee of the Society of Fellows of the Anti-Defamation League and in 1988 and was the recipient of the Anti-Defamation League Pacific Southwest Region Achievement and Community Service Award. Jack is a founding member and past President of the Santa Clarita Valley Arts Council. He is a past president of the Los Angeles County Music and Performing Arts Commission, a member of Fraternity of Friends, a founder of the Music Center, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Company. He regularly lectures on opera to schools and community groups.
Planning Associates, Inc.
Tom Stemnock is a Civil Engineer and Land Use Planner with over 40 years of experience in the development of residential, commercial and industrial properties in the City of Los Angeles. He is the owner of Planning Associates, Inc., a professional consulting firm which provides environmental, land use planning and development entitlement services to clients for projects in Los Angeles. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Land Use Planning.
He joined the Board to assist Habitat for Humanity in evaluating potential project sites and in obtaining the necessary permits to build new homes for Habitat clients.
He joined in order to help working families who cannot afford to purchase their own home. He is especially proud of our Enriched Neighborhood Model where we also train our families to become self-sufficient and escape the continuing cycle of poverty housing by becoming more aware of the day to day; skills necessary to sustain home ownership and the value of education.
He looks forward to our new veteran housing program, Habitat for Heroes, a program to help veterans returning to our community to obtain decent affordable housing.
“There is no better feeling than handing a deserving family the keys to their new home!”
Poole & Shaffery, LLP
Hunt C. Braly has been practicing law in Santa Clarita since 1992, specializing in land use, real estate, and all issues dealing with local and state government.
From July 1983 until December 1992, Hunt served as Chief of Staff to State Senator Ed Davis, the former Los Angeles Police Chief and Vice Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In that capacity, he was integrally involved with the drafting and successful passage of legislation and initiatives.
When Senator Davis retired in 1992, Hunt established his own law and lobbying practice in Santa Clarita. In May 1999, he became a founding partner of Hacker, Kanowsky & Braly, LLP, a full service law firm in Santa Clarita. In 2004, the firm changed its name to HackerBraly, LLP. Mr. Braly specialized in land use, development, and real estate law, along with lobbying matters with the firm until the firm disbanded in July 2011. From July 2011 to 2013, Hunt had his own firm, Hunt C. Braly, Attorney at Law. In 2013 he joined Poole and Shaffery, LLP.
Since 1992, Hunt has been retained as a legislative advocate to represent numerous clients in Sacramento, including the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, Castaic Lake Water Agency, Pacific Voice Track, Voluntary Plan Administrators, Pacific ProVenture Group, Knowaste, The Animal Welfare Alliance, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. In addition he is a registered legislative advocate in Los Angeles County, where he has represented the Mountains Conservancy Foundation, Warner Financial Development, the Frawley Family Trust, Premiere Studio Rentals and Hank Arklin. He has performed public affairs work in local communities for clients such as Patrick/Eller Media, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Philip Morris Corporation, Prime West Realty, the Castaic Lake Water Agency, Hank Arklin, Gate/King Partners, Pacific Bay Homes and Public Storage, Inc. Hunt also has worked in conjunction with prominent public affairs firms, such as the Dolphin Group; Stoorza, Metzger and Boyer; and Marathon Communications, on various issues.
In Sacramento, he has been involved in numerous water related legislative issues on behalf of his clients, the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and the Castaic Lake Water Agency. These activities have included obtaining funding in two statewide bond measures.
He is a graduate in Political Science from the University of Southern California and received his JD from Loyola Law School. He has resided in Santa Clarita since 1989 and is married to Pamela and has two grown daughters, Alex and Morgan.
Rosenheim & Associates, Inc.
Brad Rosenheim is President/CEO of the consulting firm of Rosenheim & Associates, Inc. Los Angeles’ premier firm specializing in land-use entitlements and planning, project team management, permit processing and clearances, government and community affairs associated with the land-use entitlement process, strategic planning and public-policy, consulting and analysis for both public- and private-sector clients.
Before he began his own firm, Brad served six years as senior associate in the public policy consulting firm of Emerson & Associates and one year as senior public affairs specialist for C.W. Cook Co., Inc., a land-use planning and public affairs firm in West Los Angeles.
Prior to entering the private sector, Brad served a year as aide, then seven years as deputy, to Los Angeles City Councilman Marvin Braude. As a deputy, he was responsible for the management of the San Fernando Valley portion of Council District 11, serving more than 100,000 constituents. Rosenheim advised the Councilman on all local and regional transportation policy matters, assisted in developing land-use planning policies, strategies and positions and led community outreach and city agency liaison efforts.
As part of his ongoing commitment to the local community, Brad founded The West Valley Boys & Girls Club in January 19951992, and has participated as chairman of the governing board of the Warner Center Children’s Corner, which he helped to create in June 1993. In the summer of 2001, he was honored by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as one of the San Fernando Valley’s 25 most influential business leaders, and was most recently recognized by the Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding commitment to community service as the recipient of the 2008 Joseph Staller Award. In 2010 Brad was honored to receive the Clyde Porter Humanitarian Award, presented by the Valley Cultural Center recognizing his commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism.
A graduate of California State University, Northridge, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, he also attended the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California. In 1985, he was the first candidate to graduate from USC with a master’s degree in public administration, a special certification in city management and a focus on public-policy development and implementation.
Brad and his wife, Devon, also a veteran of Los Angeles City Hall, live with their daughter, Whitney, and son, Ryan, in the Los Angeles area.
Karla Valle is the Area Chief Financial Officer for the Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center Area and Antelope Valley Medical Center Areas. These areas include North Hollywood, the eastern portion of the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, Canyon Country, and the entire Antelope Valley region. Karla’s role ensures that all financial decisions benefit Kaiser Permanente members, with a goal of delivering high-quality care at an affordable rate. Karla has over a decade of experience in non-profit health care administration and leadership at Kaiser Permanente. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Karla led financial planning, distribution planning, and process improvement efforts in her previous roles at The Walt Disney Company and Robinsons-May.
Outside of work, Karla enjoys spending time with her daughters Lindsey and Kaitlyn. In addition to raising thriving, healthy, and confident daughters, Karla is passionate about making a positive and significant impact in non-profit healthcare leadership and community organizations.
A resident of Santa Clarita and an active participant in community efforts in the Santa Clarita and East San Fernando Valleys, Karla is proud to support community efforts. In addition to her work with Habitat for Humanity San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley, Karla is a member of Comisión Femenil – a non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of Latina youth in their communities. Karla also takes an active role in volunteering time each month at her daughter Lindsey’s school.
In 2015, Karla had the honor of being selected by Kaiser Permanente to attend an Executive Leadership program at Harvard University, which she recently completed. Karla is a graduate of California State University Northridge, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Karen has 32 years in Commercial Banking and Finance experience as both a Portfolio Manager and Lending Officer. After graduating from California State University with a BS in Public Administration, Karen spent several years as a senior auditor and collateral manager with Barclays Business Credit. Thereafter, she moved into commercial banking, working in various senior management positions for mid to large sized institutions including City National Bank, California United Bank, US Bank and Pacific Western Bank and 1st Enterprise Bank. In June 2014, Karen joined First Bank as SVP, Commercial Lending Team Leader for the Bank’s San Fernando Valley Region located in Woodland Hills, California. Her responsibilities include overseeing a team of relationship managers and new client solicitations.
Karen is presently on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/ Santa Clarita district and Camp 4 Kids, and also previously held board positions at Verdugo Mental Health and Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. Karen lives with her husband in Moorpark, California.
WLD Construction Services Inc.
Lee Dukehart is a native Southern Californian and has spent most of his life in the Woodland Hills area.
Lee’s business career, over the past 45 years, has been in commercial development and construction. Currently semi-retired, but owner and operator of WLD Construction Services, Inc. a construction consulting firm, providing assistance to property owners and tenants. For the last 25 years, prior to retirement, Lee was vice-president of the construction division for Voit Development Co., managing offices in Woodland Hills, Irvine and Mesa AZ. Voit was instrumental in the development of Warner Center and other projects throughout Southern California and Arizona.
For the past 17 years Lee has been associated with the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, serving as Chair of their Golf Tournament Committee and assisting with their construction needs.
“Being a veteran myself, I had been looking for a way to donate my time and experience to help our fellow Veteran’s. I feel fortunate to have found this opportunity and look forward to the work ahead. I believe my strong communication skills and ability to solve and resolve problems will make me an effective Board member that represents the interests of the Veterans and Habitat for Humanity in a positive way.”
A retired Banker for 39 years, David Gressman most recently was the Senior Vice President/Commercial Regional Manager for Rabobank covering Eastern Ventura County, the Santa Clarita Valley, the San Fernando Valley and other parts of Los Angeles County. David spent the bulk of his career at Security Pacific Bank and City National Bank, specializing in all types of commercial lending including international banking, real estate and middle market banking. David has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California Lutheran University. He resides in the City of Moorpark in Ventura County.
City National Bank
Steve Lavaeddin is the Vice President and Branch Manager for City National Bank (CNB) in Woodland Hills (Warner Center). He is responsible for leading branch colleagues and assisting current and prospective clients with their complex banking and borrowing needs. Providing exceptional personal service is one of Steve’s specialties. He is also a trusted advisor and his clients’ first contact when they need expert advice and referrals to professional service providers.
Steve’s extensive 24 year experience includes consumer and commercial lending, private banking, equipment financing, and treasury management. Steve provides a multitude of lending and cash management solutions – including unsecured lines of credit up to $500,000 – to manufacturers, wholesalers, medical & dental professionals, most retail businesses, and virtually all professional service firms. Steve’s recent management experience working for a manufacturer/wholesaler gives him the unique ability to see business from the clients’ perspective.
Prior to joining CNB in April 2015, Steve was an SVP/Sr. Commercial Lending Relationship Manager at Boston Private Bank and the SoCal Regional Manager at First Republic Bank. He has received numerous accolades in client services, including an award from the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as one of the “Valley’s Most Trusted Advisors.”
Steve received his executive education at Babson College in Boston, MA and is actively involved in the community. He is a volunteer with LAPD Search & Rescue (CEMP.org) serving as an active Specialist Reserve and board member. He also serves on the Board of Habitat for Humanity SFV/SCV, and is a member of numerous professional networking organizations throughout Los Angeles with contacts across the U.S.
Legacy Construction & Development, Inc.
Robert Niesner is a second-generation builder, and personally has over 30 years of experience as a general contractor, developer and investor in the real estate industry. His firm, Legacy Construction and Development, Inc., has offices in Westlake Village and Santa Barbara. Bob and his firm have completed many High End residential projects in addition to numerous commercial, industrial, medical, and educational facilities. Bob also utilizes his real estate broker’s license in the course of facilitating investment opportunities for himself and clients. Bob attended the University of Southern California and has recently been involved with the development of using new technology in the building industry. He has a State of California General Contractor License and State of California Real Estate Broker License.
Bob believes that it is essential to give back in meaningful ways to one’s community, whether through service of time, ideas, recruitment, financial support or professional expertise.
Citigroup Business Banking Division
Robert Phillipps has worked at Citibank for 31 years and is currently the National Coverage Manager for Business Banking. In his position, he is responsible for managing all client relationships with annual revenues between $10mm – $50mm. His current teams reside in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Illinois, Florida, California and Nevada.
Robert has worked in Southern California for his entire career and is a graduate of Cal State University Northridge. He has served on numerous Community boards and is an active community volunteer.
He currently resides in Santa Clarita with his wife of 33 years. He has 5 children, one granddaughter, and 52 nieces and nephew.
LA Commercial Real Estate Group
With experience in planning and land use, Eric has expertise in sales and leasing of mixed use, retail, restaurant and big box space, Eric has been involved in everything from land assemblage to entitlement and lease up. He is responsible for negotiating real estate deals with Washington Mutual, JSM Companies, HOWS Markets, Bank of America, Rockwood Capital, Redwood Partners and 24 Hour Fitness to name a few.
Eric has participated in work groups to identify the future development of North Hollywood for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. He has been a guest speaker at prestigious organizations as the Urban Land Institute and the Community Police Advisory Boards of the Los Angeles Police Department. Additionally, he served on the Targeted Neighborhood Initiative for Mayor Richard Riordan. Eric helped negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding with the Los Angeles Department of Public Works and the City of Los Angeles Certified Neighborhood Councils in conjunction with USC’s Neighborhood Participation Project, Learning and Design Forum.
With civic duty being an integral part of his life, Eric served as the Vice President of the Mid-Town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council. He was the Chairman of its Planning, Land Use, Housing & Transportation Committee. Further, he was the Co-Chair of the Community Police Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood Division.
Don is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. After practicing in the LaCanada/Glendale area for many years, Don joined Brian Jaye ’s firm in 1998. Don specializes in assisting small and middle market business clients with accounting, consulting, financial statement preparation, planning, income tax preparation, accounting system design, and accounting software matters. He works closely with the firm’s construction industry clients with an emphasis on the percentage of completion accounting method. Don and his wife, Pam, enjoy family time with their four children, and are very active in their church activities. Don is an avid UCLA fan and also enjoys singing, golfing, and playing and coaching basketball.
Progression Drywall Corp.
Rose Rockey has been and owner and CFO of Excel Contractors, Inc. in the Antelope Valley for the past 30 years. Her main duties are to oversee the accounting, contracts, and human resources in the family owned business.
Rose is currently on the Board of Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/Santa Clarita district, and has held various Board positions over the last 25 years in Assistance League of Antelope Valley.
Rose resides in the Antelope Valley and is very active in the community. She enjoys golfing, and activities with her family and grandchildren.
Underhill Insurance Agency Inc.
Chuck Underhill has been married to his wife Mary J. Underhill for 3 decades and they have raised three children who now work for their family agency and who recently became stockholders in their business.
Chuck has been involved in various community and professional organizations including the Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce, Woodland Hills Rotary, IBA San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters.
Chuck is an avid golfer and member of Woodland Hills Country Club and is active in his church/parish at Saint Bernadine of Sienna in Woodland Hills.
California United Bank
David Wisen, who joined California United Bank in early 2008, is a veteran of more than 18 years in the banking industry. As team leader and Senior Vice President of the Bank’s San Fernando Valley Regional Office, he provides substantial expertise in commercial, middle market business lending, as well as prior experience in technology and venture capital related lending.
David possesses a sophisticated background in commercial banking and understands middle market businesses and the benefits that CUB can bring to these entrepreneurial companies.
A graduate of Indiana University, Wisen subsequently earned an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross Graduate School of Business Administration. He lives in Santa Monica with his family.
Outside banking, Wisen is a member of the Santa Monica Rotary and he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Westside Food Bank, a post which he has held for the past ten years. In his free time, David enjoys travel, diving, and biking.