"We have an incredible group of people assisting us and the numbers keep growing. I'm grateful to have so much support. I wanted to acknowledge those who have been involved and highlight all those who see the need for helping single moms and their children. Thank you!" Tisha Janigian
Our Board of Directors, Officers & Members:
Tisha Janigian, President and Founder, is a single mother of 2 boys and an entrepreneur with 30+ years of sales experience. She got divorced in 2012 and realized then that the system was broken and decided to do something about it when she got back on her feet. Tisha is the Owner and Broker of SHE IS HOPE Realty, where a percentage of all transactions will go back to the nonprofit, and she and her team will strive to help find affordable housing for the single mothers in the program. She is originally from the Boston area has a passion for giving back and volunteering.
Ilene Woolf, Vice President/Secretary, is currently in a retail sales management position and has a very entrepreneurial spirit. She managed her family business for 26 years and loves to help children and adults with special challenges. Her passion is for volunteering and helping underprivileged women and children, animals, mentally ill, and sick children.
Karen Sarrow, Vice President/Marketing, is the Owner of Sarrow Studio Painting Commissions, artHYPE.net, and Imagi.Life Shop LA. She is a Visual Artist, Gallery Director, and Graphic Designer. Karen has a passion for helping others and volunteering.
Jonathan Sarrow, Development Officer, lives in Los Angeles with his wife Karen and their two sons; in addition to his current work in the media industry, Jonathan is an executive producer and Co-Founder of artHYPE.net. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, playing guitar, volunteering and giving back, debating current events, and writing.
Reggie Gooden, Finance Officer, is Co- Founder of 818 Talent, a Business Management firm that provides financial and business support for entertainment and sports professionals. Reggie has been an accounting professional for 20 years, helping small business owners in multiple industries and switching to Business Management for entertainment professionals since his relocation from Baltimore, MD, to Los Angeles, CA. He devotes most of his efforts to advocate for his clients and friends, ensuring that they have the most successful careers possible.
Stacy Gooden, Treasurer, is the Owner of a line of hand-dyed clothing called Brighten Clothing. She has a passion for helping others and volunteering with animals.
Christine McKay, Strategy Officer, is a Global Negotiation Strategist and the CEO & Founder of Venn Negotiation. Christine McKay has 27 years of experience negotiating with hundreds of companies across 53 countries, including entrepreneurs, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies. Formerly homeless, on welfare for over eight (8) years, and a single mom, Christine ultimately earned her MBA from Harvard University. She loves spending time with her husband of 27 years, hiking/camping, writing, and riding motorcycles.
Rocio Maldonado, Wellness & Operations Management Advisor, is the Owner of Whole Person Initiative. She is an energy healer, passionate about helping others in search of finding their hearts' purpose. Rocio has over 15 years of procurement operations and strategic sourcing experience. She has held multiple management roles in the private and public sectors. She holds a BA in Sociology from CSU, Northridge, MBA in Healthcare Management from George Washington University, and an MS in Supply Chain Management from USC. A native Angelena raised in the East Valley, she loves running, practicing yoga, and pilates.
Alina Fridman, Marketing and Brand Officer, is the Founder and Creative Director at Featuring Fabulous Media, a creative agency for lifestyle brands. She creates meaningful connections and experiences between brands and people through strategic planning, clear messaging, and bold designs. Alina is also the creator and managing editor of Featuring Fabulous, a digital lifestyle magazine, and the podcast producer and host of Genius Behind the Brand.
Julieanne O'Connor is an Award-winning Author, Actor, TEDx Speaker and has been named "Best New Author" by Amazon. O'Connor is a Certified Corporate Trainer and Coach who is on the faculty of 4M Institute for Dentists and the Director of Linked Marketing & Advertising. O'Connor helps high-achieving CEOs and dentists leverage their influence because they are often overworked and overwhelmed. O'Connor helps her clients take back their quality of life and grow in fast-paced environments without burning out. The focus is on strategic planning, implementation, and leveraging influence. O'Connor has been named "Speaker of the Year" and has been featured on Adweek, Adage, WSJ, CNN, USA Today, to name a few, and has worked with and/or helped launch some of the most well-known brands in America. O'Connor is the star of the hugely viral Super Bowl commercial Pug Attack and the founder of the SIO Dream Fund.
Tiffany Phillips is a highly accomplished, multi-talented, multi-hyphenated actress, producer, singer, comedian and content creator who began her career in the New York Theatre. Aside from her TV/Film credits, Tiffany was the lead background vocalist for Michael Bolton’s world tour and she also wrote and starred in her smash hit, critically acclaimed one-woman play “I Never Met a Jerk I Didn’t Like” where she played 10 different characters (both men & women ) which sold out theatre venues in both Los Angeles and Off-Broadway in New York and was the highest grossing solo show in the 30 year history of The Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles. Currently; her top rated podcast “Self Deprecated with Tiffany Phillips” can be heard on all podcast platforms and the award winning comedy web series “Ethnically Ambiguous” that she created, wrote, and starred in can be seen on Youtube. Based on her own real-life experience, “Ethnically Ambiguous” delivers a comedic taste of what it’s like to be constantly asked, “What are you?” by unboxing racial identity. As someone who has been questioned about her identity most of her life which for a period of time, took quite a toll on her sense of self worth, Tiffany is on a mission to help other women rediscover and reclaim their power by owning their truth. Her soon to be released book “Own IT- No Approval Needed” is an unabashed manifesto on owning exactly who you are, where you are, right now by emancipating yourself from the stereotypes, labels and misperceptions that have been put on us since birth. Especially as women. Do you own who you are or are you simply renting that space? It’s time to take your keys back and open the door to unlimited possibilities in every aspect of your life!
Our wonderful advisors and friends:
Lori Hutchison, Pamela Mozer, Linda Kasian, Melinda & Jon Mattox, Jay & Roberta Fay Hyman, Susan Scott, Shirin Kasheri, Laetitia & Frankie Nelson, Romane Cameron, Savannah Scott, Tamar & Varouj Asdourian, Tami Heidi, Stacia Burke, Kimmie Neff, Carolee & Robert Rico, Sandy Chukhadarian, Lori Meltzer, Karine Hovsepian, Alexandra Swarens, Jewlya Samaniego, Brooke & Chris Catalfamo, Ruth Harshaw, Laurie & Wayne Urquhart Bianchi, Victoria Gillett, Heidi Lowry, Grace Leos, Noosha Daha, Raykel Tolson, Angela Setters Bessard, Kari Weber, Emily Noro, Cindy Malone, Susie Goldberg, Steve Goldberg, Joan Leider, Gayane Khachatryan, Vanessa & Janet Frnzyan, Linda Morgan, Pamela Johnson, Consuella Mackey, Jennifer Hendrix, Catherine Maiella, Tammy Dugger, Kathy Ruoff, Parveen & Jeff Duncan, Karin Gottheiner, Karen Bardavid, DeAnna Dupree, Erika Dizon, Donna Long, Rosema Hermano, Mitzi Hansen, Angela Dalmau, Kris Dowd, Rofia Salamy, Sadegh & Simon Aref, Kimleigh Smith, Gwendolyn Osborne, Cali Gilbert, Randy Klinenberg, Odette Lionelli, Francesca Penzani, Greg Nairn, Nermine Zackary, Sarah D'Andrea, Brooke Summer Jones, David & Natalie Kennedy, Katherine Saltzberg, Lisa Platt, Rajika Mahan, Mirage Thrams, Mary Kennedy, Adam Gropman, Ro Dellgrazie, Dave Carter, Ashleigh Shapiro, Nicole Schubert, Joy Mamey, Elaine Chu, Sammy Glicker, Gracy Harryman, Chelsea Hogan, Christina Lopez-Hidalgo, Brendan Weinhold, Rebecca Bloom, Shane Taylor, Alicia Vigil, Kristin Cook, Rosa Sementelli, Liz Kitchell & Dawn Parks, Sally Bayram, Cigrid Zelaya, Moe Freeman, Michele Matheson, Suzan & Rouben Kojoian, Eden & David Folwell, Hedy Varga & Mark Findler, Michael Rodriguez, Michelle Jewsbury, Natalie Renn, Lorelei Shellist, Lori Hewitt, Erika & Hooman Ghaffari, Jaime Coffey-Bateman, Michelle Tomlinson, Priti Patel, Jennifer & Spencer Stout, Sena Turner, Jacqueline Aguilar, April, Biljana Milasin, Patti Pomposo, Lynn Nasca, Stevie Rose, Wendi McDowell, Terri Hatter, Vikki Lynn, Megan Miele, Yajaira Ocampo-Covarrubias, Michelle Tetrault, Laishan Ito, Suzanne & Eddie Gutierrez-Hedges, Regina & JP Targete, Harry Gasparian, Joe McCluskey, April Smith, Dana Badran & Tru Def and many more that have helped us make this happen!