CMH Board of Directors
Zac Bindler is a Partner and Wealth Advisor at New Market Wealth Management. Zac and his partners built their business around advising wealthy clients and institutions on the sophisticated investment solutions they require, with a level of engagement, client education and service not available at large firms. Prior to New Market Wealth Management, Zac worked at AllianceBernstein in New York City.
Zac has a history of philanthropic work. Currently, in addition to his role as a board member at Children Mending Hearts, Zac serves as a member of West Coast Sports Associates. He has also been involved with organizations such as Starlight and Make-A-Wish in the past.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics and History, Zac is a passionate sportsman and sports fan, especially loyal to all the Chicago teams and his beloved Wisconsin Badgers.
Ron Burkhardt joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in 1994 as a vice president of the Washington, DC, office. Now situated as a managing director in the firm's West Los Angeles office, he continues to specialize in national tenant representation and corporate services, providing his clients with real estate-related professional and technical support. Mr. Burkhardt focuses on lease and purchase transactions including: facility acquisition, financial analyses, market research, lease negotiations and sublease representation.
Mr. Burkharadt is also a prominent member of NGKF's national non-profit division. In this capacity, he works with such clients as Autism Speaks, Inc., the California Society of CPAs, Los Angeles Education Partnership, Make-A-Wish Foundation and National Immigration Law Center. He has also represented corporate tenants such as Amazon.com, DeVry, Inc., John Paul Mitchell Systems, Net App Inc., Neutrogena and Woodside Natural Gas in their leasing requirements.
• Anti Defamation League
• Armanino (RBZ, LLP)
• Autism Speaks
• Bayard Advertising
• DeVry University
• Exceptional Children's Foundation
• Found Animals Foundation
• Lido Advisors, LLC
• Los Angeles Education Partnership, LLP
• Make-A-Wish Foundation
• National Immigration Law Center
• Rocket Fuel, Inc.
• System One/Compliance Staffing
Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Mr. Burkhardt was a senior leasing associate at Berens Asset Management Company, Inc. During his three years at Berens, Mr. Burkhardt focused on tenant representation and corporate real estate services. During his last year at Berens, he was recognized as the top producer in office leasing.
Mr. Burkhardt is the recipient of 2012 Social Sustainability® Champion Award and is the first corporate real estate director to receive this award, issued to those passionate about bettering the workplace and who lead with a social conscience. Individuals selected advocate a call to action in their fields of expertise regarding the importance of serving non-profit organizations locally and nationally and as stewards of the environment through efforts that mitigate climate change.
In addition, Mr. Burkhardt is a member of the Los Angeles Commercial Realty Association (LACRA). He also sits on the boards of ANEW Foundation, New Horizons, The Nonprofit Advisory Council (NAC), Starlight Children's Foundation (Global Finance Committee) and A World Fit For Kick.
Mr. Burkhardt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business at Roger Williams University.
Joe Cilic currently serves as a Senior Vice President and Branch Manager for Sotheby’s International Realty, a prominent residential real estate company. Mr. Cilic’s duties include recruiting, hiring, budgeting, training, and supervising over 75 agents and employees. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Mr. Cilic worked as an attorney with the law firm of Ervin, Cohen & Jessup, LLP. During his legal career, he specialized in business litigation, real estate disputes, and employment law.
Active in the community, Mr. Cilic has served on numerous non-profit and homeowner association boards. He was a founding board member of KIPP LA, which currently operates 14 non-profit charter schools in East and South Los Angeles.
Mr. Cilic holds a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law and did his undergraduate work at St. Edward’s University, in Austin, Texas, where he served as Student Body President and graduated summa cum laude.
Seasoned Capital markets Institutional Capital Raising professional, philanthropist, civic fundraiser, board advisor and angel investor.
A 17 year capital markets finance career, 13 of which were spent with Fisher Investments primarily in the role of spearheading the firm’s institutional capital raising efforts in both the Pacific Coast/Southwest/Southeastern/NYC U.S. as well as in the UK/London. Chahal initially began his capital markets career as a hedge fund analyst for Paul Stephens at RS Investments.
Prior to his finance career, Chahal worked in the entertainment industry, where he managed and advised hip-hop/R&B recording artists. Since 2005, Chahal has been active in the philanthropic and political fundraising arena, successfully raising and donating more than $7.5 million. As a strong proponent of service to the global community, Chahal was involved in the following organizations, Ambassador, Founding Member & Advisory Board – Leadership Council, Millennium Network for the Clinton Foundation (2007-2014), Advisory Board Member- i.am.angel Foundation (2013-present), Board Member- Blues Foundation (2012-2014), Advisory Board Member – ONEHOPE Wine (2014) Advisory Board Member – Janalent International LLC (2008-2013) and others. As a result of Chahal’s experience as a political and philanthropic fundraiser he was asked to appear as a guest commentator for the Current TV show- "The War Room w/Governor Jennifer Granholm" in 2012.
In addition to his philanthropic and political interests, Chahal is also an angel investor in several real estate, entertainment and hospitality ventures.
As a writer, humanitarian and project manager, Samantha Coker has spent most of her life cultivating a career that exists at the intersection of art and social change. One of Samantha's many strengths is her ability to balance the creative and pragmatic.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, she began a career in the music industry. Always working with bands that had a level of social consciousness, she wove her way through the industry, touching almost every corner of it.
In 1999, Samantha was recruited by the Seattle-based, Frank Geary/Paul Allen music museum, The Experience Music Project. She spent three years managing their revenue, cash management, financial database and reporting system until she left for The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). There she helped build new database systems and produce their annual Auction/Awards show fundraiser. This led her to Seattle University, which pioneered one of the first Master's Programs specifically for Non-Profit executives, where she received her Master of Not-for-Profit Leadership with a focus on corporate social responsibility.
Samantha moved to Los Angeles in 2004 where she spent time helping produce commercials and films, and over the years offered her non-profit expertise to such charities as her alma mater, Oldfields School for Girls; Salvando Corzones; and Children Mending Hearts, where she was on the founding board and traveled to DR Congo as part of CMH's art exchange between students at L.A.'s Inner City Arts and displaced children in Congo; and most recently Global Green, where she is Chair of the Advisory Board.
Her deep curiosity led her to the Burning Man festival where, for the past five years, she has project managed Red Lightning, the foremost spiritual theme camp at Burning Man. Red Lightning focuses on bringing deep spiritual growth, healing and education.
Presently, Samantha is writing a book on the spiritual journey of healing grief, loss and betrayal, and the process of soul evolution. She also spends her time traveling extensively, riding horses and offering counsel to those looking to heal or expand their spiritual and emotional lives.
DR. LINNDA DURRÉ
Dr. Linnda Durré is an acclaimed writer, author, psychotherapist, business consultant, adjunct psychology professor, international speaker, and corporate trainer, who is regularly sought out for her expertise in business and relationship management. She earned her B.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena and her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, now known as Alliant University. She has had two careers since she was 18 – psychology and entertainment.
She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for lmost 40 years, beginning her career in 1978 in California, in the state of Washington in 1994, and she was awarded her LMHC license - Licensed Mental Health Counselor - in Florida (#MH6058) in 2000. Dr. Durré works with children, teens, families, couples, seniors, and leads groups and workshops. She earned three K-6 teaching credentials (NY, NJ, and CA) and she has taught nursery school, kindergarten, and first grade, including in Head Start in Pasadena, at Pacific Oaks College, at Sierra Madre Nursery School, the first cooperative nursery school in California, and at Creative Nursery School in New Jersey.
She has served as an intern supervisor for almost 40 years - in her private practice, and in Florida at the University of Central Florida, at Full Sail University, at Valencia Community College, and at Rollins College. She holds a Clinical Intern Supervisor Credential in Florida (FL DOH Provider #50-2109).
As a business consultant, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies, corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and trade and professional associations to provide time management, stress management, customer service training, team building, communication skills, leadership and compliance training, conflict resolution, strategic planning, diversity, and inclusion training.
As a sports performance consultant and coach, Dr. Durré has worked with athletes in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and in the pros, including the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, soccer, golf, swimming, tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, and many other sports.
She will soon be hosting, Keeping Score with Linnda Durre,’ on WBZW 1520 AM Radio in Orlando, which streams cross the Internet every Saturday, from 3-4 PM EST on www.wbzw.com. She has had interviews for staff positions with the NY Giants, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Tigers, and the New Jersey Nets, and has worked as a sports consultant with the Orlando Magic.
Dr. Durré has hosted and co-produced two call-in advice shows and was selected out of 200 applicants to host, Ask the Family Therapist, on America's Health Network, which was associated with the Mayo Clinic, and she was vetted by both companies. The 24-hour national cable network aired from Universal Studios Orlando for a yea from 1996-1997.
Her first book, Great Relationships™ Manual: A Guide to Share Yourself with Your Partner, is for her couples workshops and singles seminars. Her second book, Surviving the Toxic Workshop: Protect Yourself Against the Co-Workers, Bosses, and Work Environments That Poison Your Day (McGraw Hill), was reviewed and/or she was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Inc. Magazine, Job Week, Wharton’s Online Newsletter and their SiriusXM Radio Station, Amazon, Business Week, Job Week, Career Builder, Monster, AOL, Orlando Magazine, and other publications. She has written for Forbes and was a columnist for Orlando Business Journal, American Cities Business Journal, Management Issues, Orlando Leisure Magazine & eBossWatch.com.
She has been a media guest on hundreds of shows discussing work-life balance, relationships, communication, and contemporary issues. She appeared on Oprah, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, The Disney Channel, Good Morning America, CNN, and the national and/or local news on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR and Fox. She hosted two radio call-in advice shows, The Dr. Linnda Durré Show on WDBO in Orlando, and Let’s Talk with Dr. Linnda Durré, on an NPR affiliate in New York, as well as being the weekly guest “shrink” on CW’s nationally syndicated morning show, The Daily Buzz, writing the Q & A for herself and the hosts.
She hosted, The Linnda Durré Show on, a celebrity interview show, with guests including, Arnold Palmer, Jay Gruden, Edward Asner, Lou Gossett, Jr., David Foster, Peter Cetera, Michael Medavoy, Kenny G., Lainie Kazan, the late Lynn Anderson, Ottmar Liebert, and many more. Her print interviews included Beatles producer Sir George Martin, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Oscar nominated producer Michael Medavo (Black Swan), award winning DP Dean Cundey (Jurassic Park, Back to the Future 1, 2 & 3); former two term NARAS president & entertainment attorney, Jay Cooper; and an In Memoriam section about Robin Williams and Eli Wallach. www.LDCelebrityInterviews.com
Her entertainment career started at 19 years old, when she was interviewed to be a comedy writer for NBC’s hit show Laugh In. When she was 22, her literary agent, the legendary Irving Salkow, sold her first TV series to Aaron Spelling in three days, and she was admitted to WGA – Writers Guild of America – and then to AFTRA, ASCAP, and SAG. Irving Salkow was the agent for Ava Gardner, William Holden and Marilyn Monroe.
Dr. Durre’ wrote, The Viewin, as her entry and acceptance to Edward Albee’s Master Class in Playwrighting. She adapted it into a short film, directed, produced, cast, and shot it in two days, winning five awards, including “Best Short Script.” Her film and her books can be found on Amazon, including ebooks for Surviving The Toxic Workplace. She has been interviewed by Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Backstage, Beverly Hills 213, LA Times, Pasadena Star News & Screen Actor Magazine. She is featured on three pages on www.IMDB.com.
Grant Heslov has been recognized for his work as a producer, writer, director, and actor. Together with George Clooney, he is a partner in Smokehouse Pictures. The company’s next projects are Our Brand Is Crisis, directed by David Gordon Green and starring Sandra Bullock, and Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster and starring Clooney and Julia Roberts.
A four-time Oscar® nominee, Heslov received his latest Academy Award nod and a Best Picture win for producing the historical drama and thriller ARGO. He also earned a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award, among many others.
Heslov previously earned an Oscar® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2011 political drama The Ides of March, which he co-wrote with Clooney. In addition, Heslov received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for the screenplay, as well as a PGA Award nomination as one of the film’s producers.
Heslov also earned dual Oscar® nominations, for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck, which he co-wrote with Clooney. For his work on the film, Heslov also won the Writers Guild of America, Paul Selvin Award and the PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award. Among the film’s numerous honors, Heslov also garnered two BAFTA Award nominations, for both Picture and Original Screenplay; a Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay; an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Feature; and a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination as part of the ensemble cast. In 2009, Heslov made his feature film directorial debut with The Men Who Stare at Goats, starring Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey.
Heslov also co-wrote and produced The Monuments Men. Other producing credits include the Clooney directed Leatherheads and Anton Corbijn’s thriller The American. He also served as co-creator and executive producer on the HBO series Unscripted, for which he directed half of the episodes, and a co-executive producer on K Street, also for HBO.
Heslov is also known for his acting work in both film and television.
Andy Kiernan is a twenty-two year seasoned Financial Industry professional. Andy currently serves in the role of Senior Vice President-Wealth Management for UBS Financial Services Inc., where he has been employed his entire twenty-two year career.
Andy is also the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the up and coming Entertainment Company, The Kiernan Group. The Kiernan Group is a working collaboration between four brothers, Patrick, Andy, Spencer, and Brady Kiernan. The Kiernan Group produces, directs, and creates Independent Film Content, as well as creates other Entertainment Media.
Andy has a long history of philanthropic work. Most notably, he volunteered for over twenty years for The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. His various roles included, volunteer, fundraising committee member, fundraising committee Chairman, golf tournament Chairman, and Founder of "To Her Health," a Women's heart health event. All told, Andy and his family have helped to raise over $3,000,000+ for heart health research in Minneapolis. He is also currently active with Hilarity For Charity, which benefits The Alzheimer's Association.
Andy's interests include writing, acting, exercise, sports, comedy, traveling, and helping to make the world a better place. He has one son, Jack Kiernan, and both Jack and Andy look forward to becoming future California residents.
Simone Legno is the creative director and co-founder of tokidoki. Born in Rome, Italy, Legno, drew incessantly as a child. The boxes of chewed, broken and unsharpened pencils he adored as a kid were the beginnings of a passion for art that led to the eventual creation of tokidoki, originally Legno’s online portfolio of the same name.
tokidoki means “sometimes” in Japanese. Legno, who has always had a deep love of Japan and fascination with world cultures, chose the word because he feels “everyone waits for moments that change one’s destiny, by chance or by meeting a new person.” tokidoki started as his professional web portfolio and artistic diary while living in Italy, where he created illustrations, advertising and new media design for various clients as a freelancer. Simone's special moment arrived when his designs drew the attention of entrepreneurs Pooneh Mohajer and Ivan Arnold, who spied the art on his personal website and convinced him to move to L.A. to start up a dynamic new partnership with them.
In 2005, they launched tokidoki, first as a clothing line and because of its amazing success quickly moved onto other items such as vinyl toys, skate decks, jewelry, watches, knitwear, sportswear, accessories, cosmetics, shoes and stationery.
Simone has been a sought-after speaker around the world at museums, universities and conferences, from MOCA (the Geffen Museum-Los Angeles) to the Adobe MAX conference, UCLA, USC, the Flash Film Festival in San Francisco, Art Center College of Desigin, Apple store in Osaka, Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, Singapore Toy and Comic Convention, Grafika Manila and many others.
A partial list of these clients includes Volkswagen, MTV, John Galliano, Champion, Toyota, Renault, Daihatsu, BenQ, Microsoft, Narcotic Bureau of Singapore, Telecom Italia. tokidoki has collaborated with many brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, Guggenheim Museum, Sephora, LeSportsac, Onitsuka Tiger, Marvel, New Era, Hello Kitty, Fujitsu, Levi's, Smashbox cosmetics, Xbox, T-mobile, Medicom Toy, Major League Baseball, Skullcandy, Barbie, Canon, Black Eyed Peas, and more.
“tokidoki is the hope, the hidden energy that everyone has inside. It gives us the strength to face a new day and dream about something positive and the hope that something magical will happen to us.”
- Simone Legno
Pooneh Mohajer, COO and Co-Founder of tokidoki, is a serial entrepreneur at heart — tokidoki is her third company to date. Since debuting in 2005, tokidoki has amassed a cult-like following for its larger-than-life characters and emerged as a sought-after global lifestyle brand. This innovative company is known not only for its eye-popping aesthetic and criminally cute characters, but also its megawatt partnerships with evergreen brands such as Hello Kitty, Karl Lagerfeld, LeSportsac, Barbie, Sephora, Marvel, and others.
Pooneh loves entrepreneurship and all the challenges of running a business. She also co-founded Hard Candy Inc., a color cosmetics company that revolutionized the nail enamel and cosmetic industries worldwide with innovative products. Hard Candy’s explosive growth produced sales of $10,000,000 in less than 24 months. In 1999, Pooneh successfully sold Hard Candy Inc. to LVMH, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, an international luxury goods conglomerate. Her abilities are multifaceted ranging from strategic marketing to product and brand development to overall corporate strategy, including high-level contract negotiation, corporate structuring, and financial operations.
After Hard Candy and before tokidoki, Pooneh co-founded Creative Branding & Design, LLC dba damnBRAND, a full service e-commerce management firm focused on partnering with fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. Client-partners included Oliver Peoples, Smashbox Cosmetics, Trina Turk, Bisou Bisou, Hot Kiss, Philip B, ABS by Allen Schwartz, and Black Eyed Peas. damnBRAND provided a complete outsourced solution for its clients’ online operations including design and development of online stores, hosting, merchandise selection, digital imaging, online merchandising, secure order transactions, inventory management, order fulfillment, returns processing, and customer service.
Pooneh received her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 1994. She also received a BA from Vanderbilt University in 1987. She has been a member of EO, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, since 1996, having previously served on its LA Chapter Board. EO is a premier, peer-to-peer, global community, network and resource for entrepreneurs with over 8,000 members in chapters around the world.
In 2013, Pooneh was honored with the National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles Trailblazer of the Year Award. This year she received the Deborah Award from the Anti-Defamation League which supports a world without hate, bullying, and bigotry.
Keri Selig is a Golden Globe and 5-time Emmy nominated producer and the Founder and President of Intuition Productions, a feature film and television production company in Hollywood. Before Intuition, Selig spent over a decade as a studio Executive. She was Executive SVP of Production at Warner Brosbased Bel-Air Entertainment (Collateral Damage, Pay It Forward). Before that, Selig was SVP ofProduction for Kopelson Entertainment at Twentieth Century Fox (Se7en, The Fugitive), and SVP ofProduction for Cort/Madden at Paramount Pictures (Save the Last Dance, Runaway Bride).
Selig most recently executive produced the miniseries After Camelot, starring Katie Holmes and Matthew Perry and based on the acclaimed book by fifteen-time NY Times bestselling author, J. Randy Taraborrelli. It received three Canadian Screen nominations and a Canadian SAG award.
Prior, Selig executive produced the miniseries The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe for Lifetime, also based on a book by J. Randy Taraborrelli. The miniseries stars Susan Sarandon and Emily Watson and received 17 nominations, including three Emmys.
Some of Selig’s credits include Passengers, starring Anne Hathaway for Sony Pictures; The Stepford Wives starring Nicole Kidman for Paramount; Point of Origin for HBO starring Ray Liotta and John Leguizamo; Harlan County, the Golden Globe and triple Emmy nominated movie for Showtime starring Holly Hunter; Three to Tango starring Matt Perry for Warner Brothers & Village Roadshow; and the award-winning In The Company Of Spies for Showtime starring Tom Berenger, written by Roger Towne (The Natural) and directed by Tim Matheson (The West Wing).
Some of Selig’s projects in development include Playing Dirty, set up at HBO with Justin Timberlake; Untitled Trials, a limited series set up at FX; Dealers Of Lightning, set up with The History Channel; American Wife, a limited series set up at ABC; Explicit Content, set up with Imagemovers and Warner TV; The Rory & Joey Feek Story set up at Lifetime; Greenpeace set up at Bold Films with
Jonathan Glatzer writing and Marc Forster directing; and Single Jewish Male Seeking Soulmate, set up with Simpson Street with Kerry Washington set to star.
Additionally, Selig is an active member in the philanthropic world and works with a myriad of organizations including: A Sense of Home, Wags and Walks, Oceana, and Selig serves on the board of directors for Children Mending Hearts.
Austin Stoffers is the co-founder of Pure Cycles, formally Pure Fix Cycles. Austin founded Pure Fix Cycles with two of his best friends since kindergarten while attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business in 2010.
Pure Fix Cycles quickly grew to become one of the largest recognized single speed bicycle manufactures in the world, offering the highest levels of quality, service, and value. Their solution to this demand was to focus on a simple, stylish, single-speed bicycle that allowed the customer to reflect their personality at a price point that was obtainable.
Pure Fix Cycles also saw a need and demand for stylish city and lifestyle bikes so Pure City Cycles was created. The same drive and determination that brought Pure Fix Cycles to success produced stylish, high-quality city bicycles at a competitive price point, allowing all types of riders to enjoy the brand and its customer experience. A full line of complementing accessories was also developed so customers could fully customize their new bicycle. Now both brands live under the name Pure Cycles.
For every charity bicycle sold $100 is donated.Pure Cycles is proud to support philanthropies such as, charity: water and their initiatives to support clean water in developing countries, as well as People for Bikes with their efforts to improve bicycle infrastructure across the country.
Austin has been recognized as a 30 under 30 entrepreneur by Forbes magazine and a 40 under 40 entrepreneur by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.