David Adelman, Esq.
A firm believer in the importance of community involvement, Mr. Adelman is a business lawyer assisting a variety of clients with real estate, corporate, and intellectual property needs by developing business strategies, providing business counsel, and helping to structure, negotiate, and document business deals. Referred to as a “Renaissance Lawyer,” Mr. Adelman, a partner at Greenberg & Bass LLP in Encino, was selected to Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2016.
Dee continues to live her 30+ year passion for both business and philanthropic work. Past Board positions including San Diego Cares, The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (Balanced Mind Foundation), and Species Restoration Project. Dee is thrilled to be a part of Fit 4 The Cause. Dee is Mom to a 17 year old son, Beau, who is graduating from High School in June 2014 and entering the United States Marines.
Dr. Jill Stocker, DO
Dr. Stocker completed her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona and proceeded to medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. She then completed her training and residency in Michigan, becoming Board Certified in Family Medicine, with advanced certification in Age Management Medicine. She currently practices with Dr. Mike Carragher at The Body Well USA-Age Management (Carragher Method/Age Management). In addition to Age Management & Hormonal Optimization, Dr. Stocker is also an expert in Medical Aesthetics, including Medical Weight.
Eric Hunt, CPA
Eric has 15 years of experience in taxation including tax planning, compliance and tax provision services. Prior to joining SingerLewak in 2008, Eric gained extensive tax and accounting experience through management roles for CPA firms located in Southern California. His experience includes providing comprehensive tax services and managing client relationships for medium and small businesses in Media & Entertainment, Technology, Real Estate and Professional Services. He also works with high net worth individuals.
Professionally, Hallie has over 30 years of experience in the legal field. For the majority of the past three-plus decades she has successfully managed all aspects of the Law Offices of Howard Blau, from administration, organization, case-work and fiduciary responsibilities to client relationships and financial planning. Hallie’s past Board of Directors positions include the North Ranch Homeowners Association and Bridgehaven Homeowners Association. She also spent over six years on the Board of Directors for Hillel International, where she wrote several winning grants for the local chapter at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.
Kimberly Bordonaro is the founder of Brandspiration Studios, a brand strategy firm that transforms tenacious entrepreneurs and small biz startups into profitable brands that reflect their personality. Known for her ridiculously fun, lyrically-inspired approach to creating distinctive brands, she was named one of the nation’s top personal branding experts in The Huffington Post and her advice has been featured in many major online publications. Recently, she launched HUSTLE + SOUL, the ultimate mastermind for creating distinctive experiences in business and life.
Henry Eshelman founded and owns Eshelman Red Rose, Inc., d/b/a Platform Media Group (“PMG”). Eshelman’s public relations and marketing specialties include filmed entertainment, media properties, consumer products, hospitality, technology and events. Eshelman formerly served as Managing Director of B|W|R Public Relations and as Entertainment Practice Head of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide where, over eighteen years, he supervised accounts and teams in the filmed entertainment, consumer, corporate entertainment and technology areas.
Heywood Friedman, Esq.
Heywood Friedman is the principal attorney for the Law Offices of Friedman & Bartoumian in Westlake Village. He is recognized in the legal and insurance industries as a leading practitioner of insurance law with an emphasis in the area of workers’ compensation claims defense. During his 20-plus year legal career, Friedman has provided litigation, regulatory and transactional representation to many multi-national and Fortune 500 businesses.
Robert Kahn, Esq.
Robert has been practicing law for 35 years. He graduated from UCLA in 1975 receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. Robert then attended Southwestern and Loyola Law Schools, and in 1979 received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola University, School of Law. Robert worked for various medium sized law firms before starting his own practice in 1988. Robert’s private practice includes serious personal injury and wrongful death litigation, insurance litigation, legal and medical malpractice, other types of civil litigation, and civil appeals.
David S. Kestenbaum, Esq.
Criminal Defense legend and former prosecutor known for his high profile cases and winning record of accomplishments has been practicing law for 36 years. Based in Ventura County, Kestenbaum Law Group, APC also has presence in Van Nuys and Century City. Measured by Martindale & Hubble, Mr. Kestenbaum has the highest AV rating in ethics and knowledge of law. Elected to a second term on the Board of Trustees of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, serving as Chair of the Criminal Law Section, his impressive resume also includes serving on the Board of Governors of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He has the highest rating from AVVO and ranks in the top 5% of Preeminent Criminal Defense Attorneys by Lawyers.com. Mr. Kestenbaum earned his JD with honors from Southwestern University School of Law.
Dr. Lorne S. Label, MD, MBA, FAAN, CPE
Dr. Label has practicing Adult and Pediatric Neurology in the Conejo Valley for over 30 years. Born and raised in Montreal, he attended McGill University and then moved with his family to Texas where he received a BA with high honors in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He attended graduate school for Neurobiology and then medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Internal medicine internship and Neurology residency followed at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He became Board Certified in Neurology & Psychiatry in 1984. He moved to Caifornia to study with W. King Engel at USC where he completed a Neuromuscular fellowship. Besides his private practice , he has attended at the UCLA Neuromuscular Clinic and Neurology Resident Clinic for decades, obtaining a position as a Clinical Professor of Neurology. In 2013 he was elected as a Certified Physician Executive by the American College of Physician Executives.
Kathleen (Kay) Milford, CPA, MA
Kay has been with the CBIZ for over twenty years and specializes in providing tax and business consulting services to high net worth individuals and companies in the real estate, manufacturing, entertainment, financial and legal services industries. Her primary areas of client service are in tax planning and compliance, transactional analysis, business consulting, daily consulting on financial and accounting transactions, and client representation before the Internal Revenue Service and the Franchise Tax Board in tax audit matters. She works closely with clients providing them with comprehensive business and tax solutions.
Jenica Polakow, LCSW, MSW
Jenica Polakow, LCSW is a Clinical Social Worker at Community Memorial Hosptial and specializes in the emotional wellness of older adults. She received her master’s degree in Social Welfare with a specialization in gerontology, from the University of California, Los Angeles. Polakow facilitates Caregiver Support Groups, teaches the Tools for Caregiving Series, and provides one-on-one Care Consultations to family caregivers to help them discover and develop their own coping skills to better navigate through life’s transitions. She is a certified REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health) Interventionist and also supervises graduate students in the District’s Internship Program.
Anita Pressman, CPT
Tagging along with her mom to Jack LaLanne, Anita knew she’d become a fitness professional one day. Complementing the frequent visits to the gym, Anita also joined her mom at Weight Watcher meetings, learning the struggles of dieting and over-eating. Knowing her mission in life to keep people happy and healthy, she reveled in a life dedicated to athletic activity and dance.
In 2000, Anita became a Personal Fitness Trainer and continued to pursue her impressive certification and practice. She’s also an Advantaged Flexibility Specialist, Group Fitness Instructor, Fitness Lifestyle Coach complemented by recent Tai Chi certification. Zumba® is next on her impressive list of instructional disciplines. Exercise, nutrition and meditation have added quality, strength, balance and well-being to Anita’s life and definitely helped her survive a car crash that almost took her life.
Recently, Anita lost her boyfriend to suicide. She finds peace through yoga, meditation, tai chi and walking to alleviate the indescribable pain from this trauma. Anita lives the Fit 4 The Cause lifestyle knowing that movement does wonders for the mind, body and soul.
Dr. Heather Shenkman, MD, FACC
Dr. Heather Shenkman is an interventional cardiologist in practice in the Los Angeles area. While she performs complex angioplasties to open up clogged coronary arteries, she prefers to help her patients reduce their risk of heart disease through a healthy lifestyle, including a plant-based diet and regular exercise, in addition to medication when appropriate. She is an avid athlete, having completed over a hundred events of various distances, from sprint triathlons to Ironman distance triathlons, marathons and ultramarathons, and several hundred-mile century cycling events. Dr. Shenkman is a strong believer in a plant-based diet for heart health, as numerous studies have demonstrated prevention and even reversal of coronary artery disease.
Dr. Michael Shore, DC
In practice for over 20 years, Michael Shore’s goal is assisting patients in living the healthy, pain-free, vigorous lifestyle. He believes that preventive maintenance is the key to health, and Chiropractic care, along with healthy eating and exercise, should be an integral part of fitness and disease prevention. He uses gentle and painless techniques to help restore function and to decompress spinal joints (vertebrae) and all other joints of the body and ease muscles and joints back to health. He believes in a Pro-Aging Paradigm…promoting healthy aging by maintaining a strong and stable spine (and musculoskeletal system) and advising patients on nutrition, stress and weight reduction, exercise and proper posture. These principles are essential for preventing the destructive degeneration that occurs with age.
Brian is a seasoned professional in the employee benefits and healthcare industry, having served the needs of large, mid-sized and small employer groups, as well as individuals for over 25 years. He is the Market Vice President for Humana, a company focused on health and well-being. Brian’s career has encompassed roles as an executive with three of the largest health plans in the nation, and as a partner with a private insurance/employee benefits practice. His specialties include Health and well-being, employee benefits, healthcare and health insurance, voluntary benefits and consumer directed healthcare for large businesses, small business and individuals.
Dr. Lester Summerfield, PhD
Lester Summerfield, PhD has practiced as a licensed psychologist in the Conejo Valley since 1979. His impressive experience in treating and evaluating individuals and groups of families include approximately 70,000 hours. Summerfield is an accomplished academic with three graduate degrees and a lifetime teaching credential. He co-directed the medical stress unit at Westlake and was a therapist at Alcoholic Hospital. Additionally he was a High School Counselor and taught both Junior High and High School.
Chris has over twenty years of experience in the technology industry and has provided leadership and consultation to business leaders like Ernst & Young, CBRE, Pepperdine University, TBWA/CHIAT/DAYand Saatchi & Saatchi as well as numerous Los Angeles businesses, entrepreneurs and celebrities. Combining a background of creative arts with first-hand business experience and technology advocacy, Chris delights in helping organizations find technology solutions that are practical, affordable and elegant.
Cindy Rakowitz, SCTE (ACE)
Founder & Interim Executive Director
PR Guru, philanthropist, author, lecturer and ACE certified Fitness Pro, Cindy Rakowitz is a highly respected, award-winning top level executive with over 30 years of experience. Known for her tenure as Division President for Playboy Enterprises, she ran global public relations, marketing, advertising, as well as the modeling agency for over 15 years. She sat on the Playboy Foundation Board and became very involved with AIDS education and fundraising. As a premier media trainer, she has a unique ability to help her clients deal with the press during unanticipated crises. She is dedicated to wellness education.
Community Relations Director
Shannon Cain is a marketing, communications, and business development professional with over 15 years of brand engagement expertise. Her non-profit experience includes directing marketing and communications initiatives for After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger; and subsequently overseeing strategies for a national health and wellness foundation. As a lead director for these charities, she was responsible for marketing, branding, public relations, strategic partnerships, communications and building a community of supporters to increase the organizations’ capacities to support deserving individuals.
Reanna Joy Duenas
Assistant to the Executive Director
This philanthropist brings passion and important skillsets to Fit 4 the Cause. Her experience includes work at Symantec and Deloitte in audit services, compliance, fraud prevention, payment processing and authentication. Initially joining Fit 4 the Cause as a volunteer, Reanna has also worked with Second Harvest Food Bank, Gilroy Compassion Center and The Pawdestrian. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Sonoma State University and is currently interested in pursuing her fitness certification. Her family will always be a part of Fit 4 the Cause’s founding volunteer team.
Heather has a passion for helping others and working in the non-profit sector. Her past experience include working at Many Mansions, which provides well-managed, service-enriched, affordable housing to low-income residents of Ventura County and its surrounding communities. Heather came to Many Mansions to assist with their Community Outreach, in-kind donations and social media. She had a passion for bringing nutrition and fitness to those less fortunate and connected Fit 4 the Cause and Food Forward with Many Mansions so their residents could be educated and healthy.
Jennifer Goddard Combs