Strong belief systems and teachings have played an important part in the
family of Shari Sharifi-Brown, Founder and
President of The Sharifololama Foundation. One of
the more important messages from Isaiah 1:17 is the compelling force driving
her non-profit efforts:
Learn to do good. Seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the
fatherless, plead for the widow.
The Bible says
to take care of widows and orphans and that's what I believe we should do,
says Shari. My charitable efforts have
always been focused there.
As President for 17 years of Trans Global Consulting Engineers, her own
engineering company, and in the business for over 30 years, Shari
has focused her business on structural engineering projects like the
earthquake study Los Angeles Sports Arena. She is responsible for all
structural design and production services performed by her employees and for
the coordination between the clients and the consultants.
Master degree in Engineering Management from Harvard Branch in Teheran. She
is a member of the Women's Transportation Coalition and also a USC alumna.
served as an appointed Commissioner for the Beverly Hills Unified
Internationally she founded a hospital in a third-world country and a
foundation that continues to provide food and clothing for approximate 4,000
created a niche in the engineering world, Shari
brings that sensibility to the non-profit world as well.
married to Edward Brown and is the mother of two children.
A career non-profit professional with strong editorial, writing, and
administrative skills, Sheryl Turner serves as President and CEO of the SP
Turner Group, her Beverly Hills-based company providing management and
consulting expertise to the non-profit and business communities in Southern
California, Nevada and Kansas.
forming her own company, Sheryl served as Economic Development Director for
the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce assisting and recruiting high end
businesses in the Beverly Hills
business community. During her five-year tenure at the Chamber, she authored
many white papers, including annual researches and surveys in conjunction
with Forbes Magazine, business activity updates, and annual Chamber reports
and directories. She was the staff liaison for the Economic Development,
Retail, Government Affairs, and Automotive Councils and organized the Mayor's
State of the City luncheons with the Robb Report. Additional responsibilities
included working with the Rodeo Drive Committee for events and marketing.
recruited from the Chamber by a non-profit based at Children's Hospital Los
Angeles (CHLA), where she launched their nationwide programs to cure eye
cancer in children, including writing legislation, lobbying and enacting a
California law requiring all newborn babies to be screened for eye cancer by
the time of their six-week check-up.
Sheryl formed her own consulting company and has developed many non-profits,
boards of directors, programs, and marketing materials (including pamphlets,
websites, and other branding mechanisms) for her clients. Her expertise
includes development of two music foundations, a wildlife foundation, several
educational foundations, a foundation for peace in the Middle
East, and several private family foundations for high net worth
worked on various fundraising projects and events in Southern
California and has consulted on and managed innovative financial
mechanisms including programs for life settlement, charitable remainder
trusts and other investments.
a degree in English with considerable experience and expertise in
grant-writing and grants administration. Early in her career she administered
all the grants for the Medical Genetics Department at UCLA-Harbor General
Hospital and edited
many scholarly medical articles.
personal philanthropy, Sheryl is a member of various non-profit boards of
directors, including a hotel chain, a non- profit foundation supporting
pregnant teen homes and day care centers and her own family foundation. She
is fluent in Spanish and has traveled extensively.
a life-long admirer of photographic works and began collecting photography,
which has segued into helping photographers develop their own businesses. In
the past five years, she has helped such notable photographers as Harry
Langdon and Bill Jones and has represented the world's largest collection of
George Hurrell photos. She has been the curator of
various exhibits of these photographers and continues to develop book
proposals, exhibitions, and other business development opportunities such as
licensing in the photographic community. Currently she is editing two books
on photography and film and writing a biography.
the mother of two sons, Dan and Chase, and lives in the West Hollywood area
of Los Angeles.
As president / principal of John A. Martin & Associates, Mr. Martin is in
responsible charge of all structural design and production services provided
by the firm. He commits and orchestrates staffing at the onset of a project
at an office wide level to ensure the timely availability of personnel. Mr.
Martin has over 35 years of experience in structural engineering design and
project management. His participation and involvement in all of the
firm’s projects includes oversight of the structural design teams,
allocation and commitment of the firm’s resources, budget and
scheduling, and quality review to ensure that the structural systems designed
optimally meet both design and structural/seismic requirements. Mr.
Martin’s expertise and direct hands-on approach, coupled with his in
depth knowledge of the building industry, are responsible for providing the
client with cost effective engineering solutions. Recently completed projects
include the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Caltrans Los Angeles Headquarters,
the Orange County Performing Arts Center Expansion, and the Ronald Reagan
Mr. Tong serves as a Structural Project Manager for John A. Martin &
Associates. He is the direct day-to-day contact for this portion of the work,
responsible for structural analysis and design, specifications, project
coordination with the other disciplines, and management of the structural
team. With more than 35 years of experience with the Martin firm, Mr. Tong
has been responsible for structural design and project management for
educational facilities, hotels, housing structures, theatres, parking
structures, fire stations, office buildings, commercial facilities, and
hospitals. His experience with value engineering on previous projects is
utilized in the preliminary project design stages to ensure a cost efficient
structural solution that supports the desired architectural design. Recently
completed projects include the Coronado
City Hall and the UCSB Intercollegiate