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.
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She holds 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.

Shari has served as an appointed Commissioner for the Beverly Hills Unified School District. Internationally she founded a hospital in a third-world country and a foundation that continues to provide food and clothing for approximate 4,000 poor families.

Having created a niche in the engineering world, Shari brings that sensibility to the non-profit world as well.

She is 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.

Prior to 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.

Sheryl was 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.

From CHLA 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 individuals.

She has 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.

Sheryl has 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.

In her 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.

Sheryl is 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.

Sheryl is 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 UCLA Westwood Replacement Hospital.



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 Athletics Building.