Board of Directors/Board Interns
Craig has served on the board and its finance committee since 2010. Craig is the Chief Financial Officer of The Yucaipa Companies, a Los Angeles, CA based investment firm where he leads the finance, treasury, and accounting function for a $3.5 billion portfolio of investments in the food, retail, luxury, hospitality, and logistics industries. Craig’s career has also included 15 years with Ernst & Young as a business adviser to the financial services industry and a senior accounting role at First Merchants Acceptance, an automobile finance company.
Raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Craig graduated from Purdue University and lived in Chicago and Denver prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2007. Craig lives in Westlake Village with his wife and two sons.
Fund Director, Accounting
“It’s an honor (and a lot of fun) to be part of Bresee because we are making a real and tangible difference in the lives of our young people and their families – both today and for the future. I love seeing our “alumni” who come back and work full-time or volunteer part-time at the Foundation!”
Digital Media Creative Strategist,
Kara has served on the board since 2008. Attorney and Entrepreneur, Kara founded paqit LLC in 2006, a company offering convenient, eco-conscious, luxury body-care products with a vision to encourage healthier living. While running paqit, Kara also consults for other start-up and transitioning companies developing their branding and business strategy. For the 8 years prior to starting paqIt, Kara’s enthusiasm for education, the Internet, and the environment brought her to Xap Corporation, a then start-up with a vision to use the Internet to increase access to higher education for all students—regardless of income level or ethnicity—while eliminating the paper process.
Kara began as Xap’s in-house counsel and soon learned all aspects of the business to oversee Xap’s operations including structuring and overseeing numerous multi-million dollar projects, and leading the growth of Xap from 14 to 120 employees. Kara continues to pursue her personal aspirations to promote education and the arts by serving on the Bresee Board.
Audio & Video Integration Consultant
Jennifer has served on the board since 2004. Born and raised in Southern California, Jennifer has always played an active role in her community. In addition to serving at Bresee, she also currently sits on the Board of Directors for two other local nonprofits: The Blind Children’s Center, which provides programs and services to help visually impaired infants and children acquire skills and build their independence; and Echoes of Hope, which provides resources and support for emancipated foster youth.
Jennifer graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a BA in Liberal Studies. She is a Senior Account Consultant for AVI-SPL, the largest global integrator for audio video systems and services. AVI-SPL provides complete audio video technology collaboration and presentation solutions. Jennifer has worked in the audiovisual system integration industry for the past 15 years.
Fox Entertainment Group
Sergeant 1, Recruitment and Employment Division
Sergeant Cynthia Cuadra has been a Police Sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) 77th Division for 13 years. She joined the LAPD after overcoming a variety of challenges as a young adult with the support of the 77th LAPD Cadets. Sergeant Cuadra is currently assigned to Recruitment and Employment Division, sharing her passion for “putting people first” with new police applicants. She strives to be a source of hope in an area known by many for its social and economical challenges. “Never stop believing in good because only more good will come of it,” she explains.
Sergeant Cuadra is a founding member of the P.F. Bresee Foundation’s (Bresee’s) Los Angeles Futbol Club (LAFC) Youth Leadership Academy, a unique partnership between Bresee and the LAPD, with the vision of using sports as a source of hope and transformation. Her charismatic and compassionate approach gives her the unique ability to inspire, motivate, and lead others.
Apart from donating generously to LAFC, Sergeant Cuadra uses her passion to build LAFC’s network of collaborators and supporters. Sergeant Cuadra is the mother of two beautiful and energetic little girls, Allison and Audrey, who serve as her guiding lights.
Vice President, Philanthropic Services
Heidi has served on the Bresee Board of Directors and its finance committee since 2015. Heidi is a director in the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) deals practice providing technical accounting advice and assistance to companies who are pursuing or seeking to pursue a capital raising transaction or significant M&A activity. For over 12 years, she has assisted clients with transactions in a wide variety of industries from private to large complex US and multinational companies. Heidi is an avid traveler and loves spending time with youth and kids. Heidi graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BA in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting.
Portfolio Manager, Founder
Hypotenuse Capital Management, LLC
“In this day of increasing globalization and divergence between the haves and have-nots, it is becoming more and more important for us to come together as a community and provide the life skills, tools and support so that every family and child in L.A. has the chance to find success in life. Bresee has become a vital institution in providing families with these components so that they not only survive, but thrive in the twenty-first century. For this reason, I am very honored to be a part of the Bresee family.”
Michael J. Lee is the founder and portfolio manager of Hypotenuse Capital Management, LLC, a privately-held investment manager that invests in publicly traded securities in the United States and abroad. Hypotenuse focuses on long-term value creation by investing in high quality companies at reasonable prices. Previously, Mr. Lee was a partner at Royal Capital Management, LLC, an investment firm in New York City. Prior to his time at Royal, Mr. Lee was a private equity associate at Parthenon Capital Management, LLC in Boston and an investment banking analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. in New York. Mr. Lee received his B.A. in Geography and Economics from Dartmouth College.
Culture & Community,
Marketing and Business Development Consultant
Los Angeles Football Club
My father credits the Variety Boys and Girls Club in East Los Angeles as an important influence on his youth. From personal experience, I know that youth development and mentoring can impact generations in a family. I am committed to supporting Bresee’s vision of making a lasting impact on our community.
General Manager, Compton
Vice President, Relationship Manager
Assistant to the Director
Sundance Institute-Film Fund Coordinator
New Century Capital Partners
Bresee 2016 Advisory Council
Head of Business Development
Dr. Melina B. Jampolis
Celebrity Nutritionist, M.D.
V.P. Digital Distribution
Susan E. Hill
Hill & Piibe Immigration Attorneys
Pioneer Industries, Inc.
Aristo Capital Ventures, LLC
Tom Martin, III, Esq.
Martin & Bontrager APC
Commander Robert Arcos
Los Angeles Police Department