The Carl & Roberta 
Deutsch Foundation

Meet the 2016 Selection Committee

"I was inspired and learned as I reviewed the wonderful HALO Award applications. They were the best of the best.
Reading them was an unexpected, impactful gift to help me make our volunteer program even better."


-Alex Morales, President & CEO, Children's Bureau of Southern California
2016 Selection Committee

Alex Morales

President & CEO, Children’s Bureau of Southern California


Alex Morales is President and Chief Executive Officer of Children's Bureau of Southern California, a non-profit leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse, mental health, family support, child development, and community building that has served Southern California since 1904. Alex has a Masters degree in social work and a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics. He has been recently recognized for his contributions: 2014 Annenberg Foundation – Visionary Leader; 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award Finalist; and 2008 Social Worker of the Year, Los Angeles Region of the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Daniel McWhirter

Director of Programs, Bresee Foundation

2013 Halo Award Winner


Daniel manages the day to day operations of the community center, overseeing three main departments as well as support staff. In addition to running operations, Daniel directs the development of new programming as well as monitoring and evaluation of Bresee’s on-going efforts.

 

Jennifer Price-Letscher

Director, Programs & Special Projects, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation


Jennifer joined the Parson’s Foundation in 2011, after 10 years as a program officer and consultant for the Sterling Foundation in Los Angeles. She has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including the Whitecap Foundation, Shakespeare Center/LA, the Archdiocese of Cleveland, 18th Street Arts Center and Grand Performances. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Oregon, a masters of science in organizational development from Case Western Reserve University, and professional certifications in college counseling, sustainable enterprise, and coaching. Currently board president at Hill & Dale Family Learning Center, she has also served on the boards of Diavolo Dance Theatre and Westside Neighborhood School.

 

Kristina Deutsch

Trustee, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation


Kristina Deutsch has faithfully served as a member of the Advisory Committee at The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation, providing insights and guidance, since 2008. She has also been a member of the Halo Award Selection Committee every year since the award’s inception in 2011.

 

Martha Arevalo

Executive Director, CARECEN

2015 Halo Award Winner


Martha is the Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center, or CARECEN. Located in Koreatown and founded in 1983 by Salvadoran refugees, CARECEN empowers Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice and promoting cultural diversity.

 

Sean Ostrovsky

Senior Program Officer, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation


Sean Ostrovsky is a Senior Program Officer at The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation. The Foundation focuses on College Access, Arts Education, Israel, Jewish Life, Alzheimer's Disease and Diabetes/Obesity prevention. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, he was the Director of Yiddishkayt Los Angeles, an organization working to ensure the survival of Yiddish arts, culture and history. Sean was born in Montreal and raised in Los Angeles. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UCLA and an MBA in nonprofit management from the University of Judaism/American Jewish University.

 

Victoria Lanier

Executive Director, Education Through Music – Los Angeles


Since moving to Los Angeles in 2003, Victoria has worked to bring music education to disadvantaged communities. She helped coordinate the Henry Mancini Institute Community Outreach Initiative and served as the Music Education Manager for the Da Camera Society. In 2006, she founded Education Through Music-Los Angeles as the first independent national affiliate of Education Through Music in order to see that every child receives sequential comprehensive music education in school. Lanier was honored at City Hall in 2008 for her work to restore music to Los Angeles schools, and in 2012 was invited to join the Arts Education Task Force through the CA Department of Education and CA Arts Council.