Founder P.S. I Love You Foundation
Patricia Jones is the founder of the P.S. I Love You Foundation. The creation of this foundation was inspired by Patricia’s compassion and empathy to make a difference in the lives of others in need. She realized that the contribution she could make was as simple as sharing the spirit of giving. With Patricia at the helm, the foundation has consistently grown in terms of programs and volunteers.
Patricia is also a full time Realtor, wife and mother of two.
Denise M. Guzman
Guzman Law Group, Principal
Denise Guzman is the founder and principal attorney of Guzman Law Group, P.C. a corporate, estate planning and trust administration firm in Manhattan Beach, California. Denise has been practicing in the South Bay for more than 30 years and has established a reputation for providing start-ups and already established private businesses with cost-effective legal counsel. She often functions as virtual in-house corporate counsel for many clients and is an integral part of key decision making and ongoing operational activities of her clients.
Denise also has significant experience in handling estate planning and trust administration matters. She has structured complex family trusts and foundations, charitable giving programs and family-owned business succession plans. She is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on estate planning, probate and trust administration issues.
Customer Success Leader, Apigee
Erika Muelle is a Customer Success Leader at Apigee, a tech company that helps revolutionize how people live.
Apigee is founded and built by geeks with an insatiable curiosity for what the future of technology holds. We power apps for fuel bands, connected cars, high-end fashion, your go-to soft drink and next Walgreens prescription.We aren’t just building a product; we are shaping a brand new industry and changing the way people live, work and play one API at a time.
Piero Stillitano, MBA, MA, CM&AA
Piero Stillitano is a finance and business development professional with more than 15 years of experience managing corporate financial and strategic operations for companies with multi-state and international operations. Piero is currently the CFO of two Los Angeles based leading national providers of quality, specialized, educational services to children and adults with special needs: Total Education Solutions, and the Institute for the Redesign of Learning.
Piero holds an M.B.A. (International Business) and an M.A. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. He is also a CM&AA (Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor), and he is a member of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA).
SVP, Senior Commercial Lender
Wells Fargo Bank – West Coast Business Banking
As a banking professional, Mark Wilhelm has an impressive background and expertise with commercial real estate, equipment financing, business credit, and small business loans. Mark is the Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Lender at Wells Fargo Bank where he has worked for the past 25 years. Prior to Wells Fargo, Mark was an analyst for Demko Baer & Associates, a financial consulting and database firm. In addition to serving as a board member of the PS I Love You Foundation, he currently serves as a board member on the Networking Committee for the Loyola Marymount University Alumni Association, where he graduated from the University’s College of Business Administration. Mark has been a long time supporter of PS I Love You Foundation.
President / CEO Makai, Inc.
Shortly after graduating from Loyola Marymount University, entrepreneur and marketer Robbie Thain founded his own marketing agency Makai Inc., meaning “by the sea” in Hawaiian, in honor of his native state. Since then, Makai Inc. has expanded to Europe in Leipzig, Germany and to Latin America in Peru. After getting Makai Inc. off to a successful start, Robbie launched Dos Manos, a bilingual Hispanic Marketing division that focuses on marketing to the lucrative and growing Hispanic community. But Makai Inc. is not his only passion. In 2005, he founded Gorilla Toolz, a company that develops hosted partner portals for B2B Partner Ecosystems. Later in his career, he launched the concept of self-storage with his third company Selbstlagerbox in Germany. Robbie hopes to positively influence those he meets and works with along the way, which is demonstrated by his involvement in non-profit organizations such as PS I Love You Foundation.
Dedicated to community service and the arts, Inga has served as a board member and a volunteer for several noteworthy organizations, such as Rotary International, Peninsula Symphony, Palos Verdes Arts Center Circle, Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce, and Swedish Women’s Educational Association. As a native of Sweden, Inga received two master’s degrees in Stockholm and Uppsala, during which she worked for UNESCO in Paris and United Nations in NYC. Inga, ambitious and always looking for ways to grow, speaks 4 languages (Swedish, English, French, and German) and has earned multiple certificates from the University of California Riverside, University of Cambridge, and Cornell University. Her most recent endeavors include working as the director of sales and marketing and the executive director for various assisted living communities.
Lisa Schlager graduated from Towson State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mass Communications and a Minor in Business Administration. She was a Senior Account Executive for 5 years at Variety Magazine where she managed advertising for film studios and television networks in the entertainment industry. She also was the West Coast Account Executive for Newsweek’s Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine for 2 years.She now resides in Manhattan Beach with her handsome husband Jim and her two adorable children Maddie and Cooper.
She spends her time raising her children and doing volunteer work for P.S. I Love You Foundation.
She is extremely passionate about ways we can help all children develop solid social and emotional skills so that they are better equipped to manage life challenges and become healthy, responsible, caring adults.
Scott Matrenec is Head of Strategy & Business Development at Motorcar Parts of America, a leading remanufacturer and distributor of aftermarket automotive parts. Prior to joining Motorcar Parts of America, Scott was President of Fenwick Automotive Parts, an international remanufacturer and distributor of automotive parts. He also held various positions in the Turnaround and Restructuring Services Group for AlixPartners and Financial Advisory Services Group for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has extensive experience in implementing comprehensive financial, operational and growth strategies. Scott is a Hermosa Beach resident that is passionate about helping children of low-income working families to have access to world class educational resources.
Scott received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
Executive Director, Strategy, MXM
For the past 15 years, Eric Kneler has worked at top-tier advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Wieden + Kennedy, TBWA Chiat/Day, and MXM. During this time he has created marketing strategies for a range of brands such as Toyota, Nissan, Electronic Arts, Gatorade, Lowes, and more. He has leveraged his focus in digital campaigns to advise a number of startups and non-profits throughout the years.
Eric is also a husband, father of two awesome daughters, and while his heart is in Redondo Beach his favorite sports teams will always be in the Bay Area.
Jeffrey A. Dooley, CPA, MBA, MA