Speaker Date Topic
Kristin DeCou Aug 28, 2019
Tidy Your Space, Transform Your Life
Tidy Your Space, Transform Your Life

Kristin DeCou is a Certified KonMari Consultant and the Founder of Modern Refresh, based in Los Angeles. Trained by the star of the Netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo", Kristin works alongside clients 1:1 in their homes and offices, helping them to declutter, organize and uplift their space to make room for what matters most. Prior to becoming a KonMari Consultant, Kristin led global One-for-One® Shoe Giving at TOMS and served as a Corporate Liaison for Direct Relief, a non-profit humanitarian relief & development organization.  Kristin has committed her career to making an impact in people’s lives, and she now enjoys using her passion to help clients - from moms to retirees - live their best life.

Kristin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a proud GenR member of the International Rescue Committee.  Kristin lives in Los Angeles with her husband Rob and two children, Hudson (2) and Kalea (1).


Patrick Morehead Sep 04, 2019
Craft Talk
Craft Talk

Patrick Morehead has been working with individuals and businesses in Los Angeles for several years. He has extensive personal and professional experience in the financial services arena, business development and is a California Realtor.  After receiving his Bachelors in Aviation Business from the University of North Dakota, he worked as a pilot for a US Airways regional carrier.  In 2011 he moved to California to help small aviation businesses increase profits and cut costs.  Shortly after, he partnered with Vanclef Financial Group to help individuals increase their retirement accounts and reduce taxes. This broad reach allows Patrick to be a great asset to anyone he meets. Patrick will always lay out options and give advice that put his client interests and needs at the forefront. 

Sami Toussi Sep 11, 2019
Work-Life Balance Workshop
Work-Life Balance Workshop

Sami Toussi is an experienced career and business strategist and motivational speaker. Sami graduated from UCLA and quickly rose through the ranks of corporate management, earning over six figures by her mid-twenties and leading an international sales team. Despite her early success her experience caused her to question the fullness and purpose of her life. Seeking answers Sami furthered delved into the coaching world and underwent training at the Tony Robbins Strategic Intervention School. Gaining board certification in 2016 Sami founded Sami Toussi Coaching International which has delivered coaching to hundreds of clients across the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Sami has a passion for business innovation and personal development, and through her skillset has transformed the lives of countless clients, from launching multi-million dollar businesses, writing novels and transitioning into purposeful careers. 

Scott R. Martin Asla Sep 25, 2019
Peace Building
Peace Building
MediatorArchitect and Social Entrepreneur

Dedicated to Sustainability and Peace Building.

2017 Rotary International Peace Fellow

As a licensed Landscape Architect, Scott led large projects domestically and around the world, including Dubai and India. A love of travel and languages has guided him to live/ explore over 60 countries and sparked a split from designing traditional gardens to a passion for the larger landscape of peace

Scott is a Founding Member of Mediators Beyond Borders Int. (MBBI) and former Co-Leader of the Rwanda Team; working with survivors of war, genocide and sexual abuse to develop training in trauma awareness and non-violent conflict resolution.  Scott is now working on the Cambodia Projectfocused on using social entrepreneurship to build capacity for community mediation centers and is the Lead Trainer for Peace Conversation Programwhich is system for addressing intra-group conflict through dialogue and facilitation skill building. 

Armando Hogan, Deputy Chief Oct 02, 2019
Los Angeles Fire Department | LAFD
Los Angeles Fire Department | LAFD

Chief Hogan is a proud member of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) with over 36 years of service.

He is currently assigned to Operations West Bureau, where he serves as the Bureau Commander in the rank of Deputy Chief. 

Chief Hogan has held the ranks of Inspector I, Captain I, Captain II, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief. Prior to accepting his current position, he served as the Assistant Bureau Commander in Operations West Bureau

Chief Hogan’s area of service includes the Los Angeles World Airport, the LAX coastal communities, Hollywood including Griffith Park, Silver Lake, the hillsides and canyon communities that border Hollywood, Pacific Palisades, Bel Air and West Los Angeles including UCLA. 

Additionally, Chief Hogan has served the LAFD as the Chief Training Officer at LAX, Community Liaison Officer where he represented the Fire Chief as his spokesperson and worked in various communities throughout Los Angeles.

His education consists of a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Services Management from the Union Institute and University along with a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the University of Southern California (USC).

He has also attended the John F. Kennedy, School of Government on the campus of Harvard University where he received an Executive certificate for his participation in the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.  

He is married to his beautiful wife Marcia of 26 years and is the proud parent of two degreed adult children, Justin & Lauren. 

Melody St. John Oct 16, 2019
District Governors visit
Grant Francis Oct 23, 2019
Venice Heritage Foundation
Venice Heritage Foundation

Grant has lived in Westchester almost all of his life, and loves working on all sorts of reunions.  One project was the Centennial Celebration of Venice High, in 2011, where thousands of people had a wonderful week end reunion.  A lot of money was given back to the school, and a Guiness worlds record was broken, for the largest skate board parade.

During his thirty five years at Venice High School, he was chairman of the Industrial Education Department, Technical Director of the Performing Arts Dept., the first mens volleyball coach, Stagecraft Consultant for the L.A.U.S.D., past faculty association president. He has received the PTSA Honorary Service Award, and the Alumni Associations Alumnus of the Year.  Grant taught wood shop, leadership, stage crew, typing, education career planning, and life skills at Venice High School. He retired from Venice High in June of 2001.

He is the block captain for his neighborhood watch, the chairperson of his high school reunion committee, is active in the Venice High School Alumni Association, and the Venice Heritage Foundation which is planning on a museum for Venice.

For the last 34 years Grant has planned and organized a river trip for about 100 of his dearest and closest friends on the Kings River, outside of Fresno.  This crazy, infamous group, known as Wednesday Night Memorial, claims to fame are trips to the King's River, Mexico, and the Doo-Dah Parade, in Pasadena.

He has worked on a fund raising event for the American Cancer Society, by the name of Relay for Life.  It raises both money and awareness for CANCER.

Grant loves traveling with his lovely wife Judy. Some of their trips have included: Africa, Alaska, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Cuba, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, (where he ran with the bulls), Thailand, Tahiti, and China.

They have four children, Gina, Julia, Adam, and Aaron;  and four grandchildren – Ariel, Shea, Bodhi, and Kaaden.

Edwin Shackeroff Nov 13, 2019
ShakeOut/ earthquake preparedness