Our Team


Dr. Robert Donahue, Ed.D.

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Robert Donahue holds a Doctorate in Education from University of Southern California (USC) and has over 35 years’ experience as an educator. He was named Administrator of the Year by the California Association for Gifted Education in 1988 and has served as principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Dr. Donahue authored and received an Academic Volunteer and Mentor Service Grant from the Governor’s Office of Education, as well as the Cesar Chavez Service Learning Grant from the Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism. He also worked with LAUSD principals to qualify eligible students for free and reduced-price meals, and to incorporate healthy, culturally appropriate foods in schools.

Dr. Donahue retired from LAUSD in 2006, the same year SOSMentor shifted focus from college and career readiness to nutrition and health.

Carole Donahue, MA

Co-Founder & Partnership Director

Carole Donahue has been teaching nutrition education to adults and children, both in schools and doctors’ offices, for more than two decades. She formerly ran family literacy, nutrition and mentoring programs in schools throughout L.A. Unified School District as Partnership Coordinator at LAUSD Beyond the Bell Branch.

Mrs. Donahue received a Master’s degree in Education from California State University Northridge (CSUN) and has 29 years’ experience as a teacher and program coordinator. In 1995, she founded the largest school-based mentoring program in California, earning her national recognition for her innovative program design.

Mrs. Donahue retired from LAUSD in 2009 and now dedicates her time to developing new programs and partnerships for SOSMentor.

Board Of Directors

Executive Director

Robert Donahue
Co-Founder, SOS Mentor


Barrie Segall, President
President, Segall Nonprofit Consulting

Jan Stein, Vice President of Governance
President, Jewish Community Foundation of Long Beach

Emily Norensberg, Vice President of Programs
Educational Consultant, Hollywood High School

Carole Shandler, Vice President of Communications
President, SGS Produce

Rita Henderson, Vice President of Fund Development
Director of Educational Programs, Nestle USA

Dr. Michael T. Greene, Secretary
Owner, DocRD™ L.L.C. HealthCareNutritionist.com
Doctor of Education & Registered Dietitian

David Kohn, Treasurer
Executive Vice President, American Business Bank


Patricia Behr
Director of Marketing and Acquisitions, SOWA Development Inc.

Carole Donahue
Co-Founder & Partnership Director, SOSMentor

Sarah Farnham
Youth Athletic Coach, The Wesley School and Colfax Charter Elementary School

Dr. Sumi Kawaratani
MD, Family Medicine

Margaret Karren
CPA, Nonprofit Consultant

Dr. Anu Pakanati
Physician, Kaiser Permanente

Paula Kendrick
Risk Management Consultant, ClaimsMP

Barry Schoenbrun
Principal, Lee & Associates

Advisory Council

Alan Bernstein
Sales Manager, Pace Litho

Michael Chooljian
President, Chooljian Brothers Packing Co.

Hilarie Murad
President, Murad Family Foundation

TK Pillan
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Veggie Grill and Powerplant Ventures

Teresa Power
Author & Yoga Instructor, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids
Founder, Kid’s Yoga Day and World Yoga Power

Lisa Tollman
Executive Director Global Marketing, Amgen

Todd Johnson
President & CEO, Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce


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