Break the Cycle, Los Angeles Advisory Committee

Martin Anderson, M.D.

Martin Anderson, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics and Director of Adolescent Medicine at UCLA Children’s Hospital, is a faculty member in the UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. Anderson also is director of the Adolescent Based Clinic at UCLA, co-director of the Teen Clinic at Venice Family Clinic, and serves on the medical advisory boards of Venice Family Clinic, Culver City Youth Health Center and the COPE Program.

Orlando E. Blake, Ph.D.

Orlando E. Blake, Ph.D., is president of The Blake Group in Elgin, Arizona, which specializes in working with organizations to sustain company growth through enhancing management capabilities, reducing conflict, and increasing communication. Before starting the Blake Group in 1993, Orlando was director of human resources for GUESS? Inc. Currently he teaches at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Claremont Graduate University and at University of California, Riverside Extension’s dispute resolution program.

Mark De Antonio, M.D.

Mark De Antonio, M.D., is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and director of the Inpatient Adolescent Service at UCLA/Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. De Antonio is also an associate clinical professor at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Not only does he direct the care of disturbed adolescents in an inpatient and outpatient psychiatric setting, he also teaches psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers to work with this population. In addition, he works with HIV infected and affected children, adolescents, and their parents at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences.

Diane Gray, MSW, LCSW

Diane Gray, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., a practicing psychotherapist, is presently in private practice in Brentwood. She was the originator and coordinator of the Children’s Bereavement Program of Jewish Big Brothers. Prior to Jewish Big Brothers, Diane was the coordinator of the Children’s Program of the Family Violence Project of Jewish Family Service. During her 10-year association with this organization, Diane led domestic violence support groups and helped develop and coordinate a violence prevention curriculum for use in Los Angeles schools. Diane also trained and supervised the paraprofessional staff, advocated for battered women, and trained professionals and other community agencies on the issue of domestic violence.

H. Catherine Mayorkas, Esq.

H. Catherine Mayorkas, Esq., is the director of public interest programs at the UCLA School of Law and the chief administrator of the School of Law’s Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. Catherine is responsible for directing existing public interest activities, including coordinating the extensive student pro bono program, working with student public interest organizations, and counseling students interested in pursuing public interest careers. Catherine also administers the new Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, which offers a challenging approach to education for legal and policy work in the public interest.

Professor Frances Elisabeth Olsen

Professor Frances Elisabeth Olsen, a founding board member of Break the Cycle, is a renowned legal theorist and a professor of law at UCLA. She represented the Native Americans throughout their 71-day uprising at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973, and founded the first feminist public interest law firm in Denver, Colorado. In 1984 she earned Harvard Law School’s highest graduate degree (in the history of legal thought) and took up her professorship at UCLA. Since then, she has also taught law in the U.S. at Harvard, University of Michigan and Cornell; in England at Oxford and Cambridge; in Germany at the University of Berlin and Frankfurt University; in Italy at the European University Institute, the prestigious international graduate university of the European Union; and in Japan at the University of Tokyo and Ochanomizu University. She has lectured and published on five continents and has helped establish programs and classes in feminist legal theory on four continents.

Alex Ordonez-Chu

Alex Ordonez-Chu is a 17-year-old senior at Santa Monica High School. Alex began volunteering with Break the Cycle after participating in the preventive education program. In addition to his work with Break the Cycle, Alex also volunteers at a local home for the elderly. He is a member of the varsity wrestling team and on the board of the Physics Club and Junior Statesmen of America at Santa Monica High.

Carl H. Shubs, Ph.D.

Carl H. Shubs, Ph.D., is a Beverly Hills psychologist who works with adults, adolescents, and children in his private practice. In addition to his work with patients suffering from anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and relationship difficulties, Carl has concentrated on helping victims of violent crime for over 13 years. He trains other mental health professionals regarding the assessment and treatment of victims of violent crime and has presented on these topics at several professional conventions. Carl is co-chair of the Victim Treatment Committee of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), a post he has held for the past four years. He is currently working on a book on victims of violent crime.

Professor David A. Sklansky

Professor David A. Sklansky is acting professor of Law at UCLA. He grew up in Southern California, received an undergraduate degree in biophysics from UC Berkeley, and attended Harvard Law School. Following his graduation from law school, David worked as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Abner Mikva and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. He then spent a year in private practice in Washington, D.C., before moving back to Los Angeles to join the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he spent seven years as a federal prosecutor. In 1994, he joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Law. David teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence.

Debbie Soleymani

Debbie Soleymani is a 16-year-old junior at Santa Monica High School.  Debbie first became involved with Break the Cycle through a summer internship program in 2002. Since completing her internship, Debbie has remained a highly active volunteer, prompting her appointment to the Advisory Committee as one of its first youth members. Debbie serves as president of the Jewish Student Union and secretary of the Associated Student Body at Santa Monica High. She is a cross-country and track runner and is in her third year of studying the Japanese language.

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