CEO and Executive Director
Pamela Miller has held senior-level television business and legal affairs roles at major media companies–ABC, CBS and Discovery–for over 20 years. In those roles, she oversaw the negotiation and drafting of deals for broadcast network, syndication, and cable marketplaces for scripted, unscripted, kids, made-for-tv movies, news, and sports programming for distribution domestically and internationally.
Ms. Miller retired from the entertainment industry several years ago and has pursued full-time philanthropy as a board member, volunteer, and professional. She has served on the Boards of The Baseball Network, The California Dance Institute, and The ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter. She also volunteers as a mentor for College Path LA.
Ms. Miller was most recently Director of Major Gifts for the Greater Los Angeles Area for the Jewish National Fund. Prior to that, she was an independent business affairs consultant for major television studios, networks, and independent television producers, including A + E Studios, Lifetime, History Channel, among others. Ms. Miller started her career as an Associate in the real estate department of Gaston & Snow, based in New York City, where she handled commercial real estate transactions including foreclosures, acquisitions, construction, and financing transactions.
Ms. Miller is a graduate of The American University, Washington College of Law, and of Boston University, College of Communications, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Andrew Kang is responsible for presenting and reporting accurate and timely financial information for IHADLA. He is the founder of Andrew C. Kang CPA & Co. Andrew has used his extensive financial and accounting background to help various sized businesses manage and maintain their growth.
He is involved in various community outreach programs in the Anaheim area through Mission Community Church where his family attends. He’s also an active member of KACPA (Korean American CPA Association of Southern California). Andrew is a graduate of Cal St. L.A. and holds professional designations as a CPA.
Janell Lewis, MSW, ACSW
Senior Director of Programs
Janell Lewis first served IHADLA as a Master of Social Work intern from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on Community Organization, Planning, and Administration (COPA). She focused on streamlining student case management data and through that lens created a needs assessment survey that is utilized annually to identify programming needs and drive resource support. As Senior Director of Programs, Janell is responsible for the development, operations and oversight of IHADLA programs and program staff.
She also serves as Field Instructor, directly supporting the MSW interns who serve the organization. Janell and the MSW interns collaborate to expose the barriers that surround dream-scholars and their families; they also provide individual and group psychosocial support, advocacy, and resource linkage, which fosters effective coping strategies and honors resilience.
Prior to joining the executive office team, Janell held years of experience effectively managing people and programs, as well as engaging in both micro and macro social work practice, among diverse populations. Distinctively, she has facilitated comprehensive clinical and academic support for students in elementary through post-secondary education. Her work demonstrated a centralized theme of supporting individuals, organizations, and communities. Janell’s personal mission is to optimize growth and inspire hope among dream-scholars and their respective families so all can maximize their full potential.
Director of Marketing and Development
Ricardo Chavira oversees marketing and development at IHADLA, including, messaging, digital and offline communications that support the organizations goals, objectives and fundraising targets. Prior to IHADLA, Ricardo worked as the Marketing Director for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation where he directed and executed on the organization’s strategic marketing plan. Prior to the LAEDC, Ricardo was the Marketing Director for Project Paradigm, a non-profit foundation dedicated to activating and engaging youth around important societal problems. In this role, he managed, measured, assessed, and optimized the performance and effectiveness of all marketing and communications programs. The initiatives resulted in a more than tenfold increase in the number or registrants and partners.
Before that, Ricardo was the Branding and Marketing Director for Co-opportunity Natural Foods, L.A.’s only community-owned and operated grocer, where he led a major re-branding initiative that garnered a Davey Award for design excellence. The Co-op also attained its highest sales level in its 40 year history during his tenure.
Ricardo also served as the Marketing and Membership Manager for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and prior to that, as the Marketing and Communications Manager for RE/MAX’s California & Hawaii regional headquarters. Earlier, he worked in Mexico City as a News Assistant for The Dallas Morning News, and as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Mund Group, a public policy and market research firm in Mexico.
Ricardo graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Marketing.
Manager of Grant Writing and Research
Lena Ketabgian, an accomplished grant writer and grant researcher specializing in the non-profit education sector, manages IHADLA’s grant portfolio. Before joining IHADLA, she worked as a grant writer for the Skid Row Housing Trust, where she helped secure an additional 14 percent in grant revenue. Many of these grants were first-time grants from foundations from which the organization had no prior funding history. She is applying this same skill set to IHADLA’s grant writing efforts. Lena also worked as an urban planner for the City of Glendora, in addition to providing marketing and sustainability consulting services.
Lena graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology. She attended UCLA for her graduate degree–Master of Urban Planning.
Communications and Administration Coordinator
Meagan Maher works closely with our CEO on operational and administrative matters. She also assists with marketing, event and social media responsibilities. Meagan’s educational background—consisting of teaching under-resourced and out-of-school youth at the International Rescue Committee—dovetails well with our mission. Meagan, who is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French, also worked as an AmeriCorps Associate, in addition to experience developing websites and creating digital content. Her international work and academic experience span Uganda, Bolivia, Spain, Colombia, and Thailand.
Meagan is a graduate of Tufts University.
College and Career Manager
Kelly Trivino has been with IHADLA since 2003, and she is honored to be part of the organization. Beginning in 2004, Kelly served as a Program Coordinator for Program 14. She began when the Dreamers were ending 2nd grade, and she supported them through high school and their first 2 years of college. Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Prior to joining IHADLA, Kelly worked with ESL students and teen parents in the San Fernando Valley. She is now the part-time College Manager at the IHADLA executive office, focusing on scholarships, college transition, and the Dreamer alumni group. Kelly’s goal is to continue helping youth reach their full potential and succeed in life.
Marketing & Development Intern
Genesis Pineda is a senior at California State University Northridge pursuing her Bachelor of Art degree in Communication Studies, and has two Associate of Art degrees in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Communication Studies. She is an intern working with the Marketing and Development department and also a Service Learning Coordinator with the LAPD Cadets at the Topanga Police Station. Genesis wants to use the skills she’s learned with the “I Have A Dream” Foundation to launch her own non-profit organization.