About PALS

Mission Statement

LAPD Devonshire PALS builds character and enriches the lives of children and teens by offering year round activities that foster trust and understanding between young people, the LAPD and the community.

History

Organized in 1973, Devonshire PALS is dedicated to developing character in youth, reducing juvenile crime and creating safer communities. We do this by providing after-school enrichment programs for low-income, at-risk children and teens that build strong, positive relationships between youth and law enforcement officers. Due to the tremendous need for youth programs in the southern section of Northridge, and with a community determined to help, PALS built a youth center in this underserved neighborhood. We celebrated the center’s grand opening in October 2009.

Board of Directors

Devonshire PALS is extremely proud of the countless individuals who support our organization. PALS has up to a 25 member board of directors who selflessly donate hundreds of hours to lead our committees and manage our nonprofit organization supporting Devonshire PALS with their time, talent and treasure.

 

2017 LAPD Devonshire PALS Board Members

 

Dick Ashnault*, High Tech Signs and Banners, Parliamentarian & Circle of Heroes Co-Chair
Sally Barnes, Retired LAPD, Travel Agent
Victoria Bourdas Martinez*, Northridge Skateland, Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Laine Caspi, Paratus Insurance
Thomas Christopher, Christopher Law Group, Executive Vice President
Judi Greenberg, Northridge Middle School
Scott Juceam, The Tax Defense Group
John Lee, Consultant, Circle of Heroes Co-Chair
Mike Lehon, Health Net
Hank Miller, Boston Private Bank & Trust, Treasurer
Lorraine New*, Parthenia Properties
Kim Ohrt, Waste Management, President
Victor Sampson, Coldwell Banker
Steve Slutzah, Westside Tile and Stone
Star Tomlinson, The Drain Co., Vice President of Fundraising
 John Jamgotchian, Attorney At Law, Advisor
*Denotes Past Presidents

LAPD Partners

The Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Area is in complete support of Devonshire PALS and the exceptional, valuable services they provide area youth. Youth Service Officers work directly with the participants of each program offered through Devonshire PALS and are committed to serving our community through mentorship.

 

Youth Center Staff

The youth center is currently staffed by two dedicated individuals. As our program grows and needs evolve, we anticipate the addition of other staff.

Sue Bruno, Executive Administrator

Ivan Magana, Program Coordinator

Stephanie Sagastume, Academic Coordinator

Lydia Davenport, Financial Administrator

PALS TEAM

The Youth Center has a team of dedicated lead volunteers. The support they provide to the children in our program is invaluable and we appreciate their contributions.

Instructors and Youth Center Volunteers:
Art Instructor – Ingrid Hudshon
Folklorico Dance Instructor – Maria Rosales
Tae Kwon Do Instructor – Luis Reyes
Boxing Work Out Instructor- Ivan Magana Ramirez
Guitar Instructor- JC De Luna
Dance Instructor- Monica Mc Swain
Academic Support- Jonetta Mitchelle

Youth Center Volunteer Team:

Ritch Bloom
Renate Colvin
Deborah Davis
Miguel Herberth
Celia Hyam
Prudencio Lua
Norma Martinez
Sue Mueller
Shant Nazarian
Jazmin Ortiz
Jay Robbins
Rita Zlotorinski
Aldo Casteneda