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.

 

Board MemberDescription
Board President
Thomas Christopher
Christopher Law Group Inc.
Parliamentarian, Circle of Heroes Chair
Dick Ashnault
Ashnault Specialties, High Tech signs and Banners
Secretary
Bree Breckenridge
Waste Management Government and Community Relations
Executive Vice President
Victoria (Vickie) Bourdas Martinez
Skateland/Mountasia Family Fun Center
Treasurer
Mike Lehron
Health Net
Youth Advisor to the Board
Alicia Sullivan-Roberts
PALS Volunteer
Frank BushCity of Los Angeles Building and Safety
John LeeJSL & Associates
Judi GreenbergNorthridge Middle School
Laine CaspiParatus Insurance
Lorraine NewParthenia Properties
Mark FishlowitzFinancial Advisors Edward Jones
Matthew HernandezPublic Safety Deputy Council District 12
Mindy ParkVice Principal Valley Alternative
Rebecca OdaHeartland Payroll Services
Robert (Hank) MillerRetired Banker
Sally BarnesRetired LAPD, Travel Agent
Steve SlutzahStone and Tile Consulting Inc.
 

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.

 

Advisors

  • LAPD Captain Kathleen Burns
  • LAPD Lt Chris Zine
  • LAPD Sgt. Joe McDowell
  • LAPD Devonshire Officers Assigned to Youth Services: Officer Gabby Barnard, Officer Matt Connell, Officer Jeff Johnson, Officer Jessyka Monzon
  • John Jamgotchian, Attorney at Law

 

 

 

 

Youth Center Staff

 

Edgar Sedano, Executive Administrator Devonshire Youth Center

Ivan Magana, Program Coordinator Devonshire Youth Center

Jonetta Mitchell, Academic Coordinator Devonshire Youth Center

Lydia Davenport, Financial Controller Devonshire Youth Center

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 Salinas
Tae Kwon Do Instructor – Luis Reyes
Boxing Work Out Instructor- Ivan Magana Ramirez
Dance Instructor- Monica Mc Swain

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