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Eitan Ginsburg

Chief Financial Officer 
Petersen Automotive Museum

Eitan Ginsburg joined the professional staff of the Petersen Automotive Museum as Chief Financial Officer in 2013 and is part of the senior leadership team that has overseen the museum’s renovation and success as a cultural center. He has worked in nonprofit management for almost 40 years.

Prior to coming to the Petersen, Eitan served for 15 years as Chief Financial Officer with Los Angeles Hillel Council, inclusive of three year-long periods as their Acting Executive Director. He also worked as the Executive Director of Temple Isaiah in West Los Angeles and the Executive Director of UJA/Federation of Ventura County, and has his professional roots in youth and camp programming. A native Angeleno who lived in the Miracle Mile neighborhood for many years, Ginsburg began bookkeeping work as a teenager and studied mathematics at UCLA. He later changed his academic focus and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in history from UCLA.

Married and the father of two sons, Eitan enjoys the natural, cultural and culinary offerings of Los Angeles, and is an avid woodworker. His first car was a blue 1968 Camero SS with a 396 big-block, which he loved to drive and is glad to have survived!

Howard Goldman

Chief Financial Officer
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

Howard Goldman joined Didi Hirsch in 2015 as its Chief Financial Officer. He has more than 30 years of experience in finance and operations with an extensive background in strategic and financial planning, cash management, cost reduction, contract negotiations, joint ventures and merger integration.

Prior to joining Didi Hirsch, Howard acted as interim Chief Financial Officer at two large nonprofit organizations, which provided housing services and care for the physically and developmentally disabled. He is particularly interested in children’s mental health, and serves on the board of Operation Progress, Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping children in Watts.

Howard began his career in the United Kingdom. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Economics and Accounting at the University of Bristol in England, and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Denise Gutches

Chief Financial and Operating Officer 
FilmL.A., Inc. 

Denise Gutches has over 30 years’ experience in strategic, financial, and operating management and leadership. She currently serves as the Chief Financial and Operating Officer (CFO/COO) for FilmL.A., Inc., a non-profit economic development corporation that serves as the film commission for the greater Los Angeles region. Since 2004 Denise has also owned and operated DKG Consulting, Inc., specializing in comprehensive strategic planning, business management, project management, and executive consulting services for non-profit organizations with over 40 non-profit clients including 27 independent schools throughout California. Denise received her BA degree in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton. Denise’s community affiliations include 9 years on The Buckley School’s Board of Trustees serving as Co-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Master Planning and Strategic Planning Committees, Board member for The Willows Community School, Providence High School, and Board Director at Exaktime, Inc.

Karim Merzian

Chief Financial Officer 
Wilshire Boulevard Temple 

Karim Merzian joined Wilshire Boulevard Temple as its Chief Financial Officer in 2013.  His responsibilities include Finance and Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Investments, Information Systems and Information Technology.  In his role he acts as the senior financial leader for the Temple’s Nursery, K-6, and religious schools at each of their locations in mid-Wilshire and West Los Angeles, as well as its two-summer camps in Malibu, and the Temple’s various religious and cultural offerings.  Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s long-standing balanced commitment to serve both the Jewish and broader Los Angeles communities in a variety of ways is what attracted Karim to this historic institution.

Prior to joining Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Karim (a California CPA-inactive) spent 25 years holding a series of Finance and accounting leadership positions starting his career at Deloitte, then continuing into private industry to work for Avery Dennison, Health Net, Disney Regional Entertainment, Medtronic-Minimed and most recently two start-up organizations in the paper and alcoholic beverage industries.  In addition to his Financial and accounting background, Karim also has large ERP system implementation experience leading the SAP implementation team at Health Net, and assisting in various leadership capacities during the SAP implementations at Disney and Medtronic.

Karim has spent his entire life in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, attending local elementary and high schools, and graduating from California State University, Northridge.  He currently resides in Glendale with his family.

Kevin Matthews

Chief Financial Officer 
John Tracy Clinic

Kevin Matthews provides outsourced accounting and CFO services to nonprofit organizations nationwide. He is the CFO of John Tracy Clinic, an organization he has been involved with since 2005.

Kevin has over 20 years of experience as an auditor, cost accountant, Controller, Vice President of Finance & Administration, and Chief Financial Officer. In England Kevin worked for 6 years in the accounting department of a $120m regional hospital. After moving to the US in 1999 and a brief time in the transportation and high-tech industries, he returned to the non-profit sector in 2001. He worked as the internal Chief Financial Officer of Los Angeles Education Partnership and John Tracy Clinic until 2011 when he began providing CFO services in a consultant capacity.

Kevin graduated from the University of Westminster in London, England and qualified as a Certified Accounting Technician, before going on to become a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, a qualification he studied for after sadly realizing that nonprofit organizations are the victim of fraud on a disproportionate basis.

Lisa Turchan

Chief Financial Officer 
The Buckley School

Lisa Turchan is a is a Certified Public Accountant and University of Michigan Business School graduate with Public Accounting experience at Deloitte. She spent 17 years in senior management roles at Twentieth Century Fox, being involved in its exponential growth from 1985- 2002. Her experience enabled her to get involved in the not for profit world, where she is currently the Chief Financial Officer for The Buckley School since 2004. Turchan was integral is obtaining the school’s 2008 new Conditional Use Permit, despite heavy community opposition, building out its $90M campus enhancement plan, acquiring nearby properties, growing the school’s enrollment levels, fortifying the school’s rock solid financial position and creating a long term financial vision for the school. Net assets increased from $16M to $80M during her tenure.

Turchan, a native of Chicago, is a San Fernando Valley resident who enjoys running, renovating her 1930’s home and volunteering her time to various causes in the community.

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