Board Of Directors

Mihal Ansik has spent over a decade working with people in prison and their loved ones. While earning her Bachelors’ Degree at the University of Michigan, Mihal facilitated theater and writing workshops in correctional facilities around the state. Prior to starting law school, Mihal spent five years working as a Court Advocate with the Center for Community Alternatives in Brooklyn, NY, where she advocated for incarcerated youth to be released into healing and supportive community-based alternatives to detention and developed workshops to equip youth and their families with tools for advocating for themselves as they navigated the delinquency process. At Harvard Law School, Mihal continued to advocate alongside clients entangled in punitive systems as a Student Attorney with Harvard Defenders, the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and the Criminal Justice Institute.
Currently, Mihal works as an attorney with A New Way of Life Reentry Project in Los Angeles, where she is an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by the Morrison and Foerster Foundation. Her work is focused on helping loved ones sustain their family connections during and after incarceration. Mihal is also a former Harvard Public Service Venture Fund Fellow and Berkeley Law Foundation Fellow

Dana Buchman has led global transformational work with top Fortune 500 brands including Apple, Disney, Mattel, and Activision for over 14 years. She is an inspiring leader known for a contagious passion for her art and a unique philosophy that challenges the status quo. She is an expert at blending the art and science of marketing, helping brands find their true voice and authentically connect with their audiences to achieve every measure of business and brand success.

Carol F. BurtonVice Chair (acting chair), L.M.S.W., BS and M.S.W., Board Vice Chair, Co-Chair and Coordinator of Alameda County’s Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, advisor for NRCCFI at Rutgers University at Camden and CEO and Principal Consultant for Jeweld Legacy Group. In 2013 Burton received The White House Champion of Change Award for her outstanding work on behalf of Children of Incarcerated Parents. She can be reached at carol@jeweldlegacy.com.

Dennis Danziger, Co-Founder and Secretary, has taught English and Sports Literature in the Los Angeles Unified School District for over twenty years. In collaboration with his wife, Amy Friedman and PEN USA’s Pen in the Classroom program, he has shepherded hundreds of students to publish their first essay in books, magazines and online journals. Since 2013, he has served as instigator, prompter, and editor of POPS the Club’s anthologies and other student writing and as sponsor of the inaugural POPS Club at Venice High. He retired from teaching in 2017 and now volunteers at POPS Venice. Mr. Danziger’s essays have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. He is a novelist and playwright who currently works closely with Hollywood’s Stephanie Feury Theater. You can learn more about his work at djdanziger.com.

Paul Hosch, Treasurer, puts his passion behind spending time with family and friends, working at Verbum Dei High School and serving the youth in underserved communities. As the Senior Vice President of Mission Advancement, Mr. Hosch, along with the Mission Advancement Team, is tasked to raise a little over $2.7 million annually. The Team does this through individual, foundation, and corporate giving. In addition to his fundraising duties, he also participates in many other departments and committees which include the Finance Committee, the Marketing Committee, as well as serving in other capacities on campus. Mr. Hosch is active in the community and has volunteered his time and resources at The University of Southern California’s Civic Engagement Board of Directors, where he is a graduate of the Business School. Also, he has served as the Chairman of Board at Santa Monica College Foundation for four years, and sat on the board for a total of seven, until he stepped down recently. Mr. Hosch has several recent graduates he actively mentors—a responsibility he takes very serious. He also served three years as a scholarship advisor at A Place Called Home. In addition, Mr. Hosch teaches resume, interview preparation, and personal branding workshops in the community and at Glendale Community College, as he has been a career coach for almost 11 years. Here is a link to Verbum Dei High.

Michael D. Marshall has more than 30-years of experience in sales, operations, support, and executive corporate management from his time at Experian (formerly TRW), MICROS Systems and Oracle Hospitality.  Driven to achieve, Mike has helped transform organizations of all types and sizes throughout his career.  From the time of his first position at the University of Delaware in undergraduate student advisement, to his role as VP, Data Operations at Experian, Mike has been recognized as a strong leader and problem solver. Through his most recent work as a volunteer Consultant and Advisory Council member with Executive Service Corps of Southern California, Mike learned about POPS the Club. Later, as part of a POPS consulting team, he gained valuable insight about the unique needs of children with incarcerated loved ones. This association sparked his personal interest in the POPS mission. Mike remains actively engaged with several clients in the non-profit community, coaching and guiding professional performance improvement strategies.

John Rodriguez is a student, writer, and activist. He is a formerly incarcerated juvenile offender who understands the importance of listening to our youth. John is an English major and hopes to teach in a public high school, juvenile hall, and prison one day. His writings appear in several of POPS The Club anthologies. He makes an effort to change the popular negative view against the currently and formerly incarcerated. Through writing, storytelling, and advocacy, John aims to eliminate the stigma people carry for loving someone in prison. He is also a member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC).

Dr. Vincenzo A. SainatoBoard Chair (on leave), is a forensic criminologist currently chair of the Criminal Justice program at City University of Seattle, a nonprofit open-access university. Dr. Sainato spent the first half of his career developing internet technologies and designing websites for Fortune 500s. During 9/11 he worked for a firm in the WTC and afterwards returned to school. He holds graduate degrees in both economic development (Fordham) and criminal justice (John Jay College of Criminal Justice). In 2005, Dr. Sainato began teaching in an urban associates degree program, and in 2009 successfully defended his dissertation on civil rights and police surveillance through technology. That same year he was appointed Director of the Masters Program in Criminal Justice Administration at Loyola University in New Orleans; nights he attended the police academy. After graduation, he worked by day as a college professor and by night as a sheriff’s deputy. Dr. Sainato’s current research is focused on the victimization by robbery of Latin migrants in post-Katrina New Orleans and other policing and social justice matters. He is completing field interviews for a book, Justice in the Eye of the Storm, which takes a critical look at post Katrina New Orleans in the context of communities and the police.

Anastasia Stanecki, activist and essayist, Anastasia works in the entertainment industry as a producer. She grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and in small town Georgia, graduating with a degree in journalism from Oakland University. Anastasia was the first guest speaker at one of the earliest Pops the club meetings–and it was there, she says, that she found her Soul Purpose.

Jen Turk is an attorney who has spent the last twenty years working in the criminal justice system as both a public defender and a deputy district attorney. After graduating Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law, Jen worked at the Centre County Public Defender’s Office, providing vertical representation to juvenile offenders.; there she worked one-on-one with at-risk youth in order to help the minors successfully complete probation and not cross-over into adult court. Jen also worked for the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office advocating on behalf of children in the foster care system. From 2006 to 2018, Jen worked as a deputy district attorney, five of those years working in the Hardcore Gang unit where she prosecuted murder gang-related murder cases.  In 2018, Jen joined Apple, Inc. as security counsel. She investigates a wide variety of cases including doing legal work on behalf of asylum seekers and youthful offenders through Apple’s pro bono legal program. 

Advisory Council

Lydia Flora Barlow, previously a POPS the Club Board Member and Board Chair, has long balanced her professional life with community work in support of social justice. She founded Fabian’s Fund, which provides financial resources for higher education to those currently or recently incarcerated. She serves as trustee of the American Baptist Seminary of the West and as President and Board Chair of the Seattle Central College Foundation.

Rachel Davenport has over 30 years of experience in the securities/financial industry and was Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for SEC compliance as well as corporate and investment bank administration for Iaccocca Capital Group, a boutique investment firm. Rachel was a Board member and Board Chair of New Directions, a residential rehabilitation organization that serves veterans. 

Angel de Mey, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the daughter of an incarcerated parent. For the last 25 years Angel has worked as a Personal Trainer and raised her family. She is currently President of the Parents’ Association at Shattuck St. Mary’s.

Anne Haley, is a writer and Managing Assistant in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

Marianna Houston, is a social justice and arts activist, theater artist and social worker based in New York city where she is spearheading the launch of POPS the Club.

Christina McDowell, Community Liaison, is an advocate for restorative justice and juvenile justice reform and is the co-producer of the documentary The Survivor’s Guide To Prison. She is a former teacher with InsideOUT Writers. 

Elsa Mendoza, Ed.D., Founding Principal of POPS the Club at Venice High (2013) is currently Principal at Belmont High School in Los Angeles.

Kate Savage, is an artist and educator who has taught at universities, in at-risk programs and public and independent schools. Kate’sown mindfulness practice led her to her work with Mindful Schools where she completed their year-long certification in 2017.

Kelly Slattery, a native Canadian and songwriter, works as a consultant in the Film and TV space, developing, packaging and setting up projects and works closely with several nonprofits. She is a longtime volunteer at POPS the Club Venice High.

Heidi Tuffias, member of our Founding Board, is a family lawyer and mediator whose practice focuses on dispute resolution. Ms. Tuffias has served on the Board of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists and is a member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law.

Farrah Washington, former board member, has a penchant for numbers but a heart for social work. She is an accountant by profession and social rights advocate by passion. Farrah graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and holds a Master’s Degree of Accountancy from Kaplan University. Farrah also is the creator of This I Share, a website and community dedicated to sharing positive content.

Rodney Williams, former Board member, is an entrepreneur, a chef and writer who for 15 years worked in the healthcare financing/actuarial field with the largest health insurer in the country and a respected employee benefits consulting firm. His forthcoming memoir details his brush with the criminal justice system and his search for identity and justice.

Madge Stein Woods is involved with several nonprofits working with women prisoners and sits on the board of R.I.S.E. to Empower. Ms. Woods has worked as a court-appointed mediator. Past president of the board for Action Committee for Women in Prison, Ms. Woods is a native Angeleno, graduate of West L.A.’s public schools.