Board Of Directors

Danny Alvarado, a native of Southern California, has been working in healthcare for 15 years, a journey that began at the age of 18 when, as a Navy Corpsman, he provided emergency medicine during combat operations while on deployment with a Marine Crops unit in Iraq. For the past eight years, he has worked in operations management role and oversees operations and business development for a large outpatient mental healthcare organization in California. When Danny was young, his father was incarcerated, and he remembers the embarrassment and shame of growing up with a father behind bars. His goal is to help break the stigma that comes with having incarcerated loved ones and would like to see programs like POPS the Club throughout the U.S. Danny holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Carol F. BurtonBoard 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.

Lori Kozlowski is a journalist, editorial director, and media leader. In 2017, she formed More Light Media to work with brands, nonprofits, and NGOs on their unique storytelling needs. Ms. Kozlowski’s journalism career began at the LA Times, where she was a senior editor helping to form the media company’s digital strategy. She has worked as a senior editor at Forbes, as head of the media division of the music management company Atom Factory, and partnered with Google on Project Empathy, a virtual media project exploring human rights violations and social justice within the U.S. prison system, seeking to shift public policy and reshape the way the public and politicians think about criminal justice in America. Ms. Kozlowski formed media partnerships with The Atlantic and screened original work at the Democratic National Convention. She has written for a number of national publications and served as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California and Chapman University.

Michael D. Marshall, Interim Treasurer 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.

Aaron Palmer has experience in several different industries including automotive, finance, investment services and healthcare. He has spent the last 10 years of his career leading and developing sales and operation teams in the Market Research Industry. Aaron decided to seek out POPS because it became clear that the world needs more people and organizations that are committed to empathy. Aaron received Bachelor degrees in Business, and Performing Arts from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He is the Owner and Founder of ASP Investments LLC, which focuses on encouraging financial literacy, specifically with high school students. Aaron can be reached at aaron@aspinvestment.com.

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).

Shandra Spicer, a Buffalo, NY native grew up in a household where her parents instilled core values of honesty, integrity, loyalty and hard work that made her successful in building her own minority woman-owned company. As President and CEO of Spicer Group, a commercial general construction and construction management firm, Ms. Spicer grew the company from an annual revenue of $29,000 in 1999 to an annual revenue of over $10 million by 2016. Ms. Spicer currently serves as CII Program Manager for Brilliant Comers, a California nonprofit focused on eradicating homelessness throughout the state. She is proud to have served as a mentor and board member for the Buffalo Urban League and Daemen College. Ms. Spicer is proud to call the West Coast her adopted new home.

Advisory Council

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. 

Karen Henry, is President and Senior HR Advisory at Orange Coast Human Resources.

Mindy Lake, Community Relations Office, LA METRO.

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. 

Rita Marmolejo, is a director, manager, trainer/instructor and consultant with expertise in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating programs and services.

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.

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.

Lyn Twyman, is a domestic violence and behavioral health advocate, speaker, consultant, producer and activist, an expert in community policing and behavioral health advocacy. In 2013, Lyn established Lasers,a national, progressive program designed to support all domestic violence victims and survivors.

Jonathan Zeichner, is Executive Director of A Place Called Home.