Brent H. Woodworth – Chairman & CEO

Brent is a well known leader in global risk, crisis management, community relations and collaborative partnership development. He has a distinguished history of working with governments, private sector corporations, and non-profit organizations.  At IBM, where he worked for 32 years and retired in 2007, Brent initiated and led the development and management of all worldwide crisis response team operations.  He began volunteering in emergency services during 9/11 when he realized that first responders were without methods of communication and got walkie-talkies and Blackberry phones donated and distributed.

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Phillip C. Hill – Vice Chairman

Philip C. Hill serves as Chairman of Dignity Health’s California Hospital Medical Center.  He is also a Senior Partner at the Onyx Group, specializing in guiding client-centered organization in highly competitive environments towards excellence, and was the CEO and General Manager at the Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center recognized as one of the nation’s most successful public venues – including regional disaster management support programs.

Brie Loskota – Secretary

Brie Loskota is the executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC. Her research focuses on how religions change and make change in the world. She is co-founder and senior advisor to the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and a trainer-facilitator with the United State Institute of Peace’s Generation Change program, where she has trained young leaders from across the Middle East and Africa. Brie’s expertise is vast – she has a specialized focus with: community resilience and disaster response; faith organizations; government-religious engagement and partnership; religious pluralism, change and innovation; faith community leadership; international security, conflict and affairs.

Simon Baker – Treasurer

Simon Baker is Fox Entertainment Group’s Treasurer and has over 20 years of financial management, operations and CPA equivalent experience including CFO at Dove Entertainment, SVP of Finance at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Principal at Baker Consulting Services.  He is an expert in domestic and international cash management and very experienced with managing daily cash transactions in excess of $500 million.

Lars Gustavsson – Board Member

Lars Gustavsson, a Swedish national, has spent most of his professional life working in the Overseas Development Assistance Industry. Through-out most of his life he has led many “Build-Operate-Transfer” efforts ranging from small company start-ups, to consortia and coalitions, to major organizational functional change efforts, to academia and new degree programmes, to major complex relief efforts, to major infrastructure projects.

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Dr. Peter Katona – Board Member

Dr. Peter Katona, MD is a Clinical Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service) Officer studying viral diseases and doing epidemic investigation; and at Apria/Corum Healthcare as their Corporate Medical Director.

Jack H. Knott – Board Member

Jack H. Knott is the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor of the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.  Before joining USC, Dean Knott served from 1997 until 2005 as professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago.  From 1987 to 1997, Dean Knott was a professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, where he served as departmental chair and director of Michigan State’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.

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William Lim – Board Member

William Lim founded Claris Strategy in 2012 with the intent of having a consulting practice that brings clarity (the “aha” moment) to their many clients, a creativity drawn from design strategy that marries both right brain and left brain ideas, and a simplicity in the concept that can be clearly conveyed and implemented.  During his seventeen year career at Gensler, his positions included airport designer and the firm’s applied technology leader, 

Dale S. Zuehls – Board Member

Dale S. Zuehls, CPA, JD, PhD, CFF, ABV, CGMA, ACFE, has practiced for over 35 years, has taught at several Southern California Universities, and held various leadership positions within the Big 4 accounting environment.  He also led KPMG’s exempt organization tax practice for the Western United States.  Dale received his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law (Los Angeles, CA); Bachelor of Science, Accounting in California State University (Los Angeles, CA).