2019 Judges —————————————-
Michael D’Amodio is currently a Vice President of Operations employed by Interstate Hotels and Resorts and oversees eight hotels and that are all owned by Robert Alter, President of Seaview Investors, LLC. In his current capacity Mr. D’Amodio is responsible for the total operation of the Embassy Suites LAX North, AC Marriott Beverly Hills, Residence Inn Marriott Beverly Hills, Residence Inn Marriott LAX, H Hotel Los Angeles, Homewood Suites By Hilton LAX, Courtyard Marriott LAX and Hotel Trio in Sonoma wine country.
Elvin W. Moon
Elvin W. Moon is the founder, president and CEO of E. W. Moon, Inc., a Los Angeles-based engineering and construction management company established in 1985. E. W. Moon’s clients include local, state and federal government entities as well as private and public companies in cities including Seattle WA, Memphis TN, Atlanta GA, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles CA.
Jane Gross is a native of Philadelphia, PA, but has called Venice home for the last 21 years (LA for 27).
She is currently the Senior Vice President, On Air Promotion for Crown Media Family Networks: Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies Now, and Hallmark Publishing.
Jane holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University, and a Certificate in Wine Management and Education from UCLA, and has completed the North American Sommelier Association coursework. Next up is a professional baking course.
When not doing beach yoga, or hosting wine tastings, she is busy with her rescue dog, Figgy the Energizer Puppy.
Karen is a proud member of the Rotary Club of South Bay Sunrise, in Torrance. She is involved in many community and international projects. Professionally, she manages her family owned apartment buildings. Karen earned her BA and MBA from UCLA. She lives in Torrance with her husband, David.
Alison moved from London to Los Angeles with her young family back in 2001. She loved her new home but was shocked by the number of homeless youth sleeping on the streets. She was determined to be part of the solution to ending youth homelessness in Los Angeles so she began making care packages at home with her family and handing them out with fellow volunteers on the Venice Boardwalk. From this community action emerged the philosophical framework for Safe Place for Youth (SPY), which was founded by Alison and a dedicated group of volunteers in 2011. Today SPY continues to provide homeless youth with critical supportive services along with housing at its full service Drop-In Center in Venice. Alison is a dynamic and committed Executive Director and founder who advocates passionately for the vulnerable and at-risk youth who come to SPY suffering from the effects of homelessness during the city’s worst-ever affordable housing crisis. She remains current on the topics of homelessness, youth services, and housing affordability in Los Angeles by serving as the chair of The Los Angeles Coalition to End Youth Homelessness and participating as a member of The Regional Homeless Advisory Council. Even with all this on her plate, Alison finds time to sit and talk with the youth at SPY who are experiencing homelessness; letting them know they are valued and that we as a community care.
Patrick Reynolds has been editor and publisher of the The Mariner magazine, Marina del Rey’s only boating magazine, for the last 17 years. In addition to publishing this 28-page monthly periodical, Reynolds was a long-time weekly columnist for The Argonaut newspaper and as a freelance photographer his photos have appeared in Sailing magazine, Sailing World, Multihulls magazine, Cruising Outpost and Sailing Anarchy to name a few. Reynolds is also on the advisory board of the Marina del Rey Historical Society for which he created a 14-minute documentary on the history of Marina del Rey.