George Lopez is Co-Founder and Director of The George Lopez Foundation. Mr. Lopez has channeled his charitable energy in the nonprofit world to improve and save the lives of people confronting the challenges of chronic kidney conditions. One of the entertainment industry’s premier comedic talents, Mr. Lopez serves as Founder and Principal of TRAVIESO PRODUCTIONS, a film and television production company. Time Magazine recognized Mr. Lopez as one of “The 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America”, Harvard University honored his artistic work and charitable endeavors with its “Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award”, The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition honored George Lopez with The All-Star Award, and People For the American Way bestowed its “Spirit of Liberty Award” on him.
Linda D. Small
Linda D. Small is the Director/CFO/Secretary/Executive Director of The George Lopez Foundation. Her consistent, compassionate commitment to improving lives in the Los Angeles community includes 24-years as a member of the Junior League of Los Angeles where Ms. Small served as the President and CEO, Development Director and Training Director. She began her eight years of service with the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California and Southern Nevada in 2002 as Development Director. Within two years Ms. Small became the Executive Director where she remained until she left to head The Lopez Foundation. Linda is a highly respected, successful leader in the not-for-profit sector.
Dr. Lilly Barba
Lilly Barba is a Director of The George Lopez Foundation. Dr. Barba received her medical training at the State University of New York-Buffalo, and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at USC Medical Center followed by fellowship training in Nephrology and Hypertension at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California.
Michael G. Wilson
Michael Wilson was born in Kentucky, but raised in Oklahoma and Texas. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Finance. He was a 5-time All American Gymnast at OU and NCAA Champion in floor exercise in 1979. Michael was also a member of the World Cup and World Championship teams in 1978 and 1979. In addition, he earned a spot on the 1980 Men’s Olympic Gymnastics team. During his business career, Michael has successfully developed and owned numerous companies in the health care industry including at TPA in Oklahoma, PPO networks in both Oklahoma and Texas, a Benefit Consulting firm in Texas and several other industry-related companies. Michael currently owns and manages three organizations in Plano, Texas in the healthcare industry including Century Healthcare, Corporate Health Plans of America, and Healthcare Highways. Michael also is privileged to participate as a member of several organizations’ Board of Directors. Hard work and perseverance have provided Michael with numerous opportunities throughout his life and he is fortunate to be able to “give back” and help others.
Lawrence J. Kohl
Lawrence J. Kohl is a Director of The George Lopez Foundation. Based in Los Angeles, Lawrence Kohl’s occupation is in Wealth Management working for the Kohl family office. Previously, Mr. Kohl was President and Founder of Atomic3D, an original animated content company and software developer for streaming delivery on the internet. Started in 1995, the company was one of the leading providers of animated content for the internet. Previously Mr. Kohl was the President and Founder of Paradigm Software Corporation from 1989- 1992 where he formed a sales and marketing team to focus on the integration of 2D and 3D technologies. Mr. Kohl has a MBA from the University of Miami. His BA in Business Administration is from Kendall College in Chicago. Mr. Kohl is concentrating his efforts in charitable work that benefits children, primarily as a board member of the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club and previously for the Zimmer Children’s Museum.
Stacey Kohl is a Director of The George Lopez Foundation. Business woman, Stacey Zinman Kohl is the creator of Bloom Love, a incredibly successful and admired children’s clothing line. She was first inspired to enter the fashion industry after the birth of her daughter, Elizabeth. Charmed by her sweet innocence, Stacey set out to create clothing that would convey that feeling with softness and comfort. She started by shopping a few samples around town – talking her way into Los Angeles’ chic boutiques and not leaving until she made a sale. She also showed pieces to her celebrity friends who fell in love with the line. Before she knew it, the line was in demand and available in top stores all around the country such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Fred Segal and many others.
Sheryl Underwood is a savvy businesswoman, philanthropist and a multi-faceted, multi-media entrepreneur who is recognized as one of the most articulate, well-informed women of our time. Underwood is co-host of the Emmy award-winning CBS television show THE TALK, watched by an average of 3+ million viewers per day and is a much sought after entertainer and public speaker who is described as one of the world’s brightest contemporary humorists. Underwood is Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Pack Rat Productions, Inc. and is the 23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; the only full-time entertainer to ever hold the sorority’s highest post. Underwood holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from both Benedict College in Columbia, SC and South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. She is also a national spokesperson for Kimberly-Clark's DEPEND brand Underwareness Campaign; creator and host of Sheryl Underwood Radio and recently launched Sheryl Underwood Radio – The APP. Committed to using her visibility and influence in positive ways, Sheryl Underwood is Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Pack Rat Foundation for Education (PRFFE) and is currently raising money to support the 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the students committed to pursuing a higher education. Her life story was the subject of the TVOne bio-documentary UNSUNG Hollywood: Sheryl Underwood and she was recently named a Membership Ambassador for the NAACP. Underwood is one of modern culture’s brightest talents and her influence and insight cross boundaries and bring her into the company of national leaders and international icons.
Nick Nuciforo is Head of the Comedy Touring department and a Partner at leading talent and literary agency UTA. As an industry veteran who is widely recognized as one of comedy touring’s preeminent agents, Nuciforo presides over the agency’s booking and touring operations. In addition, Nuciforo works across all departments at UTA to identify marketing and cross-promotional opportunities for comedy clients, as well as comedy-related opportunities for the agency’s talent and corporate clientele. As Head of the Comedy Touring department, Nuciforo represents some of the world’s most beloved comedic talents working today.
Raised in Albany, New York, Nuciforo attended SUNY Plattsburgh and first started his career working at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Shortly after, he moved to Beverly Hills to work at Irvin Arthur Associates, a boutique talent agency and was quickly promoted to agent.
Following his time at Irvin Arthur Associates, Nuciforo went on to run APA’s comedy touring department, where he rose to VP. At APA, Nuciforo helped launch the careers of clients such as Lewis Black, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White. After six years with APA, Nuciforo founded CAA’s Comedy Touring division. During that time, Nuciforo built the department into the largest comedy touring division in the industry and created several massive tours and festivals which include the Baseball Hall of Fame Tour, Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival and the Wild West Comedy Festival.
After ten years at CAA, Nuciforo joined UTA where he runs the comedy touring business and represents such clients as Chris Hardwick, Chris Tucker, Flight of the Conchords, George Lopez, Jeff Dunham, Jeff Foxworthy, Jim Gaffigan, Jim Jefferies, Radiolab, Sarah Silverman, Sebastian Maniscalco, Seth Meyers, The Lonely Island, The Tenderloins, Wanda Sykes and Will Ferrell.
Nuciforo is considered an expert in the comedy touring space and has been featured on panels and conferences such as Pollstar, IEBA, Billboard and SXSW. He currently sits on the board of the George Lopez foundation.
A resident of Los Angeles, California, Nuciforo is married and has two young sons.
Laura LaRocca is a Director of The George Lopez Foundation. Laura LaRocca has established herself as a force in the beauty industry. A born entrepreneur with the kind of drive it takes to build a multi-million dollar company from the ground up, Laura’s business acumen has been taking shape since before she can remember. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin and the Aveda Institute, Laura worked in the entertainment industry as a Managing Hair Stylist for print media, movies and hit television shows such as Felicity and Scrubs. In 1998 she became Co-Founder/CEO of DuWop – one of the most innovative brands in the beauty industry. Laura grew the brand from an idea to $20 million in annual sales. Laura is leading the personal care industry as the CEO of LaRocca Skincare with a focus of growing sales, giving back to the community and protecting the environment.
Tom Maxwell is a Director of The George Lopez Foundation. Tom is based in Dallas, Texas. Tom attended the University of Texas, Austin and University of Southern California. Tom is the Chief Operating Officer of the ACIUS Group, Survivor Outreach Services and iBaseTek. Tom is also the Chief Executive Office of WhiskeyBarrel Records, headquartered in San Diego, California. Tom’s companies all contribute a proportion of their revenues to various charities, including No Kid Hungry, The Toby Keith Foundation, The Fender Foundation and Parker 4 Life Foundation. Tom also proudly provides support to the Point Loma High School Wrestling Team in Point Loma, California.
Robert Roman is a first generation Mexican-American. He grew up in a very humble family and at a very young age, he decided he would break the mold in the family, be successful, and give his family a better life. At the age of fifteen he joined the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and received his certificate in Banking & Financial Services. Years, later Roman partnered with GenTrust Wealth Management to collaboratively manage assets. He successfully founded a Wealth Management company that delivers a Private Client Group experience to their clientele. Since inception, GenTrust has grown by 100% or doubled in size. The clientele continues to grow on the individual and institutional level. We’ve recently partnered with GenTrust Wealth Management to expand their infrastructure and strengthen the investment team. They now have offices in Newport Beach, CA, Woodland Hills, CA, Miami, FL, New York, NY, and a satellite office in Washington DC. Together, Roman manages and oversees over $1 billion in assets.
Brooke Kaufman Halsband
Is a celebrity Real Estate Agent who has a strong passion for bringing awareness to kidney disease and supporting the children’s camp.
Edgar Estrada was born and raised in the Chicago area to Mexican parents. His humble beginnings drove him to be tenacious in business and make every opportunity count and successful . In 2009, he successfully helped create Element Lifestyle, a private membership based concierge company in Los Angeles. Element lifestyle works with and services some of the most prominent and influential people in the world.He has also now become an entrepreneur investing in real estate, a women's apparel T shirt company Luxetees, and a social media marketing/ influencers company named 86D Media. His love and passion for golf got him involved with the George Lopez foundation and feels incredibly lucky and blessed to be able to give back. Edgar now resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three kids.
Sammi* Benz is a singer, songwriter, actress. She was born and raised in New York City. At the age of 5 Sammi* was signed by Pepsi to perform at an event at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City. Sammi* attended LaGuardia College and New York University. Sammi* Benz’s first single “La Ultima Cancion”, debuted #34 on the Latin Billboard Charts (BDS). She won Miss Argentina NY, has also appeared on various network TV shows in the US and has been featured in many national and international magazines. She has also recently performed in the US and abroad in different venues. Sammi*’s charitable interests include diabetes and kidney disease research, after school youth learning centers, wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release programs and active military and veterans groups.