Adriana E. Molina, LMFT; Chair
Children’s Institute, Inc.
Adriana E. Molina received her BA Degree from Loyola Marymount University, her MS in Counseling Psychology from California State University at Northridge and has spent almost 20 years working with at risk children and families. Her professional experience includes school counseling with trauma exposed youth, social work with the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services, counseling with women diagnosed with breast cancer, and field work and program management at the UCLA/Health Risk Reduction Projects for at risk and HIV-positive clients.
Ms. Molina joined the team at Children’s Institute, Inc. in 2001 where she has worked in several programs and is currently Director of Social Media and Violence Prevention for Project ABC, focusing on prevention and treatment for children 0-5 and their caregivers. Through her work as the Co-Chair for both the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the DV/Gang Nexus Committee of the Domestic Violence Task Force of the City of Los Angeles, she has sought opportunities to bring diverse populations together in having conversations and finding solutions for supporting children and youth.
Adela Barajas; Vice-Chair
Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts
Adela Barajas is a woman with passion and determination to bring change to the “Forgotten” part of Greater Los Angeles where she grew up. After her sister-in-law Laura Sanchez was brutally murdered in 2007, she founded an organization by the name of “L.A.U.R.A.” (Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts); to provide a positive outlet for her family, and community to express their emotions. Her objective is to find innovative ways of transforming a cruel tragedy into a positive outcome.
LAURA has become Adela’s day-to-day life. In the last five years Adela has brought awareness to City, county, state and federal officials and asked that they take action and bring change to the community. She has become member of different Advisory Boards in her City and county of Los Angeles, and received the following Awards of recognition:
- 2008 – 2009 – Recognition from CD-9 Councilwoman Jan Perry, Congressman Xavier Becerra, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, 77th Police/ Crenshaw Christian Center, PAA
- Dec-2008 Angels of the City of Los Angeles Appreciation- by The Mayor’s GRYD
- Apr-2009 Council District 9 – 2009 Pioneer Woman of the Year Award
- Apr-2009 46th District Women in Action Award – Assembly Member John Perez
- Aug-2009 Jefferson Award – ABC7
Jerry Factor; Treasurer
The Max Factor Family Foundation
After a non-Public Health education at Berkeley and an IBM career, Jerry moved to Los Angeles with his wife, Lorraine, and their four children, where they worked as property managers for themselves and for others.
Jerry and Lorraine enjoy combinations of the Griffith Observatory, mountain trekking and spending time with their nine grandchildren.
Holly Bridges Shapira
Holly founded the nonprofit Picture Alternatives three years ago with the goal of using creative media in short form to educate about and advocate for alternatives to violence in both interpersonal and political arenas. The organization is grounded in the basic beliefs that constructive approaches to conflict are more effective than violence; and that creative visual storytelling has the power to spark personal and social change. Picture Alternatives has won top awards for their productions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.
Picture Alternatives has been a member of the Coalition for nearly three years. Holly served as the honorary chair of the Coalition’s Angel of Peace Awards luncheon in 2014.
Having started her career as a newspaper journalist, Holly forged a successful career as a writer, editor, and speechwriter, principally in higher education. At the University of Southern California she also oversaw dozens of first-rate video and multimedia productions, for which she served as executive producer, director, or scriptwriter. She established and led USC’s first unit dedicated to new media and visual communications.
Gale Feldman, MPH; Past Chair
FMA Community Health Consulting
With nearly twenty years of experience, Gale Feldman established FMA Community Health Consulting in 2001, offering consulting services in public health, community development and non-profit management. FMA Community Health Consulting provides technical assistance in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of community programs. She obtained a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996 and has worked in many diverse organizations including government, for profit corporations, community based agencies, faith based communities, hospitals and other clinical settings. Previously, she was the Director of Youth ALIVE! in LA – a hospital based youth violence intervention program and has served as a director or advisor to numerous agencies and commissions including Mayor Villaraigosa’s Gang Reduction Youth Development Zone Strategic Advisory Council, the Santa Monica Workforce Housing Commission, COPE Health Solutions, Consortium of Safety Net Providers and Community Corp (affordable housing).
When not busy fulfilling her personal mission of a healthy, safe, violence-free LA for all, Gale spends time enjoying the outdoors with her family, and introducing her toddler to the world of art and community activism.
Billie Weiss, MPH; Founder
Violence Prevention Coalition
Billie Weiss, MPH, is former Associate Director of the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Program/UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, former director of the L.A. County Department of Health Services Injury and Violence Prevention Program, and founder of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles. She is currently one of the partners in the national UNITY initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the California Wellness Foundation. She has authored numerous papers, and four book chapters. She received a BS from California State University Fullerton, and MPH in Epidemiology at UCLA. She has served on Executive Committee of Safe States Alliance (formerly STIPDA), currently is a member of the Board of Directors of SAVIR, leadership of APHA/ICEHS, and Board of CALCASA.
Ms. Weiss’ emphasis is “Violence: A Public Health Issue”, including the epidemiology of gang homicides/assaults, intimate partner violence, pedestrian injuries, iron poisoning, drowning, and program/strategy evaluation. Ms. Weiss focuses on research related to policies to reduce and prevent violence and evaluation of such policies. Ms. Weiss received the Regional Public Health Hero Award in 2001 from UC Berkeley, the APHA Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section Public Service Award, The California Wellness Foundation California Peace Prize in 2008, the KCET TV Heroes award in 2012, the VPC Angel of Peace Award in 2012, and awards from Southern California Public Health Association, California Police Chiefs Association, Brady Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, Black Probation Officers of Los Angeles, and the Milton Roemer Award from the California Public Health Association.