Torrance Education Foundation

Board of Directors and Staff

Executive Committee

Martha Deutsch, President
Trustee, Torrance Unified School District
Board of Education (2012-2018)
Past President, 33rd District, California PTA

Christina Chin Flores, Treasurer
Vice President, Operations
Financial Finesse

Teresa Furey, 1st Vice President
Commissioner, TUSD Personnel Commission
Torrance Unified School District

Katie Pandolfo, Secretary
General Manager
Dignity Health Sports Park / LA Galaxy

Emi Munekata Morimoto, O.D., 2nd Vice President
Doctor of Optometry
Community Leader

Members

Donna Belitz
Independent Education Management
Professional

Robin Taub Comer
Realtor
The Real Estate Group

Mary Hoffman, M.Ed.
Special Education Teacher (ret.)
Torrance Unified School District

Susan S. Gibson, Ph.D.
Educator, College Professor

Nazy Haghani
Manager, Report Analyst
Murad, LLC

Patrice Lefevre
President/ Owner
Bookkeeping 4 You

Asam Sheikh
Senior Financial Analyst
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Carolyn Snyder
Community Leader
Co-Chair, Torrance Memorial Hospital
Festival of Trees

Liaison – Torrance Board of Education
Betty Lieu, President
Torrance Unified School District

Staff

Denise Mandel
Business Administrator
DeniseM@TEF4Kids.org

Cynthia Palacio Rios
Executive Assistant 
Admin@TEF4Kids.org

2021-2022 Advisory Board

Kim Edwards
Farmers & Merchants Bank

Steve Fechner
Surf Management Inc.

Pat Furey
Mayor of Torrance

Barbara Graham
Torrance Refining Company

Rob Katherman
Water Replenishment District

Sherry Kramer
Continental Development

Ted Lieu
U.S. Representative

Al Muratsuchi
California Assemblymember

Andrea Sala
El Camino College

Robert Van Lingen
The Van Lingen Group

Joe Ward
Little Company of Mary