Director of Operations
Jody enjoys a successful HR and administrative career running the family restaurant in Anaheim alongside Yves, and other corporate and non-profit environments. She launched Love Letters Food Box, a non-profit serving families with loved ones at Children’s Hospital of Orange County with daily meals. A mother of two grown girls, Jody shares a common vision with Yves to serve the disadvantaged and disenfranchised in the U.S. and globally. KHERUT's mission and vision is the perfect expression of her heart and talent.
Yves has enjoyed a successful career for more than 40 years in the restaurant industry. He began working when he was fourteen years old as a busboy and has literally worked his way through every position in a restaurant. Since then he has excelled in the industry, having owned his own establishment for 30 years. Yves is an excellent cyclist and enjoys the competitive nature and extreme physical challenges of the sport. Yves’ passion is cooking and in serving others, and his vision is the driving force behind KHERUT.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jon brings 30 years of experience in menu and restaurant equipment innovation as well as10 years as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing. Jon jumped at the chance to join KHERUT, because its mission and vital role providing training, experience, and a path to economic self-sufficiency for survivors. Jon is excited to have an opportunity to give back with the experience and influence he has accumulated over his career.
Director of Operational Controls
Jim brings 25 plus years of executive leader experience in banking, finance, and non-profit operations and construction management. He has held positions as CFO, COO, and has owned and operated his own restaurant. He and his wife worked with the homeless for more than 15 years and the direct effects of trafficking, addiction and abuse in the women. He is excited for this amazing opportunity to give survivors a path forward.
Human Resources Management
Karla brings over 25 years of human resources management experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device,
healthcare and consumer packaged goods industries. Most recently she served as VP, Human Resources for Freedom Innovations where she
was accountable for strategy and
execution of the global Human Resources function. Current and former positions in the non-profit arena include President of National Human Resources Association, Board Member of the Youth Employment Services; Alumni Board Member for Chapman University and Board Member of Women’s Ministries at her church. Karla has a heart for women, especially those that are disadvantaged and is excited to support Kherut to provide women with opportunities to move from the ashes of their past to excellence and the ability to grow and develop into the women God intended them to be.
Demetria brings 25 plus years expertise as a REALTOR® for the past 10 years and experience as a sales director and manager. Growing up in a domestic violence environment and barely surviving a horrific family tragedy, women's empowerment is a priority in her life. Helping those in need
and giving back to the community is priority for Demetria. She is a lifetime mentor for a teenage match through Big Brothers and Sisters, a committee member of OC United Way’s Women United devoted to fighting for the education, health, housing and financial stability of every women, child and family in Orange County.
Demetria knows that working at KHERUT is God’s way of showing her why she survived and is still alive today.
Jana is a wife, adoptive mother, and longtime advocate of children. She was an Executive Assistant in the Title Insurance industry. Jana volunteers in children’s ministries, the homeless, and more. The issue of sex trafficking has weighed on her heart for years, especially upon learning its impact upon children in the foster care system. Jana has known Yves for nearly 30 years and was excited to join the team as his admin assistant.
Laura is a C-level executive with 30+ years in all types of transactional corporate work, including corporate public and private, capital placement and acquisitions, legislative and government affairs, regulatory compliance, and operations and human resources. She has served on the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of several for-profit and non-profit companies, and currently volunteers for several organizations. Her mission and passion to create lasting solutions and propel growth align perfectly with Kherut's mission to empower women and help them on their path to independence.
Bob has over 30 years of executive level experience and has held positions of Founder, CEO, COO, EVP of Sales-Marketing-OPS. He has both started and participated in 12 startups and has consulted with dozens of new and turn-around companies. Bob has enjoyed multiple exits, including a $1 billion and a $60 million exit. His
experience includes writing and executing business plans, building financial models, scaling growth, partnerships, staffing, and reorganizations. Bob has significant experience in raising capital for both non-profit and for-profit companies.