Board Members

Saye Yabandeh

Saye Yabandeh

Founder and CEO of

I started because I wanted to give something back to the children of the world. I feel I have dozens of children, and I am filled with both pride and love when I receive a letter or of course, these days a video message from one of my children telling me in English about graduating top of their class and their plans for their future. I am a successful actress, but I wanted to share more than just my art with the world. I wanted to share my passion for helping the next generation.

Todd Becraft

Todd Becraft

General Council

Graduated NY Law School in 1983. Former Assistant County Atty in Orange County N.Y. for the Dept of Social Services prosecuting child abuse and neglect matters. Currently an immigration defense attorney in Los Angeles assisting family and child refuges from Central America.

MFA in Visual Art - conceptual art pieces about Los Angeles history and immigration.

Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari

Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari

Creative Director

Bakhtiari is interested in transforming people’s habits for the greater good. Bakhtiari has experience working in Mental Health as a Clinical Activity director at a Subacute Rehab facility for several years, in addition to working for the Postal Service in Ireland for a stretch. Bakhtiari sporadically leads Performance Workshops and teaches acting to little humans. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College, training from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, in addition to certificates of facilitation in Anger Management, Stress Management, and Nicotine Cessation. Bakhtiari is a Court Appointed Advocate for child dependents in foster care.


M Daniela Torchia

Public Health Clinical Nutritionist

Mariana Daniela Torchia received her Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University School of Public Health majoring both in Clinical Nutrition (Registered Dietitian) and in Health Promotion and Education. She is in the dissertation phase of her PhD in Public Health, focusing in Community Health, and has been working as Program Director and Clinical Dietitian for a non-profit low-income clinic in Southern California. M. Daniela Torchia is passionate about helping underprivileged communities through public health program development, implementation and evaluation related to education related to water safety, sanitation, immunizations, and proper nutrition. She has developed bi-lingual (Spanish and English) wellness programs for over 20 years, and has directed public health and nutrition education programs for Loma Linda University, nutrition consulting firms, and non-profit clinics, such as Valley Community Healthcare in Southern California. She continues her work, and will be publishing her first nutrition and wellness book in 2017.

M Daniela Torchia will be able to use her expertise to help advise teams on healthy nutrition and food safety for those families and children being served.


Lisa Helfer Elghazi

Director of Communications

Lisa Helfer is the President of Celesta Marketing & Public Relations. She has worked with numerous companies around the world to develop public relations and social media campaigns, branding initiatives, and content marketing strategies in the B2B, consumer, and non-profit sectors. She offers superb qualifications in all phases of communications, with emphasis on tactical planning. As president of her company, she has secured company’s accounts, managed all projects, and overseen marketing teams. She procures high level corporate and entertainment speaking talent and develops relationships for start-ups, Fortune 500 clients and many companies internationally. Lisa supports all communications, partnership and media relations efforts for