Founder and Board Member
IRA DIAMOND, DPM
Dr. Diamond is a retired podiatrist who had practiced for over 30 years. Part of his patient population included the homeless and indigent. Dr. Diamond has seen the many types of foot problems that can occur when a homeless individual has no shoes or inadequate shoes. Shoes are vitally important. He has a deep passion to help the homeless and those in need prevent foot problems by providing a good pair of shoes. He is a past Chairperson for the Committee on Homelessness in Culver City, California. He is also the 2018 recipient of The Annual Local Hero Award from The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Los Angeles for embodying and promoting the spirit of the Peace Corps in his service to the community of Los Angeles.
ROSALIND LA BRIOLA
Ms. La Briola is a retired school principal in the public schools of Culver City, California. She is currently an executive board member at a religious organization in Culver City, a member of the Culver City Education Foundation, and on the board of a homeowners association. Ms. La Briola has a passion for reaching out to many organizations that help homeless children and women. She focuses on the big need for shoes in kids, who grow out of their shoes or wear out their shoes very quickly. She loves to speak at schools and other organizations about this great need.
Michael Hudson is a human resources and applied communications professional and currently operates an HR consulting firm. His experience includes serving as an Assistant Director of Human Resources for a community college district, developing business communications and customer service training curriculum, and serving as a broadcast operations coordinator for a public television station.
Michael believes strongly in helping others, and has served on the boards of a religious organization and a liberal arts college and has volunteered for a variety of community-based organizations. He also has started a stand-up comedy troupe to raise money for non-profit organizations.
Nina Moore received her BA from Michigan State University and her MA from Western Michigan University. Nina has her CPT-National Academy of Sports Medicine certification, is a Tier X Coach at Equinox Sports Club, and, in 2015, was distinguished by the Equinox Sports Club as its National Personal Trainer of the Year. Helping the homeless holds a special place in her heart. From a very young age Nina's grandmother instilled in her a strong sense to help others. SFTH and its mission and vision resonate with Nina's ideology -- providing a simple pair of shoes significantly improves the quality of peoples' lives!
Peter Huang is a technology professional receiving a BSc. from MIT, followed by an MSc. from the University of Toronto in Computer Science. After moving to Los Angeles, he contributed to work in visual effects technology with results appearing in several feature films. For the last decade, he has transitioned to the growing area of internet cloud computing.
He believes in volunteering to help “pay it forward” recognizing that many opportunities that he has benefited from have been created through the generosity and sacrifice of others in community with each other. SFTH exemplifies how a community can meet specific important needs.
ALBERT VERA JR.
Albert Vera is a business owner, past city commissioner and lifelong Culver City resident. He is a member of the Culver City Exchange Club and has served on both the Culver City Landlord/Tenant Board and the Culver City Civil Service Commission. He is currently serving as a member of the Culver City City Council. Albert Vera also serves on the Culver City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Culver City Palms YMCA Board of Managers. Albert Vera is passionate about helping the homeless and those in need.
Vera owns Sorrento Italian Market, a specialty food store filled with old-world charm, as well as the family’s 26 ranches encompassing thousands of acres north of Bakersfield.
Youth Ambassador Program Coordinator
Miles has been volunteering with Shoes for the Homeless, Inc. for the past 3 years. He assumed the Youth Ambassador Program Coordinator role in 2021. Miles is passionate about helping the homeless and those in need. We are pleased to welcome him in this new capacity!