Meet Our Team of Heroes
Our Board of Directors is comprised of an accomplished, passionate group of individuals with unique talents, working together to promote compassion, kindness, and respect for all living beings through storytelling, videos and events, and elevating the message that children can be heroes using understanding and compassion in their everyday lives.
Lori founded HERO to pursue her passion of teaching children kindness and respect for all. A college Professor successfully argued to Lori’s class that education is the key to solving many problems. Although the Professor’s message stayed with her, she pursued a career in law. While law is intellectually rewarding, it is not warm and fuzzy, so she volunteered at a local animal shelter walking dogs and playing with cats. As she learned about the rescue community and all their good work, it seemed one piece was missing– education. She had come full circle; her college professor would be happy. She then started volunteer work as a humane educator, working with Bark Avenue Foundation and Lucky Dog Humane Education, and teaching in Los Angeles Elementary Schools.
When visiting the schools, the children asked to watch more vidoes with dogs and cats. The school staff also requested more videos. Although there is a lot of content online, finding videos that fit the curriculum, that the school would approve, and that we had permission to share, proved challenging. Thus, HERO was founded to produce fun, age appropriate videos with dogs and cats.
Lori continued to teach at elementary schools, until COVID, and looks forward to returning when possible. She is honored and grateful to work with a talented and dedicated Board of Directors who will launch HERO to its full potential and produce hundreds of videos to be used in school curriculums across the nation.
Lori lives with her boyfriend and their rescue dog, Layla.
Words of Olivia Scharapelli-Delarosa, who has made a name for herself in the Fortune 500 Inc. areas of Entertainment, Technology and Luxury Lifestyles as a woman of talent, ambition and infectious creativity.
Thriving in the Entertainment, Technology and Luxury Lifestyle Industries for 20 years, she took to her scholastic’s & roots, by implementing Psychology, Communications and Life Sciences by championing Innovative Techniques, thus cultivating C-level diversity.
Rebranding as Olivia & Inc, as expansion for subsidiaries & acquisitions took place, Olivia was nurtured by some of the most esteemed, accomplished and well-established names in the business – allowing her to maintain her philanthropy aspirations, as Vice President & Board Member of https://heroedu.org/.
Including building partnerships with over 800 companies, passing the torch to those next generations for a sustainable future.These partnerships will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to those seeking Mentors, hard business skills and a place to carve out their own paths, as Olivia has three daughters succeeding her.
“My mission is to make a sustainable impact for the sake of planting seeds for great change in the world, through invoking passion.”
Mary Smith is a Senior Fiduciary Administrator who works with her clients to administer their trusts and assist them with their fiduciary needs. She has worked in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. Mary completed the American Bankers Association National Graduate Trust School and holds the Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) designation. She also holds the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) designation from the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies.
Mary studied Theatre Design and Technology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Although she never pursued a career in theatre, she still enjoys attending live theatre productions and playing with theatrical and special effects makeup around Halloween to create different scary costumes.
Mary is excited to be on the board of HERO because she has always had a love of animals and believes it is important to teach children to be kind to animals and responsibly care for them. As a child, her home was always filled with various pets, including dogs, cats, lovebirds, fish, hermit crabs, a rabbit, and even a pet snail named Sam (the reason that Mary has never wanted to try escargot). Over the years Mary has taken in a few stray cats and once fostered a dog. She currently lives with her boyfriend and their cats, Squee and Coco.
Martha Spano is an accomplished financial executive with 30+ years of proven experience driving revenue growth through the development of strategic plans, key client contracts and business development opportunities.
She has over 30 years of investment consulting experience working with Boards of Trustees, company staff, and individual Committee members. As a consultant, Martha frequently presents to the C-suite and senior Board members enabling committees to reach a consensus. In addition, Martha has over 10 years of governance training experience and is currently a Board Source Certified Governance Trainer.
Martha is a Governance Fellow with NACD and previously completed the UCLA Executive Certification in Corporate Board Governance. She has served on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ERISA Advisory Board for 6 years, is a current Advisory Board member for a technology firm developing a scoring mechanism for financial wellness, and is the current past President of the Haven Hills Board of Directors. Martha also acted as the Chair for several internal industry committees, including the Retirement Advisory Board. She was the California President of the Woman’s Alliance, a Xerox affinity group for two years.
She currently serves on a number of non-profit Boards including Haven Hills, a Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter, the City of Hope Board of Governors, and WIIN- Women in Institutional Investments Network where she serves as an advisor to the Board on strategy and mission.
Martha’s academic background includes a Master’s in Public Administration and a Masters in Dispute Resolution form the Pepperdine Straus School of Law.
Jessica is an Engagement Strategy Manager, creating innovative, analytic-driven engagement strategies that help employees navigate their company’s benefits, influence good healthcare consumerism and drive personal wellbeing, supporting a broad spectrum of industries.
She has over 25 years of experience in human resources and benefits process outsourcing including strategic communications, process transformation, large-scale system implementations, project management, capacity planning, requests for proposal and global team leadership. Jessica is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish.
She loves to travel, is an avid baker, animal lover and “enjoys” running and weight training. Jessica is the proud mom of an amazing son, terrier and Imo-Inu.
Jessica has been a long-time volunteer for causes she is passionate about, including being a home room mom at school, volunteering at her local animal shelter, serving as a career mentor, serving on a school board development committee, chairing an EIG Communications Committee and serving on the HERO Board.