Founder and President
Founder and President
A native New Yorker, Barbara began a very exciting advertising and marketing career on Madison Avenue. She founded Responsive Research, Inc. and spent over thirty years as a marketing consultant, conducting focus groups for Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, American Airlines, General Motors, General Mills, IBM and 3M to name a few. In 1975, she moved to Los Angeles where she continued to work and raise two children. In 1993, she founded Salon Forum, a non-business venture, to bring women together in her home for events that support personal enrichment and connection.
In March of 2008, Barbara and other women of Salon Forum were inspired by one of its speakers, Gil Garcetti, to start Wells Bring Hope. In January of 2009, she was one of six women who visited Niger for the first time, a life-changing experience. She began speaking to community groups and schools to generate awareness of the water crisis in West Africa and raise money for Wells Bring Hope. She continues to do so on a full-time, unpaid basis, taking time out to spend with her three adorable granddaughters.
Laurie S. Adami
Laurie began her career in 1982 in the fixed income portfolio management group at the Bank of New England in Boston. In 1984, she relocated to Los Angeles to work for Capital Management Sciences (CMS) a provider of fixed income analytical software.
At CMS, she served in various roles, including manager of client services, sales and marketing. In 1996 Ms. Adami was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the company. In 1999, when the founder, James Kaplan, retired from CMS, she assumed the role of President. In 2001, CMS merged with Interactive Data and Laurie continued to manage the division.
After twenty four years with the company, she stepped down from her role in September 2008. Since then, she has been involved in fundraising for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and her work with Wells Bring Hope. In addition, she is on the board of directors of Governance Metrics International. Ms. Adami received her undergraduate degree from Colgate University and presently lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and son.
Larry has deep executive experience leading established and start-up enterprises. He is the founder and CEO of LR Johnson Associates LLC, a specialty foods sales and marketing firm. In addition, Larry provides strategic business consulting services for small and medium sized businesses through Pasadena City College and Long Beach City College.
Previously, Larry provided corporate finance advisory and investment banking services for both Deloitte and Price Waterhouse. Larry maintains an affiliation with the Los Angeles consulting firm of Stanton Associates LLC.
He is active in Rotary International, having served as President of his local Rotary Club. He also serves on the Board of Wells Bring Hope, a not for profit that drills water wells in Western Africa. Larry received his MBA from Columbia University and has a BS in Economics from Boston College. An avid golfer, Larry also is an aficionado of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Janet Doak has a long history of organizing, fundraising, management and serving on Boards of Trustees. She served for 22 years as Executive Vice President of the House Ear Institute where she managed many volunteer fundraising groups. Before retiring she was elected to House Ear Institute Board of Trustees. She served as President, Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and was named Professional of the Year in 1998. She previously served on the Board of the United Presbyterian Foundation, the University of the Ozarks, the Dashew Center for International Students, UCLA, and the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Jan is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a BA in English, where she was Phi Beta Kappa and University of Idaho, where she received a Master of Education. She taught junior high school in Illinois and Santa Monica.
She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the New Theological Seminary of the West, Mychals Learning Place and is President of the Board of Directors for the University Religious Conference, UCLA.
A native Georgian, Ida worked as Project Manager for IBM and Federal Contracting Services for 20 years. Prior to that, she was Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Academic Skills Center at two Wisconsin universities.
She has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School), as well as an MA in English Literature /Linguistics and an AbD in Higher Education, from University of Wisconsin-Madison). She also graduated from the Project Management Institute (PMI) Leadership Master Class and has earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.
She has been an active member and volunteer in PMI for 25 years. She was President of the LA Chapter for two terms and was selected as the PMI Chapter President of the Year for both. She has been an active Trustee since 2001. She has been active on the global and regional levels as well, serving on several Boards within PMI. She created and managed a global program of Regional Mentors for three years.
Ida joined Wells Bring Hope shortly after its start and has traveled to Niger a number of times, serving as videographer interviewing women. She is the Director of Volunteer Management, supervising a team of volunteers. Ida also mentors directors and managers.
Maryann is a native Angeleno who returned after growing up in Minneapolis and attending the University of Minnesota, graduating in Occupational Therapy. She worked for California Children's Services for several years, becoming an Administrative Director before retiring to raise three sons. While mothering, she was active for over twenty years on the Alliance Board of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, serving as president and Dinosaur Ball chairman.
In the early 90's she started a therapy practice that continued for over 12 years, contracting occupational and physical therapy services to three school districts in Los Angeles. She later continued in private practice, working with children with autistic and Asperger's Syndrome. A lifelong dream led her to spend a good part of three years living in Paris and learning the language.
Her deep concern for the women and children of Niger began after viewing the Wells Bring Hope video at an event in Barbara's home. Her heart was captured, so she and friends funded one well. Since then, she has committed to funding a well a year. She and her friends are currently working on their sixth well!
Carol Rosen received a degree from USC in dental hygiene (Trojans … Fight On) and was engaged in that practice for fifteen years. During that time, which included raising two girls, she developed her passion for cooking, which she turned into a business of custom cakes and social catering. That business grew because Carol combined competence and organizational skills with an easy-going manner that clients needed and appreciated.
The catering business evolved into event planning for both individuals and corporate entities. As a Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) Carol has continued to enjoy a fulfilling career through her company Party Designs by Carol. She loves working with clients to create their “dream” event and lasting memories. She has served as the president of several event industry organizations. Notably: The Los Angeles Chapter, International Special Events Society and International President of Wedding Industry Professionals Association. Carol has also been a mentor for many young people just starting out in the field.
She is delighted to now have the time to devote to non-profit organizations like Wells Bring Hope. Carol has lived in Los Angeles her entire life, married for 50 years with two young grandsons who she loves entertaining—no surprise… she’s good at that too!
Special Advisor to the Board
Special Advisor to the Board
Gil spent 32 years in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, including eight years until 2000 as Los Angeles County District Attorney. His involvement with bringing safe water to the people of West Africa began in January 2001, when he visited West Africa as the guest of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The most startling fact he learned on this trip: roughly 70% of rural villages do not have access to safe water. He made four subsequent trips to West Africa and from the photographs he took, a book was born: "Water Is Key". Since 2006, he has worked tirelessly and successfully to raise awareness and funds to drill wells in West Africa. His life goal is to continue to fund wells to save lives with safe water.
Gil is an internationally acclaimed photographer, having published five photo books since 2002. In the Fall of 2007, the UCLA Fowler Museum had an exhibition of his photographs, "Women, Water and Wells." In 2009, many of these photos were on exhibition in the visitors lobby of the United Nations in New York. In February, 2008, these same photographs and his words inspired the founding of "Wells Bring Hope."
In May, 2014, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education designated Gil Cultural Ambassador, and he has been traveling the world fulfilling the duties of his position ever since.