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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

KELLY GONZALES – Co-FOUNDER
The Mulligan Project was founded by Kelly Gonzales and her husband, Eddie Rohwedder, in 2009. Kelly traveled to Vietnam in late 2008 and found her life forever changed by the amazing children of Hoi An Orphanage. Although Kelly had been to several orphanages in third world countries, she had never visited one with a unit for children with severe disabilities. So moved by the experience and in particular one little girl named Hong, Kelly went back to Vietnam three months later. This time she wanted to learn more about the children, the government-run orphanage and The Kianh Foundation, a UK non-profit on the ground in Vietnam that has been pioneering a better life for the children. A month later Kelly and Eddie were honored when The Kianh Foundation asked them to be partners in their endeavor to help the children. They gladly accepted and created The Mulligan Project, a U.S. based non-profit dedicated to the same mission.

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Kelly and Eddie live in Los Angeles and enjoy time with their son, Addis, who is adopted from Ethiopia. Kelly still strives to adopt Hong, seen together in 2011.

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

MICHAEL MACAULEY – CHAIR
Michael Macauley runs a retirement and life insurance planning practice with the Northwestern Mutual Company. He is a 2002 graduate of the Loyola Marymount University MBA program and sits on the MBA Alumni Board. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Michael's is a native of Slovakia and Nigeria, and his international background as well as his wife's Burmese background encouraged him to be part of The Mulligan Project. He is a founding member and current Chair of the organization.

 

JAMES GLOVER – VICE CHAIR
James Glover is a television producer with a highly rated program. He is also a member of the Academy of Television where he often serves as a judge for the Emmys.
James got involved with The Mulligan Project (TMP) after attending the first event in 2009. As a son to a military veteran father and a Vietnamese mother, James' involvement was a natural fit. What pushed him to be more involved with TMP was the fact that his mother's hometown in Vietnam is only 45 minutes away from the site of TMP's work. James also offers his time to Big Brothers/Big Sisters where he has been a Big Brother for the past nine years.

 

JOE SEETOO - TREASURER
Joe Seetoo is an investment advisor at Morton Capital Management. He graduated from Randolph Macon College and specializes in alternative investment opportunities including hedge funds, structured notes and real estate investments. Joe is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute and the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts. Additionally, he is a Certified Financial Planner and is a member of Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council and Provisors.

Joe is actively involved with Krav Maga Worldwide as an instructor. Joe is a founding member and current Treasurer of The Mulligan Project and is also on the Board of Directors for The Dubnoff Center for Child Development and Circle of Care: Business Partners.

 

NATALIE VO BOMBET - SECRETARY
Natalie specialized in marketing and advertising for live events and facilities for over 15 years. She is a graduate of UNLV and moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to help launch STAPLES Center and eventually worked on many national tours and opened up multiple facilities internationally for AEG.

As an immigrant from Vietnam with many family members still there, The Mulligan Project touched Natalie on multiple levels. Natalie is one of the founding Board Members and continues to dedicate her time and marketing experience to TMP.

Natalie lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two boys.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PAUL TAGHIBAGI
Paul Taghibagi, CFP®, ChFC, is a Senior Partner with Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC (SEIA). He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics. Paul received his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation. He has been in the securities industry since 1990 and currently manages over $500 million.

Paul resides in Pacific Palisades, California, with his wife and two daughters. Paul is also active in the community through networking groups and industry associations.

 

TUAN DO
Tuan Do is the COO of Zealyx, an endeared software and information technology company.  He is a dedicated and recognized technology expert in the non-profit sector with more than 10 years of engineering leadership experience. Tuan earned two degrees, with honors, at Cal State Long Beach: a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.A. in Economics.

As a native of Vietnam, Tuan immediately connected with The Mulligan Project.  He is actively involved with major non-profits including Goodwill Southern California, SOS Mentor and the Rotary Club of Los Angeles. Tuan has helped many organizations effectively use technology to fulfill their missions. 

 

LISA LEW BRENNAN
Lisa is a well-respected television producer who was on the forefront of the tabloid revolution.  Her credits include everything from A Current Affair, Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Cristina’s Court, Hard Copy, The Montel Williams Show and Last Shot with Judge Gunn.  Her talents have won her four consecutive Emmy Awards and earned her six more Emmy nominations for other shows.

Lisa graduated from USC in Broadcast Journalism and is currently Executive Producer and partner in P&L Productions Inc.  As one of the founding members of The Mulligan Project, she and her husband Peter have extended their home and generosity toward many TMP events and projects. 

 

TOMO KUROKAWA
Tomo Kurokawa, a Los Angeles native, is a physician in the Surgical Urgent Care at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Biochemistry and received her M.D. from UCLA. Tomo's real passion is humanitarian medical work. She has traveled all over the world, including Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, the Caribbean and most recently Japan to provide medical care to those who have been affected by poverty, war, natural disasters and epidemics like AIDS and cholera.

Tomo decided to become involved with The Mulligan Project, as she was deeply moved by the project's mission and the common desire that they shared to help those in need.

 

 

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