H.E.L.P. is governed by its Board of Directors. H.E.L.P.’s officers are a Chair of the Board, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. The officers are chosen and serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors.
Tom Paulsen, M.D., Chair
Thomas C. Paulsen, M.D., recently retired as the Executive Medical Director of HealthCare Partners Medical Group, California, where he had oversight of the company’s more than 3,000 clinicians and was responsible for ensuring clinical excellence in care delivery to HealthCare Partners’ patients. He began at HealthCare Partners in 1986 as an anesthesiologist. Dr. Paulsen served on the Medical Executive Committee and was a Regional Medical Director in the South Bay for nine years. He graduated magna cum laude in chemistry from the University of California, Irvine. He earned his doctor of medicine degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Paulsen is board certified in anesthesiology. He is also a seasoned traveler who enjoys tennis and snow skiing.
Brad Baker has practiced law in the state of California since 1975. He is a member of the California State Bar Association and the Los Angeles County and South Bay Bar Associations. His current practice focuses on estate planning and probate/trust litigation. Brad’s substantial background in family law helps him to understand and anticipate the generational issues involved in developing an effective estate plan. He offers a highly personalized approach that takes into account the individual situation and goals of each of his clients, creating an estate plan that reflects their needs and wishes.
Laura Kauls is a CPA with Raimondo Pettit Group and a former partner at McDowell, Dillon and Hunter Accountancy Corp, in Torrance. She works with high net-worth individuals and business owners, helping them with their tax, estate tax and business planning needs. She also serves on the Board of Directors at The Wellness Community – South Bay Cities. She is an active member of the California Society of CPA’s, having served on the Board of Directors and several Ad Hoc committees, and has been on the Board of Trustees for the CalCPA Education Foundation.
Scott J. Donnelly, CPA MBT, is a partner in the CPA firm, PDM CPAs, LLP , a full service CPA firm with six offices in Torrance and San Pedro. The firm specializes in estate planning, tax compliance and consultation, and financial statement auditing services. Scott is a Board Director of the California Society of CPAs, Los Angeles Chapter, and a member of the South Bay Estate Planning Council. A former member of H.E.L.P.s Professional Advisory Board, Scott is also currently a board member for the nonprofit, Harbor Interfaith Services
Britt is active in the South Bay community, including local government and schools, as well as other non-profit organizations. Her service includes the L.A. BioMed Foundation Board, the Peninsula Education Foundation Board, the Peninsula Chapter of National Charity League, and the South Bay Estate Planning Council. She also served as President of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Council of PTAs. She is a member of the Torrance and Palos Verdes Chambers of Commerce, and served on the Planning Commission of the City of Rolling Hills Estates for five years; and as Chair in 2012. In November 2013 she was elected to the City Council of Rolling Hills Estates on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She also brings to the job years of government management experience in Washington, D.C., Boston, and Los Angeles, as well as small business marketing, public relations and nonprofit management and consulting.
Michael A. Barth, Esq.
Michael Barth, Esq., has practiced for over 46 years specializing in tax, business, and real estate law, litigation as well as estate planning. He heads a Professional Corporation located in Palos Verdes Estates. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and Loyola Law School.
After working in the automotive industry for over 20 years, and retiring as Controller for the DCH Auto Group (western region), Yim volunteers her time at the local high school and the Los Angeles World Airport. She enjoys her role as volunteer chair for the H.E.L.P. Gala.
Grant Niman is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and is a member of the Tax and Personal Financial Planning Sections of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants holding their Personal Financial Specialist designation. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has over 25 years of public accounting experience. He formed Niman & Associates in September 2008, with the focus on providing value added services to high net worth individuals, families and closely held businesses.
Evelyn is Manager of Home Street Bank in Harbor City. She has over 40 years in the banking industry. She specializes in Relationship Banking/Operations Efficiency/Community and Business Development. Evelyn is actively involved on the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates, and is on the Board of Directors as Treasurer of the Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce. She was recently presented with the Chambers Presidents Award for her community involvement. Evelyn also holds financial workshops at Westwood College in Torrance and Harbor Interfaith Services in San Pedro. She is a past member of the Affinity Group of the Volunteer Center of the South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce, and Palos Verdes Library District Miraleste Advisory Committee.
Prior to recently joining the H.E.L.P. Board of Directors, for a number of years Nancy has served on the H.E.L.P. Advisory Board and as the Chair of H.E.L.P.’s annual Celebrate Summer gala fundraiser. She has also held leadership positions with numerous other South Bay charitable organizations, including the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District PTAs, and the Peninsula Education Foundation, where she chaired the Main Event silent auction for many years. She received the PEF highest honor, the Sam Goldberg Award, in 2012.