STAFF

LAVERNE DELGADO-SMALL

Executive Director

Laverne Delgado-Small is a passionate activist, philanthropist, speaker, artist, and Executive Director of Freedom and Fashion. She is an alumnus of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and has spent many years working in the fashion industry, with her experience encompassing everything from mass production to couture for the runway. Beyond fashion, Laverne has a love for at-risk young women and has built her life around serving them with her talents and resources. She's lead many teams and has served as a women's pastor at Mosaic, a community of faith that has been named one of the most influential churches in America. Throughout the years, Laverne has activated generosity in thousands of people, which has lead to providing resources to people in need around the world. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Smallz and cat Graceland.

WILTON LAM

Treasurer

Wilton J. Lam helps with the financial matters of Freedom and Fashion.  His diverse professional background stems from law, financial services, and currently operates as a financial auditor for a world leading accounting and professional services firm.  Wilton graduated from the University of California, Riverside in Political Science and doubled in History; both with an emphasis on United States Law and completed his accounting credentials through the Accounting Certificate program provided by University of California, Los Angeles.  Wilton is always interested in building trust in society and solving important problems. As a result, you can find him actively participating in professional, community service, and faith-based organizations seeking ways to better serve the stakeholders of the community.

 

 

ANDREW SMALL 

Logistics Director & Photography 

Andrew Small (Smallz) is a photographer and director on the team Smallz + Raskind. Smallz strives to capture impactful, thought-provoking moments that take place in the rhythm of life. During their nearly 15 year career, Smallz + Raskind have snapped their camera for many A-list celebrities and networks. On his free time, you can find him running up some huge mountain, watching space movies, or spoiling his cat. Passionate about volunteering and the arts, Smallz has served on the F&F team for 3 years and is likely the ride to ship home being that he's married to the Executive Director, Laverne.

LAURIE SASSER 

Special Gifts Officer

Laurie Sasser is a Personal Stylist at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. Over the past ten years, working intimately with people and hearing many stories, Laurie found that fashion can be a medium to address personal trauma. She was thrilled to join Freedom & Fashion as her focus outside of fashion is the intersection of psychotherapy, yoga, and mindfulness for trauma. She studied at Shiva Rea's Samudra Global School of Living Yoga, and loves travel, friends and family, entertaining at home, coffee, skiing, and her cat Mr. Grayson. Laurie grew up in Colorado and holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Vermont, and M.S. in Real Estate Finance & Investment from New York University.

KENDALL HARRIS

Sponsorships Director 

Kendall Harris is Director of E-Commerce at Komar Brands, an international sleepwear and intimates company. She is super excited to join the Freedom and Fashion team and assist with fundraising efforts.  A New York native, she graduated from Ithaca College with a dual degree in Writing and Anthropology.  Prior to her career in the apparel industry, Kendall travelled the globe extensively, working with people from all walks of life. She taught English in South Korea, attended culinary school in France and volunteered at a small grassroots organization in Tanzania. Kendall currently lives in Pasadena with her husband Tyler and their two dogs, Lando and Chewbacca.

CALEB WHEELER

Media Director

Caleb Wheeler is a gluten-free Seattle transplant, cinema enthusiast, Game of Thrones aficionado, beach volleyball player and owner of "The House Cinema Co." a freelance film production, content development and media management company run out of Sherman Oaks, CA. He has worked repeatedly with Freedom & Fashion since 2015, serving their various video needs, and increasingly fell in love with its mission. As an avid expressionist, his love for alternative fashion and unique humanity has fueled his time at Covenant House where he marvels at the creativity and ingenuity of its youth.

MARY MARGARET INGALLS

Operations Assistant

Mary Margaret Ingalls is a Georgia native with a propensity for spontaneity and a deep appreciation for unprocessed people and places. Early exposure to people from all walks of life around the globe cultivated an inner voice defying the limitations of verbiage. To her, Fashion and Beauty proves to be the most universal language and a catalyst for true cross-cultural connection. As a faith-filled believer, she knows we were created by our Creator to create! An ardent advocate for freedom, Mary Margaret is zealous to see young women step into their created destinies. She believes in Freedom and Fashion's unconventional method of transforming reality for a young overcomer to rewrite her life narrative.

PAULA YAMASHITA DE MOURA

Database Administrator 

Paula Yamashita de Moura is a brave person, someone who takes risks, and works hard to achieve goals to make dreams come true. She was born and raised in Brazil, and she left her homeland in 2014 to engage in an adventure: pursue a career in computer science. For her, moving to the U.S. and pursuing a new career has being a life change experience, and she truly hopes to achieve her goals. Paula is thrilled to join the Freedom and Fashion team, and she believes this experience will allow her to enrich her knowledge, explore new opportunities, and create a solid and successful career in IT. Paula currently lives in Pasadena with her husband Arthur and their cat Dora.

ERIKA GRAMMEL

Programs Assistant

Erika Grammel recently moved to Los Angeles after living in Chicago for nearly eight years where she co-founded, co-owned, and headed marketing and strategy for The Dilettantes, an immersive theatre company, and worked as a communications and marketing consultant for nonprofits. She is a tap-dancing-dress-sewing-long-distance-running-Indiana-born-feminist who is thrilled to be working with Freedom and Fashion!

 

BOARD

DEBORAH GIARRATANA

Over the last 25 years, Deborah has been in the entertainment business at the forefront of the emerging high-end visual effects and animation industry. Deborah, both personally and professionally, is motivated by storytelling of all fashions. She believes narratives are what make life not only entertaining and adventurous, but relatable & inspiring. She most recently produced THE MACHINE GUN PREACHER, starring Gerard Butler, with Marc Forster directing. She is currently in active development on several projects. Deborah also founded LA LOVES which is a non-profit that aids and supports artists in channelling their talents toward humanitarian efforts in and around the world.

APRIL MUN

April Mun is the designer and CEO of Stella & Jamie. In the fashion industry for 20 years, she originally studied under Italian Couture Master Luciano Soprani. In 2006, she started her own company with a vision of creating a line that is just as sexy dressed down as it is dressed up, and Stella & Jamie was born. Her downtown LA studio is the site of trend-forecasting, ttings, and meetings with bloggers, celebrities and stylists. Stella & Jamie has been favored and worn by many influencers and celebrities, such as Taylor Swift. Her dream is to impact the world with kindness by helping women and children in need.

MARY ROSS

Mary Tanagho Ross is a civil rights and human rights attorney in Los Angeles. She has traveled extensively internationally volunteering and serving the poor and victims of abuse. Since receiving her law degree from UCLA School of Law, she has successfully litigated major civil rights cases and helped secure justice for countless clients. Mary also represents victims of human trafficking and undocumented minors fleeing abuse and seeking immigration relief. Mary lives in Los Angeles with her husband Jack and her daughter. Mary and her family are active in their church community at Mosaic.

DR. JESSE BERRY

Jesse L. Berry, MD, received her undergraduate and medical degree from Harvard University in Massachusetts. Following her ophthalmology residency at the University of Southern California, she was the assistant chief of service at the Los Angeles County Medical Center. She then completed a fellowship in Ocular Oncology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles under the mentorship of Drs. Jonathan Kim and A. Linn Murphree. Dr. Berry is the founder of WOO, Women in Ocular Oncology.

DR. CLAUDIA PEREZ-STRAZIOTA

Claudia Perez-Straziotia, MD, an ophthalmologist specialized in Cornea and Refractive Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA. She also is an assistant clinical professor at USC where she teaches residents in surgical cases.
She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, where she attended medical school at the Universidad Central De Venezuela (Central University of Venezuela). During her medical school years she volunteered to spend 2 months in a small remote community in the Amazons, where she provided primary care to the inhabitants of San Carlos de Rio Negro, as well as to remote native communities. Later on, during the earliest years of her career, Claudia provided primary care outreach and emergency care to rural underserved populations in Venezuela before moving to the United States in 2007 for her training in ophthalmology and sub specialization in cornea at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
After her training was completed, she participated for 3 years in the Conrad-30 rural medical program, which provides medical care to underserved populations in the United States, by providing ophthalmology care to the underserved and significantly hispanic population of Gainesville, Georgia.
She has now moved to Los Angeles and fined a private practice in Beverly Hills. In the efforts of continuation of her philanthropic activities for causes that she is passionate about she has joined our organization.