Our Team

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Our Founder

Christine Deschaine, Executive Director

Christine Deschaine is a Senior Vice President in Kennedy Wilson’s brokerage division and specializes in the leasing and sale of retail property. She has more than 25 years of experience in tenant and landlord representation and has worked extensively in urban redevelopment with some of the area’s most prominent retail developers. Since joining BHTF in 2019, Christine has visited Bringing Hope in Uganda eighteen times and helped to develop the Building Women and Crisis Pregnancy Center program. She is also the Founder and Board Member of ThinSpace, a nonprofit that works to bring vital resources and opportunities to the people of Kaihura, Uganda.

Additionally, Christine works with City of Hope as an agent at Kennedy Wilson and the Commercial Real Estate, where she received the Spirit of Life® Award for her professional and humanitarian accomplishments. For 20 years, she has volunteered with Harvest Home and helped in programs including fundraising and hands-on programs including Bible studies, baby and mother baskets, sorting baby clothing and landscaping projects. Her work continues at Ann Douglas Women Center DTLA, supporting women with life recovery services. Christine’s passion for non-profit work is extensive as she has dedicated her life to serving the needs of others.

Board of Directors

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Chief Business Development Officer + Secretary of the Board

Maria Booth

Maria Booth is the Co-Founder of Partner in Good Productions and brings over 25 years of executive management experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Maria was formerly the CEO of a national non-profit when she decided to merge her passions of storytelling, branding, marketing, business building strategies and non-profits. Some of her notable projects have been with Tie the Knot, Stedman Graham and Associates, Fulfillment Fund, Success for All Foundation, the GAP and J.Crew. She has built and lead out large scale teams and developed institutional growth for non-profits, creating presence on a national level.

She has also developed provenly effective programmatic offerings that have changed the trajectories of students’ lives and outcomes that are unprecedented in the educational space. Maria resides in Los Angeles and has clients throughout the country, working with a variety of non-profit to corporate clients to enhance and develop strong business norms for organizations. She is committed to sharing the good work of BHTF and maximizing the organization to its fullest potential through business and brand strategies, sponsorship and community development, business development, corporate partnerships and content recruitment.

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Chief Financial Officer + Treasurer of the Board

Carl Hebeler, CPA, JD,

Carl Hebeler, CPA is President of Hebeler Accountancy Corporation serving a wide array of clients in their individual and business tax needs. For over 20 years, Carl has shared his depth of experience in business and financial management with many charitable organizations, including the city-based Los Angeles Center of Photography, and the international charitable organization, The Prem Rawat Foundation.

Carl's academic credentials include Michigan State University (B.S); Suffolk University, Boston (MBA); Florida International University, Miami (M.A. Accounting); and from Abraham Lincoln University law school, Los Angeles (J.D.) His passion for non-profit work led him to BHTF where he serves as the CFO and Treasurer of the Board. Carl brings his depth of experience to the BHTF's board of directors, in support of revenue and programmatic growth to drive impact.

USA Staff

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Michelle Ellamae

Director of Communications Special Events

Michelle Ellamae is the Founder + Creative Director of Ellamae Productions, a full-service bespoke event design and production studio based in Los Angeles, CA. She has over a decade of experience in luxury event design and production and has worked on high-profile events such as The Academy Awards Governors Ball, G’Day USA Gala, UCSF Medical Center of Mission Bay Grand Opening, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Spring Gala.

At Ellamae Productions, Michelle and her team focus on premium weddings and social good events, collaborating with ethically minded clients and nonprofits such as Dressember and Claris Health to meet fundraising goals through interactive events and virtual experiences. With a passion for giving back and creating a platform for vulnerable voices, Michelle loves leading communications for Bringing Hope to the Family USA and sharing the mission, growth, and goals of Bringing Hope to the Family to her community and beyond.

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Rachel Cai

Ambassador Program Coordinator

From Rachel’s background in psychology, she understands how important a supportive family environment is for children's development. Her past nonprofit work experience includes teaching children how to ride horses with Riding for the Disabled Association as well as doing rebranding and marketing for Hong Chi Association, which specializes in educating intellectually disabled children towards independence.

Rachel loves working with BHTF because of the dedication to providing warm homes, and educational and career opportunities for children. She strongly believes children of all backgrounds should be given a chance to live a life of opportunities.