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
Chief Business Development Officer
Our newest board member, Leeza Hoyt, has been a friend of Bringing Hope to the Family for over ten years. Born in Cairo, Egypt, Leeza’s family returned to the United States when she was young and, via Kansas City, ended up settling in Los Angeles, California, which she calls home to this day. She serves as president of The Hoyt Organization, Inc., (Hoytorg.com) a leading public relations agency based in the Los Angeles area. She has been involved in championing change for her clients for more than 25 years. Today, the company has a team of 12 professionals that manage ongoing campaigns, major trade show events, company launches and more. These campaigns have resulted in more than 100 awards and national as well as international recognition by its peers.
Today, the firm is the Los Angeles area partner for the Public Relations Global Network, which has more than 50 member agencies worldwide. Accredited by the Public Relations Society of America, Leeza holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University.
Carl Hebeler, CPA, JD,
Chief Financial Officer + Treasurer of the Board
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.
After graduating from UCLA in 1985 with a BS in Psychology, Ms. Robinson began in the real estate industry as an appraiser and then mortgage broker. In 1989 she began her career in title insurance. She is currently responsible for revenue generation for the Settlement Services and Title operations of the Los Angeles National Commercial Services office of First American Title Insurance Company.
Ms. Robinson is a Past President of Commercial Real Estate Women of Los Angeles (CREW-LA) and currently serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force of CREW Network, the umbrella organization to which all 77+ chapters belong. She recently served as CREW Network Foundation Champion Director for two years and was named as the 66th CREW Visionary in 2018, a recognition for charitable giving to advance the careers of women in commercial real estate. She is also a member of the UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group (REAG) and serves as a member of the Endowment Circle of the organization. Additionally, Ms. Robinson serves on the Real Estate Charitable Giving Committee for Providence St. Joseph Foundation in Burbank, CA and is a member of Bruin Professionals (BP), a business networking organization. Most recently Ms. Robison was invited to be a board member for Bringing Hope to The family, USA. A position for which is honored to have accepted.
Personally, Ms. Robinson enjoys charitable activities focused on championing the under-represented in CRE, yoga, cooking and playing live music. She is married and resides in Calabasas, California.
Ambassador Program Coordinator
Riley has always had a passion for helping others. She attended the University of Michigan where she double majored in Spanish and International Studies, with a focus on Comparative Culture and Identity. Her motivation to help others coupled with her interest in comparative culture and human rights has led her to volunteer her time with various non-profit organizations over the past decade.
Riley brings over 3 years of creative strategy to the BHTFUSA team and is excited to share the organization's incredible work over social media.
Advisory Board & Communications
Jackie Jacquemoud spent 40 years as a retail professional in the golf industry. Her first foray into retail management was at the iconic Desert Inn Hotel and Country Club on the famed Las Vegas Strip where she worked for over 20 years, eventually managing all the retail shops at the resort. When the hotel became Wynn Las Vegas, Jackie was recruited by another iconic business, Las Vegas Golf and Tennis, where she oversaw buying, merchandising, and marketing for a five-store expansion. After 14 years with Las Vegas Golf and Tennis, she retired.
Currently, Jackie is pursuing a life-long dream of writing professionally. She is delighted to be able to channel her energy into the Bringing Hope to the Family USA newsletter and any other writing tasks that come her way. She is currently working on her first novel