John is an entrepreneur who serves his community by donating his time and money to Recovery Groups, Men’s Group and Youth Empowerment Projects in Los Angeles. He is founder and owner of Milagra Floral Imports, $2 million dollar per year wholesale floral import company located in the heart of the Los Angeles Flower Market.
He founded and leads monthly mens groups serving over 150 men on the topics of relationship, mission and contribution. All proceeds from these groups are donated to Youth Charity Programs including The Wolf Connection, a Wolf Rescue and Youth Empowerment Foundation that brings together troubled teens and Wolves in a natural habitat in order to foster confidence, pride and understanding of nature. The Wolf Connection is an initiative of Spring of Evolution, Inc, a nonprofit of which he is a founding Board of Director member.
He recently launched the Claire’s Place Foundation, with his daughter Claire Wineland, and her mother, Melissa Nordquist. Claire’s Place is a non-profit charity aimed at improving the lives of children with Cystic Fibrosis and their families. Claire’s Place Foundation has been recently spotlighted on Fox News, and the soon to be launched ABC Show “Everyday Health Heros.”
Since the planning stages of Claire’s Place Foundation, Melissa Nordquist has spent countless hours working for the cause and, of course, raising her two children, Claire and Ellie. With many years experience in project management and event planning, she has the drive and the experience needed to get the foundation off the ground as well as the personal history of raising a child with cystic fibrosis. This foundation and the programs were developed with the hope of reaching other families living with this disease. Melissa is a also strong supporter of many charities and fundraising activities in her community.
Irwin B. Feinberg is a lead litigator and a partner at FMBK. He completed his undergraduate work at UCLA in 1976 and earned his J.D. from the University of California at Davis in 1979. He clerked for the Honorable Bertram Janes, Justice of the California Court of Appeal. Before founding FMBK, he originally practiced at the law firm of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields, Chrystie & Younger. Mr. Feinberg has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell
He is the former Board Chair and currently serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Our House, and serves as Chair of the Board of Westview School. He is also a former BoardMember of Kayne ERAS and Cure FD Foundation. He was named as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2005 through 2011. Mr. Feinberg lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife, Deb, and has three sons.
Heather Baker has extensive management experience in both the business and family world. She has been employed in sales, law, and marketing, and possesses highly developed organizational skills recognized throughout the Las Vegas community. Heather has a diverse employment history, which includes shipping for entertainment celebrities and participation in the development of major Las Vegas resorts. Heather has most recently spent her time concentrating on friends and family, was a co-recipient of the “Power of One” award for dedication to the Jewish community, and assisted her daughter, Dylan Sage, in receiving the American Legion Award. She has also been recognized by the Clark County School System for her educational involvement. Ultimately, though, Heather is known as a dedicated worker, a faithful friend, and a tireless supporter of Claire’s struggle to achieve a long and meaningful life.
Trish Dixon is acting CFO of Los Angeles-based Dixon Construction, Inc. a builder of high-end custom homes in Southern California. She helped start and has managed the family-owned company for over 16 years. A mother of three boys (a 10 year old, and twins, 15 years) Trishalso donates her time and accounting expertise to several organizations. First as the Assistant and then acting Treasurer of the “Parents Working with Children” (effectively the PTA) at St. Paul the Apostle School in Westwood, California from 2005-2008. Following that, she was asked to treasure the “Paulist 150 Anniversary Event” for the school and Church in 2007/08. She was then elected to 2 consecutive terms as 1st Vice President of the PWC, a post which she held until her oldest boys finished 8th grade. Now as high school commences,Trish has taken on the Treasury of Mothers Guild at the prestigious Loyola High School in Los Angeles, which her twins will be attending in Fall of 2011.
Even with this demanding schedule, Trish can be found cheering her sons on at any one of a number of football, baseball, basketball, lacrosse or volleyball games in the greater Southern California region. She is the epitome of the phrase, “If you want something done right, give it to a busy person!” A devoted friend to so many, she has participated twice in the Avon Breast Cancer 39 Mile Walk to support friends who’ve battled the disease. She is deeply committed to and involved with many charities, including the Claire’s Place Foundation, the Midnight Mission for homeless in downtown LA and the Avon Breast Cancer Walk.
A first generation Irish American, Trish hails from a large Catholic family in New Jersey. She attended Trenton State College in New Jersey as an accounting major in 1984 and moved to California in 1993 when she met her soon-to-be husband Nathan Dixon. They have been married for 17 years.
Laura McHolm had an unlikely start as co-founder and marketing director of NorthStar Moving Corporation. She began university at the age of 16. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, she worked for Lawrence Hall of Science teaching computer programming and mathematics, and was approached by Atari Computer Division in its infancy to work in consumer marketing. She continued her work in the marketing department during the sky rocket growth of Atari. Encouraged by the Atari legal team to attend law school, McHolm graduated from law school and also obtained an emphasis in computer law from Oxford University. While in Law School she began working for Intel in their legal department. She worked for various inventors as a general counsel and marketing director coordinating international intellectual property attorneys and marketing efforts on their behalf. In the mid 1990s she moved away from the Fortune 500, partnering with Ram Katalan to launch NorthStar Moving Corporation. Her imagination and business savvy served her well in this new venture. Recently she was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal as both the Business Owner of the Year and the Philanthropist of the Year awards.