A diverse group of business and civic volunteers serve on ESP’s Board of Directors to lend their expertise and be thoughtful stewards of ESP’s mission.
Randi Rubenstein, Founder and Executive Director
Education for Successful Parenting
Randi Rubenstein founded ESP as a nonprofit organization in 2008 to offer pre-parenting education to teenagers and young adults. Drawing upon her 30 years experience in health information research, she now guides teens to make healthy life choices before they form their future family. Prior to ESP, Randi worked with Ascolta, Center for Healthcare Information, Health Data Institute, and the RAND Corporation. Randi has a Master’s of Science degree in Public Health from UCLA, and a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois. Randi also has extensive volunteer experience with schools and non-profit organizations. As a foster parent of 10 children, she gained valuable insights into the challenges of children and families. She now lives in Raleigh, NC with her youngest daughter attending a nearby college.
ABC Entertainment Group
Patti Yamate has served as Treasurer on the Education for Successful Parenting board since its inception. She brings over 25 years of accounting experience to ESP, and has a B.A. in Economics from UCLA.
Daniel Porper, Partner-Attorney
Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
Dan Porper’s practice focuses on the representation of private and public technology and life science companies in a broad range of commercial matters, with particular expertise in transactions involving intellectual property. Dan received a B.A. from the University of South Florida and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.
Bret Greene has been working with Highwoods Properties, a prominent real estate investment trust company headquartered in Raleigh, since 2006. He holds Bachelors degrees in both Finance and Economics from Elon University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Bret and his wife are active in the community and have three young children.
Julie Brown is a seasoned marketing professional with over 15 years experience in communications, project management, and product launches. For the past nine years she has been working with Fidelity Charitable, the largest nonprofit fundraiser in the U.S. Prior to that, Julie had spent time working with Gillette/Procter & Gamble, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Ernst & Young. She also volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. Julie has a Bachelors degree in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University. Today Julie lives with her husband and two sons in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Maria Barragán has 15 years of experience in mental health and education with a focus in working with at-risk and Spanish-speaking communities. Growing up in El Monte, California, she was raised in migrant family, and frequently worked with her family in the agricultural fields while still attending school. Maria has a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California Irvine, and a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Family and Children. She has dedicated 14 years of service to the Newport/Mesa Unified School District as a Parent Liaison and Family Advocate, providing community referrals and parenting classes for at-risk students and their families. She is also co-owner of SB Consulting, offering parenting education and counseling to the community. Maria has generously contributed her time to ESP’s programs development and presentations, especially for the Latino communities.
Doug Fedich is a Director of North America Finance with Align Technology, a global medical device company. He joined Align Technology recently, after working with Hill-Rom for 2 years. Prior to that, Doug relocated to Raleigh from Arizona where he worked with Intel since 2004. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University, and an MBA from Arizona State University. Doug and his wife have two young children. In addition to his work and family endeavors, Doug has been involved in community activities related to youth development. He has been a volunteer football and soccer coach, and a classroom leader of Junior Achievers.