Michael John Derricott
Founder & CEO
Makeovers That Matter
Michael John Derricott has been a successful business man and hair stylist for over 20 years. During this time he worked in prestigious salons such as Umberto's of Beverly Hills and B2V. Wanting to utilize his knowledge of the industry and his business savvy he subsequently ran his own business out of the highly respected, high end Nick Chavez Salon and John Wayne Salon in Beverly Hills, California. This culminated in the establishment of the MJ Salon on La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood. Mr. Derricott, a strong believer in giving back to the community conceived and implemented Makeovers That Matter, a holistic approach to assisting people to feel better about themselves and preparing them to enter the workforce.
Ray Mathews is owner of Madmen Marketing Consultants Inc. He has over fifteen years as an experienced manager of all online marketing concept, strategy and implementation across all platforms. His clients include large publicly held companies, non profit organizations, government agencies and small businesses, in a multitude of industries with different audiences. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from University of Colorado at Boulder, and Master's degree in Marketing from University Of Southern California.
James Murray is the President of Independent Accounting Office. He is an Enrolled Agent (EA) and tax expert, federally licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service and all state and local taxing authorities. James received his Bachelors of Accounting and Finance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois.
Financial executive with broad experience in all aspects of accounting, tax preparation, operational and financial management. Direct experience with real estate, financial consulting, and business operations. Interested in early-stage start-ups as well as companies in financial distress and not for profit and foundation development.
Jennifer Almiron is a lifelong learner and 2nd Grade Teacher at the Stratford School in Melrose, Los Angeles. For the past 10 years she has taught Music, Coding, Library and Math in both private and public schools. She is passionate about making a difference in her students lives through dynamic curriculum, tough love and rigorous compassion. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Almiron has attended The Manhattan Music School and is an accomplished violinist. At Amherst College, her poetry, autobiography and playwriting were published. Her essay "I am She" earned her the G. Armour Craig Award for Writing. She has taught for the Young Musicians Foundation, Hollywood Schoolhouse, LAUSD and GUSD. Currently Ms. Almiron is completing graduate studies in Education at California State University at Los Angeles.
Amy Novakovich, CFP®, CRPC®
Co-Founder/Wealth AdvisorAmy Novakovich is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nova Wealth Management. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSMProfessional that focuses on the overall financial well-being of clients. Starting at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in Psychology, Amy then moved to Florida in 2004 where she then earned her Bachelors degree in Finance at the Florida Gulf Coast University. From investments to insurance, and planning to debt management, Amy helps families, business owners and Non-Profits assess what needs and risks exist when they may not even know the questions to ask. She also holds her series 6, 7, 66, 63 and 24, registrations through Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments, as well as life, health and variable annuities licenses. Amy is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Parkinson Association of SWFL, a contributor for Charity for Change and loves to be involved in the community including singing on the worship team at Living Waters Church. Amy and James have 11 year old twins, James and Grace, a three year old little girl, Hope, and a one year old baby boy, Benjamin.
Front Porch Strategies
Barbara Jones is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel with a background in international operations and program management. She previous served as the Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor for US Africa Command and Director of Regional Security for Special Operations Command Africa. She has been deployed in support of several operations and received multiple awards and citations. Barbara completed her Master’s degree from Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and is an avid supporter of services for Women Veterans.
Bright Living Organization + Design
Coriann Bright is the owner and founder of Bright Living Organization + Design. For the past 6 years she has been passionate about helping her clients find clarity in their lives by creating clarity in their homes. Although her firm is based in Los Angeles she has clients all over the country including New York and San Francisco. Coriann is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Her and her Bright Living team first transform a space through the practice of organization and coach their clients to learn new systems. As an Interior Designer Coriann then creates a holistic transformation by capturing the beauty and style of each home. She was a part of the volunteer design team to remodel The Downtown Women's Center and is also a brand partner with Overstock.com
Source Point Wellness
Amanda Cohen, M.A., L.A.c., Doctoral Fellow (D.A.O.M) is a Board Certified Chinese Medical Physician (L.A.c.) who is passionate about helping her patients achieve optimal wellbeing. She holds a Master’s Degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and is a Doctoral Fellow (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) at Emperor’s College. Ms. Cohen also holds a Master’s Degree in Health Psychology and Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, with an emphasis on mental and physical stress. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Cultural Anthropology (Cum Laude) and Clinical Psychology.
Holguin, Garfield, Martinez & Quinonez
Ms. Garfield has been a member of the Los Angeles based Law Firm of Holguin, Garfield, Martinez & Quinonez for 29 years and is active as a board member with Makeovers That Matter, Solve ME/CFS Initiative and on the advisory board of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Stanford University. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Stanford University and holds a Doctor of Law from the University of Michigan Law School.
Megan Henry as worked for over 10 years as an actor, host and a producer and is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers, LLP
Natasha Raisor is a Navy Veteran, Operation Enduring Freedom 2005 to 2006. Current , drilling Navy Reservist . Tony & Guy, Hair Academy Graduate, Tokyo Styles Wig, certification, Gower Makeup Academy graduate and Licensed Cosmetologist in the State of California. Celebrity Hair stylist and Makeup Artist, on movie sets, television, fashion shows and Red Carpet events.