Joseph May was named the Chairman of the Imerman Angels Professionals Board in 2015 after having been involved with their Chicago chapter sporadically over the past 10 years. Joe is a Senior Account Executive at a boutique financing firm in downtown Los Angeles specializing in middle market commercial asset financing. Joe brings a high level of sales, marketing and strategic management to the Imerman board as he helps maneuver the team through uncharted waters in L.A. Joe graduated with honors from UNC Asheville and briefly traveled as a tennis professional before making the move from North Carolina to California in the summer of 2012. Joe stays very active outside of work as he participates in numerous sports leagues, fitness activities and anything that has to do with enjoying the outdoors. Joe is a frequent traveler and enjoys experiencing new cities, countries, foods and cultures. While he has no children of his own, Joe is a proud uncle of two nieces and two nephews which he claims keeps him young and on his toes. Joe feels a strong conviction about Imerman Angels as he has personally seen the growth of IA through the last 10 years. His older brother, John, is a co-founder and Joe has know Jonny Imerman for roughly 10 years. Having seen the organization grow the way it has in recent years Joe is excited to be on the board in the L.A chapter and continue the good work that the Chicago chapter started years ago.
Alon Naftali joined the IA/LA Professionals Board in 2015, bringing his personal cancer experience and mentorship to the diverse board. He currently works GE Capital in downtown Los Angeles in the company’s Leveraged Finance business that provides senior financing needs to mid and large cap companies throughout the Western states. He has been at GE Capital his entire career, completing their world-renowned Financial Management Program before moving into the business in which he currently works.
Alon found Imerman Angels while living in Chicago. Having had recently been cleared of stage 2 testicular cancer after a 6-month battle, he jumped at the opportunity to be a mentor to other young men who faced the uncertain future of life with testicular cancer. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he reached out to Jonny to get further involved and was honored to be asked to join the Professionals Board.
Alon completed his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and his Bachelors from the University of Connecticut. He lives in North Hollywood with his wife Emily, who is a Physician Assistant at Cedars-Sinai.
Brian Griffin is Co-Founder and Senior Advisor at The BLVD Group, a boutique real estate firm specializing in acquisitions and divestment for families throughout Los Angeles. He is passionate about spending time in the community and founded Align LA, an organization that provides passionate Angelenos with an outlet for volunteering and community service. When he is not working on the next deal or giving back to the community he loves running, swimming, climbing mountains, competing in triathlons, reading or feasting at your local restaurant. Adventurous, yes. Boring, never.
A native of the Bay Area, Brian graduated from St. Mary’s with a Bachelor’s of of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. He currently resides in the Hollywood Hills.
Dana Patti joined the Imerman Angels Professional Board in 2015 bringing her passion to help people and her creative mind to the organization. Dana has worked in the fashion industry for over 8 years. She has worked for corporations such as TopShop and Forever 21, directing global window displays and styling trends. Dana has also been apart of directing smaller company’s creative departments such as producing photo-shoots and look book editorial campaigns. She loves working in the creative field and wants to merge her need for creativity with her passion to help anyone touched by cancer. As a Papillary Thyroid cancer survivor, she is an active Mentor Angel. Before being a mentor angel, she had the amazing opportunity to be matched with a mentor during her cancer journey and instantly wanted to become more involved with Imerman Angels. Dana is a Chicago native and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career. She enjoys spontaneous traveling, live music, making jewelry, crafting projects, camping, planting flowers, and a good laugh.
Emily Swan joined the Imerman Angels Los Angeles Professional Board in 2015, ready to utilize her marketing and event planning expertise to help raise awareness and funds for the cause. Swan is currently the Director of Sales for Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest live entertainment company. Based in LA, she sells and markets special events in the Los Angeles area for House of Blues and The Wiltern while assisting with competitive analysis for other potential Live Nation properties in the area. Swan is a rainmaker in the entertainment and hospitality industries, with an education and professional background in public relations, marketing and sales. Prior to Live Nation, Swan began her career at Fishman Public Relations specializing in media relations and crisis communications for franchise organizations. Shortly after, she joined McCormick & Schmick’s as Chicagoland’s regional Catering Sales Manager. Swan’s final move before establishing a career with Live Nation was as Sales & Marketing Manager for Hard Rock International. There, she headed marketing and sales initiatives for the Chicago cafe location partnering with such organizations as C3 Presents (now a Live Nation subsidiary) and Lollapalooza. After three years, Hard Rock relocated Swan to Los Angeles to its two Los Angeles cafes: Hollywood and Universal City Walk.Swan graduated from Boston University with a Bachelors of Science in Communications, concentration in Public Relations and Psychology.Imerman Angels is dear to Swan’s heart: not only as a native Chicagoan, but as a thyroid cancer survivor. In her free time, Swan enjoys watching action movies, fitness, and spending time with her 85 lb. boxer dog, Wally.
Fun fact: Swan was a drummer in a punk rock band in the late 90s and a former professional hip hop dancer!