FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE MONASTERY OF THE ANGELS FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES

BRODY HALE

Brody Hale is the President of the St. Stephen Protomartyr Project, an organization committed to ensuring that alternatives to permanent closure are found for historic Catholic churches and sacred spaces. He earned a BA in political science and history in 2007 from Tufts University. After college, he worked as a middle school teacher in New Orleans LA as part of Teach for America to help close the achievement gap faced by many of our nation’s children. His interest in education then led him to South Korea where he taught at Yeungnam University’s Foreign Language Institute as a Fulbright ETA. Upon returning to the United States, he undertook legal studies at Boston College Law School, earning a Juris Doctorate. Following this, he completed graduate studies at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York, earning an MPA. He is currently a sole practitioner with the Law Office of Brody Hale, a general practice firm based in Massachusetts. Brody is presently licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Additionally, he serves on the boards of several nonprofits associated with historic preservation.

ROB HOLLMAN

As a third-generation Southern Californian, Rob’s grandparents instilled a strong sense of responsibility towards always trying to give back to the community. As they were some of the original founders of the Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and several other non-profit organizations, Rob learned early in life the importance and value of being involved with charitable organizations. Rob continued his family’s philanthropic relationship with the city by becoming a charter member of young professional chapters of the LACMA’s Avant Garde, Los Angeles Public Library’s Young Literati, the Hammer Museum’s Fellows and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Contemporaries. He was also a board member of Los Angeles Opera’s Educational Advisory Council and continues to be of service serving various volunteer leadership positions as the Board Chair of Hands 4 Hope and as a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley. A graduate of Bennington College, majoring in Drama and Literature, Rob went on to Cornell University receiving a Masters in Hospitality Management. He considers himself to be a lifelong learner and has lectured on topics like altruism in the workplace and modern day stoicism. Rob’s professional fundraising career began in 2008 with a 41⁄2-year tenure as Manager of Individual and Corporate Giving at UCLA’s public performing arts program, UCLA Live, steering their fundraising towards and beyond annual goals and also through the economic uncertainty of a major global recession. Rob went on to work with the American Institute of Architecture’s Los Angeles (AIA|LA) chapter to help create a center for architecture and, soon after, started his own consulting company, Rosinante Group Advisors, serving clients that combine a local and national presence including: Bothwell Ranch Foundation, Save LACMA, Soroptimist International Los Angeles (SILA), PBS SoCal, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Phoenix House, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation, Preserve Orange County, iMozart Foundation, Kids 4 Life, Arent Fox, LLP, Heroic Imagination Project, Professional Investigators of California Association, Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation AND Homeland Security Advisory Council. Rob lives with his wife, Stacee, and their two children, Eugene and Chloe, in Valley Village.

KIM COOPER & RICHARD SCHAVE

Native Angeleno historians and preservationists Kim Cooper and Richard Schave are the proprietors of Esotouric, a tour company offering excursions into the cultural, architectural and literary histories of Southern California. While researching and sharing stories of the characters that shaped Los Angeles, the married couple has been called to advocate for the preservation of cultural and architectural landmarks that are threatened by thoughtless development and civic neglect. Among the causes they have championed are returning Angels Flight Railway to operation, landmarking the Los Angeles Times, preserving East L.A.’s giant tamale building, restoring Pershing Square, protecting historically significant trees and landscapes, saving the 76 Ball gas station signs, and restoring Sheila Klein’s urban candelabra sculpture Vermonica. They use their true crime storytelling skills to advocate for the return of Downtown Los Angeles’ empty SRO hotel buildings to their proper use as affordable housing for Angelenos, as seen in top rated Netflix documentary “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel” (2021).