Mission Statement

 LAPD Devonshire PALS builds character and enriches the lives of children and teens by offering year round activities that foster trust and understanding between young people, the LAPD and the community.


Organized in 1973, LAPD Devonshire PALS is dedicated to developing character in youth, reducing juvenile crime and creating safer communities. We do this by providing after-school enrichment programs for low-income, at-risk children and teens that build strong, positive relationships between youth and law enforcement officers. Due to the tremendous need for youth programs in the southern section of Northridge, and with a community determined to help, LAPD Devonshire PALS built a youth center in this underserved neighborhood. We celebrated the center’s grand opening in October 2009.

Board of Directors

Devonshire PALS is extremely proud of the countless individuals who support our organization. PALS has up to a 25 member board of directors who selflessly donate hundreds of hours to lead our committees and manage our nonprofit organization supporting Devonshire PALS with their time, talent and treasure.


Board MemberDescription
Board President
Laine Caspi
Paratus Insurance
Vice President
Mark Fishlowitz
Financial Advisors Edward Jones
Bree Breckenridge
Waste Management Government and Community Relations
Ken Sampson
Coldwell Banker/ Quality Properties
Dick Ashnault
Ashnault Specialties, High Tech signs and Banners
Immediate Past President
Thomas Christopher
Christorpher Law Group
Parliamentarian, Circle of Heroes Chair
Steve Pazmany
Bulldog Liquidators
Parliamentarian, Circle of Heroes Chair
Maxine Simon
Temple Ramat Zion
Sally BarnesRetired LAPD, Travel Agent
Victoria (Vickie) Bourdas MartinezCommunity Leader
Mike LehronCentene Corporation
Matt HernandezPublic Safety Deputy Council District 12
Mindy ParkLAUSD
Lorraine NewParthenia Properties
Steve SlutzahStone and Tile Consulting Inc.
Rana GhadbanHollywood Chamber of Commerce
Serenity TomlinsonThryv
Millie JonesRetired Government Affairs
LAPD Captain III Kathleen BurnsEx-officio

LAPD Partners

The Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Area is in complete support of Devonshire PALS and the exceptional, valuable services they provide area youth. Youth Service Officers work directly with the participants of each program offered through Devonshire PALS and are committed to serving our community through mentorship.



  • LAPD Captain Kathleen Burns
  • LAPD Sgt. Torres
  • LAPD Sgt. Joe McDowell
  • LAPD Devonshire Officers Assigned to Youth Services: Officer Gabby Barnard, Officer Matt Connell, Officer Jeff Johnson,Officer Jessyka Monzon, Officer Alyssa Sanchez
  • John Jamgotchian, Attorney at Law

LAPD Devonshire PALS Youth Center Staff

Edgar Sedano, Executive Director Devonshire Youth Center

Teresa Velazquez, Youth Center Coordinator

 Andrew Ortiz, Youth Center Assistant Coordinator


The Youth Center has a team of dedicated lead volunteers. The support they provide to the children in our program is invaluable and we appreciate their contributions.

Instructors and Youth Center Volunteers:

Art Instructor – Ingrid Hudshon
Folklorico Dance Instructor – Maria Salinas
Tae Kwon Do Instructor – Luis Reyes

Dance Instructor- Monica Mc Swain