Working to help Others
Our Board of Directors
Dr. Nancy R. Sobel is a licensed psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles, CA. She works with individuals, couples, families, groups and rock bands. She also regularly conducts workshops on healthy relationships and balanced living at the Miraval resort in Tucson, Arizona.
Dr. Sobel is widely known for her work in the entertainment industry and has designed a unique style of therapy for musicians and artists who spend large amounts of time on the road. She developed the clinical portion of MusiCares, a charity for impaired musicians funded in association with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Sobel specializes in the treatment of trauma, addictions and compulsive disorders including sexual, financial and relationship. Dr. Sobel has worked in the addiction field for over thirty years and has consulted in the development of treatment programs in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Sobel has a lifetime commitment in the nonprofit world starting in the 70’s by helping to develop the Boston Center for Independent Living, the first independent living center in the country. She is on the board of Boarding House Mentors, a surf and environmental education program for at-risk youth.
Dr. Sobel co-founded Global Adolescent Project, whose mission is to educate, encourage and empower at-risk youth in impoverished communities starting in Haiti and around the world.
Dr. Sobel has been a guest expert on numerous television and radio programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, E True Biography, and KCRW’s Which Way L.A.
Daniel is one of the founders of GAP when he and Dr Nancy were inspired to help the children of Haiti after going there on a Search & Rescue Mission immediately after the Earthquake. Daniel is most well known as an award-winning live multi-camera director and producer specializing in live music TV specials. He has directed and produced over 300 projects in the past 20 years alone for such notable artists as Alicia Keys, The Foo Fighters, Andrea Bocelli, Brad Paisley, Dave Matthews Band, Rush, Nickelback, The Black Eyed Peas and many others. He was also Executive Producer on the Academy Award Nominated Film “The Square” in 201, which also won 3 Emmy Awards and such notable Film Festivals as Sundance and Toronto. Throughout his career, he has won or been nominated for over 100 International Awards including 5 Grammy Nominations, 16 Telly Awards, 4 Golden Eagle Cine Awards and many others.
He is the CEO and Founder of award winning production and television studio City Drive Films. which has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Stockholm. Prior to City Drive, Daniel was the CEO and Founder of Music Video production powerhouse Coming Home Studios from 2000-2009. Daniel has been very involved in non-profits over the past decade and in addition to G.A.P. is heavily involved with the Wheelchair Foundation, a division of Global Health, as well as Leslie’s Week. He has traveled to various Countries doing non-profit and Search & Rescue work, including Panama, Mexico and Haiti.
In January 2010,Daniel organized one of the largest private relief missions to assist the victims of the Haiti Earthquake- “Plane To Haiti”. Daniel reached out to many celebrity friends and clients to achieve this including New Kids On The Block, Julienne Hough, David Archuleta, Godsmack, Scott Stapp, Creed, Alter Bridge and Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine. He partnered with the Wheelchair Foundation, Medshare and Partners In Heath and in 48 short hours, raised over $1 million in cash and 3 tons of medical supplies. He also managed to get a donated private plane from Ken Behring to fly the supplies and his team down to Haiti. He flew a team of 35 medical professionals and volunteers to Haiti and set up private medical clinics on Port-Au-Prince and Leogone. Dr. Nancy Sobel was one of the medical professionals who was a part of this trip, thus inspiring her to start G.A.P. He lives in Laguna Beach, CA with his wife Madelyn and their two children Isabella (13) and Dylan (6) .
Nicole was born and raised in Petionville Haiti. She moved to the U.S. in the early seventies. Nicole is an operating room nurse and has been a nurse for nineteen years. Having raised a son who is now an adult, she believes in helping and empowering young men and women particularly to further their education. She is a member of Living Hope Haiti and has traveled to Double Harvest in Croix des Bouquets on numerous surgical missions both before and since the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
While completing his Masters of Public Health at USC, Lawrence recognized both the wealth of resources as well as the lack of leverage in the nonprofit sector, and launched his first nonprofit. After graduating, he spent a year in Zambia at a NGO that follows the largest heterosexual HIV-discordant couples’ cohort in the world, gaining valuable leadership experience especially working with limited resources.
A serial social entrepreneur, Lawrence has a passion for working with vulnerable and underserved populations through creative solutions. One of his greatest passions in global health is catalyzing cross-pollination between different disciplines and sectors to develop sustainable partnerships, redefine paradigms, and combine resources to create unique opportunities while bringing stronger management principles and business strategies to the field.
Tom lives on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Tom is an active founding member of Narcotics Anonymous in Hawaii since 1968. He served on the Narcotics Anonymous Board of Trustees from 1985 – 1990 and then on the Narcotics Anonymous World Board from 1999 – 2013. Tom’s main focus was in fellowship development which found him navigating public relations with local governments and religious leaders throughout the world in diverse communities from Iran to Columbia and throughout Asia, to name a few.
Tom’s ability to support and develop fellowship infrastructure while traveling among various cultures and operating with translators in different languages has made him a tremendous asset to the mission of Global Adolescent Project and G.A.P.-CREATE. As a result of his trips to Haiti, he has fallen in love with the place and its people and says that the beauty of the land and the culture are like nowhere else.