THE BOARD

Maike Both, Founder & Executive Director

MaikeBorn and raised near Hamburg, Germany, A Million Drops founder Maike Both moved to the United States in 1992 to work for an L.A. based music artist management company before switching to a career in the film industry. In 2006, she started selling Unfuck The World t-shirts to raise money for charity, and what began as a hobby has grown into a full time calling.

In 2013, Maike founded A Million Drops, organizing local and global events, including Free Haircut Days and Free Laundry Nights for people in need, as well as Unsheltered, a series of art shows featuring works by homeless, at-risk young adults. Currently, her focus is on fundraising and organizing programs for the A Million Drops Learning Center.


Ross Dodds, Co-Director

RossDoddsOriginally from Louisville, KY, businessman and entrepreneur Ross Dodds invited A Million Drops to hold their monthly Free Laundry Nights at his laundromat, Wash On Western, and he quickly became an irreplaceable member of the Board.

An endless source of information and natural-born networker, Ross finds a solution for every problem, handling day to day logistics at the A Million Drops Learning Center. He is also part of the Outreach Team, and of the Planning Committee for AMD events and fundraisers.


Denise Grisco, Board Member

DeniseA single mom, born and raised in Los Angeles, Denise Grisco works full time at a local prop house.

Denise originally joined the A Million Drops board to be in charge of overseeing our monthly Free Laundry Nights; she now co-produces events and fundraisers and is part of our ongoing outreach work.


Don W. Neil, Board Member

DonWNeilBorn in Oklahoma and raised in Los Angeles, Don W. Neil works at a Hollywood based studio rental company, creating custom floral designs for tv & film productions.

At A Million Drops, Don is part of the outreach team and co-producer of events and fundraisers.


Sheila Irani, Board Member

Sheila Irani holds a Chair of Public Safety, Works and Transportation; she is also Member of the Griffith Park Advisory Board; Board Member of the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council; former Chair and former Director of Champion Fund of Children’s Hospital LA, and an L.A. Times endorsed candidate for the 2015 race for Council Member District 4. On the Board of A Million Drops, Sheila is in charge of fundraising, outreach and a weekly therapy group.


Scott Ford, Supporter of the Board

ScottFordScott Ford is the owner of Twerp Laboratories, an L.A. based design and web development studio that works mainly with startups, small businesses and non-profits.

Scott joined the board of A Million Drops in his capacity as an art director, creative consultant, graphic designer and photographer.


Russel Pinkard, Supporter of the Board

russel_150x150Russel Pinkard is a Southern California native with a background in communication technology.  He currently works for one of the country’s leading audio visual systems integration firms and oversees projects nationwide for a variety of notable clients.  His educational background is in music and technology and is a graduate of Expression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA.

With a diverse background in both technology and business development in the corporate world, Russel brings a wealth of experience to the table.  His goal is to help facilitate and capitalize on resources brought to A Million Drops by implementing smart, savvy and engaging uses of technology.


Frank Uchalik Jr., Supporter of the Board

IMG_4196Frank Uchalik Jr. was born and raised in Southern California. In the 1990s, he became known as the skateboarder for Dogtown Skateboards, Independent Truck Co., Red Sand Clothing and Hot Rod Skate Shop, and he appeared in numerous skateboard videos and magazines. He is now the President of Alpha Medical Resources, a prop rental company owned by his family.

Frank Jr. has been involved in nonprofit work for a number of years; he is on the Board of A Million Drops supporting our fundraising efforts.


Matt Stewart, Design & Web Maintenance

Matt Stewart

Matt Stewart, owner of little guy design in Omaha, Nebraska, joined the A Million Drops team in January 2014 as our most dedicated and supportive graphic and web designer/developer.