Monique Graves
Executive Director

Monique Graves, the founder and Executive Director of Lauren’s House, is a social work student with a minor in early childhood education who was born and raised in the loving, tight-knit community of East Palo Alto. Growing up, Monique, was unaware of the negative publicity that often surrounded her hometown, and she never felt limited by her upbringing or the stigma that some people attach to East Palo Alto. Monique has long been a volunteer in her community, with a particular focus on service to children, youth and families.

Rishi Seth
Chair

Rishi Seth has been a healthcare leader for the last 13 years.  He currently serves as Vice President of Operations at Stanford Children's Health.  He has worked with multiple non-profits throughout the country focused on enriching children's lives. 

Ammar Mamajiwala
Treasurer

Ammar is a chemical engineer by trade, with a background in operational excellence, continuous improvement  and data-driven problem solving. After graduating from University of Waterloo, Ammar went on to work in the oil & gas industry in Canada. He now works in a Business Development/Technical Sales role in the Bay Area. He has a passion for teaching and has volunteered with several non profit organizations working to improve literacy among teenagers and adults. He has also volunteered as a fire fighter and is adept at putting out fires (literally too). In his free time, Ammar enjoys playing video games, working out and studying finance.

Luanne Smedley
Secretary

Luanne is a licensed registered nurse by background, currently holds a position at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital as Administrative Director of Clinical Access and Care Coordination. Luanne has overall operational and financial responsibility for the access and care coordination departments including, Case Management, Care Coordination, Patient Placement, Staffing, all of the Nursing Float Teams, the Administrative Nursing Supervisors, and the Transfer Center. In this role, she works collaboratively with physician leaders to develop and enhance patient throughput and flow strategies within the service lines across the six Centers of Excellence.
Luanne has been an RN for 31 years and has held many positions in her career, including Nursing Management, House Supervisor, Nursing Education, Project Management, Clinical Informatics, leading the hospital through the implementation of their electronic medical record. Luanne is now back in hospital operations in her administrative director role.
Luanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Master's in Healthcare Administration.

Susan Kinnebrew
Fundraising/ Board Member

Susan Kinnebrew is a Certified Child Life Specialist.  She has over 20 years experience in operational oversight and leadership to the child life, creative arts, family resource center, philanthropic activities, welcome desk and student educational programs. 

Dr. Harit Agroia
Strategic Planning / Board Member

Dr. Harit Agroia is a public health professional with specific background and expertise in health education and promotion, and program planning, management and administration. Dr. Agroia has nearly a decade of experience serving low-income, underserved, homeless and the young adult student populations within the non-profit, higher education and government sectors. Her passion lies in striving to achieve health equity and social justice using the social determinants of health framework, and ultimately improving health outcomes and quality of life for underserved communities. She believes that a key factor in being able to do this is by improving early childhood experiences as they are instrumental in an individual’s ability to lead a purposeful and healthy life in their adult years. As such, Dr. Agroia hopes to help further the mission of Lauren’s house to prepare at-risk children, youth and their families for success in life by serving as a member of the board.
Educationally, Dr. Agroia achieved her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Master of Public Health (MPH) and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new parts of the world, doing outdoor activities, learning about new topics and attending yoga classes.