The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica has named Lisa Alexander, Michael Taitelman and Susan Gabriel Potter to its board of directors. Alexander, a law partner with Jakle & Alexander, brings broad experience in estate planning, trusts, probate and conservatorships. Taitelman, a law partner with Freedman & Taitelman, is a general business litigator, specializing in real estate and employment. Potter is principal of ISU Bob Gabriel Insurance, an independent insurance agency serving the personal and business insurance needs of families in Southern California.

“Each of our new board members brings an in-depth understanding of our local community from both business and personal perspectives, and will foster new insight on how we can strengthen our public-private partnerships to improve the lives of our diverse youth and their families,” said Tim Blaylock, CEO, Santa Monica Boys & Girls Clubs.

An alumnus of USC Gould School of Law, Alexander is an active member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association having served on the Section Executive Board and Chair of its Legislative Committee. She also maintains membership in the Los Angeles County and Santa Monica Bar associations.

A mother of an Eagle Scout, Alexander is active in her community as a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, and serves as an advisory board member of the Santa Monica Family YMCA. As founding partner of Freedman & Taitelman, and member of the Los Angeles Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Taitelman provides business counseling to a wide variety of both public and private companies, and has tried numerous jury and non-jury trials to a successful conclusion. An alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Taitelman was honored in 2010 as one of the “Super Lawyer Top 100” and serves on various civic and charitable organizations in the community.

As second generation to take the helm of ISU Bob Gabriel Co. Insurance founded by her father, Potter provides a full range of personal and business insurance services. A graduate of California State University Long Beach, Potter spent several years in the education field prior to joining the family business in 1983. Potter currently serves as board member of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and SMC Associates, and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica History Museum.

Founded in 1944, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica works to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as caring, responsible and productive citizens. Through membership and outreach, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica currently serves approximately 4,000 youth across its 10 sites throughout Los Angeles County. Members come from 134 different zip codes, with the majority of members coming from Santa Monica, Culver City, Venice, West Los Angeles and Inglewood. For more information, visit or follow them on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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