Board of Directors

peter-pettler2Peter D. Pettler, Esq., Chair

Pete is a principal member and founding partner of Pettler & Miller LLP, a Torrance law firm which restricts his practice to Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Trust and Probate Litigation, Conservatorships, Guardianships and Mediation in those areas.  Pete graduated from the California Western University School of Law.  He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkley.  Pete was an active duty Judge Advocate for the United States Army from 1968 to 1972, and served in the Reserves from 1972 to 1995. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.  Pete has been involved in many capacities with a number of different local legal and community organizations.


  Brad Baker, Esq.Vice-Chair

has practiced law in the state of California since 1975. His current practice focuses on estate planning and probate/trust litigation. Brad is one of the few attorneys who has had the privilege of arguing twice before the United States Supreme Court as well as twice being a member of the “Billion Dollar Club” for his role in the energy class action settlement. He is a member of the California State Bar Association and the Los Angeles County and South Bay Bar Associations. He also serves on the non-profit board of H.E.L.P., Healthcare and Elder Law Programs Corporation, to help provide seniors more access to legal and healthcare information. One of the top rated estate planning and probate attorneys in the South Bay, Brad has been designated as a Super Lawyer in 2007, 2010, and 2012 – 2017.


Laurie Glover, Secretary

As the Senior Community Ambassador for Silverado Beach Cities, Laurie also heads up the Women’s Empowerment Group there.   She has been a speaker for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, created the Health and Wellness Committee of the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, and has been a Hospice volunteer.  She is a member of the South Bay Dementia Education Consortium and works with the city of Redondo Beach to make the South Bay the first dementia-friendly city in the area.


Grant N. Niman, CPA, Treasurer

Grant Niman is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and is a member of the Tax and Personal Financial Planning Sections of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants holding their Personal Financial Specialist designation. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has over 25 years of public accounting experience. He formed Niman & Associates in September 2008, with the focus on providing value added services to high net worth individuals, families and closely held businesses.


Scott J. Donnelly, CPA MBT, Immediate-Past Chair

Scott J. Donnelly, CPA MBT, is a partner in the CPA firm, PDM CPAs, LLP , a full service CPA firm with six offices in Torrance and San Pedro. The firm specializes in estate planning, tax compliance and consultation, and financial statement auditing services. Scott is a Board Director of the California Society of CPAs, Los Angeles Chapter, and a member of the South Bay Estate Planning Council. A former member of H.E.L.P.’s Professional Advisory Board, Scott is also currently a board member for the nonprofit, Harbor Interfaith Services


Kim Engen, Community Volunteer and Advocate


Jeffrey A. Hahn, Esq., Senior Vice President and Manager of the Farmers and Merchants Trust Company office in Torrance. 


Britt Huff, Ph.D., Mayor, Rolling Hills Estates 2023


Olivia Valentine, Esq., City of Hawthorne City Council (Ret.)


Kerry Welch, CPA, Welch & Co.