Board of Directors

Erika Kruger White, Chair


Erika White was born and raised in Los Angeles.  She received her B.A .with Honors in Political Science from UC Berkeley (1982) and her M.B.A. from UCLA (1987) specializing in public/non-profit finance. She has worked for Bankers Trust and Occidental Petroleum specializing in tax-exempt finance.

Erika currently dedicates her time as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for foster youth. In the past she has volunteered for her community’s schools in various capacities including President of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. Erika resides in Redondo Beach with her husband Paul. Their daughter works for CHLA (Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles) and her son is a consultant in Washington DC.


Marc Pugsley,



Marc Pugsley is the Director of Finance and Compliance for a boutique consulting firm based in Greater Los Angeles focused primarily on regulated investment advisors. Marc’s consulting services encompasses a broad range of disciplines, which leverage upon his diverse professional experience in finance, accounting, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, legal, tax, and operations. Marc has spent the majority of

his career in the investment management industry with leading banks and investment managers in New York and here in Los Angeles.


Marc graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. and M.S in Accounting and holds a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. Marc is a member of the State Bar of California, the United States Tax Court, and an active CPA in California. During law school, Marc worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as various state and local government and non-profit entities.


Prior to his appointment as a Board Member and Treasurer, Marc had volunteered in various capacities with Learning Rights Law Center since 2015. He resides in El Segundo, California.

Eric E. Sagerman, Board Member


Eric Sagerman is the managing partner of BakerHostetler's Los Angeles office, and a member of the firm’s national Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights team. Eric is known for representing creditors' committees, debtors and other constituents in large, corporate chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, distressed capital raising, restructurings and workouts, and general company and creditor matters. He is active in complex national matters involving banking and financial services, telecommunications, fiduciary litigation, transportation, manufacturing and consumer products.


Eric has been ranked as a leader in restructuring by Chambers USA since 2007, included in Best Lawyers in America since 2008, recognized by Turnarounds & Workouts (1999), cited multiple times in the “Rainmakers” supplement to The Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal, and selected as a Super Lawyer each year since 2006 by Los Angeles Magazine.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Eric served as managing partner of Winston & Strawn’s Los Angeles office. He previously served on the Insolvency Law Committee of the State Bar of California Business Law Section. He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Financial Lawyers Conference, the Turnaround Management Association, the State Bar of California, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Sagerman earned his Juris Doctor from UCLA Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Summa Cum Laude, with additional upper division studies at the London School of Economics.


Eric is co-author with Patrick A. Murphy and David Neier of the treatise Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy (2nd Ed.), an editorial board member of the Bankruptcy Strategist, and the author of numerous articles. Eric also speaks on current issues of interest in insolvency and restructuring law. ​



Joseph Teltser, Board Member


Joseph M. Teltser is the Deputy General Counsel, Coronal Group LLC. Joseph has extensive experience in transactions involving complex limited partnerships and limited liability companies. His clients include both sponsors and investors in connection with the formation and structuring of funds and other pooled investment vehicles, joint ventures and

development companies. A significant portion of his representations involve the renewable energy sector, including the formation, structuring and sale of wind and solar development companies.


Joseph also has significant experience in complex financing transactions. He has represented both borrowers and private equity lenders in connection with complicated secured lending transactions.


Joseph is a member of the State Bar of California, and received his law degree in 2005 from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 1996. Prior to attending law school, Joseph worked as a process engineer for a manufacturer of medical devices, where he specialized in the development and production of complicated electrochemically active inks and hydrogels.

Dr. Jill Bickett,



Dr. Jill Bickett is the Associate Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University.  


She is a lifelong educational leader, serving primarily in the Catholic secondary school context, having spent 23 years at Marymount High School Los Angeles as teacher, dean,

& assistant principal.  Her research interests include single sex education, gender, service, and leadership.


A member of the second cohort of LMU’s Doctoral Program for Leadership in Education for Social Justice, she earned her doctorate in 2008.  Her dissertation research was a case study of a Catholic female single-sex high school exploring student perspectives about, and participation in leadership and service.


Dr. Bickett’s publications include “Family-friendly Policies in Catholic Colleges and Universities: A Socially Just Imperative” (2009) with Emily Arms in J. Lester & M. Sallee (Eds.); “Learning to Serve: Learning to Lead” (2009) in M. Connell & C. Connors (Eds.); and “Preparing School Leaders for Social Justice: Examining the Efficacy of Program Preparation” (2012) with Karen Huchting in C. Boske & S. Diem (Eds).


Dr. Bickett received her B.A., M.A, and Ed.D. From Loyola Marymount University.

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Alicia Miñana Lovelace,  Founding Chair


Alicia Miñana is the founding Chair of the Board of Directors for the Learning Rights Law Center. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She attended and graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Biology and a Certificate of Proficiency in Latin American Studies.  She obtained her Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law.


Alicia is a member of the UCLA Foundation

Board, the Advisory Board of the UCLA

Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, and the Advisory Board of UCLA Law School.  Recently, Alicia was appointed to co-chair the Capital Leadership Committee for Princeton University.  Alicia is also a member of Pacific Council on International Policy, and is a trustee of The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean program. She is a founding family Trustee member of Vistamar School, an independent school in the South Bay of Los Angeles.  Alicia is the former chair of the Diversity and Access Committee for the school and currently continues as a member of the Committee.

Alicia Miñana has spent 25 years as a practicing attorney.  She has worked with the National Labor Relations Board and with national law firms, as well as in firms located in Singapore and Puerto Rico.  She also worked with the legal team of Human Rights Watch while she resided in London during 2012. When not practicing law or serving on boards, her favorite pastime is racing on her sailboat Dark&Stormy with her competitive crew. She also is an avid zumba fan and loves watching all sports including golf. Alicia lives in Hermosa Beach with her husband Rob Lovelace and their two children.

Matt Cave,

Board Member

Matt Cave is an associate in the litigation department of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP.  Matt has extensive experience litigating complex commercial cases in state and federal courts across the country, and resolving disputes through mediation and arbitration.  He has represented clients (as plaintiffs and defendants) in the entertainment, pharmaceutical, finance, retail, and real estate industries, among others. After graduating from USC's Gould School

of Law, he spent two years as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler and the Honorable James V. Selna, both judges in the Central District of California.  Prior to joining KHPS, Matt worked for two prominent international law firms in Los Angeles. 

Matt currently serves as a Board Member for the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice as well as the Learning Rights Law Center.  He is Co-Chair of the Board of Councilors’ Clerkship Committee at USC. 


Matt lives in West Hollywood with his wife Cristyn and their two dogs, Gordie and Braylyn.