Meet Our Team


Christa Butler

Executive Secretary

Christa joined the His Little Feet family in 2019. She received a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


Christa realized her passion for working with children while in college. She found herself working at a child development center with abused children. Since that point she has spent the last 24 years as an educator with socioeconomically disadvantaged children in LAUSD.


Nine of those years were spent as a Reading Intervention Coordinator ensuring that homeless and less fortunate students received the extra help with academics that they may not receive at home due to living circumstances. Christa has a passion for helping children from their brain to their little feet.


When she is not teaching, Christa enjoys volunteering with other organizations in Long Beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


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Lelani Duckwitz

Executive Board,

Public Relations Manager

Lelani is an award-winning public speaker, marathon runner and veteran of the Unites States Army. Having grown up in an economically challenged environment, Lelani was the first in her family to attend college.


She has emerged as into a community leader with a heart for service. She regularly speaks at schools to encourage our youth to continue their education beyond high school and make education decisions about their future. She is a professional meeting and event planner and has coordinated hundreds of weddings.


A wife and mom of two young daughters and a dog, she is Mrs. Southern California Cities 2018. She sees life as an adventure, loves growing in new challenges and once spent six days on a deserted island. Her passion and work ethic lead the HLF executive board.


Hali Wolf

Founder,  Executive Director

Hali, mother of three and hair stylist, founded His Little Feet in 2014. She has built His Little Feet from the ground up with her whole heart.


When she is not working to stomp out poverty within the community, Hali is doing hair at a local salon in Seal Beach. Throughout her 20-year career as a stylist, she has worked on the red carpets of the Emmy’s, ESPY’s and Grammy’s. Her hobbies include being outdoors, cycling and touring state capitals around the country.


Hali has toured 12 of 38 state capital buildings and her current favorite is in Austin, Texas. When she’s not taking Her daughter to ride horses, son to music lessons,or paddle boarding,


Hali runs HLF from the warmth of her own home. She manages all operations of HLF including donor oversight, warehouse management, events & planning and publicity.

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Susan Silvestri

President / Executive Board Chair

Susan has served the HLF team since 2018. She prides herself in being a role model to her two daughters by working hard and giving back to the community. She feels role modeling is the most powerful tool you have in your parenting tool belt.


Susan is a manager for a Waste and recycling company located in the City of Industry. She currently oversees all administrative, sales and customer support operations. Her corporate experience is the foundation of the executive board.


Susan has served as the President of the Republican’s Women Federation-Puente Hills Chapter for four years. She is also a member of Women in Solid-Waste & Recycling.


When she’s not hard at work, Susan enjoys entertaining, cooking and spending time with family. She plans to one day retire in California’s Central Coast where she wants to own her own small private vineyard to bottle her wine creations. Susan’s professional knowledge guides the HLF mission to make big impressions with little feet.

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Uyen Lam

Vice President

Uyen just joined HLF for 2020! She is Mrs. Long Beach runner-up 2020 and last year’s runner up for Mrs. Southern California Cities 2019.


She is the first college graduate from her immediate family at CSULB. A transfer from LBCC, she was honored with 'Woman of the year' by the National Exchange Club of Long Beach for her commitment to community service and received the highest recognition with the Viking award that LBCC rewards for the last 20 years.

Uyen teaches hula dancing at a transitional program for special education and is a proactive mother of 2 young children. In her spare time, she loves Tahitian dancing and serving her community  She resides in Long Beach with her Marine Corp veteran husband.

Uyen's dream is to own a small business in the arts and creative photography and creating her own nonprofit that cultivates her passion to serve and leave her legacy that 'kindness goes a long way' to future generations.

She believes her heart belongs in Hawaii but continues to be a California girl with family-oriented values and her parents being her "home" here in Southern California. 

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Dan Bacchetti

Advisory Board Member

Dan Bacchetti started working with HLF in early 2018 and has been involved with special projects at HLF as their inhouse consultant. Dan is currently the President and Owner of Bacchetti Advisory Services. He also serves on the Board of Headwater Companies in Denver, Colorado.


He received his MBA from the University of Southern California and undergraduate degree from San Diego State. During Dan’s 38 year career at Franklin Electric he served as their National Sales Manager and Regional Manager. His job required extensive travel thru the USA, Canada and Latin America.


Dan now enjoys spending time with his family, personal travel, civic duties and managing his consulting company. Dan is married with two sons and four grandchildren. Dan and his wife, Noel, enjoy seeing new places and have visited 22 countries and 48 states so far!

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Eric Haley

Advisory Board Member

Husband to Christine Haley and father of seven, ​Eric's heart for children was apparent even before joining HLF in 2018. An engineer by trade, he frequently visits local elementary schools to show young minds that science and engineering can be fun.


He has led multiple trips to serve underprivileged children on the San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona, as well as being a part of serving kids in Kenya during mission trips there. As a leader in his church (where he serves on the elder team), he works with both the high school and children’s ministries. When he is not spending time tinkering around the house or working on cars,


Eric enjoys running and playing games with family and friends. HLF is super excited to have Eric’s expertise in Grant writing and his wisdom in leadership as a part of our team!. 


Christine Haley

Advisory Board Memeber

Christine has been a part of the HLF team since 2017. She has built her career in the credit union industry, where she has used her expertise in finance and management to live out the credit union motto of“people helping people,” leading both at her credit union and as an active member of several committees and collaboration organizations all working to serve others better.


Her passion for children in need was ignited by a mission trip to Kenya in 2013, and since then she has returned several times and currently serves on the board of Tumaini international, an organization dedicated to bringing hope to under-served children there.


A wife and fiercely dedicated mother of seven, she can often be found outside in her vegetable garden or just hanging out with her family. 

Gail joined the His Little Feet family in 2019.  She is a mom to two sons, and a rescue pup, and has a passion for giving back to children and families in the community.  She co-founded a group of singers that sing in convalescent homes in Silverlake LA, called the “Sunday Sound” that features annual Sunday performances.   Locally she has served in various roles on the boards of Hadassah (President, Treasurer), the Alpert JCC,  Newcomb Academy Foundation (Marketing), Newcomb Academy PTSA (Grade Level Chair), as well as Temple Israel.  Gail has served the community through SPCA LA Long Beach and recently concluded 7 years of volunteer work with a local  B.S.A. Troop. She is also Ms. Long Beach runner-up 2020. 


Professionally, Gail is a software product manager for United Healthcare, guiding developers’ work on various provider payment system projects.  She is also a project manager with a passion for process improvement.   When not working, parenting, or volunteering, Gail enjoys singing with the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in LA, with local Temple Israel musicians, and on local hiking trails.


Leanne Pheasant

Advisory Board Member

Leanne joined the HLF team in 2018. She is a dedicated wife and mother to a beautiful son! Leanne received her B.A and M.A. in Communications from California State University, Long Beach.


Leanne is also the current title holder for Mrs. Southern California Beach Cities 2019. Her work ethic reflects in her pageant history and top 2% status in the Mary Kay Sales Force. When she isn’t hard at work, Leanne loves to travel the world.


She has lived in Italy for 2 years and has a deep love for her family’s roots there. With Leanne’s strong work ethic at the heart of the executive board, HLF has been driven to success.



Kristina Galias

Development Director

Kristina is an elementary school teacher. She holds a dual Master's in Educational Leadership and Curriculum from the American College of Education. Her passion for helping youth began when she was in high school volunteering with underprivileged children living in the Villages at Cabrillo at the time. She learned about His Little Feet through a Long Beach volunteering project several years ago and fell in love with the mission and vision of the organization. Kristina is the former Miss Long Beach 2017 and she has been an active volunteer in the community since 2014. She was born and raised in Long Beach and the city holds a special place in her heart. 

Kristina enjoys living an active lifestyle. She has participated in many 5K/10K races including the first annual HLF Stomping out Poverty race in October 2020. As the Development Director, she hopes to spread the mission of His Little Feet and inspire others to get involved in giving back to those in need.



Antonio Appling

Executive Board Member

Antonio has been a part of the HLF team since 2018. He is a loving husband and father of a 2-year-old baby boy. Antonio is actively involved in the Long Beach community and is a business owner of The Nest located in Bellflower.


He received his credentials to teach high school English from San Francisco State University. Antonio’s passion for the community reflects in his resume as a founder of the art based non-profit Definitive Soap Box and Board Chair for Kingdom Causes non-profit.


When he’s not giving back to the community, he’s dabbling into poetry and collecting the hottest sneakers on the market. One fun fact about Antonio, is that he interned for MTV when he was nineteen in the Florida Keys. As an executive board member, Antonio brings an irreplaceable creative flare to the HLF team.