CHRIS GOMEZ- Board Member
A Cyber Security Engineer for a major healthcare company, Chris protects computer networks from potential hackers and cyber-attacks. But that’s not Chris’s only passion… He has another: rescue work. Chris’s passion for rescue was sparked one day after adopting a sick Malamute/Shepherd from a shelter and realizing that there were so many dogs in need. He decided to get involved in the rescue world by fostering dogs and helping them find their forever homes. Since the spark of his passion was ignited, he and his wife have fostered over 40 dogs of all ages and breeds over the last seven years. Chris and his wife Fallon currently have five beautiful dogs. Their latest adoption is a wonderful Golden Retriever that was saved by Angels Bark Dog Rescue in Turkey. Chris and his family are dedicated to making a difference in as many animals’ lives as they can, and in their community as well.
ALAN GUTMAN- Board Member
Alan S. Gutman is an accomplished trial lawyer with more than 30 years of courtroom experience. While most cases settle before trial, he has tried more than 50 cases to verdict before a jury and, over all, has tried hundreds of cases in state and federal courts, arbitrations and before administrative agencies.
He has successfully represented a vast array of clients in business, real estate and entertainment matters including numerous members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award winners; motion picture, television, media, recording and publishing companies and executives; managers; agents; artists; athletes; investors; commercial real estate developers, managers and owners; financial, internet and technology companies; international corporations; entrepreneurs; estates; trustees; and, other individuals and businesses in all types of cases.
Since forming his own law firm in 1990, the emphasis has always been on achieving cost-effective results through aggressive advocacy. Admitted to practice law before all courts in the State of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, Mr. Gutman graduated from New York University and Southwestern University School of Law, completed an advanced certificated program in trial evidence at USC, and has been admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Nes is the founder of Angels Bark Dog Rescue. In many ways, starting the rescue was the natural result of a lifetime of helping homeless dogs.
Born and raised in Istanbul, with its large population of stray dogs, her affinity with dogs and passion for saving homeless dogs developed at an early age. For as long as she can remember, she was always comfortable around all types of dogs.
Her bond with man’s best friend was probably forever cemented during one childhood experience she recalls from a trip she took with her family when she was only 8-years old. Nes’ father was a cliffhanger and would often take the family out to the mountains. On one of those excursions, while her father, his fellow mountain climbers, Nes and several other people were at the bottom of the mountain, the group was suddenly and unexpectedly surrounded by a pack of 10 wild shepherds. The dogs circled around the group in a menacing fashion, showed their teeth and appeared ready to attack. Her father and the other men immediately assembled in a tight formation around Nes to prevent the dogs from getting near her. But Nes did not view the dogs as dangerous at all. To the contrary, she had always been comfortable with all the dogs she had encountered.
Before anyone realized what was happening, Nes darted out from the group and went directly to one of the dogs and proceeded to hug the dog. All the dogs backed down. What had appeared to be a potentially dangerous situation was instantly defused as all the dogs started wagging their tails. They apparently were startled just like her family and friends; they needed a little love. Since then, thousands of dogs have experienced the love that she has for them.
Nes started a career as a flight attendant in 1991 at age 19 for a Turkish carrier, eventually moving to the United States and taking a position with Delta Airlines in 1999. The flexibility with her schedule working for the airline makes it possible for her to run Angels Bark Dog Rescue with a wonderful group of volunteers. Most importantly, her passion and love for helping dogs has never ended, it has only become stronger.