New Hope Board of Directors

JMwebJohn Matlock, President

John Matlock has served on the New Hope Board of Directors since (whatever year Keith convinced me to join). John is a partner at the internet software development firm of AeonTG and brings over twenty years of business and technical experience to New Hope. John resides with his wife and two children in Long Beach where he was born and raised. He is a graduate of Long Beach State with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. John is currently President of the Board–a post he has held since 2010.



Dr. Keith M. Douds, Vice President

Dr. Keith M. Douds, the Director of Alliance Psychology Group, is a licensed Psychologist, holding M.A. and Psy.D. degrees from Biola University, and a B.A. from Harvard University in Psychology & Social Relations. He interned at the University Counseling Center at California State University, Long Beach, and remains active in the Long Beach Community. Dr. Douds specializes in treating a range of compulsive-addictive behaviors, and works primarily with adults in individual, couples and group modalities. He also consults with family owned and operated business enterprises with a long standing interest in Grief & Bereavement Counseling, Dr. Douds met J. William Worden, Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School in 1983. Dr. Worden, one of the foremost researchers in the study of Death & Dying, was a major influence in directing post-graduate studies towards The Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University.  Subsequently, it was Keith’s pleasure and privilege to have met Susan Beeney, whom he took a shine to immediately. Undoubtedly, Sue Beeney’s heart full of compassion remains a major draw towards ongoing involvement with the New Hope Grief Support Community.


RFwebRichard Feinberg, Secretary

I am currently the National Director of Real Estate for UFC Franchise Corporation. My involvement with New Hope dates back over 10 years when I joined the board. After practicing law and owning my own business, I took over the responsibility for the day-to day running of a nonprofit and teaching at a local Community College. My wide variety of skills were recruited for the board and applied to the writing of the Bylaws and Board Development, two areas where I continue to focus.  After various Board positions, I served 2 years as President of the Board and currently serve on the Board as immediate Past President.  My commitment to New Hope stems from a personal loss 20 years ago and the fact that an organization like New Hope did not exist when it was needed.


TBwebTodd Buchner, Treasurer

I have worked in the wealth management and financial services industry since 1992, and I am currently a partner of The Schulten Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 1988. Originally from Connecticut, I relocated to Long Beach in the early 90’s to escape the harsh winters. In addition to helping my clients pursue and maintain their financial independence, I enjoy a passion for the arts, traveling, and kayaking. I met Sue Beeney at a fundraiser for New Hope in 2012. The last thing I remember I had a hook in my mouth and she was reeling me in to the New Hope family.


JBwebJonathan Blitzer, M.D.

I was born in New York City and educated at Brown University. I received my Medical Degree at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. I moved to Long Beach in 1986 where I have worked as an Oncologist for 25 years. I met Susan Beeney, the Executive Director of New Hope at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital many years ago when she was still a Hospice Nurse and New Hope was still in the developmental stages. I reconnected with Sue a number of years later through Hope for Long Beach, a ministry at our church. I am happily married to Carole Warde, MD and we have two children, Rachel and Jacob and we live in Long Beach.


SCwebStephen Cockriel

I am an attorney whose practice emphasizes estate planning and estate administration.  I was born and raised in Long Beach where I continue to reside.  I graduated from the University of Southern California and Loyola University School of Law, and have practiced in Long Beach since 1975.  I became involved with New Hope when my wife and I lost a child and I witnessed firsthand the magic that New Hope can work.



DTwebDesiree Thomas

I am the Trauma Program Director at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. I attended Biola University and received my MSN in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary’s College California. My two younger siblings and I experienced New Hope Family Camp after our mother passed away in February 2014. After camp I continued to involved with New Hope as a volunteer, and joined the Board of Directors in March.



New Hope BoardMichael Bustos, J.D.

I was born in Pasadena and spent most of my life playing soccer throughout SoCal. I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and my JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. After passing the bar in 2012, I started practicing law in Los Angeles for a couple of years. Currently, I work in the insurance and financial services industry with New York Life serving the Greater Los Angeles area. While working in Long Beach, I met David Leonard and he informed me that New Hope recently received a grant from the New York Life Foundation. From this moment on, I have become more and more involved with New Hope and have enjoyed every minute of it.