AboutThe Robert Nelson Foundation
In Memory of
“Integrity, Excellence, Kindness”
Principles that Mr. Nelson lived by and the legacy of his life that will be continued by the mission of the foundation to fund projects that reflect the core values that shaped his life.
What Drives Us
The Robert Nelson Foundation is committed to enhancing communities by funding projects that promote service, innovation, and excellence. “To Give and to Grow” is based on the principle of investing in great ideas that will help others reach their full potential.
Who We Are
Bryant spent 33 years working in the public schools in Michigan in the field of special education and currently serves as an advocate for the disabled population in West Michigan. Bryant specialized in creating community partnerships in his role with the schools. Bryant hopes to continue to honor the legacy of Robert Nelson by looking for creative ways within communities to promote innovation, excellence, and compassion. Bryant received his B.A. from Hope College in 1984 and his M.A. from Western Michigan University in 1992.
Vice President- Director of Community Outreach-Los Angeles
Sarah Talei is an attorney who practices in the area of probate litigation and trust administration, conservatorships and estate planning. Sarah graduated from University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing and received her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School, where she specialized in children’s rights. Before joining Oldman, Cooley, Sallus, Birnberg, Coleman, & Gold, LLP in 2006, Sarah was an extern at the Children’s Law Center and worked at the Probate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court where she was supervised by the probate attorneys and judges and gained experience in probate litigation.
Jeffrey is a Private Professional Fiduciary. Graduated from University of Maryland December 1979. Served in the United States Marine Corps active duty July 1982 until April 1987 then stayed in the Reserves until 1994. Have been working as a Fiduciary from April 1987 until the present. Handle multimillion estates, trusts & conservatorships. Do pro bono work for various institutions helping with Med-I-Cal cases for indigent clients. Licensed & Bonded with the state of California on over 100 cases for the Los Angeles Superior court.
Anne Harrison Hayes
Anne has been a California Certified Public Accountant since 1999. Her practice focuses primarily on fiduciary clients, closely held businesses, estate planning, forensic accounting and difficult cases. In addition to the Robert Nelson Foundation, her philanthropic work includes serving on boards of animal rescues, a youth sports league, and community based nonprofits. She received her B.S. and MBT from the University of Southern California in 1994 and 1995, respectively.
Ralph V. Palmieri
Senior Legal Counsel
Ralph is a probate attorney who has been licensed to practice law in California since 1981.
His practice consists primarily of estate and trust work and, in that capacity, Mr. Palmieri has represented fiduciaries and/or has been appointed counsel by the Los Angeles Superior Court in well over 800 probate, conservatorship and trust matters. He holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and earned his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center.
Anil B. Chachra
Financial Advisor to the Robert Nelson Foundation
Senior Portfolio Manager
Associate Vice President
Los Angeles, CA