Extended Family Executive Officers
Mark Carmer, Founder / President
Mr. Carmer was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and continues to reside there. He is the proud father of an 13-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy. His wonderful wife, Lisa, was an elementary school teacher with LA Unified School District as well as Heschel West Day School in Agoura and a graduate of the USC School of Education. Mr. Carmer earned a B.S. degree in Public Administration from USC in 1992, but chose to enter the private sector and become an entrepreneur. While at USC Mark was a member of AEPi Fraternity and received a national award for being the best Exchequer (treasurer) in the country. After graduating, he worked in management for several organizations and was the co-owner and Director of Mighty Net, Inc. While working there Mr. Carmer played an integral part in the formation and ongoing operations of various businesses including a direct mail program generating SBA loan leads for banks and several e-commerce websites, including CreditReport.com. Mark is currently the co-owner of Tinyinkling.com, LLC a small internet based business which develops, owns and operates various websites including ActingResume.com and MatsMatsMats.com. He has been fortunate with his business career and has continually donated his time and money to a host of worthwhile charitable organizations over the years. Mark continues to support many great causes, but he wanted to do something more to give back, so he founded Extended Family to "reward" hard working single parent families.
Bret Carmer, Chief Financial Officer
Bret Carmer is the twin brother of Mark Carmer Founder and President of Extended Family. He received his Bachelor Degree in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University and his teaching credential from the University of La Verne. He lives in Newbury Park with his beautiful wife Michelle, his wonderful stepson Max, and their daughter Kimiko. Mr. Carmer is co-owner of Jo-Sha Wipes, a company that sells essential oil infused cleansing wipes. He worked for many years as an operations manager for several large companies before electing to pursue a Real Estate career and become a loan officer. Bret also worked as a middle school teacher. He taught Honors Algebra & Science in addition to an elective he designed and implemented to teach middle school children the “Reality” of life, such as buying a home, a car, understanding banking, finance and the importance of setting goals. Mr. Carmer is extremely committed and passionate about working with children, has a strong understanding of finance, and has a great desire to promote education.
Michael Feenberg, Secretary
Michael W. Feenberg was born and raised in Northridge. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and in 1996 he graduated with honors from Southwestern University School of Law. He is married to his college sweetheart, Susan, and they have three wonderful children (Amanda, Jordyn and Josh). He has been a member of Nemecek & Cole Attorneys At Law since 1998. Michael's practice covers a wide spectrum of litigation services. Michael has represented Southern California's most prominent lawyers and law firms in legal malpractice, malicious prosecution and fee dispute actions. His clients also include both large and small real estate companies and individuals, members of the entertainment and sports industry, including music, film, television, print, theater, internet and video distribution, former members of the National Basketball Association and professional baseball. Mr. Feenberg has tried a number of bench and jury trials. Michael has been admitted to the California State Bar, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court of California, and the United States Supreme Court. For her bat mitzvah mitzvah project, Michael's eldest daughter, Amanda, hosted a successful fundraiser to raise awareness and money for Extended Family.
Nina Kessler, V.P. Marketing
Nina Kessler “Mom” to her six children and Nana to 13 grand children has had plenty of time to practice and perfect her mothering techniques over the years. If asked “what do you do” she would reply “I am a mom” spoken with the same dignity and honor typically reserved for the CEO of a major corporation. When Nina’s youngest started school she had time, actual time to devote to something she had always dreamed of… She became a volunteer at Child Guidance Clinic, working with children. Following the untimely death of her husband, Nina found it necessary to find work outside of her home. When she discovered Child Help USA, a charitable organization focusing on the prevention and treatment of child abuse, it was a perfect match. Her position with Child Help required her to combine two of her strengths: children, specifically children in need, and writing. While employed at Child Help Nina was responsible for writing and assembling the charities promotional materials and brochures. Later, Mrs. Kessler discovered Our House Grief Support Center. During her six years volunteering with Our House Nina acted as a Group Leader working with young children who had suffered the unthinkable tragedy of having a parent die. This position allowed Nina to interact with numerous single parents on a repeated basis. It brought her new understanding of the difficulties and hurdles facing single moms and dads as they attempt to do it all, often all on their own.
Founder / President
Chief Financial Officer
Former Special Needs Teacher
Former School Teacher
Michelle Ota Carmer
City National Bank
Proctor & Gamble
Disney ABC Television Group
Studio T! Design
UBS Financial Services Inc.
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