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Our Board

Finding Inspiration Is a Collaborative Effort

We are honored to have a Board of Directors that are dedicated to our mission and our vision.

In collaboration with our Founders and Clinical Team, this board has shaped progress into this sixth year of operations. 


Sylvia Oladokun

Residential Program Development and Compliance Consultant and Board President since 2016 

A residential program expert, Ms. Sylvia has been a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) since 1999, and has managed interdisciplinary teams in the coordination and operation of designated programming and services for persons with developmental disabilities residing in residential facilities. Sylvia's business knowledge and leadership skills have contributed to operational success for dozens of residential facility owners, for whom she serves as an expert adviser. Sylvia earned a BA degree in Sociology from California State University Dominguez Hills. Her civic motivations include access to holistic healthcare and culturally competent mental health care. Sylvia has served on several advisory committees for organizations related to these priorities and missions.


Christa Paul

Principal, Orange County Department of Education and Board Member since 2016

A Special Education professional for more than twenty years, Christa has dedicated her professional focus to improving the lives of students diagnosed with Autism, emotional disturbance disability, and intellectual disability. Christa's passion and advocacy for mental health access stem from her observation of the many challenges faced by her students and their families. Christa is currently a Principle for the Orange County Department of Education and her community service includes participation in several advisory boards and council meetings. Her administrative experience includes policy development and oversight. Christa earned a Master of Science in Special Education degree from California State University Long Beach. She also holds an Administrative Credential from Chapman University.

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Saraina Thrasher

HealthCare IT professional and Board Member since 2022

Saraina is a HealthCare IT professional for more than 20 years, with a consistent focus on improved patient care, quality, and outcomes. She empowers clinical providers with expert EMR guidance and training. She also guides personality instruments as they relate to improving business collaboration. Saraina is currently an IT professional at Keck Medicine of USC, LA with oversight of AI Video production, Training Program Development, systems Curricula Development, and hospital-wide training. Saraina has been consistently connected to EPIC & Cerner Software Certifications since 2011, holds several ATD certifications, earned her BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Accountant Records

Abrams, Foster, Nole

& Williams PA

Certified Public Accountant firm for this organization since 2020

This minority-owned certified public accounting firm, founded in 1983, provides growth and development support for African Americans including audit, accounting, tax and business advisory services.

From 2017-20 this organization was supported by Clem Payne Jr, Certified Public Accountant.  Mr. Payne retired in 2021 after several decades in service to tax accounting and audit accounting to nonprofit clients.


Chela-Rene Spaargaren

RN Clinical Care Residental Compliance Consultant and Board Member since 2016

Chela-Rene was committed to the field of oncology research for 20 years and a part of UCLA’s research efforts for 16 years. She is a talented administrator with abundant experience at developing policies, processes, and procedures. As a Compliance Consultant, she specializes in regulatory compliance and collaborates with care facilities to direct practices that exceed the expectations of regulatory agencies. Chela-Rene participated in Médicos, Enfermeros, y Dentistas Para El Pueblo (MEDPEP), a medical preparation and education program designed to support low-income Latino students in their pursuit of medical professions. Chela-Rene earned an ADN degree from Mount Saint Mary University and a BA/BSci from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Dedrian Small-Hays

Founder of Platinum Scholars College Prep and Board Member since 2017

Dedrian is a community activist deeply committed to academic success for students from marginalized communities who has personally mentored more than 500 undergraduates. She has been connected to The Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) since 2005 and in 2010 she became a consultant for College Preparation Services. Today, Dedrian's own nonprofit organization Platinum Scholars College Prep builds upon her knowledge of academic nourishments and her passion to extend tutoring support into communities that deserve fortification and confidence in their path toward academic success. Dedrian's experience includes capacity building and budget oversight. Dedrian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from California State University Northridge.


Bernard Rogers

Human Resources Executive and Board Member since 2022

Responsible for leadership development and training oversight for more than 30 years, Bernard is motivated to impact minds and hearts. Newly retired, Benard holds Deacon responsibility for his church and maintains relationships within Johnson County NAACP where he holds Chair of Religious Affairs. Bernard has lifelong civic investments, grounded in the belief that any company is a microcosm of society. His investment in mental health community resourcing began early in his career, and in his parenting chapter, he became a Special Olympics advocate and coach, honored by the State Attorney General for exceptional civic investments. Bernard earned a Bachelor's degree in Business, with an emphasis on Economics,  from Western Illinois University.

Accounting Documents

Monique Jones

Certified Bookkeeper for this organization since 2019

Ms Jones is a valued Bookkeeping Consultant for this organization and a valued ally to fiscal stewards and nonprofit administrators. 

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