Asheville Global Services Group

Strategic Partner.  The Asheville Global Services Group (AGSG), Inc., a national, minority, female controlled corporation, expert in disaster preparedness, response, relief, and recovery.

Berry III, William M.

Member, Board of Directors.  Experienced educator, athletic coach and mentor/role model to many inner city youth. Air Force Academy graduate and trained military pilot.

Clegg II, Leland

Member, Board of Directors.  Retired city attorney for Compton, now in private practice has been a noted authority in the fields of African and American history and culture for well over 35 years. After attending Compton Community College, UCLA and then Law School at Howard University, Clegg began working as a private sector attorney at the firm of Edelen, Meshack, Clegg and Calhoun in 1974. In addition, he served as co-counsel to the Compton Unified School District from 1976 to 1977. He was appointed to the position of Deputy City Attorney for the City of Compton in 1977 and served as Chief Deputy City Attorney from 1981 through 1993, when he was appointed City Attorney. Clegg was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Wesley Sanderson Jr., who won the election in April 1993 and died the next month. He would go on to win on his own several years later and would spend 15 years in the position before retiring.

Davis II, James R.

Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, Board Member.  A “life-long community planner” is a good term to describe James. Born, raised and educated in several cities within Los Angeles County, he has studied the interrelationship between neighborhood development and community safety. During his freshman year at University of Washington he decided that Participatory Planning and Urban Development would be his lifetime path, and he has consistently continued, stopping to help others during his travel. After graduate school, James worked both in the public and private sectors and served as a Planning Commissioner for 11 years. Starting his own business, he focused on designing models to training small business how to successfully contract with local government. These experiences, lead to his founding the National Institute of Community Enlightenment organization. His civic activities have included Community Based Learning Collaborative, University of Southern California Steering Committee Member, LA Public Works Integrated Waste Water Management Plan, Steering Committee Member, Alameda Corridor, Transportation Steering Committee Member, Unity and Diversity General Assembly, and Education Committee Member.

Ebbert , Col. Terry J.

Trusted Advisor.  Col. Terry J. Ebbert is the Principal of Ebbert & Associates.  Served as the Director of Homeland Security for the City of New Orleans until July 2008.  Responsible for coordinating and leading all local, state and federal response efforts during Katrina, the greatest natural disaster in American history.  Forty years’ experience in top level executive management decision making involving major international responsibilities, security management, human resources management and senior executive staff organization.  Worked with communities in Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Diego Garcia, Guam, Hawaii, and Alaska to accomplish mutual goals.  Extensive experience in personnel, law enforcement, infrastructure protection, homeland security, financial and facilities management.  Proven record of adaptability while interfacing with people at all organizational levels.  Accustomed to positions of responsibility and stress.  A manager who has spent three decades teaching leadership, ethics, and responsibility.

Graham, Professor Sarah

Strategic Partner: University of Southern California (USC): Annenberg School of Communication.  Provided a curriculum for her Graduate Architecture class that is based on researching new green technology designs for the Compton Armory Project.

Hahn, Janice

Community Supporter: City of Los Angeles City Councilwoman, 15th District.  Supports establishment of comprehensive support services for disabled veterans as part of Compton Armory Project.

Lewis, LaVonna Blair

Member, Board of Directors.  LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D., MPH, is a Teaching Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.  Dr. Lewis’ areas of research consistently focus on cultural competency and the health status and health care needs of underrepresented groups. She is currently involved in addressing racial disparities cardiovascular disease and diabetes through the Community Health Councils, Inc., African American Building a Legacy of Health Project. The project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a community based project that explores individual, organizational, and community support for (and barriers to) healthy living.  Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and other health management and policy journals. Moreover, all of the work to date has employed a community based participatory research framework that partners with the relevant stakeholder groups in developing the research questions.  She is member of the Board of Directors for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration; and the Standards Council for the Commission on Accreditation in Health Management Education. She is also a member of several associations including the American College of Healthcare Executives and Community Campus Partnerships for Health.

McDonald, Clarence

Treasurer, Board of Directors.  Clarence "Mac" McDonald is a Los Angeles based pianist, composer, arranger, producer and Vietnam veteran. McDonald is known for his musical diversity, enduring melodies and signature groove. His most famous composition is Silly sung by Deniece Williams in 1981 and Taral Hicks in 1997. In 2010 the song instrumental intro and bridge were sampled in Monica's seven weeklong Billboard #1 RB Grammy nominated song "Everything To Me". He has worked with a long list of entertainment icons including Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Carole King, Taral Hicks, Freddy Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, Boz Scaggs, Seals & Crofts, Bill Withers, and The Jackson 5. Clarence McDonald’s artistry has graced us with some of the most memorable songs of our time.

Monat, Ron

Strategic Partner.  As Director Renewable Energy Group for CBRE, Mr. Monat assists developers, technology companies and landowners to site, fund and joint-venture for the development of power plants. A wide array of technologies is supported including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal. Mr. Monat participates in numerous business development and legislative venues to promote the growth of the renewable energy industry. As well, the CBRE Renewable Energy Group helps address a major industry hurdle by offering debt and lease financing solutions for start-up and established energy companies throughout the U.S. and in selected international markets.

Moody, Dr. Michael

Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Michael Moody trained as a cultural sociologist and has been actively working to understand and improve philanthropy and nonprofit organizations for 20 years. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University, Dr. Moody was one of the first employees of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University where he helped develop the Jane Addams Fellows program. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in sociology from Princeton University, with a research focus on philanthropic giving and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Moody was a university professor for nine years, first at Boston University and then the University of Southern California, where he was a faculty fellow at the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy. From 2008-2010 he was President of Moody Philanthropic Consulting, LLC, based in Richmond, VA, providing research and writing, project development, advising, and related services. As the Frey Chair at the Johnson Center, Dr. Moody works with a network of national advisors and partners to pursue a comprehensive program of applied research, teaching, professional development, and public service, all designed to advance and promote the field of family philanthropy in the United States.

Peoples, Nikki-Nicole

Member, Board of Directors.  Attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with a B.S. in English. Upon receiving her commission as an Ensign, she reported to Newport, RI training to become a Surface Warfare Officer.   Nikki served in a multitude of different billets with several commands including everything from being a Weapons Officer, Operation Officer, Maritime Exercise and Operations Planning Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Force Protection/Security Officer, a Joint logistic Planning Officer and a U.S. Naval Academy Candidate Guidance Officer.Holds a Master of Science Degree in Global Leadership from University of San Diego, a Master of Science Degree in Acupuncture from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture (Gainesville, FL).  She is a member of the U.S. Australian Rules Football Women’s National Team, where she has represented the U.S. in Canada and Australia.

Plehal, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral James

Trusted Advisor.  U.S. Navy Rear Admiral James Plehal is the deputy director of the Information Analysis & Infrastructure Protection (IAIP), which is one of five divisions, or "directorates," of the Department of Homeland Security.  Rear Admiral Plehal currently serves as a business liaison in the Office of the Private Sector in the Department of Homeland Security. He had been recalled to active duty in January 2001 as Deputy Director of the National Infrastructure Protection Center, became Acting Director in December 2002, and led the Center into the new Department of Homeland Security in March 2003. Immediately prior to his retirement from the Navy in July 2003, he served as the Director, Information and Warning Division, Information Analysis/Infrastructure Protection Directorate in the Department. A native of Austin, Minnesota, Rear Admiral Plehal attended the University of Utah as a midshipman in the regular NROTC Program, graduating in June 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science and a Certificate in International Relations. In his civilian career, Rear Admiral Plehal was an Assistant Vice President and Financial Consultant with Merrill Lynch in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a member of the Red Wing Charter Commission and has served on the city council, the City Planning Commission, the District Legal Ethics Committee, and the board of a mental health service provider in his home state of Minnesota.

Ruffin, Carolyn

Trusted Advisor. Carolyn Ruffin is the President and Founder of Pennacle Foundation, Inc.  The vision of the organization is to ensure all young people are given the maximum opportunity to succeed in life regardless of the adversities that have dominated their early lives.  The aim to achieve of the following program goals: (1) Improve the overall well-being of Young people whose life experiences heretofore have been disrupted by crime, violence, neglect, or abandonment and who, as a result, have either turned to gangs, crime, drugs, or a combination thereof or have become withdrawn, anti-social, or socially inept; and (2) Reverse the adverse trends that have become a part of each child’s life and equip them with a new reality.

Swain, Glen and Sandra

Trusted Advisor.  Mr. Glenn Swain, Senior Master Sergeant was a member of the subject California Air National Guard in Compton for twenty-eight years.  Mrs. Sandra Swain, Sergeant was a member of the Army Reserves three years and a First Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol. Mr. and Mrs. Swain are the founders and Executives of Concerned Citizens for Community Improvement is a human service non-profit organization that was founded in 1983. The purpose of the organization is to provide advocacy, guidance, counseling, and auxiliary services to the indigent, destitute, needy and disenfranchised individual of our society. The organization is to provide food, shelter temporary/permanent housing to homeless individuals, youth, adults, and families.

Welch, Janet

Secretary, Board of Directors.  Past Director of Workforce Development at West Angelus CDC and other mega, Faith-based Community Development Corporations in the Los Angeles area where she provided leadership and direction in a skills training and job placement program for individuals who were skills challenged, lacking education, and with a history in the criminal justice system. Administered grants of $1.5 million using workforce development funding from the State of California. Determined core needs of clients and established a network of providers. Designed and implemented training modules and timelines for accomplishing program goals. Developed internal policies and procedures in compliance with federal and state Welfare to Work and Workforce Investment Act guidelines. Planned and facilitated meetings with community-based organizations, various municipalities, and schools to market program. Coordinated and collaborated with programs in leveraging resources providing clients with greater opportunities for training and employment. Collaborated with employers in establishing guidelines and procedures for job placement. Directed and trained staff in providing a high level of service to effectively manage clients, resulting in over 250 individuals receiving training and/or job placement. Coached and performed evaluations of staff. Responsible for providing fiscal oversight of grant to include monthly and quarterly reports to State of California. Audited all case files for completion and accuracy. Conducted "how to" workshops on networking and collaborating at conferences. Negotiated and reviewed requests of vendor contracts.

Woodring CPA, William

Member, Board of Directors.  Owner at William E. Woodring, CPA, providing Business Coaching, Management Advisory, and Change Management Services. Auditing financial and program compliance for HUD since 2008. He has used the above skills the working with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist their Grantees to become more effective and compliant. Recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in finance, policies, procedures, Indirect Cost Allocations, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, HOME certified regulations, One CPD, monitoring, compliance, and Con Plans. Provided operation and program manuals for Grantees. Trained and Instructed classes on Indirect Cost Allocations for HUD reimbursements. Assisted Grantees and subrecipients with needs assessment, program design, program implementation, financial systems, program evaluation, process changes, staff development, form design and spreadsheet development, policies and procedures,  II flow charts, and environmental reviews, program income, regulations, NSP Program Design and Process Tracking tools. Conducted two (2) NSP webinars related to Procurement, Accounting, Record-keeping, and Retention.