LaDawn Best

President and Board Chairperson

LaDawn Best is the Program Director at Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles. PHE is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Prior to her […]

Justin Potier

Board Vice Chair

Justin has had a very diversified career in the real estate industry. In 1994 he began his career in title insurance assisting agents in increasing their business by selling residential and multi-family properties for the best possible price in the shortest amount of time. Licensed in 2003 Justin continued his expertise in marketing and selling […]

Ron Nelson


Ronald C. Nelson was appointed Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art in February 2007, where he oversees an annual budget of $3.5 million. His position is responsible for day to day operations as well as the long term planning, financial direction, and artistic programming of the Museum. With experience as both a […]

Stella Ursua


Stella Ursua serves as President of Green Education, Inc. and at Stellar Organizational Development, LLC. Stella has approximately 20+ years of successful experience in Leadership & Employee Development, Instructional Design, Human Resources and Workforce Development. Stella led the national training function for several Fortune 500 companies, designing and launching business process improvement projects, leadership and […]

Justin Boettcher

Board Member

A long-time resident of Long Beach, Justin Boettcher is venturing into his first non-profit role and is excited to be involved with his local community. Justin studied Marketing at California State University of Fullerton. Over the past 10 years, he’s worked for L’Oreal, Beazer Homes, Hot Topic, and currently Urban Decay as the Director of […]

Mario Gonzalez

Board Member

Mario is the Manager of Community Relations at the Port of Long Beach, a premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. Mario is the Port’s primary community liaison and manages a team of community outreach professionals, interns and contractors who share the Port’s messages about […]

Otis Hogan

Board Member

Photo and Bio coming soon.

Jay Hong

Board Member

Jay has recently completed a career with a Fortune 10 company where he managed several global businesses.  His background, including a BS and MBA in Finance and Economics from USC, along with his business experience working with cultures from around the world, give him a unique perspective on finding solutions through compromise and understanding. Jay […]

Carrie Rickard, MD.

Mental Health Advisory Committee Chair

Dr. Rickard operates a private practice were she sees patients for female reproductive healthcare and wellness screenings.  In addition, she participates in peer review, quality of care, and best practices at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. She is especially proud of the work and leadership role she undertook to re-start The Center’s current mental health counseling […]

Gina Smith

Board Member

Gina Smith is a retired real estate agent who was a Project Sales Manager for over 32 years with S & S Construction, a division of Shapell Industries.  In that capacity she oversaw the design, construction, and sales of numerous local developments in the Long Beach, Orange County and Palos Verdes areas.  In the Long […]

Ron Sylvester

Chairman Emeritus

Ron is the owner of RS/tv, Inc. and serves his client base with broadcast publicity campaigns as well as sales video, web videos, commercials, and overall video production services. The core of Ron’s business is entertainment publicity for the major Hollywood studios. Ron has also held senior level positions with several leading public relations agencies […]

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