Building Adolescents To Successful Empowerment

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Shana Wilcher – Board Chair

Florida A&M University
Howard University School of Law

Shana Wilcher is a proud graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she earned her B.S. in accounting. Ms. Wilcher received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2007 and currently leads the Tax Remediation Division at Mason and Mickens Financial Solutions, Inc. Her practice focuses on tax law as well as some employment and contract related matters. While in law school, Ms. Wilcher pursued her interest in litigation as a member of the Howard University School of Law Criminal Justice Clinic. As a student attorney she represented respondents on criminal matters before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia as well as before the United States Parole Commission for parole revocation hearings. An avid fundraiser Ms. Wilcher served as the Fundraising Chair and the Treasurer for the Class of 2007 and in undergrad she worked with the Economic Development committee for the schools chapter of the NAACP. Shana’s passion for assisting other people lead her to volunteer at summer camps to work with military children abroad, to mentor high school students, to work in the Juvenile Division of the Public Defender’s Office immediately after law school, and to ultimately start her own business, SJW Initiatives, LLC, through which she assist people in achieving their dreams by providing small business consulting and legal services.

Larry Mondragon- Board Co-Chair

Larry is a partner at MFM Global Advisors, a Los Angeles-based consulting and services firm.  He also divides his time as a television and film producer and as the Chief Operating Officer of Red Eagle Games, a video game company that he co-founded.  Prior to this, Larry worked as a business consultant and spent 16 years working at IBM in a variety of business and legal positions.  Larry is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Marianne C. Sfreddo- Treasurer

Western Michigan University

Marianne is a solo practitioner specializing in individual and business tax, corporate finance in industry and public accounting. She has worked for public accounting firms in Los Angeles and the Michigan area, where she initially earned her certificate before moving to California. She received her education at Western Michigan University with a double major in business and history.
Marianne has been active as Treasurer of the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay and on the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Charity Golf Tournament Committee. Marianne is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of CPA’s and Michigan Association of CPA’s.

Jenifer G. Gibbs – Secretary

California State University, Los Angeles
Extension, ABA Legal Assistant Certificate
Civil Litigation Certificate
California State University, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration
Major: Administrative Management

Senior Paralegal – Assist litigation attorneys with all aspects of discovery including computerized legal research, fact gathering and analysis, database management, document and discovery drafting, and court filings in state and federal courts. Assist with all phases of trial preparation including court hearing and trial attendance. Coordinate and assist with business and litigation paralegal training programs in multiple offices. Train and mentor junior paralegals, paralegal interns and document clerks. Supervise paralegals, paralegal interns, document clerks and clerical staff on case projects and trial teams. Assist with potential client presentations and request for proposal submissions.

Keith J. Gibbs – Executive Director

University of Phoenix

Keith Gibbs enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1978. Gibbs’ first tour of duty was Okinawa, Japan. Upon leaving Okinawa he toured many locations around the globe. In the early 80’s Gibbs requested to become a Drill Instructor. Training 90 men on a quarterly basis and being responsible for their total being was a tremendous task to be accomplished. Gibbs also spent several years as a Marine Corps Recruiter. Enlisting men and women from all walks of life, and from different levels of education, he was the number one recruiter for Los Angeles County in 1987. Gibbs retired after 22 years in the military with an Honorable Discharge, and has worked with youths since 1978. Gibbs also graduated with a Baccalaureate Degree in “Computer Information Technology”. Gibbs went on to work for a number of top organizations including Lockheed Martin Information Technology Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Deloitte & Touche.

Phyllis Wilcher – Board Member

Cal State University Northridge, Pepperdine University

Supervising Children Social Worker, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Phyllis Wilcher is a Supervisor with the Youth Development Services Program (Independent Living Program). In this role, she is responsible for assessing foster youth’s employment, housing, medical and educational needs. She acts a guide to help prepare foster youth for adulthood and successful transition from foster care. Mrs. Wilcher brings 36 years of experience in working with at risk children and families. She worked as a Los Angeles Deputy Probation Officer for eight years and a Social Worker for twenty eight years. Passionate about community service and volunteerism, Wilcher is actively involved in Jack and Jill of America Inc., as an Associate member, where she has served as a Regional Officer. She serves on the board of Holy Helping Hands a local non-profit organization. She is also a mentor through the Bridges to the Future Mentoring Program. Involvement in these programs allows her to encourage and support children and needy families. She attended Cal State University Northridge where she completed her undergraduate studies in Urban Studies/ Sociology and Pepperdine University graduate school of Psychology.

Dr. Ginger Lai – Board Member

University of Southern California, Pepperdine University

Dr. Ginger Lai is the founder and president of Marketing Fundamental, a company devoted to the importation and exportation of the highest quality raw materials for use in skin care and nutritional products since 1997. In 2003 she launched the Gingi™ Cellular Revitalizing System to highlight the quality of her raw material products. In 2004, Dr. Lai formed Gingi™ Inc. for the express purpose of marketing the Gingi™ skincare system in North America. In a few short years, Gingi™ has become a darling of the skincare business and of show business as well, with Gingi™ products having been selected as official gifts for the Academy Awards®, Emmy® Awards, and Grammys® Awards.In 2008, Dr. Lai was named Enterprising Woman of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine and one of the Top Ten Chinese American Entrepreneurs by Vivid Magazine. In addition to managing Marketing Fundamental, Inc. and Gingi, Inc., Dr. Lai is also the founder and president of ABC Barter, an international multi-directional trading company based in Alhambra, CA with 45,000 affiliate members in the US and around the globe. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.

Daniel Barth – Board Member

University of Southern California

Daniel serves as a husband to Eugenia, the father of 5 children and as the General Manager of Super King Markets. He graduated from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, in 1986 with a certificate in Food Industry Management. Daniel has been privileged to hold a variety of leadership positions in the food industry over 30 years. He joined the board in 2009 and looks forward to prayerfully and enthusiastically supporting the continued growth of SCB’s inspired outreach to young people and their families.

Patricia Phillips, Esq. – Board Member

Loyola University School of Law, J.D.
University of California at Santa Barbara B.A.
Phillips Jessner LLP

Litigation – primarily in the area of family law including issues of child custody, identification, valuation and division of property, support issues and breach of fiduciary duties; Mediation – family law, employment issues and partnership dissolutions. Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California; Member – American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. California State Bar – formerly Vice-President, Chair-Commission on the Future of the Legal Profession and the State Bar; Los Angeles County Bar Association – formerly President, immediate past chair and founding member of the Senior Lawyers’ Division. Member – Boards of Directors – Maternal and Child Health Access and Children’s Law Center.

Kobie Conner, Esq. – Board Member

Howard University
Yale Law School

Where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics. While attending Howard, Kobie became one of the first interns for newly elected Congresswoman Maxine Waters in 1991. After Howard, he attended Yale Law School, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1996. After graduating from law school, Kobie clerked for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshal, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California. For the past ten years, Kobie has worked in the entertainment industry as an attorney and business affairs executive. He is currently the director of business affairs for the theatrical division at Twentieth Century Fox. Kobie is a life long resident of Los Angeles and a graduate of George Washington Preparatory High School.

Joe Haywood- Board Member

University of Southern California
He also has his series 6,7,24,53,63 and 65 and is currently a CFP Alumni.

Joe Haywood is the Managing and Founding partner of Haywood Associates, a comprehensive Financial Planning and Investment Advisory Firm. As the Chief Investment Manager of the firm, Joe Haywood has been successfully stewarding the assets of clients since 1983.Mr. Haywood has over $50 million under his management. As a registered principal he is responsible for overseeing 4 additional sales representatives and staff. His firm manages pension plans for municipalities, corporations and individuals. Haywood Associates also provides insurance and medical benefits for groups and individuals. With 25+ years in the business, Mr. Haywood is versed in all aspects of investment and insurance products and is very well respected in the industry. He is a well sought after speaker and has been quoted in numerous magazines and newspapers for his financial expertise. In addition, Mr. Haywood is a ordained minister. He has educated and spoken at many churches on Financial Wisdom.

David Tokofsky- Board Member

David Tokofsky served on the Los Angeles School District’s Board of Education from 1995-2007.  David graduated Cum Laude from the University of California Berkeley in 1983 with Honors in United States History and a double major in Spanish.  A public school student all his life, David taught high school Social Studies, Spanish, Math and English as a Second Language at John Marshall High School in the LAUSD for 12 years.  He taught Advanced Placement courses at Marshall High and consulted for the College Board Western Region  in American Government and Politics.  David also coached LAUSD’s first team to win the National Academic Decathlon. An award winning teacher with a Fulbright Hayes Fellowship, two Coe Fellowships in American History from Stanford University.   Among many honors, David was California’s Teacher of the Year in 1992.  David Tokofsky has also participated on National, State and Local Boards serving public school districts, non-profits and various commissions in education and youth/community arenas.  He currently is a strategist and consultant for Los Angeles’ school administrators association and other non-profits, schools (traditional and private/charters) as well as for profit companies.

Janet Jackson- Board Member

Juresha Maples- Board Member

Mary Mondragon- Board Member