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Board of Directors

Char Wilson

Char Wilson is an English teacher at Northview Intermediate School in Duarte, California. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Mississippi Valley State University and earned her first M.Ed. from Delta State University while teaching in a critical teacher shortage area as a member in the Mississippi Teacher’s Fellowship program. After completing her three-year commitment in Mississippi, Miss Wilson decided it was time to return home to California, where she was offered employment at Duarte Unified School District. As the district offered opportunities for growth and leadership, Char was often selected to be on teams and task forces that created, developed and researched curriculum, best instruction practices/strategies, technology, collaboration, creativity and innovation for Duarte students. This passion for leadership led her to continue her education receiving a second M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Irvine with an administrative credential. In her 15 years of teaching, Char has been awarded teacher of the year awards in both Mississippi and California and a PTA Golden Apple for Outstanding Educator award. In addition to teaching, Miss Wilson is very active in her church working with the youth, singing in the choir, and participating in the women’s ministry. She currently resides in Monrovia with her cat Honda. You can contact her at cdwilson75@msn.com.

Angelina Looney-Gray

Angelina Looney-Gray has a 16 year career with the State of California, Board of Equalization. Alongside her career, Angelina is a devoted mother of 6 children. Of these 6 children, 2 are foster children, 2 are adopted kids and 2 are her biological kids. Angelina’s strong passion for helping children has driven her to become a foster parent, which she has been for over 15 years. She was compelled by the ongoing need to give back to community. This type of yearning has led Angelina to start her own non-profit organization, Help Mates for Hope. Established in 2011, Help Mates for Hope helps fill the gaps for foster children, providing services that foster care agencies rarely addresses. These services include, but are not limited to, money for extracurricular activities and summer camps, professional educational support services, providing resources to fully participate in daily social activities, clothing and supplies to help the children who are in school. Angelina’s success is all due to her strong faith in God. She is a proud member of Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California, where she volunteers her time in contributing activities for Sunday school children. Angelina’s accomplishments caught the attention of Home Made Simple, which is on Oprah’s network, OWN, which awarded Angelina a room makeover for Help Mates for Hope in November 2014. Angelina is a compassionate, selfless person whose work is very admirable and influential. Please reach out to her at Angelinalooneygray@gmail.com.

Dianna L. Small

Dianna L. Small is currently an Aviation Security Policy Strategic Planner with over twenty years of progressive civil servant and leadership experience in aviation communications; aviation security operations and investigations; tactical/strategic planning; national airspace security; policy coordination; and incident management. Dianna has a demonstrated track record in managing diverse teams that produce results as well as developing inter-agency and cross-departmental alliances. Dianna has a proven ability to adapt to different cultural environments such as military and law enforcement while maintaining excellent performance. Dianna holds a Bachelor degree in Aviation Administration from Lewis University, and a Master’s Degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the Department of Defense, Joint Forces Staff College. She is married to a supportive and wonderful husband Robert Small who is an amazing cook. They own an Ice cream truck – Kool Kids Ice cream and a catering business - Trinidad & Tobago, Somerville & Small Selections where they feature both West Indian and American cuisine. Dianna is also a Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, and is dedicated to motivating, mentoring, and empowering women. Dianna is an Evangelist at Victory Deliverance Temple, Ft. Washington, Md, and the church secretary as well as the personal secretary of Chief Apostle, Dr. Thomas E. Small. She is also a member of the Praise & Worship Team, and VDT Mass Choir.
HER FAVORITE SCRIPTURE IS
“AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD TO THOSE WHO LOVE THE LORD, TO THOSE WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE – Romans 8:28.

Gina L. Woullard

Director Production Excellence Global Quality & Analytics
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Gina Woullard is currently Director of Production Excellence within Global Quality and Analytics at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Sector. Her responsibilities consist of providing technical leadership for product quality operations including people, processes, and tools for military aircraft systems, unmanned systems, and space systems at multiple sites (El Segundo, California, Moss Point, North Dakota, Manhattan and Redondo Beach, California). Her career in aerospace began 26 years ago at McDonnell Douglas as a structures mechanic and has steadily progressed in roles of increasing responsibility.

Gina’s career achievements include spearheading major projects and assignments, breaking barriers, and making professional gains in fields many women of color have not occupied. She has transformed several organizations by focusing on continuous improvement, collaboration and teamwork, and employee engagement. Her accomplishments have been recognized by various organizations including California’s Council for Excellence as a CAPE award winner in 2002; the Boeing Company’s Amelia Earhart Society as the recipient of the Barbara Clark Pioneer Award in 2003, which recognizes seasoned, innovative leaders, creating a social and economic impact in their field; and Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Systems President’s Award for Operational Excellence (F/A-18 Production Performance) in 2008.

Besides leading several organizations, Gina also participates in professional development, community involvement, and outreach activities. Her ongoing support and determination has helped to build confidence in other women and children who desire to become leaders.

Driven by her own upbringing, Gina currently serves on the Board of Directors for 10 G.I.R.L.S. (Growing in Recognition and Living Strong). This nonprofit organization promotes the advancement of education and health by instituting a Curriculum of Care, which develops a familial community and shows authentic concern for the whole student: scholarship; achievement; nutrition; and exercise. She is also on the Board of Directors for Help Mates for Hope (HMFH), another nonprofit organization committed to filling the gaps in a foster child’s life.

This organization offers seven core programs: tutoring, college and career planning, experiential learning, clothing depot, mentoring, "Little Wishes," and HMFH Summer Camp. As a member of several organizations; Boeing’s Amelia Earhart Society, NGC’s Management Club and the African American Task Group, and as Fullerton Pop Warner’s Cheer Director, Gina has been recognized for supporting learning, developmental, and mentoring opportunities for both working professionals and the youth within her community.

Susie Alvarez

Susie Alvarez has a 30 year career with the State of California, Board of Equalization located in Culver City, Calif. On July 4, 1992 she was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension in Los Angeles. In March 1996, she was placed on the only FDA approved therapy available to patients at that time, and remained on this therapy for 11 1/2 years. With continued improvement, she transitioned to oral therapies in 2007. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Help Mates for Hope and is the co-leader for the PH Support Group of Greater Los Angeles.

Tyler Noelle Lee

Tyler Noelle Lee is a junior at Hampton University majoring in   Political  Science. Her ultimate goal is to become a lawyer and to  serve others. Early on, Tyler was groomed to believe whatever she did should be done for the greater good. At a young age, Tyler’s interests were politics and helping people, children in particular. Her interest in politics began in grammar school when she was class president, and carried on into High School where she excelled in her Advance Placement government class. Tyler’s passion for helping children stemmed from her mother being a foster parent for the majority of her life. At the age of eight, Tyler’s life dramatically changed, when her mother became a foster parent. Tyler was skeptical in the beginning, especially being an only child. However, over the years, Tyler observed dozens of children transform under her mother’s care. Moreover, she learned that her mother took on this responsibility with pride because she loved helping children. This inspired Tyler to take on the role of big sister and even mentor to those who were slightly younger than her. She had a new found respect for her mother and wanted to follow in her footsteps. Tyler is now the youngest Board Member in Helpmates for Hope, a non-profit organization committed to filling the gaps in a foster child’s life. She also volunteers as the Event Coordinator and organizes fun activities and events such as clothing drives and backpack giveaways to assist children with basic necessities. Tyler's dedication to helping foster children and roles at Hampton as mentor, peer counselor, and dance team member has proven her to be a valuable asset to this growing foundation.
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