Board of Directors

Founder 

Angelina Looney-Gray

Angelina Looney-Gray has a 18 year-long career with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. 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 18 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. 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. 


President

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. 


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.


Vice President

Char Wilson

Char Wilson is a determined, dedicated, and driven educator, championing for the district, the teachers,and most importantly– the students. She has a natural ability to work with people, taking on leadership roles that require organization, good communication skills, a high level of commitment, and a positive attitude. Miss Wilson is a fierce advocate for students, particularly understanding the importance and nuances of restorative justice practices. She has developed a caring rapport with students, families and staff alike. Char faces any challenge, prepared to rise to the occasion and is always inclusive in involving as many people as possible in seeking solutions, with encouragement and willingness to listen to many stakeholders. One of Miss Wilson’s greatest strengths is her reflective practices and being able to internalize issues and re-approach with a focus on inclusiveness and fairness. 

 

Char Wilson is unquestionably dedicated to all aspects of education. Recently appointed Assistant Principal, Miss Wilson came aboard after the start of school and never looked back. She was pivotal in bringing and creating positive programs, training, curriculum, community partners, parent groups, student groups, safety and resources to a community of learners. Prior to her administrative assignment, Miss Wilson taught the middle grades, demonstrating considerable content knowledge as evinced by the student engagement and learning outcomes of her classes. 

 

Previously, Wilson completed her administrative credential and served in various leadership roles, having served on secondary and elementary Leadership Teams, School Site Council, student council advisor, yearbook editor, chorus director, direct instruction coach, debate coach, Language Arts Task Force representative, English Department Chair and BTSA support provider to name a few! She began her teaching career in Mississippi in the primary grades and ultimately taught all elementary grades kindergarten to eighth. 

 

Her love for children and teaching continues as she teaches eighth grade language arts and history at an International Baccalaureate World school in Duarte, California. Char holds an M.Ed. from Concordia University-Irvine, M.Ed. from Delta State University, and a BS in Elementary Education from Mississippi Valley State University. Wilson has been decorated many times during her career with her most honored awards being the PTA Golden Apple and district Teacher of the Year. She has served students and families through education for over 15 years. A life-long learner, Char has set goals of achieving another degree and one day opening a school.


Treasurer

Kimberly Weldon

Kimberly has worked for Fred Jefferson since its inception in 1989. She started off as a childcare worker in the group-home progressing through the organization until reaching her current position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With more than twenty-nine years of working with Fred Jefferson, Kimberly has assisted in program growth and development from one group-home in Los Angeles county to a multi-million dollar organization spanning across five counties.


Kimberly oversees all fiscal functions of finance, accounting and human resources. Born and raised in Southern California, Kimberly obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State University Northridge. Kimberly brings an innovative grassroots approach to the Fred Jefferson Family that continues to help the organization thrive by developing new policy and procedures that promote sustainability. 


Secretary

Dianna L. Small

Dianna L. SmallDianna 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.


Member

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.


Help Mates For Hope
Address

Address: P.O. Box 288 Harbor City, CA 90710 

Contact

Email: info@helpmates4hope.org 

Phone: 310-341-4448 

Fax: 424-750-9140

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