Board of Directors

board_virgil

Virgil Roberts

Chair

Virgil Roberts, co-founder and chair, is managing partner and founder of the Bobbitt & Roberts law firm. He currently serves on the boards of Community Build, Families in Schools, Usher’s New Look Foundation, The Alliance of Artists and Record Companies, Southern California Public Radio, Broadway Federal Bank, The Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools and The James Irvine Foundation. Past board experience includes chairmanship of The Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project (LAAMP), the California Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Education Partnership. Roberts also served on the boards of CORO, Marlborough School, the Public Education Network (PEN), and the Bridgespan Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School, where he was a Felix Frankfurter Scholar.

Eugene Boykins Oct_2016

Eugene Boykins

Eugene Boykins, founding board member, is president of the Boykins Business Managing & Marketing Consulting Group. He retired from Nestle USA after holding a range of marketing and executive management positions. Boykins has held executive positions or owned entrepreneurial ventures in both the U.S. and Caribbean countries. He has served on the board of the LA Business Development Center and on the Program Advisory Committee for KCET-TV. Other board experience has included Big Brothers of Los Angeles, the UCLA Foundation, Academic Advancement Program (AAP) Advisory Council, UCLA Anderson GSM, Lifesteps Foundation, Advocates Professional Golf Association (APGA) and the Advocates Foundation.

Boykins earned his B.S. in business administration from San Diego State University and his M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.

yvette-headshot-oct16

Yvette Chappell-Ingram

Yvette Chappell-Ingram, co-founder, is president and CEO of the African American Board Leadership Institute. Her work experience with nonprofit organizations spans more than 25 years, and she has served on numerous boards and committees. Appointed State Commissioner by Governor Edmund Brown Jr., Chappell-Ingram is a member of the Dental Board of California. She also serves on the board of Special Needs Network. Past boards include the national and local boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the University of California Irvine Advisory Board and the Accounting Careers Awareness Program. Chappell-Ingram received her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge.

angel_roberson_daniels_CourtesyPhoto

Angel Roberson Daniels

Angel Roberson Daniels is executive director of Angell Foundation, a Los Angeles based private foundation that funds transformative opportunities in the Southern California and New England regions. In her role, she oversees the Foundation’s strategic direction and daily operations.

Throughout her career, Daniels has worked with foundations and community-based organizations to design and evaluate initiatives that produce positive outcomes for underserved and under-resourced communities. Prior to joining the Angell Foundation, she spent six years at First 5 LA, where she led organizational strategic planning efforts and was instrumental in the allocation of more than $800 million in investments designed to benefit young children and their families. As an evaluator with the UCLA Technical Assistance Group, she facilitated assessment and planning efforts for local public health agencies and worked on issues ranging from the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS to tobacco control.

An alumna of AABLI Class 5, Daniels serves on the board of the Liberty Hill Foundation and Boston Opportunity Agenda, chairs the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective and is former co-chair of the Los Angeles Partnership for Early Childhood Investment. She is the facilitator for the Southern California Grantmakers’ Emerging Leaders Program and is a Leadership Fellow of The Association for Black Foundation Executives.

KimberlyFreeman_Headshot2019

Kimberly Freeman, EdD

Kimberly Freeman, EdD, is an experienced corporate, community and educational leader. With nearly 30 years of experience, she has treated her career as a journey of self-discovery. In doing so, Dr. Freeman brings to the table a unique mix of formal and experiential education drawn from her interests at the intersection of business, government, and higher education policies affecting California’s most vulnerable communities. The first of her four degrees was earned at UC Berkeley, in industrial engineering and operations research. She was awarded a master of public policy degree at USC, and earned an M.B.A. and a doctorate in educational leadership at UCLA.

Dr. Freeman currently serves as associate dean and chief diversity officer for the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Her vision is to achieve representational diversity and to create an inclusive culture for faculty, students, and staff by leveraging social connectedness and the wisdom of multiple perspectives.

MyeishaPegueroGamino_Headshot2019

Myeisha Peguero Gamiño

Myeisha Peguero Gamiño is the vice president of public affairs and advocacy at Pacific Clinics, where she directs the strategy driving the clinics’ public policy, communication and marketing efforts. With nearly 20 years of experience in philanthropy and public affairs, as well as community and government relations, Gamiño has held related roles at Fortune 500 companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Kroger Co.

Appointed by the Burbank City Council, Gamiño is a member of the municipality’s Park, Recreation and Community Services Board. She is active on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, and is an AABLI alumna, Class 5. Gamiño received a bachelor’s degree from Scripps College and a master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University.

YJGorman_Official2018

Yolanda J. Gorman, MBA, Ph.D.

Dr. Yolanda J. Gorman, senior advisor to the Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Gorman has more than 25 years of experience as a successful organizational consultant specializing in nonprofit management. She has assisted nonprofit organizations with infrastructure and resource development, and has provided program and strategic planning, research and evaluation, board training and organizational development services.

Dr. Gorman has secured more than $100 million from state, federal and private sources to help her clients design and deliver programs that respond to critical human needs. She conducts seminars and training sessions for the boards of local and national organizations, foundations and academic institutions, and has provided technical assistance to numbers of private foundations.

Board chair of CalNonprofits Insurance Services, a for-profit insurance solution for nonprofit organizations in California, she also serves on the Board of Trustees of Woodbury University. In 2013, Dr. Gorman was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to the board of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, which she now serves as chair. She is the author of several articles and papers on organizational capacity building, strategic planning and business management.

Dr. Gorman is a three time graduate from UCLA with a BA in Psychology, an MBA from the Anderson School, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. An active volunteer with multiple community, civic and cultural organizations, Dr. Gorman recently completed her second term an Alumni Regent of the University of California. She is the only Alumni Regent to serve twice. Dr. Gorman is currently the chair of the board of CalNonprofits Insurance Services, a for-profit insurance solution for nonprofit organizations in California. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Woodbury University. In 2013, Dr. Gorman was appointed by California Governor Brown to serve on the board of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, and is currently the chair of the board. She is the author several articles and papers on organizational capacity building, strategic planning and business management.

Beverly Ryder

Beverly Ryder

Beverly Ryder, founding board member, is president of The Wellington Ryder Group. She is a retired corporate executive, most recently serving as vice president and corporate secretary of Edison International. Ryder is board president of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and serves on the boards of Claremont Graduate University, the Stanford University School of Education, Civic Ventures, and The Colburn School. Past board experience includes the Stanford University Board of Trustees, the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (LACERS), United Way of Greater Los Angeles, CORO, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, and the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Ryder earned a B.A. in economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

MoniqueStennis_Headshot2016

Monique A. Stennis

Monique A. Stennis is interim director of diversity initiatives at the University of Redlands. She provides multicultural leadership in support of the academic and social needs of students representing a variety of social identities. Before this role, Stennis served as the social media manager, leading the university’s social media program in addition to providing consultation and leadership to campus organizations with a social media presence. She played a critical role in developing the concept and creation of the university’s first official blog.

An educator at heart, Stennis’ career and educational experiences gave her the opportunity to teach undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of business, communication, management, and professional development. She has served on the boards of the Academy of Science and Engineering, SoCal Women’s Health Conference, National Council of Negro Women (San Gabriel Valley chapter), National Black MBA Association (Los Angeles chapter), and HBCU Campus Tours.

An AABLI alumna, Class 6, Stennis holds an M.B.A. in marketing from the University of LaVerne and a bachelor’s in communication with an emphasis in public relations and mass media from California State University, San Bernardino.

TrellaWalker_2019Headshot

Trella Walker

Trella Walker is an associate director in Advisory Services with Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), in the Los Angeles office. Prior to NFF, Walker spent the majority of her professional career in the nonprofit sector working with impact driven organizations such as the U.S. Military College, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, United States Veterans Initiative, Pierian Springs School, and Health Net. She has served as a board member for the Robey Theatre Company, and is a proud AABLI alumna from Class 9.

Walker holds a B.A. in English and secondary education from James Madison University, as well as a Juris Doctor degree.

Carl Ballton

Carl Ballton

Emeritus

Carl Ballton is the former managing director and deputy group head of Corporate Social Responsibility of the Americas at MUFG Union Bank, N.A. He also served as president and chief executive officer of the MUFG Union Bank Foundation. Ballton is active on the boards of Occidental College, Southern California Grantmakers, Goodwill Industries of Southern California, Southern California Business Development Corporation, and the African American Board Leadership Institute. Ballton received his B.A. from Occidental College, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Reveta Bowers

Reveta Bowers

Emeritus

Reveta Bowers is the former head of school at The Center for Early Education. A leader in her community and in the field of education, Bowers has served as board chair of the California Community Foundation, an outside director of the Walt Disney Company, as past president of the Fulfillment Fund’s Board of Governors, and as a board member of the National Association of Independent Schools. She is currently on the boards of The Fedco Foundation and the Board of Governors of the UCLA Healthcare System. After earning her degree in Humanities from the University of Southern California, she returned to graduate for a master’s degree in Development Psychology.

paulhudson

Paul C. Hudson

Emeritus

Paul C. Hudson is the founder of Hudson & Holland Advisors, LLC, a financial advisory firm that advises and assists nonprofit organizations with strategic restructures, including nonprofit collaborations, mergers, partnerships, cooperatives and other strategic alliances. His nonprofit practice includes executive coaching and financial workshops for senior executives and board members.

Hudson is the immediate past Chairman and CEO of Broadway Federal Bank, a certified Community Development Financial Institution that has operated in the underserved ethnic markets of South Los Angeles since 1947.

He serves on the board of the AABLI, UCLA Technology Development Group, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the Ebony Repertory Theatre. He has previously served as Chairman of the Los Angeles City Community Redevelopment Agency and as President of the Los Angeles NAACP, and on the board of the California Community Foundation, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation.

Hudson earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and is a member of the State Bar of California and District of Columbia.

Larry Taylor Oct_2016

Larry Taylor, Ph.D.

Past Board Member, 2016 – 2019

Larry Taylor, Ph.D. is a seasoned independent professional corporate director having served on publicly traded corporate boards, private company boards, non-profit boards and corporate advisory boards. Currently, he serves as the chairman of The Creighton Group, executive board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (SoCal), board member of the iClair, Inc., treasurer and board member of LA84 Sports Institute, management representative for Space Lok Inc., and alumni board member for the Cranbrook Horizons Upward Bound. In addition, he serves as the Honorary Director General for the Institute of Directors (India). Further, he is a member of the International Corporate Directors Network (ICGN) whose members oversee $26 trillion of corporate investments.

Dr. Taylor has over forty years of consulting, training, auditing and management experience in the manufacturing, service, government and international assistance sectors. As a practice leader and senior consulting manager for Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche, two Big Five professional services firms, he gained extensive expertise in project oversight and management. Among the commercial clients for whom he has provided consulting and training services are General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Hughes Aerospace, Black & Veatch Engineering, and Lockheed Martin.

Dr. Taylor received Executive Management doctorate degree from the Peter Drucker Management Center of Claremont University in July, 1992 with emphasis in productivity improvement & environmental management and his Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University with emphasis in statistical quantitative management

Staff

Yvette_OFFICIAL_Headshot_Oct_2016

Yvette Chappell-Ingram

Yvette Chappell-Ingram is president and CEO of the African American Board Leadership Institute. Her work experience with nonprofit organizations spans more than 25 years, and she has served on numerous boards and committees. Appointed State Commissioner by Governor Edmund Brown Jr., Chappell-Ingram is a member of the Dental Board of California. She also serves on the board of Special Needs Network. Past boards include the national and local boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the University of California Irvine Advisory Board and the Accounting Careers Awareness Program. Chappell-Ingram received her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge.

Victoire_Prothro_Official_Crop_7-12-18_HighRes

Victoire “Vickie” Prothro

As director of communications and operations, Victoire Prothro leads the organization’s communications, marketing, and media efforts along with overseeing office management. Prothro is responsible for generating a dynamic creative strategy to raise the visibility of AABLI, to increase community engagement and to help drive awareness of the organization’s programs and accomplishments. Prior to joining AABLI, she worked as an independent contractor, performing communications, outreach and program functions for a number of local nonprofit institutions. Prothro previously served as Community Affairs Manager/Associate Producer for a Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards Nominated talk show which gave community representatives a forum for discussion of local and national issues. She is a board member and scholarship chair for the Nonprofit Communications and Media Network (NCMN), dedicated to helping nonprofits work more effectively with the media. Prothro is a cum laude graduate of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.