Board Members



Open Position



Alberto Rivera

Virginia Garcia Ovejero Pivik


Virginia Garcia Pivik, Communications Consultant/ Media personality- Seasoned communications consultant and broadcaster with over 20 years of radio and TV experience. She became an EMMY nominee of the National Academy of Television and Arts in 2005 for her job as news producer. As a communications consultant and campaign producer, she won “Best Community Service campaign” in 2015 for a spot she produced in conjunction with Telemundo for 9Health Fair. Since her days in radio and TV, Virginia has developed a passion for educating and engaging communities by working face-to-face with a vast array of community leaders and members. She also believes in utilizing existing marketing channels to increase exposure of health programs in the community. Learn more about Virginia Garcia here 

Stacy Brecht


 Stacy Brecht is the CEO of the Los Angeles-based public relations firm, Carder Brecht Communications (CBC), and she has more than 10 years of experience providing public relations and marketing for national and international clients in a variety of industries. Brecht has completed public relations, branding, website design and development, online marketing and business development for civil and structural engineers, entertainment brands, mobile app companies, nonprofits, fashion designers, interior design companies and authors, and her writing has been published on CBS, Time Warner, LA Weekly, Built in Los Angeles and the international publication, Top Agent Magazine.   In addition to owning and operating CBC, Brecht is an adjunct business management instructor at the University of La Verne. To learn more about her and her business, please visit  

Lara Piu


 Lara Piu is a features, strategic marketing, and PR writer and aspiring author with 20 years experience in marketing and PR, and ten years experience in journalism. Through her company, Inner Glow Communications, she provides strategic counsel and composition of business proposals, go to market proposals, strategic marketing plans, grant proposals, press releases, FAQs, pitches, fact sheets, media alerts and other press materials, print, radio, email, social media advertising copy, social media campaigns and posts, SEO, blog content and blog teasers, headlines, broadcast segments, market reports, whitepapers, info-graphics, websites, video scripts, and more. Connect with her on LinkedIn at: 

Advisory Board Members

Justin "JTIME" ​Pro Bono Music Producer/ Audio Engineer/ Song Writer


Justin got his start while in middle school, playing in the school band, learning to read music which then led to learning music theory and song composition. It was then only natural for Justin to experiment with beat making using a keyboard and  a mpc. One could imagine taking over the world with just these two weapons of choice. Justin then started college in 2005 and graduated in two years with a bachelors in entertainment business and an associates in recording arts from Full Sail Unviversity.  With Justin's education and with placements in radio spots, xbox 360 shows " HIP HOP 360"- it is clear to see , "JTIME" was made for this industry. 

Linda Hollander


 Linda Hollander has been featured by Inc. Magazine as the leading expert on corporate sponsorship. She is the author of Corporate Sponsorship in 3 Easy Steps, the CEO of Sponsor Concierge and the founder of the Sponsor Secrets Seminar on October 3-5, 2017 in Los Angeles.
Her sponsors include Microsoft, Fed Ex, Staples, Epson, Bank of America, Marriott, Health Net, Wal Mart and IBM. 

Jessica McConnell First


 Jessica is a co-founder and chief strategist of Kilter, an agency that interweaves strategy, design and messaging. Kilter helps mission-driven entrepreneurs and organizations make an impact through better branding and smarter communication.   Jessica leverages 18 years of work experience on a variety of brands, and organizations to inform her perspective. Her experience ranges from partnering with entertainment studios, non-profit advertising to working with lifestyle brands such as Nike and Addidas. As an experienced manager, Jessica is expert brand strategy. She can create strategic direction based on analytic inputs and creating cohesive visions to advance brands and organizations. She is also an optimistic, energetic, fun-loving and creative person. Her unique perspective combined with classical techniques reach unexpected outcomes that get results.  When she is not working you can find Jessica crafting meals in her kitchen, spending time with her family, scuba diving or traveling the world. 

Markus Biegel


 A seasoned management consultant and entrepreneur of 10 years, Markus Biegel has provided his expertise to hundreds of CEOs and business owners across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia, in a diverse range of industries spanning from technology to fashion. Currently the senior vice president of business development at Allied Protection Services, Biegel is responsible for securing and managing partnership opportunities, providing security guard services to large-scale national construction firms and U.S. government agencies.  

Stephen Bord



Pro Bono Song Writer

Stephen Bordl is a performer, songwriter, guitar player and engineer/producer with 40+ years of professional industry experience. Currently performing and songwriting, Stephen is placing songs with local artists, writing songs for independent movies as well as work as an independent engineer / producer. Specializing in well crafted Rock-Pop songs with solid memorable choruses, interesting story based verses and solidly formed bridges. 

Courtny Legare


 Courtny Legare is an Assistant Visual Merchandising Manager with 10 years of experience in the retail world across various brands such as Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Cole Haan, Sean John, Reiss, Thomas Pink and currently New Era Cap. He has used his creative vision and keen eye to produce many intriguing and lucrative product displays both in store and in the windows of store fronts. Having experienced homelessness first hand as a child, he is passionate about helping those in need and giving back to the community. He firmly believes that a helping hand is all it takes to remind someone that they are more than the circumstances surrounding them. 

Ruby Biloskirka-Conley


 With an extensive background in the music and touring industry as a keyboard player (American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon), Ruby has has the opportunity to lead and develop countless emerging artists and bands.  After spending multiple years playing piano on she transitioned to the corporate side of the industry, bringing a valuable rolodex to Roland Corporation as Social Media and then Artist Relations & Marketing Manager and now into the Advertising world. "I really love working with a group of people who all have different strengths and weaknesses, but share a common goal and vision. It is my job, wether on stage in front of thousands or in a boardroom with 4 people, to provide everyone with the tools, platform, and support to perform at their very best". Ruby is an active member of the Junior League of San Francisco and Step Up of Los Angeles, which both focus on developing the potential of women, and improving communities through education and leadership. She is honored to serve on the advisory board of Dare To Care For The Homeless and hopes to continue to make an impact through this organization.  

Jake Melton



Jake Melton is founder of The J.B. Melton Group, a speaking and coaching practice. He is a well respected speaker, author, Certified Leadership Trainer and change management strategist. He has a BA in Strategic Communication from the University of Utah and an MA in Organizational Psychology from William James College (Previously the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology).

He is a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals® Texas Chapter, the National Society of Leadership & Success: Online Chapter, and the National Speakers Association North Texas Chapter. 

Jake is a millennial, minimalist. He has applied simplicity, focus, and purpose to every aspect of his life. From his minimalist journey, Jake has learned how to focus his business, focus his clients' businesses, and help others improve their lives by ridding the things that aren't helping them progress. 

He is author of the newly released "Minimalize to Maximize Your Happiness: "Cut the Crap." (available on Amazon). 

He finds joy in his family, kids' successes, barbecue, theater, crime history and profiling, antiques, sports, the Los Angeles Lakers, and reading on the beach with a nice, cold glass of Diet Coke.

Jacqueline Babe


Jackie Babe is a Los Angeles Graphic Designer with 8 years of experience building brands both digitally and in print. By day, she works with an in-house marketing team to create brand websites and recruiting/retention print pieces. Nights and weekends she works with freelance and pro-bono clients to make new brand identities, digital assets, websites, apps, and even the occasional flyer or poster. Hailing from Wisconsin, she has lived in LA for 5 years and finds inspiration in photography and travelling. Her Midwest background makes her passionate about bettering the community and being excellent to each other.

Jeanna Isham



Jeanna Isham, president and founder of Dreamr Productions, is a composer and sonic brander.  She has worked both directly and indirectly with such companies as Jim Henson Productions, the Sprouts Network, Sixteen South TV, Inkless, Stage Ham and Barber Pole Films.  Her music can be heard internationally on such networks as NBC, OWN, and the Discovery Channel.  

Currently she is producing content for both traditional and new media platforms for both  companies and filmmakers.

David Navarro


David E. Navarro is an author, poet, editor, publisher, speaker, and life coach who lives and works in the Los Angeles area. He is also a Sr Analyst and Tech Editor/Writer in the banking industry. He is the Founder of NavWorks Press, an independent press that provides freelance corporate and business writing services as well as fiction and non-fiction writing and publishing services. He attended Purdue University, Indiana where he majored in English and literature. He has degrees in Communications and Theology. He was first published in the winter of 1980 in the Purdue Exponent, Literary Edition. He served ten years in the U.S. Air Force and has worked in the writing and editing field for over thirty-five years writing and editing policy and procedures manuals, training programs, operating instructions, fiction and non-fiction articles and books, publishing  poetry, quality of life articles, and essays in various magazines and journals. He currently has five books in print and his work appears in other anthologies as well. 

To learn more about the corporate, business, and literary services that NavWorks Press provides, please click here:

Kevin Darouian


Sohale "Kevin" Darouian Kevin is a Brand Designer Consultant with 18 years experience based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. In his career he has worked with GAP Inc, Levis Strauss, Zenni Optical, The North Face, and Lagunitas Brewing Company. Kevin's work has been featured in design expositions with Milton Glaser, Chris Johanson, Tara McPherson, Experimental Jetset, and Kayrock. His design work has received acknowledgement in the LA Weekly, The Oregonian, CMYK Magazine, Austin Town Hall, Portland Mercury, and Washington Post. To view some of his work check out his portfolio at

Tom Spano


 Since 2003, Tom Spano has been creating unforgettable moments for some of the biggest brands in the world. With Yahoo!, Twitter, Domino's Pizza, The NFL, and many more, Tom has been weaving his knowledge of social, experiential, and digital platforms and technologies into the fabric of the B2B and B2C experience. His work has touched 4 continents and over 20 countries. He is a passionate story-teller, both on stage and off, and brings a spark of creative energy to everything he touches.  

Sally Clawson


Sally Clawson is an award-winning voiceover performer, who has worked with Old Navy, Yoplait, Clorox, Toyota, Apple, Microsoft, McDonalds, Telltale Games, Lucas Films and Pixar. Her talent also spans across the silver screen with her many films premiering at the San Francisco Film Festival, The Opera Plaza, The Lumiere and On-Demand with Amazon Prime. Ms Clawson also works as a live emcee at events for Salesforce, Mova Contour, Applied Materials and Google. Her vast experience has led to her recent work as a corporate speech coach with clients that include Anaplan, Affymax, Onyx, Roche and Genentech, where she has coached CEOs, CMOs, executives, sales reps, and cancer survivors. 

Mark Morgan


 Mark D. Morgan is a lifelong lover of music and singing.  President and Lead Engineer of the fast growing Morgan Dynamic Research LLC, Mark is proud to present the first product of MDR, Palm Writer.  Palm Writer is a hand-held environmental navigation aid for the blind.  For more information on Palm Writer please visit  Hear Mark’s music at 

Sandra & Antonio Tinajero


Sandra and Antonio Tinajero are a business management team. Antonio currently manages South Street Self Storage in North Long Beach (corner of South/Cherry).

Sandra and Antonio have an experience in business management with a

twenty-two years combine experiences.

They specialize in business management, skills development, and strategic customer base development. This is executed with persistent effort, acknowledging digital pain points, marketing development, and excellent service.

Tony and Sandra pride themselves with good old fashion honest work, with a great attitude. They are also leaders in executing the annual back pack drive hosted at 

South Street Self Storage. 

“As business mangers we are passionate about problem solving, and Identifying digital pain points, and developing a strategic marketing map out.”

Clement B. Tagle III


 Lead Researcher for the Office of City Councilmember Jed Leano of the City of Claremont in the State of California.  He is a Veteran of the AMERICORPS program, wherein his responsibilities included teaching English and Mathematics to elementary school children of poor and underdeveloped communities in the United States.  He is also a former volunteer for the California Mentor Program, where he provided general tutoring to abused children.  He is a former Hearing Advocate for the Mental Health Association of Orange County, where he ensured that involuntarily detained persons in a psychiatric hospital had the opportunity to express their views regarding hospitalization.  He is also formerly the Director of Finance for the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association, where he provided leadership in the financial affairs of the organization.  Additionally, he is the Director of College Planning at Surf City College Planning, which is a major college planning center located in Huntington Beach, California.  He is also a Professor of Real Estate at ERS, an insurance organization with several offices throughout the State of California, and the Owner of Clement B. Tagle III Realty Services and Clement B. Tagle III Tutoring Services, both registered businesses in the City of Yorba Linda, California.  He has published a book, which is a collection of philosophical essays, and which is currently for sale in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Japan, India, Belgium, Norway, Brazil, Mexico, and the Netherlands.


Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.

Board members are stewards of Dare to Care for the Homeless and this includes fundraising.


 Duty of care

Board members are expected to actively participate in organizational planning and decision-making and to make sound and informed judgments.

Duty of loyalty

When acting on behalf of the organization, board members must put the interests of the nonprofit before any personal or professional concerns and avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Duty of obedience

Board members must ensure that the organization complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and that it remains committed to its established mission.