Our Advisory Board

22-year retired veteran of Costco, San Diego California: Gene started at Price Club as general manager of the central photo lab, 1-hour photo labs and member photo mail program. He then worked as operations director for Quest, the electronic catalog, and later became director over hearing aid centers. He also served as director of community relations, overseeing the organization of the first Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast and remained an avid supporter of the scholarship program for 10 years. During his time in community relations, Gene was instrumental in redesigning the Volunteer Reading Program, introducing the Supplier Diversity Program, and overseeing the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and United Way campaigns.

Retired Ownership Program Manager, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI), San Diego, California: Barbara joined JCNI as an offering coordinator during the launch of the ground-breaking Community Development Initial Public Offering. She currently works in support of the resident investor group, the Diamond Community Investors, as well as those investors who are participating in the Community Investment Fund. She also leads JCNI’s work on financial literacy and education for children, youth, adults, families, and the whole community. Prior to joining JCNI and during her 30 years of service at various national banks, Barbara shared her knowledge of banking products and services with clients and made sure they received services that met their needs at every step of the way in their lives.

Child Development Specialist, San Diego, CA”]Judith is a 30-year retired veteran of AT&T as an telecommunication engineer. She holds a special passion for education of children in the Diamond Neighborhoods.

Barrie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drexel University. She has a strong passion for children and supporting their meaningful educational development.

Hazel holds a Master in Human Shrives from Spring Field College. She has over 20 years of experience in management of Child Development Centers and parent communication.

Imani holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.

in 1998 Rashida created Epiphany Women In Focus To assist all women in reaching their maximum potential by allowing access to the tools needed for success. Empowering all women with information, education, resources, and referrals needed to obtain successful skills for coping with life, and life’s disappointments.

Our Youth Advisory Board

Marquis participate in the very first financial literacy program in the Diamond Neighborhoods area of San Diego in 2008. Since then his accomplishments incudes fundraising for various school programs and establishing NewComers Investment club for children and youth in his neighborhood.

Adib is currently completing his senior year at Scripps Ranch High School. Character Development and Treasure Box aspects of Mind Treasures’ program was born in his kindergarten classroom in 2006. He loves science projects and his achievements include two years (2015 & 2017) of first prize winner of Fly Your Ride competition by San Diego Air & Space Museum as well as second place prize for the 2015 Science Fair.

Our Board of Directors

Prior to joining St. John Fisher College, Farrokh was a senior programmer at the Systems Design Concepts, Inc. in Washington DC, and systems analyst at the World Bank. His research interests are in information technology resources evaluation/selection and knowledge management. He holds a MS and DSc in information systems from George Washington University.

Oladapo is a veteran CPA with a passion to help people who are particularly in financial distress. Throughout his career, Oladapo has educated many people on how to better prepare their personal and business finances not only for tax purposes but also for the betterment of their family life and community they live in.

Minou holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Language & Literature from Bedford College in London, England. Her past experiences include key management positions in the airline and hospitality industry and accomplishments with Fortune 500 companies. Minou also has a vast knowledge of start up businesses and has been the owner/operator of several successful entrepreneurial ventures. Her passion is to make a difference in the world through the education of children and is committed to undertake this task by ensuring that this is performed through the most ethical and highest standards available.

Shiva holds a Business Administration degree from Skerry’s College, Edinburgh, Scotland. Shiva’s past work experience covers a variety of management positions with the semi-conductor and other high tech industries with an emphasis on quality audits, technical publishing, and training. As a mother and grandmother of six children, she is a firm believer in the importance and urgency of cultivating a thorough financial education for children and young adults from an early impressionable age.

Nazila holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY) and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Nazila’s vision was to empower millions of people who have drowned themselves in financial troubles to take charge of their lives, improve their relationships and Ride the Financial Waves. Nazila is currently serving as the lead coach and mentor.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada Reno. Alex’s experiences in customer relations and finances and his passion for financial management, writing, and philanthropy led to the creation of a character-based financial literacy curriculum called ABCs of Wealth. Alex’s dream is to raise an entrephilanthropic generation that will use its resources to build stronger families, neighborhoods, and communities. Alex’s professional experiences include various positions at International Game Technology in Reno, NV. He also co-founded Rapid Bridge LLC (a revolutionary semiconductor venture) that was acquired by Qualcomm in 2011.