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Jose "Cheo" Ortiz has dedicated his life to the City of Oakland, California. Currently he is the Graffiti Abatement Coordinator in the Office of Councilmember Noel Gallo Dist 5. Jose formerly worked as the director of various recreation centers in Oakland for over 25-years. He also contributed to communities of Puerto Rico by assisting with their recreation programs. He is a native of Puerto Rico and visits his family and friends and volunteering with his city's recreation programs while there. Jose is the founder of the First Police Motorcycle Chopper (OSPD Heroes Never Die), founder of the Oakland Unified School District Police Hummer H1 (Timothy Howe) Project 2011, founder of the First Police & Fire Chief Lowrider Cars in the US, he's the founder of (Earn Your Bike Program) in1994, a program that gives local at risk youth the opportunity to earn a new bicycle, he's the founder of Park for Peace City of Oakland 2007, Co-Founder of Street Inspiration Nor-Cal Car Club in 1991. He's also the winner of the 1997 Puerto Rican Distinguish Award (West Coast, USA), and named the "Godfather of Lowrider Police Car in the Nation" by Lowrider Magazine in 2004.
Sandra Costa is highly qualified to compete in the field of custom work. Ms. Costa and her international design and build team offer comprehensive solutions tailored for residential, commercial and hospitality markets. The company appreciates the vision and importance of creating the right design concept to suit the client. Quality and service with a professional commitment to being on time and within budget are the firm's first concern.
Ms. Costa is formally from New Zealand but now resides in California. She's a multifaceted designer and General Contractor and manages teams in Asia, Kenya, and the USA. Wall Street Journal recently included her in a an article on the importance on getting building permits for projects.
William Wesley is an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University’s Ageno School in Business in San Francisco, California. He teaches management principles and business communication in the undergraduate program. William is a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and an author who released his first book, “Full Life Balance: Five Keys to the Kingdom (How to Live Better Every Day)” in 2011. Full Life Balance has been used several times as a college level textbook.
William has over 20 years in sales, financial services and retail sales management. He has been directly involved in the financial services industry since 1995 with such firms as Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab, Citibank and Merrill Lynch and has held such positions as Financial Advisor, Bank Branch Manager, and Vice President of Investor Education. Prior to his time in financial services he held sales and store manager positions in the consumer retail environment. William holds basic and supervisory securities licenses (Series 7, 24, 63, and 65) and a Life and Disability license. He also holds a Real Estate Brokers license. He received his MBA and his JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) fromGolden Gate University in San Francisco.
William recently launched the Million Book Campaign, the goal of which is to provide one million books and one thousand seminars and workshops to the incarcerated and the members of the Armed Forces. He is a current advisory board member of Biotech Partners, a Berkeley based youth science internship program. William is a former San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner, the creator of the Stadium Scholarship program, a former Board of Managers member of the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA and the former Program Director of the Mayors Summer Youth Employment Program.
Corinne Jan graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and then attended the University of California, San Francisco, where she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and public health nurse certification Today, she continues to involve herself with work that focuses on advocating for Asian immigrants’ rights, equal access, and healthcare for seniors. In 2012 when the State budget cuts virtually decimated Family Bridges’ two adult day healthcare sites, Corinne lead her team to testify in 186 fair hearings representing their frail seniors who had been denied services. Over 95% of those hearings were successful with an administrative law judge ruling that comprehensive healthcare services for over 200 monolingual chronically ill seniors would be restored.
She previously served and continues to volunteer on boards and on committees such as the California Association of Adult Day Services, Neighborhood Law Corps, Asian Advisory Committee on Crime, the Oakland Police Department Recruitment Division, the Oakland Chinatown Lion’s Club, the Alameda County Community Food Bank and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
Last year Corinne was honored by the Center for Elders Independence for her leadership and commitment to serving Bay Area seniors. In 2005, Corinne was honored by UC Berkeley as a recipient of the prestigious national Peter E. Haas award for community service. She has also received recognition for her work from the Alameda County Bar Association, Social Security Administration, Asians for Corporate and Community Action and the City of Oakland, from both the City Council and Office of the Mayor.
David Muhammad is a leader in the fields of criminal justice, violence prevention, and youth development. As the former Chief Probation Officer of the Alameda County Probation Department, David was responsible for managing 20,000 people on probation, a staff of 600, and a $90 million budget. David ushered in enormous reform in Alameda County, transitioning probation away from a deficit-based correctional model into a strengths-based Positive Youth Development model.
Arnold Perkins--served as the director of the Alameda County Public Health Department in Oakland, Calif. from 1994 to 2006. As director, he provided leadership and management of the administrative, research, epidemiology, program, and policy activities of the department, which had a budget of $105 million and more than 500 employees. His diverse background includes positions as a high school teacher and principal, non-profit executive director, family counselor, college teacher, administrator, and restaurant owner and operator. He has served on numerous boards and is the former board chair for Youth Radio, a radio production division of Youth Media International.
Arif Khatib-is the founder and president of Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame. He is a visionary, entrepreneur and leader who has served/empowered communities throughout the US and abroad professionally and personally for almost 50 years. He is a long time advocate for youth academic and career excellence, as well as business en
David Muhammad is a leader in the fields of criminal justice, violence prevention, and youth development.
As the former Chief Probation Officer of the Alameda County Probation Department, David was responsible for managing 20,000 people on probation, a staff of 600, and a $90 million budget. David ushered in enormous reform in Alameda County, transitioning probation away from a deficit-based correctional model into a strengths-based Positive Youth Development model.
David formerly served as the Deputy Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Probation, and was responsible for overseeing 35,000 people on probation and a staff of 800. In New York, David joined his colleague Vincent Schiraldi, the Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Probation, to make the department the model for the country. The two worked together in Washington DC, reforming the juvenile justice system there, where David previously served as the Chief of Committed Services for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. At DYRS, David’s responsibility included 300 staff, a $42 million annual budget, a juvenile institution, and 900 youth committed to his department’s care.
Hank Roberts---Originally from St. Louis Mo. and says his parents have a sixth grade education but a PhD in LOVE, which is the reason for all of his personal accomplishments: BS degree in
Psychology, a Teacher, 1st college Grad in his family's history, Human Resource Commissioner, Northern California Soccer Coach of the Year (1st African American), Bay Area Unsung Hero Award, and Community Leadership Award for his work with youth. He's the Founder of the Peacemakers, a school day mentoring organization serving males and females K-12 in 5 districts within the Bay Area.
This weeks guest: Floyd Huen MD,MBA, Former Medical Director, Over Sixties Health Center. Currently physician with primary care and nursing home practice. Board member, Alameda County Med Center; Former Medical Director, Highland Hospital. Founder and Board member, California Physicians Alliance, now called PNHP/Calif. Founder, Health Access of California. Both are Single Payer advocacy organizations.
Michael Foster has extensive experience working with youth in schools and community programs as a Program Manager, Outreach Consultant and workshop facilitator. Michael was asked to check a music mix by Lil Wayne where he was introduced to a young man call Lil Mouse who is thirteen years old.and found it to be very disturbing and begin his campaign to get signed partitions objecting the release of this project.
Emmette Bryant was drafted in the seventh round out of DePaul University in 1964 by the New York Knicks. After four seasons in New York, Bryant went on to play for the Boston Celtics for two seasons and was a key member of the 1969 NBA Champion Celtics. Bryant scored 3,722 points during his NBA career and ended his career with the Buffalo Braves in 1972. Immediately after his playing days, Bryant became an assistant coach; one year at Columbia University and two years with the Seattle Supersonics under Bill Russell as Head Coach. Bryant then went on to work for the State of Washington for the next 30 years and later became the Recreation Director at Mission Creek Youth Camp. Bryant is a member of the DePaul University Sports Hall of Fame, ChicagoLand Sports Hall of Fame and Rucker Professional Basketball Hall of Fame. Bryant grew up on Chicago's Westside; infamous training ground for some of the best NBA/NFL bound athletes pro sports had ever seen. He was being drafted by the New York Knicks of the NBA as a guard and the Dallas Cowboys as a defensive back.
Belva Davis is a life-long volunteer, in fact it was her efforts to help several non-profits obtain broader media coverage of their cause and events that led to her long career as a television news anchor. She has earned eight local Emmy's for her reporting and three honorary Doctorates for her television work and community service.
Jan Hutchins, is a former Mayor of Los Gatos, CA, and television journalist. Jan Hutchins now is an entrepreneur who helps other visionaries. He is the co-founder of SocialAgenda Media of Silicon Valley. Jerri Lange (mother of Ted Lange of Love Boat fame) has had a wealth of experience in television (both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.) Her colorful career has yielded numerous award in the field of broadcasting and San Francisco State issued her its most prestigious honor, the Broadcast Preceptor Award, given by the Broadcast Communications Arts Department in recognition of signal accomplishments, leadership and adherence to the highest standards in broadcasting" to the three recipients: Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, and Jerri Lange. Barbara Rodgers joined the Comcast team and now can be seen regularly as one of the hosts of Comcast Newsmakers where she interviews politicians, community leaders and representatives of Bay Area non-profit organizations.
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