Board of Directors

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Our Board of Directors have been selected to provide our Scholarship recipients with a diverse group of Business Professionals who are available to them as Mentors throughout their four years of college and beyond. Expertise includes: Executive Leadership, Human Resources and Corporate Recruitment, Educational Leadership, Executive Sales & Marketing Leadership, Engineering , Information Technology & Security, and Legal.

Our Mission

To positively impact the lives of young people through financial support, mentoring and meaningful interaction. We will focus on ensuring their successful entry into the professional marketplace, and realization of their potential to contribute to society and their chosen field. Teaching young people to "listen, learn and lead". 

Bettie Coles - President

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Bettie was married to LA Coles III for 43 years prior to his death in March of 2011. She and her son Tony and daughter Katherine founded the C3 Coles Family Foundation in his memory. Bettie has served as the President of the Foundation since it's inception in September 2011. Bettie spent 37 years with Kaiser Permanente and served as the Senior Vice President for the East Bay Operation for 10 years prior to retiring in 2009. During her tenure with Kaiser Permanente, she spent time in three Regions: Kansas City, Northern California and Southern California in a variety of positions starting as a Registered Nurse in 1971 to CEO of the Oakland, CA and Richmond, CA Medical Centers. Bettie is a graduate of a three year Nursing program and received a Bachelor of Science in Management and her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration.

​Leroy A Coles IV - Chief Financial Officer

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Tony is a native of California where he is currently the Managing Partner for C4 Legal & Mediation and has served as CEO and President for Ground Control, a start up Satellite ISP which he co-founded.

Dawn Coles, PHR, SHRM-CP

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Dawn is an innovative and experienced HR professional with over 15 years of experience in Corporate Recruitment, Benefits and HR management. Currently an HR Business Partner with FLIR Systems in the Santa Barbara area, Dawn focuses on Corporate Recruiting including multiple Engineering disciplines. Previous experience includes leading and developing talent in high growth organizations such as Curvature, Kaiser Permanente, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Securitas and DenMat. Dawn also served as a Mock Interview Panelist with the Santa Barbara County EDD office assisting displaced workers with interview techniques and resume writing tips. Dawn is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Business Arts and holds a Certificate in HR Management from DePaul University and both a PHR Certification and SHRM - CP Certification.

​H. Steven Gilbert

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As a retired Senior Vice President of Fluor Corporation, Steve has spent most of his 39 year career managing projects, business units and Fluor Daniel offices around the world including North America, UK, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. Steve graduated from the Case Institute of Technology (Case Western Reserve University) with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering. He has attended Executive Management Programs at the University of California at Los Angeles and Pennsylvania State University.

​Michael Johnson

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Michael is the Social Security Administration's Director of IT Security Compliance and Oversight. During his thirty plus year career at SSA, Michael has held numerous analytical and management positions in information technology security, earning numerous awards for his work. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University and a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University, both with High Honors. He also holds numerous certifications in IT and Organizational Leadership. Michael has mentored young students and coached high school football. Michael is a native of Baltimore Maryland and a proud husband, father and grandfather.

​Angela Coles Parker

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Angela has been working for Baltimore City Public Schools for 33 years. She is currently an educational specialist for the Office of Special Education with the primary responsibility of the policies and procedures that govern special education. Anglea actively works with the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Western High School's band program. She enjoys mentoring and advising the students involved. Angela attended the Institute of Notre Dame for high school and graduated from Loyola University with a BA in Speech Pathology and obtained a Masters degree from Rutgers University. Angela is a native of Baltimore Maryland where she currently lives. She has two children and five grandchildren, who add special meaning to her life.

​A. Barbara Wheeler, Ed.D

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Barbara was raised and educated in Baltimore City. Her entire professional career has been dedicated to the education of children and adults. Her passion and effectiveness in public education are demonstrated by excellent performance as a teacher, education specialist, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, associate superintendent, deputy academic achievement officer and adjunct professor at the university level. Barbara currently serves as Superintendent for Kent County Public Schools in Maryland and Adjunct Professor with Goucher College. Barbara received her undergraduate degree and Masters Degree from Morgan State University and was awarded her Doctorate in Education from George Washington University.

Thomas Woofter

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Tom is a retired lawyer who enjoyed a 29 year career working in San Francisco, California as a Corporate Attorney specializing in the representation of foreign clients, particularly Japanese clients, in their interests in the United States. At the time of Tom's retirement in 2011, he was Managing Partner of the San Francisco Office of the International Law Firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, LLP. Tom also served on the Board of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and continues to serve on the Board of the Japan Society of Northern California. Tom is a native of Ohio and attended Kent State University for one year before joining the Marines. He spent 15 months stationed at the US Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan. While stationed there Tom developed a life-long interest in Japan. Upon Tom's honorable discharge from the Marine Corps he returned to school at Cornell University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies and continued his education with another year of intensive Japanese language training in Tokyo, Japan at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. Tom returned to the US in 1979 to attend The Ohio State University College of Law, also studying for a year at Harvard Law School and received his Juris Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University of Law. Tom has coached and served as an Officer and Board Member of Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball and coached Youth Soccer. Tom and his wife Akemi have four adult children.