Linda has 30 years of experience in finance and accounting, with specific expertise working with non-profits. Ms. Ballentine has worked with both grassroots organizations as well as international outfits, managing the day-to-day operations, establishing procedures, and developing meaningful reporting. She has served as Director of Finance and Human Resources for a number of non-profits as well. Ms. Ballentine brings her knowledge as a certified Grant Writer and Administrator.
LaShante Boyd (Board Treasurer):
LaShante is a versatile Finance, Human Resources, and Tax professional with over ten years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, overseeing grant management, grant writing, payroll, recruitment, forecast, audits, compliance, and tax prep and filing. LaShante received her Bachelors of Science in Administration of Justice from Portland State University. LaShante always had a love for numbers and her Grandmother taught her grant writing at the early age of 14.
Anna Green (Board Secretary):
Anna earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish Language from Tulane University and has been in the greater Bay Area ever since her graduation in 2004.. She has a MA in Educational Leadership and her CA single-subject teaching credential. Anna came to Pittsburg as a teacher at Black Diamond High School and has been there for the last decade, teaching all levels of Art, English, and Student Leadership. Prior to her role in PUSD, she worked as an administrator in Richmond, California.
Dan Jones (Board President):
As a founding partner at Ahatis, Dan provides innovative solutions to his clients utilizing a mix of strategy and technology. Prior to Ahatis, Dan was Vice President of Technology & Strategy at Conagra Brands in Los Angeles, Omaha, and Chicago. Dan started his career working for Accenture in Los Angeles. Dan received his MBA from the Claremont Graduate University and his Finance Degree from Brigham Young University (BYU). Dan serves on the Board of Directors of the BYU Alumni Association. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing with friends, and officiating high school football for the CCFOA. He has mentored/coached youth throughout his life in various roles within his church and the local community.
Andrea Zarate (STUDENT ADVISOR/Non-voting member:
Andrea Zarate is our youngest board member, a PHS graduate, and most notably, a PWC alumnus. Although Andrea has met many obstacles and personal trauma in the two-decades of her life so far, she is admirable in her maturity and her positivity in all contexts. She is a current student at Los Medanos College and she brings with her the vital youth perspective.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDERS
Veronica Pope (Program Director: Non-Voting Member):
She has served students throughout the east bay area in both in-school and after-school capacities. The bulk of her career was as a mental health intervention specialist working with high, middle, and elementary school children in Alameda and Contra Costa counties public school systems. She founded People Who Care Children Association (PWC) and since has continued to support at-risk youth and their families. She is a recipient of a Jefferson Award for public service. Veronica encourages young people and adults to get involved in mentoring programs.
Constance Russell (Executive Director: Non-Voting Member):
Connie is the program director at PWC and has been with the organization since its inception. Connie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business, emphasis in Management from San Francisco State University, and has over 30 years of business and contracting experience. She retired from the federal government, the General Services Administration (GSA) in San Francisco. Connie has a Certificate in Project Management from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of the National Contract Management Association. Her commitment to social justice and equal opportunities continues to motivate her work with PWC.