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Garrett Underwood is the founder/ Executive Director of Seed House Project as we as the owner of Malachi Clothing a well-know Christian Clothing company in Southern California. Mr. Underwood graduates at Cal State Northridge with a Kinesiology Degree and also attend Azusa Pacific enrolled in the graduate program for Sociology of Organization Development. Mr. Underwood is exceptional in leadership development and mentorship. He also as well plays as the outreach coordinator for all of the downtown as well as the program manager for outreach at PATH. Mr. Underwood currently oversees all programs within the Seed House Project. He goal is to reinvent the transition for youth to adulthood. Using technology and new innovative ideas to create change within the homelessness in LA.
Dr. Brown is a program coordinator with a strong commitment to serving the community in Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley area. Accomplished and highly respected subject matter specialist in leadership development, and change management. Dr. Brown is experienced working with teams within organizations, assisting managers create methods used for developing and implementing strategies to improve organizational processes and achieve overall organizational goals. Dr. Brown has a passion with helping individuals develop as leaders to improve the organizational efficiency through training and development, and by generating methods to cultivate skills to build individual confidence. Dr. Brown, also has experience in program and organizational planning with critical thinking, problem-solving and relationship building expertise.
Dr. Brown has over 10 years of direct Staff Development & Supervision experience working in residential treatment. He is a highly respected team builder and leader whose responsibility is delivering ideal services, resources and programs for clients. Further, Dr. Brown is deeply committed to building a cohesive team through new member orientation and team building exercises that would help improve the quality of life for clients.
Sanders Trent graduated with a Masters in Public Administration/ Non- Profit Management. He currently is the Director of Operations at DNA prep Academy and also was the Director of Housing Continuum at YWCA in Silicon Valley. In his previous years he also was the director of community support services at Unity Care and a Case Manager at New Direction for youth. Sander's mission is to apply my business acumen and passion for building up youth, to create a culture of success and confidence in our youth . It is my goal to combine my range of experience with my natural ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, intelligent advocate who will make a positive contribution to
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AUGIE RAY: Grammy Award-winning producer Augie Ray’s story began in the suburbs of Northridge, California where he grew up playing both trumpet and piano. A neighbor in the music business recognized his talent and eventually gave Augie access to his home studio. By the age of 18, he began working under fellow Grammy Award-winning producer/ musician Warryn Campbell. Since then, Augie has worked with artists such as: Rihanna, Julia Michaels, Anne-Marie , Sir Elton John , Max Frost , Bea Miller, Raye , and DJ Mustard Augie’s sound derives from the roots of Hip-Hop, Rhythm & Blues, and Pop. By encompassing elements from each genre, he curates his own formula for music that is pleasing to an array of listeners.
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John Nwankwo is product developer and entrepreneur with a love for art and design. In his career as a fashion merchandiser, he used his knowledge of the industry to analyze consumer behavior and market trends to increase company productivity and sales. Additionally as a stylist, John has worked with celebrities like Jessica Simpson, Kris Jenner and many others at top fashion companies. He has also lead fashion editorials featuring Actor Boris Kodjoe, Supermodel Eugena Washington, and Influencer Kat Tat; just to name a few. As a Board Member of Seed House Project, John will use his experience in product development and market research to create fashion forward products for Save A Penny, sister brand of Seed House Project, while creating unique marketing campaigns tailored towards the mission of Seed House Project. Currently, John is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Fashion Merchandising and Business Management at the Academy of Art University.
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Aileen Briones is the Founder of CelebsWork, a cause-driven change agency designed to work with celebrities, influencers, brands and non-profits to increase awareness and drive communities toward social change. Aileen and her team utilize the power of traditional and digital media, PR/Marketing methods and brand strategy to help showcase the social issues in our shared communities and encourage people to get involved and lend a helping hand. With her background in entertainment, brand and nonprofit public relations and digital, social and millennial marketing, Briones launched CelebsWork initially as a passion project while simultaneously working for high profile entertainment and brand clients within top PR agencies
Dr. Jason Plunkett
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Dr. Jason Plunkett, is the first American born of native Belizean parents. He has 18 years of experience counseling. He the founder of a leading consulting Company, True Solutions Consuling Group LLC since 2015. Jason sits on the board of (3) nonprofit organizations focused on the advancement of youth and those who are in need of HOPE. Jason is the United States director of ZOE International an NGO that's mission is to end child trafficking internationaly. Jason’s life motto is summarized in a quote by his hero, Mother Teresa, “l am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God sending love letters to the world.” Jason is also a proud husband to his wife, Jackie of 14 years and father of his 4 children. Jason earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, from Cal State University Northridge, and earned his Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate University and his Doctorate Degree (Psy.D.) in Organizational Management and Consulting from Phillips Graduate University as an “Organizational Psychologist”.
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Kelly Kester founded Yes! Ventures Grants, Inc. in 1999 to provide nonprofit organizations with strategic grant writing and development services, board training and effective communications. She has raised more than $85M for her clients in grants, contracts and campaigns from over 125 public and private funding sources.
Kelly has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1984, serving clients in the homeless services, human trafficking, education, healthcare, youth development and restorative justice spaces. Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in English and Gerontology from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles and holds certificates in development from the Indiana Center on Philanthropy and the Whitecap Foundation’s Executive Management Academy. Kelly grew up in rural Eastern Washington State and recently relocated to Palm Desert after living and working in Los Angeles for over 30 years.
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Daysha J.P. Underwood has a deep passion for the field of Education. She has taught a variety of subjects in classrooms with children ages ranging from 0 – 13 years old. Currently, she works for a non-profit striving to achieve educational justice. Her area of expertise is assessing the quality of early education classrooms and providing training and coaching for teachers and early education coaches. She also works as a mentor to a number of co-workers; monitoring and assisting in growth in the workplace.
She is highly-trained on a variety of widely accepted early education assessment tools. Her passion and expertise in early education and as a trainer has gained her the opportunity to speak at a national conference, The Young Child Expo.
She has a Masters of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change, which contributes to her understanding of the non-profit sector and her desire to combine her love of education with her love for young people. She has used her knowledge of early education to work directly with teachers and children in Kenya. She spent time in Kenya working with The Karibu Centre to learn about successful non-profits abroad, vibrant cultures, and to work directly with teachers to improve the quality of early education.
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Dr. Brandy Reid is an experienced licensed marriage and family therapist offering 12+ years of experience in community mental health and private practice. Dr. Brandy Reid is a business consultant and provides executive coaching services as well as Leadership Development and Training. Dr. Brandy Reid currently serves as a clinical director for a group private practice. In addition to serving on the board of directors for Seed House Project, Dr. Brandy Reid also serves on the Advisory board for Tarzana Treatment Center College. Dr. Brandy Reid is a Podcast host and an Amazon Best Selling Author.
Dr. Brandy Reid graduated with a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Pan African Studies from California State University Northridge in 2008. Dr. Brandy Reid obtained a M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011. Lastly, Dr. Brandy Reid earned a Psy.D in Organizational Psychology from Phillips Graduate University in 2019.