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Starting Over Inc. Board of Directors

Brenda Mabin, Board Chair, (VonRose Consulting, HR)

Brenda Mabin, Board Chair, (VonRose Consulting, HR)
Founder of Von Rose Consulting is a Human Resource professional experienced in organizational and leadership development. Mrs. Mabin has decades of human resource experience.  Mrs. Mabin has served on the Starting Over, Inc. Board for 2 years and maintains community involvement through her volunteer commitments to Starting Over, Inc. and other organizations.

Rick Aldridge, BA Economics, Chief Financial Officer

Rick Aldridge, BA Economics, Chief Financial Officer, (Boeing Coroporation Retiree)
UCLA Alumni, BA in Economics, Boeing Corporation Financial Management. Active community member and board member for two community organizations, volunteer for the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA and the Brotherhood Crusade. Participates in a mentoring program for young men in the local community and with the LA Sheriff's department youth academy.

Susan Burton, Member

Susan Burton, Member, (Founder of A New Way of Life, Author & National Criminal Justice Activist)
Founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project began providing housing and reentry services for women returning home. Her transformational leadership was so successful that she received a 2011 CNN Hero Award for her work, which included housing, civic engagement, leadership development, and a legal clinic. Ms. Burton also received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2014. In 2015, the Los Angeles Times named her one of the nation’s 18 New Civil Rights Leaders. She is co-author of the best selling memoir: Becoming Ms. Burton.

Gil Cargill, Member, (Cargill Consulting Group, Owner)

Gil Cargill, Member, (Cargill Consulting Group, Owner)
Business owner and CEO for 30 years – Executive Sales Coaching and Marketing Training Consultant. BA in Business, IBM Regional Sales Manager. Gil is an airplane enthusiast who builds and pilots planes, and is the son of a Tuskegee Airman.

Gwendolyn Elzy, Member, (BP America)

Gwendolyn Elzy, Member, (BP America)
BP Environmental Consultant, mentor, and women’s support services specialist. A certified mentor, fund developer, and life skill coach, and member of several women’s circles working to reduce child poverty.

Tessa Hicks Peterson PhD

Tessa Hicks Peterson PhD, Member
Tessa is the Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement at Pitzer College and acts as the faculty director of the Community Engagement Center and CASA (Critical Action & Social Advocacy Academic Program and Community Hub) the director of the Office for Consortial Academic Collaborations for the Claremont Colleges, and an Associate Professor of Urban Studies. Tessa worked with communities throughout Southern California on human relations and civil rights issues as Associate Director at the Anti-Defamation League and, prior to that, as the Youth Programs Director at the National Conference for Community and Justice. She has a Masters and PhD in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Psychology, Sociology and Spanish from UC Santa Cruz.

Charles Johnson Co-Founder

Charles Johnson, Co-Founder & Member, (IE Shades of Afrika)
Starting Over, Inc. co-founder, co-developer of the Inland Empire Sankofa Project, Beacon House Alumni, homeless champion, entrepreneur, coach and mentor.

Charles Lee-Johnson BA, MSW, DM, Member, (Pastor & Community Leader)

Charles Lee-Johnson BA, MSW, DM, Member, (Pastor & Community Leader)
CEO of National Family Life & Education Center, a pastor, and adjunct professor. Winner of the 2010 Social Worker of the Year award. Has received recognition at the national level for his work and community service.

Starting Over Inc. Staff

Vonya Quarles Esq., BS, BM, JD, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Vonya Quarles Esq., BS, BM, JD, Co-Founder & Executive Director
(951) 898-0862
Starting Over Inc. co-founder, Women Organizing for Justice Fellow 2010, Women’s Policy Institute fellow 2012/2013, J. Irwin Award recipient 2013, advocate, and attorney.

Charles Johnson Co-Founder

Charles Johnson, Operations Manager
(562) 676-3784

Charles supports site managers, maintains housing integrity, and is the volunteer coordinator.

Erica Smith Erica Smith, Community Outreach Coordinator
(951) 666-9354
A native of the bay area. Attended Ohio State University and has years of experience in Social Work. As a formerly incarcerated person Erica became a member of “All of us or none” to join in the fight for social justices.
Creiselda Terpoorten Creiselda Terpoorten, Peer Support Specialist and Policy Advocate
(951) 898-0862
Creiselda Terpoorten is a Peer Support Specialist and a Policy Advocate. Creiselda works to change outdated and bias polices that impact community members by breaking barriers to equitable systems and outcomes.