Yolanda Oliver – President
H. Diane Scott – Vice President Development
Chrystal Johnson – Corresponding Secretary
Cleola Gavalas – Recording Secretary
Nell Hollomand – Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Mildred Dockery – Financial Secretary
Charlotte (Char) Bland
Charlotte (Char) Bland is a spark of power that not only walks her talk but shines through her integrity. Her career mission is to facilitate the development and expansion of communities and organizations. Her occupational strategic plan focuses on creating engagements that reveal increasingly higher, more effective levels of success for corporations and communities. Char is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania she relocated to Seattle, Washington in 1973 and worked for Boeing Computer Services responsible for sales of engineering software. In 1987 she relocated to Southern California working for Microsoft Corporation, Office Depot Business Services and Pitney Bowes Software as well as non profit entities, Char has mastered both the concrete tools and intuitive skills to guide, direct and support communities and corporations through the challenges of changing environments in which we live and work. Char is Chair of the City of Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women, Board Member of Los Angeles City College Foundation, Peace Over Violence, Los Angeles CARES Mentoring Movement, Grand Parents As Parents, and a member of the Pasadena Altadena Links Inc., Women in Leadership Vital Voices. Char is an Alumni of Los Angeles African American Public Policy Institute, African American Board Institute, Southern California Leadership Network and Leadership Pasadena.
Char resides in Pasadena, CA and is married to Reggie Bland, has a Daughter and Son and 6 grand children. She enjoys crocheting, traveling, playing golf and exploring new opportunities.
Mildred Dockery, Financial Secretary
Mildred Dockery is a retired Claims and Allowance Manager. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. During her 36 years of employment at Sunkist Growers, Inc. international headquarters in Sherman Oaks, California, Mildred received and maintained her Certified Claims Professional (CCP) credentials. Active in several Pasadena community organizations for over thirty years, she has served as president for the Pasadena Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., Women In Action, Women In Action Educational Fund, Inc., and the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She currently serves as the Financial Secretary for PACEF.
Reta D. Floyd, M.D.
Reta D. Floyd, M.D., a native of New York, received her M.D. degree from State University of New York at Buffalo. She came to Pasadena in 1974 and completed her internship at Huntington Memorial Hospital. In 1978 she began the practice of psychiatry in South Los Angeles. She has been a member of the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links Incorporated for 31 years. She is currently a Director and immediate past president of the Pasadena Altadena Community Endowment Fund (PACEF), of which she is one of the founding members.
Cleola Gavalas, Recording Secretary
Cleola Gavalas has lived in Pasadena since1969 and had a Board & Care Facility for 12 years. She taught for ten years at Pasadena City College until 1997. In 1997 she went to Citrus College as a Counselor where she stayed until she retired in 2008. Cleola stays busy and has been a member and officer in many organizations in Pasadena. She is currently active with PACEF as a Director and holds the office of Recording Secretary. She is also a member of the Pasadena Altadena Links, Inc., the Pasadena/Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, and serves on the board of The Friends of the Altadena Senior Center. She likes exercising, zumba, traveling, and is an avid backgammon player. Cleola is married to Professor George Gavalas.
Yvonne Hill is President of the Pasadena-Altadena Links, Inc. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Pasadena Friendship Community Development Corporation and Chair of the Trustee Board of Friendship Pasadena Church. She worked for Northwest Airlines (currently Delta), retiring after 35 years and having served as manager of Flight Attendant Services. She holds a BA from Lemoyne Owen College. She is married to Melvin Hill, has one daughter and 2 grandsons. She enjoys exercising, traveling and spending time with her husband, family and friends.
Nell Hollomand, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
A native of Washington, D.C., Nell Hollomand moved to California in 1964. She completed her education with a Masters Degree in Health Care Management and was employed by Kaiser Permanente, in Pasadena, CA for 26 years and retired in 2006. After retirement, she returned to Kaiser and worked another 8 years part time and retired again in November 2014. Her involvement in the community has been through service organizations as well as individual efforts. Nell currently serves as Director and an officer (Treasurer) of the board of the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund, a non-profit organization that raises funds for scholarships administered under the Pasadena-Altadena Links. She is a life member of the NAACP, and an alumna (retired after 35 years of membership) of the Pasadena-Altadena Links, Inc, a national women’s service organization in which she has held numerous leadership positions including president, vice president and treasurer. She is also a former chair of the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Urban League’s Pasadena-Foothill Branch. She resides in South Pasadena, CA, with her husband, Dr. Robert L. Hollomand.
Chrystal Johnson, Corresponding Secretary
Chrystal Johnson has been a resident of the Pasadena-Altadena community for the past 35 years. A native of Tucson, AZ, she received her B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona before marrying a Pasadena native and agreeing to make “beautiful Pasadena” her home, too. Chrystal’s working life has been spread over many careers including 20+ years as a programmer/systems analyst, eight years as a Realtor, and her current endeavor as a licensed insurance professional. She is an alumna member of The Links, Inc, having served the Pasadena chapter in several officer positions including that of chapter president. She is also an associate member of Jack and Jill of America, a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and a member of Scott United Methodist Church where she serves on the Mission and Outreach Committee and conducts a Children’s Music Ministry, and a former mentor in the Links-Up for Success mentoring program for girls at John Muir High School. She currently serves as a Director on the board of the PACEF where she holds the office of Corresponding Secretary.
Mary Latimore is currently a Director for the PACEF and is one of its original founders. She received her B.A., M.A., teaching and administrative credentials from Cal State LA. She is a retired Administrator, having served in the LAUSD for 38 years. She has served as Chair of the LAUSD Assistant Principals Association, on the Board of Retired Administrators for LAUSD, on the Board of the Pasadena and Altadena Head Start Program, as a past member of the Council of Black Administrators (COBA), as a Board member of the Association of California School Administrators Retired, Region XVI, and as a member of the Pasadena NAACP. In addition, Mary has served in several capacities as a member of the Pasadena-Altadena Links, Inc. and as a charter member of the Pasadena Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Hazel Livingston is a retired business woman having owned her own retail establishments. Over the past years, she has served her community in a variety of ways. She was a member of the Sister City Committees of Los Angeles and Pasadena. She served six years on the board of the Pasadena YMCA, and eight years as a CASA Volunteer for the Los Angeles Children’s Court. She was a member of Women In Action for 20 years, and a member of the Pasadena-Altadena Links, Inc. for 17 years. She has been married to her husband, Earl, for 66 years.
Kathryn Teer McKnight
Kathryn Teer McKnight, a Director on the board of the Pasadena Altadena Community Endowment Fund, is a retired High School Teacher of 40 years. She is a UCLA graduate with a Masters of Arts Degree in Social Science. “Kitty”, as she is affectionately known to many, is active in many community organizations including the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links, Inc. She has also served on the boards of Planned Parenthood, the YWCA, the Pasadena Senior Center, and Community One, and currently sits on the Advisory Committee of Planned Parenthood. She is also active in the local and state Democratic Party. Kathryn, a widow, has two grown sons and four grandchildren.
Yolanda J. Oliver, President
Yolanda J. Oliver has been a resident of Pasadena since 1977. She worked for 28 years at Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she managed the development of large-scale information systems for the NASA Earth Science Enterprise. In 2005 she joined Oliver and Associates where she manages the day-to-day company operations including personnel management, subcontract management, marketing, product development, purchasing, and finance. As an independent consultant, she also provides construction disbursement and compliance monitoring for companies receiving State, County, and City housing funds. She is active with many local organizations including the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links, Inc., and the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Yolanda has a B.S. degree in Computer Science/Mathematics and an M.B.A., with an emphasis in Management/Information Systems. Yolanda is a Director and President of the board for PACEF. Yolanda is married to Andrew Oliver and they have three adult children.
Cynthia Roye is community service volunteer. Currently, Cynthia is a Director for the PACEF Board; Member of the Board of the Crescenta-Canada YMCA, serving on the Board Governance and Healthy Living Committees; serves as a mentor for the Pasadena-Altadena Links, Inc. mentoring program “LinksUp for Success” and serves as Facet Chair for National Trends and Services. In addition, she serves on the Diversity Committee for the Pasadena Playhouse; served on the La Canada High School PTSA, chaired the MOVE Fair (employment fair for HS youth); served as Secretary for the Altadena NAACP; served as Community Service Chair for the Pasadena Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and has worked tirelessly for families at Union Station in Pasadena, CA. Cynthia attended Northern Virginia Community College where she majored in computer sciences. She is passionate about family gatherings, culinary arts and theatre. She is married to Paul F. Roye and they have four adult sons.
H. Diane Scott, Vice President, Development
Diane Scott has been an active board member (Director) of the Pasadena Altadena Community Endowment Fund for 5 years. She is a 29 year member of The Links, Incorporated, and is the Treasurer for the Western Area which includes 59 chapters throughout 10 states. Her expertise is in fundraising, fiscal management, fund development, programming and management. She is currently a mentor and has served on numerous nonprofit boards and/or organizations that advocate for and serve young people, including the Pasadena Community Foundation Board, Tournament of Roses Foundation, Westridge School For Girls, City of Pasadena Human Services Commission, Five Acres Board of Directors, Healthy Babies Alliance of Pasadena, Inc. and the Junior League of Pasadena. Professionally, she is a Registered Nurse and is the Administrative Manager for a medical practice. Diane is married to Dr. Michael Scott and they have three adult children, and a granddaughter.
Joyce Sniffen is retired and lives in Altadena. She is an alumna of the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of The Links, Inc., and the Fashion Coordinator for 2017 PACEF Fashion Show. She is married and a grandmother of three. Her interest and past time includes hiking, reading, travel and spending time with family and friends.
Floraline I. Stevens, Ed. D
Professionally, Floraline Stevens has been in the evaluation business since 1966. Her firm, Floraline I. Stevens and Associates, was organized following her retirement as the Director of the Research and Evaluation Branch for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for 19 years. She served as a senior research fellow for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in Washington, D.C.; as a program director for the National Science Foundation (NSF); and, as a research associate for the Mid-Atlantic Educational Research Laboratory at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. In the greater Los Angeles Area she has been an advocate for the welfare of underserved children as a member of the Ebony Guild, Lullaby Guild, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Links, Inc. She is a Director and a past-president of the Pasadena Altadena Community Endowment Fund board.
Ashana J. Thorman
Ashana J. Thorman has built a successful career, and a stellar reputation as Senior Financial Advisor with Wescom Financial Services by helping clients attain the financial security derived from sound planning and prudent asset management. Her path to professional success began at the noted investment firm of Merrill Lynch, where for 15 years she established herself as an investment advisor. She subsequently jointed Wescom Financial Services twelve years ago, where she specializes in comprehensive retirement planning and investment advisory services for retirees. Managing close to $100 million dollars in individual investor accounts, Ashana has distinguished herself as an industry leader, combining her years of experience with investments vehicles, market cycles and personal financial planning, with the ability to listen and guide her clients towards achieving their financial goals. In addition to her professional pursuits, Ashana invests her talent and personal time in contributing to the community in a variety of ways. Ashana is married to her husband Tom and enjoys adventure travel, the arts and long nature walks.
Jeane Ward has been an educator and advocate for students for over thirty years. Jeane is co-chair of the scholarship committee for the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a presenter at the chapter’s annual Free Scholarship Workshop that is opened to all 9-12 graders and their parents. Jeane has also put together a Scholarship Preparation Tool Kit that is designed to assist the student and their parents in gathering and organizing scholarship information, materials, resources and a list of scholarship searches. Jeane received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, both from Pepperdine University. She holds an Administrative Service Credential from National University. Before retiring from Los Angeles Unified School District, after 36 years as an educator and administrator, her last assignment involved developing, organizing and implementing educational staff development and workshops for teachers, administrators and district staff. Jeane is married to Harlan Ward and they have one adult son.
Deborah Blanton Williams
Deborah Blanton Williams is a member of the Board of Directors for Huntington Memorial Hospital. She is the immediate Past President of the Altadena Guild which provides fundraising support for Huntington Medical Research Institute. Deborah is a member of the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is Financial Secretary of the Pasadena Delta Foundation. Deborah worked for Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program both with Hospitals and the Health Plan and retired after 33 years. Deborah received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Michigan State University and her M.P.A. with Special Emphasis in Health Services from the University of Southern California. She is an avid supporter of efforts to promote leadership and growth for girls and serves as a mentor with the Links-Up Mentoring for Success program at John Muir High School. She is a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. She resides in Altadena with her husband Jonathan. They have two adult children, Erika and Jonathan II, a daughter-in-law, Kelly and a cherished granddaughter, Taylor.