Board Members

Ashana J Thorman – President

H. Diane Scott – Vice President Development

Yolanda Oliver – Corresponding Secretary

Charlotte Bland – Recording Secretary

Nell Hollomand – Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Mildred Dockery – Financial Secretary


Charlotte (Char) Bland, Recording Secretary

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.

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

Cleola Gavalas taught for ten years at Pasadena City College and subsequently as a Counselor at Citrus College where she stayed until she retired. In retirement Cleola stays busy as a member and officer in several organizations. She is currently active with PACEF as Director and Recording Secretary. She is also a member of the Pasadena Altadena Links, Inc., the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, and the Friends of the Altadena Senior Center. She enjoys zumba, line-dancing, walking, and is an avid backgammon player.

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. She is currently working part time at Kaiser. 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.

Hazel Livingston

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 is now serving as a Director and officer (Financial Secretary) for PACEF. She has been married to her husband, Earl, for 68 years.

Nolanda Y. Love

Nolanda Y. Love, a Pasadena, CA native, is dedicated to making a difference in generations. Her extensive background of collaboration with community groups includes: Jack and Jill of America, the Boy’s Club of Pasadena, local schools and ministries, Grand Connection, Victory Bible and Lincoln Avenue Baptist Churches. She currently serves as a Community Partner and Volunteer with Lena Kennedy and the So. Calif. Women’s Health/Beauty & Empowerment Conference, and is a Charter Member of the National Congress of Black Women’s San Gabriel Valley Chapter. In addition, Nolanda is a donor and accomplished “Friend” of PACEF, as well as a proud Hati-ti-tude Participant, who has served in several capacities since its inception. She was honored as The AKA Sorority Pasadena Chapter, 2014 Mother of the Year, and a past recipient of Women in Action’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” Award. Along with her husband Joe, they were among 2016’s honorees of Pasadena’s Parents of The Year Award.

Nolanda is a licensed and ordained Foursquare Pastor, having received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from The King’s Univ. in 2007. She is active in the Leadership Community (Eldership, Music & Prayer Ministry) at The Church on The Way in Van Nuys, CA, Timothy Clark, Sr. Pastor. Her past professional careers include: Exec. Assistant to the Chancellor/ Founder of The King’s University, executive search consultant, retail management/buying and library science. This devoted wife, mother, grandmother, musician/songwriter, author and mentor is a vibrant, creative lady who has a message of hope, and is motivated to inspire and encourage others.

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.

Cheryl A. Myers

Cheryl Myers is a creative, marketing manager with over twenty years experience in developing marketing campaigns for large corporations such as the Walt Disney Company,DirectTV, Los Angeles Times, Capital Group and Kaiser Permanente. She is past Vice President of the Association of Women In Communications and a member of Los Angeles Marketing Association and American Advertising Association. Cheryl moved to Pasadena from Phoenix, Arizona. Passionate about the performing arts, visual arts, and communication arts the move was a perfect fit. She combines her love of fashion and public speaking and has served as the Fashion Show Commentator for the PACEF Hat-ti-tude Benefit Luncheon. In addition to fashion show commentating, Cheryl enjoys being a Host and Mistress of Ceremonies for special events, radio and television. She is a member of La Crescenta Community Church where she is active in the outreach ministry. Cheryl is President of the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.

Dr. Eddie Newman, Ed.D

Dr. Eddie Newman, Ed.D has lived and worked in Pasadena, California for 50 years. She worked for the Pasadena Unified School District as a Teacher, Counselor, Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal, High School Principal and District Director. She also worked at Polytechnic School in Pasadena as Director of Admissions and is a former member of the Polytechnic School Board of Directors. After retiring she helped to open Learning Works! Charter School, where she served as its Principal for approximately 2 years before retiring again. Dr. Newman has spent her life’s work in the field of education and working in her community. She currently serves as the President of the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links, Inc. She is a board member on the Pasadena Community Foundation where she serves as secretary, a Director on the board of the Pasadena Altadena Community Endowment Fund (PACEF), a mentor with the Links-Up for Success mentoring program at John Muir High School, a Trustee at First AME Church in Pasadena, and a Sustaining Member of the Pasadena Junior League. Dr. Newman has also taken on a second career as a licensed Realtor and enjoys helping people in this field as well.

Yolanda J. Oliver, Corresponding Secretary

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 four adult children.

Cynthia Roye

Cynthia Roye is a community service volunteer. Currently, Cynthia is a Director for the PACEF Board; Vice President of Programs for the Pasadena-Altadena Links, Inc. and serves as a mentor for the mentoring program “LinksUp for Success”, serves as a Board member for the SoCal Women’s Annual Health Conference and is a Board member of the We Care About You Foundation. In addition, she serves on the Diversity Committee for the Pasadena Playhouse. She has 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.

Beverley Morgan-Sandoz

Beverley Morgan-Sandoz has focused her professional life and volunteer activities on resources/services for women, young children and their families. She and her late husband, Superior Court Judge John H. Sandoz donated significant financial resources to programs and organizations serving that population. Beverley is a Commissioner on the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women. She is on the Executive Committee of Community Women Vital Voices. She has volunteered with the Cancer Support Committee. For 10 years she was on the Board of Trustees of Polytechnic School and appointed by a former California Governor to a State Committee on services to children with disabilities. She received her masters degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Services Administration. She has been a Pasadena resident for twenty years.

Audrey Schmedes

As a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch, Audrey provides financial services ranging from financial planning to investment advisement and portfolio construction; retirement preparation to risk assessment and asset management. Previously, Audrey worked for a number of years in the software industry for companies like Microsoft and Microsoft partners in the US and overseas. She began her collegiate journey at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh studying Chemical Engineering, but went on to obtain a bachelor’s in Business Administration, afterward pursuing an MBA at California State University, Los Angeles. Audrey combines her passion for financial education with her passion for youth through The Village Enrichment Program, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization she founded in 2011. The Village is dedicated to providing the life skills essential for success to youth in underserved communities. She is also a board member of PACEF – the Pasadena Altadena Community Endowment Foundation, an active member of the historic Ebell Club Los Angeles, and a regular volunteer for the Bank of America Employee Network BPG. An avid traveler, Audrey has visited over 40 countries, having lived and worked abroad for a number of years, holding global executive positions in multinational tech companies.

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 25 year member of The Links, Incorporated, and is the Chair of Programming for the Western Area which includes 56 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.

Joyce Sniffen

Joyce Sniffen is retired from Kaiser Permanente 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.

Ashana J. Thorman, President

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

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.

Carla D. Williams

Carla has been a resident of Pasadena since 1982. She is currently a Sr. Human Resources Manager with Los Angeles County. In her role as Sr. Human Resources Manager she is responsible for leading teams that create and manage programs that aim to increase opportunities for youth and women who face barriers to employment. These programs reach out to current and former foster youth, homeless youth and women, the disabled, veterans, and the formerly incarcerated. The programs Carla manages provide increased educational opportunities and/or job readiness for these targeted populations. The role is extremely fulfilling as she sees lives changed when those with little or no hope obtain training, a job, benefits, get their own living space, and start a productive life. Most recently Carla created a Countywide mentoring program for County employees; it has launched with great success. Providing mentors to youth throughout the 4,700 square miles of Los Angeles County will have a positive impact on youth as County employees will provide a listening ear, career exposure, and encouragement as youth navigate their youthful years. Carla holds a B.S. in Business Information Systems and an Masters in Public Administration. She is a member of the Los Angeles County African-American Employees Association, Women Who Lead LA County, Los Angeles County Management Council, PACEF Board, and Sierra Madre Church of Christ. She has two daughters, two son-in-laws, and two granddaughters.

Deborah Blanton Williams

Deborah Blanton Williams serves on several Executive Board Committees for Huntington Hospital and an immediate past member of the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Altadena Guild which provides fundraising support for Huntington Medical Research Institutes. Deborah is a member of the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She also serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood for Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley and Chairs the Board Development Committee. 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. 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 III; a daughter-in-law, Kelly; and cherished grandchildren, Taylor and Cameron.


Dr. Floraline Stevens

Floraline Stevens was an esteemed member of the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of The Links, Incorporated for thirty-two years, from May 1986 to January 2018, ultimately meeting the requirements for Platinum status, the most revered standing in The Links, Incorporated.

She contributed her multifaceted talents and unfaltering leadership in the furtherance of the Pasadena-Altadena Links chapter goals and projects and served as President of the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, from 2001-2003. During her tenure as President, the chapter implemented the nationally acclaimed and award-winning program, ‘Links To Success Saturday School,’ for which she was the driving force in writing a grant that secured $150,000 over a three-year period, which empowered the chapter to implement a targeted curriculum designed to improve reading skills for students in kindergarten through fourth grade;

Flo was consistently a stellar fundraising champion and regularly raised noteworthy funding to subsidize programs and scholarship awards. For over 15 years, she worked as a Director of the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund (PACEF) and served as President for 8 of those years. During her tenure as President, the PACEF developed the “Hat-ti-tude” Fundraiser concept which enabled the growth of the Endowment to over $300,000

Flo worked in the evaluation business for over 50 years. 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.

Flo 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 will forever be remembered as a staunch advocate for the welfare of underserved children as a member of the Ebony Guild, Lullaby Guild, and Western Area Director for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Flo left a permanent mark on so many and in so many ways that she will be sorely and deeply missed; she was one of a kind, a mover and a shaker, a woman of honor and deep conviction who dared to tread on uncharted waters and stood firm, dynamic, and assertive in her endeavors; undaunted in facing a challenge; a leader of leaders; a consummate believer in the value of education; an advocate for the disadvantaged; a font of knowledge on the efficacy of educational programs as well as a novel and progressive thinker—leaving a legacy of love and influence to her family, loyal friends, professional colleagues, and her much treasured organizations.