Executive Board of Directors
Ian, the visionary of Project Fighting Chance, knows first hand the unfortunate end result to the inner city at-risk youth. He began thinking to himself, "I'm going to too many funerals, sooner or later I will be the guest of honor". Seeing death and destruction all around him, he thought his early demise was inevitable. But GOD had other plans. He shares to this day how he sees God’s intervention all through his life keeping him safe. He also share's how Project Fighting Chance is God’s purpose for his life. The F.I.G.H.T.S Boxing Program, a program of Project Fighting Chance, has had it's share of success stories. F.I.G.H.T.S has produced 5 National Champions, two Olympic Trial participants and an Olympic alternate on the 2008 team. The F.I.G.H.T.S Program is the only program in the state of California to have a participant at the last two Olympic trials. Franklin feels that PFC has only scratched the surface as to the impact it will have on the San Bernardino community. And with our recent collaboration with Youth Power Community Solutions a YouthBuild Charter School we have an even greater impact on the academic outcome of youth...
- State Assembly-Certificate of Recognition 2 years in a row
- United States House of Representatives-
- Certificate of Congressional Recognition (Joe Baca)
- County Board of Supervisors-Certificate of Recognition
- City of San Bernardino - Certificate of Recognition.
And is also the Founder of Franklin's Fitness established in 1998
TERRY BOYKINS, Vice President
An award-winning social-entrepreneur with over 320 local, regional and national parent engagement,
community service and mentoring awards, Terry Boykins is CEO of Street Positive®; a Prevention &
Early Intervention (PEI) strategies organization focused on mitigating emotional and economic risk
factors within underserved communities.
Mr. Boykins obtained degrees in Marketing, Management and Communications from California State
University, San Bernardino. Additionally, he has received certificate training for: Mental Health First-
Aid, Teen Dating Violence, Sex Trafficking, The Parent Project, Effective Black Parenting, African
American Mental Health & Disparities, The Fatherhood Academy, Mentoring Children of Incarcerated
Parents, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, The California Legislation and The
Open Society for Black Male Achievement (mentoring); since 2013 he has trained mental health
workers on community engagement. Prior to venturing as social entrepreneur in 1997, Boykins achieved corporate success in the consumer products industry with Clairol, Inc. and the RJR/Nabisco Company. He is the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, NAACP’s “Roy C. Wilkins” President’s Award, National Sales Network “Outstanding Community Achievement” Award, and is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc; social engagement campaigns include the Million Father March, The Rumble, Wigs ‘N Weaves & The Natural You and Daughters Lives Matter.
Mr. Boykins sits on multiple advisory boards and steering committees including Women Wonder Writers Mentoring, One Nation Media Inc, Native Challenge, Brother II Brother Mentoring, H.O.O.P Foundation, Safe Kids Now (SKN), and most recently the UC Riverside School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Community Advisory Board. In 2017 he will co-chair the Youth Poverty Symposium hosted by Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) He is sought after nationally to present on significant and sensitive topics involving children of color and under-served populations. Boykins has chaired numerous conferences, symposiums and collaborations over the past decade; his biological children are graduates of UCLA and UC Berkeley with degrees in the S.T.E.M fields. His Family Mentoring Model has been requested and presented at colleges and universities for increased parent engagement and student achievement. Currently, Boykins is collaborating on a resiliency series entitled Helping Hurt Men Heal™. He is also author of the Street Positive® Man Plan™ For Emotional & Financial Success. His favorite motto: “If you don’t spend time with your child, someone else will. We guarantee it.” For more information about Mr. Boykins and Street Positive visit www.streetpositive.com.
Rory Gandy, 2nd Vice President
Born and raised in the Bay
Area of Northern California but has been a resident of the Inland Empire of
Southern California since 2005. In his early years, Rory took on his
educational opportunities by obtaining a B.A. in Political Science from
Occidental College, a Juris Doctorate in Law from New College of California,
School of Law and a Master's in Law (L.L.M.) for Intellectual Property with an
emphasis in Entertainment Law.
Rory has over 15 years in the corporate world as a member of management within AT&T (a Top 10 Fortune 500 Company). Along with his designated title, Rory also volunteers several hours throughout the year as an AT&T Supplier Diversity Outreach Ambassador. As a Supplier Diversity Outreach Ambassador he helps AT&T leverage critical opportunities to identify, educate and interact with potential diversity suppliers, policy makers and community leaders regarding the Diversity Supplier program within AT&T.
Rory enjoys a very active family lifestyle with his wife and 3 children. Rory is also a member of PaperSkyz, LLC an athletic apparel company that is a family business operated by his wife Ebony Gandy. The Gandy family’s business lives by their quote that “Anything beyond imaginable is possible. PaperSkyz is limitless to turning Dreams into VISIONS that become REALITY” daily.
John Currie, CEO and Founder of The International Reach and Teach Institute began his career as a Registered Nurse over 25 years ago. A National Honor Society Graduate from Bishop Gorman High School and Baccalaureate Graduate of Loma Linda University’s School of Nursing, John has utilized his talents in psychiatric, neonatal and correctional nursing. He has also served within the licensing and certification department for the State of California.
As CEO and Founder of the International Reach and Teach Institute, John creates goals and provides leadership for programs that are currently being offered. Being born in Los Angeles, CA, raised in Las Vegas, NV and currently residing in Loma Linda, CA, he recognizes the need for spiritually based programs to assist those in need. His current project is revamping the Las Vegas chapter, reaching into the depths of the community with veteran transformation, housing needs and uplifting educational and training opportunities.
La Quetta Bush-Simmons, Treasurer
La Quetta Bush-Simmons is the founder and chief executive officer of Simmons Consulting and Training Service and has more than 24 years of experience in non-profit management and ecumenical/interfaith collaborations. During that time she has led four non-profit organizations and has served in a leadership and advisory capacity for more than 13 cultural and service-oriented organizations. In 2003, she was recognized by the Business Press News Magazine 2003 Leaders of Distinction Award for non-profit leadership and featured in the Apartment Professional Magazine, a national publication, as one of the 14 top women executives in the industry.
Advocate Board Members
As a native of San Bernardino, and growing up in neighborhoods were the abundance of drug activity, shootings and prostitution was a common occurrence on the very streets I walked daily to go to school or baseball practice or could easily view from my living room window; life truly had it’s challenges. Being raised by a loving mom and nurturing older sister, along with 6 other brothers and sisters who supported our close nit family , enhanced my desire for a better life or the streets might of claimed me as a casualty of circumstance. But by the Grace of God and youth sports I was able to safely navigate the challenges of growing up in an inner city environment. As a four sport athlete at Eisenhower High School I garnished the traits of leadership and determination which I parlayed into my academics at San Bernardino Valley College and then onto Cal State Long Beach where I majored in Business Administration and became President of Consumer Assistance in a financial service company in Upland California. I currently have over 20 years of experience in the real estate mortgage industry, which landed me as a Producer on the Film “I Love You” due for release this summer in 2014. I’m passionate about inspiring youth to aim high and strive for their potential and as an advocate for the community. And my non-profit volunteering is my way of giving back and has been a driving force behind San Bernardo's F.I.G.H.T.S (Faith In God Heals Troubled Souls) and Project Fighting Chance for the past 14 years. My current professional duties are utilized at Royal Kingdom Financial.
Derrel Thomas, Former Los Angeles Dodger, Advocate
First Draft Choice 1969, played every position in MLB except Pitcher, 1981 World Series Championship Team
1969-1971 Houston Astros
1972-1974 San Diego Padres
1975-1977 San Francisco Giants
1978-1979 San Diego Padres
1979-1983 Los Angeles Dodgers
1884-1984 Montreal Expos / California Angels1985-1985 Philadelphia Phillies
Played Major League Baseball for 15 years and proactively coached both professional and amateur players for over 27 years. Have implemented camps, clinics and tournaments for both baseball and softball, as well as instruct on the essential skills required to be a quality player at both the professional and youth levels. I currently operate a youth foundation and manage a staff that conducts ongoing programming for at-risk youth and underserved athletes in the area of baseball training, academic proficiency, mentorship and leadership. My business acumen accounts for future development of the sport and the expansion of opportunities in both the public and private sectors.