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...
La Quetta Bush-Simmons, Chairperson
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.
Terry Boykins, 1st Vice President
An award-winning social-entrepreneur with over 400 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 under served 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, Campaign For Black Male Achievement (RYMR), Wigs ‘N Weaves & The Natural You and Daughters Lives Matter. His favorite motto: “If you don’t spend time with your child, someone else will. We Guarantee It.”
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.
A native of California born in Los Angeles. She is a freelance artist and a youth and women's advocate in her community. She has resided in San Bernardino for 25 + years.
Monica Martin has been apart of 4Positive Knowledge since 1997 and has given her time and expertise to many youth and family events.
Monica Martin is working with Street Positive in creating and organizing events for the Daughters Lives Matter movement, and as a board member of Project Fighting Chance.
She continues to share the importance of a positive and healthy father daughter relationship. Victim turned survivor has motivated her to stand up and create positive change in her community.
Jatori Harris has been working for the County of San Bernardino for 10 years since 2008 with the Independent Living, foster youth program. Responsible for collaborating with Community partners to find resources that help support the transition to adulthood for current and former foster youth. His participation in administrative meeting to represent the voice of the youth/young adult and organizations like CYC (California youth connection) has resulted in the passing of legislative bills such as AB167 that allows youth that have moved schools one or more times in their 11th grade year to graduate with 130 credits which allows them to focus on common core credits while eliminating electives. Networking and community collaboration has led him to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles as a board member with CASA of San Bernardino in April 2014 - April 2015 and with Street Positive as an Million Father March Organizer from 2012 to present.
Dr. Jamille Harrell-Sims
PhD - Human Services, Family Services and Intervention Strategies.
Known for training agencies in Cultural Competency and Trauma, CSEC 101, writing strength and culture based programs, webinars and as an Adjunct Professor.
Professionally trained as a culturally competent Life Coach. Instructing on Trauma Studies, Communication Studies, Cultural Psychology and African American Family Studies/ History.
Accomplished in writing programs and performing work with marginalized families
CEO and founder of Harrell Kagler Interventions, Inc.