Trustees

DeNae’s undergraduate studies were completed at the University of California, Riverside, where he met Natlie A. Cole. He attained a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration at California State University at San Bernardino. He spent more than seven years as an elementary school teacher and program coordinator in Los Angeles Unified School District. In Riverside Unified School District he served for five years as an assistant principal and principal at the middle school level.

DeNae recently co-authored a professional guide book with former colleagues entitled, Principles for the Principal (www.principlesfortheprincipal.com). The book is a collection of anecdotal tips, tools, and templates aimed at providing relevant and practical ideas for new and aspiring school administrators.

DeNae is currently a senior partner and Chief Operating Officer of Instructional Access, Inc. The company provides consulting and training services in instructional technology for youth and families in “at-risk” situations. DeNae is responsible for new program development and manages the company’s instructional practices. He also serves as a liaison between federal agencies and county and state clients. (www.instructionalaccess.com).

DeNae serves as the secretary of the corporate board of trustees of the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, CA. and as treasurer of the Instructional Access Inc. board of directors. His professional affiliations include the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Southern California Minority Business Council, and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).

DeNae’s philanthropic efforts include relief donations to aide with national and world disasters, participation in Relay for Life activities, and support to local faith-based and local organizations, such as the Riverside Education Enrichment Foundation (REEF).

DeNae and Natlie were once married for 13 years. They shared a life-long friendship and were partners in parenting and numerous business ventures. DeNae and Natlie are the proud parents of two sons, Gared (UCLA class of ’12 and Gavin (high school class of ’12).

email: dreagins[a]natliefoundation.org

Trustee DeNae Reagins, M.A.

Trustee DeNae Reagins, M.A.

President

Dorothy is a retired Human Resources Manager with AT&T. After joining the company in the late 1970’s Dorothy worked for more than 20 years as a loyal employee in numerous capacities that also included upper level management. Her responsibilities were broad. During her tenure with the company, she managed a wide swath of territory spanning Southern California from the Mexican border to Ventura County. She served the company as a consummate professional developing, implementing, and supervising the employment practices of company employees representing a variety of departments. Additionally, her regional responsibilities included directing the recruiting, hiring, transfer, and relocation process for employees. During Dorothy’s successful years at the company she earned numerous citations and awards recognizing her devotion and ability to effect change and productivity.

Beyond her successful years at AT&T, Dorothy joined a prominent employment agency in Riverside for 5 years. The time she served at AT&T and the experiences she garnered, was a tremendous benefit for the new company. Once again, in this role Dorothy enjoyed accolades and citations.

Volunteerism is at the core of Dorothy’s belief system and constitution. For many years she was a central figure as a member of The Riverside Elites, Inc. The group is a social and charitable, non-profit organization based in the Inland Empire. Since its inception, the organization has provided annual scholarships to deserving men and women. The Riverside Elites, Inc. has been involved in numerous service based activities for the past forty-five years. During the course of Dorothy’s thirty year membership, she has held the offices of President, Vice-President, Scholarship chairperson, Program chairperson and served on numerous committees.

Dorothy is Natlie’s mother. She and Natlie’s father John have be married for nearly half a century and enjoyed parenting Natlie and Sabrina from infancy through adulthood. Dorothy and Natlie shared a mother-daughter bond that can only be formed via an umbilical cord and years of devotion, guidance, loving late night talks, gut wrenching laughter, and heartbreak generated tears.

email: dcole[a]natliefoundation.org

Trustee Dorothy Cole

Trustee Dorothy Cole

Vice-President

Bonnie attended the University of Idaho and received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Child Development, Family Relations. After relocating to California in 1985, she continued her education at California State University, San Bernardino. There she received a Master of Arts in Educational Administration.

For the past 25 years, Bonnie has served in public education in Riverside County. She has taught kindergarten, first, second, third, and sixth grades, worked as a Categorical Program Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Principal. She currently teaches first grade at Liberty Elementary School in the Riverside Unified School District.

Bonnie has also served as the secretary for the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority in Riverside where the group’s focus is on domestic violence victims and scholarships for young women wanting to pursue a career in education. Additionally, she has donated her time to the Rotary Club of Downtown Riverside, and to the National Charity League of Riverside.

Bonnie and Natlie shared a close friendship for more than 10 years. Their relationship grew over the years and was punctuated with quarterly mini-excursions that they embarked upon without fail. Through these sacred traveling sisterhood experiences, Bonnie, Natlie, Wendy, and Laura formed an unbreakable bond.

email: bpotts[a]natliefoundation.org

Trustee Bonnie R. Potts, M.A.

Trustee Bonnie R. Potts, M.A.

Jennett has enjoyed 17 celebrated years as an entrepreneur in Riverside, CA. She is the sole Owner-Hair Stylist of J. LaNae’s Beauty Expressions Salon. Jennett has been a certified professional hairstylist for more than 25 years. Her long list of clients reads like a “who’s who” of the Inland Empire.

When she isn’t working in or on her business she is volunteering at local Riverside schools assisting her sons’ extracurricular activities.
Jennett is also a co-founder of “It’s Our Time” Book and Spa Club. She currently serves as the vice-president and treasurer.

Jennett shares her life with her husband Rodney of 28 years and two sons Jared and Trenton. Jennett and her family are community service activists. They regularly volunteer with “Meals on Wheels”, “Toys 4 Tots”, Riverside beautifying projects, and many other community works.

Jennett and Natlie shared a friendship for more than 25 years. Additionally, Jennett was Natlie’s hairstylist and confidant. They both enjoyed one another’s company sharing stories and laughter as mothers, neighbors, and co-founders of “It’s Our Time” Book and Spa Club.

Jennett, Bequida, Sabrina, and the other members of “It’s Our Time” Book and Spa Club have designated Natlie as a lifelong honorary member.

email: jjones[a]natliefoundation.org

Trustee Jennett L. Jones

Trustee Jennett L. Jones

Treasurer

DeAngelus attend Banning High School in Banning, California and graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Administrative Studies.

DeAngelus has worked in a professional and management capacity in the healthcare arena for more than 15 years. Her vita includes professional experience with Prudential Insurance of America, Catholic Healthcare West, Golden Empire Managed Care, Inc. and Health Net of California, Inc.

DeAngelus is currently employed as a Regional Network Manager for Health Net of California, Inc. Her responsibilities include analyzing internal and external data, process flows, policies and procedures relating to contract negotiation, execution, modification, and maintenance. Her primary functions also require the development of physician and hospital service networks throughout Southern California.

DeAngelus currently resides in Pasadena, CA. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and is actively involved in a variety of other civic and professional activities.

DeAngelus is Natlie’s sister-in-law and lived with Natlie and DeNae and helped tremendously with their newborn son, Gared while completing her undergraduate studies. As a result she and Natlie shared a unique bond as “sisters”.

email: dereagins[a]natliefoundation.org

Trustee DeAngelus Reagins

Trustee DeAngelus Reagins

Corresponding Secretary-Spokesperson

Marsha earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside (CA), and Master’s of Business Administration with emphasis in Information Technology from the University of Redlands (CA). She has been employed by Edison International since 1984 where she is currently a Technical Specialist responsible for performing multifaceted analysis, consulting, and providing recommendations related to resolving complex issues and technical challenges.

Marsha’s philanthropic efforts include humanitarian donor to the Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside counties (Lifestream), Disaster Response trained volunteer for the American Red Cross (Ontario, CA); participant of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women; the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life activities; volunteered at the Special Olympics games; member of the “Be The Match” Bone Marrow Registry and support of local faith-based and relief organizations. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, an international service organization, where she served as President of the local (Eta Nu Omega) chapter and Graduate Advisor of the undergraduate chapter at the University of California, Riverside. Marsha is actively involved in a variety of other civic activities.

Marsha currently resides in Hunter’s Ridge, CA. She is a member of Loveland church where she has taught Sunday School, sung in the choir, organized social functions, and volunteered at the God’s Woman Conferences office.

Marsha is Natlie’s sister-in-law. She and Natlie shared a sorority sisterhood as members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Marsha has fond memories of teaching Natlie to fish; a sporting event that Natlie came to appreciate and enjoy with Marsha.

email: mlreagins[a]natliefoundation.org

Trustee Marsha M. Reagins, MBA

Trustee Marsha M. Reagins, MBA

Parliamentarian

Bequida Buchanan is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and currently resides in Riverside, CA She is a master stylist with many years of professional experience. She currently works at J. Lanae’s Beauty Expression Salon. She is a life-long learner and takes special pride in staying abreast of the multi-faceted and ever-evolving beauty and hair care industry. Bequida specializes in precision cutting.

Bequida and Mark are the proud parents of three delightful girls, Madison (8), Makenna (3), and baby Makylie (4 months).
Bequida serves as the president of the literary group, “It’s Our Time” Book and Spa Club. The group’s mission is enriching the paths and expanding the minds of its members using great literary works as a vehicle to promote dialogue and sharing. The all-female group enjoys a unique sisterhood that encourages physical, spiritual, and mental wellness. Beyond literature enrichment, refreshing spa experiences and community service events are common activities for the group.

Natlie and Bequida shared a special professional relationship as co-founding members of “It’s Our Time” Book and Spa Club and a committed friendship for more than 15 years. Bequida, Jennett, Sabrina, and the other members of “It’s Our Time” Book and Spa Club have designated Natlie as a lifelong honorary member.

email: bequida[a]natliefoundation.org

Trustee Bequida Buchanan

Trustee Bequida Buchanan

Events Coordinator

Rodney Medina is a Producer/Director with over 25 years of experience in the television journalism, advertising and entertainment industries.

In 1987, Rodney helped launch daily news programming for KTIE in Southern California as a copywriter and editor.

In 1989 Rodney worked in the infomercial industry as a Producer where he oversaw studio and field productions. He was also integral in product development and branding for Guthy-Renker, Direct America & National Media.

Rodney served as Production Manager for Charter Media in Southern California where he developed the most profitable revenue producing production department for Charter Media systems in the nation. He also produced and directed 3 seasons of live broadcasts for high school, college and professional sports for Charter Communications.

As a Lighting Director & Camera Operator for major television networks he has worked for CBS, ESPN, TV Land, EA Sports, Comedy Central, Animal Planet & G4TV in series and dramatic programming. Rodney’s expertise as a Director of Photography and Editor is most notable in a series of films for Mission Without Borders, documentaries detailing the conditions of postcommunist orphanages in Romania & China.

He is currently the Owner and Creative Director for The Media Professionals, a full-service marketing firm serving Southern California. Rodney is also the producer and director for television programs that air daily on 3ABN, the Dare to Dream Network and Loma Linda Broadcast Network (LLBN).

Trustee Rodney Medina

Trustee Rodney Medina

Estelle Lewis is a lifetime resident of the Pass area, currently residing in Banning. She is married to Lester Lewis and has two children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Estelle is also the owner of a retail store, Ellie’s Galleria, located in Banning.
Estelle is an active member of the community which is evident in the service as a volunteer for Banning Unified School District, City of Banning, her local church, Valley District Association (Riverside County), California Baptist State Convention, American Cancer Society – Pass Area Relay for Life and J. P. Prior Scholarships which are awarded to local high school graduates.
Estelle has proudly held past positions of trustee, director and/or board member with the following: Banning Unified School District (Trustee), Banning Public Library District (Board Member), Banning Action Coalition (Member), Riverside County School District Organization Committee (Member), Riverside County Workforce Development (Board Member) and San Gorgonio Memorial Healthcare District (Director).
In addition to Estelle’s positions of Trustee of the Natlie A. Cole-Reagins Education and Cancer Research Foundation, she is currently a trustee, director and/or board member of San Gorgonio Memorial Healthcare District (Director), Banning Unified School District (Personnel Commissioner), and City of Banning Community (Advisory Committee Member).

Trustee Estelle Lewis

Trustee Estelle Lewis

Dennis Sonney has worked with over 500 manufacturers throughout Southern California. He is a Lean Six-Sigma specialist with an automation mind that has enabled world-class breakthrough ideas; leading to process improvements, cost reductions, and a better way of life. Dennis has a strong passion to grow manufacturing in the U.S. and his efforts were recently recognized by San Bernardino County on job creation.

Trustee Dennis Sonney

Trustee Dennis Sonney

Jennie Mikels is an Elementary School Principal for the Riverside Unified School District. She takes great pride in meeting the needs of her students, staff, and community. Jennie’s highest priority is to enable students to lead their learning.

Jennie has served the Riverside community for 25 years as an educator. She earned her undergraduate degree and teaching credential from San Diego State University and her graduate degree from California State University San Bernardino. Jennie taught both elementary and middle school students over the course of seventeen years. She has also served as a literacy coach and assistant principal before becoming a principal.

Jennie has been active on several committees supporting early literacy and instruction including the Riverside Unified School District Elementary Principal’s Task Force, Kindergarten Planning Committee, Principal’s Instructional Council and Technology Standards Committee. She actively supports the Education Department at California Baptist University with the development and expansion of partnerships between Monroe Elementary School and CBU.

Jennie is currently the Principal at Monroe Elementary School in the Riverside Unified School District. Her focus on literacy and personalized learning has resulted in a deep focus on the achievement of all students. This is focus is something she and Natlie had in common.

Trustee Jennie Mikels

Trustee Jennie Mikels

Trustee

Advisory Board

Mae Harris-Oglesby received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She recently retired as a Deputy Director for Children and Family Services (CFS) in San Bernardino County, California. She worked in a variety of capacities during her years with CFS and had the opportunity to work with several community service and volunteer organizations. Ms. Harris-Oglesby is the Board Development Chair for UJIMA, Inc., a community based scholarship fund for students in the field of health sciences. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading and traveling.

Mae Harris-Oglesby

Mae Harris-Oglesby

Amy Cardullo currently serves as Director of the Riverside Community College District Foundation. A 20 year resident of Riverside, she has been active in several community organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Riverside (Past President), Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation, Riverside Roadrunners, Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars, Riverside Children’s Theatre, Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation, Poly High School Choir Boosters, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Professionally, Amy serves as a Board Member of the Network of California Community College Foundations, the Inland Empire Planned Giving Roundtable, past president of the Riverside Estate Planning Council, and as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Council for Resource Development and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She is honored to assist in furthering the legacy of a gifted teacher who had a profound impact on her son Alex.

Amy Cardullo

Amy Cardullo

Wanda attended Moreno Valley High School and matriculated to the University of California, Riverside where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business. It was at UCR where Wanda had the pleasure of meeting Natlie, who was always elegant with a beautiful smile and a kind and gentle spirit. Wanda attained a Masters of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Redlands. She is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School.

Wanda Keri Jones has over thirty years of commercial banking experience. She has worked in relationship management, credit administration, Business Center management and Regional Management positions at a variety of institutions. Wanda is employed with Community Bank as a Senior Vice President and Regional Business Center Manager where she manages a team of financial professionals who perform lending, depository and branch operations activities for middle market clients. Wanda enjoys coaching and mentoring, traveling, design and reading. She is married to a wonderful man and has two marvelous children. Wanda is committed to giving back to her community as evidenced by her board positions not only with NACE, but also with Camp Fire Inland Southern Council and Foothill Family Shelter, as well as being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Wanda Jones

Wanda Jones

Helen Forbes’ career in the hospitality industry spans 15 years. Her current position as General Manager of the Anaheim Fairfield Inn by Marriott began in April, 2003.

Her experience in the hospitality industry includes the following positions: Director of Human Resources, Torrance Marriott, 2000-2003; General Manager, Placentia Residence Inn, 1999-2000, General Manager, Placentia Fairfield Inn, 1996-1999. Prior to joining Marriott International, Helen ran her own management consulting firm; Forbes Management Services for 9 years in Orange County. Additionally, she served as General Manager an VP of Rogers Cable TV and worked in the telecommunications industry serving numerous management positions with Pacific Bell and AT&T.

Mrs. Forbes is a Board Member of the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel and lodging Association. She recently was selected to participate on the Marriott Advisory Board for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC . She serves on the advisory councils of the hospitality and leadership development programs at Orange Coast College. Mrs. Forbes’ community service passion is filled through her membership with the Orange Count Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and involvement with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a public service sorority.

A native Californian, Mrs. Forbes is a graduate of UCLA, with a major in Political Science-Public Administration, She and her husband has been married 41 years. They enjoy traveling, the performing arts, sports, movie going, and an active social life with family and friends.

Helen M. Forbes

Helen M. Forbes

Dana Crawford-King is a Senior Administrative Analyst for Riverside County Department of Public Social Services in the Administrative Services Division. She has worked for Riverside County for more than 26 years and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Art Degree in Education Career and Technical Development, from the California State University San Bernardino. Dana is also a part-time professor at the University of LaVerne School of Law.

She has been a lifetime resident of Riverside County and has two beautiful children (Jol and Phylicia). She is an active member of her community and throughout Riverside County serving on the following boards:

· Black History Committee of Riverside County
· National Association of Committee Mediation
· Golden State Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star- Scholarship Chairperson
· Imperial Court Daughters of Isis Local Chapter Financial Secretary
· The Natlie A. Cole-Reagins Foundation

Dana Crawford-King

Dana Crawford-King

Celia Cudiamat is Executive Vice President at The Community Foundation (TCF). Her career includes over 25 years experience in leadership, program development and management, contracts & grants management, community building, university-community partnerships and collaborations, volunteer management, youth leadership development and fundraising.

Celia joined TCF in October of 2004. Her main responsibility is to provide leadership and primary oversight for all grants and scholarship programs including restricted and unrestricted funds, field of interest programs, program initiatives, and other related special projects. One of her major roles is to assist donors in developing strategies to fulfill their philanthropic goals, establish specialized grant and scholarship programs, enhance their awareness of community needs, promote collaborative funding strategies, and diversify their grantmaking objectives. She also actively engages in cultivating, soliciting, and securing private/public sources of funding for TCF charitable giving to meet community needs.

Previously, she launched and served as the first Director of UCLA BruinCorps–Vice Chancellor’s Office/Student Affairs, a service learning, nationally funded AmeriCorps program, that provided opportunities for college students to address community needs by integrating service with academic study and community building programs. During a five year period, Celia secured over $5 million in state, federal, and private funds to support multiple university/community initiatives.

Celia volunteers as a grant reviewer for various funding entities, local and statewide; and serves on the Board of a few tax-exempt organizations. She has been recognized by Catholic Charities; the California State Assembly for outstanding efforts & accomplishments; City of Los Angeles 5th District for outstanding citizenship; County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisor, West Los Angeles for Service to Community Affairs. Celia is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. She enjoys tending to her eclectic garden, nature hiking, traveling, and reading. She lives in Riverside with her husband and three sons.

Celia Cudiamat

Celia Cudiamat

Robert has always loved drawing He discovered oil painting when he was twelve years old. He won several school competitions as well as prizes at fairs. Robert is a graduate of San Diego State University (1971) and quickly became an elementary teacher for the Perris Elementary School District in Perris California. One of his major joys has always nee teaching art to children. “Providing young minds with basic of perspective, balance, line, shading, composition, and color empowers them to express themselves and succeed in all other curricular areas.” The culminating art activity in his fourth and fifth grade classrooms was always doing a formal acrylic painting on canvas. The ability to integrate art throughout the curriculum was a major factor in winning the Perris Elementary School District’s Teacher of the Year Award in 1994, as well as being selected as a runner up for the Riverside County Awards. Robert has created murals for schools in the Alvord, Riverside, Perris and Victorville School Districts on the subjects of reading, history, and careers. He won a first place award in the Riverside Centennial Competition for his pen and ink rendering of the St. Francis Chapel Doorway at the Mission Inn. Two of his watercolors were selected for reproduction and are displayed by the Carley Group at the Mission Inn.

Robert retired from teaching in 2008 and continues to paint full time. He and his wife Terry reside in Riverside, California.

Robert Newell

Reverend Jerry Hobby is a visionary who believes in living her life on purpose. She has dedicated her life to listening within for that which brings peace and love in her life and she focuses on serving from that place. She contributes to the world by awakening people to their dreams and their GIFTS.

Reverend Jerry Hobby is the Assistant Minister at the Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living in Riverside, California. She has been a member of this spiritual community for over twenty years. Rev. Jerry’s primary focus is on youth and families. She received a letter of call as Youth and Family Minister in September, 2000. Her leadership and vision has brought order and focus to this program. The Center’s youth programs move families beyond Sundays with programs like Make the Grade, a Summer Tutoring Program, and their Youth Conference, Exploring the Road to Success.

She also serves as a project manager for “A Season for Nonviolence”, a 64 day celebration of the life work of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She brings enriching programs to the spiritual community and the extended community. She states, “I am here to radiate JOY. My purpose is to magnify the light of LOVE and TRUTH in all things. I am an instrument of LOVE supporting people in fulfilling their dreams.” Her mission is to inspire and empower people who are ready to fill their hearts’ desires. She supports people in learning how to reduce stress in their lives by opening up to their life purpose through the spiritual practice and application of programs like “The Aromatherapy Playshop”, “ Living in a State of Forgiveness”, A Prayer With and Without Words” to name a few. She conducts teleconference calls titled “Spiritual Practices with Reverend Jerry” and teaches adult classes in her spiritual community. She has a private practice which includes counseling, coaching, and supporting people in demonstrating their dreams and realizing overflowing abundance in their lives to fulfill every seeming need. Her work is transformative, creating balance, peace of mind and its support for people in experiencing joy.

She has been married for 25 years to Larry Hobby who is a licensed practitioner. They reside in Fontana, California.

Reverend Jerry Hobby

Reverend Jerry Hobby

Sylvia N. Martin James brings a wealth of experiences and expertise to this Advisory Board. She has a Pupil Personnel Credential, a Master of Arts in Sociology/Education, (UC Riverside), an Administrative Services Credential (CSU Fullerton), Life Elementary and Secondary Teaching Credentials, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio).

The University of California –Riverside Alumni involvement includes serving as Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Alumni Association Treasurer, Vice President and its FIRST female President. While serving as President, the first alumni logo was approved. While serving as the first female president, she was honored with the distinction of being selected as one of forty alumni of “Who Make A Difference”. She remains active with the UC Riverside campus as a member of the Alumni and Visitors Center Committee, Long Range Development Plan Committee, the City / University Task Force and Chair of the Barnett and Eleanor Jean Grier Concerned Citizens Committee.

Civic organizations include the Friends of the Riverside Public Library, Athena, Riverside African-American Historical Society, Raincross Club, and the League of Women Voters of Northwest Riverside County. She has also served on the Riverside County Grand Jury.

Sylvia N. Martin James

Sylvia N. Martin James

Woody received her undergraduate degree from D.C. Teachers College, with a major in History, and a minor in Geography. She received her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from University of Redlands. Woodie taught History for Riverside Unified School district (R.U.S.D.) at J. W. North High School in Riverside, CA. She became Dean of Students, also at J. W. North High School. In 1979, she became Executive Director of Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC) and remained until 1990. She authored – A Book to Match Our Diversity (The History of Region VIII OICs). Woodie returned to J.W. North High School, as Assistant Principal in 1992. She served as Assistant Principal in the areas of discipline, attendance and guidance/counseling, which included work in Community Involvement Activities/Governmental affairs. Until August of 2003, she served as Assistant Principal, Educational Options Center (EOC), Riverside Unified School District.

Presently, Woodie is serving as Child Welfare and Attendance Manager, and her duties also include being the District Coordinator for Homeless education. Woodie is also a member of the following: RPD Chief of Police “Citizen’s Advisory Board”, Amos Temple CME Church’s Chancel Choir, the Raincross Group, the Group and she serves as the Social Concerns chair for Amos Temple CME Church. She was a recipient of a Public Service Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and she is the current President of the Riverside Branch, NAACP, the National NAACP Region I Secretary and the South East Area Director for the California State Conference NAACP.

Woodie is the co-founder of Saturday Academy at the University of California, Riverside, where she consistently volunteered as the parent coordinator, for over 14 years. She has participated in numerous organizations and groups including Leadership Riverside, Class of 1989, Leadership Riverside Steering Committee, The Group, C.A.N. (Community Alliance Network), Riverside Police Community Engagement Task Force, AQMD Advisory Committee, Riverside Community Relations Commission, Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Kappa, League of Women Voters and the Center for Educational Leadership and Management Performances, class of 1978. She previously served as a National Science Foundation fellow in the area of Race Relations, in Mammoth, Oregon. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, which included being recognized in the 1997 through 2002 issues of Who’s Who of American Women. Woodie has also served as Past President, Treasurer and member of the Hunter Park Chamber of Commerce and as a former Division Representative to the Greater Chambers of Commerce Board. She also represents the Riverside Area on the AQMD’s Environmental Justice Board, and she is an active member of the Eastside Think Tank, a watchdog group, founded by former Chief Leach, RPD, for the residents of the Eastside of Riverside.

Woodie was the co-founder of ‘86’ Riverside African American Summit. She currently sits on the governing board of Parkview Community Hospital and serves as its immediate past chairman. In February 1997, Woodie was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Visionaries Award. In November 2002, and 2006 she was cited for her outstanding contributions and service to the community by the Kansas Ave. Seventh Day Adventist Church and by the Essie L. Bell & God Bless the Child Foundation. Woodie is also the proud recipient of the Art Pick Outstanding Leadership Riverside Alumni Award and in September 2003, she became a recipient of the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award. In 2011, she was honored by the California Association of Black Correctional Workers for her work in the community. Woodie also appeared in the April-May 2011 article in the Riverside Magazine entitled “Women we admire.” In 2012, Woodie was the recipient of two additionally cherished awards – the Good News Missionary Baptist Church Woman of Achievement Award and the 2012 Soroptimist International of Riverside Gold Key Award. In 2013, Woodie was honored by the Richard T. Fields Bar Association who awarded her their award as an Outstanding Community Leader.

Woodie’s hobbies include public speaking, reading and music. Her motto is “Good, better, best. Never let them rest, until the good becomes better and the better becomes best.” She also believes that “can’t is a lazy animal that does not try.”

Waudieur “Woodie" E. Rucker-Hughes

Waudieur “Woodie" E. Rucker-Hughes