Pomona Hope

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In addition to a growing community of volunteers and financial supporters, Pomona Hope is led by a Governing Board of Directors and an Executive Director. Our programs are currently run by a staff team, interns, and a growing community of dedicated volunteers who give of their time, energy and expertise completing important organizational responsibilities.

Board

Michael Bowerman

Finance Committee

Michael Bowerman first got involved in Pomona Hope by volunteering there while studying to be an engineer at Harvey Mudd College. He moved into Pomona after receiving his degree and has developed a passion engaging the members of the community and realizing transformation in the city. He currently works as a software engineer, and continues to volunteer for Pomona Hope when he has time. He also attends First Presbyterian Church of Pomona. He joined the board in 2016.

Rusty Beith

Events Committee

Raised in the San Joaquin Valley, Rusty graduated in 1975 from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in history. While at Cal Poly, his interest turned to film making and he moved to Pasadena to pursue that career. After 11 years at an independent company, he moved to the post-production sound for the rest of his career.  He retired in 2012 and moved briefly to Colorado. Due to his wife’s work, they moved to Claremont in 2014. He began attending Pomona Presbyterian Church, which led to his volunteering at Pomona Hope.  Rusty has been on the board since 2017.

Scott Cormode

Personnel and Board Affairs Committee, Chair

Scott Cormode is a professor at Fuller Seminary, where he teaches about leadership and nonprofit management.  He and his wife Genie are members of La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church and have been involved at Pomona Hope for many years.  They have two adult daughters named Elizabeth and Donley.
Adam Donner

Community Engagement Committee

Adam Donner, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pomona joined the board in 2012. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Mechanical Engineering but pursued a call to serve youth through a church internship. This eventually led to seminary and ordination. Adam has pastored since 2003 in various urban and suburban areas. Adam is passionate about equipping the church to discern God’s work in the neighborhood and developing partners to see transformation happen in our community.

Ludmila Drake

Finance Committee, Personnel and Board Affairs Committee

Ludmila Drake is one of the original members of Pomona Hope. Formerly an elementary school teacher in Pomona, Ludmila is passionate about empowering the members of the Pomona community and seeing the city transformed. Ludmila has lived in Pomona her entire adult life and is currently a member of First Presbyterian Church of Pomona where she helps lead the children’s ministry.

Clive Houston-Brown

Finance Committee

Dr. Clive Houston-Brown joined the Board of Pomona Hope in 2016, but has been involved in the Pomona community for more than 20 years. He attended Purpose Church on the corner of Holt and Garey for most of that time and served terms on both their International Service Committee and the Furniture Ministry at various times. He has also been a member of the Rotary Club of Pomona for 13 years, where he has served as President and in a number of Board positions. He led the Rotary District 5300 International Clean Water Initiative for almost 10 years, during which time he initiated and supported dozens of clean water projects in third-world countries. Clive has over 32 years’ experience within the higher education environment in California and currently serves as Vice President of HR, IT, Facilities & Safety at the University of La Verne. Clive holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona, an M.S. in Systems Management from Golden Gate University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne.

Nathan Neighbour

Board President, Personnel and Board Affairs Committee, Events Committee

Nathan Neighbour is a spiritual entrepreneur, speaker, coach and transformational trainer who specializes in the field of spiritual development and character transformation.
 
Nathan graduated with a B.A. in Youth Culture and Modern Music from California Baptist University, and holds a double masters in Entrepreneur Leadership and Theological Studies. He spent 6 years learning from and working with the Mosaic Los Angeles community, serving with the artisans and pastoral team.  Nathan currently serves as the lead pastor of Mosaic Pomona, developing communities  that speak to the core of human creativity and spirituality.
 
Nathan is also a certified transformational trainer & life coach, and is passionate about seeing others experience freedom by realigning vision with commitment, discovering their uniqueness, and living out the dreams that are placed within their soul.   Nathan strives to create spaces where communities become an intentional force of beauty – seeing their lives as the most powerful medium to shape the future of humanity.
Beth Price

Board Treasurer, Finance Committee, Chair Personnel and Board Affairs Committee

Beth Price has volunteered with Pomona Hope since 2005, and has served on the Board on and off since 2008. She has worked in education for over 25 years. She started her career as a math teacher, worked her way up into administration, and is now the Manager of Assessment and Accreditation for a charter management system that has over 75 secondary school sites across the country. In addition, Beth has been part of a small team who launched a new online college that began teaching classes in January of 2017. Beth is committed joining in the work God is doing in Pomona, the mission of Pomona Hope, and increasing the opportunities for the people of Pomona.

Jenny Tsui

Community Engagement Committee, Chair

Jenny Tsui is a Pomona resident, member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pomona, and an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of La Verne.  She, her biology students, and the high school students at Pomona Hope are running a Participatory Action Research project together through Pomona Hope’s Advocates Achieve Program. She is interested in youth empowerment and community change through development of communication, leadership, and research skills.  She is excited to be involved in positive change in Pomona.

Stan Van Horn

Personnel and Board Affairs Committee

Stan Van Horn is a retired police officer, Stan worked for the Claremont Police Department for 32 years, retiring as a Captain in 2009. He has been a member of La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church for fifteen years, serving as an Elder and Deacon while attending the church. Stan first discovered his love of working with elementary school children while working at Forest Home Christian Conference Center, during the summers of his high school and college years.

While working as a police officer Stan was a Drug Abuse Resistance Education ( DARE ) instructor for five years teaching in the Claremont Unified School District and founded the Adopt A Cop Program pairing police officers with elementary school children developing strong relationships between children and police officers.

Stan firmly believes that helping young children develop important life skills is one way to insure their success in becoming a happy, healthy, productive member of society.

Stan has been a volunteer at Pomona Hope since 2014 and really enjoys working with the 4th-6th graders. Stan feels that the Pomona Hope program is an excellent opportunity for young and older kids to grow in so many positive ways. Pomona Hope teaches them positive relationships with other children and adults, develops self confidence, and helps them move in a positive direction as they become young adults.

David Wallace

Finance Committee

Bio coming soon

Aren Yeh

Board Secretary, Finance Committee, Personnel and Board Affairs Committee

Aren Yeh joined the board in 2015 and currently works in Pomona.  He received a B.A. in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of La Verne.  After working in the city for several years, he developed a strong conviction for the community and its future.  He volunteered briefly with Pomona Hope in 2010, helping kids with math, English, science and art.