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

Adam Donner

Ex Oficio Member

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.

Stan Van Horn

Board President, Chair of 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.

Beth Price

Board Treasurer, Chair of Finance 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.

David Wallace

Board Secretary, Finance Committee

Dave currently works as the Chief Investment Officer at Pomona College where he provides oversight of Pomona College’s $2.3 billion dollar endowment.  Prior to joining Pomona College in 2012 Dave worked for World Vision International in London U.K. as the Manager for Global Funding and Corporate Finance, arranging debt and equity capital for microfinance organizations in over 40 countries. 

He joined the board in 2015 and is an active member of Baseline Community Church in Claremont where he serves in the Children’s ministry.  Dave earned a B.A. and M.B.A from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.

Aren Yeh

Finance 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.

Scott Cormode

Personnel and Board Affairs Committee (Advisory)

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.
Jenna Hoover

Personnel and Board Affairs Committee

Jenna has volunteered with Pomona Hope since 2016 and joined the Board in 2019. She graduated from UCLA in 2016 with a B.A. in Economics and now works in environmental education in Montclair and serves as the Youth Director at First Presbyterian Church of Pomona. She is excited about empowering youth to seek transformation in their communities and how that can align with God’s work in Pomona. 

Lauren Wooten

Personnel and Board Affairs Committee

Lauren, originally from Orange County, recently moved to Claremont with her husband, Dave. She joined the board of Pomona Hope in 2019, and is honored to be connecting to the local community through the organization. 

Prior to moving to Claremont, Lauren lived in Vail, Colorado after graduating from Vanderbilt University. In Vail, Lauren’s interest in the world of education and nonprofits was sparked by a local youth-serving organization, YouthPower365. Lauren spent a year serving as an Americorps volunteer, and was hired as a full time employee by YouthPower365 at the end of her term. During her eight years with the organization, she managed afterschool and summer programming for local students, spent time in the fundraising department, and eventually became the Director of Operations. She is passionate about empowering communities through engagement with children and families, and is energized and inspired by the work that Pomona Hope is doing!

 
Rusty Beith

Event Planning 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.

Nathan Neighbour

Event Planning 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.
Hector Rojas

Board Member

Hector has been a part of Pomona Hope for 9 years, first as a student, then as a volunteer and now as part of the Board of Directors. He is currently attending his second year at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona  pursuing a Liberal Studies degree to become a school counselor. He recently completed a Teaching Internship at Pomona Hope during the Summer Enrichment program.  He strives to help the youth of tomorrow to better understand and value the importance of education.