The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley (CCAV) has increased the diversity and size of its board of directors with the addition of five accomplished business leaders. The new members, who bring a range of personal experiences and professional expertise, bring the overall size of the board to 11.
“Our new board members are not only highly qualified to lead the Children’s Center, they are representative of the community we serve and expand the board’s collective cultural awareness,” said Samantha Schmitz, CCAV board chair. “The Children’s Center strives to ensure cultural sensitivity and effectively engage with the diverse communities we serve.”
Joining the board are:
Zac Cullen, CEO and president of Cullen Insurance Agency
Pamela Gaspar, vice president and Antelope Valley center manager for Citizens Business Bank
Michael Hernandez, youth career coach with JVS So-Cal
Debra LaBon, educator, retired from Palmdale School District
Alex Massari, an attorney with Derryberry & Associates LLC
Continuing board members include:
Samantha Schmitz, co-owner of Lucky Luke Brewing Co. and board president
Joe Acosta, owner of The Original Karen’s Kitchen and board vice president
Lori Fischer, realtor with Coldwell Banker and board secretary
Ken Lawrence, loan production manager for GEM Mortgage and board treasurer
Joshua Ginsberg, CEO and president of Digi-VUE Advertising
Tonia Symensma-Cohen, PhD.
The Children’s Center Board of Directors is responsible for providing fiscal oversight, setting strategic goals, and establishing organizational policies.
“We are excited to expand our board with individuals who draw from diverse backgrounds and expertise, both personally and professionally,” said Sue Page, CCAV’s executive director. “It is more important than ever for the Children’s Center to tap into a wide range of perspectives that will help guide or organization through the challenges of today and into the future.”