Our Mission Is Simple. We want to make a difference.
Ruth Reed, Founder
Ruth is the founder and primary benefactor of the Ruth and Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts. It is her belief that exposure to and participation in the arts can be a life- changing force. She has a degree in Art from the U. Of Chicago, is a world traveler, an accomplished painter and sculptor, as well as a published poet.
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Dan is a former Bonita High School, La Verne, Government and Economics teacher and La Verne City Councilman. Dan helped The Fairplex, Pomona, develop career and technical education classes that provide training for high school students to learn vocational skills in water technology, automotive mechanics, hotel and restaurant management, agriculture, fashion design and commercial art. Dan also actively sits on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Conservation Corps, and is a member of the Orange County Conservation Corps School Board.
Meet our Board of Directors
Vicki Connely, Grant Administrator
Vicki is an effective leader in nonprofit organization and program development. She has helped manage, transform and reorganize agencies into multi-faceted and culturally diverse organizations with meaningful new programs to meet community needs, while securing financial stability. She has created from concept to implementation, diverse programs that deliver social services. She has lead board members through strategic planning process, developing succession plans and setting the standards for governance. In each situation, she generated significant funds, resources, community support and great visibility for the agencies.
Robert Novell, Treasurer
Robert, a CPA and registered investment advisor, has been active in charitable activities for the last 35 years including board and advisory roles for the following institutions: Blind Children's' Center of Los Angeles, Bishop Stevens Foundation, Los Angeles County Arboretum Foundation, California State University Foundation, U.S. Academic Decathlon Association, Claremont McKenna College, Rotary District 5300 Rotary Foundation Chair, and the Arcadia Methodist Hospital Foundation.
Edward Drake, Secretary
Edward is a Certified Financial Planner and Senior Vice President in the US banking industry. He has been volunteering time and helped steer public and corporate resources to philanthropic activities for nearly 20 years. Over that time, he has sat on numerous boards in varying capacities that served causes mostly related to at-risk youth, afterschool programs, and justice for victims of child abuse.