MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Angela Ball (Secretary) is the Director of Public Health Nursing for Alameda County and helps to improve the health of under-resourced community members. She brings a wealth of experience in healthcare, healthcare education and professional development, fiscal oversight and serves on review boards for the Hayward and San Lorenzo Unified School Districts. Angela holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis on Healthcare Education.
Lasha Pierce MD. (Treasurer) has spent over 25 years as a community organizer and community health advocate, and has volunteered countless hours of instruction in science and health education to several independent community schools. She has designed curricula and training guidelines for, as well as proctored and mentored community midwives, advanced practice practitioners, medical students, medical residents and hospital volunteers. Dr. Pierce is a fellow of the African Scientific Institute.
JayVon Muhammad (Fundraising) is the CEO of Marin City Health and Wellness Center and works to serve the healthcare needs of the local community, specifically African American families. She works tirelessly for equity in healthcare, education and has experience with fiscal and board oversight, fundraising and community organizing.
JayVon is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for African American children and volunteers annually with the Quality of Life Road trip which takes at-risk youth on an empowering 1-month journey across the country. JayVon is a licensed midwife and Executive Director of Urban Midwifery.
Falating Nwagwu (Interim Chair Fundraising and Finance) is an associate financial advisor with In Touch Financial Services. He is a community champion with a degree in International Business, with an emphasis in Finance. He is the founder of the Student Sports Alliance at Howard University, which helps aspiring sports business professionals network with professionals who have a vested career in sports business.
During his time in Washington, D.C., Falating served as a member of a nonpartisan nonprofit called IMPACT. In this organization, he served as a critical member of their fundraising efforts as well as their online employment solution for people seeking jobs and the employers who need great people. His experience in team management and fundraising serves as a great asset to AFRE.
Tovi C. Scruggs (Governance) is a visionary and innovative educator whose career in education began over 20 years ago. Returning to public education after co-founding her own private school (ASA Academy & Community Science Center) with 100% success rates, she brings a wealth of experience, skills, and talents to give her beliefs and concepts about “best practices” to a larger scale. She is the recipient of the Marcus Forster Award by the Association of CA School Administrators and author of the book: Be a Parent Champion: A Guide to Becoming a Partner with Your Child’s School.
Now Tovi serves as California’s Regional Executive Director of Partners in School Innovation, an educational non-profit focused on improving educational outcomes in the lowest-performing schools in our nation, as well as teaches on equity and trauma-informed schools at Mills College. She is living her purpose.
Tiana West (Marketing and School Curriculum) is a Middle School Math teacher and Co-Founder of SILE (School of Innovation, Leadership, and Efficacy). She is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and a graduate of Boston University where she received a Master’s in Education. Tiana is an experienced leader in education and has extensive formal training in dance and performing arts. She participated in Teach For America’s African American Corps Member Summit, where she collaborated with other teachers across the country on lesson planning, culturally responsive teaching, and psychological awareness in students.
Tiana believes in being a well-rounded student and educator and brings flexibility, respect, and dedication not only to all students whom she teaches but to AFRE as well.