Riverside Board 

Phil Smith

Treasurer 

Stater Bros. Charities

I have lived in Riverside for 34 years with my wife. I have two grown children and three grandchildren.

I am 73 years old and have worked for Stater Bros. Markets for 34 years and am currently Chairman of the Board. Prior to serving as Chairman, I was the Chief Financial Officer for 15 years.

 

I hold a degree in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

My wife and I are members of Magnolia Presbyterian Church. I have been on the Board of Family Promise since the beginning.

Vicci Botich

Director of Community Partnerships, Member at large 

Retired, Marketing

 I graduated from El Dorado High School in Placenta in 1975 and went on to take 1 year of cosmetology school at Fullerton college.  I soon realized that cutting hair was not for me and I began working full time for Catalina Boat / Spa manufacturing where I was the 1 girl office for 4 years. 

 

From there moved into outside sales and spent most of my working life in sales with the exception of working as an administrative assistant to the owner of Schechtman Construction here in Riverside.  I retired in March of 2020 when covid hit the US. 

 

Family Promise of Riverside has afforded me the opportunity to realize my dream of volunteering for a worth-while cause helping those in need.  I am very passionate about helping those less fortunate than myself because I feel that I am very fortunate to 1) be born in the USA and 2) find myself in a very comfortable living situation via my own hard work and by the grace of God.  I have been blessed to have a healthy mind and  body to allow me to support myself and God has blessed me over and over throughout my life making it possible for me to help others.  I believe that if I am to call myself Christian, I am obligated to do His work.

 

I have a beautiful and talented  33 year old daughter and a very special son in law who have given me 3 extraordinary grandchildren.  They are my joy.  I am passionate about gardening and traveling.   Life Is Good.

Claire Schlegel

Member at large

Pastor

I am an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

I am the co pastor at Magnolia Presbyterian Church, 7200 Magnolia Ave., Riverside CA (September 2011- Present). 

 

Prior to Magnolia, I was a chaplain intern at  Arcadia Methodist Hospital, Arcadia CA.

I went to Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, where I received my Master of Divinity degree.

 

I am a divorced, single mother of two adult daughters. My oldest daughter was born with a disability and lives at home. I am a native Californian, from San Diego CA. I enjoy singing, camping, going to the theater and traveling.

Deanna Cohen

President 

Educator

I graduated from UC Riverside with a BA in Business Administration and hold a supplemental credential in Mathematics and a Masters Degree in Reading and Literacy.

I am the mother of three school-aged children (elementary, middle and highschooler) and am a teacher in Corona-Norco Unified School District.  I am currently working as a Teacher on Special Assignment where I serve as a Literacy Coach. 

I love to travel with my family to see and experience new places and cultures.

I am married to my high school sweetheart who is also a board member. After long days in the classroom I come home and can't help but feel that there is more I can do.  I feel called to walk with families experiencing homelessness. 

Matt Harris-Gloyer

Vice President 

Pastor

I am an ordained clergy with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination and have served congregations in Pennsylvania, Northern California, Missouri and Southern California, including First Christian Church Riverside from 2014-2021.

Fundamental to my religious and spiritual life is following the loving ways of Jesus. This core alignment has lead me to the care and liberation for all people through the work of meeting basic needs, anti-racism / pro-reconciliation, advocating for public policy that uplifts people out of poverty, and bridging the various divides that separate people from their neighbors.

My favorites are my one-year-old son and wife, the great outdoors, soccer, baseball and grilling.

Kara Crohn

Secretary 

Director, Center for Sustainable Energy

I am a creative leader with 23 years of experience designing innovative strategies and services, designing and managing program evaluations, 

directing social research studies, supporting coalition building, developing staff talents, and leading professional development trainings.  

 

As a strategy consultant and program evaluator, I work in a wide variety of settings, ranging from educational outreach programs to nonprofit arts organizations to utility clean energy programs to Fortune 500 companies. 

 

I am passionate about helping Riverside thrive. I focus my volunteer time on helping Riverside families experiencing homelessness, assisting with Temple Beth El youth group events, and participating in regional efforts 

to create an economically and environmentally sustainable community.

 

I am a mother of two terrific teenage boys, certified yoga instructor, dancer, dabbler in visual arts, and occasional dog rescuer.

Monrow Mabon

Member at large

Associate Pastor, Allen Chapel

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Karyn Johnson-Dorsey

Member at Large

Small Business Owner

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I am a longtime resident of Riverside. I am a married mother of two with two grandchildren and two fur babies (Labradoodles) named Bella and Anellini. An alumna of UCLA, I am passionate about my Bruins.

 

I am a retired paralegal and recently opened a small business servicing the Inland Empire as a personal shopper. 

 

I believe that Family Promise can fill a much-needed void by assisting our youth; who, by no fault of their own, are homeless. I volunteered during our most recent Point in Time Count. It was there that I witnessed the sheer number of the ‘invisible’ and how much assistance and support is needed for our community. 

I was raised in a loving family and never went to bed hungry. Bed, food, family; most take one or all of these things for granted.

 

Giving back to my community, volunteering for this board, is the least that I can do to assist those less fortunate.

I was born in Memphis Tennessee.  Shortly after birth my family moved to the Cabrillo Projects in Long Beach California.  Two years later my family moved to Compton, California, where I attended school, played football and graduated from Centennial High School, Compton, CA.

I was in the United States Army,  serving in Southeast Asia as a combat veteran and was promoted to the position of Chief of Section of a 105 and 8” Artillery, then worked as a bus driver. 

 

I was then hired as an LAPD patrol officer, was promoted to detective, then sergeant, then Lieutenant, then to Patrol Commanding officer of Rampart Patrol Division and retiring as the Commanding Officer of Equal Employment Opportunities Division of LAPD Later I  Sections. 

 

I   now service as an Associate Pastor of Allen Chapel Church of Riverside, a former Riverside Human Relations Commissioner, Member of the 2019-2020 and the current Charter Review Committee. I am a Life Member and volunteer as a Criminal, Labor and Civil Rights Attorney for the Riverside Branch of the NAACP, a Life Member Riverside African American Historical Society, Past-President Riverside Community Settlement Association, Former Board Member Riverside Community Health Foundation and I serve on the Board of Directors of other Philanthropic Organizations. 

Aaron Cohen

Member at large

Realtor and Small Business Owner

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I was born and raised in Riverside, CA. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have three school-age children.

 

I am a small small business owner and Realtor.

I have a background in management and also research and development.

 

I fell in love with the Family Promise model because my 3 children were able to get involved and build relationships with children and families.  Our children were able to see that children experiencing homelessness were just like them.

Dee Wrightsil

Member at large

Actor

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I graduated from Texas State University with a BA in Journalism, and have been a resident of Riverside, California for the past 20 years.

 

After graduating, I served as Director of Public Information and Associate Director of Volunteer Services at Austin State Hospital for five years.

 

I now work as an actor and am the founder of Tee Times 4 Tots, a charity now in its seventh year, that provides educational toys for 400+ local children each Christmas.

Freda Oppenheim

Member at large

Retired

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I am very excited to become a board member for Family Promise of Riverside.  This is a great organization doing important work and I'm looking forward to helping to make a difference in families' lives.  

 

I, myself, have 6 kids and 13 grandkids, so family is very important to me. 

 

I am retired from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage after 14 yrs as a Senior Loan Processor, looking to reinvent myself as I start this phase of my life.

Member at large

Tim Martin

Retired Educator

I spent thirty-six serving students and teachers in the Riverside Unified School District.  I was both an elementary and middle school teacher, as well as a middle school assistant principal and elementary school principal.  I also worked in district administration as a GATE Coordinator and Human Resources Administrator. During the last nine years of my career, I served as the President of the Riverside City Teachers Association.

 

I have  been married over forty years to my wife, Christine.