Meet The Team
Founder & Executive Director
Dirrick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and a Certificate of Teaching & Communication from Advantage College, Sacramento. Dirrick is a certified life coach and leadership development trainer, a licensed and ordained minister, author, and public speaker, and formerly served as Vice President of Sales & Operations, Director of Operations for several Silicon Valley Corporations.
Clement is the Chief Operating Officer at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, in Salinas, California. Clement holds a Nurse Executive, Advanced board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and completed his MSN, in Leadership and Healthcare Systems Management from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pacific Union College.
Joy for the last 20 years has become one of Monterey leading real estate agents, her team has been voted by Monterey Weekly, as the #1 real estate team in Monterey for 15 consecutive years Joy’s goal is to combat racism using the guiding principles of BLAAC, connecting allies and Black leaders in our community to strengthen the message of equity.
Veronica Delaney, originally from Chicago, IL, earned her Bachelor's in School Health Education at Illinois State University in 2017. Veronica’s history of service includes being Department Chair for Health Sciences, Professional Learning Community Lead, and member of the Health Steering Committee. Currently, Veronica serves as Assistant Direct Services Manager at Housing Matters in Santa Cruz.
In 2021 she joined the NAACP Monterey Branch and was elected 2nd Vice President in January 2023.
Board Member: Regions Rise Together Chair
With over 20 years of experience as a Lean Six Sigma leader, DEI disrupter, and master educator, Glodean specializes in continuous improvement: of self, in leaders, teams, processes, and organizations. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt with certifications in Laser
Coaching, Extreme Leadership, DEI Leadership, DEI Strategies, and Leadership Development.
Board Member: Funding Chair
Jake Karecki is a Digital Marketing and Design specialist based in the Monterey Peninsula. Establishing his business Conquered Heights Marketing Solutions, he aims to continue to expand his reach and work across a range of industries to help broaden the reach of any organization. Jake's main goal in life is to continue to create, both personally and professionally, as a means to make a more beautiful world for all.
Board Member : Membership Chair
Jahyzanna, a Monterey County native with a rich multicultural background, is fueled by her
unwavering dedication to promoting diversity. With a strong focus on operations and process
optimization, she has years of experience having worked with major manufacturing companies before transitioning to the nonprofit sector.
Dr. Sundeep Gupta
Sundeep K Gupta MD MPH is a Family Physician and Medical Epidemiologist. He completed Medical School in Chicago and his residency program in Salinas. He served as the Country Director for CDC in Uganda, Malawi and Zambia, working with Ministries of Health to strengthen health systems and fight disease outbreaks. Since returning to Monterey, he has served on the Community Foundation of Monterey County's COVID-19 Collaborative steering committee.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature from Dartmouth University. He served as Associate Pastor to Carmel Presbyterian Church, and a graduate of and board member to Breakthrough for Men. Brian has over 24 years of experience organizing, leading, and influencing nonprofits, churches, and NGOs.
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