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Malcolm N. Bennett

Malcolm N. Bennett has been selected to serve as the President of the Board for Friends of SCLARC, Inc. Bennett is the founder of International Realty Investment, Inc. Since 1975, he has brought his vast experience in real estate to this venture. His contributions to the business community have been matched with his commitment to bettering the lives of Los Angeles residents as a Realtor and a former board member of South Central L.A. Regional Center.

Today, Bennett owns one of the largest minority-owned property management and investment property firms in the city. In 2001, he received the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities (AACSC) Industry Leader of the Year Award for his outstanding service to the rental housing community. Bennett is also a member of the Los Angeles County Tax Appeals Board; president and founder of the Minority Apartment Owners Association; chairman of the Inglewood Rental Property Owners Association and is also currently a member of the National Multi/ National Apartment Association.

He hopes to continue to positively impact the lives of the developmentally disabled living in South Los Angeles through his service with Friends of SCLARC, Inc.

Elmira Howard

Elmira Howard, Esq. is a Los Angeles attorney and a member of both the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Iranian American Bar Association.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UC Santa Barbara in 2005, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society. She received a Juris Doctor from Chapman University’s School of Law in 2008. She is experienced in legal analysis and review and strongly believes that individuals with developmental disabilities should have access to resources that assist them in attaining skills that better the quality of their lives.  Ms. Howard understands that the resources made available to these individuals exclusively depend on finding resources.  Elmira brings her skills and  background to assist Friends of SCLARC in developing funding streams that help with the unmet needs of SCLARC’s consumers and families.

Glenda Lang

Friends of SCLARC, Inc. Secretary Glenda Lang has been working to improve the lives of families for more than two decades. She is the executive director of Birth and Family Services, Inc., an agency that provides independent and supportive living skills to men and women in the parenting phase of their lives. With a biological science degree from Howard University, course work at the Graduate School of Education at American University in Washington D.C. and certification in childbirth education from UCLA, Ms. Lang also helps hone the parenting skills of the developmentally disabled. Her dedication to empowering families was acknowledged by the American Association of Mental Retardation (Region II) with the 2001 Humanitarian Award. Glenda is also a former board member of SCLARC where she co-chaired the Vendor Advisory Committee and is a long time member of the American Society for Psycho prophylaxis in Obstetrics (ASPO)/Lamaze International group. She brings her extensive knowledge of the challenges that developmentally disabled parents face to her work on the Friends of SCLARC board of directors where she will use her business expertise to help shape the policy and practices for this new organization.

Dr. Anissa McNeil

Dr. Anissa McNeil hopes to use her extensive background in speech and language to bring the needs of people with developmental disabilities to the broader community. Having received a Doctorate in the field of Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine, Ms. McNeil also holds a Master of Arts in Education from Point Loma Nasarene University and a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from California State University Fullerton. Dr. McNeil completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, Los Angeles where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communicative Disorders.

Dr. McNeil held top positions in the field of Special Education for the past six years. She has been the Director of Special Education for the Elementary and High School Districts in Santa Barbara; was an instructor for UCLA’s Extension Program, a Special Language Pathologist for Fullerton’s Joint Union High School District and a Disabilities Consultant for Baldwin Park Unified School District. It should also be mentioned that Dr. McNeil has served as a board member of the Southern California Mentoring Program for four years and is a court-appointed Special Advocate for children.

A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and dedicated community activist, Dr. McNeil is an added asset to the SCLARC Board of Directors.

Friends of SCLARC Board Member

Terrence Payne

Terrence Payne is the principal consultant for Taylor's Marketing & Management firm in Los Angeles. With more than 25 years experience in marketing, his responsibilities include providing management, technical assistance and business development strategies to small and minority-owned businesses throughout Los Angeles. Having served as the Marketing Advisor for the Los Angeles Urban League from 1997 to 2001, Mr. Payne is more than qualified to offer his thorough knowledge to underserved communities.

As a parent of a SCLARC consumer, Terrence hopes that his impact on the board will help provide opportunities for safe affordable housing within South Los Angeles for individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability and their families. A native of Los Angeles, Terrence Payne graduated from Morningside High School in Inglewood, California and then went on to attend Antelope Valley College in Lancaster where he majored in business administration.

Kirk Williams

Kirk Williams brings over 18 years of consulting experience with Fortune 500 companies such as Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, VISA, Walt Disney Company and Sprint to the Friends of SCLARC Board. His background in program and project management, organizational development and change management has allowed him to build the structure that provides clarity to executives and simplicity in accomplishing complex programs.

KW3 Consulting specializes in orchestrating complex project and programs and bringing them to fruition for its clients. KW3 serves as the "conductor" of our client's programs such as new organization adoption, new business process adoption, software implementation, operational initiatives, sourcing and vendor management and senior executive pet projects. Williams has won clients, including Cisco Systems, Banc of California, Callaway Golf and The World Bank, due to his unique ability to manage and deliver large-scale transformation programs, improve processes and provide visionary strategic planning.

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