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Malcolm N. Bennett, Board President

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, Mr. 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.

Terrence Payne, Board Vice-President

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.

Glenda Lang, Board Secretary

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 50 (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.

Friends of SCLARC Board Members

Elmira Howard, Board Member

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.

Kirk Williams, Board Member

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 projects 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.

Mr. Vaughn Millard Williams III, MAOM, Board Member

Vaughn M. Williams III currently serves as the Supplier Diversity Program Manager for SoCal Gas Company. In this capacity, he is responsible for ensuring the advancement of small, minority and underrepresented businesses. This position coincides with his passion of service and economic development. Previously he served as Category Manager for Southern California Gas Company (A Division of Sempra Energy), where his responsibilities included management of all staff augmentation, contracts negotiation and management, fostering long-term client relationships in the areas of engineering, environmental, food services and Human Resources. Prior to assuming this role, Vaughn worked as the On-Site Client Services Manager (Sempra Energy Utilities) under the auspices of Agile- 1. He was responsible for the management and integrity of all data utilized under the Vendor Management Tool (Acceleration VMS). While based in Los Angeles, the Sempra Energy Utilities Account covers all Southern California to include San Diego and San Luis Obispo. Vaughn has worked in various roles of Human Development to include the management of a multimillion-dollar social service program (WTW, WIA) designed to employ at-risk youth, non-custodial parents, ex-offenders and the underserved population of LA County. The program was successful in both training and employing over 300 individuals who have been deemed as unemployable. Additionally, he served as one of many leads on the Nissan Relocation Project from Los Angeles to Nashville, staffing and on-boarding recruits in the areas of IT and Customer Service. Over the last two decades of his career in management, he has had the distinct honor of implementing several manuals on Resource Planning, Career Strategies, Workplace Etiquette and Human Management. In 2001 Vaughn along with a group of dedicated professionals in the service arena were awarded the Best Practices award by the State of California under the Davis administration. Vaughn is especially proud of his ability to navigate from small to large organizations while continuing to provide quality improvement expertise.

Vaughn holds a Master Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor Degree in Public Administration from the California State University at Dominguez Hills, a Certificate in Public Speaking from the Los Angeles Announcers Guild, and is a graduate of both the FBI Citizens Academy, and Southern California Leadership Network (Leadership LA). Vaughn is currently completing his License in Real Estate and hopes to pursue his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. He currently serves of the Board of Directors for IMPACT Media, Home -at – Last CDC, and most recently South Los Angeles Regional Center Friends of SCLARC. His daily mission is to ensure the advancement of people in underserved communities. His motto for life’s meaning is “Changing the lives of people, embracing differences, and striving for higher”.

Aaron Wade, Board Member

Mr. Aaron D. Wade serves as an Executive Vice President of CIT Residential Mortgage Lending and Capital Markets at CIT Group Inc. Mr. Wade served as Senior Vice President of Capital Markets and Capital Markets Bank of Indymac Bancorp, Inc. He served as Senior Vice President of IndyMac Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary IndyMac Bank. Mr. Wade received a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Alfredo Farfan, Board Member

Mr. Alfredo Farfan is a proud parent of a SCLARC consumer diagnosed with Down syndrome. Mr. Farfan is very much involved in the care of his son and has advocated and ensured that he is receiving all the necessary services due to his disability. He has been an active parent through SCLARC’s Family Resource Center and through that network he has attended and participated in workshops that are beneficial in understanding his son’s disability. He is passionately committed to acquiring knowledge on how to care for his son and give him the best life possible. Alfredo recently termed from serving six years on SCLARC’s Board of Directors where he also served as SCLARC’s Board Vice President for two years and he served one year as Board President. Through his participation on SCLARC’s Board of Directors, Mr. Farfan brought awareness to the overall community on Down- syndrome and other disabilities as well as advocated for persons with developmental disabilities. In the past Mr. Farfan has participated on the Human Services Association (HSA) board and is a member of the Down syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA). He is also an active congregation member at Spirit Life Community Church in Norwalk. Alfredo Farfan comes to the FoS Board of Directors with knowledge and an overall understanding of the Regional Center System. He is also a staunch supporter of the FoS Golf Tournament and was the first parent to participate in SCLARC’s “Dad’s Playdate”.

Arnold Simon, Board Member

Arnold Simon is Managing Director in Mortgage Servicing Division. He is responsible for the Enterprises Retail Mortgage Business. His group originates single family to four unit Mortgage loans nationally through One West Bank Branches, CIT Bank, a call center, and the communities served surrounding our Retail Bank Branches. He has over 30 years of leadership in both the Retail Mortgage and Consumer Banking space.

Prior to CIT, he spent time with Washington Mutual, Citibank and PNC Financial, holding several key positions in the Retail Bank and Retail Mortgage. He developed and directed strategy for consumer originations and Fulfillment. Additionally, he grew P&L’s through creating and managing staffing models, addressing span of control, enhancing productivity, and driving revenue through implementation and execution of operating plans.

Arnold has been involved with the Mortgage Bankers Association, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles, and Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles.
Arnold received his BS from California State University of Chico in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance

Silvia Soto, Board Member

Biography coming soon.

Friends of SCLARC Management Team

Hillary Henderson, Director of Operations

Hillary Henderson is a graduate of Hampton University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. During her career she has successfully managed over $60 million dollars in commercial Real Estate developments in South Los Angeles and has supervised ten residential remodels for South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC) and their vendors. In 2010 she was hired with Friends of SCLARC to identify, acquire and manage the newly constructed Legacy Plaza Development and the notable Golden State Building that serves as the company’s headquarters. This project has earned city, state and historic awards. Immediately after this feat was completed, Ms. Henderson started her position as Foundation Support Manager before quickly advancing to her current position as Director of Operations. This position oversees the day-to-day activities of all Community Impact Development’s real estate projects, Friends of SCLARC staff and Property Management vendors including a team of twenty-five Building Engineers, Property Managers, Maintenance Technicians, security guards, custodians, and parking attendants. Her personal real estate projects have also allowed her to gain experience in investing, renovating and managing several residential properties. This experience has allowed her to become a Property Management Consultant for a commercial portfolio owned by Morgan Stanley for the past eight years. In this capacity Ms. Henderson is able to combine her passion for Real Estate and community activism with her business and project management skills gained over her career.

Alan Willingham, Legacy Plaza Building Engineer

Alan Willingham started with Friends of SCLARC and Community Impact Development (“CID”) in 2015 as a Building Engineer Consultant for SCLARC’s new headquarters Legacy Plaza. He also consults with FOS’s residential projects and upgrades. Prior to his role with Friends of SCLARC he was the Building Engineer for notable companies like 24 Hour Fitness, Irvine Company and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. In his current role he is responsible for the properties’ equipment including the HVAC system, generator, fire protection equipment, electrical and plumbing. With over 30 years of experience in this field he’s the perfect fit for Friends of SCLARC’s Property Management team.

Hector Lomeli, Lead Maintenance Technician

Maintenance Technician, Hector Lomeli was hired by Friends of SCLARC in 2017. Although he has not been with the company long he is no means a stranger to this industry. After Mr. Lomeli graduated from high school he worked for over a decade in various positions that allow him to use his exceptional maintenance skills and work independently. He’s a plumber and Electrician at heart but is able to multi-task in his role as the head Technician of both the commercial buildings and residential properties owned and managed by Friends of SCLARC and CID. He works closely with the Building engineer to identify and repair electrical, plumbing and HVAC issues while following OSHA regulations.

Jade Brandon, Foundation Support Assistant

Jade Brandon is a graduate of California State University of Dominguez Hills where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She started her professional career by being employed with a vendor of SCLARC as an intern but quickly advanced to additional key positions in this department including administrative assistant, employee trainer and in her final position as Program Specialist. In 2018 Ms. Brandon shifted her role in the industry to become the Foundation Support Assistant for Friends of SCLARC, Community Impact Development (“CID”), and Friends Community Housing. In this role she works closely with the Director of Operations on the general administration and property management of the commercial office buildings and the residential houses. She excelled in her role by taking the lead in special projects involving contracted vendors at Legacy Plaza and for the homes owned by Friends of SCLARC and Friends Community Housing.

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