Board Of Directors, cont'd

Bishop Ed Smith, cont'd:

Pastor Ed is the Founder of the Zoe School of Economic Development, an entrepreneurial course for those seeking to be successful in business, which was featured on Warner Brother’s “Making It”; a program devoted to highlighting the accomplishments of minority entrepreneurs. He led the first South African Government sponsored trip of Black entrepreneurs to South Africa and was spotlighted by CNN Headline News for his ministry involvement there. In 2009 Pastor Ed partnered with Pastor Bill Winston of Living Word Christian Center, Illinois to extend the Joseph Business School to the Los Angeles area. 

Pastor Ed has been a Board Member of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union for over sixteen years. ECCU is the largest financier of church and ministry loans in the United States, with over $2Billion under asset management. He serves as the Board Chairman of Window International Network. Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Window International Network is focused on bringing the Gospel to the nations within the 10/40 window. In 2004, he was elected to the board of the Christian Leadership Alliance (formerly Christian Management Association) and the Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles. 

Pastor Ed has been married to Vanessa Smith since 1975, and is blessed with four wonderful children, three sons, Joshua (Marsee), Eddie, and Aaron, one daughter, Naomi, and three grandsons, Josué, Aaron James, and Angelo. Edward A. Smith 2.


Marketing: 1980 - 1989 – 

Ford Motor Co. 

General Mills - involved in new products, brand mgmt, for profit responsibility 

AVCO Financial Services - Venture capital 

Jet Propulsion Laboratory - involved with deep space navigation research for Jupiter Orbiter space craft in 1984 

Partner in starting mortgage software company in 1983 

Taught marketing at the fourth largest bank in Russia in 1995 

Taught marketing courses at Chapman College and University of Redlands for 5 years in the 1980s 


Started church in home with 15 people in 1989 

Has ministered salvation to over 25,000 people, internationally and locally 

Birthed 7 churches, 1 Spanish speaking, within California and Texas. 

Adopted 1 church in South Africa, and Costa Rica 

Supports 25 missionaries in 16 countries 

Invested over 3 million dollars into missions’ ministry over the years. 


UCLA – Assisted professor in writing a calculus book 

UCLA – As a student in school of business, developed a forecasting model using BOX-JENKINS forecasting technique to forecast Barbie doll sales, with 95% accuracy. 

UCLA - Taught statistics to incoming business students

Jessica Chandler, cont'd

Jessica began her advocacy working with the Alliance for Children's Rights, a non-profit legal services agency where she focused on serving pregnant and parenting teens in foster care, and testified about the needs of this population before the California Senate Human Services Committee.

Jessica is a passionate speaker who believes that through partnership and love we can disrupt the negative outcomes prevailing in the lives of our nations foster youth.

She is currently a social worker with  the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, working with children and families navigating LA county's dependency and juvenile justice systems. Jessica is a proud supporter of the many foundations, organizations and agencies we partner with, as someone who has utilized these allies to change the trajectory of her own life, and Jessica believes that for every foster youth, "the cycle can end with you".

Deborah Mayes, cont'd

Deborah enjoys working where Christ-centered mission and money intersect for God’s Glory.  This passion has given her the opportunity to serve as volunteer board member and advisor to a number of ministries in the Los Angeles basin for over two decades.  She looks forward to seizing future opportunities to consult and coach ministries and mission-minded organizations to achieve their goals and objectives.

Phillipa M. Johnson, cont'd

Phillipa Johnson is committed to the betterment of children and families lives through prevention, intervention, education and engagement. In addition, she has volunteered with Big Sisters of America, Compton Boy and Girls Campfire Club, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, Women’s Health Project, Fathers and Families Coalition of America, Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas Empowerment Congress Education Committee, Early Learning Alliance, Long Beach Grade Level Reading Campaign and Nehemiah Project.  Her extensive experience in community partnerships, family engagement and diversity support her efforts to reduce illiteracy, strengthen educational systems, support community wellness and enrich the lives of future generations. 

Ms. Johnson graduated from Union Institute and University with a BA Degree in Child Development and completed the Johnson-Johnson, Management Fellows Program at the UCLA John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management.

Keith Nelson, cont'd

Keith’s passion is athletic and social programs for those with special needs, and has coached for many years with Arlington Little League – Challenger Baseball. With his wife, he later started Junior All American (AYSO) VIP Soccer and later began coaching with Special Olympics, where he took a team to South Korea as part of Team USA for the Winter World Games – 2013.  . Keith has served as Chairman of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Riverside, Board Member for Ability Counts, Advisor ARC of Riverside County, and Regional Council for Special Olympics.

Currently he serves on the Board of Ethics, City of Riverside,  Chair - Ontario Montclair SELPA, Member - RUSD SELPA,  Member - RUSD Measure O CAC, Chair - Board of Trustees - Inland Regional Center,  Board Member - Nehemiah Project LA.  Works with the Tim Tebow Foundation.

He has been featured in many media outlets including CNN, USA Today, NBC/MSNBC News and Fox Sports.  He often speaks on topics such as Managing through a Crisis and Special Needs Programs.