The Wooten Center is grateful for the people providing support for our operations and programs through membership on our board of directors. We appreciate everyone for the time and expertise they give to provide the most effective and efficient services possible for our youth, families and community.
Our board of directors is totally awesome.
They participate faithfully in governance and fiscal oversight via general board and committee meetings and an annual retreat.
With expertise in areas including finance, business, nonprofit management, technology, and secondary and higher education, they offer a wealth of experience to help manage our affairs and sustain our programs and operations.
In addition to meetings, they contribute in a variety of ways, including volunteering with students and staff and serving as sponsors for our dinner and golf fundraisers. Each year our board gives or gets in total more than $100,000.
For information on board membership, contact our executive director Naomi McSwain at 323-756-7203, or go to Contact to send her an email.
Paul Wetmore, Board Chairman
Merrill Lynch, Managing Director, Investments
Wooten board of directors at their annual retreat at Pepperdine University
Wooten board member Dashan Nettles (2nd from left) is talking to teens at the Wooten Center. Dashan is a Wooten alum. He attended from elementary through high school graduation. As a teen, he served as an intern at Merrill Lynch with our board chair Paul Wetmore. Dashan has since obtained an M.S. in health care administration. He is a veteran currently working as an Administrative Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Very proud of our alumnus. We greatly appreciate his continued involvement!
Paul F. Wetmore
Managing Director, Investments
Leighton A. Carter
Arnold & Porter LLP
Office Furniture LA
Laurie Inman, Ed.D.
Chairperson - Liberal Studies
Cal State University, Dominguez Hills
Connie James, Ph.D.
Professor of Business, Strategy, and Ethics
Christopher “Kit” Jennings
Liquid Venture Partners
Amy L. Johnson
Executive in Residence, Pepperdine University
CEO/Founder, Go Make a Difference Ventures, LLC
Michael S. Jones, DTM
President and CEO
Success Management, LLC
John G. Lapham, III
Managing Director, Leverage Finance
Kenneth L. McRay
Senior Vice President
Scott Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
John H. Sykes College of Business
University of Tampa
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Keith S. Parker
Assistant Vice Chancellor (retired)
UCLA Government & Community Relations
First VP-IT Solutions Delivery
Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Brett C.S. Roberts
Parking/Traffic Commissioner-City of Inglewood
Metro Community Relations
Independent Writer and Planner
President and COO (retired)
Myrtle Faye Rumph (1931-2015)
Ron Glass (1945-2016)
Board Chair Emeritus
Board of Directors
"The most rewarding part of working at the center is seeing the children progress over time. I've been here over 20 years now and have seen
many kids give some very passionate testimonies about the center's involvement in their lives. I am very happy to see it."
Paul Wetmore, Wooten Board Chairperson / Merrill Lynch, Managing Director, Investments