Our Board

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 retreat

Wooten board of directors at their annual retreat at Pepperdine University

Dashan with teens at center

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!

Chairman 

Paul F. Wetmore

Managing Director, Investments

Merrill Lynch

 

Members 

Leighton A. Carter

CFO

Biashara, Inc.

 

Robert Clark

FBI (retired)

 

Brian Condon

Partner

Arnold & Porter LLP

 

Frank Denkins

Owner (retired)

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

Pepperdine University

 

Christopher “Kit” Jennings

Principal

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
PineBridge Investments​

Kenneth L. McRay

Senior Vice President

Crescent Capital

Scott Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Finance

John H. Sykes College of Business

University of Tampa

Dashan Nettles

Administrative Officer

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
 

Keith S. Parker

Assistant Vice Chancellor (retired)

UCLA Government & Community Relations

Camille Richardson

First VP-IT Solutions Delivery

Kinecta Federal Credit Union

Brett C.S. Roberts

Parking/Traffic Commissioner-City of Inglewood

Metro Community Relations

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Kathy Talley-Jones

Independent Writer and Planner

Gary Wagner

President and COO (retired)

Ameron International​

HONORARY BOARD

Myrtle Faye Rumph (1931-2015)

Founder 

 

Barbara Clark 

Founding member
 

Ron Glass (1945-2016)

Actor

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