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.

Wooten board retreat

Wooten board at their annual retreat at Pepperdine

Our board at work at the center!


Paul F. Wetmore

Managing Director, Investments

Merrill Lynch



Leighton A. Carter


Biashara, Inc.


Robert Clark

FBI (retired)


Brian Condon


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


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​

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


Kathy Talley-Jones

Independent Writer and Planner


Myrtle Faye Rumph (1931-2015)



Barbara Clark 

Founding member

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