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
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.
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.
See pics below for board members volunteering at the center!
Wooten board at their annual retreat at Pepperdine
Paul F. Wetmore
Managing Director, Investments
Dean Baim, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics and Finance
Divisional Dean, Business Administration Division
Leighton A. Carter
Carina Castellanos (parent)
Community Library Manager
Special Agent (retired)
Arnold & Porter LLP
Office Furniture LA
Lotte de Silva
Vice President, Southern California Region (Retired)
Owens & Minor, Inc.
Saeri Dobson, Ed.D.
Professor of Design
Chair, Studio Arts
Department of Art and Art History
Loyola Marymount University
Leslie Fishburn, CID, LEED AP
Regional Director of Health Interiors
Rocio Flores, MPA
University of Southern California
Laurie Inman, Ed.D.
Chair, Liberal Studies
Cal State University, Dominguez Hills
Connie James, Ph.D.
Professor of Business, Strategy, and Ethics
Christopher “Kit” Jennings
Liquid Venture Partners
Executive in Residence
Success Management, LLC
Scott Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
John H. Sykes College of Business
University of Tampa
Dashan Nettles (alum)
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
City of Inglewood
Metro Community Relations
Independent Writer and Planner
Myrtle Faye Rumph (1931-2015)
Ron Glass (1945-2016)
Board Chair Emeritus