There are a lot of caring souls at the Wooten Center. All of our staff members and contractors are committed to helping our students achieve their best. They are also great at working together like family, being patient and instructive with our kids, always striving for that safe and nurturing environment our mission calls for. We appreciate everyone for their caring contributions.

 

All Wooten staff members are college graduates or students. They engage in continuing education and networking opportunities provided by agencies including the California School-Age Consortium/National Afterschool Association, LA County Office of Education, Center for Nonprofit Management, Compass Point, Southern California College Access Network, Grantmanship Center and others. 

 

To learn more about our staff, click the photos below for their brief bios.

Our Team

Staff

Contractors

Victor Casey
Education Specialist

Victor oversees our daily homework and tutoring, including serving as our math and SAT-prep teacher. He came to the center with more than nine years experience as a math teacher and tutor for two charter schools. A Washington Preparatory High School graduate, Victor served for two years there as a volunteer assistant debate coach. He has an AA in animation from Santa Monica Community College and is completing his bachelor's degree in math at Western Governor's University.
Naomi McSwain
Executive Director

Naomi has more than 20 years in nonprofit management, including over 15 years as a youth center executive director. She has a BA in journalism and marketing from CSU Northridge and an MA in intercultural studies and children at risk from Fuller Theological Seminary where she completed her thesis on gang prevention in Los Angeles.

Naomi is a former reporter and current VP of the California School-Age Consortium Los Angeles chapter and a member of their Trainers' Network.
Christelle Telesford
Associate Director

Christelle Telesford has a bachelor's degree in educational services management from CSU Long Beach. She oversees daily operations for our afterschool and summer camp programs, including supervising our staff, interns and volunteers and assisting our executive director with program development and administration. Christelle has served at the center since 2011 and is dedicated to helping our students excel in their academics and life.
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Rodney Dodley
Accountant

Rodney grew up around the corner from the center and has a big heart when it comes to our success. He has a B.S. in accounting from Loyola Marymount and has been at the center since 2011. He has worked as an accountant for over 29 years. He loves basketball and has served as a volunteer coach, including at the center, for 20 years.
Tanisha Hall
Music teacher

Tanisha is owner of White Hall Arts Academy where she teaches piano, singing, music and stage production and more. Tanisha and her instructors teach a variety of music classes at the Wooten Center each year. For more info on lessons available at her studio at 54th and Crenshaw, click on the link below.
Youssef Nasry
SAT-prep teacher

Youssef is a mechanical engineering student at Cal Poly Pomona. Our former math teacher, he currently serves as a teacher in our quarterly SAT-prep workshops. He is a senior at Cal Poly currently working in a mechanical engineering internship for an aerospace firm.
Christiane Townsend
SAT-prep teacher

Christiane is an LAUSD teacher and former principal serving as a teacher in our SAT-prep workshops. She has a BA in English from UCLA and an MA in education from CSU Northridge.
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Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center
9106 S. Western Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90047

(323) 756-7203

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formerly Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center

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