About the Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Veronica Everett-Boyce has dedicated her life to organizations and activities designed to improve and transform the lives of at-risk adolescents and young adults. Having seen and experienced low income and lack of opportunity first hand, Veronica has created Urban Fitness 911 and has already attracted the support of world-renowned individuals.
Angela Manuel Davis is at the forefront of fitness revolution. As a member of the USA Track & Field team, Angela was a 5-time all American who held world rankings at the 100m. Angela knows her true life’s work is to help empower those who are ready for change.
Asher Gottesman, after a period of disillusionment with real estate and investments, sought to do something more meaningful for others and himself. In following suit with his desire for fulfillment, Asher decided to create a place where people could be “heard” and could receive help to improve their lives. Asher has maintained this commitment and has sought teaching from some of the best and brightest in the field of recovery to provide optimum care for his clients at Transcend Recovery. Aside from a wife and five children, Asher has always considered the Men and Women of Transcend as his extended family.
Dr. Michelle Rainey Woods
Dr. Yolanda Gorman
Portfolio Manager Program (PM Program), a select group of advisors who have passed a screening process and are reviewed regularly on both a quantitative and qualitative basis. Focusing on clients in transition, Tracey assesses their current and long-term needs, time horizon and risk tolerance. She then designs tailored portfolios to achieve their objectives, employing J.P. Morgan’s vast array of services and thought leadership resources.
Tracey was trained as a special education teacher, but had a passion for investing, which ultimately led to her career in financial services. Joining an investment firm in the human resources department, she studied finance at night as a precursor to becoming a financial advisor. Her disciplined approach to asset allocation and portfolio diversification is founded in fundamental and technical analysis. Her clients trust her to guide them in making solid investment decisions and staying the course when markets are challenging.
Tracey joined J.P. Morgan’s predecessor firm, Bear Stearns, in 1985, and transitioned to the firm in 2008 in her current role. Honored by Barron’s in 2010 as one of the country’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors¹, she also received the Century City Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Women of Achievement Award and the Chaka Khan Foundation’s Mentor Award.
Tracey graduated from the University of Southern California, earning both B.A. and M.A. degrees. She lives in Beverly Hills and enjoys skiing, travel and photography. Active in the Special Olympics, and on the board of The Children’s Institute, an organization that serves the most at-risk and overlooked youth in Los Angeles, Tracey also volunteers with Best Friends, the largest animal rescue organization in the country.
Yolanda recently guided Phillips through an organizational turnaround that resulted in removal of an accreditation sanction and reaffirmation of accreditation status.
Prior to assuming the role of President, Yolanda served as Dean of Academic Affairs, and Chair of the Organizational Management and Consulting doctoral program. She brings to Phillips over 25 years as an organizational consultant specializing in nonprofit management. Yolanda assisted nonprofit organizations with infrastructure and resource development. She consulted on and provided program and strategic planning, research and evaluation, board training and organizational development services.
Through her work with nonprofit organizations, Yolanda successfully secured over $100 million from state, federal and private sources to help her clients design and deliver programs that responded to critical human needs. She also conducted seminars and training sessions for boards of directors of local and national organizations, foundations and academic institutions. Yolanda has also worked with local and national private foundations to provide technical assistance to the organizations they support.
She is a three time graduate from UCLA with a BA in Psychology, an MBA from the Anderson School, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. An active volunteer with multiple community; civic and cultural organizations, Yolanda was recently elected to serve as an Alumni Regent of the University of California, the second time she will hold the honor. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Woodbury University and the Board of Managers for the University of West Los Angeles Law School. Yolanda’s other volunteer activities include serving as a member of the board of CalNonprofits Insurance Services, a for-profit insurance solution for nonprofit organizations in California; and as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the UCLA Foundation and the UCLA Alumni Association. In 2013, Yolanda was appointed by California Governor Brown to serve on the board of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy. She is the author several articles and papers on organizational capacity building and business management.
American Heart Association. In particular, she has worked successfully at developing structural and fundraising models for inaugural non-profit launches and initiatives including starting a Community Foundation to fund performing arts programs for a newly constructed civic theater and working with an existing charity (Gulu Hope, now Hope for Humans) to develop a village school and medical care center to assist children afflicted with an emerging neurological disease (Nodding Syndrome) in Northern Uganda (launching the program from concept to ribbon cutting in four months).
Professionally, Mary has been working in cities at the executive level for over 25 years, leading diverse operational and administrative services including Community Services, Public Works, Engineering, Environmental Services, Parks and Recreation, Social Services, and Capital Improvement Projects including waterfront and downtown revitalizations, riparian and open space restorations, parks, buildings, roads, and landscape improvement projects. Currently, she is leading the design phase for a $25 million Aquatics and Amphitheater complex, along with managing a $10 million budget and operations for four service divisions.
Mary has a Masters Degree in Organization Development from USF (selected as a Graduate Merit Scholar) and her BA in Ergonomics from UC Santa Barbara where she was recognized as a University of California Outstanding Graduating Senior, a Letters and Science Scholar, and Chancellor's Scholar. Her community service has been recognized through the years with awards such as South Bay Service to Youth and a 50 Most Distinguished Alumni Award.
Tracey Gluck is a Managing Director and Financial Advisor with J.P. Morgan Securities, the wealth management division of J.P. Morgan, and founded The Gluck Group. Tracey is also a Portfolio Manager in the firm’s exclusive
Dr. Yolanda J. Gorman is the President of Phillips Graduate University, a graduate school of professional psychology and management located in the San Fernando Valley.
Mary Rooney brings extensive experience to UF911 having served on non-profit boards and committees ranging from her current post on the Aquarium of the Pacific Board of Trustees to a Charter Board Member of the Beach Cities branch of the