Barbara Bice has had a lifelong commitment to education, community service and philanthropy. She is a former educator with the San Marino Unified School District where, during her twenty year tenure, she was an AP English Teacher, Founding Director of Career Education Program and the Career Center at the high school, and served as the Founding Executive Director of the San Marino Schools Foundation. She is President of the Bice Passavant Foundation and served on the Board of Trustees for Scripps College for 13 years. She has served on boards of The Sycamores and the San Marino Chamber of Commerce. She has also served as Advisory Board member with USC Law School where her husband Scott Bice was Dean from 1980 - 2000. Barbara and her husband both served as board members of LA family Housing and Queens Care Health Alliance. Barbara served on the board of directors of the Western Justice Center and holds a certificate in mediation from the EEOC. Barbara was the Director of Volunteer Services for World Cup 94 where she and her team of 2000 volunteers serviced the needs of attendees from around the world for the seven soccer games held at the Rose Bowl. Barbara was the first woman member of the San Marino Rotary Club where she is still an active member. Barbara’s hobbies include boating, conversational Spanish, photography and travel.
Brita is a passionate educator and life coach working with individuals, families, and institutions who are interested in expanding personal awareness, emotional intelligence and overall fulfillment. With her knowledge of mindfulness, along with her corporate and homeschooling background, she is able to increase awareness and understanding within individuals and diverse settings in a way that can be received and embraced. Brita weaves threads of connectedness, respect, curiosity, and openness within her workshops and private sessions.
Brita is a Certified Professional Life Coach (certified through iPEC), Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (certified through iPEC), Innerlight Method Practitioner, and Educator. Her background includes the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Executive Program; a BS from Cal Poly Pomona; the Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program (now called the Riordan Leadership Institute); and 15 years in the corporate arena in the areas of marketing, communications, community outreach, and running the day-to-day operations of a worldwide, corporate foundation. Brita is active in the homeschooling community, and she is working with True Connection to bring emotional intelligence to families. Brita spends her free time with her children, dancing, hiking and following the latest consciousness research.
Nicholas Giordano, a native of Philadelphia, moved out to California almost 20 years ago after graduating from Bucknell University with a degree in Finance and Accounting. After obtaining his CPA, he focused on his passion of helping emerging companies grow. He has worked in a variety of industries; from Entertainment and Publishing, to Beverage and Beauty in the Consumer Product Goods vertical. Most recently he came in pre-revenue to Tyra Bank's new brand in Direct Selling called TYRA Beauty. He has recently joined the team at JOANY as VP of Finance where they are growing fast and filling a void in the Tech/Healthcare industry. When Nick is not working you can find him traveling around the world, having visited six of the seven continents. Antarctica is next on his list!
Dominica is the first in her family to attend a university and received a BS in Biochemistry in
2014 from California State University, San Marcos. There Dominica served as the Advisory Board Chair during the construction and grand opening of the University Student Union. In addition to this role, she also had significant involvement in campus life, student retention, and inclusive excellence endeavors leading to various accolades including one of the highest recognitions as a recipient of the CSU Trustee Award. Dominica also holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Alliant International University and a Master in Public Health (MPH) from Benedictine University. Dominica currently serves as Academic Program Coordinator at Alliant International University. Her passion for serving others has allowed her to take on various leadership positions that contribute to the mission and strategy of the institution. Her experience and interests also include diversity and inclusion, training and development, operations, process improvement and strategy. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Organizational Development (PsyD) with a concentration in Organizational Change and Sustainability. In her free time, she enjoys spending time hanging with friends and family, enjoying the cinematic arts, or most likely binging Grey’s Anatomy.
A graduate of UC Berkeley with a double major in molecular/cellular biology and economics, Andy brings an analytical eye to True Connection’s Board of Advisors with a proven track record in strategic planning and financial analysis. Andy spent more than three years at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, where he helped manage the non-profit’s $6 billion investment portfolio, which was used to fund a handful of charitable program areas. He currently works at MedMen, a cannabis firm, where he evaluates M&A opportunities and helps guide corporate strategy. When he’s not crunching numbers and grinding away at a spreadsheet, Andy enjoys the vibrant performance art scene in LA – he can often be spotted attending improv shows at the Largo or musicals at the Pantages. He is thrilled to be helping True Connection bring its HiEQ curriculum to potentially thousands of educators across the nation.
Elyas graduated from UC Berkeley and received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business. After graduating, Elyas worked in Bank of America Merrill Lynch's investment banking group in San Francisco. Most recently, Elyas was an investment associate at Brentwood Associates, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles. Elyas has a diverse corporate finance background and has experience working across a variety of industries, including consumer, business services, healthcare, retail, and technology. Elyas is passionate about education and is excited to both help grow the True Connection brand and introduce its philosophy to educational institutions and teachers. During his free time, Elyas enjoys muay thai, playing billiards, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.