“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
— Kurt Vonnegut

barbara bicE, BOARD CHAIR

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.


Lory Sangalang is a proven thoughtful and innovative business strategist, management consultant, and program management professional with over 16 years of global experience delivering measurable improvements across multiple performance metrics and leading diverse teams to excellence. She is entrepreneurial, strategic and loves using technology and analytics to solve business problems and launch products & services at scale that requires collaboration of diverse stakeholders and translating customer needs into business requirements. She is highly skilled in leveraging quantitative and qualitative data to inform business decisions.

In addition, Lory has been a key member of executive advisory teams, including global enterprise initiatives, strategic acquisitions and integrations ranging in value between $20 million and $30 billion in the consumer goods & services, biotech, pharmaceutical, technology, media & entertainment industries at Fortune 500 companies.

Having lived in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and now here in the US, Lory’s personal and professional experiences developed her skills in global cross-functional leadership, diversity & culture, negotiation, and strategy. She enjoys big-picture, forward thinking and solving analytical problems, thriving in a stimulating and dynamic environment.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Economics degree focusing on Decision Sciences at the University of the Philippines and got her MBA from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business with an emphasis on Investments, Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Lory practices Pilates, enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures, and spreading positivity with everyone she meets.


Antonio Casasola has been in the Social Services Industry for over 15 years. He has devoted much of his career to working with underserved populations such as foster youth, homeless young adults and individuals with intellectual disabilities. His experience has been in Workforce Development (training/employee engagement), Management, Program Development and Strategic Planning. He has served in committees in the following areas: Risk Management, Leadership, Safety and Training. Currently, Antonio is a Program Director for Planned Parenthood California Central Coast where he oversees three critical areas of the organization which are the Call Center, Case Management and Insurance Verification. For all organizations Antonio has served, he has enjoyed bridging the gap between the business sector and the social services side. Antonio attained his BA in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, his MA in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge and is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is developing a Leadership Training Program that will assist organizations in reducing employee turnover. In addition, he is in the process of creating a scholarship program to assist students from his native, Guatemala.

diya chopra

Diya is a consultant in the tech industry and a former attorney. She started her legal career at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, serving refugee and immigrant women fleeing violence. She went on to work at one of Canada’s leading criminal defense firms, which gave her unique insight into the criminal justice system, and then to the litigation department of a leading full-service firm in Toronto, advocating for her clients on a range of social and commercial issues.

While working in law, Diya was interested in the creative and scalable solutions coming out of the tech industry, which led her to join the CoreTech Foundation. Her purpose at CoreTech was to enable nonprofits to operate more efficiently and effectively with software-driven solutions. In this role, Diya managed a portfolio of clients ranging from The Paul Newman Foundation to the FIRST Robotics Competition. She built strategic partnerships in both the nonprofit and tech communities in LA, securing new donors and project-based funding. She also led all digital content (landing CoreTech on Biztech’s “Top 25 Must-Read Nonprofit IT Blogs 2016”), and increased CoreTech's visibility through social media, workshops and community building events.

Today Diya works at a blockchain startup where she manages special projects with Fortune 500 companies. She is also a certified Ashtanga & Pranayama Yoga Teacher, which allowed her to teach yoga to young people at the Venice Community Housing Corp. and which inspires her ongoing study of emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

 Diya is a member of the Ontario bar. She obtained her JD from Windsor Law where she co-founded Windsor Law in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted and worked at the Windsor Mediation Clinic, provided mediation services for low-income community residents. She was awarded the Borden Ladner Gervais Research Fellowship and the Best Advocate Team in the Niagara International Moot Court Competition on human rights & humanitarian issues. Prior to that, Diya obtained her B.A. from McGill University, double majoring in Sociology and World Religions.

brita richardson

Brita is a passionate educator and life coach working with individuals, families, and organizations 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 global, corporate foundation.

Brita is honored to work with True Connection to educate and support youth, families, and adults in expanding their personal awareness, emotional intelligence and overall fulfillment.

Nadine heimann

Nadine is Founder and Executive Director of True Connection, as well as an actress, community leader and artist. She found her calling in humanitarian services when she taught theater to developmentally disabled adults at Mi-Star in Los Angeles from 2006-2008. The rewarding connections she made with the staff and students there set her up for a lifetime of community service and outreach.

Nadine served as CEO of HOW (Helping Others Worldwide) 501(C)3 from 2009-2011, creating and executing a Healing Art Programs for orphaned youth in Sierra Leone, Africa. Incorporating art, meditation, mindfulness, trauma awareness, character development and goal setting, the programming was effective, fun and created deep bonds between students and teachers. Of the students they worked with, two went on to win national art competitions, one completed a book, and many showed a decrease in stress symptoms when she returned two years later with a newly enhanced curriculum.

True Connection was founded to expand the Healing Arts Program locally in Los Angeles and Compton in 2012. For the next six years she led volunteers in providing Healing Arts Programming to kids in low-income areas and homeless youth. Since then, Nadine joined the SEL movement in education, viewing it as  a promising route to spreading everything she believes in to kids in schools, homes and communities across the nation. Thus, she collaborated with professionals to create True Connection’s HiEQ Curriculum and now sits on the SEL4CA Alliance Providers Committee. Nadine has a deep-rooted passion for stewarding our youth by educating the whole child.