Board Members

Harold Dees

Board Chair

General Manager for The Unity Council. a local Oakland nonprofit that serves to increase the employment opportunities for individuals with multiple-barriers to employment. Harold currently supervises a team of 45+ team members and oversees an agency budget of $1.5 million. Mr. Dees’ professional and personal goals have intersected to make him a better human being. His work with Village-Connect. Inc. has allowed him to advocate for social justice for the less fortunate.

Dr. Connie Bridgeforth

Vice Chair

Dr. Connie Bridgeforth is a practicing veterinarian in the S.F. Bay Area. She has worked with Habitat for Humanity. served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for 2 years and is currently a board member of Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center in Berkeley.

La Trina Alexander

Board Member

La Trina Alexander is a community member. Insurance professional. but most importantly cherishes her role a mother of two. Understanding that it truly takes a village to help raise children in the way they should go. La Trina discovered Village Connect at a pivotal time that assisted her pre-teen son transition into manhood. La Trina believes Village Connect is a hidden gem that should be made know to the community abroad and has dedicated her time and resources to help facilitate community connectedness .

Lewis G. Bundy

Board Member

Director of Student Services at Argosy University. Lewis is responsible for the management of all student services support functions: registration. orientation. student financing. course and classroom scheduling, student conduct. and ADA accommodation. As a member of the Execu tive Council. the director contributes to the overall management of the campus.

James DeFrantz, CRCM, CAMS, J.D.

Board Member

James DeFrantz. CRCM. CAMS. J.D .. is a consumer and real estate lending compliance specialist with more than 30 years of experience in the financial service regulatory industry. He has served as a senior compliance examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco and has spent time as an analytical manager at the Office of Thrift Supervision as well as a commissioned national bank examiner at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

John Guillory

Board Member

An accomplished senior executive. business and community leader. expert in maximizing investment performance. John’s success is a result of clarity, vision. creative problem solving, an extensive relationship network. well developed leadership and team building skills. and more than 30 years of industry knowledge in real estate practice. sales. marketing and operations. John is personally committed to being a positive role model by exemplifying his best.

Gary Vincent Thompson, MA

Board Member

Gary Thompson is the Family Health Services Fatherhood Coordinator for the Family Health Services (FHSl Division of the Alameda County Public Health Department. He is liaison to the Urban Male Health Initiative a prevention focused men’s health services collaboration and the Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) Leadership Table. a major city/ county cross systems reform partnership that advocates for Alameda County’s urban males and fathers. He has more than twenty-five years of experience administering education and family-centered programs and has been a systems reform advocate for the Bay Area’s most vulnerable children and families.

Sharon Villa

Board Member

Sharon Villa is a Compliance Specialist / Department Assistant for MidPen Housing where they provide safe, affordable housing of high quality to those in need; establish stability and opportunity in the lives of residents; and foster diverse communities that allow people from all ethnic, social and economic backgrounds to live in dignity, harmony and mutual respect. Sharon has been involved in Liberty Experience & The Evolution Training in the Bay Area for more than 16 years. Sharon also is on the Board of Directors for Hearts of Harvest Foundation in the Central Valley. Hearts of Harvest Foundation is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance and support to families and their children of our community who are in a health crisis. Sharon’s passion in life is to serve others in her community and enrich the lives of others.