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MPYD Board Members



Tecumseh Shackelford is the co-founder and Vice President of the Windsor Arroyo Neighborhood Association (WANA) representing Pasadena/Altadena communities. In April 2002, he co-founded Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development. Mr. Shackelford is currently a member of the Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, and the former Treasurer of the Altadena Town Council. He is an active member of the Altadena NAACP. He was the recipient of the 2005 Altadena Citizen of the Year award. In 2007, he was Community Grand Marshall of the Pasadena Black History Parade. Mr. Shackelford was also honored by the Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services with the 2011 Mentor-of-the-Year award.



Rosalina Rodriguez has been a long time resident of the Altadena/Pasadena communities. Born in Durango, Mexico where she attended the Escuela Normal of Durango, Rosalina Rodriguez immigrated to America in 1973. She then enrolled at East Los Angeles College and continued her education through the UCLA Extension where she began a successful career of 18 years in commercial banking. She has been a member of the classified staff at John Muir High School for several years and a  member of the John Muir Reinvention Team. Rosalina is a parent and a community advocate exercising her passion for the youth in Altadena and Northwest area of Pasadena, specifically the area surrounding John Muir High School.


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Johnie Driver resides in Altadena and is currently retired from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked for 33 years as a Mission Analysis Engineer for space shuttle mission development and spacecraft missions to planets, asteroids, and comets. He earned a M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. He is active in his local church as a Deacon,  and tutor for the church tutorial program. He has served as Co-Chair for the committee to select the Principle for John Muir High School and currently serves as the Auditorfor Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development. 


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Ibrahim Naeem brings over ten years of management experience in the non-credit education field within the California Community College system. His skills include authentic leadership of faculty, classified and hourly staff. He is knowledgeable of Title V and Chancellor’s office guidelines as they apply to the community college and non-credit education with proven commitment to the mission of Pasadena City College and the Non-Credit division. Currently he serves as Interim Associate Dean of the Non Credit Division at Pasadena City College where he assist in planning, development, implementation, supervision, evaluation, budget and quality control of programs and services for the District’s Non-Credit programs. He oversees the daily operations of assigned faculty, collaborated with credit administrators and managers and provides administrative supervision of all faculty; classified and hourly staff. Previously he coordinated community Education Center facility and safety needs with the Director of Facilities and the Campus Police Chief respectively. He also managed WIA Title II grant including application, achieving program goals, budget preparation and monitoring and fiscal reporting. Ibrahim has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications from Kent State University. He is also working on a Master of Arts Degree in Communications Management from the University of Southern California. 


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Kevin World has spent nearly five years in the banking industry where he served different roles. He began his career working with mass affluent clients as a credit specialist, then later on transitioned on to become a Relationship Manager for Bank of America where he would assist a wider ranged client base from college students all the way to retirees. Kevin would help clients with all of their daily banking needs, as well as help them prepare for life events and longer term goals. Kevin is now using the skills, and his ability to form long lasting relationships he acquired during his years in banking to build and strengthen his career as a finance services professional. Kevin is also involved in the community, where he is an active board member for the mentoring program M.P.Y.D right here in Pasadena


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Bennett Izeh, a native of Ohio, moved to California after graduating law school. He currently works at the Law Offices of H.A. Jackson as a Litigation Manager.  Ben comes to MPYD with an eagerness to give back to students and help the program grow. He brings a track record of fundraising, establishing partnerships, and working with underserved communities.


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Dan Wier graduated in 1959 from Pasadena High School and attended USC on a basketball/baseball scholarship. He earned his BA/MA in 1964 and for the last 25 years has managed his own executive search firm. Dan has lived in Pasadena for 63 years and brings a wealth of experience in working with nonprofits and giving back. He was a former board member of Five Acres, earning “Volunteer of the Year” award. He has also been involved with Pasadena Day Nursery, the Box Project, Big Brothers of America, and various other community organizations. Dan brings an enthusiastic and proactive attitude to our program.

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