20 Pearls Foundation, Inc.

Board of Directors and Professional Affiliation


  1. Angela Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN is the dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She serves on the Finance Committee for the National League of Nursing, Advisory Board for the Future of Nursing Scholars program at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Advisory Group on Social Mission in Nursing Education, George Washington University, Washington, DC.  Angela is a past Associate Dean at Emory University.

  2. Arlene Bowie is retired Educator and a Title I Coordinator from the Los Angeles Unified School District.  She currently serves as the Recording Secretary of 20 Pearls Foundation. Inc.

  3. Jacqueline E. Brown has been a part of the 20 Pearls Foundation, Inc. since 2009. She has worked for the Clark County School District since 1987, and is currently the principal of Steve Schorr Elementary School, which serves Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students and their families. She is the current president of the Las Vegas Chapter of Charms, Incorporated.

  4. Brenda L. Dumas is a retired Clark County Administrator with 30 years of service.  She is a retired Real Estate Broker of 29 years in which she was the owner.  Brenda is also an artist and hold a bachelor’s degree in History/ African American Studies and a master’s degree in Educational Administrational and Leadership.  Brenda serves on the Southern Nevada Catholic Dioceses Council and is the immediate past Chairman of 20 Pearls Foundation, Inc. 

  5. Kechia Thomas English is a retired Clark County Family Services Child Welfare Manager.  She serves on the boards of Foster Kinship and Living Grace Homes.  She holds master’s degrees in Organizational Management and Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in private practice and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Services.  Ms. English is the Co-Pastor of Victory Black Mountain Church and currently serves as the Chairman of 20 Pearls Foundation, Inc. 

  6. Erica Etienne currently works for the Clark County School District. Since becoming an educator in 2002, she has served the Las Vegas community as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and now, as Principal.

  7. Jacqueline R. Hall is a retired former Assistant Manager with Clark County Department of Family Services. Jacqueline holds a master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Administration. 

  8. Karen D. Johnson is currently employed with NV Energy as Senior Community Relations Specialist. She is a member of Nubian Voices Toastmasters and Say Watt Toastmasters where she holds positions as Vice president of Education and Treasurer.

  9. Val Lucas has been employed with Southwest Gas Corporation for 36 years.  She was a Call Center Supervisor, Quality Monitoring and Workforce Management Supervisor.  Her current role is Supervisor on the Project Horizon Core team which is implementing a new SAP customer service software system.  She is the Vice-President of Las Vegas Chapter of Charms, Incorporated.

  10. Dr. Kim Mitchell-Martin is a retired Human Resources Recruiter with the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County, NV.  She is the 2nd Vice President of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. - Starlight Chapter.  She serves on the Commission on Public Relations at First African Methodist Episcopal Church.

  11. Ciara Owens is a project facilitator for the English Learner Division in the Clark County School District. She is an Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on K-12 Education doctoral candidate.

  12. Berna Rhodes-Ford is extremely active in the community and has served various organizations as a board member and in leadership positions.  Ms. Rhodes-Ford was also appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to the Nevada Commission of Minority Affairs and currently serves as Chair of the Commission.  Ms. Rhodes-Ford has served as Chair of the Nevada Commission of Minority Affairs, Chair of the Nevada Forum for Women’s Business Enterprise Council – West and President of the Southern Nevada Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners.  Professionally, Ms. Rhodes-Ford is an attorney and currently serves as General Counsel of Nevada State College.

  13. Angela Riley is a registered nurse who has served in the healthcare arena for over 25 years. Since obtaining her Juris Doctorate, Mrs. Riley has been employed as the Far West Division Ethics and Compliance officer for HCA. She also serves as the Southwest Region Youth advisor for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, where she is responsible for overseeing youth events, community service initiatives, and facilitating educational planning and development. Mrs. Riley is also Associate Minister and Youth Director at True Love Missionary Baptist Church. She has also served on other community based organizations, focused on strengthening families and maximizing the potential of young people.  

  14. Quincella Rivers is a retired Social Worker with over 25 years experience as a Juvenile Probation Officer, and an Investigator with Child Protective Services. She holds a master's degree in Social Work Administration and is bilingual in Spanish. She has worked and has volunteered with several non profit organizations. She has been heavily involved in the community with Human Trafficking. She is the founder and President of L’Bella Arts In Motion Inc.; a non profit organization that supports all genres of the arts.

  15. Keysa Rogers has over 20 years of Senior Operational and Non-Profit experience. Mrs. Rogers has served on several community, national boards and has affiliations with several civic organizations. Mrs. Rogers is a business entrepreneur, holding a degree in Business Administration, Masters in Organizational Management, and currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.  

  16. Erica Silas is a 25-year experienced educator who currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a local charter school.  Since starting her education career in 1996, she has served as a classroom teacher, Instructional Coach, Curriculum & Instruction Specialist, and School Leader.  She is presently in her second year as a Doctoral Student concentrating on Teacher Leadership Development and Curriculum & Instruction. She is a member of several educational professional organizations. 

  17. Sandra Stewart-Bass is a retired English as a Second Language Specialist for the Clark County School District.

  18. Sandra Todd is the Functional Manager at Clark County Nevada and has been employed for 29 years with Clark County’s Department of Finance.  Sandra is responsible for functional operations and support of Clark County's  Enterprise financial and human resource systems as well as all related applications. Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and a master’s degree in Education.

  19. Tracey Torrence holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, with a Nonprofit emphasis, from UNLV. She has over 27 years’ experience in social/human services and is employed with the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority. She currently serves as Financial Secretary for the 20 Pearls Foundation.

  20. Dr. Jolene E. Wallace is a career educator who has spent fifty-three years in public education.  Her career includes serving as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Dayton, Ohio, and Associate Superintendent in the Clark County School District.  She is now retired, and she is serving as Corresponding Secretary of the 20 Pearls Foundation.

All board members are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.