A Look at our Board, Part 3

This week we’ll be taking a look at the final members of our board. If you missed our previous blogs about our board members, be sure to take a look at Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.

Having a strong board is an important part of our organization. Not only do they serve to guide us in our mission, but they also make sure that we are always being good stewards of the trust you have put in us.

IMG_61501Martha Lacy is the principal at David A. Weir Preparatory Academy. She strongly believes that every child can and will be a success. Since becoming principal, she has a proven track records of helping teachers and students succeed. Students under her care have doubled proficiency in mathematics and improved their English Language Arts proficiency scores by over 15 percent. Mrs. Lacy is actively involved with the community, seeking support for her students and their families. This included linking with a local church to provide families with food every Friday and coordinating a GED program for students’ parents.

David Zellner is the Director of In-Park Services for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California.  Dave was first introduced to The Leaven through a friend and was impressed by the success of our model.  “Day-to-day, I see the result of kids dropping out of education,” Dave says.  “What our young people need most is to find Christ and to succeed academically so they have opportunities for the future.” Dave is a former Executive Sous Chef and worked for the corporate offices of Six Flags before relocating to Northern California and assuming his current role at the Vallejo theme park.  He and his wife attend Crossroads Christian Church in Vacaville.

Joe Allio is Chief of the Fairfield Police Department and a 28-year veteran of law enforcement. He began his law enforcement career in South San Francisco, and four years later joined the Fairfield Police Department where he was an officer and a Sergeant before achieving the rank of Captain.  During this time, he also severed in pastoral positions at local churches, was a member of the Host Lions Club and the President of the Northern California Batten Disease Association.  As a member of the Fairfield Police Department, he served on the SWAT team, was a founding member of the Peer Support Team, participated in the development of “active shooter” response training and developed and implemented the Police Probation Team.  He has earned two Exceptional Performance Citations. He is also the President of our Board, and shares his leadership abilities not only to the entire Leaven staff, but also to the rest of the board at large.

We are so grateful to all of our board members for their service, and I hope you have enjoyed this look at just a few of the men and women who help us as we work towards our goal of helping kids and communities rise.

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