Dr. Karen Bohlke, Director of Government and External Affairs for the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, has thirty years of administrative, managerial, grant writing, fund development and advocacy work with educational organizations serving youth and families. She has successfully managed a capital campaign for the O’Dell Education Center in Kent, WA, and numberous federal grants including as partner for Gear Up at the University of Washington, as director of Jose Marti Child Development Center bi-lingual Head Start and Theraputic Day Care, leadership programming with Metro Miami Dade County Teen Court Program, an ARRA Federal Stimulus work study program with the Oakland Civic Green Campaign, oversight of Department of Justice Appropriation with the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, Oakland CA and a twelve year Washington State Legislative Appropriation with the Institute for Community Leadership. Karen coordinates our fund development and government relations efforts. Karen holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, an MA Ed from Antioch University, and a BA in Education from the University of Washington. She is a Rockerfeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow.
Jana Jordan-Fisher, Bookkeeper, has thirty three years of Corporate Tax, Accounting, and Payroll Tax experience. She has successfully managed the accounting for other Non-Profits and Small Businesses. Jana is from Pasadena and moved to the Bay Area to attend Golden Gate University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Accounting. She has previously worked for Del Monte Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Genentech and Anderson and Associate’s CPA firm. She is certified with the Internal Revenue Service and California Tax Education Council. She specializes in keeping the organization current and in compliance with the accounting and tax laws for Non-Profits. Jana’s intent is to bring her education and knowledge to the organization while obtaining the spirit and integrity of Martin Luther King Jr., the MLK staff and its friends.
Eric Fuller II, Youth Leadership Coach. Eric is a graduate from Oakland’s Castlemont High School and has been an active participant with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center since his freshman year. Eric has organized nonviolence leadership classes and numerous leadership exchanges with youth from the Bay Area and various urban, rural and tribal communities including the Yurok and Quinault Nations. Eric served as a delegate to the Congressional Black Caucus Political Training Boot Camp, and as a participant on the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama with Members of Congress. He has participated in nonviolence trainings at the Jack Hunter O’Dell Education Center. Eric’s interest in the principles of nonviolence and the history of the Civil Rights Movement has resulted in interviewing Congressman John Lewis, Dorothy Cotton, Jack O’Dell, Bob Zellner, Bernard Lafayette and James Lawson. Eric attends Merritt College where is working on an AA degree after which he plans to transfer to Sacramento State. Eric is a student of the principles of nonviolence and works with his colleagues to become what Dr. King calls, a “transformed nonconformist.”
Jabari La Chaux, Youth Leadership Coach received his high school diploma at Oakland Military Institute College Preparatory Academy and currently attends Merritt College. Jabari’s intent is to complete a four year degree in Political Science at Dillard University. Jabari organized a community response to the killing of Oscar Grant, testifying in numerous hearings, attending private sessions with the BART Board of Directors, and he and his family are recently spotlighted in the All of Us Around the Table…Together BART community dinner program (see video on web site). Jabari has been a Youth Leadership Coach with the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center since fall of 2007. Summer of 2010 Jabari worked as an instructor at the Oakland Green Civic Campaign facilitating classes with 180 14-24 years olds in intensive work force readiness and ethical leadership training. Jabari is a trained Ethical Nonviolence Leadership Coach.
Keona Percelle-Roos, Resource Development Officer, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Percelle-Roos is a highly skilled and goal oriented team player, with over 10 years of exceptional business and customer service experience within corporate environments and financial institutions. Ms. Percelle-Roos is currently a full-time student at the Peralta Colleges, where she demonstrates hard work, dedication, and perseverance; and is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Ms. Percelle-Roos will be transferring to a California State University in the spring of 2017, where she will pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Maira Perez Velasquez serves as Student Services Team Lead, for the Martin Luther King Jr Freedom Center. At 19 years of age, Maira is a trained Ethical Leadership Coach, having studied principles of nonviolence and community organizing for the past six years (since the 7th grade). Maira has traveled with the Freedom Center speaking at national education conferences in Washington DC, seven states, and the Yurok and Quinault Indian Nations. She recently led a Freedom Center youth delegation to Memphis, guests of Congresswoman Barbara Lee to the Reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum, and another delegation to Ferguson, Mo. Maira recently presented a paper on Cultural Empowerment and Civic Engagement: Impact on GPA and Community at the University of Puget Sound Race and Pedagogy Conference. Maira is a first generation high school graduate, bilingual, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant family. She is a first-year sophomore scholarship recipient, studying pre-law at Mills College in Oakland.
Royl L. Roberts is currently the Director of Operations for the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center. Mr. Roberts is a Board Member, former Administrator and Ethical Leadership Coach for the Freedom Center. Mr. Roberts graduated of Golden Gate University School of Law with his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree and a Specialization Certificate in Business Law, with Distinction. While at Golden Gate he served as a Peer Mentor, Law Student Ambassador, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant and was the President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). Prior to attending law school, he held various positions in the insurance and financial service industries. Mr. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and a Master of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University. Mr. Roberts worked as Law Clerk at a Civil Rights Law Firm located in downtown Oakland as well as the Executive Assistant to the General Counsel, Peralta Community College District. Mr. Roberts is an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. as well as other community organizations and committees.
Dr. Roy Wilson, Program Director, holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, and an M.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in English both from the University of Washington. Roy is a published author, scholar and presenter on civil rights, nonviolence and libratory leadership practices. He has served as director of various non-governmental entities including Seattle Managua Sister City Association, International Relations Director for El Centro de la Raza, and is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Community Leadership and the Jack Hunter O’Dell Education Center. Roy has received international, state and regional awards for his work in civil rights and confronting racial and socio-economic disparities. He is widely published and his work has been featured in Life Magazine, the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Oakland Tribune, and in a National Public Radio TV Special “The United States of Poetry” and a National television feature on the Nickelodeon Network.
Ethical Leadership Coaches
Kendra Amerson, Community Organizer, is a CA Credentialed Special Education Specialist working on her Master’s in Special Education through Western Governor’s University. She earned a BA in Psychology, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), Pomona, and her credential from the Fortune School of Education. As an educator she promotes parents and students self-advocacy for quality education. She started her work with the Freedom Center in the summer of 2009 as a Ethical Leadership Coach for Oakland Green Civic Campaign. Kendra has continued her service with the Freedom center through various roles in support of community programs most recently assisting in the successful production of the inaugural Congresswoman Barbra Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series.
Tuyen Huynh is a former Community Outreach Coordinator for the Marin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center. Tuyen was born in Vietnam and grew up in Oakland where he graduated from Oakland High School. He has a BA in Finance from San Francisco State University. Prior to becoming a Community Outreach Coordinator, he worked as an Ethical Leadership Coach for the Oakland Green Civic Campaign. Tuyen is a trained facilitator of the Freedom Center’s nonviolence leadership curriculum. Tuyen helped coordinate community outreach and relationships with elected officials and the business community.