Who We Are

Our Mission

As a faith-based nonprofit, Lake Avenue Community Foundation is unleashing the God-given potential of children, youth, and families in vulnerable communities, providing the tools necessary to thrive academically, emotionally, economically and spiritually.

The LACF Staff

Elizabeth (Lisa) Barrios

Elizabeth (Lisa) Barrios

MS/HS Academic Assistant

Alma Cardenas

Alma Cardenas

Executive Assistant

Maria Bowlin

Maria Bowlin

Villa STARS Program Manager

Alberto Aguilera

Alberto Aguilera

North STARS Program Manager

Whitney Martinez

Whitney Martinez

North STARS Program Leader

Diana Garcia

Diana Garcia

STARS Elementary Enrichment Coordinator

Curt Gibson

Curt Gibson

Associate Director

Cynthia “Sol” Pineda, Ph.D.

Cynthia “Sol” Pineda, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Bryan Mayer

Bryan Mayer

High School STARS Program Manager & Mentor Coach

Tonie Neuwirth

Tonie Neuwirth

Data Systems Coordinator

Nancy Stiles

Nancy Stiles

Executive Director

Beth Winton

Beth Winton

Volunteer Program Manager & Mentor Coach

Diana Bravo

Diana Bravo

Villa STARS Program Leader

Domingo Mota

Domingo Mota

Mentor Program Manager

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Director of Partnerships & Collaborations

Perla Moreno

Perla Moreno

Villa STARS Program Leader

Marcos Canales

Marcos Canales

Mentor Coach

Kim Chinen

Kim Chinen

Stewardship Coordinator

Our History

Lake Avenue Community Foundation is in Pasadena, CA

Since the founding on March 1, 2001, LACF has been dedicated to providing a wide variety of programs for youth and families from vulnerable communities in Pasadena.  STARS, an after-school program for elementary students started by a community member in 1996, was put under the auspices of LACF so that it could expand and develop.  LACF was able to expand the STARS program that first year through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation and in partnership with CORAL (Communities Organizing Resources to Advance Learning).  Since our beginning, LACF has seen steady growth:

2002:

Started Mentoring and Homeless Outreach programs.  Since its inception, 100% of the students who have participated in our Mentoring Program have graduated from high school.  More than 80% have gone on to attend a community college or four-year university.

2005:

Launched Teen MOPS (Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers) component of Mentoring.

2008:

Added Youth Violence Intervention component to Mentoring to reach out to gang-involved youth in the area.

2009:

Started the Middle and High School component of STARS and initiated Adopt-A-School at Blair School to bring volunteers and resources to the school.

2010:

Launched the Summer SKILLZ Credit Reclamation program in collaboration with Pasadena Unified School District, Flintridge Center, and other Pasadena-area organizations.  This program serves more than 100 students.

2011:

Completed an extensive strategic plan, including redesigning the Elementary STARS program and creating a Family Engagement position.

2012:

Began implementing the new Elementary STARS program and Family Engagement Specialist position.

2014:

Opened a second STARS elementary site called North STARS in partnership with Because You Matter (a non-profit started by Montrose Church).

Divided middle school and high school into two distinct programs to meet each age group’s needs.  HS program focuses on college readiness.