Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The ACC Board of Directors is dedicated to the mission, sustainability and success of the Agency. The Board is comprised of community volunteers with a wide range of skills and talents that reflect the diversity of our community.

Alison Brett – President

Alison Brett is a former staff member (1993-1997) and has previously served on the Board of Directors (1997-2003.) She transitioned from staff to board member after her daughter was born in 1997. She is currently an art teacher at Fenton Primary Center in Pacoima. She holds a BA in Child Development and has studied studio arts in various settings over the years. Alison has a deep appreciation for the mission at ACC and is happy to be an official part of the organization once again.

Open – Vice President

Matt Lawler – Secretary

Matt joined the board in 2018. He brings with him extensive experience in leadership positions, serving on both corporate and non-profit boards in the past. Matt, a Pasadena native, joined the board in support of ACC’s mission to serve families through quality childcare and development. He has a passion for justice and serving the community, evidenced both through his work to provide LA residents with affordable housing…and quality live entertainment. Matt has two children, one enrolled at ACC, and another at a local school. He holds an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business and a BA in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

George Van Alstine – Treasurer

The Reverend George Van Alstine is a founding board member of ACC and has served on the Board of Directors since the agency’s inception in 1982. He currently serves as the agency’s Treasurer. George has just completed his fortieth year of ministry at Altadena Baptist Church. During that time, he has been involved in the spiritual journeys of some of the church’s families through three generations. He has also been active in the Pasadena/Altadena community, particularly in the areas of race relations and support of public education. He served eight years on the Pasadena School Board and is the author of The Christian and the Public Schools (Abington, 1982). His own education includes earning a BA degree in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University (1958), as well as two graduate degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity in preparation for Christian ministry (1961) and Master of Theology in New Testament studies (1962).

Kathy Cady

Kathy is a parent of a child, now 14, who attended ACC and previously served on the Board. Kathy is a retired Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney and currently working as a pro bono victims’ rights attorney. Kathy specialized in prosecuting child abuse crimes and is a founding Board Member of a local Children’s Advocacy Center. Kathy is also on the Deacon Board for Altadena Baptist Church. Kathy is married and has three children and one granddaughter.

J.R. Davies

J.R. Davies joined the ACC Board in 2017 and brings with him over 10 years of experience with various non-profit organizations. During those years, he has served in an assortment of positions including 2 separate terms as a Chairperson. He decided to join the ACC Board because he wanted to be a part of an organization that has had such an important role in the development of so many children over the years, especially his own son who is currently attending ACC. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading and watching cheesy b-rated movies. He has an uncanny sense of humor and loves to make people laugh.

Molly Geller

Molly Geller joined the Board in 2018. Molly works as an elementary school teacher at The Waverly School. She earned a BA from the University of San Francisco and her MA Ed and multiple subject teaching credential from Antioch University Los Angeles. Molly enjoys working with the Board to continue to make ACC a nurturing and exceptional organization. She has two children; one currently attending ACC and one who is an Alum. They have thrived at ACC and Molly is thrilled to give back to such an important part of her community.

Christine Mayola

Christine joined the ACC Board in 2021. A “double Bruin,” Christine earned her Bachelors in Business Economics (BA) and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) with a specialization in Community Health Sciences, from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked in the non-profit sector throughout Los Angeles for almost 10 years, in organizations focused on health care and education, homelessness, and developmental disability support and advocacy. Currently, Christine works in finance for a biotech company. She is eager to serve on the board for an organization dedicated to childhood education and supporting families and their children through their early formative years.

Nathan Okelberry

Nathan is a lifetime Angeleno and Altadena/Pasadena resident since 2009. He is the father of two children, one of who is a current ACC student. He joined the Board in 2021 out of a desire to help grow the reach of ACC’s mission to strengthen families and community through quality early childhood development. Nathan is a practicing attorney in the area of labor and employment law, and a Partner at the law firm Fisher Phillips LLP. His educational background includes a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine School of Law and Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz

Claudine Voznick

Claudine Voznick has been an ACC mom since August 2015. She is employed by the University of Southern California (Fight on!) as an Executive Assistant to the Chief Investment Officer. In addition to her duties on the investment desk, she is the USC Good Neighbors Campaign Department Lead for the Investment Team. The USC Good Neighbors Campaign is Campaign that has transformed the neighborhoods around both downtown and health science campuses. The annual initiative has supported an array of educational programs enhancing outcomes for K-12 students, as well as better health and fitness for all as well as providing significant economic development to support job opportunities and investing in public safety programs creating safer communities for families. She has most recently been elected to the Altadena PTA Board as the Fundraising Chair, continues to act as an Ambassador of Altadena for the American Red Cross and is most actively engaged in getting her community, home and workplace, ready for a disaster by becoming C.E.R.T. trained. Previously she was the Treasurer for the Altadena Moms Club and was the Executive Assistant to Suzanne Nora Johnson, the former Vice Chair of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.