The ATOL Foundation provides free, accessible, “as lived” leadership training to disadvantaged and/or disabled youth, first-generation college students, and college students from under-represented as well as majority groups throughout the state of California and the rest of the United States. The ATOL Foundation helps our participants realize their natural leadership potential, as well as provides the tools and skills necessary to be effective leaders in the 21st century. The graduates of the ATOL leadership training comprise a pool of future leaders of integrity, authenticity, and being committed to something larger than oneself, who will help move the United States and the rest of the world move toward a better future for all citizens.
BS in Psychology, University of Iowa
MS in Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling, University of Oklahoma
Joan Harter-Speer is a life-long educator who has received numerous awards from community organizations for being active in her drug and alcohol prevention advocacy work. She served on the Board of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators and was President from 2002-2004. She has worked in the Social Services area, including Alcohol and Drug recovery programs, in Texas, Oklahoma, and Vancouver B.C. for over 10 years. She started her college teaching career teaching Psychology at John Brown University for 2 years, initiating a full psychology major with several new courses. After that she taught in the Community College Alcohol and Drug Studies Program in Vancouver, B.C. for 5 years.Then she taught full-time in the Human Services Dept. including the highly recognized Alcohol and Drug Studies Program at San Bernardino Valley College from 1990 through 2009. While at SBVC, initiated numerous activities including a very active Human Services Club, Red Ribbon Week, Alcohol Awareness Month, and a Student Assistance Program for all students. She participated in San Bernardino County alcohol and drug prevention programs for 20 years, including running the annual Red Ribbon Week Parade for 5 years.
BA in Social Sciences, California State University Chico
Jimmie Bradley joined the Board in 2014 because I would like to create career paths that not only are fun on Fridays, but also enjoyable on Mondays. I would like to help students reach their full potential far beyond their own cognitive beliefs. I acquired my two Associates in Arts degrees from San Bernardino Valley College in Fine Arts and Humanities and Biological and Physical Sciences concurrently with my Associates in Arts in Social and Behavior Studies and Kinesiology, Health and Wellness from Riverside City College. After that, I obtained my Bachelor of Art in Social Sciences from California State University Chico. I am now in graduate studies emphasizing service to underrepresented students and undeserved communities in academics. I come from humble beginnings and I would like to help students who come from similar backgrounds like myself to reach their goals and succeed. I have been fortunate enough to overcome my own self-limiting beliefs and have a calling to help others do the same. Additionally, I am a passionate educator and presenter which is why I am continuing my education until I am granted a PhD.
Organization Founder, Teacher, Coach, Mentor
Tim Forrest is a Social Entrepreneur who currently works within the Non-Profit and Private sector to bring sports, educational, and leadership programming to At-Risk Communities in Southern California. His years of invaluable project building experience brings a wide array of skill-sets developed through the work of creating teams from grassroots places to gather toward a shared common goal.
Before even completing his educational studies, He began his journey in community leadership by creating his own Non-Profit Organization and fundraising the pay the registration fees associated with the Application. He then began volunteering his time teaching leadership programs within Community Colleges, juvenile hall facilities, and continuation high schools. To sustain an income, he worked as a Competitive Soccer Referee and Substitute Teacher while he pursued his passion. He has been fortunate enough to work on various projects involving at-risk youth from a wide array of locations within the State of California, ranging from Orville, CA down to San Bernardino, CA.
This unique life, cultural, and educational experience has provided him the opportunity to work with people from many cross-cultural backgrounds. He prides himself most when being able to be of service in a transformative manner, enabling others to take on the world transformed and empowered to take on the foreseeable future. His most proud personal achievement came from the completion of the “Being a Leader, and the Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological Model” held at Mays Business School of Texas A&M, in College Station, Texas. Mr. Forrest also possesses a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of La Verne. In addition to this, he holds a Dual Diagnosis Certificate and a Motivational Interviewing Certificate from San Bernardino Valley College. He has completed coursework at Butte Community College, Riverside Community College, Crafton Hills Community College, and California State University, Chico. Mr. Forrest strongly endorses the State Community college system and considers his education a product of all State academic institutions. Contact Tim to learn more about how you can partner with ATOL!
ATOL projects are intended to empower local communities to address their concerns that bring them out of integrity. Creating humans and systems of integrity is ATOLs #1 goal for the 21st century.
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