Kimlin C. Johnson, President
Kimlin Johnson is the President & Founder of B-RELYT. B-RELYT was founded in 2017 with the ultimate goal of bridging the STEM gap that exists for underserved and unserved students in Los Angeles County. However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, B-RELYT has expanded programming to other states. She obtained both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Loyola Marymount University.
Mrs. Johnson worked at the Los Angeles County Sanitation District (www.lacsd.org) in Environmental Engineering for 25 years. At the LACSD, Kimlin implemented policies and procedures that are still utilized today. January 2018 Kimlin spoke at the Sanitation Districts Board Meeting, composed of Mayors, Representatives, and Council Members on Labor Relation solutions.
Serving underserved students' STEM needs is Kimlin's passion. B-RELYT has some great plans on the horizon. Thank you to all of our current and future donors. Your support is crucial to B-RELYT's success.
Kimlin's Favorite Quote: "Can't We All Just Get Along? " ~ Rodney King
Steve F. Sichi
Steve Sichi is a long time aerospace engineering executive, currently serving as an industry consultant. After 33 years, Steve retired from the Boeing Company in 2018, where he served as Director of the Boeing Spacecraft Design Center. Since then, Steve has been consulting for space industry startups, and also involved in developing programs and mentoring for Mission to Launch, an early career skill services company. He is an active community volunteer, working with UCLA to review scholarship applications, review undergraduate research, mentor undergraduates and recent grads, and perform mock job interviews and resume reviews. He also volunteers at his church, serves on its Finance Council, has been on Los Angeles Archdiocese capital fundraising teams, and supports various local charities.
Steve’s career at Boeing spanned the areas of engineering and technology development, project management, and executive leadership. He led space development projects for NASA and major communication service providers across the US, Japan, Europe, Canada, and the UAE. He has been extensively involved in global business development and is a well-known industry speaker. He has complementary experience in hiring, skills development, training and innovation.
A graduate of St Bernard High School in Los Angeles, Steve received a BS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and an MS in Microwave Engineering from CSUN. He was a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, holds several patents, authored numerous papers, and served as contributing author for several textbooks. He lives with his wife Betsy in the Westchester area of Los Angeles, where they raised their three children. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, ocean swimming, baking, cooking and historical research.
Stan L. Johnson, Treasurer
Stanley (Stan) has over 25 years experience as a licensed Electrical Engineer. His goal is also to empower young people with STEM knowledge and life skills based on his experience and background. Stan worked throughout the entire COVID-19 Pandemic leading a team of Engineer's.
Growing up in Compton, California, from a working-class family, he faced many obstacles in his life’s journey. However, through self-improvement, he overcame many of these obstacles to become the successful Black professional that he is today.
Stan's motto is: “Be a better person today than you were yesterday, and be a better person tomorrow than you are today!”
Honorable Jan Perry (rep.) Retired
Jan Perry assumed the position of Executive Director of IFA on January 2019. Prior to that she was General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD), leading an agency of 130 employees. All of EWDD’s programs are designed to help build local business and strengthen the workforce.
Jan is a former 9th District City Councilmember (2001-2013) representing Downtown, Little Tokyo and South LA. During her time in office, she led catalytic projects such as LA Live, Our Lady of Angeles Cathedral and the new Police Administrative Building. Her leadership over the decade brought in $15 million in investments, $40 million in new tax revenue for the City of LA and 90,000 full-time jobs. Jan earned a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master’s degree in public administration from USC.
Edward Rice III, Ed.D.
Dr. Edward (Ed) Rice has been on the B-RELYT Board of Directors since its inception in 2017. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Howard University and Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. Kimlin Johnson stated, "We have been childhood friends, as our both of our parent’s were Franchise Owners in the Martin Luther King Jr. shopping center on 103rd and Compton Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. Ed’s expertise in higher education and his relentless work ethic are vital to the community we serve.
Ed is a seasoned educator and journalist. As an educator, he has taught at the elementary and secondary levels. Ed has also served as a faculty member at Los Angeles City College and he currently holds faculty positions at Moreno Valley College and with the CalStateTEACH program. In 2018, he completed his dissertation, A Qualitative Examination of Postsecondary Education as a Remedy to Recidivism Among Formerly Incarcerated African-American Men and received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California (USC).
In addition to his work as an educator, Ed has continued to flourish as a journalist. His work has been featured in the Orange County Register, The Source and Vibe Magazines. From 2013-2015 he served as a Contributing Writer for the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper. In his spare time Ed produces and co-hosts The Two Percent podcast (available on Apple, Spotify and Google podcasts) and spends time with his 14-year-old daughter, Amaya.
Rev. Marcus Murchinson
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