Joe Blackstone is the Co-Founder of J3 Foundation, and the President and CEO of Blackstone Consulting, Inc., a multi-million dollar mid-sized service company established in 1991 with its corporate offices in Los Angeles, California. BCI provides security, food, janitorial, and facilities maintenance services to clients such as Apple Computer, JP Morgan Chase, AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Northrop Grumman, and the Dept. of Defense. Prior to starting his own company, Joe worked as a management consultant for West Hudson in Los Angeles, California and Bain & Company in Paris, France as well as a Marketing Representative for IBM Corporation in San Francisco, California. Joe earned his MBA at Southern Methodist University, and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Jamie Mohnis the Co-Founder of J3 Foundation and is a clinical psychologist working in private practice in Los Angeles. She specializes in individual treatment for children, adolescents, and adults who are going through transitions in their lives such as divorce, new parenthood, illness, and grief. Jamie earned her Psy.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology where her research focused on the impact of domestic violence on children. She developed an intervention program for pre-adolescents who had grown up in homes with domestic violence. The goal of the program is to stop the transmission of domestic violence across family generations. Jamie advises J3 Foundation on issues of social-emotional and family learning.
Lindsey Palmer is a member of the J3 Foundation Board of Directors. Lindsey has spent the past 15 years working with young children and their families. She received her Master’s and PhD in Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC) and has previously worked as a licensed clinical social worker providing mental health services to adolescents involved with the child protection and juvenile justice systems. In 2008, Lindsey received her teaching credential while completing her training in a 3rd grade classroom in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Pennsylvania Stat’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and a research associate at USC’s Children’s Data Network. Her research agenda seeks to understand the nature, extent, and impact of Child Protective Service involvement for the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children.
Stacee Longo joined the J3 team as Program Director in 2019 and was later promoted to her current position as Senior Program Director. In addition to her Master’s coursework in Special Education, Stacee has degrees in Sociology and Film Production. She spent 30+ years working in education; Stacee has experience as a special education teacher, a reading intervention teacher, and an arts education teacher. She also has 10 years of project management experience in the film and entertainment industry. Stacee has always done volunteer work and focused on work with a strong mission, which is why she felt that J3 Foundation chose her instead of the other way around. When not at Cozy Reading Club, Stacee can be found taxiing one of her two children around, hiking with her dog, or watching movies with her husband.
Valerie Jaureguijoined the team in 2021 as J3’s Program Director. She was excited for this opportunity to be part of an amazing, effective organization and see firsthand how books can change the lives of our students and their families. Before joining the J3 team, Valerie worked as an elementary school educator and a teacher-librarian for several years. Her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science lends itself well to her work curating the J3 book collection. When she is not busy working, she loves to write. She is active in picture book and middle grade writing and was even awarded a Highlights Foundation writing grant this past summer!
Mira Brown grew up in Pasadena and is a graduate of PUSD schools. She received a B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she majored in Anthropology and Geography with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She is currently working on her Master’s of Public Administrations from USC’s Price School of Public Policy. Before joining the J3 team, Mira served as the Education & Community Fellow for Elemental Excelerator and as a research assistant for Cal Poly’s Advancing Cultural Change research lab. She also established the Udaan school’s first pottery studio in Kandbari, a village in the foothills of the Himalayas. Mira’s love for Los Angeles and the schools she grew up in ultimately drove her to return home and work to empower school communities. She joined the team in 2019 and specialized in research, evaluations, and development as J3’s Program Manager.
Arthur Scott joined J3 Foundation as a teacher at Watts Learning Center in 2018 before becoming a Site Coordinator in 2019. He currently works as J3’s Program Coordinator. Arthur has a B.A. in Radio/TV/Film Production and Geography/Geology. He began substitute teaching in the Inglewood School District to fill in work during off months of production and he is so thankful that the non-profit world found him! In addition to his work as J3’s Program Coordinator, he is a leader with One LA-IAF, a non-partisan political group, and the Black Faith Coalition Against Human Trafficking. When he isn’t busy with all of his work and volunteer endeavors, he enjoys surfing and playing volleyball.
Courtney Gilmore joined the J3 team in 2021 as a Site Coordinator. She is now the Program Administrator and Restorative Practices Coordinator. She chose non-profit work because she is motivated to leave this world a better place than she found it. Before working with J3 Foundation, Courtney earned her B.A. in Applied Behavioral Science and worked with neurodivergent children in school settings for many years. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Restorative Practices with a specialization in Education. Her focus is on trauma-informed care for high-risk and high-need students. Courtney is also a mother of two incredible children who make life a celebration everyday.
Bobbie Boggs-Millerhas been an integral part of the J3 team since its inception in 2011. She chose non-profit work because she always knew she needed to be in a career that felt meaningful and impactful. She has loved the volunteer work that she has done over the past decade working with foster children and seniors. She also sits on the DEI board at her daughter’s school. Prior to J3, Bobbie oversaw and coordinated extensive events and creative talent for one of the largest tour sound companies in Los Angeles. When she is not leading the marketing team as Director of Operations, she enjoys paddle boarding, live music, and spending time with her husband and 10 year old daughter.
Beth Anderson has been involved with J3 Foundation since its inception. She started her J3 journey as a member of the Advisory Board, before joining the communications team as Special Projects Coordinator. She now focuses on getting the word out about J3 and building partnerships in the community, with corporations, and online. Beth has always worked in the field of child development. She pursued degrees in elementary, special, and Deaf education before earning her B.A. in Fine Arts in Theatre. Although she doesn’t use that degree on the stage, she finds skills learned about connecting with those around her key to her current work. She chose the non-profit world because she wanted to work with good people, doing good things and J3 embodies exactly that. Beth loves to spend her free time connecting with her family, her community, and nature.
Jed Carandang currently works as J3 Foundation’s Social Media and Communications Coordinator. In addition to earning a B.A. in Graphic Design and having over a decade of design experience in the entertainment and corporate world, Jed has also had experience with after school programs for elementary kids and elderly home ministries with his local church. He chose to use his skills for non-profit work because of his heart for individuals who need that extra helping hand. When he’s not posting to J3’s social media accounts, taking photos and shooting videos, he’s posting to his own social media accounts, taking photos and shooting videos! He’s also keeping up-to-date with the latest geek and pop culture news, too!
Rick Barry was co-founder and CTO of optical networking company Sycamore Networks. He currently advises starts-up and runs his foundation focused on K-12 STEM education and social issues. He is on the Board of Directors of 9Dots, Crossroads School of the Arts and Sciences, and on the advisory boards of the J3 Foundation and MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. Rick received his SB (‘88), MS (‘89), and PhD (‘93) in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Carron Brown is a leader in marketing, advertising, and branding for top-tier companies with over 20 years of experience. She creates relevant, brand-authentic, and award-winning strategies and campaigns that reach, influence, and expand audiences across platforms, global regions, cultures, and demographics. In addition, she is an unwavering champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Carron earned an MBA from Fordham University and a B.S. in Marketing from Georgetown University. In her current role as VP, Brand Experience Creative Strategy for WarnerMedia, Carron crafts and manages the company’s corporate brand narrative and image; both internally and externally. As a former 7-time collegiate All-American and NCAA National Champion in track and field, Carron leads with high energy, a competitive spirit, an affinity for speedy yet measured action, and a drive to help others shine.
Humberto R Grayis the founder of Humberto R Gray, A Professional Law Corporation which represents entertainers, athletes, and businesses around the world on issues of immigration. Humberto created one of the first Immigrant Law client data management systems and assisted in the drafting of the 1990 regulation of IMMACT 90. He is annually featured as a speaker on visas for professional athletes and entertainers, and regularly offers seminars and courses at local colleges and universities including Whittier, Occidental, Pepperdine, UCLA, and USC. Humberto received his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Whittier College. He is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Mexican Bar Association, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. In addition, Humberto serves on the Board of Directors for the Caribbean Project for Empowerment Collegiate Search and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Ladies Professional Golf Association Urban Youth Program.
Roger H Howard is Partner at Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro, LLP specializing in real estate, corporate, mergers, and acquisitions. Roger chairs the Corporate department and specializes in finding strategic solutions to complex business issues. His transactional real estate practice is focused on acquisitions, residential and commercial development, sales, restructuring, workouts, title issues, and leasing. His corporate and business work is in the area of mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate restructuring and tax. Roger is on several corporate Boards, and works with numerous worldwide, national and local companies, providing legal advice.
Sherry McKuin has been on the J3 Advisory Board since 2017. She has over 20 years of experience working as a designer and architect in Los Angeles and is the Founding Principle at McKuin Design. Sherry and her husband, Joel, have been proud supporters of several non-profit organizations with a focus on early childhood education, support and services. In addition to being on the Advisory Board at J3 Foundation, she is also on the Board of the Kids Art Museum Program at the Hammer Museum which raises funds to provide free arts education to children in Los Angeles. She is a proud parent of two children ages 10 and 12.
Shyamala Reddy is a writer based in Los Angeles, where she also works as a docent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). At LACMA she has led hundreds of students through the museum’s collections, as well as developed in-person and virtual curricula and DEI methods used for students of all ages. As a technology journalist she has also worked for publications by Ziff-Davis, Newsweek and CNET, and also has over a decade of experience working as a strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She holds a B.A. in English from Barnard College and a MS in Education from Carnegie Mellon University.