Board of Directors

Karla Adams
Karla AdamsKarla Adams Club
Tracey Vackar
Tracey VackarRiverside Community College
David Pearson
David PearsonCal Baptist University
Dr. David Pearson serves as the Dean of the College of Health Science at California Baptist University.  He is a tenured Full-Professor of Kinesiology, and during his 16 years at CBU Dr. Pearson has also served as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Associate Provost for Administration.

An East Coast native, Pearson received his bachelor’s in health and physical education, with minors in health science and coaching, from West Chester University (Pa.), his master’s in sport management from WCU and his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of California, Riverside.

Pearson is active in many professional organizations including the Society of Health and Physical Educators; National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association; North American Society for Sport Management; and National Strength and Conditioning Association, within which he holds the rank of “Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist”. He routinely makes scholarly presentations to these organizations at regional and national conferences.

Pearson has taught health and physical education at the middle and high school levels, and he has coached high school football, wrestling, track & field and baseball. He has worked in collegiate athletic administration at the Division I and II levels as well as collegiate recreation management.

A resident of Riverside, Pearson and his wife, Suzanne, have two sons Brett and Colt

Tracy Childs
Tracy Childs Miss Riverside Chair
Tracy Childs has worked with middle and high school students for 22 years teaching Spanish. Her BA degree is in Spanish from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and her Bilingual California Credential and Masters of Secondary Education was granted to her by Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.
In 1993-1994 Tracy studied in Madrid, Spain at La Universidad de Complutense, where she was immersed in the target language and culture. Upon returning from Europe, she then went on to teach Spanish throughout southern California. She has had the opportunity to teach at private schools such as, Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, and the Archer School for girls in Bel Air where she was instructing and academically guiding some celebrity students like Kirsten Dunst and the daughters of Jim Carrey and Tom Hanks, just to name a few. She then proceeded to move onto John Burroughs High School in Burbank, Garden Grove Unified in Orange County, and then Val Verde Unified where she is now at Citrus Hill High School in Riverside, California.
Although Mrs. Childs loves teaching her students, she is a mother of 2 (son – 10, daughter – 13) and a wife of 17 years. Tracy has a plethora of interests not only in education, but desires to inspire others in the fine arts and in physical education and well-being. She was the lead singer of not only a classic rock band called, “The Relics”, but also lead a contemporary country band called, “The Tracy Childs Band” that played large venues like Riverside’s Festival of Lights, and entertained at various Temecula vineyards, and holiday showcases.
Mrs. Childs suffered for several years from rheumatoid arthritis, but chose to take charge of her disease by entrusting Karla Adams to regulate her food and exercise regimen for the benefit of counteracting her painful symptoms. This changed Tracy’s life. She has actively participated in sprint, olympic, and international distance triathlons. She has competed and placed in Muscle Beach figure competitions, and won 2nd place in the figure category for Fitness America Orange County, where she went on to compete at Fitness America’s World Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tracy strives to continue to challenge herself in all areas of life. She is not only spiritually and educationally driven, but a very involved mom, and wife who will soon compete in a WBFF competition in Los Angeles this fall. Tracy believes “balance” is the key to life. She looks forward to her 3rd Karla Adams Transformation Fitness Wear Photoshoot where she will be featured as a sponsored athlete for the Karla Adams Club.
Mandy Smith
Mandy SmithBoard Member
Kei Okubo
Kei OkuboBoard Member
Kei Okubo is an instructor at the School of Holistic Touch in Ontario, CA and has been an instructor at the Southern California School of Massage and other massage schools since 1998. She teaches Aromatherapy~Safe Use of Essential Oils for Health, Magnet Therapy, Vital Energy, Acupressure, Reiki, and Pranic Healing® .  She is personal student of Sally Cernie, Ph.D. and Reiki Master at the Cernie Institute in Riverside.  She is a personal student of Master Stephen Co of Chino & was also taught by Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui between 2001 & 2007 in India, Malaysia and the US.  She teaches classes, workshops & provides free lectures in California, Nevada, New Mexico, in the Republic of China/Taiwan, China and Japan. She is retired from Riverside County Dept. of Mental Health Health, Program Advancement Unit and taught Superbrain Yoga® at the Annual Youth Anti-Stigma Awareness Conferences, California Baptist University at the 34th Annual Children’s Conference, USC Medical Center College of Nursing, Cal State University Fullerton, English Department and many other locations. She has assisted Eric Robins M.D. with Your Hands Can Heal You Workshop at  Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, San Antonio Hospital in Upland and many other locations.
Nora Pritchard
Nora PritchardBoard Member
Bill Todd
Bill Todd
A graduate of Cal State Fullerton with a bachelors in Music, a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelors in Electrical Engineering, and Credentialed in Education at the University of California Riverside. Bill Todd presently teaches Mathematics at Colton High School in Colton where he has served for the last 11 years.  Before that he served at Slover Continuation School for the same district, the Colton Joint Unified School District.  Born in Indianapolis, Indiana and briefly living in Arizona; Bill has lived most of his life in Riverside and is a Riverside Poly Alumni.

 

Bill has been interested in and informally studied fitness, health, diet, and life extension since graduating from high school.  Bill became interested in bodybuilding early in childhood and has engaged in a resistance training program since his early teens.  Bill believes well applied knowledge can overcome genetic disadvantages given enough time, when sufficient effort is applied.  He also believes that aging doesn’t have to be a sentence to rapid and ever increasing debilitation.  With proper diet, exercise, and supplementation, Bill believes most of us can extend our vibrancy and vigor well into our twilight years.

Mike and Cindy
Mike and Cindy
Rachelle Merrihew
Rachelle MerrihewBoard Member
Board Member
Eve Hauptmann
Eve HauptmannFoundation: Hauptmann Therapeutic Riding Services
Educator, researcher, and behavioral analyst, Eve Hauptmann, uses her compassion for rebuilding lives through equine-assisted therapy (EAT), a form of recovery that covers a variety of clinical and nonclinical traumas utilizing a holistic approach.  Eve’s training from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), and pursuit of a doctorate in clinical-forensic psychology, PhD, is merged to meet the growing needs of a large client base, including: military personnel, first responders/police, fire, and dispatchers; Autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury; anxiety disorder, foster youth, and victims of sex trafficking.  The spectrum of the EAT program expands to reach the physical, emotional, and cognitive-behavioral well-being of each participate.

 

Eve’s prior travels to Africa, Asia, and Europe as a short-term orphanage worker has enabled her to serve as an ambassador of peace to the province of Guangdong, South China (2007-2009), as well as given her the fortitude to work in a long-term home located in Riverside County, for survivors of human trafficking. As the director of care to Rebirth Homes, a non-profit organization developed to restore lives broken by human trafficking, Eve manages the care team which ensures best practices are afforded to staff, volunteers, and participants for a healthy and happy recovery process.

Andy Pocock
Andy Pocock
Serafina Barrie
Serafina BarrieFoundation: Owner/Publisher YourVilla Magazine
Serafina Barrie is the Publisher of “YourVilla Magazine” since it’s inception in 1996. Over the years, the distribution of the magazine has increased from 120,000 per year to 2.3 million reaching seven Southern California regions. In addition to printed magazines, she has also developed an online presence via a successful website, digital marketing, social media and apps.

She has served on numerous boards and advisory groups in the Inland Empire to include The UCR Botanical Gardens and The Riverside University Health System Foundation.

During her leisure time, she enjoys traveling with a single backpack hiking Europe, perfecting Irish tunes on her Fiddle, drought tolerant gardening, reading,
camping in Sierra Nevadas, and more importantly spending time with her two grandchildren.

California State University San Bernardino, BA and a Computer Pattern Design Certificate from the Otis School of Design.

Yundra Thomas
Yundra Thomas100 Black Men of the Inland Empire
Yundra Thomas is an Independent Business to Business consultant based in Riverside, CA. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Thomas is an active member of the Wednesday morning Business in Action Committee that focuses on networking and building business relationships. He has been Chairman of the Ambassadors and is currently President of the Arlington Business Council.

Mr. Thomas is the Riverside Liaison for the 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire and mentors at Chemawa Middle School. He also works as an Insurance Agent for Atchley and Associates Insurance Services focusing on Commercial Clients among others. In his current role as Community Organizer for the Riverside County chapter of Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, he strives to build collaborations to help stop the School to Prison Pipeline through advocacy and legislation.

When he is not being active with the UC Riverside Athletics Board and The Group, the proud dad enjoys watching his sophomore daughter swim for the Ramona Rams. Although she is a student at Riverside STEM Academy, she swims for her ‘home’ school of Ramona where she is expected to return to CIF again this year.

Carmen Cuevas
Carmen CuevasSenior Field Representative
Carmen Cuevas was born on September 10, 1991 in the City of Riverside. She attended Riverside Poly High School and the University of California Riverside where she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  While at Riverside Poly High School, she was one of five girls to be sponsored by Latino Network to attend the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (H.O.P.E.) Annual Latina History Day Conference in which she attended her first event in a professional setting and had the opportunity to attend skill development classes. During her time at UC Riverside, she studied abroad in Seville, Spain and was very involved with the International Student Resource Center as an international peer advisor to help international students acclimate to American culture. She currently works for State Assembly Member Jose Medina as a Senior Field Representative and is passionate about giving back to the community that helped shape her into the person she is today.
Emily Hudson
Emily HudsonSales Manager/Sr. Loan Officer
Emily has 12 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Prior to joining Freedom Mortgage, she worked for 7 years as a Sr. Loan Officer for Prospect Mortgage LLC.

She enjoys serving on the board of directors for Riverside East Rotary and is the President Elect for the 2018-2019 year.  She has a passion for college students which turned into collaborating the  pioneering of  a mentoring program with The Bob Jabs School of Business at California Baptist University.

Emily is a single mom of 2 incredible girls.  Her oldest is attending her Sr. Year at California Baptist University with a major in Communications and serves as Vice President for the University Choir and Orchestra. The youngest daughter is involved in community theater and has held roles as Annie at the Box Entertainment Center  and Jane Banks in Mary Poppins at the California Theater.

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