board of directors

Joe Anutoshen Duckett

Founder, Chairman

Anutoshen has lived a fascinating life and had quite a varied career path. This artistic journey has included roles as writer, investigative reporter, radio talk show host and documentary producer. Anutoshen was a member of The Credibility Gap, a Golden Mike Award winning news team of the late sixties and early seventies in the Los Angeles journalism broadcasting market. He was additionally co-founder of October Productions, a concert promotions firm and a partner in Harlequin International Pictures, a film distribution company. As a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, he has had the opportunity to expand his artistic range as an actor. Returning to his journalistic pursuits, he also served as magazine editor for Here’s Maui. His life journey has taken him around the world. In India he spent several years on a “walk about”, exploring meditation techniques, hypnotherapy and yoga. Anutoshen maintained his entrepreneurial pursuits as a co-owner of Tattoo Records in Stockholm, Sweden.

Anutoshen presently serves as CEO of Kreepers, Inc., a specialty clothing line. Never straying from his base, he continues to write on subjects that he is passionate about.

Stephanie Floyd-Johnson

Vice President

Stephanie Floyd-Johnson graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in architecture. She worked for local government for over thirty years in economic development, specifically in all aspects of neighborhood revitalization and business development. Ms. Johnson, supervising as many as nine professional staff, managed the City of Oakland’s Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (NCR) program for ten years which effectively turned struggling neighborhood business districts into thriving self-reliant shopping areas. Ms. Johnson successfully secured millions of dollars in grants from a variety of entities including federal, state, local and privately funded sources for the city’s NCR program. She authored an article entitled “Revitalizing Oakland’s Neighborhoods” which was published in the International Economic Development Council’s Economic Development Journal, summer 2002 issue. The article chronicled revitalization activities in Oakland that successfully transformed commercial districts. Ms. Johnson managed the production of a quarterly newsletter which highlighted projects, programs and activities in the Oakland’s ten redevelopment areas. The publication was awarded the International Economic Development Council 2010 Excellence in Economic Development award. Over the course of her professional career she had considerable fiscal responsibility for the management of funds and grants obtained as well as the accounting for all expenditures.
Since retiring Ms. Johnson volunteers in her community.

Ernie Carpenter

Vice President

Mr. Carpenter has a Masters in Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked for established nonprofits in Sonoma County, California assisting families and youth. He served 16 years on the Board of Supervisors (Commissioners) and has served in a variety of governmental capacities. Currently, he works in recycling and waste. Mr. Carpenter has served on a number of non-profit boards currently including The Golden State Land Conservancy and the Ancestors Memorial Project. He is the 1st Vice President of the Santa Rosa Sonoma County NAACP.

Ekua Nyansua Yankah, Ph.D.

Ms. Yankah is an Afropolitan and activist (German-born of Ghanaian origin) who resigned her position with the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) in Paris to embark on a career as a social entrepreneur. She holds a Doctorate in Social Epidemiology from the prestigious London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London. Prior to that she spent almost a decade living in the United States, where she graduated from New York University and George Washington University and worked as a Social Scientist at the University of California San Francisco. Ekua is currently engaged in funding and supporting a wide range of creative projects in photography, film and music. She is partly based in Paris, Berlin and Bangkok.

L. Lorenzo Sullivan

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Sullivan had successful careers in two dynamic industry sectors; Technology and Financial Services. He held executive positions with several Fortune 500 companies including, AT&T, AM International, Dictaphone Corp, and Adler-Royal. Transitioning to financial services lead to the acquisition, with partners, of a regional NASD firm, Pentad Securities, Inc. where he served as Vice President, Registered Principal, and also licensed with the SEC as a Registered Investment Advisor. Mortgage Banking was the final "adventure". Mr. Sullivan formerly served on the Board of a private adoption agency, Christian Family Care of Arizona. He served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, having spent 3 years on active duty, including two consecutive tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam.



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