It starts with leadership, and we have a passionate leadership team who love their jobs. Our team provides the leadership for Toberman Neighborhood Center and support and resources for our programs. Toberman Neighborhood Center is led by senior staff Executive Director, Darlene Kiyan, Director of Development, Cathy Cesarz, Director of Operations, Rondre Jackson, Gang Intervention Assistant Manager, Russell Martinez, Gang Prevention Manager, David Jones and Sandra Rascon, Manager for Children, Youth & Family Services.
Darlene Kiyan, Executive Director
Growing up in Canada, Darlene began volunteering as a teen. She volunteered for the Red Cross, the Canadian Mental Health Association and Probation-Community Corrections Department, working with youth on reservations and urban areas. After graduating from the University of Alberta, Darlene spent the next seven years in Japan working in an import company. This experience led to a relocation to Los Angeles where she was able to reconnect with her passion of volunteering. After a year of volunteering Darlene left the for-profit world. She joined the YMCA of Greater Los Angeles for eleven years, impacting the lives of families and children through programs that focused on leadership, education and physical fitness. After leaving the YMCA Darlene successfully led the expansion of Playworks SoCal, an anti-bullying program that promotes social emotional learning through play and re-launched the Girls Inc. Los Angeles program. Darlene is excited to apply her knowledge and nonprofit expertise to continue to empower the lives of the families in the Harbor area.