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. TNC is led by senior staff Executive Director, Darlene Kiyan, Chief Financial Officer, Federico Castillo, Director of Programs, Michele Fallon, Director of Development, Milton Smith, Gang Intervention and Prevention Program Manager, Kenny Green, and Sandra Rascon, Assistant Program 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.
Federico Castillo, Chief Financial Officer
Federico joined Toberman in February 2013. With over 14 years working in the non-profit industry and 16 years in for-profit roles, he developed a solid finance department and effective fiscal oversight that has helped establish financial stability at Toberman. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Management in Manila, Philippines, moved to Guam in 1989 and to California in 2003.
“Working in a non-profit organization is such a rewarding experience; knowing that you are a catalyst of change in the lives of people you serve.”
Michele Fallon, Director of Programs
Michele Fallon has always had a passion for working with youth which led her to working with LAUSD for 10 years. After that, Michele became a teacher at a private school and learned that although she enjoyed working with youth, she recognized the need of assisting families as a whole is where she would be more useful. When Michele first came to Toberman in 2006, she worked as a case manager for the youth prevention program which allowed her to work with the youth and their families on a daily basis. She has an extensive background in child and youth development and helping all families reach their full potential. Michele has experienced many achievements with her tenure here at Toberman. She continues to look forward to providing expert leadership in all program areas.
Milton Smith, Director of Development
Milton Smith is the director of development of Toberman Neighborhood Center, bringing to the role over 15 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management. In this capacity, Milton leads efforts to facilitate philanthropic gifts and grants to advance the mission of Toberman and its various programs and initiatives. Milton describes himself as a solution focused community activist. He has spent over 20 years working for and volunteering with various community-based organizations in both Los Angeles and New York City. As a strong advocate for youth, he has worked to increase funding for the arts, championed increasing access to higher education for marginalized youth, along with educating and empowering them to invest in safer sex practices. Prior to joining Toberman, he served as Project Director for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ C2PLA Coalition Project, where he led the coalition’s strategies for creating structural change as well as developing relationships and partnerships to achieve fundraising goals. A proud resident of Long Beach, he currently serves as board chair of both the Long Beach Community Development YMCA and the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.
Kenny Green, Gang Intervention and Prevention Program Manager
Kenny has dedicated his life working with youth and young adults in the Harbor area. Since 1997, he has worked in Toberman’s Gang Intervention and Prevention Program with a track record of working with multi-ethnic groups. His years of training give him a theoretical and practical understanding of the best practices of both the medical model and the revisionist ethnic-cultural competency model, as well as an understanding of the psycho/socio concept of altercation.
Sandra Rascon, Assistant Program Manager, Children, Youth, & Family Services
Sandra Rascon is the Assistant Program Manager for Children, Youth, and Family Services Program and the Parent Facilitator for the Family Learning Program at Toberman Neighborhood Center. After graduating from high school, Sandra went back to work to help support her family. In 2011, Sandra graduated with her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Loyola Marymount University. Sandra has been working for Toberman Neighborhood Center for 6 years and is committed to making an impact in the lives of her clients. Sandra enjoys helping families and children by providing educational support and resources to empower them with the skills for a positive future.