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Project Fighting Chance

"Boxing is what we do. Community is who we are."

Executive Board of Directors

Ian Franklin, Chief Executive Officer / President

Ian, the visionary of Project Fighting Chance, knows first hand the unfortunate end result to the inner city at-risk youth. He began thinking to himself, "I'm going to too many funerals, sooner or later I will be the guest of honor". Seeing death and destruction all around him, he thought his early demise was inevitable. But GOD had other plans. He shares to this day how he sees God’s intervention all through his life keeping him safe. He also share's how Project Fighting Chance is God’s purpose for his life. The F.I.G.H.T.S Boxing Program, a program of Project Fighting Chance, has had it's share of success stories. F.I.G.H.T.S has produced 5 National Champions, two Olympic Trial participants and an Olympic alternate on the 2008 team. The F.I.G.H.T.S Program is the only program in the state of California to have a participant at the last two Olympic trials. Franklin feels that PFC has only scratched the surface as to the impact it will have on the San Bernardino community. And with our recent collaboration with Youth Power Community Solutions a YouthBuild Charter School we have an even greater impact on the academic outcome of youth...

La Quetta Bush-Simmons, Chairperson

La Quetta Bush-Simmons is the founder and chief executive officer of Simmons Consulting and Training Service and has more than 24 years of experience in non-profit management and ecumenical/interfaith collaborations. During that time she has led four non-profit organizations and has served in a leadership and advisory capacity for more than 13 cultural and service-oriented organizations. In 2003, she was recognized by the Business Press News Magazine 2003 Leaders of Distinction Award for non-profit leadership and featured in the Apartment Professional Magazine, a national publication, as one of the 14 top women executives in the industry.

Terry Boykins, 1st Vice President

Interim Executive Director

An award-winning social-entrepreneur with over 400 local, regional and national parent engagement, community service and mentoring awards, Terry Boykins is CEO of Street Positive®; a Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) strategies organization focused on mitigating emotional and economic risk factors within under served communities.

Mr. Boykins obtained degrees in Marketing, Management and Communications from California State University, San Bernardino. Additionally, he has received certificate training for: Mental Health First-Aid, Teen Dating Violence, Sex Trafficking, The Parent Project, Effective Black Parenting, African American Mental Health & Disparities, The Fatherhood Academy, Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, The California Legislation and The Open Society for Black Male Achievement (mentoring); since 2013 he has trained mental health workers on community engagement. Prior to venturing as social entrepreneur in 1997, Boykins achieved corporate success in the consumer products industry with Clairol, Inc. and the RJR/Nabisco Company. He is the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, NAACP’s “Roy C. Wilkins” President’s Award, National Sales Network “Outstanding Community Achievement” Award, and is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc; social engagement campaigns include the Million Father March, Campaign For Black Male Achievement (RYMR), Wigs ‘N Weaves & The Natural You and Daughters Lives Matter. His favorite motto: “If you don’t spend time with your child, someone else will. We Guarantee It.” 

Rory Gandy, 2nd Vice President  

Born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California but has been a resident of the Inland Empire of Southern California since 2005. In his early years, Rory took on his educational opportunities by obtaining a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College, a Juris Doctorate in Law from New College of California, School of Law and a Master's in Law (L.L.M.) for Intellectual Property with an emphasis in Entertainment Law.

Rory has over 20 years in the corporate world with 18 years of management within AT&T (a Top 10 Fortune 500 Company). Rory has volunteered as a Supplier Diversity Outreach Ambassador to help leverage critical opportunities to identify, educate and interact with potential diversity suppliers, policy makers and community leaders regarding corporate Diversity Supplier programs. Currently, Rory is a National Manager, Contract Development with Crown Castle International with teams in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Arizona. Rory maintains his management career journey with one of the top wireless infrastructure providers worldwide.

Rory enjoys a very active family lifestyle with his wife and 3 children. Rory is engaged in creating a family legacy through family businesses operated by his wife Ebony Gandy.

Board Members

Monica Martin

A native of California born in Los Angeles. She is a freelance artist and a youth and women's advocate in her community. She has resided in San Bernardino for 25 + years.

Monica Martin has been apart of 4Positive Knowledge since 1997 and has given her time and expertise to many youth and family events.

Monica Martin is working with Street Positive in creating and organizing events for the Daughters Lives Matter movement, and as a board member of Project Fighting Chance.

She continues to share the importance of a positive and healthy father daughter relationship. Victim turned survivor has motivated her to stand up and create positive change in her community.

Jatori Harris

Currently working for Women Wonder Writers which is a nonprofit, the organization which implements cultural arts and restorative justice mentoring for youth and their families as well as incarcerated adults impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Jatori has worked with Children and Family services for over 11 years helping system involved youth transition independently off probation and from foster care. Using his collaborative skills with community partners to find resources that help support youth in transition to adulthood while teaching independent living skills.

His participation in administrative meetings to represent the voices of the youth and young adults through organizations such as C.Y.C (California youth connection of San Bernardino), C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Bernardino) has resulted in the passing of Legislative Bills such as AB167 which allows youth that have moved schools more than twice while in the in 11th grade school year to graduate with 130 common core credits.

Dr. Jamille Harrell-Sims

Ph.D. - Human Services, Family Services and Intervention Strategies.

Known for training agencies in Cultural Competency and Trauma, CSEC 101, writing strength and culture based programs, webinars and as an Adjunct Professor.

Professionally trained as a culturally competent Life Coach. Instructing on Trauma Studies, Communication Studies, Cultural Psychology and African American Family Studies/ History.

Accomplished in writing programs and performing work with marginalized families

CEO and founder of Harrell Kagler Interventions, Inc.

Steve Somers

CEO of BPAD Group, Inc., Steve Somers is a leader in pre-hire and promotional video testing. As well as, a

Rater and Trainer for over 50 police/fire/911 agencies.

He was a partner and CEO of INSYNC SOFTWARE, INC., a Silicon Valley startup software company providing data management tools

from 1992 – 1998. Of which, was sold in 1998 to Macro 4 for $4M.


Steve was a major account team lead in Mainframe sales and client support; clients included Pacific Bell and Chevron.

Having significant management experience, he directed teams and large accounts for 30 years in the field of high tech.

Steve's hobbies include travel, tennis, hiking, fishing, history, art and museums.

He has also enjoys mentoring younger professional colleagues.

His education includes:

  • Bachelor of Arts - University of California Santa Barbara (75-77)
  • CSU San Bernardino (73-75)
  • Pacific High School (69-73)