Ashlye Durrell is a proud HBCU alumna, graduating from the illustrious Hampton University. Her professional identity is social worker and Senior Associate at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). Her career has been driven by her experiences growing up in South Central Los Angeles, which developed her passion for the advancement of her community.
Ms. Durrell has developed leadership skills as well as passion and extensive experience working with adults experiencing serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals with co-occurring disorders, underserved and medically vulnerable populations, and those experiencing tri-morbidity.
She has in-depth knowledge of evidence-based practices such as trauma-informed care and harm reduction and is interested in healing Black communities through trauma-informed therapeutic interventions, using her own experiences for change and destigmatization.
Throughout her career, Ms. Durrell has helped hundreds of underserved and vulnerable individuals through case management and therapeutic services. As she continues to enhance her professional reputation she seeks and continues to serve in leadership roles and volunteer in areas of passion.
In addition to her new role serving the Board of Learning by Design, Ms. Durrell is a proud board member of another youth centered NPO- TRIBE (for the betterment of Black girls). Ms. Durrell has an undying drive for the advancement of Black culture, specifically as it relates to mental health.
Larry Jacobs is the West Region Sales Director for Shell Oil Company, accountable for a $250MM budget. He has more than 20 years of domestic and international experience with Shell Oil across a variety of leadership and business development roles.
Larry attended UCLA and earned a BS in Applied Mathematics. While in college he worked for the Young Black Scholars – an organization dedicated to preparing high school students for college.
He believes this opportunity was invaluable and spurred his passion for educational youth programs. Early in his professional career he also mentored college students through the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) — an organization committed to exposing college students to corporate executives in hopes of gaining career insights and opportunities.
Years later a friend invited him to participate in career day at Green Dot. Larry was impressed with the students’ drive and the school’s ambition. He soon after became an ambassador and helped support Green Dot through personal and corporate philanthropy.
Larry values diversity in corporate America and believes education to be the greatest equalizer. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, working out and playing the bass guitar.
Earning a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from George Mason University and participating on a professional level as a long jumper for The United States has afforded Ms. Brown a perspective that is critical in assisting youth in progressing through physical education and athletics.
The combination of these academic and professional ventures has instilled the values of time management, consistency, and work ethic, which are essential pillars of her current work with young people.
These experiences has assisted Ms. Brown in facilitating the integration of the well-rounded student-athlete during this technological shift in society. Ms. Brown encourages student-athletes to be process-driven versus outcome-oriented, by nurturing avenues of focus, balance, resilience, and discipline to help prepare them for the road ahead.