Board of Directors

Board President

About Sonya Oliver


Sonya began as a Community Volunteer specializing in  Economic Empowerment. In addition, she volunteers with the YMCA of the  USA. She has used her skills in working with the community to raise funds for scholarships. Sonya has also mentored young women who have expressed an interest in starting businesses.


Sonya received her education from University of Phoenix. She is currently employed as a Senior Account Executive with a well known corporation that has achieved longevity. 

Board Vice President

About Joscelynn Murdock


Joscelynn "Jo Jo" has worked  with  Foster Care Youth in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. She has worked for the CARE/CAFYES Programs at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. She has facilitated  process groups with Foster Youth. She is the Founder of Awakening Giantz, which provides training and classes  for Foster Care Youth. 


Joscelynn earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology at the University of  Santa Barbara. She is currently employed as a Resource Family, Recruiter and Trainer with the County Foster Care Agency.

Board Secretary

About Robert Cooks


Robert has been a dedicated  and loyal Community Volunteer with Gyfted Inc. since 2011. He has volunteered his time distributing  food from our Food Pantry, assisting individuals in their job search efforts and providing assistance with the Hannah's  Family and Childsafe Program.


Robert currently attends college near Santa Maria.  His career goal is to become a Child Psychologist. He is currently employed as a Sales Manager with a popular  hotel chain

Advisory Member

Latanya Rios is the Owner of Massage by Latanya. She is also employed as an Instructor's Assistant at Allan Hancock College. 

Advisory Member

Advisory Member