Board of Directors
David Wilbur, chair
Over the past 15 years, Peter has collaborated on and driven strategic initiatives, partnership investments, financial management, and operational modeling while navigating a fast-paced environment in a rapidly changing and evolving industry. He is a trusted business partner, leading the continuous evaluation of short- and long-term financial objectives while offering sound advice on the financial implications of business activities.
Prior to joining Ticketmaster, Peter spent 10 years with The Walt Disney Company in the Consumer Products Division, progressing through various finance leadership roles across the Video Game and Licensing groups. Peter is an engaging, collaborative, and influential leader who strives to be a mentor that cultivates a strong team culture.
Prior to joining Community Partners, Andrew was the chief human resources officer at Nigro, Karlin, Segal, Feldstein & Bolno, LLC, where he oversaw all human resource functions. He has also worked at Paramount Pictures, where he served as the vice president of human resources-legal. He received a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and a bachelor's degree in political science from UC Berkeley.
Evan Pan, treasurer
Joyce Robinson, vice chair
José Sandoval, secretary
Randy pursues work activities to achieve the mission and business priorities of the organization. He has served on the diversity board of the San Diego Urban League, the Covina Chamber of Commerce and the Covina Lions Club board. Additionally, Randy has worked with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for more than 20 years and was awarded humanitarian of the year.
Patricia Huffman, past chair emeritus
Senior Leadership team
Paul F. Pulver, chief executive officer
Prior to joining Options for Learning, Paul served as the executive director for Pathways LA, as vice president of development and communications for Maryvale, and as executive director for United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Orange County. Paul has actively participated on numerous boards and committees at the county, state, and national levels. Currently, he is the vice president of the board of the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles (CCALA), a unique partnership of 10 member agencies that deliver services to thousands of families and child care providers across Los Angeles County. Additionally, he is a board member of Su Misericordia, a faith-based organization serving the indigenous people in Maneadero, Mexico. His prior affiliations include: UCP National Affiliate Services Committee; chair of the UCP National Affiliate Charter Task Force; chair of the Orange County United Way Council of Organizations; and board member for the National Catholic Development Conference and Orange County United Way.
Paul holds a bachelor of arts degree in Christian ministries, as well as a ministry credential from Azusa
Dominic R. Alpuche, chief financial and administrative officer
Prior to his position with Options for Learning, Dominic served as the director of finance and senior fiscal officer at the University of California at San Diego Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), as chief business officer for the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, assistant director of business and technology for the Center for Urban Education, and assistant director of budgets and compliance for the TRiO Programs and School for Early Childhood Education.
Dominic earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy management from USC and a master’s degree in business administration, accounting, and finance from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Johanna Atienza, chief growth and innovation officer
She is passionate about educational equity and fostering communities that nurture children and families to reach their full potential. Her social impact areas of interest include early childhood education and care, mental health and wellness, foster youth, anti-bias education, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Johanna is involved in local initiatives, including Growing Together PASadena and All Children Thrive Pasadena.
Johanna holds a bachelor's degree in political science, with minors in film and sociology, from USC, as well as a Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law. She currently resides in Pasadena with her husband and son.
Mildred Balderrama, vice president of early learning
As a leader within the agency, Mildred's goal is to continually equip her staff with the tools to become the leaders of tomorrow. For the last 20 years, she has actively participated in church and community activities, raising funds for at-risk youth and women. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for her family and friends.
Leslie Carmell, vice president of communications, marketing, and outreach
Leslie earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in the study of women and men in society at the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in management with an emphasis in information systems from the University of Redlands.
Thessia Carpenter, vice president of finance
Previously, Thessia proudly flourished as a Head Start parent, where both she and her children benefited immensely. She believes her passion translates into the work that she produces and the insight she provides in ensuring that all grants are in compliance and no child is left behind. She believes every family deserves an equitable start in life and the same opportunity she did to succeed.
Kimberly Dobson Garcia, vice president of strategic initiatives
Tracy Lynch, chief program officer
Tracy holds a bachelor's degree in business marketing with a minor in child development from Cal State Fullerton.
Denise McCullough, vice president of program innovations
Denise holds a bachelor's degree in child development from the University of La Verne.
Rosemary Olachea-Heaslip, vice president of school-age programs
She is committed to being an advocate for the Surround Care program and the services the agency provides to the community. She values the integral interpersonal relationships with parents, school district personnel, and especially all of the staff that make Surround Care a valuable division within the agency. “I am proud of all that we have accomplished together with a common goal to be the best we can be through the delivery of an educational supporting and nurturing program for years to come," Rosemary shares.