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Antonio Jackson

Co-Founder & Executive Director

A native of Portland, OR Antonio has had a lifelong passion for work with youth to inspire and encourage them to reach their full potential. He Co-Founded BB2S in 2013 after many years of being a mentor to hundreds of youth in the Portland Metropolitan area. He takes pride in being a positive example in the community by being involved in the lives so many...

Joyce Braden Harris


Joyce is an educator, speaker, writer, workshop trainer, facilitator, community activist, and advocate for justice and fairness. Prior to her recent retirement, she was the Manager of Community Engagement in the Executive Office at Education Northwest. Joyce also served as the Director of the Region X Equity Assistance Center (EAC) for twenty-one years...

Judge Melvin Oden-Orr


Melvin Oden-Orr is a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge, a court of general jurisdiction in Oregon. Judge Oden-Orr was appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to the Multnomah County Circuit Court, effective January 1, 2018. Judge Oden-Orr was previously Chief Hearings Officer for the city of Portland, where he had worked since July 2016...

Jason Hagen


Jason understands the importance of community involvement and the impact it has on the surrounding community and the students on campus. His drive and determination has helped to become a rising star to impact change for the community he serves...

Ernest E. Hartzog, PhD.

Co-Founder & Emeritus Director

After more than forty years in public and private education, Dr. Ernest Hartzog is semi-retired. He Co-Founded BB2S with Antonio in 2013 and continues to remain active as a consultant in education and in community and organizational development with his wife Marilyn. Dr. Hartzog worked as a teacher, counselor, high school principal and director of district programs in San Diego, California...

Richard Allen Probasco

Immediate Past Chair

Pastor Richard Probasco has been involved in ministry in the Portland area for over 50 years and as the Senior Pastor of New Song Community Church for over 40 years. As a native Oregonian he and his wife of 42 years, Patrishia, have served together shepherding New Song Community Church since June of 1977...

Kayin Talton Davis


Creator, innovator, and Portland native, Kayin Talton Davis’s work centers around her passion for fusing art grounded in Black heritage and culture with graphic design, mechanical engineering, community building and education. Known for her vibrant color palettes and a unique aesthetic, Talton Davis founded Soapbox Theory™ in 2001....

Jawan Mullen, Jr.


A Rose City native, Jawan Mullen has deep roots in the Portland area. He graduated from David Douglas High School in 2010, where he lettered in Football and was a prominent writer for the school’s award-winning newspaper: The Highlander. He graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology in 2015...

J'reyesha (Jay) Brannon


J'reyesha is a born and raised Portlander. She is a University of Portland alumni (Class of 2015), where she graduated with a degree in civil engineering. J'reyesha currently works as a design engineer and project manager for the City of Portland. She is passionate about accessibility and inclusion for communities of color....

Kaeti Namba

Honorary Lifetime Director*

Kaeti’s passion lied in developing resources for communities and groups that she can identify with. She had successfully raised more than $5 million dollars for the Native American Youth and Family Center. Communication was at the root of her success; building relationships, engaging stakeholders, and forming collaborations...

*Deceased July 30, 2020

      Executive Advisors

        Sherrelle Jackson, Eldridge Broussard, Charlene McGee

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Building Blocks 2 Success is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation (EIN: 46-4014410). For inquiries, or to donate time or resources please contact:

Antonio Jackson
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Building Blocks 2 Success
(971) 301-2227
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Mailing Address:
PO Box 13441
Portalnd, OR 97213

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