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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. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Portland State University in Business Administration in 2003. Shortly after graduation, he joined Daimler Trucks North America (formally Freightliner) in which he worked his way up through the Procurement Department starting off as an entry level buyer to managing over $100 million in component purchases annually as a Purchasing Agent. He worked on many Global Procurement teams and has worked in many different countries over his tenure there. In 2008, Antonio took on a Procurement role at Banfield Pet Hospital, a subsidiary of Mars Corporation. While at Banfield, Antonio developed cost savings programs, negotiated contracts, managed the vendor development processes, and lead supplier evaluations to ensure the Practice had uninterrupted supply of products for their then over 940 hospital locations.

Over the years, Antonio’s passion for his community has lead him to sit on numerous boards: Inner-City Sports Ministries, Portland Housing Center, Broussard Foundation, Drive Nation, and the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP). He has also been a youth football and basketball coach, high school football coach at Central Catholic, youth ministry leader at New Song Community Church, mentor with the Leisure Hour Jr. Golf Program, mentor with the Perspective Gents Club, and a STEAM Committee Community Partner for the 3toPhD program at Concordia University.

Antonio is a husband and father of three children in addition to being a father figure to many other youth in the community.

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.  

While in San Diego, his distinguished work resulted in his being selected for a Rockefeller Foundation “Superintendent’s Internship”. During this period he served in the Detroit, Michigan and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania school systems.  Hartzog served as Assistant Superintendent of Portland Oregon Public Schools for 18 years. He worked as national consultant for the College Board in its Advanced Placement Program.  He owned the first Sylvan Learning Center Franchise in the United States for twenty years.  Today he is part owner of MJOD Consulting, a leadership and organizational development corporation.

Significant experience in Dr. Hartzog’s distinguished career includes work as an adjunct professor at California Western University, San Diego, and Portland State University, Portland Oregon.  He was a charter member and past president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE).  He was the founder and past president of the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators (OABSE).  Other professional experience includes work as a consultant at the Center for Studies of The Person, in La Jolla, California and as a consultant for the National Training Laboratory for Applied Behavioral Sciences (NTL), in Washington D.C.  Dr. Hartzog served on the advisory boards of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and on the executive board of OASIS, a senior volunteer organization.

Joyce Braden Harris

Chair

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 providing training and technical assistance on race, gender and national origin in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

At the age of 19, Harris co-founded the Black Educational Center (BEC) in Portland which she considers as one of her most rewarding experiences. She taught science clubs at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, was a national trainer for Playtime is Science an equity based approach to teaching parents how to engage their children in science activities. She was the math curriculum coordinator and teacher for the BEC. She has taught creative writing to talented and gifted students and wrote an essay on African American Traditions in Language Arts for Portland Public Schools. She continues to work with school districts, agencies, and community organizations on equity issues and compliance with federal civil rights laws.

She currently serves as co-chair of the African American/Black Student Success statewide advisory committee and is on the Early Learning Council’s Equity Subcommittee. She was recently appointed to serve on Oregon’s Every Student Succeeds Act Statewide Advisory Committee.

She is the recipient of many awards recognizing over 45 years of volunteer work. In 2015, the City of Portland Human Rights Commission presented her with a lifetime achievement award and the University of Oregon honored her with an award for outstanding service to Oregon. The Skanner newspaper awarded her the 2014 Drum Major for Justice Award, and she received a Woman of Excellence Award in Education from the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

She is the proud grandmother of 3-year-old Jenna and her 2-year-old sister Jordyn.   Joyce’s passion is collecting books and memorabilia that document the history and culture of people of African descent. Her personal library contains over 8,000 books. She has a B.A. degree in American Studies from Reed College, a B.S degree in Elementary Education from Oregon State University; a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Portland State University, and has completed doctoral course work at Oregon State University.

Judge Melvin Oden-Orr

Secretary

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. In that role, he adjudicated land use disputes, city code violations, and other municipal matters. From 2005 to 2016, Oden-Orr operated his own law practice, representing clients in civil litigation and business transactions. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Assistant General Counsel at TriMet. Oden-Orr began his career as an associate attorney at a predecessor to the firm Lane Powell LLP. He attended law school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after receiving his B.A. degree in political science at UCLA. He is the founding chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Diversity Section and has served on a number other boards and committees, including with the City Club of Portland, Youth Employment Institute, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon, and the State Construction Contractors Board, to name a few.

Jason Hagen

Treasurer

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.

Jason is the former Director of Operations at Concordia University, serving from the Office of the President. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason grew up in Seattle, WA and moved to Portland in 2001 where he attended Concordia University and was a 2005 graduate from the School of Education. Jason’s passion and desire to bring diverse, multi-cultural programing to the community has been vital to developing strong relationships with community organizations.

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.  They are the parents of six adult children and nine grandchildren.

Pastor Probasco is the President of New Song International; the covering organization to churches and ministries around the world. Richard has made a major impact on the business community as a private consultant and mentor to young entrepreneurs. He has invested time sitting on the boards of educational, evangelical ministries, world mission outreaches, and youth organizations.  In his spare time he has chosen to invest in land development of real estate projects in NE Portland on a small scale.

Richard has served on the advisory board for the Portland Development Commission, Board Member for Transitional Youth of Portland. Richard is currently serving as a volunteer personal advisor to pastors in the ministry.  In addition, Richard works with the Multnomah County Task Force for Gang Violence intervention.

Jawan Mullen, Jr.

Director

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, where he was heavily involved in campus as a member of student government. He earned his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2020.

While in college, he was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in 2014, where he learned the value of service and advocacy. He implements these ideals every day in both his work as an attorney and in the Portland community.  

Jawan is dedicated to the Portland/Metro area. Through his work with BB2S, he aims to help the organization grow, so that the impacted youth can have more access to success in STEM and in life.

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. Through the use of digital and print media, she was able to strategically plan and project manage websites, social media expansion, brand development, and digital fundraising. 

Kaeti has served as a board member for the Oregon Nikkei Endowment (preserving Japanese history and culture). She also enjoyed volunteering on the Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC) for the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Additionally, Kaeti was a member of the Portland Business Alliance’s Leadership Portland 2015 Cohort and was a BB2S coach/mentor for both FLL team and FLLJr. teams. Her passion for giving back to her community showed in all of her hard work and involvement in so many different activities.

*Deceased July 30, 2020

 


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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