Board of Directors

Bryce Bowden – strategic consultant and commercial realtor with Turner Cole Company

Elizabeth Brown – certified travel agent at Nolan Travel and field manager for Rizzetta & Company

Tonya Burney – owner, Burney Cool Italian Ice, LLC

John Hooker – attorney

Marcia Jackson – owner, MJ Desired Travel Service and youth ministry leader

Holly Jamison – video producer at Triad

Vincente Lopez Jr. –  former educator in public and private schools for 29 years

Beverly Opie-Ortland, sales and marketing executive and consultant with IGT

Executive Director

Manuel Ayala, MHRM, MPM, MPA

Manuel Ayala has nearly 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, most recently serving as director of operations for Neighborhood Housing Services of the Lehigh Valley in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

He graduated from DePaul University in 1982, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and immediately began aligning his professional life with determination to be a successful and effective contributor to his community. 

Manuel spent over ten years working for the YMCA in different capacities and locations. He has relocated from Chicago, to Wisconsin then to Hawaii, Philadelphia and then to Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. During his time with various organizations, he has turned around challenged organizations, created programs, developed staff, surpassed fundraising goals and helped in the construction oversight of two separate facilities.

He is committed to lifelong learning and has continued his professional training and formal education. In 2004, he completed a Master’s in Human Resources Management in Chicago, Illinois from Keller Graduate School of Management. Five years later he went back to Keller and completed his Master’s in Project Management and another one in Public Administration.

Manuel is currently in the process of relocating his family to Florida.