CHARLOTTE (Char) BLAND
Charlotte Bland is Chairperson for the Commission on the Status of Women for Pasadena. She and her husband, Reggie, are parents of two children, Melissa and Carlos and grandparents to six. She lists her occupation as Account Management, Executive Development, Community Strategic Engagement. Her career in corporate sales spanned 25 years and have taken her through from Microsoft, Ofﬁce Depot, and Pitney Bowes. In sales, she sold software to corporations as they entered the world of computers.
She is a true Volunteer with a passion for helping women and children through challenging situations connecting them with problem solving resources. She satisﬁes her passion as a volunteer by dividing her time between a large number of organizations from Los Angeles City College Foundation, Los Angeles Cares mentoring movement, Peach Over Violence, the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy, First AME Church (L.A.) Women’s Missionary, and Grandparents as Parents, Pasadena/Altadena Links, Inc., . She is also a caretaker for her elderly mother and business partner with her daughter, Melissa.
In her “spare-time” she is a golfer and loves to travel and spend time with her husband. The importance of family is reﬂected in her statement about the inspirational event of her life was the death of her sister who she describes as “the most kind hearted person” she knew. She says her sister, a person of modest means but a citizen of her rich world. She says her mantra is, “See you at the top“, which means, the top of your career and Heaven.
Berlinda Brown is the mother of three and grandmother of 6. Berlinda is a career health care provider and a retired radiology technologist who worked her way up from a non English speaker to department manager. She was born in Costa Rica and came to mainland America where she had to learn English as a second language in order to get through school and then struggled to get pass the State Board for her licensing.
While learning English this Spanish speaker worked as a medical terminology typist ending up at LAUSC Hospital as a radiologist for thirty years. She worked in a medical ofﬁce where she was inspired by the professionals she saw on a daily basis. To pass the radiology test she utilized the services of a Tutor hired by one of her employers. Berlinda is a true overcomer.
She holds a Bachelors degree from Cal State College at Dominguez Hills. Berlinda currently serves as a member of the PCC Board of Trustees where she helps develop programs to launch the careers of thousands of students.
She is a true example of the theory that it doesn’t matter where you start, it matters where you end up. She and her husband, Vernon, were owners of a family residential care facility and numerous rental properties. Vernon, recently passed after over forty years of marriage.
BRENDA HARVEY WILLIAMS
Brenda Harvey Williams is a Finance and Management Services Administrator for the City of Pasadena for the past 30 years. She worked for the city of Austin, Texas for one year after graduating from the University of Texas with a Masters in Public Affairs. Her Bachelor’s degree is from UCLA in Economics. She is the mother of two sons, Brinton a graduate of Yale University, and Braxton, a Sophomore at the University of Oregon.
In her Department she supervises a staff that prepares a ﬁve year billion dollar capital improvement program budget and a 72 million dollar budget for the Department of Public Works. As a volunteer she has served as Sunday School Superintendent for 13 years at Ward AME Church in Los Angeles, CA, and has been Scholarship Committee co-chair for the Pasadena, Altadena AKA Sorority. She is a twenty year member of the American Public Works Association and a member of Leadership Pasadena.
Her advice to young people is to “always be prepared, do your homework, read, read, read, and stay aware of what is going on in the world around you.” As an elementary School Student she recalls watching the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon, in the summer of 1974 when I was going into the sixth grade. She stated, “I watched each day in amazement and was mesmerized by the dynamic African American Congresswoman from Texas, Barbara Jordan. Her booming voice and command of the law, especially the constitution inspired me. I think that planted the seed of me aspiring to work in government. By the time I was in college, Barbara Jordan had retired from Congress and was teaching at the University of Texas. When I learned that, I knew where I wanted to attend graduate school. I was blessed to be accepted was able to be a student of Professor Jordan. It was from her that I learned one of her many sayings, ‘It is an honor and a privilege to serve the public.’ I have tried to live that mantra as I have served the City of Pasadena. My mantra is, ‘if you don’t try, you won’t succeed.’ I’ve tried to live that and to teach that to my children. Trying won’t always bring success, but not trying never brings success so you might as well try!” She gives her parents credit of leading her to she could pursue any career she wanted. She states, “Growing up in the Harvey household the question was never would you go to college, but rather which college would you attend.
BEVERLY A. BOGAR
Beverly Bogar is the senior Executive Assistant to Pasadena’s Chief of Police. She is a graduate of Pasadena’s John Muir High School and Pasadena City College. She earned a Bachelors’ in Sociology from UCLA. Beverly has been employed at Pasadena City Hall as the power positions changed hands from Phil Hawkey through the current City Manager, and she was the Executive for Police Chief Melekian and now Philip Sanchez. She is a proud member of New Macedonia Baptist Church. She is involved with the Churches’ homeless ministry and proudly performs God’s work of serving the poor as part of her personal ministry, with support from members of New Macedonia and anyone who has a heart for the public.
Beverly, through her ministry accepts donations of and gives out blankets, shoes, coats and sweaters to help keep the homeless warm through the cold winter nights. She does this God commanded work without fanfare or production.
She feels people become homeless for a number of reasons. Divorce. Loss of job loss or a parent, or caretaker and need help. “God calls on us to help and few answer the call.” Whether it comes from a teenager on the streets, or a family in need, or a homeless individual, Beverly Bogar is one who will answer the call.
She is the mother of two daughters, four granddaughters and one great grand. Her work experience include work as a V.P. for Coldwell Banker. She is dedicated to Pasadena’s Union Station who recently lost some of its funding. As a continuation of her work for the good of the community she is President of the West Pasadena Little League. Her daughters are members of the Running Roses track team and the Pasadena Ponies. This Oklahoma native tries to live by the Holy Scripture that says, “I will never leave or forsake You.” Hebrews 13:5
CHERYL ANN MOODY
Cheryl Moody as the ﬁrst African American female Commander is known by her co-workers at the Pasadena Police Department as, “Commander Moody”, and by her two sons as, “Mom”. Her careers has run from an operating room technician, working in construction, to Police Ofﬁcer for the past 24 years, including years as a custom’s ofﬁcer for the United States and a Fingerprint Classiﬁer at the Long Beach Police Department. During her career with the PD she has worked the following assignments; Patrol, Neighborhood Crime Task Force, Research & Development, PAL, SES, (ﬁrst female Sergeant to complete SWAT school), Detectives, Employment Services and Internal Affairs and SWAT Commander.
Cheryl was born in Kansas City, Mo, but grew up in the City of Long Beach. She attended Polytechnic High School, obtained her BS degree from CSULB in emergency management, and a Master’s Degree from Woodbury College.
Her life changed 24 years ago when she was pulled over by the police with her 7 month old son in the car. The ofﬁcers threatened to take her child. Another life changing experience came after she became a police ofﬁcer and a call of a female found dead in a car came in. It turned out the deceased person was her aunt. She had died from a domestic violence beating.
Currently Commander Moody is an advocate of non-deadly strategies that don’t require violence, like talking to parties rather than using violence. She praises Retired Lieutenant Phulante Riddle and Chief Sanchez for their mentorship of her along her career path. She also praises The NOBLE Organization (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) and is one of the founding members. NOBLE provides Scholarships for ofﬁcers and provides a bridge between the Department and the community they serve.
JOANN FORTE WORMLEY
Joann Forte-Wormely was born and raised in Clarksville, Texas population 4,000. It’s a small town near Dallas, Texas. She left Texas to come to California to attend college after graduating from Clarksville High School. The School had recently became racially integrated. She had two siblings in Southern California including a brother who owned a Car wash and a convenience store. Joann had a total of seven siblings. She was the youngest and recently discovered her true name was, in fact, Joe, named after her grandfather Joe Forte.
Her brother expected her, his baby sister, to work at the Car wash as potential employment. She decided it was time to enroll in College, which she did and ultimately earning a BA degree. The Forte family was important in the little town of Clarksville. They owned farm land operated a farm. Her mother worked at the school as a teacher and also sometimes even drove the school bus.
After discovering her brother intended for her to work at the Car wash, her sister who worked for Bank of America helped her get hired there and she attended school part time. The B of A job was the beginning of a career. She became interested in ﬁnance and earned a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis on Executive Leadership and a Paralegal Certiﬁcate.
Joann’s Professional organizations include membership in the ﬁnancial industry for over thirty-ﬁ ve years and presently she serves as Director of Special Services and Risk Management with a Credit Union. She serves as a member of The California Collector’s Council of Southern California for twenty years and the African American Credit Union Coalition for ﬁve years.
She serves as Pro-tem on her church’s Trustee Board where she has been a member of First AME Pasadena for 23 years. She also holds ofﬁces on the Church Altar Guild, the LAY organization, and serves as a member of the Stewardship and Finance Committee. She is also the church announcement clerk.
Joann states that she had a life changing experience in November 1992, when her mother passed away. Amidst her brokenness and inconsolable heartache, she experienced the true power of God. After returning from Texas for her mother’s funeral; she refocused and went back to school to complete my educational goals, she leveraged her work experience and changed from a job to a career in ﬁnance. Most importantly, she stated she ﬁnally understood the meaning of a praying mother! One of her favorite inspirational quotes is from Maya Angelou. “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”