Staff and Directors

+Richard Awni Founder and Chairman

CEO of Plugngo Electric bikes, Founder, Chairman of Family First Foundation. Patent holder; International licensing; HR Recruiter-MOFA Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Technology & Product Senior Executive of Electra-Tech Mcfct. He was raised by exceptional parents early on to ‘give back to others along the way’ a mission that drives him to this day.

Richard has held several C-level positions at Fortune 500 companies and has mentored start-up teams to 1rst place in the California State College Bullring competition program, California State Senators Awardee for service, given the “Keys to The City” from the Mayor of Beijing among many other recognitions.

With a background in Fortune 500 firms, mid/niche private, start-up and Non-Profit organizations, or as a turnaround for underperforming divisions while increasing market share, profitability, product development, branding, training, mentoring on a regional, national and global level with entrepreneurial skills and a truly ridiculous amount of creative development experience.

“Helping others along the way is a lifestyle choice in all that you Do.”

+Lea Ubas President

MBA; started her career as a teacher, adept in Non-profit organizations, speaks several languages, philanthropy and strives to make her corner of the world a better place. A Community Organizer who currently volunteers her time along with being nominated as President of Family First Foundation, Office Manager of Electra-Tech Manufacturing. She is a State Representative for CABE (California Association for Bi-lingual Education).

She was the PTA President for two years at an award winning school where she elevated the organizations programs by bringing in companies like Home Depot, Target, Sprinkles and others as sponsors and a Voting Representative of California PTA. She somehow finds time to lead her Pack and son at Boy Scouts as a Den Mother, a well-respected Peer Counselor, Intercollegiate Debate Team President and Assistant to Dean.

“Managing goals, character building and future academic growth ensures the welfare of the community.”

+Brian Taylor. Director of Sports and Education

Brian is a Princeton graduate and the first African American to be drafted from an Ivy League school into the NBA where he played for the Clippers, Nuggets and Nets. A professional educator and motivational leader of twenty-five years as a nationally recognized ‘change agent’, from his character development programs to senior administrator in private and public schools.

Verifiable record of accomplishment of successfully closing the achievement gap and increasing the numbers of less advantaged youths into college he also created an innovative school governance model to serve children at-risk in communities not given high hope for academic advancement as Senior Administrator taking View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter Schools, from no ranking to being ranked in the top 10% in California.

Recently spent 10 years at Harvard-Westlake in Studio City. A premiere private school preparing 5 th to 12 th grade students for admittance to the top colleges and universities. As Director of Increased Students of Color he increased minority enrollment by 20% effectively changing the culture of inclusion at Harvard-Westlake.

+Dr. Nicoline Ambe . Director of Advanced Teaching

MBA, Ph.D, Author with 20 years of experience as an Educator Dr. Ambe is an accommodating and versatile individual with the talent to develop inspiring hands-on lessons that will capture a child's imagination and breed success. Highly motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated educator who wants all children to be successful learners.

She lives what she teaches; she earned a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and her PhD from scholarships by being a high achiever and left college ‘debt free’. Who does that? She did and now teaches parents ‘How to Raise High Achievers’ and prepares youths to get scholarships starting in middle school.

As an invited guest speaker at Harvard and a State speaker for CABE she is passionate, dedicated, resourceful and goal-driven professional educator with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every child.

+Roger Spillman V.P. Strategic Growth

Passion with a purpose. His expertise in technology, business development, corporate governance, growth strategies, and accountability brings a new level of guidance and vision for growth. Wants to share Tech Hub's techniques of engagement to youth leaders nationally. President & CEO of Clear Path Technologies, Adviser/Business Developer of Advent Engineering Inc., Senior Advisor of Advanced Battery Solutions, former President & CFO of Hi-Energy Technologies, Inc.

“Sports and Education truly go Hand in Hand”

+Craig Hodges. Director of Athletics

A retired NBA player who attended college basketball at Clemson University before entering the professional league. As a Chicago Bull he was a three-time 3 point shooting champion, 3 time NBA World Champion. Former Shooting coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, Current Coach of the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Gatorade G-League. Advocate for education in underserved communities.

“Excellence in sports, excellence in life, it’s all about education, practice and determination.”

+Ryan A Trevors. Director of Communication

Nonprofit communications strategist and writer. Brings a futurist, global perspective to media outreach as well as a keen understanding of how to engage with youth. Significant experience working abroad in international development, Masters Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Montana, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and Former Professional Chef.

"It doesn't help to tell people the problem, but instead to tell them a solution and show them the way".

+Adele Simonyan. Director Strategic Relations

UCSB BA degree in Pharmacology, MBS- Public Health: Adele is a true scientist who currently works at USC as a research and project specialist. From cancer to biology, she has dedicated herself to making the planet a better place while making time to help others along the way.

As a passionate and result-oriented research scientist her excitement and drive to help others succeed is an inspiration to all those around her. Her determination to change the educational values of youths inspires confidence in young people that they too can go to college and dream big.

+Lorenzo Paschal . Director of Industry Media

Lorenzo Paschal background covers entertainment, community service and environmental causes. Lorenzo's devotion toward helping people all started from his love of his grandfather’s restaurant called Paschal’s in Atlanta. Paschal’s in the 60's provided an unofficial base of operations for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his lieutenants. The Paschal Brothers would often post bond for arrested protestors. ( https://www.atlanta.net/Blog/9-Things-You-Didn-t-Know-About-Paschal-s-Restaurant/ )

Lorenzo has over 100 credited shows under his name and is a member of The Television Academy of Arts and Sciences . Lorenzo's background in entertainment also includes work with Turner Classic Movies and Kodak's films, Pro –Tek, CBS, Disney, Tribune Media and for 20 years an organizer for Play Boy Jazz Festival , one of the most popular music and jazz events in the world.

He is the author of the book "Being Balanced is Beautiful" sold at Barnes and Noble. Lorenzo is co-founder of Zen Siete that specializes in organic and natural ways of cooking. He uses Zen Siete catering as a fund raising tool to help raise funds for local schools, non-profits with the goal of bringing people together with good food made with fresh organic ingredients.