Board of Directors
Who We Are
Executive Director & Founder
In 1996, Carol Reza became the Founder and Executive Director of Bridge of Faith. In Carol’s early life her mother left her and her sister. Her sister was adopted, and Carol went into an orphanage. Carol quotes, “I felt my sister was wanted and I was not. You can’t say it or understand it because at age four you do not understand the event. What you do have is now a trauma that you swallow and becomes apart of the title of your name that you will begin to live up to. Carol “abandon and un-wanted”. Carol has dedicated her life in working with girls/women who have aged out of the foster care system. She has also worked as a Realtor for 30 years. Carol has received several awards that include, “Woman of the Year” by the California State Assembly; “Woman of Achievement” from the San Gabriel Valley YWCA; “Good Neighbor Award” from the National Association of Realtors; “Leading Boldly Award” by the House of Representatives; “National Community Service Award” from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and was nationally recognized by L’Oreal as Woman of Worth. “It takes a long time to build a bridge. Please do not grow faint and stop of what we all are called to do. Bridges are an extremely necessary part of life. --- Carol
This is Mona’s second time around as a Board Member (2010 – 2015). Mona graduated in 2004 from Pacific Oaks College where she earned her Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Latino Family Studies. She has worked in the field of serving others in the field of Counseling for over 25 years. She has also worked for the Los Angeles Probation Department. She has been inspired by Carol’s passion to work with girls/women who have aged-out of the foster care system. Mona views Carol as a Mentor, Role Model, and friend. Mona has been in recovery from Alcohol abuse for over 25 years. She understands what it is to
experience adversities in life and has dedicated her life to help and serve others with compassion and love. She is currently working at LA CADA / Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP) as a Family Services Coordinator.
Vice President & Treasurer
Virginia has been the operation Manager for P.D.T & C. for 25 years and has been married for 58 years. She has a certificate in Furniture Manufacturing Technology and is an electrical assistant to her husband and his business. Virginia has a daughter and grandson who bring
boundless joy to her life. She and her husband have provided counseling with families that have lost a child. Virginia’s son was killed in an auto accident at 17 and her granddaughter died at 28 from organ failure. Virginia says, “Without Christ and family support it would be most difficult if not imposable to deal with the loss.” She and her husband have done missionary work in five different countries. They managed large building projects and ministered in the local churches. Bridge of Faith is an inspiration in their heart and passion to help, guide and equip young
women to become self-sufficient and find self-worth.
Ricki De Leon
Ricki was born in Fairfield, CA and is half Chicana and half Chamorro (Guam), she was raised in Pomona, CA. She is a mother of 3 children and a blessed grandmother of 6. She has an associate degree in Marketing and is a certified Business Office Specialist. Ricki served in the US Army as a
Private First Class. Ricki has 15 years of sobriety and loves every day she wakes up clean. Her passion is reaching woman that are where she used to be, to give them support and show them love and kindness. Ricki has a servant’s heart for those around her in with an emphasis on addiction and seeks daily to help one person at a time restore their lives. Ricki is a woman of God that serves in several ministries at Praise Chapel Whittier. She has a passion for volunteerism and organizational management she is an active member of several overdose awareness programs and volunteers her time working with woman that are transitioning from being behind bars to society. Ricki is excited to help in assisting woman that are aging out of
foster care. Ricki is currently working at East Valley Community Health Center as an Intensive Case Manager.
Shirley was born in Niagra Fall, Canada. She came to California for six months and never went back. Shirley is retired from her career as an Executive Secretary. After retirement Shirley has
devoted her life to volunteer work. Shirley says, “Bridge of Faith has been a gift to me and helping others has always been important.” Shirley has volunteered for the Mary Madeline
Project for many years. Shirley has lived her life with a wonderful husband and 3 children. “Meeting and working with other ladies in Bridge of Faith has been a reward in my life.”
Sonia has her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. The past seven years Sonia has taught various populations of foster children and adults who are working toward their high school diplomas. She has also worked with EL and special education students. The primary reason Sonia became a Board member at Bridge of Faith is to help reduce the homeless crisis. There are young women and children who benefit from the Bridge of Faith H.O.M.E (Home Opportunity Meets Emancipation) Program. This is a positive alternative from homeless. H.O.M.E offers shelter, food, and clothing to young families. As a board member Sonia shares her talents in education, hospitality and supports fundraisers. The Up*Scale Collectible Thrift Store Boutique, in Whittier, California is another source that Sonia contributes.
Introduced to Bridge of Faith by a fellow church member, Catia quickly developed a strong sense of devotion and service for women impacted by the foster care experience. During a transitional phase of her own life, Catia searched for meaning and fulfillment in community advocacy, dedicating her life to watching out for “all of God’s little lambs.” Her extensive
volunteer experience has given her a deep sense of appreciation and duty for empowering women to break generational cycles and preparing them for life after foster care. She has found
a home in Bridge of Faith as a board member, where she is committed to becoming an agent of change by helping other women find a H.O.M.E. (Home Opportunity Meets Emancipation).
Julia has a passion for Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Through this comes compassion for others and especially the young ladies in need to begin their life with the help of Bridge of
Faith. She hopes to use all the God given abilities to assist this cause from her experience in fundraising in school for a 1950’s Day and 911 special sales for the firefighters. Most recent was
her work as an Activity Director to help residents achieve independence and a life of success with balance. Julia says, “I pray these have inspired and will be an energizing catalyst for all
Lorraine’s career experience of over 40 years includes being a Chaplain/Minister for On Eagles' Wings Christian Family Church. She currently works as an Accountant and Property Manager.
She graduated from Vision University with a degree in Biblical Theology along with a business certificate from Pepperdine University. Lorraine is certified by the State of California as a Senior Police Chaplain. She has volunteered at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey and Twin Towers Jail. Lorraine is a foster parent for the Los Angeles Probation Department. She is also a
Domestic Violence/Sexual assault advocate. Lorraine was abused as a child but has experienced the healing power of God, her name means "famous in battle." She is a mother of
two beautiful girls and a cat lover! She is an overcomer!