Rev. Darlene Edgley - President
Rev. Edgley has spent more than thirty years providing development and strategic planning services to secure and leverage resources for non-profits and public agencies across California. Her professional portfolio includes serving as the President/CEO of Instant Recess® (founded by the late Dr. Antronette Toni Yancey), executing major fundraising initiatives for Caring for Children & Families with AIDS as the Director of Development, and offering her services to strengthen financial resources and funding streams for community-based events and programming including, Mujeres Unidas y Activas and Youth Opportunities Unlimited Inc. Additionally, Rev. Edgley has served as a presenter and facilitator at health forums, such as the UCLA Minority Training Program in Cancer Center Research and USC’s Cancer Survivorship Best Practices Conference.
Rev. Edgley is committed to stewarding the work of Dr. Antronette (Toni) Yancey through the Yancey/Edgley Fellowship by promoting and supporting the next generation of practitioners and professionals addressing obesity and related chronic diseases through small bouts of physical activity in underserved communities.
Kanitra Strong - Development Director
Kanitra Strong received her B.A. from Vassar College and pursued her M.A. at the University of Chicago in Social Science. She has successfully developed, directed and enhanced a variety of fundraising and communications programs for over 15 years in Los Angeles and Chicago. She has worked with large cultural institutions, such as the Lincoln Park Zoo in addition to social service agencies like the YWCA Central Orange County.
Eko Canillas - Program Director
Eko Natividad Canillas, M.A.Ed., Ed.D. has a professional background which includes developing programs and services, which connect people to educational and professional growth opportunities. From 2000-2006, Eko served as the Academic Services Manager for the Koreatown Youth and Community Center and participated in the development and implementation of KYCC’s 21st Century Learning Center. In 2007, Dr. Canillas joined the Public Allies-Los Angeles Team in delivering leadership development programming geared towards individuals interested in non-profit career exploration and social justice work. Additionally, she has served as the Training and Coaching Manager and Evaluation Liaison for the LA LGBT Center’s RISE Project (a federally-funded research project) and has provided career development training and education in post-secondary environments.
Dr. Canillas completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, her graduate studies from Pepperdine University, and her doctoral studies in educational psychology from the University of Southern California.
Marya Uybungco - Database Manager
Marya Uybungco brings over 25 years of accounting, office, database management, and fundraising experience. She has worked at such agencies as the LA LGBT Center (formerly known as the, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center) as the Database Administrator/Operations Manager, served as the Office/Volunteer Manager with the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and was the Development Associate for the Caring for Children and Families with AIDS Foundation. Her contributions to the field of health is demonstrated in her expertise in creating working systems which secure resources and opportunities for individuals, families, and communities. Additionally, her commitment extends beyond her professional experience and continues with her active volunteerism within the non-profit sector.
Ms. Uybungco completed her A.A. from Los Angeles City College. She also holds an A.S. in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute – Denver. In addition to her supporting the Yancey/Edgley Fellowship as the Database Manager, Ms. Uybungco is also the Owner & Operator of a small catering business in Colorado focused on a providing a delicious-tasting, farm-to-table approach to world cuisine.