Group V Teens attend On the Hill Summit – Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. – See some hightlights!

The third biennial Jack and Jill of America On the Hill Legislative Summit was a resounding success!

Didi and Norma, Chaperones


Group V Retreat Zips Aims S’Mores

The retreat was a huge success. We feel our objectives for the retreat was met. We must thank the parents that helped to make the trip a success: Beverly, Joyce, Didi, Deadra, Alycia, Norma, Bruce, and Michael.

We were able to present 5 modules this weekend. After Group Leaders Beverly, Didi, and Deadra set the tone by outlining rules and expectations, we started out with Joyce presenting a financial module on credit and a leadership module on character. Later Alycia presented leadership modules on communication, and vision. Alycia and Michael paired up to present the risk taking module. All modules were well received. The teens were engaged and were able to win some money for correct answers.

The weekend was full of activities. We tried our hand at archery, with Alycia and Anneleise being sharp shooters. Ziplining was an experience. Beverly even faced her fear of heights. She shares, “I actually thought I was going to DIE! I can laugh about it now, but I was NOT a happy camper up there. I will let your teens tell you the story about that.” Everyone really enjoyed ziplining. We made s’mores and were impressed with Joyce’s mastery of making a fire. The boys played basketball with Benji perfecting his skateboarding skills. The girls took advantage of some great scenery to get in a photo shoot. There were late night bonding sessions for both the girls and boys.

Norma shared information about the Legislative Summit. We are looking forward to learning about the Legislative process, networking, participating in the Trayvon Martin panel discussion. Thanks to Norma for coordinating this together.

We discussed the mentoring program that will be rolled out to Group V. The idea behind the mentor program is to allow the upper classmen to gain additional leadership skills and to help the new teens to make a smooth transition into Group V. This will also help to hold the teens accountable to each other for participation. Thanks to Kelly for providing our mentor expectations and guidelines. We shared the pairings of mentors and mentees with the teens. I will email the teens with this information, along with the expectations for mentoring. This is also a good resume builder. Please encourage your teen to make the effort to participate in this.

Thanks for entrusting your teens to our care. We look forward to a wonderful year!!!

Your Group V Leaders,
Beverly, Didi, Deadra, Lynda

P.S. They had so much fun together, they would like to do a midnight movie! Details to come!

Jazz at the Vineyard: 2015

jj logo2015 Annual Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction hosted by the Pasadena Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc.

Join us on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 11:00am at La Canada Flintridge Country Club.

A Benefit for Jack & Jill of America Foundation and Julia Scotton Jack & Jill Scholarship Fund.

We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors of the 2015 Annual Jazz Brunch & Silent Auction.  

Reviews are in for JJ Mom Gabrielle Pina’s Play “Letters from Zora” featuring Vanessa Bell Calloway at the Pasadena Playhouse!

Gabrielle Pina’s play, Letters from Zora featuring Vanessa Bell Calloway at the Pasadena Playhouse, August 15th-18th.

The Reviews are In!

“I had the pleasure of seeing our Jack and Jill mom Gabrielle Piña ‘s play last night Letters From Zora and it was AMAZING! Vanessa Bell Calloway killed it! I went straight home in search of my Zora Neale Hurston reader I Love Myself When I am Laughing…. but I digress… Don’t miss this opportunity to see a great play and to be inspired. “

“Congratulations Gabe. It was an amazing play. The writing and acting soared. Hope all our parents and teens will see it.”

“I attended last nights performance and was totally entertained and inspired! Such a powerful performance and enlightening story! Bravo Ms. Pina!”

“Gabe, Amazing show. I really enjoyed tonight’s performance. Bravo! You are too fabulous.”

And an appreciative note from the playright herself:

“Thank you ladies for coming to see this work. Ron and I deeply appreciate your support, your words of wisdom, and those sweet nods of approval. Although this is an exciting time in my life, there have definitely been some challenging moments. Know that I will always remember your kindness and your enthusiasm for hanging in there with a sista. Thank you simply for being there. Love, Gabby”

G5 Shelby Mumford 5th in Nation in National French Contest

The Archer School for Girls Shelby Mumford, left, and Seaf Hartley, right, join their classmates in preparing for an art gallery show as part of their Art Gallery Management and Design class at the Archer School for Girls. “We don’t all necessarily want to be curators when we grow up,” said Hartley, whose title is gallery director. “But if we become entrepreneurs or COOs of companies, we would use the same skill set of communicating and collaborating.” (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Congrats to Group 5 9th grader, Shelby Mumford as she places # 5 in Nation for her category in National French Contest!  – (Le Grand Concours Exam conducted by American Association of French Teachers.)

Shelby was also featured in Los Angeles Times for her participation in Art Gallery Management and Design Class. (Click the above photo to read the full article!)

Black Family Day | Sr Rec – Wow!

Dear Mother Members,

Wow – does not even come close to the warmth we all felt yesterday at Jack and Jill Day | Sr. Recognition. If you missed this event, you missed a treat!

As I said, I am terrible at saying good-bye. However, this is the absolute way to do it!

Lia and her committee (including the Jack on tech & photo’s) are to be commended for sending off our Senior and Grad Mothers in STYLE. The event was far more FAB than imaginable. The extra special touches were SUPERB!!!!

From the Group Promotions to Crafts for the little kids….and Lord those letters from the Mothers..what a delight. I get weepy even thinking about it…but I think our grad say it best ….

“absolutely lovely, we could not have asked for a better send off…beautiful and wonderful event!!” EmojiEmoji “This has been one of the best BFD/SR that I have attended”

Thanks to all who joined us. Looking forward to seeing you at Installation Sat, May 11 (8.30a) and June Planning, Sat June 1 (8.30a-1p). Let’s keep the Goodness going!!!


Kathy Dosssett,
President, Pasadena Chapter


ear Mother Members,

Bravo! You did it again. “All That Jazz” was all that and a bag!

I cannot tell you how many emails, texts, and calls I’ve gotten from friends, family, our Associates, Nat’l officers, and other guests. They simply loved it.

From the breathtaking views of the La Canada hillside to the amazing brunch to the elegant decor, people are still raving,

Thanks Mothers for all your hard work — selling tickets and finding Ridiculous auction items.

Very special thanks to Callie and the All That Jazz Committee for their tireless work…late phone calls…. sleepless nights. These ladies are Rock Stars!

They put together a Glam Fab event and by early indications — raised funds that surpassed last years.

Congratulations Pasadena Chapter….you women are Super Awesome!


Kathy Dossett

Pasadena Chapter President

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There are lots of outstanding sophomore guards in Southern California, and one player who has distinguished himself is Kyle Leufroy of La Canada St. Francis.

He has averaged 20 points a game in the second half of the Mission League. Among his efforts include 24 points against Loyola, 22 against Chaminade and 21 against Crespi.

He’s going to be an all-league choice. He came to St. Francis after playing junior varsity as a freshman at Pasadena La Salle.

UCLA Bruins Sports Camps 2013 – REGISTER NOW! Plus – Free 2/6 Signing Day Celebration!


We are excited to announce that registration for the 2013 Summer Camp Season is officially OPEN! We’ve got another great line-up of new and continuing camp programs, and we look forward to seeing you back at UCLA this summer! Please visit to view camp details and register. Take a few minutes to look at this year’s camp schedule, and look at the existing programs and a few new exciting ones as well. On our website, you can browse our 2013 camp selection, review our refund policy and get answers to other frequently asked questions.

As always, feel free to give our office a call or send us an email with any questions you may have. Remember, all of our camps have limited capacities, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early to secure your spot!

See you this summer…GO BRUINS!


Join National African American Read-In with JJ’s own Gabrielle Pina’s “BLISS” Mon 2/25 at 7pm Hastings Library!

We will discuss Bliss by Gabrielle Pina. Feel free to invite and include others in your RSVP. The book is available in paperback, iPad and Kindle editions. Gabrielle is a current member of the Pasadena Chapter of Jack & Jill of America and she is an award winning fiction writer and novelist. She just completed the screenplay for Bliss.

Please join us for the discussion:

Monday, February 25 from 7:00pm, to 8:30pm
Hastings Branch of Pasadena Public Library
3325 East Orange Grove
Pasadena, CA 91107

Jack & Jill of America/ Pasadena Chapter 626/797-0365

Bliss is available at Vromans at will call. It’s under the book club named “Friends N Books”, on Amazon, and more.

(For more on the National African American Read-In visit

(For more about Gabrielle Pina visit

Strokes & Strikes for G3 & G5 Sisters!

Newsflash from a proud mother of two!

Archer School – Middle School Swim Championship:

Kelsey WON! Medaled in 3 events! Her favorite stroke is the Butterfly.

Archer School Father/Daughter Bowling Event:

Shelby WON! 1st place trophy in the Upper School Division Bowling tournament!


Jack and Jill Pasadena Holiday Gathering, “A Soulful Christmas”

Dear Mother Members,

Thank you all for joining us for the Jack and Jill Pasadena Holiday Gathering, “A Soulful Christmas”. It was simply a wonderful start to the holiday season.

From our little ones in Group I & II reciting Langston Hughes to our older children sharing their favorite holiday memories, it was a just wonderful afternoon. Let’s not forget the fabulous musical performances– piano selection, seasonal solo’s and the infamous Group V jazz Band.

This is really what the holidays are all about; celebrating together and enjoying our children….all topped off with a beautiful lunch and a visit from Santa.

Huge thanks to Pamela Simmons and Dana Weaver and their committee for putting together such a fab family event. Very fab!

I would also like to thank everyone for your donations to The Elizabeth House. Our gifts will go a long way in helping to serve a very deserving group.

Thanks again for joining us. Have a joyous Holiday Season.

We look forward to seeing you in January at the Day of Service (1/12), the Mothers’ Meeting (1/13), or Jack and Jill Inaugural Events (1/19 & 1/20).

Happy Holidays!

Our Teens are Doing Great Things


  • Chadd and Stefan’s Football team are in the CIF Second Round. Congrats Guys!
  • Taylor and Julian are competing in the AWD oratorical competition. Good Luck!
  • Anneliese is performing in her school’s dance recital where she is also the Dance Club Treasurer.
  • Aaron is a host and guide at LaSalle’s open house.
  • Simone and Matt are helping to facilitate the Color Conference at Poly.  This is a initiative regarding diversity and inclusion.  Well done.

Pasadena Teens Earn Skit Trophy First Time in 25yrs!


As many of you may know, 15 of our Grp V teens have spent the last few days at the Far West Region Teen Conference with more than 400 teens from other chapters.

While at teen cnf, they compete in several categories, including TShirt, Scrapbook and Skit.

Well just hours ago the winners were announced …..and for the first time in almost 25 years PASADENA won 1st place in the skit competition!!
This year they added a talent contest. Who other than our own Cameron Clayton PASADENA won the vocal contest!!!!

Congrats to our teens who all worked so hard.

Big thanks to Teen Adviser Pam Cosse–and her team …who are there with them every step of the way….scrapbooking, coordinating mtgs, etc..You ladies are fab!

Also big thanks to chaperons Leslie Richard Craven and Gina Tervalon-Levias and our dad chaperons Rudy Leufroy (Gloria) and Phillip Randall (Kim)–who doesn’t even have a teen, for hanging with the teens.

Congratulations again to our teens.
We are so very proud!

By: Kathy Dossett, Chapter President

AIM for Healthy Living Community Fair! April 1, 2012 @ Boys & Girls Club

Dear Mother Members,

Thank you all for coming out to our AIM Event with Boys and Girls Club Pasadena.
With Cardio Salsa, Zumba, Soccer Clinic, and all things Healthy — (food, smoothies, etc.) we “Moved our Bodies”, “AIMed” BIG and HIT! We also made our mark in the community with the wonderful presentation of over $12,000 to BGC by National President, Tara Labrie.
Special thanks to Tanya Williams and the committee – Caryn Clayton, Roslyn Spence, Barbra Johnson, Tamera Street, Dru Ford, Eva Graham, and Greta Banks for putting together a wonderful event. You are so fab.
Check out the press in Pasadena Now and the great pix taken by Historian Eva Graham.
Kathy Chappell Dossett
Pasadena Chapter
Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
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Free Community Fitness and Healthfair – AIM for Healthy Living – Move Your Body!

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Pasadena Chapter, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, is hosting the AIM for Healthy Living “Move Your Body” Fitness and Health Fair, a free, open-to-the public fitness and health fair on April 1 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pasadena, 2020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

This health fair is designed to provide basic health screenings, fitness demonstrations and information on careers in the health field.

There will be free screenings for blood pressure, oral health, diabetes, bioPhotonic scanning and healthy eating tips. There will also be activities for children, Zumba, music, and raffles.

In addition to the Fitness & Health Fair, Jack and Jill of Pasadena will be presenting a notable donation to the Mackenzie Scott Branch Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, which was selected as a recipient of the 2011 Loose Change Grant.

Tara Labrie, National President Jack and Jill of America, Inc. along with other National and Regional Officers of the organization, will be making the presentation.

See the write-up in Pasadena Now:

For more info or for a free booth, contact or

Jack & Jill Sponsors Free Community Health & Fitness Fair with Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena

Download Your Own Flyer: JJHealthFair-Flyer

Pasadena Chapter new mom Gabrielle Piña’s play “Letters From Zora” starring Vanessa Bell Calloway gets great reviews!

Check out the March 15-21 issue of Pasadena Journal Newspaper for an in depth article celebrating the success of one of our newest Jack & Jill Mothers. In this one-woman play starring the talented Vanessa Bell-Calloway that debuted to a sold-out full house at USC Bovard Auditorium – Gabrielle has crafted a well written story about the exciting and controversial life of Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neal Thurston.

3rd Place Winner in Highpoint Garage Band Concert! G4’s Bronson Drummer in Modern Music School Band

G5 Bronson, Drummer, with MMS Amped Band wins 3rd in Garage Band Competition with several Pasadena Middle School Bands including Poly, Westridge, Barnhart, Mayfield, High Point, and Clairborne.

Read more about Modern Music School and its other performances.

Roland Music Magazine Features – Modern Music School.

African American Read-In: “All the Trouble You Need”, a novel by Jack & Jill Dad Jervey Tervalon

All the Trouble You Need : A Novel

More than 190,000 people across the country participated in the 2011 African-American Read-In during Black History month.  The Pasadena Jack & Jill Chapter participated as well.  We are doing it again in 2012.  This year, we are reading All The Trouble You Need by Jervey Tervalon.  The author is a Jack & Jill dad and will join us for a discussion of the book.  Our discussion will be held on Monday, February 27 at Corner Bakery at 3807 E Foothill Blvd.  The book is available at a 10% discount at Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena (365 E Colorado Blvd).  Just visit the Will Call department to ask for the reserved title. All the Trouble You Need : A Novel (9780743422390): Jervey Tervalon: Books.

Double Kudos to Sisters Shelby & Kelsey ! !

G3’s Kelsey participated in the Museum of Tolerance’s Freedom’s Sisters Essay Contest for 4th – 8th graders in November.  Kelsey selected Sonia Sanchez as her favorite Freedom’s Sister and explained how she would continue her legacy.  Kelsey was one of 20 finalist (mostly 7th & 8th graders) selected from a pool of 200 essay submissions to be honored at the January program which acknowledged local Southern California Freedom’s Sisters, essay contest winners and finalists. On another note, Kelsey and her class are on their 2 week trip to Paris where they’ll go to school with Parisian children and visit local sites as part of their 5th grade curriculum!

G4’s Shelby and her Archer School for Girls school swim team are the middle school division champions.  Shelby received individual medals for her freestyle and breaststroke contributions for her team! She and her mom, Didi, are pictured at their final meet.

Teens Takin’ it to the Streets on MLK Day of Service

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”  MLK

J&J Teens and Pre-Teens team up at the Boys & Girls Club, and literally began cleaning up the neighborhood streets of Pasadena armed with brooms, garbage cans, and gloves.  Martin Luther King would have been proud!

About the MLK Day of Service:

After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The federal holiday was first observed in 1986, making 2011 the 25th anniversary of the King federal holiday.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

2011 “Jazz Up The Hill” Highlights

Over two hundred supporters attended this year’s Jazz Up the Hill, the Pasadena Chapter’s Fundraiser to benefit the Julia Scotton Jack and Jill Scholarship Fund enabling college dreams for deserving African-American youth in our community, at La Canada Flintridge Golf and Country Club in Old Town Pasadena.  We are deeply grateful to all those who attended, donated, and otherwise supported this event, including visiting Jack and Jill Regional Director Tracie Thompson and Jack and Jill Regional Secretary/Treasurer Tahnda Bailey, attending members of the Scotton Family, Dr. Barbara Young for delivering such an inspiring invocation, KTLA News Anchorman Chris Schauble for his expertise and humor as the Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer, and Renowned Bassist Donald Patterson and his talented band for entertaining us in superb smooth jazz style!

Local News Coverage Compliments :

Click here for more: Photos by JAMES MACPHERSON
Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | 5:06 AM

Set against a beautiful clear day with sweeping, panoramic views from the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, Jack and Jill of America’s “Jazz Up the Hill” gala on April 10 served up jazz, good times and solid support for the Pasadena Chapter’s Julia Scotton Scholarship Fund.  Over 200 guests were on hand to listen to The Wave-94.7 favorite, jazz bassist Donald Patterson perform as KTLA-5’s newest anchorman, Chris Schauble, served as Master of Ceremonies.  Jack and Jill of America is the oldest and largest African-American family organization in the country. With national headquarters in Washington DC and a membership base of over 9,500 families, Jack and Jill nurtures future leaders by strengthening children through educational programming, community service, legislative advocacy, and philanthropic giving. The Pasadena Chapter was chartered in 1956.  We believe every child, with proper education and opportunity, can be a leader, says Pasadena Chapter President Charmayne Mills-Ealy.

Media Coverage:

Arcadia Patch “Sunday Afternoon Fun at Jazz Up the Hill”

PasadenaNow Social Diary “Jazz on the Hill Supports Jack and Jill of America’s Scholarship Fund”


2011 JJ Scholar Joins Morehouse Class!

Essick  A. (Morehouse College ’14)

A past recipient of the Jack &Jill Julia Scotton Scholarship (Funded by the Pasadena Chapter’s Annual Jazz Brunch), pictured, center, with his classmates during his first week as a Freshman at Morehouse College, Atlanta Georgia.

We love to highlight the successes of our recipients.  To be featured in a future update, please email us information and a .jpg photo!

2011 Women of Achievement Honor Dr. Karen Guinn and Dr. Reta Floyd, Pasadena Chapter Associates

Dr. Guinn, left,  is now celebrating over twenty five years as a Pediatric Dentist/Orthodontist.

This mother of three, two girls and one boy, stays busy in her practice, but finds time for helping others, and tutors young students as well as helping through a number of organizations she belongs to such as Jack and Jill and The Links. Her children are now students at Howard University, in Washington, D.C., and Morehouse in Atlanta, Georgia. She maintains offices in Pasadena, CA and in West Covina, CA.

Dr. Floyd, on right, a Co-Director of South Central Health and Rehabilitation Program (SCHARP) an agency that serves the mentally Ill and their needs through medical treatment, residential assistance, substance abuse treatment, a former member of Jack and Jill Pasadena Chapter, is a member of the LINKS.  She is the mother of a daughter who attends UNLV and a son that attended Alabama A&M.

The Journal’s Women of Achievement Breakfast, held April 2, 2011 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, features keynote speak

Read about the achievements of these Pasadena Chapter Associates and other honorees at: motivational speaker and health activist, Mother Love, and portions of the FREEDOM SISTERS exhibit that highlights the stories of 20 African American Women who have worked for the freedom and equality of Black America. The original exhibit was created by the Cincinnati Museum Center and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution.

Sheryl Orange named Principal of the Year and nominated 2010 Teacher of Year in Pasadena Jewels Awards by Star News and Rose Magazine

Rose Magazine reports:

“Recently named Pasadena Unified School District’s Principal of the Year, Sheryl Orange was recognized for her outstanding leadership and dedication to efforts at John Muir High School.  JMHS was under state monitoring and in jeopardy of shutting down, but through Orange’s leadership, the shool has made a turnaround.  API scores have improved, attendance is up and student participation has increased.”

Jack and Jill, Pasadena Chapter, congratulates our former member on her achievements!


Jack and Jill- Pasadena Chapter Associate, Yolanda Oliver as President of the Pasadena Chapter of the Links, Inc., along with Charmayne Mills-Ealy  as President of the Pasadena Chapter of Jack and Jill of America are honored for their service to their community as Women of Achievement for 2010.  Former Jack and Jill of Pasadena mother member, Lena Kennedy, was honored as Women of Achievement 2008.

“Charmayne Mills Ealy is president of the Pasadena chapter of Jack and Jill. She is well aware of the bourgeoisie image of the organization but shakes it off by saying, “Today’s Jack and Jill is not your mother’s Jack and Jill.” She describes the organization as an organization that provides service to children of it’s members and other children in the community. The organization was started in 1939 by the Black elite composed of doctors, lawyers and other professional families who wanted to provide the good life for their children. The early Jack and Jill members wanted to make everyday Christmas for their children. But the perception of the organization being “bourgeoisie” is hard to shake.

Ealy makes it plain that today’s membership is composed of working mothers dedicated to the children in the community. She works in the Department of Justice for the U.S Trustee. She holds a Bachelors in political Science from UCLA and a Masters in Public Administration from USC. Her interest in justice and how the system works for African Americans lead her to her degree in Political Science. She is proud of the programs and projects she is responsible for as President of Jack and Jill. The programs include feeding residents of Union Station, volunteering and supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs in Pasadena and providing scholarships for students. She is particularly proud of a scholarship created for her friend and past member Julia Scotton who passed last year. She smiles when she quotes an unnamed member of Jack and Jill who was quoted in TIME magazine as saying she joined Jack and Jill so her children could have a Prom date who looked like them.”

-The Pasadena Journal, Joe C. Hopkins, Journal Publisher

The honorees are accomplished women who have taken the path of getting an education, moving forward, and seriously giving back to their community. They exist to serve their communities and provide shoulders to help lift and raise others to their level. These women are moving on as they continue, undaunted by the criticism, to do God’s work of helping others.

Other 2010 Journal’s Women of Achievement Breakfast honorees are the Presidents of Women’s service organizations and are, Elise Mallory of AKA, Kelly Lawson of Phi Delta Kappa, Gwen McMullins of The Deltas, and Alison Moses of Women in Action. Dr. Pamela Powell will serve as mistress of ceremonies, former Assistant Superintendent of PUSD. Keynote speaker for the event will be business woman Dr. Rosie Milligan, founder of Milligan Publishing Company and Black Writers on Tour.   The 2009 Women of Achievement were Renatta Cooper, Arzella Valentine, Celeste Day Drake, D. Marie Battle, Wiletta Helene, and Journal Publisher Ruthie M. Hopkins. The 2008 Women of Achievement were Phyllis Curry, Myra Booker, Rochelle Branch, Ellen Lee Ligons, Gay Parker, Trudell Skinner and Lena Kennedy.

Yolanda Oliver is the current President of the Pasadena, Altadena Chapter of the The Links. She describes The Links as a “Women’s Service Organization with a motto that says they are a sisterhood of friends providing service to the community.” Born in Chicago, Illinois, Yolanda is a scientist who graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelors in Computer Science before working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) in Pasadena. She holds a Masters of Business Administration.

She spent 28 years at JPL where she reached the level of manager in the data processing lab providing critical work developing programs to collect data for the space program. In 2005 she left JPL to join her husband, Andrew Oliver, in the family construction and development business, Oliver and Associates. She also provides consulting services to companies needing assistance and expertise in the compliance requirements of government contracting.

Oliver is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Council of Black Professional Engineers and AKA, to name a few of her activities. The former president of AKA is proud of the work The Links do in mentoring and providing scholarships to young women. The organization also is involved in health care programs where the organization’s members volunteer to assist with problems related to Alzheimers, obesity, and other health issues.

Oliver was almost lost in the mix when she was recruited by the Affirmative Action Department of JPL. She almost didn’t get an interview because they assumed that since she had graduated from the prestigious Bradley University, she must be white. She is not and was determined to work in California after growing up in cold Chicago. This math and science whiz admits that when she came to Pasadena for her interview in November and experienced the sunny California weather, she would have taken any job rather than go back to Chicago.

-Source, The Pasadena Journal

2010 Associates Support Inaugural Scholarship Jazz Event!

We were especially honored to have in person many Associate mothers of our Pasadena Chapter!  The Scholarship Champagne Jazz Brunch was held at Vila Sorriso Restaurant in Old Town Pasadena, and raised funds toward the new memorial Julia Scotton Scholarship Award for local youth.

Eligibility and application at – just click Scholarships from the menu.

2010 “A Jazz Brunch & Silent Auction” for Scholarships at Villa Sorriso

The Pasadena Chapter’s Fundraiser, to benefit our community, was held at Villa Sorriso Restaurant in Old Town Pasadena. NBC News Personality, Beverly White, was the Mistress of Ceremonies, and Author and Lecturer Dr. Anthony A. Samad was the auctioneer.

After enjoying an extensive buffet, our generous guests participated in silent and live auctions to further benefit the new memorial Julia Scotton Jack and Jill Scholarship Award. The Pomona Chapter of Jack and Jill, in which the Scotton family held membership, also made a generous contribution in her honor.

JJ Pasadena President Charmayne writes:

Congratulations to Traci & our Wonderful Fundraising Committee for a Jazz Brunch to Remember!

Great food, music, and friendship at Villa Sorriso! The Silent Auction was amazing.

Thank you Mothers for your support and assistance in making this a successful event. The Scotton Family were so pleased and thankful for the Scholarship honor for Julia. The Associates enjoyed an afternoon of fun and our Regional Leadership stayed the entire afternoon and are already looking forward to next year.

Photos by Alycia. Send requests to sisterjill <at>

New Julia Scotton Scholarship Award, and Jack & Jill of America Foundation Inc, our 501(c)3.







2008 “Visions of Black Pearls” Jazz Brunch

A wonderful Spring Afternoon at Twin Palms Restaurant in Pasadena, hosted by NBC News Anchor, Chris Schauble.  Entertainment included guitar and vocals of local teen talent Cheryl.

“Visions of Black Pearls”

Celebrating Children in Our Community

Jazz Brunch

Hosted By

Chris Schauble, NBC4 News Anchor

Sunday, May 4, 2008

10am – 2pm

Twin Palms

101 West Green Street

Old Pasadena, California 91105

Tickets $100

Net proceeds benefiting Jack & Jill of

America Foundation and Pasadena Educational

Foundation for John Muir High School

2006 “50th Anniversary Jazz Brunch” at Twin Palms Highlights


Happy 50th Birthday, Pasadena Chapter!  This year’s Twin Palms event honored Actress Victoria Rowell and the tremendous work of her foundation benefiting foster children.

Our commemorative program also honored Educator Sheryl Orange Lee, Principal of John Muir High School, former Principle of Burbank Elementary, and a very dedicated member of the Pasadena Chapter.

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Pasadena Chapter celebrates its 50th Anniversary on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at Twin Palms Restaurant in Pasadena with a star-studded Jazz Brunch headlined by Grammy® nominated guitarist and composer, Doc Powell. This year’s gala honorees include Emmy® nominated actress and foster child care advocate Victoria Rowell and Pasadena’s Brotherhood Crusade Youth Sports League. Long-time LA activist, real estate developer, and publisher of the L.A. Sentinel and BC Chairman and Founder, Danny Bakewell Sr. along with local director Victor Mc Clinton will accept a commendation on behalf of the organization. Past beneficiaries have included Alkebulan Cultural Center, Pasadena Youth Christian Center, the Sycamores Children’s Home, and the Pasadena Running Roses.

The Pasadena Chapter of Jack and Jill is thrilled to honor actress Victoria Rowell for her dedication to improving the quality of life for children in foster care throughout the United States. Ms. Rowell is the founder of Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan, Inc. Raised in foster care for eighteen years, Ms Rowell co-starred in the hit prime time television series “Diagnosis Murder” for eight seasons while simultaneously continuing her role as “Drucilla Winters” on the CBS daytime drama, “The Young and the Restless”. Today, Ms Rowell is a strong advocate for foster children. The Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan seeks to enrich the lives of foster children through artistic and athletic expression. The mission of the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan is consistent with the goals of Jack and Jill of American, Inc.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the local Brotherhood Crusade Youth Sports in Pasadena . The BCYS of Pasadena is an agency of the Brotherhood Crusade that uses sports to develop a child’s self esteem, confidence and leadership potential, as well as their motor and social skills. It is an opportunity to encourage healthy lifestyle practices and assist children in becoming healthy productive adults. The BCYS league was founded in 2001 to help fulfill the demand for youth sports programs in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area.

We were especially honored to have in person many of the founding mothers of our Pasadena Chapter!

Following Article by BCYS:

Jack & Jill of America, Pasadena Chapter, 50th Anniversary Luncheon

Honoring the Brotherhood Crusade Youth Sports League

February 24, 2007


The Brotherhood Crusade Youth Sports League was honored by Jack and Jill of America, Pasadena Chapter on November 5, 2006 at the Twin Palms restaurant in Pasadena. This luncheon fund-raiser commemorated their 50th anniversary of service to children and the community.

Jack and Jill of America is a family organization whose motto is, providing cultural, social, civic and recreational activities that stimulate and expand the mind to enhance life. They hosted this $100 plate event with over 100 people in attendance. All funds raised would be donated to their charities of choice, one being the Brotherhood Crusade Youth Sports League, where many of the children who have participated in the program were in attendance with their parents who are members of this esteemed African-American organization.

The teen group of Jack and Jill Pasadena Chapter also donated $500 of their fund-raising money to the Brotherhood Crusade as well. Many of the teen group members have participated in the youth sports program and have graciously given back to help support an organization which gave them a start.

On February 24, 2007 the president of the Pasadena Chapter Ms. Kathy Chappell Dossert, Mrs. Debra Ward-Samad , Mrs. Pamela Gasper and Mrs. Gloria Leufroy presented Director, Victor J. McClinton with a check from the proceeds of the luncheon fund-raiser in the amount of $8,124.00, during the 2007 winter basketball championship games at Blair High School. The money’s received was used to purchase team uniforms for the basketball season. Jack and Jill of America Pasadena Chapter was the proud sponsor of this season’s basketball program.