Board of Directors


Anitha T. Mitchell, M.D.

Dr. Mitchell is a native Texan. She attended the University of Texas in Galveston and completed post-graduate training at UCLA. She is married with two adult children. Dr. Mitchell is a life-long champion for the rights of the poor and under-served across all age groups. She is especially interested in the well-being of young children and helping them reach their full potential.

In her free time, she can be found at the newest trendy restaurant with hubby or friends enjoying their company. Dr. Mitchell is also an avid reader.


D. Kenneth Shelton
Retired Educator

Kenneth Shelton is a retired Deputy Superintendent from the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Prior to his retirement, he was a Vice Chairman on the San Jose Redevelopment Agency Successor Agency Oversight Board and held a seat representing the Santa Clara County Board of Education. Mr. Shelton also worked for the Rand Corporation’s Organizational Development Department.

Mr. Shelton is married with two adult children. In his spare time, he engages in fly fishing and other recreational activities as well as volunteering for charitable programs.


Anjetta Bowles
Retired County Administrator

Anjetta Venters-Bowles has over 20 years of experience as a senior manager with the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD). Ms. Venters-Bowles began her career with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) on October 1, 2010, as a Division Chief in the Bureau of Workforce Services (BWS). She was Chief In-Charge of BWS starting September 2011, and was appointed Assistant Director for BWS in April 2012. As Assistant Director, she plans, organizes, and directs all operations of the bureau, the largest in the department with over 10,000 employees and 47 offices located throughout Los Angeles County.

Ms. Venters-Bowles has a BS degree from the University of the Pacific, and completed the MBA program at Cal State University Los Angeles. She is married with two adult children.

In her free time, she is involved in community and civic organizations that focus on youth development and programming.


Ernesto Solis
Senior Field Clinical Specialist

Ernesto “Ernie” Solis is employed with Biotronik Inc., promoting and selling medical products and services. He is responsible for on-going field intelligence reports on competitive activity, changes in markets, distribution pricing, managing time and assets in a cost effective manner.

He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Management.

He loves to share his knowledge and experience with future leaders as well as inspiring, educating and serving as a role model to the youth.


Carla Murphy
Program Manager

Carla Murphy is currently employed with The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, where she has served for the past five years as a Program Manager in the Division of HIV and STD Programs. She is responsible for monitoring, evaluating and day to day management of partnerships with community based organizations.

Ms. Murphy brings to the Board over ten years’ experience managing non-profit community programs in a range of service areas including: Case Management, Education, Gang Intervention, Recreation, Senior Services, and Housing Assistance Programs. She has commensurate experience developing and implementing Medicaid start-up operations and managing health services contracts including Medicare, Medi-Cal, Healthy Kids, Health Families and IHSS programs.

Ms. Murphy was the first Program Manager for the Rita D. Walters Learning Complex, serving in that capacity for four years. She is delighted to give back to the community by joining the Board of The Children’s Collective, Inc.

Ms. Murphy’s hobbies include travel, reading, antique shopping and professional sports events.


Kellilyn Porter
Assistant City Attorney

Kellilyn Porter serves as an Assistant City Attorney, leading the Claims and Risk Management Division of the City Attorney’s Office. Kellilyn is a graduate of both UCLA undergraduate school and the School of Law. She started her practice with the firm of Sheppard Mullin, focusing on business litigation and government contracts. After 13 years with that firm, she became senior counsel with Northrop Grumman where she spent 5 years handling internal and government investigations, with a particular focus on risk assessment and mitigation.

When Kellilyn is not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and traveling.


Wil Bryant
Medical Device Sales Executive

Wil Bryant received his received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from California State University Northridge He also has an MBA from the University of Southern California. The father of two adult children, Erika and Drew, he also enjoys traveling and spending time with parents and family on the East Coast.

In his free time, he enjoys playing golf. Wil is also a diehard Lakers, Cowboys and Yankees fan

Jackie Kimbrough (1)

Jackie Kimbrough, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Dr. Kimbrough is Founding Director of The Children’s Collective, Inc., a non-profit California corporation which has provided comprehensive educational and family support services to children and families in Los Angeles since 1972. As a UCLA graduate student, her interest in improving life outcomes for children led her to found The Children’s Collective, Inc. One of the largest human services corporations in South Los Angeles, The Children’s Collective, Inc. serves more than 13,000 children, youth and adults in Child Development, Youth Development, Family Support and Health programs. Program services are provided at 13 Los Angeles locations.

Jackie Kimbrough received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology (with a minor in German) from the University of Texas at Austin (1968) and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles (1974). In 2007, she completed the Executive Program in Management at the Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California at Los Angeles.

In her spare time, Dr. Kimbrough enjoys watching Sci-Fi movies, reading, traveling and dining with friends.