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Antoinette Laudermilk
Board Member

Antoinette “Toni” Laudermilk,

Non Profit/Literacy Expert and Advisor

Secretary and Director of Marketing

A creative thinker with 30 years of experience as a life-long learner, community builder and nonprofit leader with a passion for children and education who, for the past 11 years, has served as Executive Director of the Center for LifeLong Learners, a 45-year old nonprofit afterschool program located in the Historic West Adams community of Mid-City Los Angeles.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNERS, Los Angeles, CA 2002-Present

Transitioned small grassroots agency into a quality community-based organization serving youngsters who are failing in school with a 90% success rate of transforming those youngsters into academic achievers and through our SAT Prep program prepared 300 students for college.

Played key role in leading board and staff through transitioning the organization from its former identity, the Remedial Reading and Learning Center, into a name change and an updated mission and vision.

Secured funding for strategic planning in 2005 and engaged key stakeholders in strategic plan review in 2009. Strengthened the infrastructure with updated technology, tracking system and financial reporting, improved programs and collaborative partnerships.

Conducted quality outreach program to secure internships, service learning opportunities, consulting teams and research with University of Southern California, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles City College, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Santa Barbara, Loyola

University and Mt. St. Mary’s Graduate School of Education.

Secured sustainability with the development of a fee for service strategy, space rental opportunities for outside organizations, development of in-kind giving program, secured new individual donors and increased foundation and corporate support.

Creating organization’s first legacy gift campaign.

Developed the Bobby Lee Christopher Educational Fund to fundraise for special education teachers to provide service to learning disabled youth.

Created leadership programs to recognize parents who are developing advocacy skills to support their children’s learning.

Introduced Motheread reading program to engage non-English speaking parents in the skill of reading to grow into community leaders and champions for their children’s education.

Built CLLL into a high-impact organization as recognized by Pepperdine University; showcased panelist at the Collaborations Conference hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Management and featured in two news articles regarding Quality Collaborations and Partnerships for the Executive

Service Corps of Southern California newsletter; featured in the L.A. Works

Newsletter regarding volunteerism and its impact in our community; and nominated as a California Community Foundation Unsung Hero.

Alumni of the City Scholars After School Foundation; member, After School Alliance; member, California After School Network STEM Committee (CAN); member, California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC).

Board Experience:

Remedial Reading and Learning Center

Watts Repertory Company

Center for LifeLong Learners

AWARDS: Helen Ramey Leadership Award – December 25, 2013