Better Decisions Better Choices Reentry Services Inc
Cognitive Educational Reentry Services Program
Housing & Job Skill Training & Placement Program
Board of Directors
2022 - Present
Damon Cooke (Vice President)
2022 - Present
As someone who fought the fight for freedom for 30 years, the internal information I hold is invaluable. To anyone who truly seeks to and understand what goes on behind the walls of prison, emotionally, physically and mentally I welcome your inquisitiveness. I have a need to right a wrong. I am driven to eradicate recidivism. I am tired of seeing the same men return to prison time after time. When the pain is too great to ignore, I am driven to not simply stand by, but to DO something to change the lives and culture of those I am entrusted to serve.
Lashawn Raybon (Secretary)
With over 25 years of experience in private, public, and nonprofit sectors as an executive assistant, and a track record of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure and diverse environments. LaShawn skillfully manages administrative duties and client relations for her colleagues.
As Executive Assistant to the Board, she ensures the smooth operation of office management, social media marketing, customer care and billing, meeting planning, scheduling, training and documenting and maintaining office processes, efficient handling of client inquires, consultations, and timely access to the Board as required. LaShawn also provides support in researching ongoing professional development, training workshops, and seminar presentations. Lashawn's ability to detail in her reporting/recording are immeasurable. BDBC is truly fortunate to have a woman of LaShawn's caliber on our TEAM.
Mrs. Johnson is a distinguished graduate from Haas School of Business (University of California - Berkeley) where she received her MBA in Finance. Upon graduating Mrs. Jackson secured employment as a bank teller for Bank of America. Through the 30 years of employment in the banking industry, she has gained the knowledge, insight, and understanding of every facet of the banking institution. This wisdom has allowed her to serve as Bank Manager for the past 25 years. Through these many years she has been able to give financial support and advise that has changed the lives of many. Her strong desire to help those in need has led her to our organization. We here at BDBC are extremely blessed and fortunate to have such a wise and compassionate individual that not only brings years of financial experience and expertise but a heart of passion and love to help those we are entrusted to serve.
Rachelle Dizon is a self-proclaimed product of the Bay Area. She grew up in Vallejo, CA but has lived in different cities of the bay for over 40 years. During that time, she has earned a wealth of experience working in wide range of industries such as healthcare, real estate, finance, and hospitality. Rachelle gained insight into working with people from different cultural backgrounds while working in the physical rehab industry. Rachelle has worked as a loan officer, real estate agent, tax preparer, and reentry/homeless services in Solano County. She credits her knack for organization as the key to her effectiveness in all that she does. Rachelle currently serves as the Family Services Manager for Solano Habitat for Humanity
Leonard Rubio is the Executive Director of Insight Prison Project. (IPP). While incarcerated at San Quentin. Leonard created the Responsibility, Rehabilitation, & Restoration Interfaith Roundtable to promote restorative justice by including prisoners and volunteers from many faith and ethnic backgrounds to work together. Leonard was a participant in many of IPP's programs including the second cohort of the Victim Offender Education Group, became an inside facilitator for many programs, upon release in 2010 would speak on behalf of IPP. and served as a Board Member for seven years prior to being named Executive Director in 2018.
Courtney Robinson 2021 - Present
Courtney Robinson was born and raised in the bay area by a single mother of five. At an early age she was introduced to a mentorship program that paired economically disadvantage children with college students. By the third grade she knew she wanted to attend college. Courtney was the first in her family to attend and graduate college. She received two bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science from San Francisco State University. She went on to work for several international Law firms. Witnessing the transformation of Clifford Parker rekindled her desire to help those in our community that are in need. Currently Courtney is a stay at home mother of two twin boys who has just begun school.