Maria L. Arakaki serves as the CEO of the Center.
Ms. Arakaki had been in the community banking industry for over 25 years, of which, she held various executive management positions for 15 years, including being a founding member of a community bank in Newport Beach.
She served as a board member of the American Red Cross, Orange County Chapter, from 2009 to 2010, and Treasurer / board member of the Council on Aging of Orange County from 2011 through 2014. Currently she volunteers as a mentor at the Olive Crest and a career coach at WHW (Women Helping Women and Men to Work).
Ms. Arakaki also practices small business and life coaching. She earned her B.A. Degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton and was a Certified Public Accountant from 1985 through 2009.
Kelvin J. Sun, Esq. serves as Program Director for the Center.
A graduate of UCLA’s School of Law and a licensed attorney in California, Kelvin’s areas of practice include business law and commercial real estate transactions. During his time at UCLA, Kelvin was an active member of the Asian and Pacific Islander Law Student Association (APILSA).
Before joining with the Center, Kelvin volunteered for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, promoting access to healthcare for low-income clients by appealing claims denials to state authorities and advising clients on Medicare and Medi-Cal program eligibility requirements.
Kelvin graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2010 with degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. His hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, and cooking.
Dr. Bruce E. Sands serves as a board member for the Center.
Dr. Sands also serves as the Medical Director for the LAUGHH Foundation with the purpose of providing medical and pharmaceutical assistance in Columbia.
Previously, Dr. Sands practiced emergency medicine in various hospitals from 1979 until retiring from the practiced of emergency medicine in 2013 and was a partner in two emergency medicine group practices. The majority of his career was spent in Illinois where he also served as the alternate medical director of the North Lake County Emergency Medical System from 2004-2008. Dr. Sands served on the Illinois Department of Public Health EMS/ Trauma Advisory Council through a Gubernatorial appointment. He also Co-chaired the Tactical Emergency Medicine Subcommittee.
Organizations where Dr. Sands volunteered his medical services include Hands Across the Americas Medical Humanitarian Mission in Bucaramanga, Colombia and Global Health Ministry, a Catholic charities organization, Medical Humanitarian Missions to remote areas of Peru.
From 1999 through 2013, Dr. Sands served as an instructor for American Heart Association courses.
Dr. Sands received his bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Howard University College of Medicine.
Everett K. Sands serves as a board member and secretary for the Center.
Mr. Sands also serves as a Board Member and owner of MCB Real Estate LLC, and CEO and board member of MMC, LLC.
From March 2010 to October 2014, Mr. Sands served as an Assistant Vice President – Sales Leader at Wells Fargo. His market covered both the Washington, DC metro area and Orange County, CA. In 2013, he ranked in the top 3% in the company with an origination volume of over $472M.
From June 2008 to March 2010, Mr. Sands served as a Vice President at Advance Bank, a consumer bank in Baltimore, MD which was acquired by MECU of Baltimore.
Prior to this, he served as President, Madison Funding, Inc., a regional commercial and residential lending firm from November of 2000 until June of 2008. (Madison was acquired by Advance Bank).
He currently serves as a Board Advisor to the Asian Real Estate Association for Orange County, CA and is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Mr. Sands past organizations and memberships include Big Brother, Big Sister, board member of federally chartered bank, multiple bank committees between 3 banking institutions and over 16 years in lending including origination, servicing and underwriting.
Mr. Sands holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jocelyn “ Joy” C. Bramble serves as a board member of the Center.
Armed with a PC, $732.00 and a passion to tell the real stories— the positive stories— about African Americans, Joy Bramble pledged to produce a newspaper that would immortalize the achievements, events, and proud moments of a people who were often depicted through negative imagery via the media. The Baltimore Times was birthed on her kitchen table at 1800 Madison Street in November 1986. Starting out as a monthly publication, the Baltimore Times soon became a newspaper its readers couldn’t do without. Readers depended on it for truthful reporting, articles about their neighbors, family and friends, and quite often themselves. Taking a bold step, the next month she decided to publish the paper weekly.
As the Times grew in popularity and gained unwavering loyalty and respect amongst its readers (who also shared the paper with others who lived in other regions of the state), she realized that an expansion was in order. Over time, she published The Annapolis Times, The Shore Times, The Prince George’s County Times, and The Baltimore County Times.
Today, readers enjoy The Baltimore Times, The Annapolis Times, and The Prince George’s County Times newspapers, as well as a host of events and activities such as Health Expos, educational forums, workshops and seminars directed toward communities most affected by the disparities in healthcare, business, finance, and other areas that impact the quality of life.
In 1998, Joy created Times Community Services, Inc., a 501(c) (3) organization was established to further carry out The Baltimore Times mission as a community builder, as well as to channel the philanthropic work and funds the newspaper has contributed to Maryland’s communities over the years. Designed to proliferate charitable giving of time, funds, and advocacy toward health and educational endeavors, Times Community Services, Inc. partners with organizations and corporations through various innovative and creative projects to help create better informed, healthy, self-sufficient, proactive citizens.
P. David Bramble serves as a board member for CSES.
Mr. Bramble was the founder and Managing Partner of MCB Real Estate, LLC., a commercial real estate firm started in 2007 with over 25 commercial real estate assets totaling over 5 million square feet.
Mr. Bramble also serves as the Chairman of the governing board of MMC, LLC., a Community Development Financial Institution located in Brea, CA, a board member for the Brown School of Business, leadership role in Stevenson University, a board member of the Foundation Board of at the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, the former Commissioner on the Maryland Racing Commission, and a board member of multiple real estate and non-real estate related charitable organizations.
Mr. Bramble received his Bachelor of Arts from the Princeton University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.