Executive Board of Directors
Special Angels Foundation
Oversight of the organization is provided by a volunteer Board of Directors who lend their time, talents and resources to the organization.
Day to day operations are led by Crystal Carpenter, who serves as volunteer Chair of the organization.
Founder & Chair
From October 1981 to June 1990, Crystal worked for Los Angeles Unified School District as a School Secretary then she enrolled in UCLA Extension program and became a Regional Occupational teacher. Later she moved to San Bernardino County and was hired as a Regional Occupational Teacher for Rialto Unified School District for 20 years. After that she was hired as a Multiple Subjects teacher for Yucaipa Calimesa Unified School District and worked as an Alternative Educational teacher. Presently, she worked as a Special Education and General Education teacher for the Juvenile Detention Center in San Bernardino, California. Crystal's recent retirement will allow her to dedicate more time towards supporting our special needs community.
Crystal background and experience in teaching along with personnel procedures have equipped her with a wealth of knowledge in the education institution. She provides academic instruction to At-Risk students experiencing academic, behavioral and/or social deficits. She develops teaching methods and instructional materials appropriate to the needs of the students.
In addition, she provides education services to special education students that assess students’ needs to implement program and academic goals. Also she works with methodologies and programs for disabled children with behavioral issues.
Crystal has a Bachelor in Vocational Education and a Master in Education from Cal State University, San Bernardino. She is a dual credential teacher holding a Multiple Subjects and Special Education teaching credentials. She also provides direct instruction in the core academic content areas to assist students in successfully returning to a regular education environment once they are released from Juvenile.
Crystal has always loved working with challenging students assisting them in learning and developing academically, and to graduate from high school. Crystal’s goal is she would like to further her experience in building a non-profit Special Angels foundation to help individual with disability thrive and grow independently and become a lifelong learner.
Crystal is the proud grandparent of grandchildren with special needs.
Co-Founder & Vice-Chair
In November 1989, Gary joined the Los Angeles Fire Department where he started his career as a Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician where he served with integrity and pride. After 4 years as a Firefighter, Gary promoted to the position of Fire Inspector. The Fire inspector promotion allowed him to develop his communication, organization and public relation skills. These traits allow Gary to better serve the public. In 2010, Gary promoted to Fire Captain where he is currently able to educate the public about fire life safety. In his position as Captain, he understands the importance of teamwork, compassion and confidence. Gary's recent retirement will allow him to dedicate more time supporting children with special needs.
Gary’s background and experience in public service along with his entrepreneurial endeavors has given him a working knowledge of the public needs. In 2000, Gary started a Video Surveillance company that is still in existence today. This experience has been valuable because it has given Gary the opportunity to understand the business climate and provide technical guidance to the general public. He has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Santa Clara.
Gary has always loved working with the public in all capacities. He has always prided himself with exhibiting integrity, kindness and compassion for those who are striving to achieve independence.
Gary is the proud grandparent of grandchildren with special needs.
Gary V. Lett
Executive Board Member
Gary V. Lett has been a working artist for over 37 years. His artistic experience range from graphic design, illustration, sculpture to making custom ceramic tile murals. Many of his most joyous moments come when working with and teaching aspiring artists from kindergarten to adults.
For over 18 years, Lett’s career focus has been in education: directing After-School children art programs and teaching ceramic art. Currently, he is an advanced hand-building and sculpture instructor at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) located in Pomona, CA. He is also a drawing and painting instructor at the Inland Conservatory for the Performing Artists (ICPA) in Ontario, CA . Lett recently finished and installed a 16 ft. 9 inch by 9 feet ceramic tile mural which took three years to complete. He thanks the upper classmen at Foothill Country Day School in Claremont who worked hand-in-hand with him to make the project come to fruition.
Intuitively, cultural diversity and appreciation is keystone in his approach to teaching. Lett’s mantra is, “Art is the glue which binds the fiber of society together, although, sometime loose and sometime tight.”
Lett is credited as the third artist to be commissioned by the city of Monrovia, CA to erect a new art memorial paying homage to Monrovia residents whose lives made an indelible impact in the city.
His abilities in the art realm are varied and he works in various media: curator, staging, and prop building. He paints in oil, acrylic, and water color. One of his major goals is to create more public art installations.
Gary Lett is married to Lisha, his bride of over thirty-nine years, and they have two sons and eight grand-children. He is a native of Pomona, California.
Executive Board Member
Carol Dubois, a native of Pasadena, is a retired United States Postal Service employee. Just short of 33 years of service, Carol served as supervisor to the letter carriers and the clerks, and also as secretary to the Postmaster.
Carol received her Associate Arts degree from Pasadena City College and also attended California State University Los Angeles where she majored in Business Administration.
Carol is a member of Loveland Church, in Fontana, where she uses her gifts of administration and helps in various ministries, from office support to outreach ministries. Carol has a heart for those who are physically impaired and disabled. Carol is a mother of four and grandmother of nine.
Esther Alexander has been an entrepreneur for more than 45 years in the Inland Empire and Los Angeles areas. She has been a licensed tax preparer for more than 30 years. Her areas of expertise cover a wide range, including typesetting and printing needs, event decorating, DVD presentations; she calls herself “Secretary Plus.” With a genuine desire to help and serve, which are her gifts, Esther manages to get the job done, when and where necessary.
Esther proudly serves as Secretary for Special Angels Foundation, Inc.. She is a member of National Council of Negro Women, Inc.., The Rialto Black History Committee, Inc., and Decades of Excellence, Inc. a social club. She has served as Board Member and Secretary of the Center for the Empowerment of Families, Inc., a non-profit organization. In addition she has served as Treasurer for Temple Missionary Baptist Church.
Esther is a 30-year member of Loveland Church in Fontana where she has served in many ministries and is presently active in the Adult Choir and Bereavement Ministry.
Esther is a wife of 32 years, mother of three, grandmother of six, and loves nothing more than her family time. Nothing makes Esther happier than helping to meet the needs of others.
Sebrenia Hogue Burt
Executive Board Member
Sebrenia Burt has been a Postal Worker for 34 years, a part time Traffic Officer for the City of Los Angels since 2011 and a seasonal worker at the Los Angels County Fair since 2016. She will be retiring from all her employments in order to dedicate more of her time to Special Angel Foundation.
She is a member of Loveland Church since 2007. Participated in several ministries such as Theater, Heath Ministry related to Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer, Prayer Room and the first and only woman in the Wall Ministry.
She is no stranger dealing with disabilities. Her sister were born with seizure disorder and a granddaughter diagnosed with high functional Autism. Spending precious time with her granddaughter has taught her so much about Autism and how to love past anyone disability.
One of her favorite past time is riding her bike she named, "Pinky". Bre and "Pinky" has a comedic relationship. Keeping people laughing about the little things in life.
Sebrenia believes the best thing God ever created were grandkids and a heart to love.