Board Of Directors
Peter F. Bostic, Foundation Director, Founding Member
Peter has more than 30 years of experience with nonprofit management and higher education fundraising and marketing. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Physical Education from UC Santa Barbara and was hired by the Southside YMCA as their first Health and Physical Education Director where he helped to build the Weingart YMCA and Aquatic Center in South-Central Los Angeles in 1984. He raised several million dollars for scholarships and the capital campaign to renovate the Santa Ana College Tessmann Planetarium. As Executive Director of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation, he conceived the “Yellow Brick Road” program endowment campaign that raised one million dollars to endow the Family Learning Center at Long Beach’s Mark Twain Library. At Leadership Long Beach, he launched an annual support campaign and provided oversight to the Connected Corridor project which transformed the Long Beach Atlantic Corridor and created a blueprint for grass-roots community building.
He is a human rights/education advocate committed to strengthening families through education, health, and philanthropic partnerships. As a communication specialist, he employs group work principles to improve human relations, communications, and reduce education gaps between communities.
Santa Ana College named him Manager of the Year in 2002. Mayor Miguel Pulido, declared September 25, 2002 “Peter F. Bostic” day for his contributions to the City of Santa Ana and his accomplishments as President of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana. In 2010 he was named Long Beach NAACP Man of the Year, received the 100 Black Men of Long Beach Leadership Award, and State Senator Isador Hall III Outstanding Community Service Award. Mayor Bob Foster presented him the Connected Corridor Leadership Award in 2011.
John F. Cooke, Sr., Founding Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Representative
John F. Cooke, Sr. has successfully demonstrated a relentless pursuit to improve public education in a 30-year span of service, an adamant commitment to community service, and a staunch supporter of performing arts.
John’s pursuit to improve public education by bringing together all of education’s stakeholders was strongly influenced by his professional association with the Dr. James P. Comer Institute training received from Yale University’s Child Study Program. Skills acquired enabled him to successfully manage a school site multi-funded budget exceeding one million dollars, a staff of ninety-five certificated teachers, fifteen paraprofessionals, 1,200 students of diverse academic, economic, primary language, and emotional needs. Under his leadership four active parent organizations were maintained resulting in district and National Elementary School Association special recognition. Awards received while serving in the educational arena include Marcus Foster Educator of The Year, Alameda County Public Health Recipient, Patrick Daley Comer Educator Award.
John’s community commitment includes current service as an Oakland Museum of California History Docent, Board Director and Interim President of the prestigious Young Musicians Orchestra and Choral Board
Jeraldine “Jerri” Lange, Founding Member, Lange Family Representative
Jerri is one of the founding directors of The Michael F. Lange Foundation, and she is also the mother of Michael Lange, for whom the Foundation was created just after his passing. She is an award-winning journalist, professor, educator, and speaker, and is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s first black television talk show hosts. She has broken barriers with her groundbreaking work in television and other areas. From 1969 to 1979, she hosted community-minded television programs on KEMO, KBHK, KGO, and KQED where she became the first black woman to host a national talk show, Turnabout, and where she served on the Board. While at KQED, she was honored by the American Women in Radio and Television as “The Outstanding Broadcaster of the Year.”
Jerri was the first woman president of the Board of the American Lung Association of San Francisco, and she also served on the Boards of the Oakland Symphony; the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties; and is currently the general manager of internationalmediatv.com, an organization that covers and broadcasts important social and political events. She was a professor of Broadcast Communications Arts at San Francisco State University, and she also lectured a graduate class in Communications at Stanford University.
She has interviewed megastars like Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Rock Hudson, heads of state and government, historians, activists, politicians, and others. She worked as editorial secretary and special correspondent in Africa for the San Francisco Chronicle; and as a writer, producer, and host at KHET-TV in Hawaii, where she also published a unique multicultural magazine Amberstar. Jerri cares deeply for our word and believes we can use media to bring us together rather than to tear us apart by neutralizing negative stereotypes and messages that pollute our airwaves.
Doris has a tough no-nonsense attitude. Her message is simple: doing time should not include family members and should not include double punishment. Her method for spreading this message is through her company, Saidiana Productions. Her hope is to spread the message to the entire country. Saidiana is Swahili for help each other. The work of Saidiana is rooted in the South African Ubuntu philosophy that speaks to the reality that one cannot exist as a human being in isolation. It expresses our interconnectedness. Through a series of books, films, radio, television productions, fundraisers, a get-busy movement, other services and products, she is committed to bringing about a nationwide change in the way we deal with the formerly incarcerated and their families.
Doris learned from her academic parents to live in the service of others. She attended Savannah State University where she majored in music education. A classical pianist, she moved from performance to the classroom, teaching music in the Savannah public schools. Now, her goal is to help youth develop an appreciation for the arts.
She moved to California and worked in various marketing and public relations positions. She returned to school and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education from Bakersfield College, in 1984. While in Bakersfield, California, she developed Agapeland Christian Childcare Center preschool, which is still in operation today as a pre-K through six-grade academy.
Soon after arriving in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989, she found her calling while working at the Santa Rita Correctional Facility in Alameda County for a program that provides incarcerated individuals contact visits with their children. She has worked at Family Support Services of the Bay Area in Oakland, California, served as the administrator of a childcare program for Alameda County, worked in a family preservation program helping families build upon their strengths and remain intact and helped to develop and oversee a transformative mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents who are often called children of promise.
With little more than a burning desire to get people moving to support the formerly incarcerated and their families, she developed a script for what would become her first feature length documentary, STAINS: Changing Lives After Incarceration. The film premiered at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City in 2011. She has also authored a book titled A Soiled Identity: From Triumph to Tragedy and Back Again.
Dr. Pettis Perry, ED.D., President, Founding Member
Pettis was recruited by Jeraldine Lange (mother of Michael F. Lange) to serve as the Foundation’s first president because of his nonprofit leadership expertise and his long relationship with Michael Lange and the Lange family. In addition to being a close personal friend, he was also a colleague and consulting partner with Michael Lange; and is a fellow member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He is one of seven founding members and incorporators of the Michael F. Lange Foundation.
Currently, he serves as a full time faculty member at a major global university. His areas of expertise include organization behavior, leadership, group dynamics, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, budgeting, board development, and marketing. His research interests include transformative leadership, brain dominance, group dynamics and organization theory, human behavior, the impact of organization culture on productivity, and diversity and inclusion.
Prior to entering academia in 1999, he spent 30 years in nonprofit organizations rising through the ranks to become an executive leader while also working as a consultant/trainer providing technical assistance (TA) to nonprofit organizations, schools (mostly public), and small businesses. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science (emphasis research), a Masters in Nonprofit Administration (emphasis marketing), and a Doctorate of Education in Organization and Leadership (emphasis nonprofit organizations).
His life mission is to assist individuals and organizations to maximize their potentialities. His life mantra remains “Don’t stop at good. Go for great!” He is an activist who is deeply passionate about social change, social justice, and peace.
Cheryl Perry League, Nominating and Personnel Committee Chair
Cheryl is currently the President and CEO of the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce (OAACC). The Chamber serves as a leader advocating for access to business opportunities in the private and public sectors for the African American business community representing members through engagement of their business interests to accelerate economic viability in and for the City of Oakland. She served as Director of Equal Opportunity for the Port of Oakland implementing programs for minority and women owned businesses including local and impact area businesses as well as the FAA Disadvantage Enterprise Program at Oakland International Airport. Her responsibilities included programs for applicants, employees, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Cheryl is currently the National Chair of the Economic Empowerment Committee for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) and President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Oakland Bay Area Chapter. She has held other leadership positions in the community such as National President of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA),1st Vice President, State of California Association of Equal Rights Professionals (CAERP), and Chair of the Association’s Conferences and Fund Development Committee. She also represented CAERP at the California State Personnel Board whose mission was to review all of the training materials for the State’s Civil Rights Employees. She served as a Board Member for East Oakland Transit Village and the Businesses Services Committee for the Workforce Investment Board.
Cheryl continues her commitment to small businesses by serving as a member of the Steering Committee of the Bay Area Business Roundtable and has maintained her membership with the League of Women Voters, National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the California Association of Equal Rights Professionals. She has served with distinction as Commissioner for the Human Relations and Civil Service Commissions of Alameda County and received a fellowship to participate in Leadership Internship Programs such as the Community Invest Program sponsored by Coro Foundation, San Francisco and Leadership America, Washington, DC.
Cheryl has completed holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development at the University of San Francisco, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Studies from San Francisco State University, and an Associate degree in Science from Merritt College.
Dr. Cherif Sidialicherif, Member at Large
Cherif is an expert in global business, international relations, global leadership and international development driving business growth and teaching effective management techniques in corporate and university settings. He is a professional linguist who excels at bridging cultural and national gaps. As a consultant on diversity and leadership, he has a demonstrated success in managing conflict and building consensus in a multicultural environment. As a public speaker and trainer, Professor Cherif excels at presenting to diverse audiences and teams. He has a history of successful collaboration with senior business leaders, government, and community agencies.
Carmen Stone, Secretary, Founding Member
Carmen is a public relations professional providing services to entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and multi-billion dollar international corporations. She has supported chief executive officers, presidents, vice presidents, directors, and boards of trustees for a variety of organizations. One of the presidents she supported was a former assistant secretary of defense and a US ambassador. She has worked in public affairs and marketing departments and has handled high-level events honoring prime ministers, foreign and US political dignitaries, and musicians. She collaborated with Michael and Jerri on a number of projects and handled the PR for several of their events, including Michael’s plays and Jerri’s special events and book signings. She has also worked as writer, editor, and assistant editor on several publications, including annual reports, project lists, and newsletters.
As a marketing specialist for an international heavy civil engineering organization, she was affiliated with projects to retrofit the Golden Gate Bridge, construct the Colorado River Bridge-The Hoover Dam Bypass, and other important US infrastructure projects. Carmen has handled internal and external communications and presentations; designed one sheets, brochures, and posters; worked with Secretaries of State to process corporate licensure and annual reports; and created outstanding newsletters and publications, including her entertainment and inspirational e-newsletter, Carmen’s Connections.
Carmen is also a multi-media abstract and contemporary artist who enjoys creating vibrant paintings, greeting cards, and other creations. Her colorful musical abstract, JazzNtheCity, is featured on the cover of Bay Area Smooth Jazz guitarist’s CD, R James ~ Elizabeth’s Dream.
Carmen is one of the founding members and incorporators of The Michael F. Lange Foundation. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board of the Foundation. Like her fellow board members, she is dedicated to social change, social justice, and peace. She believes that all of us can make a difference in people’s lives—one person at a time!
Other Members of the Board of Directors
John Cooke, Alpha Phi Alpha Representative, Founding Member
Fred Jackson, Treasurer
Darrell Ovid, Founding Member
Dr. Anita Smith, Ph.D., Founding Member
Jeffrey Slough, Website and Internet Security Administrator, Founding Member