Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Mike Jones

Executive Director

Bio:  Mike grew up in the south-west corner of Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln receiving B.A. in Geology and a Masters in Secondary Education and Teaching before moving to California.  After teaching high school science in both Stockton and Elk Grove, Mike and a vice principal, Dr. Hasan Abdulmalik, created the Courageous Connection Program.  In 2010, Mike was presented the Foster Care Change of a Lifetime Award at the California Capitol Kick-Off for National Foster Care Month.  That same year, Courageous Connection applied for non-profit status.  Mike continues to work for the Elk Grove School District as an on-site foster youth resource teacher as well as working directly with current and former foster youth through Courageous Connection.

Jason Smith


Traci Dotson

Vice President

 A. Jones

Financial Officer

Mario Garcia


Honorary Members

Hasan Abdulmalik


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