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After attending the awards dinner Melvin had expressed an interest in the workings of the West Hollywood, Family and Youth Center, but more importantly felt he could offer some expertise in expanding their community outreach to include legal-aid and financial services. He had knowledge and experience in both areas within the non-profit arena so there was no one better to give guidance.
Once Tina was comfortable with Melvin as a changed man, she introduced him into her business world. She was employed as the Executive Director supervising the day to day operations and procuring funding for projects mainly through grants and private donations. She reported up to Oscar Vazquez the Managing Director who was fiscally responsible for the entire organization.
Melvin accompanied Tina to the center on her last day of work before starting maternity leave, the purpose of which was to meet with Oscar, and two of the associate directors. Tina arranged for a tour of the facilities for Melvin led by Pat Jergeuns who would be covering Tina’s maternity leave and Hilma Santos who would play a key role in the outreach that Melvin was proposing. The three ended the tour at Tina’s office where she briefed her father-in-law on the merits of the campaign for quality education project for which she had secured the Peabody grant, the largest in the Peabody Foundation’s history that earned her the recognition.
Melvin listened intently and asked thoughtful questions as Tina explained that the venture would benefit K through 6th grade kids from all socio-economic situations by putting them in a community outreach program to teach literacy and critical thinking. Being a strong advocate of quality higher education, Melvin praised Tina’s foresight in getting children into the program at an early age to set the foundation for excellence later in life.
Oscar’s assistant buzzed Tina to let her know he was on the way, so they moved to the conference room down the hall. As they entered the room, to the left against the wall was a sideboard set up with water bottles, coffee, tea and morning snacks. Everyone helped themselves to a beverage and small snack.
Five seats at the table had a 2-inch, three ring binder with several printed documents inserted in protective sleeves placed in front of them. Melvin nodded with a smirk when he saw the name of his law firm and the foundation printed on the title page through the clear plastic cover. In preparation for the meeting, Oscar had asked Hilma to do research on Porter, Madison & Associates and their philanthropic branch called the PMA Foundation.