Board of Directors
Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce
Pepi Jackson leads the RCBCC as the CEO/President. An award-winning business and social innovation leader, Pepi has been instrumental in increasing RCBCC’s programmatic impact by 80% and introduced new and important measures to demonstrate the holistic impact of the program. Under his tenure, RCBCC has gone from early stage start up to sustainable organization and is now a leader in the African American small business services in the Riverside County area.
Funding has increased by 90% thanks to the growth of existing and cultivating new partnerships and fundraising streams and geographic expansion of operations in Perris and Moreno Valley. Pepi has been recognized across multiple media and news outlets including The Edison Diversity program as a leader in social innovation.
Pepi brings over 20 years of leadership experience across both the for-profit and nonprofit sector. Prior to joining RCBCC, Pepi was a successful financial director in the Auto Industry for 20 years. “I’m honored to lead such a unique, dynamic growing organization” said Pepi. “You don’t have to be a business owner to feel the affect that we are making in our communities. Helping in a holistic manner is the reason why we continue to be successful.
Dr. Bobby E. Sheffield possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in the area of Psychology, a Master’s of Science degree in Psychology and he has been awarded a postgraduate degree (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology. These qualifications have prepared him to successfully manage personnel and implement a variety of service-oriented programs for mid to large corporations and Non-Profits, thereby qualifying him as a Contracts/Program Director for RCBCC’s Programs.
RCBCC and others have afforded him a wealth of experience in a variety of multicultural service oriented capacities where he has served in Executive and Senior Management roles for various Non-Profit Agencies. Dr. Sheffield serves on various Board of Directors for Companies, and is sought after as a Consultant and a Trainer of Trainers for small to medium Companies. He has a passion for teaching, as an Adjunct Professor for Los Angeles Trade Tech College and Compton Community College he taught Early Child Development. He has and continues to work in the African American/Black Communities which gives him a full understanding of that culture.
In the past 25 plus years, he has made a conscious effort to understand and appreciate the dominate cultures he works with and serves also; he has pledged Kappa Alpha Psi.
Dr. Sheffield says, “That he is excited to serve on the Board and be working for an African American Non-Profit that not only is transforming African-American small businesses, but bringing a holistic approach to the African-American Community, thereby changing lives through Economic Empowerment.”
Sylvia Jackson leads the Covered California Initiative for RCBCC as a Navigator Grantee. She is an Executive Director of the Covered California Initiative for the last five (5) years. Sylvia along with 32 other Certified Enrollment Counselors (CEC) has been successful in enrolling over 9500 new health insurance policy holders.
Prior to joining RCBCC, Sylvia worked for Apple One as an Executive Counselor, where she was responsible for obtaining job orders for Administrative positions. For 5 years, Sylvia was able to fill over 1500 job orders with qualified applicants resulting into 68% growth for Apple One.
Sylvia serves on 6 Boards in the Community. All of the Boards are Medical Related. Sylvia, along with her Community Partners, serve the “under-served.” Most of her duties demands Outreach Events and Workshops to assist those who need assistance for Healthcare, Housing and Job Development.
Sylvia Said, “I enjoy making a difference in other people lives and the rewards are in seeing the improvements in the Individuals lives. When our Communities are Healthier; the Economy is Stronger”.
Earl Dearing is a dedicated retired Marine. He severed in Vietnam with distinction. Earl has lived a life of service to his country and to his community. After more than twenty years Earl returned to civilian life. Earl used his undergraduate business degree from USC to open and build his own successful real estate brokerage firm, Dearing Brokerage. Earl served his community, by hiring and teaching young real estate agents on how to assist individuals and families in purchasing homes and businesses. Earl once again after many years of service tried his hand at retirement, only to realize he cannot sit still. Earl share with us his motto, “Once a Marine always a Marine.”
Earl agreed to become the Director of Veterans Services for the Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce. To serve his fellow veterans. Earl is accountable for managing and directing the management of our veterans’ activities services designed to assist young women and men veterans to re-establish themselves into civilian life. Earl is a consummate community servant and an outstanding community leader. He will be a great asset once again to his fellow vets. “Once a Marine always a Marine.”
Kamie Taylor is an Alumnus of the University of Redlands (U of R), where she received her B.S. in Business and she is a member of the Whitehead Leadership Society at U. of R. Kamie is also an Alumni of AmeriCorps Vista, where she served as a tutor and mentor at the San Bernardino Adult Learning Center, via Youth Action Project. She’s also a licensed insurance agent for the state of California and has been a peer counselor since middle school.
Kamie currently has her own business as a business consultant/resource and her focus is helping small to medium size businesses with implementing processes and ensuring they have the resources necessary for longevity and sustainability. She is currently one of the training consultants and workshop facilitators working with Buchanan & Associates in helping small businesses become business-ready and contract ready.
She is also currently the Director of Membership and Marketing for the Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, she worked for T-Mobile and Sprint as a Business Development Manager for 15 years. Her roles with those companies included Retail Management, Account Management, Sales, Dedicated Customer Service, Project Implementation Manager, Marketing, and Cash Management and Audits.
Kamie enjoys helping others succeed in business and in their personal lives. She has had a successful career of over 19 years in “Corporate America” and with the experience and skills she’s acquired over the years, she extends her knowledge to those she encounters. Kamie is married and a mother of two young men.
Vianca Sanchez has been with the Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce since 2017, now serving as a Financial Administrative Assistant. RCBCC gave Vianca the opportunity to utilize her BA in Business Administration and Management, where she started as a receptionist and has since moved to the financial department of the chamber.
Vianca is a valuable team player and has naturally gravitated to be an important part of RCBCC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program which offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, including persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Vianca also works with another key program of RCBCC which is Building Resilience in African American Families (BRAAF).
One on the reasons that Vianca likes about being a part of the various programs that the RCBCC has to serve it’s community is as how Vianca puts it, “We are doing more then just disseminating information we are helping people to change their lives for the better. I love helping people.”
Tammie Davis-Sheffield holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Child Development and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. Tammie is in dwelled in her Community as she has a passion and a drive to work with the young children and youth in the African American Community. She believes that if she can be a positive role model for one (1) child and influence their lives for the better, her job is complete. Tammie worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for over 15 years where she worked as a Supervising Campus Aide with the LAUSD School Police Division in various Middle and Senior High Schools within the District and a Director of Youth Services. She worked in the community of South Central Los Angeles where she founded and developed a Girls Mentoring Program and a Drill Team and drum Squad for girls between the ages of 9-15 and boys between the ages of 11-14. This Mentoring and Drill Team/Drum Squad was an outlet for the children involved. They participated in local parades and many Community Events.. Tammie ultimately opened and operated a successful Home-Based Family Child Care where she had to hire, train and develop staff in day to day operations of running a Child Care. She has cared for more than 100 children during her 20 years of operation. She also worked in various Group Homes throughout Los Angeles and Riverside Counties for teen males and pregnant females where she had to Counsel the youth and ensure their day programs were completed per their IEP’s.
Tammie continues her entrepreneurial spirit as she is Licensed Child Care Provider, a Licensed Life Insurance Agent, a MaryKay Consultant. She currently is a licensed life Insurance Agent for People Helping People (PHP); a Financial Marketing Organization that brokers for various insurance companies.
Tammie says, “Her extensive experience in Schools and Community Organizations will afford her the opportunity to bring value and support to RCBCC Board of Directors.