Frank I. Igwealor is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Poverty Solutions, a 501(c) 3 California nonprofit community economic development organization serving various depressed communities of California. Mr. Igwealor has over 23 years of experience in community development operation, business management consulting, business operation management, accounting, finance, fiscal planning, and investments management, through years he worked for Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services, SDI Media Group, OSI Systems, Inc., and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Igwealor has been the President and CEO of P-Solutions since 2008. Mr. Igwealor is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM). He is a California licensed Real Estate Broker. In the past 11 years, Frank has been a NASD (series 7, 63, 65) licensed financial professional with Empire Securities, Morgan Stanley, and HD Vest Securities. Mr. Igwealor’s professional education includes double major in Accounting and Economics; MBA in Finance from CalState University Dominquez Hills; and Juris Doctor (JD) from Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles. Over the years, Mr. Igwealor has led many successful large-scale program benefiting families and communities from his works at Morgan Stanley, OSI Systems, Inc., SDI Media Group, Urban Legends Stadium, Inc., and Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services.
Rita P. Gatewood, PhD, Chief Program Officer: Ms. Gatewood has over three decades of experience as a national and international educator and researcher. She has extensive expertise in service to underserved populations of: abused children, women and older adults; victims of AIDS, prostate cancer, substance abuse, unemployment, homelessness, poverty and other social & political injustices. Over the past two decades, Gatewood has been engaged in the design, development and implementation of numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations and businesses and is a published researcher; program developer, grant writer and fund raiser. Over the years she has taught and conducted research at the: University of Michigan-AA, where she earned a PhD & MA in Sociology (Health & Aging); University of Missouri-KC, where she earned a MA & AB in Sociology (H & A and Deviant Behaviors); Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she held the post of Manager of the Survey Research Unit; and Washington University-STL.
Ausanta Nebbitt, Operation Manager: Ms. Nebbitt is an experienced operations manager that has overwhelmingly impacted the organizations and populations that she has served over the past fifteen years. She has spearheaded several special projects at multiple corporations which led to total savings of over $500,000 in one year as a result of her expertise. Mrs. Nebbitt created several procedures manuals and conducted training sessions including: Creating insurance claims manual, trained several corporations on many software packages, created filing system procedures manuals, community organizer trainer, created HUD systems training manual, etc. Mrs. Nebbitt has and continues to serve diligently and faithfully in several posts, including: Community Organizer; Data Management Specialist at Neighborhood Housing Services; National Originations Associate at Wells Fargo Foothill; Project Development Specialist at Syska Hennessy Group; Quality Assurance/Configuration Manager at CPC Foodservice in Franklin Park, IL; Mrs. Nebbitt holds an A.A.S. Degree from SIU-C, a minors in Computer Information Processing, and attended Pepperdine University’s Management Program.
Roy Watson is the Financial Director, and Mr. Watson circumspectly manages the portfolio of the organization. He has over 10 years of experience in accounting and finance including monthly cash flow-projection with weekly updates, accounts payable-receivable, preparation of donor-required audits, and the management of grants and loans. Mr. Watson has graduated with a BSc in Accounting from National University of San Diego.
Patricia E. Bigay is the Community Outreach Manager. Ms. Bigay has more than 15 years of experience in Community Outreach, leading and managing projects in empowerment and healthcare for the less-privileged. Ms. Bigay has extensive experience in health plans (Medicaid, Medicare), Medical Groups (Healthy Families/Kids), physician associations, hospitals / government agencies, and non-profit organizations. She believes that affordable healthcare is a necessity for the well-being of the whole community. Ms. Bigay has selflessly devoted her time to providing the less privileged with needed services, information, and tools about the healthcare system. This will open new doors for healthy living and empowerment opportunities. Her selfless actions of kindness generate ripple effects across the communities of Southern California. Ms. Bigay is Grant Writing certified from USC School of Business, and she holds a certification in Project Management from UCLA School of Business.
Andrew Jeong is the Program Manager in charge of Poverty Solutions Youth Empowerment and Training Program (PYET). This program combines semi classroom education, after-school programs, GED2College prep, community experience, and college planning to guide at-risk youths and high school students toward: (1) colleges to obtain 4-year degree; or (2) technical training, and careers in in in-demand industries and other lucrative job opportunities that will help at-risk youths off the streets and in gainful employment. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of California Riverside.
It is the belief of Poverty Solutions that the aforementioned management team possesses genuine acumen to manage all Poverty Solutions’ projects and spearhead them to phenomenal success. Through a combination of commitment, dedication and this highly skilled team of professionals, Poverty Solutions will quickly garner a reputation as a premier service provider. Massive poverty across the target populations was the driving force that propelled Frank Igwealor, President and Chief Executive Officer to bring together the management team presented here. More importantly, members of this management team wholeheartedly shares the vision and mission of Poverty Solutions, Inc. and Frank Igwealor, CPA & MBA that education, economic development and employment are the forces that will unleash empowerment across under-served populations of veterans and adults such that they may become more productive members of family, community and society.