Diana Monaco has served on the board of several arts and education based non-profit organizations in Los Angeles and is eager to bring her experience and enthusiasm to Determined to Succeed. She holds a BA and an MFA and is committed to the comprehensive, whole-child approach Determined to Succeed brings to the communities it serves. She joins the Board as an education advocate, teacher, artist and mother.
Peter Bartle is a seasoned legal and business affairs executive with significant experience in the entertainment, licensing, digital media, and technology sectors. Currently, Peter is General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs for Ithaca Holdings, LLC, a privately held entertainment company. Previously, Peter held the position of General Counsel and Head of Business and Legal Affairs for Machinima, Inc., a 200-person digital media entertainment company, where he built a legal department from scratch. Peter also was Senior Counsel at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., and a corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP. Peter served as a captain in the United States Marine Corps for seven years, where he commanded an elite special operations Force Reconnaissance platoon and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for exemplary performance. He holds his BA from Brown University and JD from UCLA School of Law.
Joe Blackstone is the CEO/President of Blackstone Consulting, Inc. established in 1991, with its corporate office in Los Angeles California, where he is responsible for Operations, Marketing, Finance, Human Resource and Legal departments for a multi-million-dollar mid-sized service company. Blackstone Consulting, Inc. provides security, food, janitorial, facilities maintenance, grounds maintenance and project management services. Clients have included Sodexo, Kaiser Permanente, Sempra, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric, the Dept. of the Army, Dept. of the Navy, Dept. of the Air Force and the Marine Corp., General Services Administration, the City of Los Angeles Marathon and RJB Properties, Inc. Prior to starting his own company, Joe worked as a management consultant for West Hudson in Los Angeles, California and Bain & Company in Paris, France as well as a Marketing Representative for IBM Corporation in San Francisco, California. Joe is a University of Southern California alumnus, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in May 1983 and subsequently earned his MBA at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in August 1985.
Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Silvestre was the first in his family to go to college. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from USC with a B.A. in Cinema-Television Production, Silvestre briefly worked in the entertainment industry before finding his passion working with youth. Silvestre has an extensive history of promoting college access in underserved communities. He worked in East Los Angeles for Project GEAR UP, was Program Director for The Posse Foundation, and also worked for After-School All-Stars as the National Program Manager. Silvestre also worked for i.am College Track Boyle Heights as the founding College Affairs Director, and eventually became the Site Director. Currently, Silvestre works for the California College Guidance Initiative as an Implementation Manager, working with school districts in the San Gabriel Valley, North Orange County and the Los Angeles region. In his spare time, Silvestre enjoys hiking, photography, and, given that he is a new father…changing diapers.