While growing up in an area where the needs of youth often were neglected, Mr. Dolphin became an advocate for family and youth as a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child. Mr. Dolphin served as an Adult School Instructor for the Los Angeles Unified School District where he saw the need to intervene and motivate adolescents to achieve a successful adult life.
Mr. Dolphin brings to the Love Home Board his knowledge as a Deputy Director of Utilities for a municipality in Los Angeles County. This includes 5 years of experience handling million-dollar budgets, 14 years of compliance reporting and best management practices, 3 years capital and operating budgets, and 3 years of implementing programs and activities as required by federal, state, or county government.
Additional experience includes serving as Chair for the Water Technical Advisory Committee, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and as a City Representative for the Upper Los Angeles River Watershed Management Group.
Mr. Dolphin received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Richard Alexander Steptoe
As a Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist (CAADE) since 2003, Mr. Steptoe has 19 years of experience Substance Use Disorder Counseling, including Screening Intake assessments, 5 years of experience working with Veterans and experience with drug court, parolee reentry, DUI, facilitation, and crisis intervention.
His volunteer service includes 22 years with his 12-step fellowship as a Regional Committee Member (RCM), Hospitals and Institutions Chairperson for the South Barrio Area of Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Group Service Representative (GSR) for the Region 51 Area of NA in Las Vegas, 12 years with veterans, and currently as the secretary of the Sponsorship Behind The Walls subcommittee for the Greater Los Angeles Area of NA.
Mr. Steptoe holds both a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership and a bachelor’s in Human Services both from Springfield College.
Ms. Dolphin is a successful entrepreneur who operated her barbershop from 2007 - 2020. Through her own experiences in homelessness and substance use, Ms. Dolphin now is an advocate for the homeless population with special emphasis on the plight of homeless women and families and recovery from substance use.
Her volunteer work includes serving as chairperson for on the Heartbeat Newsletter Committee.
Ms. Frey received both her master’s in Organizational Management and Leadership and bachelor’s in Human Services from Springfield College and currently is pursuing her PhD in Educational Leadership and Management.
With a focus on family and youth, Ms. Frey is a Program Director for YMCA – a position she holds for 19 years after serving various other roles since 1985. She is well versed in program development and evaluation, grant writing, and capacity building.