Co-Founder & Executive Director
Antonio is a native of Portland, OR and has had a lifelong passion to work with youth to inspire and encourage them to reach their full potential. He co-founded BB2S in 2013 after many years of being a mentor to hundreds of youth in the Portland metropolitan area. He takes pride in being a positive example in the community by being involved in the lives so many.
Antonio received his Bachelor’s Degree from Portland State University in Business Administration. Shortly after graduation, he joined Daimler Trucks North America (formally Freightliner) in which he worked his way up through the Procurement Department starting off as an entry level buyer to managing over $100 million in component purchases annually as a Purchasing Agent. He’s worked on many Global Procurement teams and has worked in many different countries over his tenure there. In 2008, Antonio took on a Procurement role at Banfield Pet Hospital, a subsidiary of Mars Corporation. While at Banfield, Antonio developed cost savings programs, negotiated contracts, managed the vendor development processes, and lead supplier evaluations to ensure the Practice had uninterrupted supply of products for their over 940 hospital locations.
Over the years, Antonio’s passion for his community has lead him to sit on numerous boards: Inner-City Sports Ministries, Portland Housing Center, Broussard Foundation, and the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP). He has also been a youth football and basketball coach, high school football coach at Central Catholic, youth ministry leader at New Song Community Church, mentor with the Leisure Hour Jr. Golf Program, mentor with the Perspective Gents Club, and a STEAM Committee Community Partner for the 3toPhD program at Concordia University.
Antonio is a husband and father of three children in addition to being a father figure to many other youth in the community.
Co-Founder & Emeritus Director
Ernest E. Hartzog, PhD.
After more than forty years in public and private education, Dr. Ernest Hartzog is semi-retired. He remains active as a consultant in education and in community and organizational development with his wife Marilyn. Dr. Hartzog worked as a teacher, counselor, high school principal and director of district programs in San Diego, California. While in San Diego, his distinguished work resulted in his being selected for a Rockefeller Foundation “Superintendent’s Internship”. During this period he served in the Detroit, Michigan and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania school systems. Hartzog served as Assistant Superintendent of Portland Oregon Public Schools for 18 years. He worked as national consultant for the College Board in its Advanced Placement Program. He owned the first Sylvan Learning Center Franchise in the United States for twenty years. Today he is part owner of MJOD Consulting, a leadership and organizational development corporation.
Significant experience in Dr. Hartzog’s distinguished career includes work as an adjunct professor at California Western University, San Diego, and Portland State University, Portland Oregon. He was a charter member and past president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE). He was the founder and past president of the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators (OABSE). Other professional experience includes work as a consultant at the Center for Studies of The Person, in La Jolla, California and as a consultant for the National Training Laboratory for Applied Behavioral Sciences (NTL), in Washington D.C. Dr. Hartzog served on the advisory boards of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and on the executive board of OASIS, a senior volunteer organization.
Dr. Hartzog actively plays and volunteers in the sport of tennis. He served as a national committee member for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and as a member (former chair) of the Multicultural Participation Committee for the Pacific Northwest Section of the USTA. He was founder of Portland After-School Tennis and Education (PASTE&E), a non-profit community tennis association. He served as its present for seven years and currently serves on the board of directors.
Dr. Hartzog is a charter member of the Sigma Phi Boule in Portland and also is the Co-Founder of Building Blocks 2 Success.
Board of Directors
Richard Allen Probasco, Chair
Pastor Richard Probasco has been involved in ministry in the Portland area for over 50 years and as the Senior Pastor of New Song Community church for over 40 years. As a native Oregonian he and his wife of 41 years, Patrishia, have served together shepherding New Song Community Church since June of 1977. They are the parents of six adult children and nine grandchildren.
Pastor Probasco is the President of New Song International; the covering organization to churches and ministries around the world. Richard has made a major impact on the business community as a private consultant and mentor to young entrepreneurs. He has invested time sitting on the boards of educational, evangelical ministries, world mission outreaches, and youth organizations. In his spare time he has chosen to invest in land development of real estate projects in NE Portland on a small scale.
Richard has served on the advisory board for the Portland Development Commission, Board Member for Transitional Youth of Portland. Richard is currently serving as a volunteer personal advisor to pastors in the ministry. In addition, Richard works with the Multnomah County Task Force for Gang Violence intervention.
Kaeti Namba, Secretary
Melvin Oden-Orr is a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge, a court of general jurisdiction in Oregon. Judge Oden-Orr was appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to the Multnomah County Circuit Court, effective January 1, 2018. Judge Oden-Orr was previously Chief Hearings Officer for the city of Portland, where he had worked since July 2016. In that role, he adjudicated land use disputes, city code violations, and other municipal matters. From 2005 to 2016, Oden-Orr operated his own law practice, representing clients in civil litigation and business transactions. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Assistant General Counsel at TriMet. Oden-Orr began his career as an associate attorney at a predecessor to the firm Lane Powell LLP. He attended law school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after receiving his B.A. degree in political science at UCLA. He is the founding chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Diversity Section and has served on a number other boards and committees, including with the City Club of Portland, Youth Employment Institute, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon, and the State Construction Contractors Board, to name a few
Charlene McGee, Sherrelle Jackson, Eldridge Broussard