Meet our volunteer board members

Board Members

I am involved with the Black Friday College Fund because I want to do my part in helping students of color access higher education.
— Dave Woo, President
BFCFund gives me an opportunity to honor a friend’s life, Gabriel Scheller, and put my desire for changing lives and equal opportunity through education in real action!
— Lola Olateju, Vice President
After focusing on suicide prevention work for eight years after my son Gabe’s death, I sensed that it was time for me to celebrate his life and support some of his passions (while continuing to honestly address the factors that derailed his dreams). That vision grew into BFCFund.
— Christine Di Pasquale, Founder/Secretary
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I’m involved in BFCFund because of my grandson Gabriel. When he came into our lives, he brought love, joy, and a hope for the future. When he left us, he left a big hole in our hearts. I want to encourage other young people to live fully, despite the challenges they may face, using their gifts and talents to contribute to society.
— Carol Gifford, Treasurer
I’m excited to be on the board of the BFCFund because I believe that increased access to education and support services for disadvantaged minority youth is an essential part of achieving true justice.
— Sue Pak
I’m part of BFCFund to help give students the tools they need to thrive academically and personally.
— Mike Scheller
I feel very fortunate to be part of BFCFund to help provide support to students coming from economically disadvantaged families as well as working to reduce the stigma of mental illness on college campuses.
— Connie Di Pasquale, Co-Treasurer