Billy Moore, President and CEO
Mr. Moore has been a highly touted member of the boxing community for over thirty years. He has worked with and trained the best there is. Mr. Moore has been the President and CEO of the ABC Youth Foundation for the past thirteen years, since the passing of his father Archie Moore who founded the organization in 1957. Mr. Moore has touched the lives of hundreds of youth and been a large part of many of them becoming successful and productive members of society. He has been a Boxing Color Analyst and Commentator on numerous boxing broadcasts. He has been an active member of the San Diego community for over thirty years and continues to give back. Mr. Moore has a passion for world missions and has traveled to more that thirty countries.
Terence L. Shigg, Chairman and COO
Terence L. Shigg is a retired federal law enforcement officer (27 years) and a practicing licensed marriage and family therapist. For 20 years, he was a leader in the largest federal labor union, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). His education includes a BA in Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from National University. In 2012, he was honored with a Leadership award from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, San Diego for his role in developing and presenting suicide awareness training. He has been trained in Blue Courage (bluecourage.com), HeartMath (Heartmath.com), Critical Incident Skills Management (CISM) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). He served as the president of a local labor union (AFGE Local 1613) and vice president of a national labor council (National Border Patrol Council). Terence developed relationships with national and local politicians, leaders, and organizations. He is active in his church (The Rock – sdrock.com) and volunteers as a community chaplain.
Dr Murad has been a mentor physician at Scripps Clinic Medical Group for 25 years. He received his undergraduate education at Cornell University, his medical education at New York University School of Medicine and his training in Internal Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. He is the co- founder of Sotera Wireless He has received Scripps Clinic’s Ruth Black Employee Achjevement award, San Diego’s Best Doctor Award, and has been named one of America’s Top Physicians since 2005. He has served on the boards of Scripps Clinic Medical Group, Triage Wireless, and North Coast Aquatics.
Bob Copeland, Secretary
Bob Copeland is a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP. He has been a practicing attorney in San Diego for 45 years. His practice focuses on counseling the owners and managers of businesses which range from start-up businesses to established private and public U.S. and offshore firms. He has substantial expertise in merger and acquisition transactions. Bob is Co-Chair of the Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital Advisory Board, the President and member of the Board of Directors of the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation, on the Board of the San Diego Yacht Club Sailing Foundation and on the Board of the Any Body Can Foundation. He holds an AB from Occidental College and a JD from the University of Southern California.
LeMar Slater, Director of Education
LeMar Slater is a testament to the effectiveness of ABC on young minds. Born in San Diego, LeMar benefited not only from ABC Boxing as taught by Instructor Billy Moore, but also the Ole Mongoose himself, World Champion of the Ring, and ABC creator, Archie Moore. Receiving this powerful training as a youth, LeMar was able to navigate schools and neighborhoods where gangs and drug activity were the norms and graduated as a class valedictorian. LeMar studied in the shadows of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at historic Morehouse College, a school with a rich tradition of producing men who are leaders with integrity. As an honors graduate of Mathematics and an instructor, LeMar has returned to his home in San Diego to continue to the legacy of ABC. LeMar Slater is currently enrolled in graduate studies at San Diego State University. He has taught courses at La Jolla Country Day School, UCSD High School AVID Summer Sessions, and the Southern Sudanese Community Center. He is an active member of Bethel Baptist Church and is proud to have as a younger brother, Mr. Leroy Slater, as both a fellow ABC and Morehouse Graduate.
Mike Wynne is President of BMW BUILDERS, a general contracting firm in La Jolla. BMW BUILDERS primarily does residential remodeling and additions. Mike has volunteered for the Big Brother Big Sister Organization for the past 25 years.
Avon Kendrick – Treasurer
1969-‘75 – Johnny Lovato worked with La Raza Productions out of SDSU raising money for Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers Union. We raised a lot of money bringing in some of the biggest names in Rock ‘n Roll Jazz & Latin Jazz! In 1970, he was Drafted into the United States Army and was Small Arms Infantry and was discharged Honorably under medical conditions. In the mid to late 70’s, he met Billy Moore and they quickly became friends. They were young and wild! He shares this because some of the kids we work with at ABC are of the same mindset, as a young Billy Moore and Johnny Lo (his street name) were in those days.
The Moore and Lovato Families have been acquainted since the 1930’s. The Champ, Archie Moore, was Lovato’s childhood hero! His Grandma Martha Salazar Lovato, Dad, uncles & aunts knew the Champ too. When he met Billy and learned of his association with ABC, he knew he wanted to be involved because of the work ABC does with the at-risk youth of America due to his own experiences and difficulties growing up!
Around that time, he began working in construction, labor, concrete and framing while still involved with La Raza Productions. His association with La Raza Productions afforded him many friendships in the music industry on a social level, which in the early 2000’s got him a gig as an associate producer with Craig Rumar at Cinema Vision, an Independent Film Company.
Before all that business, he was a single parent and raised two daughters, Brenda & Jana Lisa who are adults now and very successful women. He also had the honor of being a big part of his Granddaughter, Alana Lisa, and his Grandson, Kai.
In the late 1980’s he met Michael Francis Sheen. In 1999, Sheen asked him to go to Seattle to help launch what became Applied Communications, Inc. We also had an Electric Manufacturing Company, E.M.S.S., Electronic Manufacturing Systems & Services fully Automated 24-7. E.M.S.S. was the show place for Mitsubishi to show fully automated Electronic Manufacturing to the World. At this time, we formed an Investment Company, O. B. One Limited International, Inc and he was President of O. B. One.
In 2001, after the World Trade Center was terrorized in NYC, things dried up! He held on until 2003, when he loaded up a Uhaul and headed back to San Diego. In 2016, he ran into his dear friend and brother Billy Moore, who offered him a seat on the Board of ABC. Together, we and the illustrious Board have been making long strides to make ABC more visible and helpful to the city & county of San Diego at large and will continue to do so. As long as I have my two loves … Marjorie Ann Franco-Lovato, my wonderful wife and ABC, All is Good!
Amy Murad is a retired SDUSD teacher. Over her 28 year career, she taught various grades and was the school librarian at Toler Elementary School. Amy joined the ABC board in 2011 and has held the position of Director of Education in the past. Her volunteer efforts at ABC include creating the summer “Bridging the Gap” program and building the learning center library. She has also been involved in fundraising activities and co-chaired our 2019 gala “The Main Event”. In addition to ABC, Amy has recently been active in organizations such as Neighborhood Watch (block captain), American Red Cross, Father Joe’s Villages Ladies Guild and SD Rapid Response Network Migrant Shelter.
Jim Laslavic, Honorary
Jim Laslavic has been a part of the San Diego Sports scene since 1978; first as a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, and for the last 27 years as a sports anchor and reporter. Since 1989 “Laz” has been NBC San Diego’s Sports Director, with sports reports Sunday through Thursday at 6 and 11 p.m. He also hosts Valley View Casino Sportswrap following NBC News San Diego at 11p.m. every Sunday. In the fall he hosts Football Night in San Diego following Sunday Night Football on NBC. Laz has covered Superbowls, World Series, and the Olympics. Sports has been a large part of his life since childhood being highly recognized in high school and college. He is also an Emmy recipient. Jim lives in Coronado with his wife and they have two children.
Florence Moore, Honorary
Florence has over 20 years experience in working with sales, and applying a strong expertise in data-driven, long-term strategic planning, and working with young people. Prior to joining ABC Youth Foundation, Florence was a Casualty Insurance agent for 23 years, Cosmetologist for 10 years and Medical Secretary for 6 years. She sold insurance products that protect individuals and businesses from financial loss from vehicle accidents, fire, hurricanes, etc. Florence has experience in preparing reports and quotes, help policy holders file claims, discuss new options for your clients and actively seek out new clients. In addition to this, Florence is the Vice President of Eleanor’s Place Boutique. This is a non-profit organization that has sober living facilities for women in transition from prison and abusive relationships. It provides counseling (women and children), free clothing for court appearance and job interviews and assistance in getting back in the work force and life. Florence is an active member and the church clerk for Bethel Baptist Church of San Diego, a proud parent, grandparent, and wife of the President of ABC Youth Foundation, Billy Moore. Florence is an international traveler whose mission is to serve God’s people around the world.
Harry Stylli, Honorary
Dr. Harry Stylli has a track record of nearly two decades, demonstrating entrepreneurial leadership in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, and has broad experience in successfully translating innovative technology into commercial opportunities and in company turnarounds. Harry currently invests and serves as Chairman of both Ascendant MDx and Cell MDx Inc. As a board member and CRO he successfully led the restructuring and recapitalization of MIPI. As CEO & President he successfully led the transformation of SQNM from a failing tools company in to the leading non-invasive prenatal diagnostics company. He transitioned Xencor from a failing tools company to a successful bio therapeutics entity. Previously, Dr. Stylli was founding President and CEO of CovX Pharmaceuticals an antibody based bio therapeutic company that was acquired by Pfizer. Dr. Stylli co-founded Aurora Biosciences in 1995, and in 2001 led Aurora’s acquisition by Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Following the merger, Dr. Stylli continued on with Vertex as president of Aurora Biosciences and Panvera. From 1987 to 1995, Dr. Stylli held various positions with GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Stylli has served on numerous BODs he currently advises Nanosyn and is a BOD member of Ascendant MDx, Cell MDx and the ABC foundation a charity helping at risk children in San Diego.
Isabel Garcia, 22, is a student-athlete, artist, and advocate for the ABC since 2013. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California San Diego with a major in Studio Art and minor in Education Studies. Isabel is also an artist activist in her community and strongly believes in the principles learned at the ABC throughout the years of mentoring and training in boxing from her coaches. She is a freelance illustrator and muralist who uses her craft to speak on social issues revolving public education, self-advocacy, its impact and importance in underrepresented communities, as well as the value of higher education for the youth from lower-income backgrounds. She is a member of the Southeast Art Team working with fellow local artists who create murals and works of art to beautify the communities of Southeast San Diego