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Our Team

Board of Directors/Bios


  Kay Adams 

Ms. Adams has a Masters in Public Health (MPH).  She has held a variety of positions with a focus on juvenile services. Ms. Adams served as the Interim IPOP Director of Alameda County’s Public Health Department’s Perinatal Health Promotion/Community Education Programs of the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Section for over ten years until retirement.  In 2011, her dedication to youth services brought Ms. Adams to the Positive Transitions' Board.  


  Cassie Abrams 

Ms. Abrams has completed both a BS and MS in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling.  Since 1995, Ms. Abram has held significant positions as both a Residential House Manager for severely mentally ill youth and a Social Case Worker Specialist for Contra Costa County Children and Family Services.  Ms. Abrams will bring her areas of expertise to Positive Transitions Board.


  Theresa Lynn Coleman 

Ms. Coleman's history as a community organizer and resource person for individuals and families, particularly children, makes her an invaluable asset to the Positive Transitions board. Ms. Coleman assists and inspires local youth to become educated and engaged in healthy, positive work. 

Ms. Coleman founded Ujamaa Resident Management Corporation, which offered fair housing advocacy services, including counseling and assistance for residents of federally-assisted housing for more than 20 years.  She is a wonderful resource for women and children, especially current and former foster children. Theresa survived terrible abuse as a foster child. She herself has raised more than thirty children. For fun, Ms. Coleman loves to ride horses and dance, dance, dance!


  LaTasha Mahar 

Mrs. Mahar has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Human Resources, an MBA in Marketing and Real Estate, as well as a Masters of Science in Internet Marketing.  Mrs. Mahar has also completed her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.  After serving in a variety of human resources and marketing positions and as a past president of Toastmasters, Mrs. Mahar brings invaluable public speaking, HR, and marketing experience to Positive Transitions.   

For enjoyment, LaTasha loves to spend time with her family, which includes Pug-Angus and Cat, try new restaurants with her husband Scott,  and feed her Sci-Fi bug with Comicon annually!


  Cassandra Waller-Mims  

Mrs. Waller-Mims is the founder of Positive Transitions. She received her BA in Business Management and has an MBA in Global Business. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker with over 20 years of experience in residential sales, investing, and small housing development. She also has over ten10 years of experience in homeownership counseling, which includes educating clients on how to increase their credit scores, reduce debt and create savings. Establishing a solid career as a Real Estate Broker,  Mrs. Waller-Mims had a life-altering experience that moved her to establish Positive Transitions as a vehicle for helping low-income families in Oakland, the city she was born and raised in.  As the Founder and an ex-officio member of the Positive Transitions’ Board of Directors, Mrs. Waller-Mims brings her energy, network, education, and dedication to the community and city she loves


  Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong-Hedrick 

Dr. Armstrong-Hedrick is the Chief Academic Office in the Pacific Northwest. She is a mother of four and has earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.  After serving in a series of positions of increasing responsibility within public education institutions,   Dr. Armstrong brings her years of expertise to Positive Transitions.

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