Robin is a marketing consultant and has also worked many years as a technical trainer and certified instructional designer. Inheriting her family’s genealogy archives and artifacts caused Robin to engage in a learning process that has taken her on a fascinating journey creating the tie between personal history and the value of technology. She encourages everyone to find their unique voice in creating a personal history worthy of sharing with their posterity.
Most recently Robin developed a program empowering people to conquer their fears of working on the computer. She created the Techy Challenged to Techy Champions Program in her efforts to help clients document their personal history. It quickly became evident they lacked a working knowledge of specific computer skills necessary for the documentation process.
Robin is active in the community and serves on the board of OC Women2Women, a non-profit organization empowering and nurturing women locally and internationally with a hand up not a hand out. For the last nine years she has been the president of a young women’s youth organization for girls ages 12-18, focusing on building self-esteem and growing closer to Christ. Robin feels that women are the center of the home, and that the home is a powerful resource for changes in the community. Robin and her husband consider their greatest blessings to be their four children, and 15 grandchildren under the age of twelve.
Robin is also a dog-lover. She has raised and trained her Brittany to be a certified Therapy Dog capable of providing comfort and calm to those in hospitals, rest homes, libraries, and other community settings.
Alva Moore Stevenson, a native Angeleno, is a historian, oral historian, and writer. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Masters in African American Studies with a concentration in Latin American Studies. For the last thirty-six years, Alva has held positions in the UCLA Library, twenty-five of those in the Center for Oral History Research. Alva is Program Coordinator in Library Special Collections.
Alva’s career in the Library, in various capacities, has involved documenting the history of African Americans in Los Angeles resulting in the exhibit, Forming and Transforming the City: African Americans in Los Angeles of which she was Curator. Alva’s Master’s thesis, Afro Mexican Racial and Ethnic Self-Identity: Three Generations of the Thornton Family in Nogales, Arizona was based upon her research into the genealogy of her mother’s family.
In her thesis situates her family history within the larger history of Blacks in Mexico, Afro Mexicans who migrated north into the U.S. and African Americans who migrated southward into Mexico. Eager to share this knowledge, Alva gives frequent presentations on-campus, at academic conferences, other colleges and universities and to community groups. In 2013 Alva was Guest Editor of a special issue of the Journal of Pan-African Studies entitled, Africans in Mexico: History, Race and Place.