Meet the Team
Debra Máres (Postil), WWW's Co-Founder, Executive Director and Publishing Director co-created The Write of Your L!fe in 2012. Debra is a veteran prosecutor in Riverside County and Adjunct Professor at Pacific Oaks College teaching Art & Social Change and Working With Children Who Challenge Teachers' Skills. Her assignments at the DA's office shaped her experience building resiliency in youth and their families, including handling of SARB (School Attendance Review Board) cases, gang homicide, sexual assault and child abuse cases and worked on the Youth Accountability Team (YAT), a collaborative team monitoring youthful offenders, developing case plans to help students succeed. Debra is the independent author of the children's book It's This Monkey's Business and legal thriller The Mamacita Murders, tackling domestic violence, sex-trafficking and gang violence. She is the recipient of the Dragon Fly Book Awards, two-time recipient of Prosecutor of Year Award and Community Hero Award, and Top Oral Advocate at the Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition. Debra received her B.A. in Political Science at UCLA and law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she was an editor on the Entertainment Law Review and competed on the Scott Moot Court. Growing up dancing Ballet Folklorico, salsa dancing and using writing as a tool to overcome adversity, Debra believes, "The arts and healthy expression are critical to personal transformation and social change," Debra Postil.
Terry Boykins, WWW's Marketing Director and Parent Engagement Coordinator is the CEO of Street Positive, a social impact agency focused on the emotional, educational and economic needs of underserved communities and students at-risk. Mr. Boykins obtained degrees in Marketing, Management and Communications from California State University, San Bernardino. Prior to venturing as social entrepreneur in 1997 to raise much needed funds for child maltreatment prevention, fatherhood engagement and mentoring development, Boykins achieved corporate success in the consumer products industry during the 1980’s with Clairol, Inc. and the Nabisco Company. He is the recipient of over 320 local, regional and national parent engagement, community service and mentoring awards. Including, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, NAACP’s “Roy C. Wilkins” President’s Award and the National Sales Network “Outstanding Community Achievement” Award. Mr. Boykins sits on multiple advisory boards and steering committees including Women Wonder Writers Mentoring, One Nation Media, Native Challenge, Brother II Brother Mentoring, and H.O.O.P Foundation to name a few. He is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and is sought after nationally to present on significant and sensitive topics involving children of color and underserved populations. Boykins has chaired numerous mentoring conferences, symposiums and collaborations over the past decade; his biological children are graduates of UCLA and UC Berkeley with degrees in the S.T.E.M fields. His Family Mentoring Model has been requested and presented at colleges and universities for increased parent engagement and student achievement. For more information about Mr. Boykins and Street Positive visit www.streetpositive.com.
Rathyna Gomer oversees The Write of Your L!fe program implementation and marketing outreach, including brand management. Rathyna is also a top female race car drifter and started to drift when she was twenty years old. She earned her Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and was the past Sales & Marketing Manager at MotoIQ, a technical automotive web-based magazine that is aimed at the “serious” enthusiast. Rathyna is the former Communications Manager at Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and graduated from La Sierra University with a bachelor's in Communications and Human Resource Management. Rathyna can be found at Not a Kitchen website and has a passion to empower young women.
Daniela Aponte, The Write of Your L!fe Head Instructor
Daniela Aponte received her Masters in Counseling & Guidance from Cal State San Bernardino. Daniela has experience in working with students in a wide variety of group sessions, including as a special education instructional assistant and counseling intern. She has a passion for inspiring and mentoring youth. Daniela is certified to instruct students in The Write of Your L!fe and enjoys connecting with her students all around Riverside, including at the Family Justice Center and Gateway College & Career Academy.
Judi Randolph, WWW's Art Instructor, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art an a Minor in Art History from California State University, San Bernardino, (1993). She was employed by Alvord Unified School District for nine years as a Resource Aide working at the elementary level in conjunction with the district's Reading Specialist. Aside from creating art she has also designed and handcrafted jewelry since 2010. In 2012 she created an art program for Women Wonder Writers specifically designed to help at-risk youth realize their true potential. She has since expanded the program by bringing in Life Coach Joan McCullough to aide with the program. Ms. Randolph believes that art teaches her students to think unconventionally, from a new perspective. She believes that imaginative thinking combined with knowledge produces highly creative and self-motivated students.
Caitlin Biljan is WWW's Social Media Coordinator and assists the Marketing Committee to provide social media updates to the community about WWW's programs, happenings and impact champions for youth are making in the community. She works at University of California at Riverside (UCR) Student Affairs Marketing & Communications as a Sr. Creative Copywriter. She has her Masters in Teaching at Western Washington University and was a former calendar editor at Patch.com. Caitlin is "proud to work for an organization that champions women's education!"