Executive Director

Executive Director

Michael Gaulden

Mr. Michael Gaulden is the Executive Director for Creating First Impressions. He is the debut author of “My Way Home: a memoir that chronicles growing up homeless for ten years in the inner-city. He received his Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a certified and former qualitative and quantitative researcher for UCLA’s Black Male Institute, a research institution. He is the Career Exploration Coordinator and Internship Coordinator for the Monarch School Project, which educates K-12 students impacted by homelessness and a partner site of CFI. Gaulden is also the former Director of Business and Community Relations for Reality Changers, a college preparatory organization.

He is an active Homeless activist, education enthusiast, musician as well as an activist for all disadvantaged people. As a motivational public speaker, he has spoken to audiences ranging from 20-2000. He is a Spoken Word artist and advocate for the arts.” in order to shift the negative perception and connotation around homelessness and the people it impacts.

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Co-Founder

Co-Founder

Resah Hage

Resah is the Co-Founder of Creating First Impressions. In 1993, at the young age of 16, she found herself living on her own trying to figure out how to financially support herself and still focusing on education. While navigating a difficult season, she was able to finish college and start a successful business. This was accomplished with hard work and determination. She realized it was in her heart to teach others about hope and the life skills that she was unable to acquire till later in life. In the past 20 years she has worn many hats and had the pleasure of exploring various careers. This has expanded her knowledge, experience and wisdom. She is currently a business planner, mentor, coach, writer, speaker, and more importantly the proud mom of a vivacious 4 year old daughter. She likes to joke that she really is an accidental entrepreneur. Because of that, she is passionate to come alongside at-risk and at-need youth in our community.

Board President

Board President

Darrin Nelson

Darrin is the current Chair of the Board of Directors for Creating First Impressions. He first became involved with the organization after teaching financial literacy to CFI students in 2016. For Darrin, giving back to the community is second nature. From an early age, his father took Darrin out into to serve the homeless and impoverished areas of Las Vegas.
Today, Darrin brings over 10 years of experience in the banking world to the CFI. In addition to his warm personality and breadth of football knowledge, his expertise both in the classroom and in the boardroom ensure that CFI makes the greatest impact on the most students in our community.

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

James Dixon