Jessica Blair Sobel: CEO/Founder
Jessica Sobel has a passion for working with children and teenagers who have experienced trauma in their early childhood. She received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family therapy in 2013 and went on to work as therapist intern with at-risk juvenile offenders as well as an addiction and recovery specialist with both teens and adults. Jessica volunteered in the past as a facilitator, teaching classes to women who were looking to re-enter the workforce through an amazing program founded and funded by Dress For Success. In this program she was able to help these women create a better life for them and their children.
She has found such great purpose working with these women, which paved the way for her to start her own nonprofit organization called Creating First Impressions. CFI allows Jessica to work with disadvantaged youth and young adults by helping them attain career adaptability and resources for coping with personal traumas and/or setbacks that prevent them from constructing future careers. Resume and career consulting for young adults in any transition period in their life can only serve as a benefit. Jessica looks forward to helping others build a better future for themselves through counseling, career adaptability, and life skills coaching.
Resah Hage: CFO/Co-Founder
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.
Darrin Nelson: Board President
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.
Annie Greenleaf: Board Member
Annie Greenleaf’s commitment to personal service and promotion of justice is reflected through her work with individuals from all walks of life and vast social, economic, cultural and financial backgrounds. Annie has represented businesses as well as individuals through difficult and challenging circumstances, and has advocated to advance their interests and create opportunities whenever possible. Her practice includes representation in civil, criminal and juvenile matters in California.
Annie formed Connective Legal Services, where she remains committed to public interest work, representing parents, children, and their caregivers in child welfare proceedings as well as in family law matters. Applying the same work ethic, devotion and mindset, she has broadened her current practice to encompass the entire spectrum of challenges confronted by families throughout their lifetimes. With extensive legal experience in issues arising out of allegations of domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse/neglect, and child custody, Annie has since expanded her practice to include criminal matters, protective orders, guardianship/permanency planning for children, and child custody matters in family law cases.
Brian Donegan: Board Member
After overcoming many challenges as a teen and young adult Brian was fortunate in his professional career to be able to combine his past experience, consciousness, and passion for seeing a better world into positive, and innovative business and treatment models. Brian has worked for several treatment programs that treat addiction, mental illness, and chronic pain and currently works for Sovereign Health Group a nationwide treatment company with adult and adolescent treatment facilities. Brian was interested in joining CFI to help break the cycle of addiction, poverty, and other negative life impacts of at risk youth, helping them to live more fulfilling lives and be more productive members of society.
Liz Miles: Board Member
Liz Miles is the lead for the Performance Improvement Team in Quality Improvement for the County of San Diego, Behavioral Health Services. She has been a member of the County of San Diego’s Behavioral Health Services team since 2004. Prior to her employment with the County, she worked with adults with developmental disabilities and was director for a Welfare to Work training program working with low income individuals. She has vast experience in social services and workforce development, working with both individuals diagnosed with a mental illness and individuals with a developmental disability. Liz received a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Behavioral Health from Grand Canyon University, a Masters of Public Health in Health Service Administration, and a Masters of Social Work from San Diego State University. She loves spending time with her family and giving back to the community.