Board of Directors
Ms. April laster
Ms. April Laster, a young innovative leader and business woman was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but resided in California since age two and was raised in San Diego, California from the age of eleven.
April has always had a heart for helping people, and under the mentorship and guidance of several mentors along her way, she developed a passion for helping others in any way possible. After attending Alabama, A&M University, April walked in her purpose as a community leader. Through her talents and creative mind, she developed a Nonprofit called Open Heart Educators. With Open Heart Educators, she established many different programs that helped rebuild the structure of broken neighborhoods to those underserved in the Huntsville area. April relocated back to California in September of 2013, bringing her business with her under the new name Open Heart Leaders. Open Heart Leaders is registered as an active tax exempt 501c(3) in the city of San Diego.
Her Passion for people exceeds beyond race, gender, religion, or occupation; it extends to the hearts of human souls. She is devoted to assisting others mend broken hearts, minds, and spirits. Under the years of preparation and devotion, she is presenting the opportunity to bring new innovative programs to San Diego. Some Open Heart Leaders active programs include Real Talk and Glass House; two interactive discussion programs run in Southeast San Diego. April is also currently collaborating with certain schools to incorporate her Humanity Heart Pantry Program, which serves identified under- privileged students. Open Heart Leaders is one of the approved organizations under the recidivism program through the District Attorneys grant for Southeast San Diego.
- 20years in human services
- 10 years in education (higher education & K-12)
- Single Parent
- Youth Advocate
- B.S. in Psychology
- M.B.A w/a concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development
- Strong commitment to the welfare of youth
- Policy Advisor, First District, County of San Diego
- M.A. Nonprofit Leadership and Management
- 25 years Social Services
- 2012 KPBS Community Hero award recipient
- B.S. Human Development
- 40 plus years Youth Advocate Mentor
- 13 plus partnership with UCSD
14 years Social Services and Program Development
Program Director/Manager of Ignite, New Hope, AL
M.S. Human Services; specialization social and community services
Member of Youth Services Council of Madison County, AL