Meet The Team
Co-founder & Program Director
Mr. Lincoln was born in Trinidad, and later moved to the United States, where he lived in New York with his parents and two sisters.
Mr. Lincolns background stems from having his own business in Sound Engineering & Production for over 20 years. Mr. Lincoln later married Alicia Berridge who he has known for over 20 years, and together they started Rising Stars Business Academy in July 2010. Mr. Lincoln teaches Technology and Leadership Development At RSBA. Currently, Mr. Lincoln is also the Founder & Pastor of 1 With Him Ministries located in Moreno Valley, CA.
"Nothing is impossible with God on your side."
Benny Orduno has served RSBA for six years in the capacity of volunteer, student services, mentor coordinator, academic counselor, leadership instructor, grant manager and now as the Associate Director. In spite of his family adversities, he is a first-generation college student, earned his B.A. in Psychology at CSUSB and is currently a graduate student at Walden University studying in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
"Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it."
Program Director &
Jared Hernandez has been with RSBA for a total of six years. Three years as a staff and three years as as student. As an alumni he saw the value of the organization and wishes to give back as a staff and mentor. He loves being a father to his son and enjoys being a mentor to the youth. He is currently an MVC student, hoping to transfer to CSUSB for his B.A. in Early Childhood Education.
"If you look at the people in your circle and you don't get inspired you don't have a circle you have a cage."
Leadership Development Coordinator
William "Big Will" Welch has served in many capacities over the last 20 years. Working with young people from all aspects of life. With he himself coming from an unstable background as a youth he has gain the experience needed to help transform the lives of those who find themselves at-risk in todays society. His focus as an intervention specialist will be to apply anger management, conflict resolution, and substance abuse awareness to any and all issues that disrupts ones ability to be progressive in society.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Dr. MLK Jr.
Alumni Mentor & Receptionist
Davon Rayford is a former student now alumni of the Rising Stars Business Academy Youthbuild. He now serves as a mentor, front desk receptionist, art instructor and is currently advocating on the CSTAC (California State Alumni Council).
"As a youth leader, I always wanted to lead youth in the right direction of success."
Khalilah Sharif has worked for Rising Stars Business Academy for over 6 years. She started working with opportunity youth in 2010 as a Registrar for YouthBuild Charter School of CA and has found that working with the youth is her passion. She enjoys mentoring and giving back to the community. Khalilah is a highly respected well-rounded individual who maintains her home life as a mother of 4 and working full-time. She is currently attending Walden University.
“Don’t go through life, grow through life.”
Elvira Rios graduated from UCR with a bachelors degree in Ethnic Studies. After earning her undergraduate degree at UCR she entered UCLA's Teacher Education Program where she was able to develop her teaching philosophy.
"My teaching philosophy is strongly grounded in social justice and critical thinking. As these values have been central to my teaching identity and praxis I have always strived to inculcate a classroom environment which nurtures respect, equality, and dialogue."
Joanna Bach has served nine years in YCSC (four years of which as a math teacher in RSBA). She is currently serving as the lead and the math teacher in RSBA. She earned a degree in mathematics, certificate in programming, and earned credits in civil engineering. Also, she has 20 years of teaching experience where she taught high school and college students.
“I believe that teaching is a noble profession, and it is my responsibility to help and guide young people to be successful.”
Dolores Angeles is a graduate of Tarlac State University in Philippines with a Bachelor’s in
Education Major in General Science. She earned 33 units in her Master’s Degree in
Teaching Science from Tarlac Agriculture University, Philippines; and she completed
her teaching credential at UC San Diego major in Biology and Chemistry.
Dolores has been teaching as a science teacher and learning center teacher here at
RSBA since 2011.
“I personally believe that education is a unique experience for each student in the classroom. As a teacher, I have to provide a quality education with my students and equip them the necessary tools /skills they need to help them successful in life.”
Janet Garcia is a first-generation college student, earned her B.A. in Psychology at CBU. Janet is currently a graduate student at California Baptist University studying Social Work. She wants to work with Children and Family. It’s her life goal to advocate and support the well-being of children.
“I truly believe it’s our responsibility to apply coping and life skills for our young generation so that they can utilize the tools to manage life stressors and thrive
in one's environment.”
Maritza Rodriguez is a recent first generation college graduate. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. She is currently attending her first year of graduate school at California Baptist University studying clinical social work.
“You only die once, but you live everyday”
Founder & Executive Director
Founder and Executive Director Alicia Berridge, is a native California raised in Windsor Hills/View Park. Mrs. Berridge has a diverse background stemming from the entertainment business, law enforcement, motivational speaking and entrepreneur/business owner. Mrs. Berridge served as a Los Angeles Police Officer/Training Officer and has also worked as a Public Defender Investigator for the County of Riverside. She has always worked with disenfranchised populations, specifically at-risk youth.
In 2000, Mrs. Berridge founded Rising Stars Academy in View Park, CA. At that time, there were no programs available for young girls or boys of color to learn about proper etiquette. This was her drive behind opening up an Etiquette Academy and giving back to her community. Youth were taught self-esteem, self-confidence, self-respect, public speaking practices, banking, after school tutoring, acting, dance, modeling, gymnastics and more.
In 2010, Mrs. Berrridge, along with her husband, Lincoln Berridge founded Rising Stars Business Academy in Moreno Valley, California, a Youth Leadership Development Program.
"Nothing can stop a man or woman who just won't quit!"