Chief Executive Officer
Barbara Howell assumed her role as Chief Executive Officer of Burbank Temporary Aid Center in 2004. Prior to joining BTAC, she worked with several non-profit organizations including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Greater Los Angeles and Easter Seals of Southern California. Having spent most of her career working with healthcare-related organizations, she has enjoyed learning about and working with the needs addressed through BTAC services.
Barbara is very active in Leadership Burbank – as a graduate of the program – and has served on both Leadership Burbank and Alumni boards. She is a member of the Burbank Noon Rotary Club, including several leadership roles and as President in 2013–2014.
Growing up, Barbara lived in Utah, Nevada, Colorado, and Minnesota. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she lived in Maryland and Washington, before arriving in Los Angeles in 1991. In 2010 Barbara received a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Burbank-based Woodbury University. This has helped prepare her for the challenges of future development and changes at BTAC, and in the region. The study included several individual and group analyses of BTAC’s operations, and those of other non-profit agencies in the area.
Area organizations have recognized Barbara for her work and leadership role in the community. These honors include 2008 Non-Profit Executive of the Year from Assemblymember Paul Krekorian and State Senator Jack Scott (ret.), and 2009 Citizen of the Year from the Burbank Association of Realtors. The Zonta Club of Burbank named Barbara Howell its “Woman of the Year” for 2009–2010, acknowledging not only her remarkable record of accomplishment at BTAC, but also her well-known efforts on behalf of several community organizations, and recognizing her renown as a community leader.
Barbara enjoys reading, films and spending time with family and friends. She plays piano, sings with a quartet and choir, and regularly attends the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Pantry and Facilities
Edward Stapleton was born in Dublin, Ireland. With the Irish economy in dire straits, his family moved to England when he was 11 where they lived in the slums of London. His father later left for America in search of a better life for the family, and they followed in 1971. At the age of 18 Edward returned to London to attend East Ham Technical School under its fine arts program, and a year later came to Los Angeles to complete his fine arts degree.
Edward pursued his career as an artist and musician in the Los Angeles underground scene. In 1999 he became a student of Eastern Philosophy, and came upon a book entitled “Your Life Is Your Message.” After reading it, Edward decided to do pursue volunteer work with the poor and homeless, a community he felt close to and a part of given his experience, and that of his family. A Burbank resident, Edward approached BTAC and asked if volunteers were needed.
Edward began as a volunteer in what was known as the “clothing house,” an accessory structure behind what was then BTAC’s facility. In 2001 he officially became an employee as BTAC’s Pantry Manager, and by 2007 Facilities Manager was added to his responsibilities. Edward also supervises some of BTAC’s part-time staff, and our large team of volunteers.
Lucretia Rimmer hails from Kansas City, Missouri, and has been residing in California for nearly 4 years. Before moving to California, she earned a full Track and Field scholarship to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Relations. Post-graduation, she worked with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services as a Permanency Planning Manager serving the child welfare population.
After having her daughter Aniyah, she moved back to Kansas City and became a Correctional Officer with the Johnson County Department of Corrections Adult Residential Center. There she helped inmates work toward their goals to become law abiding citizens of the community. In her free time, she volunteered as a mentor for the Big Brother’s Big Sisters program of greater Kansas City.
After finally deciding to make California her home, Ms. Rimmer sought employment with agencies that helped people in the community as she had done in her previous places of employment. She was hired as a Case Manager at Ascencia, a shelter in Glendale, CA. There, she managed the Shelter plus Care program which houses and supports clients who are mentally or physically disabled. While at Ascencia, Ms. Rimmer was a part time Case Manager at the Burbank Temporary Aid Center. There, she assisted low income families and the homeless population with resources and case management techniques to aid them in trying times. When BTAC sought a full time Case Manager, Ms. Rimmer jumped at the opportunity to apply.
Currently, Ms. Rimmer is the enthusiastic Case Manager at BTAC, eager to assist the low income and homeless population in Burbank. Ms. Rimmer is also a member of Leadership Burbank class of 2014 as well as Toastmasters International.