Board Member Spotlight: Rocky DeAngelis

August 2, 2022

Meet Penny Lane Board Member Rocky DeAngelis

“In your actions, don’t procrastinate. In your conversations, don’t confuse. In your thoughts, don’t wander. In your soul, don’t be passive or aggressive. In your life don’t be all about business.” -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Humble, driven,  and true to his values. These are some of the adjectives that best describe Rocky DeAngelis, the newest member of the Board of Directors at Penny Lane.  In the past Rocky has attended a number of fundraising events such as the Garden Party and volunteered with some of the holiday food drives.   Introduced to Penny Lane by his close friend and our CFO; Bernie LaFianza he came to truly appreciate the work Penny Lane does and the dedication of the many he met who work with the organization.  Rocky DeAngelis decided to join Penny Lane Centers Board of Directors after he spoke in length with Wendy Carpenter our CEO.  She spoke about the values, mission, and focus of the organization.  It inspired him to know that the leadership of Penny Lane is committed and driven to helping youth and families and that the leadership is staying true to the core values of the organization.  Rocky is an openly gay man so he will bring some LGBTQ+ representation to our Board as Penny Lane continues to work to diversify the organization at all levels.  

Rocky is a Senior Manager, North America GTM Lead at Adobe.  He is a strategic digital marketing professional with a passion for solving business issues. His experience spans from business development/sales to partnerships helping System Integrators such as Accenture, Deloitte, PwC, Cognizant, and others work with Adobe.  

An individual with many talents and interests it should come as no surprise the Rocky is a certified SCUBA diver. During this certification he realize how much trash goes into the oceans and this sparked a deep interest in helping to clean the ocean.  Another of his interests is a clean healthy lifestyle.  The death of his grandmother made him realize that we cannot fall into bad health habits.  Rocky tries to live a healthy lifestyle by doing meditation, exercise and eating well.  He says without health nothing matters.

Rocky’s family consists of his parents,  two siblings and their families and his dog Jack.  He learned from his parents what a good example of a successful person was as well as what you can achieve by working towards your goals.  Rocky lived in many places such as Colorado, Washington, and La Jolla to name a few. Currently he resides in Los Angeles with his dog Jack.  Some of his hobbies and passions are tennis, swimming, reading, and helping others.  The advice he would give to our youth is to appreciate the services that Penny Lane offers and extend your appreciation to other people in your same situations.

As a board member he joined the finance committee, and he is eager to help the organization by volunteering and supporting the leadership with his talents and any way he can.  Welcome Rocky to our Penny Lane Family!

-Nydia Barakat, Penny Lane Centers