THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The day Taun Hall’s son Miles was shot and killed, she stepped into her life’s work: Creating change to protect families from a system that failed her son.
Since June 2, 2019, Taun has worked tirelessly with her husband Scott and daughter Alexis, to not only promote awareness of the problems embedded in the care for those living with mental illness, but to identify where the levers of change are.
Following Miles death, The Miles Hall Foundation was created.
Taun's work is supported by the FRIENDS OF SCOTT, ALEXIS AND TAUN HALL, and JUSTICE FOR MILES HALL, which have volunteers and supporters from all over the country.
Taun has formed alliances with other families, organizations, and politicians across the country who are working for change. She is a featured speaker and panelist on media and public and private events.
Her message: Black lives matter, Black minds matter, her son Miles matters, and change is possible and inevitable.
Chair of the Board
Scott Hall is the proud father of Miles and Alexis Hall. On June 2, 2019 his son Miles was shot and killed by Walnut Creek police while he was experiencing a mental health emergency. From the pain of losing a child unnecessarily a new purpose in his life was born. With the support of his wife Taun, daughter Alexis, family, and friends The Miles Hall Foundation was created. All Scott’s time, energy and effort is to honor his son and ensure that there are non-police alternatives for people living with mental illness.
Scott has spent his professional career in the investment industry and is currently an executive for an investment firm that empowers investors to use their private capital to make a positive social impact without compromising return.
Alexis Hall is a Bay Area native and has lived in Walnut Creek since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Spanish minor from San Diego State University in 2020. Alexis currently lives in San Diego, California where she works full time for a tech company.
Alexis is Miles Hall’s younger sister and she was immediately called to public service after Miles was killed by two Walnut Creek police officers in June of 2019. Alexis understands the complexity of getting those who struggle with their mental health the proper help they need, so she along with The Miles Hall Foundation want to create change to protect families from a system that failed her brother and promote awareness of the problems embedded in the care for those living with mental illness.
Her message: Black lives matter; Miles’ life matters, and change is coming.
Kurtis Reese is a native of Los Angeles, Californian, and has lived in Walnut Creek since 2002. He has held various roles in IT leading global teams of various sizes. He and his wife’s background and focus on community collaboration have led him to a number of volunteer opportunities that support youth initiatives. Kurtis received his Bachelor of Science in Management of Information Services and a Masters of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of California. He is happily married with an 18-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter.
His call to public service was born out of tragedy when Miles Hall was killed by two Walnut Creek police officers in June of 2019. Kurtis knew Miles his entire life and has been friends with Scott and Taun Hall since his college days 30 years ago. Kurtis was distraught and was compelled to do something – to speak out about what happened to Miles and to ensure that what happened to the Hall family never happened again.
Since then, Kurtis has engaged with Walnut Creek city leaders to create the Police Chief’s Advisory Board. He piloted a program called “The Talk” where he teamed with WCPD officers and met with high school boys to discuss safe interactions with law enforcement. He also formed a committee that teamed with city staff to establish “listening sessions” which will clearly identify social issues that exist between city leadership, law enforcement, and the community.
Both in his professional life and private life he has a reputation as a measured leader who has the courage and integrity to confront and solve problems. Goodwill drives his actions.
Ted Angus has lived in Walnut Creek since 1980. Ted is an attorney and currently the General Counsel for AssetMark, a financial services firm headquartered in Concord, CA. He has worked in various roles within the financial services field, including as a Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Charles Schwab and at various law firms. He and his wife Lisa raised three children in the Walnut Creek community, providing Ted the opportunity to volunteer in various school and youth sports organizations in the local area. Ted has also been involved in local political campaigns, having served as campaign manager for two City Council candidates in the City of Walnut Creek. Ted received his Bachelor of Arts in both History and Economics from UCLA, and his JD from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He is married with three adult children.
As longtime neighbors and close friends of the Hall family, the tragedy of Miles’ death impacted not only Ted but his entire family, motivating each of them to find their own path to get involved in advocacy and as agents for change within local, regional and state governments and community organizations. Since then, Ted has provided leadership within his company on issues of mental health awareness, has directly engaged with Walnut Creek city leaders to seek accountability as well as positive change as a result of the tragedy, and has served on the Police Chief’s Advisory Board for the City of Walnut Creek.
As is the case for many impacted by the loss of Miles, out of tragedy has come an awakening that more must be done to help those families around us that are impacted by mental illness and the lack of resources and understanding to adequately address their needs. Ted seeks opportunities to use the skills he has developed professionally and in prior community service to effect change and positive outcomes in support of the important mission of the Miles Hall Foundation.
Dave Hobbs retired from a 22-year career in local government at the City of Pittsburg, California in 2003. During his time with the City he served in field and administrative support roles in both the Public Services and City Manager’s Offices. During this tenure he was instrumental in initiating and managing the City’s Healthy Cities project and its Emergency Services preparation and response program. Following his retirement from local government he taught political science and philosophy courses until 2018 as a member of the faculty of the Contra Costa Community College District. A Walnut Creek resident for over 40 years he joined FOSATH in the fall of 2019 and served as the initial chair of its Implicit Bias Committee. He was a member of the FOSATH team which collaborated with the City of Walnut Creek to design and deliver listening sessions to address community trauma and confidence issues related to Miles’ death. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University.
DR. GABRIELLE JONES
Dr. Gabrielle Jones is a licensed psychologist with an expertise in addiction medicine and recovery for adults and adolescents. She also has expertise in social justice, having served on multiple national, state, and local non-profit boards, and currently serving as board chair for a non-profit servicing the re-entry population and their families. Dr. Jones is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, born and raised in Hayward, and completed her doctorate at Oklahoma State University. She commits her time outside of work to giving back to her community through board activities and is passionate about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.