ABOUT US

The Diako Group came about from an observation that our young people were not being groomed to take their rightful place in the community. Young people were not being taught the importance of giving back and being part of the community in a way that made the community a better place to live, work, play and raise your children.

Our young people need to be taught, encouraged and mentored to take their places as interns in legislative offices, Board members on local non-profit boards, assistants and aides to local City Council, School Board and Water Board officials. They need to be encouraged to use their talents to get their message out via social media, podcasts, radio broadcasts, blog postings and more.

If our youth are really our future then let’s not let them have to figure everything out on their own. Help us help them.

Diako will choose a small group of candidates every year to place in key positions with Local legislators, nonprofits and key positions in the community to learn how to make a positive impact. The Young Men and Women will be taught in a classroom and real-life settings how to conduct themselves in meetings, on committees and with influencing decisions affecting their communities. Top students will be sent to Patriot Academy in Texas to learn how the legislative process works. When they return … They will then be groomed to be true leaders for our next crop of Diako Candidates!

Thank You in advance for engaging in helping our youth grow to their full potential.

❖ VISION

We are the organization that will pave the way to a revolutionary method of informing, equipping, and enabling the younger generation
1) to identify and meet their personal and community needs;
2) become community leaders with conservative values; and
3) expand our easy-to-replicate model throughout the United States of America.

❖ VALUES

We stand firm on the pillars of humility, righteousness, integrity, honesty, ethics, and servant leadership, all of which make up our core values.

❖ MISSION

Our mission is to teach young men and women the social, communication, and leadership skills that will help them
1) find their inner courage;
2) develop their character; and
3) become confident community leaders who stand their ground while maintaining their ethics and values.

❖ PURPOSE

Our purpose is to equip the younger generation to lead with the heart of a servant, shape the future, and leave the world a better place than they found it.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joe Messina

Joe Messina

Founder & Board Member

After serving in upper management level positions for several large national corporations, Joe took his “common sense” management style out on his own and has been a successful small business owner in the information & technology field for over 25 years.

Joe doesn’t believe in the philosophy “let someone else do it”! He is an active member of his local community both civically and politically. Joe knows that the youth are our future and is actively involved in making sure they have every opportunity to succeed. Joe currently serves as an elected Board Member for the local school district in his community and continues to enjoy teaching Business Ethics classes through Junior Achievement.

Joe’s desire to make a positive impact is what drives him to remain actively involved in so many areas. Fortunately, all of the children are now grown and out on their own, so he and his wife, Tammy, have time to do just that!

BJ Atkins

BJ Atkins

Board Member

B.J. Atkins is the founder and President of Environmental H.E.L.P., Inc. He is also an elected member of Newhall Water District (NCWD) Board of Directors since being elected in 2005.

BJ served as chair of the Valencia Industrial Association’s Environmental Committee, where he helped foster the expansion of the Valencia Industrial Association into the Valley Industrial Association while serving as President in 2002. He served as chair of the B2B industry show during its inaugural year in 2002. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce and as the Board Chair of the COC Foundation in 1989 and 1990. BJ was named COC Alumni of the Year in 2001

Bj has been an active member of his community serving in his church and on many community advocacy boards. He is a father, Husband, Grandfather, mentor and so much more.

David Neidhart

David Neidhart

Board Member

Dave is a Husband Father Grandfather. He is a co-founder of Wesco Machinery. David has helped many manufacturing companies startups with his vast knowledge of the CRC industry. He is well known in the Manufacturing industry. David has been involved in the community and Church well over 40 years.

David was one of the founding members of CBMC Christian Businessmen’s Committee and the Dunamis Group, a Christian businessmen’s group. Davis has been actively involved in helping to teach young men  and women to be productive and active members of their community

Roger Doumanian

Roger Doumanian

Board Member

Roger Doumanian is a forward-thinking entrepreneur whose experience in business, law, marketing, and leadership make him a highly sought-after coach, speaker, advisor, and trainer for various industries from startups to public companies. His distinguished career includes roles as an accomplished Business Attorney in private practice, Certified Business Coach, and Influential Public Speaker with Harvest Seminars and The John Maxwell Team. His past careers include executive positions in marketing, technology, and entertainment.

Roger is recognized for his commitment to educate, empower, and inspire people to be the best version of themselves. He has been a trusted advisor to senior-level executives, entrepreneurs, business owners, and church leaders. Roger is a member of the Board of Directors of the Valley Industrial Association, an active member of the community, a husband, and father of 2 beautiful children.

“As leaders, we must have a visionary mindset that defines new trends, but our hearts should always be for the people that allow us to lead.” – Roger Doumanian

Carlo Basail

Carlo Basail

Board Member

Carlo has spent most of his adult life in the entertainment world as a set designer and builder. He has been very active in his Church, community, and political clubs in and around Los Angeles County. Carlo serves on many boards and committees that help enrich his community and the people in it. His heart is for the youth and he understands that we need to encourage and train them up to better their communities through their actions and deeds.

DIAKO
One who serves others in the true form of a leader.
One who cares for the poor, one entrusted to distribute resources and wealth to those in need.