DeNae Reagins

The Cultural Alliance will honor DeNae Reagins at this year’s Black History Celebration.

DeNae Reagins was born and raised in Banning and now serves as secretary on the board of trustees at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, where he was born.

He is a 1981 graduate of Banning High School. As a child in Banning, Reagins was an active member of the First Missionary Baptist Church. He has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Riverside and a master of arts degree in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino.

Reagins worked as an elementary school teacher and program coordinator in Los Angeles Unified School District. He served for two years as an assistant principal and for three years as the principal of Matthew Gage Middle School in Riverside Unified School District.

He co-authored a professional guidebook with former colleagues titled, “Principles for the Principal.” The book is a collection of anecdotal tips, tools, and templates aimed at providing relevant and practical ideas for new and aspiring school administrators.

Reagins is a co-founder of Instructional Access, Inc. and currently serves as co-president and chief academic officer. He also serves as treasurer of the Instructional Access Inc. Board of Directors. The company provides consulting and training services in instructional technology for youth and families in “at-risk” situations.

The company has provided services to more than 27,000 students in 27 states and Puerto Rico. Reagins is responsible for new program development and manages the company’s instructional practices. He also serves as a liaison between federal agencies and county and state clients.

He is also a co-founder and serving in his final term as president of the Natlie A. Cole-Reagins Education and Cancer Research Foundation (

Reagins’ past and current professional affiliations include the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Southern California Minority Business Council, and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).

Reagins’ philanthropic efforts include relief donations to national and world disasters. He also supports local faith-based and non-profit organizations such as the Riverside Education Enrichment Foundation (REEF).

Reagins is the proud father of two sons, Gared and Gavin.

This year’s Black History Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 at the historic Banning Woman’s Club Building, 175 W. Hays St. Banning.

The program includes dinner, a renowned speaker, Daniel Walker, entertainment, and exhibits. Reservations are $25.

Reservations become available on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at (951) 922-4911 or through PayPal at


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