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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BRYAN ANDERSON, Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California, Community Coordinator
CYNTHIA BROOKS, Pacific Housing Inc., Director, Program Development
HENRY CHEN, Greater Los Angeles Area, California State Board of Equalization, Tax Counsel III (Specialist)
ARACELI CORRAL, Modesto City Schools, Afterschool Program Site Coordinator
JENNIFER DER, City of Daly City, Department of Library and Recreation Services, Recreation Supervisor
SCOTT DINITS, Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley, Human Resources Director
MAX FIGUEROA, After School All-Stars, Los Angeles, Director of Program Quality & Academic Alignment
MELISSA LLORENTE HEWKO, San Jose, Google Inc, Sales Manager
DEBRA MASON, Planting Seeds of Health, Consultant
SARA REYES, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Director of the Children, Youth, and Family Development Division
LOGAN ROBERTSON,Three Rivers, Educational Consultant
ESTHER ROSARIO, Community Leader
WHITNEY STANIFORD, First 5 California, Information Officer I, External Affairs Division
ANDRIAN TORRES, Los Angeles, City Year Los Angeles, Senior Program Director
FEMI VANCE, American Institutes for Research, Researcher
ALBERT VILLALTA, Marketing Consultant
Note: Organizations are listed for identification purposes only.
View past board members here.
BRYAN ANDERSON | Emeryville | Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California, Community Coordinator
Joined the CalSAC Board of Directors in 2016, currently serving on the External Committee
Bryan Anderson grew up in San Jose, CA attending several after school programs. These early experiences helped him see the impact after school mentors and programs could have on the development of youth. For 8 years Bryan managed after school programs with the Los Gatos – Saratoga Recreation Department. His programs focused on the core principal that all children have within them an infinite potential and that it is the responsibility of the program to create an environment that allows this potential to take shape. In 2015, Bryan earned a certificate in the Fundamental Management of Nonprofits through San Francisco State University. He currently works for the Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California as the Community Coordinator. His primary objectives there are supporting the organization’s volunteer run programs and major fundraising activities.
CYNTHIA BROOKS | Sacramento | Pacific Housing Inc., Director, Program Development
Joined the CalSAC Board of Directors in 2015, currently serving on the Governance Committee
For over 10 years, Cynthia Brooks has provided Pacific Housing, Inc. with program oversight and direct supervision of over 15 staff that provide youth and adult education services and social service referrals for residents at over 15 apartment housing communities in Northern California. With almost 20 years’ experience in community organizing, Cynthia is armed with an insight to work with groups from various diversities and economic backgrounds while assessing the greatest needs in their community. Her ability to assess the community needs, design and implement programs has had a positive impact on her team of Resident Service Specialists. Having provided direct services for youth and adults as an AmeriCorps member, teen summer job counselor, afterschool program leader, and high school career center technician gives her a strong foundation for providing support and guidance for OST professionals with her creative management style and a sincere concern for their personal and professional development as they continue their work in the community.
HENRY CHEN | Greater Los Angeles Area | California State Board of Equalization, Tax Counsel III (Specialist)
Joined the CalSAC Board in 2017
Henry Chen handles disputes and writes related opinions for the Appeals Division of the California State Board of Equalization, located in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Previously, Henry practiced in a law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area and also served as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 technology company in San Diego. Before becoming a lawyer, Henry worked as a certified public accountant in an accounting firm in Chicago. Henry specializes in tax.
Henry is also raising three children with his wife; and enjoys learning and experiencing new things that interest them. Some of Henry’s favorite activities in his spare time are snowboarding, exploring beaches, and playing tennis. During his young adult years, in his hometown near Chicago, Henry taught tennis to school-age children.
ARACELI CORRAL | Modesto | Modesto City Schools, After School Program Site Coordinator
Joined the CalSAC Board of Directors in 2015, currently serving on the External Committee
Araceli Corral is an After School Program Site Coordinator for Modesto City Schools providing academic enrichment, cultural and social enrichment, and an array of activities for children and families at three elementary sites. Araceli began her career in intervention and prevention programming as a youth volunteer through her local Sheriff's Department and local non-profit agencies. Prior to working for Modesto City Schools, she was employed as a Prevention Specialist, she provided alternatives to the Juvenile Justice System for first-time offenders who committed a misdemeanor offense by providing an opportunity to have their case heard in Youth Court. Araceli holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration. She highly values family time; therefore, in her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. Araceli and her husband make it a priority to nurture and give their toddler the security and love required so their child may grow up a strong confident leader.
JENNIFER DER | Daly City | City of Daly City, Department of Library and Recreation Services, Recreation Supervisor
Joined the CalSAC Board of Directors in 2012, Currently serving as the Secretary and on the External Committee
Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the field of recreation beginning as a youth worker and volunteer for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and currently as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Daly City’s Department of Library and Recreation Services. Jennifer also serves as a lecturer at San Francisco State University under the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and is a Lifeguard Instructor and Water Safety Instructor Trainer for the City of Daly City through the American Red Cross. Jennifer has also served as a member of the Ways and Means, Mentoring and/or Education and Training committees for District 4 of the California Parks and Recreation Society and is presently, the Region II Representative for the Supervisor’s Section. Locally, she serves on the School Site Council for Junipero Serra Elementary School and assists with the PTA. Jennifer also has 6 years of experience as a CalSAC project leader and is an NPASS STEM trainer. In addition, Jennifer is also a fellow in the first cohort of the CalSAC Leadership Development Institute for leaders of color in the field and is a trainer for the English Learners Training & Professional Development project. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration Management, with a minor in Asian American Studies and a Master’s of Science in Recreation Administration.
SCOTT DINITS | Chico | Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley, Human Resources Director
Joined the CalSAC Board of Directors in 2014, currently serving on the Extneral Committee
Scott has worked with civic and social service organizations and supported out-of-school time programs for the last 13 years. For the past 10 years he’s worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley in a variety of roles—youth development professional, volunteer coordinator and HR. Currently as Human Resources Director for the organization he focuses on policy, recruitment, hiring, and training and development. Scott focuses on finding the most skilled passionate people to provide the young people that need us most with a safe, positive, and enriching environment to learn and grow. He is also a co-director of the Ability First Youth Sports Camp—a sports camp that provides wheelchair sports instruction and recreational sport activities to youth ages 8-17 with physical disabilities. Scott has a BA in Organizational Communication and minors in Public Relations and Public Administration from California State University, Chico.
Scott has been involved with CalSAC since 2008 in a variety of roles. He is an endorsed trainer, and has been a Mentor and ToT Project Leader for 4 years. In his free time Scott enjoys volunteering for various community causes and spends time with his family hiking, biking and cooking on his BBQ’s.
MAX FIGUEROA | Los Angeles | After School All-Stars, Los Angeles, Director of Program Quality & Academic Alignment
Joined the CalSAC Board of Directors in 2016, currently serving on the Internal Committee
Max Figueroa received his BA in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge. He then received a California Teaching Credential from California State University Los Angeles. He has worked in the classroom, but for the past 10 years has been dedicated to out-of-school time programs. He has managed elementary, middle, and high school programs, in the capacity of Regional Supervisor and Education Coordinator. He joined After School All-Stars, Los Angeles in 2015 to focus on aligning the organization with its current district and charter organizations' academic efforts and spearheads the agency's Quality Standards. Max Figueroa is also in the process of finishing his Master of Public Administration from Cal State University Northridge.
MELISSA LLORENTE HEWKO | San Jose | Google Inc, Sales Manager
Joined the CalSAC Board in 2017
Melissa Llorente Hewko has nearly 15 years experience working in the Technology Sector. For 10+ years, she led sales and operations teams at Google, engaging with all types of businesses ranging from small and medium to Fortune 500s. She cares deeply for her teams and became an expert in onboarding entry-level talent by helping to launch 100s of careers. Known for running one of the highest performing and ‘happiest’ teams in her segment, Melissa is focused on creating an environment where her team members can develop and excel. She also helps lead business related diversity and inclusion efforts, aimed at improving awareness and building a stronger, more inclusive, community. Currently, Melissa designs and facilitates global programs aimed to keep Google’s talent fresh, engaged and cutting-edge.
DEBRA MASON | Bay Point | Planting Seeds of Health, Consultant
Joined the CalSAC Board of Directors in 2014, currently serving as VP of the Interal Committee
Debra Mason was born and raised in Bay Point, California where she still resides today. She has always been a strong advocate for the children and families in her community. Debra is focused on improving the health of children and families by focusing on nutrition, physical activity and gardening. Debra worked as a Program Director of several ASES sites for 12 years before joining UC Cooperative Extension as a Healthy Living Program Coordinator. In 2004 Debra went through the CalSAC Trainer of Trainers program. She was the recipient of the Network for a Healthy California Champion for Change award in 2008 and the 2010 Governor’s Spotlight Silver Award for outstanding recreation program. She is currently the Chair of the Bay Point Advisory Council and the CEO of the Bay Point Community Foundation a non-profit she helped start in 2006.
SARA REYES | San Jose | Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Director of the Children, Youth and Families Division
Joined the CalSAC Board of Directors in 2014, currently serving as the Treasurer and on the Internal Committee
Sara Reyes is the Director of the Children, Youth, and Family Development Division at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County (CCSCC). Ms. Reyes has been with CCSCC for 11 years and manages over 25 contracts with the Division budget exceeding 4 million dollars. Ms. Reyes holds a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts from The National Hispanic University and a Masters in Public Administration from San Jose State University. Some of her active memberships include the Franklin-McKinley Children's Initiative Governance Board, and Los Padrinos Board for the Washington United Youth Center. Ms. Reyes volunteers at St. John Vianney School, Alum Rock Little League, and the Police Athletic League’s Berryessa Cougars Football.
LOGAN ROBERTSON| Three Rivers | Educational Consultant
Joined the CalSAC Board in 2017
Logan Robertson is active in local, regional, and statewide efforts to support expanded learning opportunities for youth. She has worked with programs in California, Guatemala, and Honduras. Logan earned a Bachelor's degree with a double major in Spanish and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has served on the faculty of the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and has been a CalSAC trainer and mentor since 2010. Her current work focuses on program evaluation and grant writing. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO) and consults for Central Valley Afterschool Foundation on a variety of projects.
ESTHER ROSARIO | Riverbank | Community Leader
Joined the CalSAC Board of Directors in 2012, elected President in 2015, currently serving on the Governance Committee
Esther Rosario, joined THINK Together as the Director of Regional Operations for the Elk Grove and Sacramento Region in March of 2013. Formerly, Esther was the Director of Health and Social Services for Riverbank Unified School District in Stanislaus County where she oversaw a myriad of support programs from early childhood education to adult education. Esther lead a number of initiatives that brought resources to children and families and was responsible for extended learning program and operations for over 1,100 students daily across five K-12 sites. Esther joined the California School-Age Care Consortium (CalSAC) board in 2012, is a co-chair of the California Afterschool Network Leadership Team and remains active in many community, county and state initiatives that are responsive to the needs of children and families.
WHITNEY STANIFORD | Sacramento | First 5 California, Information Officer I, External Affairs Division
Joined CalSAC Board of Directors in 2015, currently serving as VP of the External Committee
Whitney Staniford has worked in California state policy and politics for the last 7 years serving on State Superintendent Tom Torlakson's team in various roles in the state Senate and Assembly, on campaigns for Assembly and State Superintendent elections, atnd at the California Department of Education. Whitney is a former Legislative Representative at the California Department of Education, representing Superintendent Torlakson in the Legislature on education policy issues related to the whole child and community schools, including the comprehensive system of education and care outside the traditional K-12 school-day, spanning the early childhood education continuum to expanded learning programs for school-aged children and youth. Whitney graduated from UC Davis with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Sociology. She is the proud auntie of a three-year-old and a five-year-old.
ANDRIAN TORRES | Los Angeles | City Year Los Angeles, Senior Program Director
Joined the CalSAC Board in 2017
Andrian Torres has dedicated his professional career to education, service and mentorship. He currently resides in Los Angeles serving as the Senior Program Director for City Year Los Angeles, who's mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. For the past 9 years, he has served in multiple capacities with the organization as Service and Program Manager, Program Director and now overseeing the day to day management of 300 volunteers and 30 staff members and the execution of the entire program as the Senior Program Director. Andrian is proud Bay Area native! Prior to City Year, he worked for The Summer Search Foundation in San Francisco, providing underserved youth home-stay experiences abroad, college transition and support, to help them navigate through life from high school to adulthood. Prior to Summer Search, Andrian spent 5 years at the school house level where he was the Intervention Specialist and Physical Education Coordinator at Melrose Leadership Academy, a K-8 dual immersion school in Oakland, CA. Andrian is a proud AmeriCorps alum of Playworks/Sport4Kids, promoting cooperative games and healthy lifestyles on and off the playground for students. Andrian has been a lifelong Oakland A's, Warrior and Raider fan and always puts family first.
FEMI VANCE | San Diego | American Institutes for Research, Researcher
Joined CalSAC Board in 2016, currently serving on the External Committee
Dr. Femi Vance has nearly 15 years of experience in the youth development field. She has worked with foster youth, military children and teens, and English Language Learners. Femi holds a Master of Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from UC Irvine. Her research focuses on positive youth development, skill building in youth programs, and professional development for informal educators. Femi also evaluates and provides technical assistance to school and community-based programs. In her spare time, Femi enjoys getting active! Her favorite activities are yoga and salsa and bachata dancing.
ALBERT VILLALTA | Los Angeles | Marketing Consultant
Joined CalSAC Board in 2015, currently serving on the External Committee
Albert Villalta is a hybrid marketing executive with advertising agency and client-side experience, serving both the general and Hispanic markets with an emphasis in client management, strategic marketing, operations, and creative direction. Albert’s background includes work across diverse categories including Performing Arts, QSR, Education, Government, Financial Services, Real Estate, Non-profit, and Consumer Packaged Goods with well-known organizations like The Los Angeles Film School, McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., Wells Fargo Bank, and the California Department of Health Services, to name a few.
Albert earned his Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Pepperdine University and a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands. He has also been honored by the City of Los Angeles for contributions to the cultural enrichment of the Central American community.
Former members of the CalSAC Board of Directors
Note: organization may not be current, based on affiliation at the time of service.
Morghan V. Young-Alfaro, Anchoring Success
2015 - 2017, served as VP of the Governance Committee
Debbie Richardson Brister, Community Leader
2015 - 2016, served on the Governance Committee
Lupine Reppert, formerly with Arrowhead Management
2014 - 2015, served as External Vice President
Ron Quini, Kamikaze Consulting
2008 - 2015, served as President and Treasurer
Fred Becker, Becker Institute Inc.
2012 - 2015, served on the External Committee
Agnes Chan, Coastside Children's Programs
2012 - 2015, served as Treasurer
Simon Lee, formerly with Growth & Learning Opportunities
2007 - 2014, served as President
Deidre Corwin, Glendale Unified School District
2007 - 2013, served as Secretary, on the Public Policy Committee and as the Chapter Liaison
Arnold Chandler, A.L. Chandler Consulting
2010 - 2013, served on the Public Policy Committee
Cathie Mostovoy, Mostovoy Strategies (formerly Woodcraft Rangers)
2007 - 2012, served as President, Vice President and on the Public Policy Committee
Michelle Pelliccino, formerly with THINK Together
2006 - 2012, served as President Elect, Secretary and on the Finance Committee
Elaine Moore, YMCA of Greater Los Angeles
2004 - 2010, served on the Board Development Committee and on the Finance Committee
Mark Mariscal, City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Rec & Park
2006 - 2009, served as Treasurer and on the Finance Committee
Rocio Abundis-Rodriquez, formerly Monterey County Office of Education
2007 - 2009, served on the Publice Policy Committee
K.J. Lavoie, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
2008 - 2009
Rene Dahl, San Francisco State University
2006 - 2009
2004 - 2009, served as Treasurer and on the Finance Committee and Board Development Committee
Jennifer Peck, Partnership for Children & Youth
2003 - 2009, served as President and on the Public Policy Committee
Len Heid, Kids Country
1997 - 2009, served as President and on the Finance Committee and Outreach Committee
Allen Fernandez Smith, formerly San Francisco Mayor's Office of Community Development
2006 - 2009, served as Vice President and on the Public Policy Committee
ElizaBeth Phillips, Child Development Inc.
2002 - 2008, served as Secretary and on the Professional Development Commitee
2005 - 2008, served on Professional Development Committee and Audit Committee
Amy Scharf, California Tomorrow
2007 - 2008, served on the Audit Committee and the Outreach Committee
David Militzer, CA Department of Education
2005 - 2008, served on the Public Policy Committee
Roy Mendiola, Fresno Afterschool
2004 - 2007, served as President Elect and on the Public Policy Committee
2004 - 2007, served on Board Development Committee and Public Policy Committee
Jim Stephens, Orange Unified School District
2004 - 2007, served on Board Development Committee, Professional Development Committee and Outreach Committee
Pam Brasher, Santee School District
1994 - 2007, served as Vice President and on the Professional Development Committee
Amy Christianson, Butte County Office of Education
2005 - 2006, served on the Audit Committee
Mary Hoshiko, YMCA of Santa Clara Valley
1999 - 2005, served as Interim Vice President and on the Board Development Committee
Cheri Chord, formerly Access Leisure Team Program
1997 - 2005, served on the Outreach Committee
Annamaria Galbraith, LA City Rec & Park
1997 - 2005, served on the Public Policy Committee and the Outreach Committee