Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California, Community Coordinator
Board Term: 2016-2019, 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.
Pacific Housing Inc., Director, Program Development
Board Term: 2015-2018, Governance Committee, VP
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.
California State Board of Equalization, Tax Counsel III (Specialist)
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.
City of Daly City, Department of Library and Recreation Services, Recreation Supervisor
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.
MELISSA LLORENTE HEWKO
Google Inc, Sales Manager
Board Term: 2017-2020, External Committee
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.
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Director of the Children, Youth and Families Division
Board Term: 2017-2020, Internal Committee, VP
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.
Board Term: 2017-2020, External Committee
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.
Board Term: 2015-2018, Governance Committee President
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.
First 5 California, Information Officer I, External Affairs Division
Board Term: 2015-2018, External Committee, VP
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.
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.