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Our BOOST global street team of advocates and champions.

diegoDiego Arancibia, Director
ASAPconnect, Santa Clara, CA

Diego Arancibia has worked in the field of After-School for over 15 years. His experience ranges from working with elementary, middle school and high school students at the various programmatic and administrative levels. His innovative methods in marketing and programming has produced some of the most successful programs in the nation. Additionally, he has traveled across the nation training youth program advocates in consensus building, action planning, and programming. Currently, Diego is the Coordinator with ASAPconnect and lives in the Bay Area with his beautiful wife and his amazing son and daughter.

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Gabriela Baeza, Program Specialist II
San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA

Gabriela Baeza Delgado joined the San Diego County Office of Education in 1999. As a Project Specialist for violence prevention programs, Gabriela assists schools with the implementation of youth prevention programs, school safety plans, and violence prevention strategies. She provides training in restorative practices, student engagement, student group facilitation, relational aggression, healthy relationships, body image and other gender-responsive topics to administrators and community agencies.

Gabriela has a Master of Arts in Education and School Counseling from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University.  Gabriela is also an Adjunct Professor with Azusa Pacific University.

SallyCarter Sally K. Carter, Director and Founder
Tap In Leadership Academy, Champaign, IL

Sally K. Carter is the director and founder of Tap In Leadership Academy (Tap In). The academy is a relationship-centered after-school and summer enrichment program that creates communities of leaders and engaged scholars who think in a new perspective about themselves and their world. Tap In refers to its youth as scholars to affirm their knowledge, skills, and potential.

Through her practice as a youth advocate, and education trainer, Sally has experienced, first-hand, the challenges faced by youth within disadvantaged communities. She extracts from her professional and personal experiences to create programs that build upon existing community resources. Sally has constructed programs that serve as a vehicle for sustainable, meaningful collaborations.

Tap In continues to grow in the number of scholars and families served throughout Illinois including Chicago. Tap In is working to create a School Readiness Program designed for children between ages 3 and 5, before they begin kindergarten. The goal is to give them access to the same opportunities as children whose families are fortunate enough to afford preschool programs.  The program will ensure that these children are entering kindergarten with the same skill set as their peers who attend private preschool.

Sally earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Kaplan University. She is a published author and has won countless awards for her work. Most recently, Sally was acknowledged by Illinois Lottery as a 2014 Illinois Trailblazer,  http://www.illinoislottery.com/blackhistorymonth. She is also a licensed cosmetologist and successfully owned a hair salon in Urbana for many years. Sally continues to operate her skin care line, Mahogany Essentials, with her daughters. Her husband James is a University of Illinois Detective. They have two daughters, Jazzlyn and Jalyece, one son, James III, and a Chihuahua named Houston.

JGLinkendJulia Gabor, Senior Programs Manager
WRiTE BRAiN World, Los Angeles, CA

Recently, Julia was awarded the Women Making a Difference by U.S. Senator of California Lou Correa for her contributions in youth programming in Orange County, CA. In, 2013 Julia received the OSTI award from BOOST for her contribution to out-of-school time individuals by providing innovative approaches to support students, families and communities.
 
Newly and excitedly Julia has accepted the position of Director of Education at WRiTE BRAiN World where she is expanding and introducing WB curriculum into education communities who want to inspire creativity while applying project- based learning, 21st Century skills and CCSS into the hands of their students. 
 
This past year, Julia launched a college internship program for Sports Management, Hospitality and Marketing majors from universities across the country at the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF). Julia develops specialized programs ranging from activity based curriculum in a variety of different educational areas to creating a colligate mentor program. Starting in 2006 at TWF Julia managed a national character education program called- Tiger's Action Plan (TAP). TAP is a free youth development curriculum that focuses on leadership, goal setting, service learning and career exploration. Julia currently trains and facilitates workshops for educators, mentor professionals and students. She develops implementation strategies across the nation for several types of educational programs in order to enhance student success towards a productive future. Prior to joining TWF, Julia was a Coordinator for the After School All Stars in Los Angeles, where she taught a range of middle school enrichment classes- from personal leadership to sports, to performance and visual art classes.
 
Julia has been teaching/leading groups since she was a teenager working alongside her mother, who is an acting teacher, and coach in the USA and Europe. Julia has served as a trainer/facilitator in disguised learning and cultural diversity throughout California. In 2009, Julia received the Honored Educator Award from Cal State Fullerton for dedication to education in the Orange County Community. Miss Gabor is a graduate of the State University of New York, Fredonia receiving her bachelor's degree in the Fine Arts. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership from Antioch University in 2012.
 

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Eddie Garcia, Director of After School Programs
Lennox School District, Lennox, CA

Eddie Garcia has been the Director of the After School Program in the Lennox School District for the last 7 years, working to provide a safe environment for students to participate in a quality after school program that has a strong Youth Development focus. Prior to the after school program, Eddie was the coordinator of the "El Espejo" Mentoring program. El Espejo is a reputable program in the district that has been in existence for over 15 years. It matches middle school student with Loyola Marymount University students to provide academic mentoring and college awareness.

Eddie graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1999, where he received his degree in Liberal Arts. After raising his teenage nephew and niece because of the passing of his beloved sister, Eddie pursued a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He strongly believes that higher education is the key to success and continuously reinforces it with the students of Lennox. He is a Site Reviewer with the Los Angeles County Office of Education After School Division, a Youth Development Trainer with WestEd, and a member of the LACOE Work-Plan Advisory Group, which serves as the executive committee for after school programs in Los Angeles County. One of the experiences that he enjoys most is being a Site Reviewer because it allows him time to connect with other after school programs in the county to enhance the after school experience for student in the Southern California area. 

Brads PhotoBrad Lupien, Co-President and Co-Founder
arc, Inglewood, CA

Brad Lupien holds a Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Vermont and a Master's in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston, MA . While teaching in the inner-cities of the Boston Public School system, he developed the Outdoor Education Club. His extensive athletic and outdoor experience includes guiding month-long wilderness excursions through the Rocky Mountains and National Parks. Brad left teaching in the classroom to teach in the outdoors. In 2001 Brad met Gary Lipsky, a Los Angeles based entrepreneur, and they began Good Sports Plus, which incorporated later as arc. At arc, Brad currently oversees 32 after school sites, 4 PE sites, and Outdoor Adventure Clubs at over 70 youth organizations. arc older youth model has won city, state and national accolades in the past 3 years. Additionally, Brad is a board member for multiple CBOs including CORE Educational Services, Interfaith Family, SOS Classroom, and the Take Action Campaign. 

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Darlene Mosher, Program Administrator
The Learning Connection, Pomona Unified School District, Pomona, CA

Darlene Mosher has been working in the educational field for the past 15 years. She currently oversees the afterschool program for Pomona Unified School District supporting 21 school sites, approximately 150 staff members and about 2,000 students daily. Darlene began her educational career working as a classroom teacher in 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades. After running various District categorical programs for 5 years, Darlene began her work with afterschool programs in 2009.
Darlene truly cherishes the impact that expanded learning programs have on student success and well-being. She loves being an advocate for children and is excited about the future these programs hold in the educational field. Darlene has a bachelors degree in accounting from Cal State Fullerton, and holds a current CPA license for the state of California. She returned to school in 2000 and received her single subject math and multiple subject teaching credentials from University of La
Verne, as well as a Masters degree in Education. In 2005 she received her Administrative Credential from Cal Poly Pomona. Darlene lives in La Verne with her husband of 33 years, Mike and enjoys spending time with her two grown daughters, son-in-law and two grandsons, ages 1 and 3. 

Erika-PetrelliErika Petrelli, Senior Vice President of Leadership Development
The Leadership Program
Carmel, IN
New York, New York

Currently a speaker, educator, blogger, and mother, Erika Petrelli has been in the field of education for more than 15 years, and she currently exercises her dynamic education experience as The Leadership Program’s Vice President of Leadership Development.  In that role she is responsible for overseeing and supporting the development of over 200 employees, the creation of new and evolving content and curriculum, and the implementation of services throughout the country.    Erika also travels to educational conferences across the country, presenting workshops on leadership, management, training, and motivation.  While The Leadership Program is centrally housed in New York City, Erika lives in Indiana with her husband and two children.  She holds her Masters degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University.  Erika blogs regularly at http://theleadershipprogram.com/tag/wings-whimsy/

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Ginger Shea

Ginger Shea has worked in after school programs in Ventura County for 8 years. Prior to that she was a Special Education Teacher for 10 years. She received her teaching credential from California State University San Bernardino and Master of Arts from California Lutheran University. Ginger is currently working on herdoctorate in a joint program with California State University Channel Islands and Fresno State.

Ginger's first experience with after school programs was in an administrative internship where she fell in love with after school and redesigned the program to be connected with the regular school day and district needs. The momentum and energy of the frontline staff motivated her toward excellence. All kids deserve the best!

Kristin Stayer S12Kristin Stayer, Director
The Park Place Community Center, Anderson, IN

Kristin was born and raised in Meadville, Pennsylvania and then moved to Anderson, Indiana to pursue her undergraduate degree in Social Work. During her time in college, she worked at a local after school program and began investing time in this field. Additionally, Kristin served at the Center for Student Missions (CSM) in Houston for two summers and in Philadelphia for one year. Through this, she realized her passion for the city and for children, families, and communities.

Kristin currently serves as the Executive Director of the Park Place Community Center. As a part of this role, she is the Director of an out-of-school time program for elementary students and is celebrating her tenth year there. Her love for out-of-school time programs and community development led her to BOOST Collaborative to complete her internship for grad school. She recently received her Masters of Urban Studies and Community Development through Eastern University. Since finishing the internship and school, Kristin has continued being a part of the BOOST Team at a distance and managing the BOOST Breakfast Club Blog!

Kristin is married to Eric, a high school math teacher, and together they love renovating their home – DIY style! – , traveling, and mentoring children and youth!

Tiveeda PhotoTiveeda Stovall
San Diego, CA

Tiveeda is currently a national educational consultant. She conducts workshops and facilitates groups around youth community engagement, service-learning, diversity and inclusion in education, youth participatory action research, social justice in education, and non-profit development. In 2016, as a co-author, Tiveeda published an article on "Service-Learning and The Future of America and Education."

Tiveeda served for ten years as Executive Director/Founder of eXcel Youth Zone (XYZ), a California statewide nonprofit which engaged over 34,000 K-12 youth in service-learning opportunities and led the state certification training on service-learning for the California Department of Education. She has over 25 years of social work, counseling and consulting experience with children, adolescents, and families in community, educational and medical settings. Tiveeda has presented at numerous local and national conferences and has been a frequent guest speaker on San Diego's NPR and other local radio to discuss psycho-social, educational and engagement issues pertaining to youth.

Tiveeda received her Master's in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and taught as an adjunct professor in Sociology and Psychology. She is currently a student at Johns Hopkins University in the Doctorate in Education program. She is the past recipient of the Youth Award from Colorado Black Women for Political Action and was the recipient of the 2007 Congresswoman Susan Davis Award for an Adult Actively Engaging Students in Service.


 
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Dr. Katherine Bihr is the Vice President and Executive Director of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. Her responsibilities include providing direction to the personnel, programs and operations of the Tiger Woods Learning Center.

 

Prior to joining TWLC, she was the Principal of Vista View Middle School in Fountain Valley, CA. While there the school received recognition as a California Distinguished School, and Katherine was recognized for her leadership by the Council for Special Education. Additionally, Katherine served on the Superintendent’s Cabinet in the Ocean View School District providing guidance in the areas of physical education and the visual/performing arts.

 

Dr. Bihr serves on the board of directors for the El Viento Foundation which provides education and enrichment opportunities for at-risk students from grades 4-12; and Project Tomorrow which supports the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in K-12 schools and communities. In addition, Katherine sits on the Department of Education Leadership Council for the University of California, Irvine and California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Bihr has presented twice at the United States Department of Education and was an invited panelist in an International Education Forum at the United States Department of Education in November of 2008, focused on Fostering Global Responsibility and Leadership.

 

Her undergraduate degree in kinesiology was completed at Long Beach State University and she holds a Masters of Educational Administration from Azusa Pacific University.  Katherine received a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education.

 

The Tiger Woods Learning Center provides career exploration and college preparation programs to high potential, low opportunity youth and families. During the school day, elementary students and their classroom teachers embark on a one-week indepth study of science. While students become marine biologists and forensic scientists, classroom teachers are provided instruction in developing and delivering hands-on science lessons and the effective use of technology in the classroom. After school junior high and high school students participate in hands-on career exploration activities that help bridge the gap between school and the real world. Outreach programming is also available for families to help them navigate the college application and financial aid processes – helping parent and child understand that going to college is not only affordable, but attainable. In 2008 the Tiger Woods Learning Center was recognized at the state level by the Association of California School Administrators as a Partner in Educational Excellence for its unique programs offered to young people ages 9-18.

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