BOOST Ambassadors

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.

Gabriela Baeza - PhotoGabriela 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 at Azusa Pacific University.

Karen PhotoKaren Cantrell, Consultant

Karen graduated from National University in 1996 with a Bachelors degree in Behavior Science. She went on and obtained her Master's Degree in Education from Concordia University, in 2003. She also holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. She was the Director of Extended Care at Saint Philip the Apostle School from1982-1999 when she joined Pasadena LEARNs as a site coordinator and subsequently became the program director. Ms. Cantrell continues to be a Consultant for after School programs in California. 

SallyCarterSally K. Carter, CEO and Founder
Tap In Leadership Academy, Champaign, IL

Sally K. Carter is the CEO 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. 


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 students 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. 

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

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/


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 her doctorate 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!

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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