Sobrato Centers for Nonprofits:
Milpitas, San Jose and Redwood Shores
Sobrato Family Foundation
Chief Executive Officer
Rick Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sobrato Family Foundation (SFF), one of Silicon Valley’s largest philanthropic organizations. SFF’s mission is to promote access to high-quality education, career pathways, and essential human services, as it seeks to make Silicon Valley a place of opportunity for all its residents. Prior to joining SFF, Mr. Williams founded and was President of Realize Consulting Group, a management consultant firm focused on creating effective and sustainable solutions for philanthropic and nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve. Mr. Williams also served at the Director of the Asset Funders Network, USA, a national community of foundations and grantmakers advancing programs and policies that promote economic opportunity by helping low-income individuals build and protect financial assets. From 2001-2005, Mr. Williams was National Programs Director at the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation where he oversaw grantmaking in the areas of homelessness, substance abuse, foster youth, after-school services, and poverty prevention. Mr. Williams is currently on the Board of the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY). Previously Mr. Williams served as the Board Chairperson of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA and a founding board member of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). Mr. Williams also previously served as the Deputy Director of the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department and Director of the Santa Clara County’s psychiatric inpatient services. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical psychology from Washington State University and a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University.
Mara Williams Low is the Sobrato Family Foundation’s Program Director, responsible for Nonprofit Center programming, the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative as well as the operational aspects of the foundation. Prior to her current position, Ms. Williams Low was Program Officer and managed the application and selection process for Nonprofit Center tenants. Before joining SFF in 2006, she served three years as Grants Administrator at The Valley Foundation in Los Gatos, and from 1998-2005, was the Associate Director of Adage School of Performing Arts, a dance school and pre-professional company in Milpitas. She also spent years as an Editorial Producer for the San Jose Mercury News. Ms. Williams Low holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley.
Director of Strategic Grantmaking
Kenji Treanor leads all of SFF’s grantmaking, including the strategic portfolios in the 21st Century Education and the Pathways to Success programs, as well as the General Operating Support grants. His responsibilities include strategy development, program design, grantee and project identification, proposal review, funding recommendations, impact evaluation, supervision of program staff, and representing Sobrato to other funders and partners. Mr. Treanor joined SFF as Senior Program Officer in 2013, focused on education, with his role expanding in 2015 to encompass all of the foundation’s funding programs. In addition to grantmaking, Mr. Treanor also provides strategic leadership and holds top-line management responsibility for the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) initiative, including creating and directing SEAL’s scaling plan, and supervising senior SEAL staff. Prior to SFF, Mr. Treanor served nine years at the James Irvine Foundation, most recently as Program Officer, managing grants to build college and career pathways in low-income communities across California. He is also co-founder and board chair of Next Generation Scholars, an educational nonprofit that serves disadvantaged youth and families in Marin County. Mr. Treanor received his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and holds a BA in American Studies, with emphasis in Ethnic Studies and Socio-Political Analysis, from UC Santa Cruz.
Program Officer of Impact and Learning
As Program Officer of Impact and Learning, Maggie Hobstetter works with Foundation leadership, grantmaking, and operations teams to develop and implement the frameworks and processes by which the Foundation learns about impact of its investments. Prior to joining SFF, Ms. Hobstetter served as Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Bixby Center at UC Berkeley, where she led the Population and Reproductive Health Program’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning efforts. From 2010-2011, Ms. Hobstetter managed a portfolio of reproductive health projects and research on the Thai-Burma border as a consultant with Ibis Reproductive Health. Her earlier work has included implementing projects in Ghana, Thailand, and Haiti, and serving as a post-production unit manager with National Geographic Television and Film. Ms. Hobstetter holds a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Fordham University School of Law, a Master of Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and BA from American University. Maggie is licensed to practice law in the State of California.
As Sobrato Family Foundation’s Program Officer for our Pathways for Success and 21st Century Education programs, Jessica Lazar aids program design and implementation, and helps build and maintain relationships with our grantee partners, funding peers, and other leaders in the field. She brings a strong background in nonprofit professional experience to the Foundation from her previous position at Playworks in Silicon Valley, where she served as program coordinator and then as program manager. At Playworks, Ms. Lazar oversaw all aspects of school site programming, including planning, implementation, performance evaluation and budgeting, as well as the management, support, and cultivation of the teams that implemented programs in more than 25 schools in the region. Ms. Lazar holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from University of San Francisco, and a BA in History from Santa Clara University.
As Program Officer, Kailyn works on a wide range of program-related work for our 21st Century Education and Pathways for Success programs, as well as General Operating Support grants. Kailyn came to SFF after several years of serving as a Congressional staffer for Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington DC and the state, where she managed a diverse legislative portfolio. She earned her Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and holds a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego.
As Grants Manager, Tamara Radcliffe coordinates the pre- and post-administrative aspects of cash grant awards, and a host of communications, operations, and program-related duties. Ms. Radcliffe came to SFF from her position as Program Assistant in the Office of Community Health at Stanford School of Medicine, following her time as Community Grants Coordinator at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Behavioral Science from San Jose State University.
Meghan Kinoshita joined the Sobrato Family Foundation in September 2016 and provides executive support to the CEO and manages day-to-day administrative operations within the Foundation. She serves as a liaison to the board of directors and works with Foundation staff on special projects. Ms. Kinoshita brings to her position more than 15 years of public relations and writing/communications experience in both corporate and nonprofit organizations. She has held various positions in local nonprofit organizations including the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Silicon Valley chapter of the American Heart Association and currently serves on the board of directors for Sunnyvale National Little League. Ms. Kinoshita holds a BA in English/Journalism and attended Fordham University for graduate studies in Mass Communications.
Sobrato Centers for Nonprofits
Property Manager, Sobrato Centers for Nonprofits: Milpitas, San Jose and Redwood Shores
As Property Manager, Remy-Anne Viajar assists with all tenant-related inquiries and concerns, provides outstanding customer service, and acts as a liaison for SFF with the community. For four years prior to her current position, Ms. Viajar served as the Nonprofit Center Coordinator, managing the daily events and providing property management support at the Milpitas and San Jose Nonprofit Centers. Prior to joining SFF in 2008, Ms. Viajar worked for the City of Milpitas, Park and Recreation department. She holds a BS in Kinesiology, with a minor in Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism Management from San Jose State University.
Nonprofit Center Coordinator, San Jose
Olena Randall is the new SCNP-San Jose Coordinator, acting as on-site contact for tenants, visitors and vendors, and supporting key aspects of conference center programming. Olena comes to us from Unity Care Group, most recently serving as accounts payable administrator where she managed a variety of financial tasks and vendor relationships. Previously, Olena served as Unity Care’s senior administrative assistant where she supported the executive staff and managed internal events. Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Olena brings her passion for service to the Foundation, along with years of voluntarism to organizations such as Ocean Conservancy and Surfrider Foundation, and to reforestation efforts in both the Hakalau Rainforest and Volcanoes National Park. She holds a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from UC San Diego.
Nonprofit Center Coordinator, Milpitas
Rayna Simpson is the SCNP-Milpitas Coordinator, responsible for conference center coordination, tenant requests, assisting with capital improvements, and contributing to center programming across all three Sobrato Center for Nonprofits properties. Ms. Simpson is a Milpitas native, and brings a host of experience in operations and budget administration, guest and member services, facilities management, vendor communications, event coordination, training, and human resources to this position—serving for several years as Operations Manager at Bally Total Fitness, and most recently, as Administrator with Robert Half International in Palo Alto.
Nonprofit Center Coordinator, Redwood Shores
Elizabeth Zevada is the Nonprofit Center Coordinator in Redwood Shores. She serves as the on-site contact for conference center administration and property management. As a former Charitable Givings Liaison with Lush Cosmetics, Ms. Zevada brings deep experience in community engagement and networking, as well as skills in both volunteer and event coordination. And as a San Francisco Peninsula native, she is passionate about regional prosperity being shared by everyone in the community. Ms. Zevada holds an MA in International Studies with an emphasis in Social Justice, along with a BA in History from UC Santa Cruz.
SEAL: Sobrato Early Academic Language Model
Dr. Anya Hurwitz has a longstanding commitment to creating the conditions for public schools to meet the diverse needs of their students’ academic and socio-emotional development. She has worked as a teacher, school leader, district administrator, and within the educational nonprofit sector. The early part of Dr. Hurwitz’s career was in New York City where she helped start a small secondary school in the Bronx and then became a Network Leader within the NYC Department of Education to a diverse group of 24 schools, preschool through early college. In 2010, she moved to northern California and began working as an educational consultant supporting district and school leaders as they planned and implemented strategic reform efforts. Dr. Hurwitz joined the SEAL team in 2014. She has a doctorate in educational leadership from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Laurie Olsen’s career spans more than four decades as a researcher, writer, advocate and provider of technical assistance and professional development on powerful programs for English Learners, preschool through community college. For 23 years, she led California Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization committed to California’s future as a culturally and linguistically diverse state. Dr. Olsen designed and directed a successful demonstration project in immigrant education in high schools in two California districts, and served as chief consultant to The PROMISE Initiative, focused on transformative education for English Learners in southern California. Dr. Olsen has published dozens of books, videos, articles and reports on educational equity, and has consulted with hundreds of schools and districts throughout the nation. She has a Ph.D. in social and cultural studies in education from UC Berkeley.
Director of Training & Strategic Design
Jennifer Analla has been working in the field of elementary education for more than 20 years. She began her career as a classroom teacher, and then transitioned to providing professional development for teachers and administrators throughout California—specializing in early literacy, and working with English Learners. Ms. Analla has been part of the SEAL team since 2009, having joined the second year of SEAL’s 5-year pilot. She worked closely with Dr. Laurie Olsen to design and deliver the model of training for SEAL replication. Ms. Analla is a certified Reading Recovery teacher, and a Tier IV GLAD Trainer, and holds both a Masters Degree in Education from UC Santa Barbara, and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administrative Credential from San Jose State University.
Director of District Partnerships
As Director of District Partnerships, Patricia Delaney coordinates visits to SEAL demonstration sites, and works with key district level leaders who have an interest in implementing the SEAL model. Ms. Delaney has been an educator for more than 25 years—beginning in bilingual first grade classroom in San Rafael, leading to more than a decade teaching in K-5 classrooms across the district. While at San Rafael City Schools, Ms. Delaney developed a new district-wide teacher support program based on the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project, and became the district’s New Teacher Advisor—later working at the county level with Marin County Office of Education’s BTSA program. Ms. Delaney has also served as a K-8 school site administrator, and as San Rafael’s K-12 Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. She holds a BA in Bilingual Education and Latin American Studies from Cal State University Chico, a teaching credential from Cal State Sonoma, and a Masters in Educational Leadership with an Administrative Services Credential from San Francisco State University.
As Business Manager, Saul Zevada manages the day-to-day business activities of the Sobrato Early Academic Language initiative, supports administrative and operational functions within SEAL, and serves as liaison to The Sobrato Organization around SEAL’s finance, IT, and HR activities. Mr. Zevada brings years of relevant experience working in the Ravenswood City School District—most recently charged with systems management, data tracking and configuration, and HR and budgetary reporting activities for Ravenswood’s Human Resources Department and Superintendent’s Office. His firsthand knowledge of school district practices and procedures, experience in both client services and case management at community-based organizations, and strong commitment to the mission of the Foundation advance SEAL’s work with our partner schools. Mr. Zevada holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chicana/o Studies from UC Santa Barbara.
Theresa Rossetto provides program support and handles administration, replication coordination, events, and communication duties for the SEAL team. Before joining SEAL, Ms. Rossetto spent a decade working in public safety in training and management capacities, and was honored with the Ramona Miller Pillar of Inspiration Award in 2002 by her peers and police chiefs throughout Santa Clara County. For more than 25 years, Bay Area native Ms. Rossetto has supported adults afflicted with muscular dystrophy, helping to advocate for their rights and needed support, and has strong ties to the local Italian Heritage Foundation in San Jose. She holds BA degrees in both Psychology and Child Development from San Jose State University.
Digital Platforms and Communications Specialist
Monica Alegre joins the SEAL team with over eight years experience in PR and Marketing. As the Digital Platforms and Communications Specialist, she assists SEAL by supporting the creation and implementation of online systems utilized to build and strengthen the efficiency and quality of SEAL operations and communications. Prior to joining SEAL, Monica served as the Director of Marketing & Special Events at Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley. She was also a Circle K International member and Kiwanian for several years where she was recognized for Outstanding Service and as a Distinguished District Chair in 2009. Monica is currently involved in a start-up media company dedicated to leading and exhibiting positive social change both nationwide and in our community.
Nanette Garcia provides quality production, distribution, and inventory maintenance support for the SEAL team. Before joining SEAL, Ms. Garcia was a Response to Instruction (RTI) Tutor at Guadalupe Elementary and an ELL Instructional Assistant at Carlton Avenue Elementary. Having previously worked as an event-marketing manager for a software company, Ms. Garcia also has a strong background in graphic design and event marketing. She is an appointed Notary Public for the state of California and holds a BA degree in Rhetoric & Communication, with a minor in Psychology, from UC Davis.
Krista Kleidon serves as Materials Specialist for SEAL, providing project management and materials support to all aspects of the Sobrato Early Academic Language Model. She brings a strong background in graphic design and production necessary to the design, replication, and distribution of SEAL training and collateral materials. Before joining SEAL, Krista worked for several years in sales and high-tech marketing in Silicon Valley. She is very involved in the educational endeavors of her children and has devoted many hours volunteering at their school. Krista holds a BA in Graphic Communication with a concentration in Design Reproduction from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Heather Skibbins’ experience in education began with her work helping struggling high school students in Berkeley High School’s Rebound program, and continued through 13 years as a credentialed bilingual teacher in classrooms from kindergarten through fourth grade in the Hayward Unified School District. Ms. Skibbins is also a certified Project GLAD trainer, providing professional development to teachers in the area of language acquisition and literacy throughout Northern California, Hawaii, and Texas. Ms. Skibbins majored in Community Studies and graduated with a BA from UC Santa Cruz.
As SEAL Training Supervisor, Jill Fraka provides support, feedback, and modeling for SEAL trainers and associate trainers, as well as assistance in the management and coordination of training services to districts. As part of the SEAL team from the beginning, Ms. Fraka helped develop the model during its pilot stage, coached and facilitated schools through implementation, and was instrumental in helping prepare the Model for replication. Prior to her work with SEAL, Ms. Fraka was a bilingual dual language program teacher, an instructional coach, a BTSA support provider and SSCOE curriculum trainer. She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership, and an Administrative Credential from San Jose State University.
Laura Hernandez joined SEAL in 2013 after 13 years in the Oak Grove School District as a third, fifth, and sixth grade classroom teacher, and 6 years as a literacy coach for the district—working with teachers on refining their craft to meet the needs of all students. Ms. Hernandez’ entire career in education has taken place in Title 1 Schools with high levels of English Language Learners, and she is passionate about culturally-responsive teaching to ensure educational equity for all students. She completed her undergraduate work at St. Mary’s College, majoring in Liberal Studies with a minor in Child Development, and went on to receive her teaching credential as well as her Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from San Jose State University.
Jennifer Ancheta-Garcia brings a strong background in early literacy education, and a dedicated commitment to English Language Learners to her work as a SEAL Associate Trainer. While incorporating Common Core Standards through the SEAL model for several years as a trained SEAL classroom teacher in the Oak Grove School District, Ms. Ancheta-Garcia has seen the positive effects SEAL strategies have on students first hand—noting high-level engagement and a newfound confidence among her students. In 2014, she received the Oak Grove School District’s Vision “Communications” Award recognizing her exemplary work with students and colleagues, and she now provides on-site SEAL training and support for teachers and districts. Ms. Ancheta-Garcia holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from San Jose State University and a BA in Visual Communication Design from San Francisco State University.
Abby Arrizon worked as both a classroom teacher and teacher on special assignment for 14 years prior to joining SEAL as a coach and facilitator. 12 of these were spent in elementary grade classrooms at a Title 1 school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. During her tenure, she served on the District English Language Leadership Team as well as the Literacy and Mathematics Leadership Teams, and was both a BTSA support provider and an in-district trainer for a variety of initiatives. Ms. Arrizon received her Bachelors degree in Liberal and Civic Studies along with her teaching credential from Saint Mary’s College.
Barbara Ann Genovese-Fraracci joined the SEAL team as a trainer for Southern California in 2014. Prior to SEAL, Ms. Fraracci was an elementary, middle, and high school teacher for 38 years, specializing in English Learner programs. She spent much of her time providing professional development, supporting classroom teachers through modeling lessons and coaching, and facilitating collaboration at school sites throughout her district. Barbara was chosen as her district’s Teacher of the Year in 2010, became a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year, and was one of 8 finalists for California State Teacher of the Year. A Reading Recovery Teacher, Ms. Fraracci is also a Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) Key Trainer, and a Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) trainer and coach. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in History, has a BCLAD in Spanish, and a Master’s degree in Education specializing in Curriculum Development and Instruction.
Carla Herrera has been a passionate bilingual educator for more than forty years, specializing in biliteracy and dual immersion education program implementation and development in both Spanish and Portuguese. She has provided technical assistance at multiple levels: site, district, county, state, IHE, national and international. Recognized by the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) as the very first Bilingual Teacher of the Year in 1989, that same year, Ms. Herrera was also named Teacher of the Year by National Association for Bilingual Education—the first from California. Ms. Herrera served as Professional Development Specialist for Technology Integration in Multilingual Settings at the Center for Language Minority Education and Research, Cal State Long Beach; was the Two-Way Immersion | Biliteracy Specialist for eight California counties; and was the first EL | Dual Language Learner Regional Lead and Advisory Member for the California Preschool Instructional Network. In addition to her work with SEAL, Ms. Herrera also serves on the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), an advisory body to the State Board of Education. She received a Master’s Degree in Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Education and a B.A. in Spanish at Cal State University Long Beach.
Patricia Montes Pate has been a SEAL Trainer since 2013, having worked in education for more than 15 years—as a Spanish bilingual elementary teacher in the Santa Clara Unified School District, a university supervisor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program, and a Project GLAD Trainer. Over her career Ms. Pate has worked with hundreds of teachers, providing professional development and classroom support. She specializes in curriculum design, and holds a Master of Arts in Education, Administration & Supervision from San Jose State University.
Michelle Rosecrans brings more than 20 years of K-3 classroom experience working with English Language Learners, as well as deep experience working directly with teachers—as a teacher-leader, a BTSA support provider and grade level coach for new teachers, and as a District Literacy Lead, where she guided colleagues in the development of Common Core-aligned reading and writing strategies and assessments. She has also worked closely with several leadership committees dedicated to the improvement of English Language instruction and family engagement, including the development of a district-wide LCAP plan, and a PTA-ELAC partnership aimed to improve parent involvement schoolwide. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department at Dominican University in San Rafael, holding an MA Education and Administration from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Communication Arts and Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development from the University of San Francisco.
Associate SEAL Trainer
Joanna Meadvin¹s experience in education began in the Peace Corps as teacher in a small, trilingual city in Nicaragua; seeing her Miskito-speaking students’ struggle with Spanish sparked a passion for language learners. Dr. Meadvin has taught 2nd, 3rd and 7th grade in New York City, writing to first-generation college students in Mississippi, and college-level literature classes here in California. Dr. Meadvin has a masters degree in bilingual/bicultural education from Teachers College in New York City, and in 2016 she received her PhD in Literature with a focus on language and migration from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Associate SEAL Trainer
Katie Mlakar joins the SEAL team with ten years of teaching experience in the Oak Grove School District. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at Miner Elementary, a Title I SEAL Demonstration school, and is passionate about providing a meaningful classroom experience for second language learners. As a SEAL trained teacher, Ms. Mlakar has spent several years incorporating Common Core State Standards and has seen first-hand the positive impact SEAL strategies have had on students, and how the program can rejuvenate teachers as they refine their technique. She feels an urgency to be a part of the expansion of the SEAL program in order to empower teachers and students. Ms. Mlakar received her Masters in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on collaborative learning, as well as an administrative credential, from National University.
Associate SEAL Trainer
Ashleigh Williams worked as a dual immersion K-2 teacher for five years in Redwood City and Salinas schools before joining the SEAL team. In these five years, Ms. Williams was SEAL-trained and helped to develop two dual immersion programs, which only deepened her passion for teaching language and culture, as well as for helping others hone their skill set in carrying out the same mission. She has seen the incredible benefits and deep, lasting effects of SEAL in her students first hand – a feeling of respect for others as well as for themselves, attaining a broader vocabulary in both native and new languages, and a spark that can only be described as a joy for learning. Her bilingual, English and Italian, upbringing are natural sources for Ms. Williams’ profound value, respect, and honor for home languages and how those find their place in a classroom setting. She holds a BA in Spanish from UC Davis.