Erin Browder is a Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant. She specializes in safe and supportive climates for professionals and those they serve. Her work supports programs, organizations and schools with leadership development, culture transformation, program implementation, positive emotional climates, and capacity building. She is a master facilitator and leader in training teachers and school personnel on trauma-informed practices, self-care in the workplace, and building professional capacity to support students’ academic and social well-being.
Prior to becoming an independent consultant, she worked with Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) as a Project Director with the Transform Schools Department. She has provided site-based support for school improvement efforts in comprehensive Los Angeles high schools since 2011. Prior to LAEP, she worked as a classroom teacher and teacher leader in elementary and middle public schools in East Harlem, NYC. She has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Literature and Language from University of Southern California. She holds a M.S. in Education from Hunter College, City University of New York and a M.A. in Education Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is currently studying Entrepreneurial Leadership in Educational Organizations at at Johns Hopkins University, in the Ed.D. Program.
Stacey Daraio is the Co-Director of Temescal Associates and the Learning in Afterschool and Summer Project. As a young practitioner, Stacey chose to work with middle school youth (!). She joined the ranks of the rare and unique who actually WANT to work with middle schoolers. She was a drama therapist and afterschool program designer and implementer in Richmond, CA. She is about tapping into the inherent curiosity of youth for the radical transformation of programs, communities and the planet. She does this now by eliciting the internal knowledge and wisdom of leaders in the field while introducing them to new knowledge and strategies. Through Temescal Associates she offers consultation, training, and the facilitation of learning circles focused on organizational change and program improvement.
Jeff Davis is the Executive Director for the California AfterSchool Network (CAN). Jeff has worked with CAN since its inception in 2006, first as Program Coordinator, then as Program Director and as Interim Executive Director.
Throughout his tenure with CAN, Jeff has had the opportunity to make many meaningful contributions to the expanded learning field. He has played an integral role in creating quality frameworks including the California Afterschool Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool and the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California. Mr. Davis organized diverse stakeholders to support older youth programs, advance after school nutrition and physical activity, address unique rural program needs, and provide effective supports for English learners.
Jeff advocated for a strong role for expanded learning programs in the future of STEM education as part of Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s STEM Task force. He also helped build field capacity to implement STEM learning through his leadership of the Power of Discovery: STEM2 initiative. He has helped to shape statewide expanded learning technical assistance and workforce development efforts through participation in the CDE After School Division Strategic Implementation Team and Workforce Subcommittee of the Before and After School Advisory Committee. Jeff’s most recent work has centered around supporting CAN’s transition of fiscal sponsors and procuring of funds to support CAN’s future work in support of the field.
Jeff had the fortunate opportunity to begin his career in expanded learning as an Americorps volunteer in the CalServes expanded learning program. He has participated in major field initiatives as a Consulting Team Member of the California After School Resource Center and an Endorsed Trainer of the California School Age Consortium.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys working on the completion of his Master’s Degree in Community Development, bicycling the American River Parkway, music, travel, and spending quality time with his wife Kate.
Frank currently serves as the Manager of After School Programs at Visalia Unified School District in Visalia, CA. as well as speaker, trainer and consultant for the after school and youth development fields. A popular speaker and trainer at school assemblies, youth and after school conferences, Frank has spoken to thousands of middle and high school youth and trained hundreds of educators and youth program workers across the country.
A former collegiate and professional football player, Frank realized his passion for working with youth during his high school years mentoring younger athletes. Knowing one day he’d be hanging up his football cleats for a more practical profession, Frank obtained his degree in Health Education from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.
Frank brings years of experience, knowledge and know-how, but most of all a passion for serving and working with community and people like you and I who serve today’s children and youth.
Nazaneen Khalilnaji-Otto works at the Partnership for Children & Youth as the Director of the Summer Matters campaign, supporting partnerships, events, outreach and communications. She has worked in education for over 15 years within both the school day and in expanded learning programs as a teacher, staff trainer, curriculum developer, program manager, and family and community liaison in
Nazaneen earned her Secondary Teaching Credential and Masters of Science in Education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. from The Evergreen State College.
Bruno Marchesi is the Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Collaborative Solutions. Prior to this appointment, Bruno had served as Project Manager for the Healthy Behaviors and My Brother’s Keeper statewide initiatives. Bruno has also previously served as Program Director of the UC Davis School of Education and the California AfterSchool Network. He has more than 18 years of afterschool experience at all levels including frontline staff, Site Coordinator and Program Manager of afterschool programs as well as Director of AmeriCorps nutrition and physical activity programs. Bruno’s education includes Bachelors and Masters degrees in Spanish/Latin American Literature, and he is a Fellow of the University of Southern California (USC) and Sierra Health Foundation Health Leadership Program. Bruno’s passion and drive come from his own core values of humility, integrity, and service.
Corey Newhouse is the Founder and Principal of Public Profit, which helps public service organizations measure and manage what matters. Ms. Newhouse has a wide range of experience in evaluating programs that serve children and families, including multi-site evaluations of educational and youth development programs. She’s passionate about using data to improve quality and making data collection and analysis less terrible for everyone involved.
Michelle R. Perrenoud is recognized as an educational leader in Los Angeles County and throughout the state of California. She is particularly renowned for her work in the field of afterschool and expanded learning opportunities over the past two decades. An Iowa native and University of Iowa alumnus, she recently earned her doctorate at University of California, Los Angeles in Educational Leadership. Her scholarly research focused on understanding interests of middle school youth in afterschool expanded learning programs and youth and practitioner perceptions of the conditions that foster young people’s desires to attend and participate, so as to attract and sustain youth participation. She is a published author of several resource guides, journal articles, and multiple other reports sponsored by various stakeholders and used by a nationwide audience of practitioners from the K-12 and afterschool communities.
Dr. Perrenoud serves as an executive member of Learning in Afterschool and Summer (LIAS), executive member of the BOOST Conference Leadership Team, member of the California Department of Education (CDE) After School Division (ASD) Expanded Learning Policy Committee, and recent co-chair of the California Afterschool Network (CAN) Older Youth Committee.
Dr. Perrenoud has extensive experience with research and program design for older youth programs serving middle and high school students. In 2010, she received the Innovator Award from the California Afterschool Network and is regarded as a national expert and trusted advisor for creating new and alternative ideas addressing learning needs of older youth during out-of-school time and building the leadership capacity of practioners to deliver quality expanded learning experiences. Currently serving in the Student Support Services Division of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, she is providing technical assistance and capacity building in the areas of professional development, program design, program quality, and grant management/compliance. Dr. Perrenoud specializes in supporting districts and organizations that are launching new and/or revitalizing existing elementary/middle school programs funded with 21st CCLC and/or ASES grant awards, and high school programs funded with 21st CCLC ASSETs grant awards.
Aleah joined the CalSAC team in 2013. Before this, she worked with the Riverbank Unified School District’s afterschool programs to address the academic needs of Riverbank’s unique, rural population. During this time, she received her CalSAC Trainer Network endorsement in 2011 and helped re-launch the CalSAC Central California Chapter, serving as Policy/Advocacy Coordinator and the 2012-13 Chapter President. In addition, Aleah provided technical assistance services to afterschool programs as a Senior Consultant with Consult 4 Kids.
Aleah received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from CSU Stanislaus. She is an alumna of CalSAC’s 2012 inaugural cohort of theLeadership Development Institute, which prepares emerging leaders of color in the youth development field for advanced leadership positions. In 2014, she was recognized by the National Afterschool Association as Afterschool’s Next Generation of emerging professionals and serves as a co-chair in the California Expanded Learning Strategic Planning process. She is proud to bring her love for the Central Valley and all things dance to the Bay Area and continue advancing opportunities for young people across the state with CalSAC.
“…power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love standing against everything that stands against love.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As the Senior Director for Learning & Staff Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, Reba Rose provides training and coaching to strengthen staff practice and positively impact Peninsula youth. She is a trainer for ASAPConnect and a contributing author to A Guide to Developing Exemplary Practices in Afterschool. Reba is also the founder of Stand Tall Leadership and has over 20 years of experience as a leadership trainer and coach. She supports leaders to live in balance, communicate with authentic presence and work effectively in staff teams.
Carlos will be managing our team focused on supporting all chapters around programs and evaluation. Previously, Carlos was part of the team that helped launch the Los Angeles chapter of After-School All-Stars in 2002, spending close to 13 years working with Ana Campos and others in helping establish ASAS LA as one of the largest, leading after school programs in California. Most recently Carlos served as the Associate Director for ASAS-LA and focused on securing program partners, establishing organizational infrastructure, leading the organization’s professional development agenda, designing program quality initiatives and metrics and assisted the executive leadership in raising program revenue. Before ASAS, Carlos spent three years working for various public relations firms in the tech industry. Carlos is a graduate of UCLA where he majored in history and worked for various youth programs including UCLA UniCamp, UCLA’s Youth and Family Programs, and Skyhawks Sports during the summers. Carlos is a native of Honduras in Central America and is married with two young girls ages 5 and 8.
Jeff Schmidt is the Career Technical Education Coordinator (CTE), and a member of the renowned STEAM Team at the Santa Clara County Office of Education in California. He began his educational career teaching K-12 music in WA State. After a career in the entertainment industry, Mr. Schmidt became a CTE instructor in the Arts, Media and Entertainment sector in San Jose, CA. Jeff is a proponent for technology integration and creativity in the classroom, and believes that college and career readiness is fundamental to 21st Century teaching and learning. Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in Education/Liberal Arts from Whitworth University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from California State University. After earning a position as the CTE Coordinator/Asst. Principal at the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education center in San Jose, Mr. Schmidt moved up to the County Office of Education back in 2013. Mr. Schmidt is a recipient of the CTE Teacher of the Year award (2013) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) CTE Administrator of the year (2016), and is currently serving as President-Elect for the California Association for Career Technical Education (CACTE).
Marcus L. Strother is a father, husband, educator, and a youth and community advocate. Marcus is a 19 year veteran in the education field spending 17 years in Illinois and has since relocated to California. Marcus spent 8 years as a classroom teacher. During that time of teaching young people, he taught Language Arts, Life, Social Skills and Advocacy. Marcus also spent 9 years as a high school administrator with a focus on teacher evaluation, PBIS, school culture, and discipline. Marcus is currently the Coordinator of Youth Development at Sacramento City Unified School District. In this role, Marcus oversees Expanded Learning, Summer Programming and Boys and Girls of Color work. 11 years ago, Marcus and his wife started a non-profit around Youth Development called LEAAP (Leaders Empowered to Achieve Anything Possible). His non-profit has been nationally recognized and researched (University of Illinois, 2014) as a program that should be used in schools and communities throughout the country. Through this non-profit, Marcus and his wife bring students to the Dominican Republic where they have built schools, water filtration systems and do concrete work for homes in the 3 villages they have adopted. They also have a male and female mentoring program which has served hundreds of young people over the years. Together, they work to heal and build healthy communities and schools!
Ray Trinidad began his youth service career in 1989, as an outreach specialist with the National City Police Department. Since then, he has served seven years as a Senior Program Director with the YMCA of San Diego County, and five years as the founding Director of Monroe Clark Middle School’s X-tended Day Classes (XDC) program. He was selected by Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as Director of Operations for Arnold’s All-Stars in Los Angeles prior to becoming Director of the nationally recognized High Tech Middle School.
As a middle school principal, Ray brings a unique perspective to after school providers, understanding both the requirements of successful after school programs and the expectations placed on school administrators to meet academic goals. Currently Ray has taken on a new challenge in his home town as the Dean of Student Affairs at High Tech High Chula Vista.