BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ROBIN SOHNEN, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Before starting Each One Reach One (EORO) in 1998, Robin was a theater artist, an event producer and a marketing specialist. In 1987 she founded and directed Centre 4 Events, a Los Angeles-based group that specialized in designing, producing and marketing live theater as a unique and effective vehicle for companies to communicate their message to employees and clients alike. As the company's Director she produced over 50 theater-based programs designed to improve internal relations, boost employee morale, support recruitment efforts, and enhance company productivity for organizations such as the Unocal Corporation, Merrill Lynch Corporation, First Interstate Bank, Coca Cola, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Visitors and Convention Bureau, SNK Home Entertainment Inc., Reebok, Sega, Mindscape, Electronic Arts, and the Missing Children's Foundation.
MOIRA DENIKE, Ph.D.
Moira DeNike, Ph.D. has provided consulting services to nonprofit and public agencies for sixteen years. She has guided program design and conducted evaluations of juvenile justice diversion, gender-specific services for offenders, alternatives to incarceration, wraparound, case management and treatment programs for adult and juvenile offenders, and trauma-informed and drug court programs. Dr. DeNike has worked with San Francisco Juvenile Probation on a strategic planning initiative and helped the California Endowment manage their Positive School Discipline Initiative. She has worked on planning projects to improve foster care services and helped Santa Clara County plan an enhancement for their Family Wellness Court, and currently supports Oakland Unified School District in their efforts to eliminnate the disproportionate use of discipline with African American students. Dr. DeNike holds a Bachelor’s in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and both a Master's Degree and a Doctorate in sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has taught in the Program for Criminal Justice Studies at San Francisco State University in the areas of Jails and Prisons, and Research Methods, and produced a research methods module for the International Masters in Criminology and Government at Bochum Universitat.
Michael Lowe has more than 10 years of experience working with at-risk youth in public education and nonprofit youth development. He has facilitated literacy development, athletic, STEM, tutoring, college readiness, and mentorship programs and managed all aspects of after-school and summer programs, including outcome measurement, staff development, partnerships, and volunteers. Michael is currently the Program Director of Youth on Course, which provides subsidized rounds of golf, high school internships, caddie programs, and college scholarships for more than 9,000 youth in Northern California. He previously worked for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco in Hunters Point and Treasure Island. Michael attended San Diego State University, earning a BA in Liberal Studies, a multiple subject
teaching credential, and an MA in Education.
With more than a decade of entrepreneurial & corporate experience as an Event Planner, San Francisco-based Anthony Schlander is the Founder & CEO of Anthony Presents. His firm specializes in themed events, company gatherings, corporate team building, incentive travel services, on-site & off-site meetings, business trade shows, fashion galas and talent showcases. Anthony also offers packages for bachelor & bachelorette parties, birthdays and graduations.
Anthony Presents’ mission is to provide the finest entertainment by restyling, adding sophistication and elevating San Francisco celebrations. He regularly partners with other businesses and venue owners to assist in developing world-class performers who are not currently taking advantage of opportunities in the San Francisco marketplace. He also serves as Program Director with Francisco Event Production firm The Endup; and is the Founder of Tonic Live Entertainment (toniclive.com), as an Independent Contractor with numerous San Francisco clubs, restaurants and lounges, including: the Infusion Lounge, the Phoenix Hotel, Manor West Nightclub, Cellar Nightclub, Alibi Lounge, Sloane Nightclub, Noble Nightclub, John Colin’s, Cosmo Lounge and Motiff Lounge.
Anthony is also a 1999 Each One Reach One Program Graduate who is proud to be able to give back to the organization that helped him to redirect his life, and believe in his potential.
CHERYL JOSEPH, Ph.D.
Now a professor emeritus, Dr. Cheryl Joseph spent nearly three decades teaching sociology at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU.) There, she created a curriculum that explored the impact that interaction with animals has on incarcerated youth as well as other vulnerable populations. In addition, Dr. Joseph formed a partnership between Each One, Reach One and the Sociology/Psychology Department at NDNU wherein she managed internships for students who mentored youth at the Hillcrest Detention Center. A native of Detroit, Cheryl worked as a community organizer researching such issues as domestic violence, incarceration of women, prostitution, and the factors that lead to rape before relocating to San Francisco. These studies provided the foundation for various training programs that were instituted within police departments throughout the state of Michigan.
Mark Hernandez has been involved with Each One Reach One since 2008, as both an actor and mentor in the playwriting program; he was privileged to join the Board of Directors in 2017. Since 1992, Mark has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area arts scene as a performer, teaching artist, administrator, and consultant. His writing credits include True Tales from the Mad, Mad, Mad World of Opera, a book co-authored with Lotfi Mansouri, andMary Pleasant At Land’s End, an opera libretto for composer David Garner. Mark previously volunteered for the San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (a legal advocacy program for abused and neglected children), San Francisco Conservatory of Music (his alma mater), and Latin American Chamber Music Society. He also currently serves on the Board of the Pacific Singers and Actors Workshop. Learn more at blazingstage.com.
Rumesha Ahmed joined the EORO Board of Directors in January 2012. Her professional background includes many years of banking experience working for Wells Fargo and more recently, Bank of America Merrill Lynch within its Corporate Debt Platform. She worked with a team that managed over $2.5Bn of corporate debt within the General Industries space and has extensive experience working with large Fortune 500 firms. Her not-for-profit background includes several years with the Haas Alumni Network - San Francisco Board which is affiliated with The University of California, Berkeley, where she managed various fundraising, alumni interest and social campaigns. Rumesha is a graduate of the Haas School of Business, UC-Berkeley and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.
Kelly currently works as a Researcher for the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice, a nonprofit working to address racial and ethnic inequalities at every stage of the juvenile justice system around the country. Kelly also contracts with Carlson Beck, an executive search firm for nonprofits, where she facilitates searches for clients and conducts business analyses for the firm. Her background in research and policy work dealing with human rights and vulnerable persons around the world has lead her to the work of Each One Reach One because of its efforts to face vast, systemic issues by recognizing the value and humanity of individuals.
Patricia Dugan is a San Francisco resident who joined our Advisory Board in January 2015. Our first encounter with her was in 2012 when she featured us in a blog post about San Francisco non-profits. Patricia is a graduate of the University of California, Merced with a disciplinary focus on Business Management and Communications. Patricia holds expertise in community building primarily in the cloud technology space, using social and digital media as vehicles for establishing economic viability for companies. Patricia also has a background in the theatre arts, acting and producing in plays and movies such as La Pastorela, a play written by Luis Valdez, the author of the movie “La Bamba.” Her volunteer work includes volunteering for CALM Santa Barbara (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) as a mentor. She is passionate about the protection of children’s wellbeing, education and technology. You can find her building local community, running, and practicing yoga at any number of studios or streets around San Francisco and the world. Please follow her on Twitter at @patricia_dugan
Sandeep Ganesh is a Management Consultant for The Structure Group. In his role for Structure, Sandeep helps Electric Utilities plan and implement projects to modernize their electric grids. His prior experience includes managing Smart Grid programs at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, Climate Change and Energy Efficiency work with General Electric, and several years in the Environmental Engineering industry. He was a winner of the US Environmental Protection Agency's International Climate Protection Award in 2005 for a Climate Change awareness campaign he ran in India. Sandeep’s volunteer experience includes writing for the MV Foundation (anti-child labor), as an English teacher for Tibetan immigrants in India, and as a strategy consultant for the Taproot Foundation in San Francisco. He is a Vice-President of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ Bay Area Alumni Club and a co-founder and co-chair of the Booth Energy Network. He is a wine enthusiast and is a Certified Sommelier. Sandeep has a BS in Civil Engineering, an MS in Civil Engineering, and an MBA (Strategy, and Organizational Behavior) from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.
Joilene has served on our Board of Directors since August 2000, and has been President of the Board since October 2004. Joilene first became involved with Each One Reach One after providing pro bono legal services, including helping EORO attain its 501(c)(3) status. She also participated in the pilot program for ADAPT at Hillcrest Juvenile Hall. Joilene is the Program Director at the Foundation of the State Bar of California where she oversees the Foundation's grants, scholarships, and civics education programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Joilene practiced corporate law for 8 years. Joilene loves traveling and taking Bay area hikes and trips to Tahoe with her husband David, her three daughters and their dog.
BARBARA LAMB HALL
Barbara Lamb Hall is currently the Major Gifts Officer for KCSM TV and Radio (Jazz 91.1), where she directs major gifts, foundation funding, and manages planned giving efforts for the station. Before joining KCSM, she was Development Director for Village Enterprise Fund (VEF), a public benefit corporation that starts microbusinesses in Africa. During her six years at VEF, she doubled the donor base, nearly tripled the revenues, and established the Leadership Circle for the growth campaign, by securing multiple six-figure gifts. Prior to VEF, Barbara had her own business, raising funds for a number of Bay Area organizations, securing nearly $20 million total. She has a master's degree from Tufts University in Boston, MA and received the prestigious Alexander Fellowship for International Public Health and the Catholic Relief Services competitive international development internship. Barbara is on the advisory board for ProgressiveU.org, an innovative public media space for students and progressive thinkers. Barbara is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and a member of Thursday Morning Dialogue, a high-octane professional women's networking group. Barbara is also a juried artist, exhibiting one of her collage's at Sixth Street Gallery's, Cut & Paste Show in Vancouver, WA. She has also finished in the top 10% of the Bay to Breakers race, a twelve kilometer race of nearly 80,000 people that run annually in San Francisco. She enjoys many family activities with her husband, Harry Richard Hall, a radio producer at KGO, and their three school-age children.
Que hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is a recent Grinnell College graduate. He currently works as a Middle East research analyst at the Stimson Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan global security think tank based in Washington, DC. As a formerly homeless youth, he hopes to contribute his lived experience and actualize passion for empowering young people with his varied background in teaching, mentoring, and youth development. He is conversational in Jordanian Arabic and he is also a slam poet and spoken word artist.
Eric Rajasalu serves as Senior Vice President of Admissions for Heald College, providing strategic guidance and management for the admissions team. Prior to joining Heald College, Mr. Rajasalu served as director of sales and vice president of strategic accounts for Corporate Express, a multi-national, multi-billion dollar distributor of office products. Mr. Rajasalu began his career in procurement for food services distribution to educational institutions and the hospitality industry. Mr. Rajasalu’s breadth of “hands-on” business experience, combined with two degrees from San Diego State University, an M.A. in Education (Multicultural Counseling focus) and a B.A. in International Business (Latin American Studies focus), provides a deep understanding and capacity to better serve the diverse needs of the Heald student population. Mr. Rajasalu is a member of the Commonwealth Club of California and the American Associate of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
Randy Reyes grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Santa Clara University where he was a double major in Economics and Sociology and spent most of his time volunteering in educational non-profits in East San Jose. He moved to New York directly after college to attend Columbia University for graduate school where he earned an MPA with a focus in Social Policy and emphasis in Law and Public Policy. After interning at CNN, the UN, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, he found himself back in the Bay Area working for an educational non-profit in East Palo Alto. This past year, he taught Government, Sociology, and Statistics through the Prison University Project and continues to work in the private sector at Google as a Specialist in People Operations where he is exploring his current passion/interest: the intersection of the non-profit and private sector.
Hector joined the EORO in April 2013 as a member of our Board of Directors. He has over 10 years of marketing experience with a distinguished career in developing and executing consumer focused marketing campaigns to accelerate user acquisition, enhance monetization strategies and improve user retention. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Psychology and Sociology.
MARK W. ZAFRA
Mark Zafra, Director of Supply Chain for Verigy, a technology firm in Cupertino, California, leads the strategic procurement operations for their Memory Test Solutions division. Prior to Verigy, Mark worked for a variety of technology firms including Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell, and Bookham. He earned his two masters degrees from Arizona State University and Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Business; he did his undergraduate work at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut were he was recognized for his community service work with urban youth with a Presidential Award from President Bill Clinton in 1993. Mark spent two years as a development worker with the US Peace Corps in rural Southeast Asia and has volunteered with many local Bay Area non-profits including: Larkin Street Youth Services, American Red Cross, Hands-On, OneBrick, and the United Way. He currently is a volunteer with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, assisting with their FirstConnection and Team-In-Training programs. He has completed more than seven seasons of marathons and triathlons for them. Mark is an avid world traveler, having visited more than fifty countries on six continents and speaks several languages.