Staff

Jim Wambach

Executive Director

Jim graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Business and gained substantial executive leadership and entrepreneurial experience leading fast growing technology companies for 25 years. His commitment to serving and assisting vulnerable populations drew Jim into volunteerism several years ago, and then into a dedicated professional life centered on serving in leadership positions with non-profits. Jim now leverages his years of successful business experience to help non-profits build long-term sustainability, improve their capabilities to fulfill their missions, and expand the number of individuals served. Jim was instrumental in developing a community business and a non-profit focused on helping vulnerable older adults. In July 2017, Jim joined Faith Network of the East Bay as the Executive Director with a passion for helping to change the trajectory of young lives through programs focused on improved education and enhanced community support.

Chelsea Boniak

Development Director

Chelsea graduated from UCLA, with a B.A. in Sociology. Before joining the staff of Faith Network, she assisted as administrative support for UC Berkeley's Incentive Awards Scholarship Program and was a Cruise Director for Commodore Events in Alameda. Chelsea enjoys spending time with her husband Chris and two children.

Gleoria Bradley-Sapp

Succeeding by Reading

Associate Program Coordinator

Gleoria retired from the University of California in July 2009 where she had worked in the public service, education, and research activities of the University for more than thirty years. Since her retirement she has volunteered as a story time reader and literacy coach. She took classes in Early Childhood Education and worked part time as  a substitute associate preschool teacher. She is a Sunday School teacher and loves Vacation Bible School.

Rebecca Buckley

Succeeding by Reading

Program Director

Recently completing her Masters of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, Rebecca previously taught ESL with the Summer Institute of Linguistics, Halimotok, Philippines; American Language Academy, Berkeley; Pacific English Language Institute, San Luis Obispo; Cal Poly Extended Education; Cuesta Community College; American Language Program, CSU Hayward; Intensive English Program, St. Mary's College. Most recently she served as Interim Director of Mission Outreach, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. Rebecca loves spending time with her two daughters, Melissa and Christina.

Kim Farnham-Flom

Library Services

Director

Kim has served with Faith Network since 2011 after 30 years as a Human Resources Director with several Bay Area corporations and non-profit organization.  As an instructor and former bookstore manager, she recognizes the impact of literacy on a community.  She is passionate that every student should have access to quality books to foster their curiosity and love of reading.  In addition to providing leadership for serving school libraries, Kim is an advisor for a UC Berkeley Graduate Student Fellowship.

Michelle Hutcherson

CareerBridge and Path2Math

Assistant Director

Michelle Hutcherson, has over 20 years experience with public/private industry support services, public and small business outreach project coordination and administration, numerous years as an SB/DVBE/DBE/UDBE compliance monitoring and business certification analyst.  Michelle previously worked with the San Diego School Unified School District as the Small Business Outreach Consultant/Coordinator.  For the past 5 1/2 years Michelle has worked on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Project as a consultant to Caltrans.  As such, Michelle has assisted in the development of Small Business Education and Professional Development Technical Assistance Training Workshops, Bidder's Conferences, Program Management, various project reports, development of materials and forms, project database, targeted marketing and outreach opportunities to the small business community.  Michelle is also a Faith Network volunteer.

Charlotte Martinez

Health4kids

Director

Charlotte retired in 2006 from Chicago Title Company where she had served as their Vice President and Branch Manager of the Montclair branch for many years, and then in Operations Management in the final years of her service there. Following her desire to work in the non-profit sector, she has spent the last year volunteering in various places, working as a writer coach at Longfellow Middle School in Berkeley; continuing as a Selection Committee Member for the Incentive Awards Scholarship Program at U.C. Berkeley; serving as Volunteer Coordinator and as a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley; and with Faith Network in their outreach to urban public schools. Her favorite role, however, is mother to three daughters and sons-in-law, and grandmother to her many grandchildren.

Jessie Palmatier

Finance and Administrative

Assistant

Jessie is a Bay Area transplant who fell in love with the East Bay while serving in urban missions in college. She has a degree in Youth Ministry and has spent the last several years working with teenagers in the foster care system in Upstate New York. Here in the Bay Area, in addition to her role at Faith Network, she is working in kids ministry and administration at Solano Community Church. When she’s not working, Jessie loves to laugh, travel, read, and pet dogs.

Brenda Paulin

Succeeding by Reading

Associate Program Coordinator

Brenda is a retired federal service Human Resources Director. During her over 40 years of service, she managed and directed a large staff of professionals who performed the full range of human resources duties including training and development. Her involvement with Faith Network began at least five years ago as a Succeeding by Reading tutor.  She is the grandmother of 5, including Frank, a law student at New York’s Columbia University and Nia who is graduating soon from UC Davis.

Eric Steckel

Communications Manager

Eric was appointed communications manager after a long period of volunteering and mentoring youth at Faith Network of the East Bay. He brings a wealth of experience in both traditional and digital communications. Prior to Faith Network, Eric served as the communications manager at Catholic Charities of the East Bay, and was the managing partner of a San Francisco-based digital media agency. Eric has a passion for service. He serves as a the vice-chair and treasurer of the San Francisco Public Relations Round Table, a youth soccer coach and manager, and has mentored dozens of aspiring communications professionals. Eric is a graduate of Bucknell University and holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from the American University in Washington, DC.

Gwen Stephens

Succeeding by Reading

Associate Program Coordinator

Gwen is a retired educator and has 42 years of service as a teacher for the Alameda Unified School District.  During that time she also served as a literacy coach, volunteer coordinator, and acting Vice Principal.  She was named Teacher of the Year, City of Alameda, in 2005.

David Sundman

CareerBridge

Program Manager

Dave has been living in Oakland since 2015 where he discovered his passion for missions ministries and education. For the Cityteam Oakland Program he has served as a Partner Relations and Development Officer, Case Manager, Spiritual Mentor and class facilitator in the fields of drug and alcohol recovery and spiritual wellness. He is also a leader of a God-centered Hip Hop organization called DIVIN3KINGDOM which uses creativity and mentorship to inspire youth to serve within their community. He is currently studying to become an English Professor and is excited to work in Oakland’s high schools with the Career Bridge Program. In his free time Dave loves to play basketball and run around beautiful Lake Merritt.

Margena Wade-Green

CareerBridge and Path2Math

Director

Margena Wade-Green has more than 25 years experience working with various communities, agencies and organizations. She has spent her last 12 years overseeing the community outreach and communication efforts for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge projects with CalTrans.  In this capacity Margena has also provided leadership and internship opportunities for many youth organizations and high school students. She has been a Faith-Network Volunteer since it's conception in one capacity or another.

Pearl Wang

Office Manager

Pearl is a transplant from the East Coast who is happy to find herself in the East Bay. She grew up in Maryland and graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Psychology and Studies in Women and Gender. Besides working, Pearl takes acting classes and is working towards a certificate in copyediting from UC Berkeley Extension. In her free time, she enjoys watching crime dramas, reading science fiction, and doing crossword puzzles.

Rebekah Wilson

Succeeding by Reading

Associate Program Coordinator

Rebekah graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Language Studies, concentrating in Spanish, and a minor in Education. After graduating, she traveled for ten months in Latin America perfecting her Spanish language skills and spent time in Colombia teaching English to local students. Prior to graduating, she worked as an Evaluation Analyst in the UCSC Education Department helping to evaluate educational grants in the Monterey public school system. She also spent time volunteering with first and second graders in the Santa Cruz public school system throughout her time at UCSC. Rebekah is new to the East Bay and is excited to be pursuing her passion for working with children.

Board

Angela Aquino

Vice Chair

Angela is a principal with the Oakland Unified School District. She also supports and coaches site administrators in Oakland through the Alameda County Office of Education. Angela is passionate about addressing social injustices and promoting ethnic and socio-economic reconciliation.

James Branch

Treasurer

James is founder of Yila Properties, currently focusing on workforce housing. The Branch family, long-time Oakland residents, and have a son at MLK Jr. in West Oakland. James has a passion for outreach to low-income youth with whom he strongly identifies. He’s the first in his family to graduate college, having earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Jeff Chou

Member

Jeff is the Head of Facilities at UserTesting, a software company based in Mountain View.  He is an elder at Convergence Covenant Church and previously served on the board of Oakland Youth Aspire, a resource center for West Oakland Youth.  He previously connected with Faith Network as an Excel Reading Clinic tutor at MLK Jr. Elementary and has also hosted two interns through the CareerBridge program.

Aliza Gallo

Member

Aliza is Economic Development Manager for the City of Oakland and leads a team responsible for city-wide business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. A member of St. Elizabeth’s Parish in the Fruitvale District, Alisa and her husband, Oakland City Council Member Noel Gallo, are have raised four children, all graduates of Oakland Public Schools. Aliza is active in mentoring and volunteers in Latino community development efforts.

Kerry Gough

Secretary

Kerry received his Juris Doctorate degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley, in 1966. After retiring as a civil rights attorney in 2008, he joined forces with Global Strategies for HIV Prevention to establish legal clinics staffed by third year Congolese law students supervised by Congolese attorneys.  His community service background includes Global Strategies Board of Directors; President of the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County; President of Allied Fellowship Service, a half-way house for ex-offenders; and as Advisory Board Member, Project Sentinel, a non-profit that investigates, mediates and litigates housing discrimination cases.

Daniel Livsey

Member

Daniel joined the Board in 2017 after volunteering as a reading tutor several years ago.  He currently works at AmTrust Financial in Construction Surety.  He and his wife Mary are raising two young sons who attend Oakland Public Schools and they have also opened their home to several young foster children.  Daniel is committed to serving youth by helping to improve the East Bay’s public schools.

Jonathan Mayes

Chair

Currently Jonathan serves as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Government Relations, Philanthropy & Corporate Social Responsibility for Albertsons Companies, Inc. Jonathan received his Juris Doctorate degree from Willamette University College of Law, where he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award. Jonathan has been honored by the Bay Area Minority Bar Coalition and the Charles Houston Bar Association for his exemplary service to the legal community. He also has been honored as Warner Pacific College.

Marti Pozzi

Member

Marti received a double BA in Communication Studies and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and brings to Faith Network her many years of executive leadership and experience in sales, strategic alliances and partnerships. She is a highly motivated leader with a long history of success in organizational and market growth/expansion for both early stage and multi-billion dollar companies. Marti is passionate about now leveraging her years of experience, business skill set and extensive network in order to make the most impact on helping people and communities improve lives.  

Jim Wambach

Member

Jim graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Business and gained substantial executive leadership and entrepreneurial experience leading fast growing technology companies for 25 years. His commitment to serving and assisting vulnerable populations drew Jim into volunteerism several years ago, and then into a dedicated professional life centered on serving in leadership positions with non-profits. Jim now leverages his years of successful business experience to help non-profits build long-term sustainability, improve their capabilities to fulfill their missions, and expand the number of individuals served. Jim was instrumental in developing a community business and a non-profit focused on helping vulnerable older adults. In July 2017, Jim joined Faith Network of the East Bay as the Executive Director with a passion for helping to change the trajectory of young lives through programs focused on improved education and enhanced community support.