Jim Wambach

Executive Director

Jim left his highly successful career in technology expressly to dedicate his energy to serving vulnerable individuals within our community. He founded and managed Sesen Elder Care and helped initially develop Foster City Village, a nonprofit that supports seniors with resources and volunteers. He later served as its President of Board of Directors and acting Executive Director. Under Jim’s leadership, Foster City Village experienced significant growth. In his former life as a technology executive, Jim distinguished himself in a variety of roles such as CEO, COO, and VP of Sales. He has led teams of over 100 people. Some of his many strengths include strategic management, coaching and mentoring, team building, and financial management.  

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.

Deborah Davis

Succeeding by Reading

Associate Program Coordinator

Ms. Deborah Davis has joined our staff this school year as an Excel Reading Clinic Coordinator. A native of Ohio, Deborah began her teaching career as an Urban Teacher Corps intern in Washington D.C., simultaneously teaching and earning her credential. Following a move to the Bay Area, Deborah taught at the elementary as well as the community college level, earning two Master's Degrees along the way. As a teacher at Piedmont Avenue and Markham, she developed a passion for equipping primary grade students to become enthusiastic readers. Later, she served as principal at Garfield Elementary in San Leandro and Parker Elementary in Oakland. Deborah's hobbies include flower arranging and home decorating.

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.

Jan Zovickian

Succeeding by Reading

Associate Program Coordinator

Jan Zovickian, a former KRON-TV newscaster, joined our team in 2014. Jan's interest in teaching reading goes way back. She majored in elementary and special education and taught junior high special education in Omaha. She's also been a substitute teacher in the Piedmont Unified School District. Jan says she values the structure and one-on-one instruction that the children receive through the Excel Reading Clinics, and she's happy to be a participant in the lives of the students where she's site coordinator. She also feels fortunate to be able to interact with the administrators, teachers, parents, support staff and tutors at all of those schools. "It takes a village!" is a true statement, says Jan. She married to her husband, Steve, and they have two grown children and a silly Havanese dog named Desi.

Margena Wade-Green

Science Horizons and CareerBridge


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.

Michelle Hutcherson

Science Horizons and CareerBridge

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



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.

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.

Pearl Wang

Office Administrator

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.


Angela Aquino


Angela is currently an instructor in the Graduate Education program at Mills College advising and mentoring new principals.  Previously she was Principal of Cleveland Elementary School, Assistant Principal of Lincoln Elementary and worked for BAYCES (Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools).  Angela is passionate about addressing social injustices and promoting ethnic and socio-economic reconciliation.

James Branch


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


Jeff is an entrepreneur in West Oakland, having run his own online retail business since 2005, and co-founding in 2013.  Jeff also currently serves on the board of What Now America, and West Oakland Youth Resource Center.  He originally connected with Faith Network through tutoring with the Excel Reading Clinic at MLK Elementary.

Aliza Gallo


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


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.

Mary Heckler MacRae


Graduating with a B.S. from the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, Mary worked for Sun Valley Company, Hyatt Hotels and Marriott Hotels in sales and marketing. Member: Board of Trustees, University of California, Berkeley; Cal Performances Finance Committee; The Cancer League, Inc. Board of Directors; National Charity League; Piedmont Beautification Advisors; Park Commission for the City of Piedmont.

Jonathan Mayes


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.

Wendy Nation


Raised in Oakland, Wendy has been in banking industry since 1982 and is currently employed by City National Bank.  She has served as a volunteer tutor at two elementary schools.  Wendy also participates in Rebuilding Oakland, an organization that helps seniors with painting and fixing up their homes.

Randy Roth


Having served for thirteen years as Senior Pastor of First Covenant Church in Oakland, Randy left the pastorate to serve inner city children.  In August 2001 he founded Faith Network of the East Bay to build community support for urban public schools.  His other community involvements include: Salvation Army Alameda County Advisory Board; Incentive Awards Program Scholarship Interview Team, UC Berkeley; Oakland Unified School District Career Technical Education Advisory Committee. Previously he served on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Center of Alameda County; as Chair, Metropolitan Youth Commission of the City of Portland/Multnomah County; and co-founded Peoplebank, a coalition of congregations serving neighbors in need (Portland, Oregon).