Staff

Jim Wambach

Executive Director

Jim was recently appointed Executive Director of Faith Network. After a 20-year career as a technology executive, Wambach has helped start-up a new non-profit, served as a director of two non-profit boards and moved into non-profit leadership posts. Additionally, in 2011 he founded Sesen Elder Care, a Bay Area-based program providing elder care management, education, and advocacy for older adults. Wambach continues to serve as the President of the Board of Directors of Foster City Village, which provides social connections, mobility, practical assistance, access to services and educational opportunities to older adults.  

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Science Horizons and CareerBridge

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 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.

Board

Angela Aquino

Member

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 an entrepreneur in West Oakland, having run his own online retail business since 2005, and co-founding GiveSideways.org 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

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.

Mary MacRae

Member

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

Member

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

Chair

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.

Jim Wambach

Member

Jim was recently appointed Executive Director of Faith Network. After a 20-year career as a technology executive, Wambach has helped start-up a new non-profit, served as a director of two non-profit boards and moved into non-profit leadership posts. Additionally, in 2011 he founded Sesen Elder Care, a Bay Area-based program providing elder care management, education, and advocacy for older adults. Wambach continues to serve as the President of the Board of Directors of Foster City Village, which provides social connections, mobility, practical assistance, access to services and educational opportunities to older adults.