Board of Directors
Michael Allison is a facilitator of positive change. For over a decade he has worked as a consultant with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, helping them achieve their full potential. Prior to that he served as Director of Consulting and Research at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services for fifteen years. Michael is a member of the Haas Jr. Flexible Leaderships Awards Program consulting team and regularly partners with others on consulting initiatives and publishing projects. Through everything, Michael is fulfilling his mission, purpose and goal to contribute to making the world a better place – more fair, more compassionate and more sustainable.
Collin Baker is a staff attorney with East Bay Children’s Law Offices (EBCLO), representing children and youth in dependency proceedings in Alameda County. Additionally, he serves as minors’ counsel in Family Drug Court and he is project leader for transitional age youth in EBCLO’s Community-based Advocacy for Resources and Education Program (CARE). Before joining EBCLO, he served on the Dependency Representation Panel in San Francisco. Collin’s passion for child advocacy began in law school as a member of the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Collin graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona and holds a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children.
John Gibbon has worked with for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout his career. He has served as a Peace Corp volunteer, been on six boards of directors, coached in Oakland youth sports, and held SVP, VP, & CTO titles in organizations ranging from start-ups to large public companies such as Salesforce.com and SAP. Dr. Gibbon has a B.S. in electrical engineering, a B.A. in philosophy, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in computer engineering. He has also received executive education from Stanford Graduate School of Business and was an Instructor at Stanford in their Continuing Studies program.
Nella Goncalves is Deputy Director of One Treasure Island. She previously served as B:E’s Deputy Director. Nella has worked with homeless and disadvantaged families and their children for over 20 years. Nella studied Human Development at UC Davis and earned a Certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor from the UC Berkeley Extension Program. She has worked as a health and services coordinator and a youth program director for Hospitality House, as well as a drug and alcohol assessment counselor and aftercare counselor for Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers. Nella also serves on the Board of EveryOne Home which is leading the effort to end homelessness in Alameda County.
Dave Leimsieder, is the Director of Youth Programs and Associate Director of the Recreational Sports Department at UC Berkeley. Dave is responsible for the management and oversight of all Youth Programs including Golden Bears Youth Gymnastics, and the prestigious Cal Youth Camps. Dave previously worked with Boys & Girls Clubs as Director of Operations for clubs in Contra Costa County, and as an Area Director overseeing multiple programs, facilities, and partnerships in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dave is an alumnus of foster care, having spent 6 years as a young adult in multiple placements in Southern Arizona. Dave is a former member of the Arizona State Foster Care Review board, and has been a local and national advocate for youth in foster care, and LGBTQ youth for more than a decade.
Jennifer Ling, Chair
Jennifer Ling is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked extensively with children and families involved in Child Welfare and Behavioral Health systems. She currently works for Alameda County Behavioral Health as a Program Contract Manager, managing contracts for mental health programs serving children and youth. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin before completed a Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.
Diana Markley is the Director of Programs of SF-Marin Food Bank and holds extensive knowledge and experience within the SF Bay Area nonprofit sector. She currently oversees the development of the Food Bank’s new Home-Delivered Grocery initiative whose goal is to combat food insecurity within vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the food bank, she spent over 10 years at United Way of the Bay Area working on their 211 Information and Referral Program. Diana achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and is highly committed to helping young people realize their potential. In addition to working with Beyond Emancipation, she has committed time, resources and energy to the Oakland Unified School District, East Bay Agency for Children and Good Cents for Oakland. She is a mom to four amazing children and is proud to be a resident of Oakland.
Brigitte Marshall is an organizational effectiveness consultant who focuses on supporting organizations that are genuinely committed to positioning their employees to do their best work. She has over twenty-five years’ experience in growing individuals. She advocates for the development of healthy organizations that pave the way for people to excel and perform to their full potential. To achieve this goal, Brigitte has established intentional strategies designed to prevent unproductive conflict and implements restorative practices when conflict occurs. Most recently, Brigitte was Chief Talent Officer for the Oakland Unified School District where she led the development of a data-driven, decision-making culture and practice. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford with a joint Bachelor’s and Master’s Honors Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Melissa is a senior attorney with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, an education and public agency law firm with offices across California. In her position, Melissa advises and represents clients on a wide array of matters, including in the areas of labor and employment, special education and student topics, and civil litigation. As a first-generation American, Bay Area native, and a product of public schools, Melissa shares a passion for ensuring that all individuals – regardless of background – are given a fair opportunity to succeed in life. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Kent Schwartz is the CFO at Kearns & West. Previously Kent was the CFO at Allison & Partners. He has 30 years of experience in building meaningful analysis and processes to serve management, employees and clients. Kent graduated from California State University, Chico with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Lori Tannyhill, is the Campus Shared Services (CSS) Regional Director for UC Berkeley, responsible for managing delivery of CSS administrative services to the schools. Previously, she was the West Region Business Advisor with Deloitte Services in their National Meeting Services group. Lori has extensive background in operations management, service delivery, and process improvement. She brings her collaborative leadership style and consultative approach to serving on the board. Lori is a UC Berkley Alumni with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition and began her career as a Registered Dietitian.
Katherine Westfall, Treasurer
Katherine is a Vice President of F&M Bank. She has over 20-years commercial lending experience and has provided financial solutions exclusively to businesses and entrepreneurs within the wine industry for the past 18 years. Prior to joining F&M Bank, Katherine held positions at Wells Fargo, Sanwa Bank/Bank of the West, City National Bank and Umpqua Bank. Katherine received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.