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Who We Are
Erica Mohan, Director
Erica Mohan holds an MEd and a PhD in Education from the University of British Columbia in Canada. In September of 2008, Erica began volunteering with School on Wheels, an organization that has been tutoring homeless children in the Greater Los Angeles Area since 1993. In Spring of 2010, Erica began working full time for School on Wheels in their Downtown Learning Center. She was keen, though, to return "home" to the San Francisco Bay Area. Understanding the critical need to academically support homeless children and realizing that the Bay Area lacked an organization specifically dedicated to providing such support, Erica founded Community Education Partnerships.
Welcome Bisson, Volunteer Manager
Welcome Bisson has developed her career in service as a camp counselor and director, an elementary school teacher and an afterschool director. She has served in a number of positions at both for-profit and non-profit companies where she took on increasing responsibilities as a manager of specialized teams and as a leader in community outreach. A highlight of Welcome’s career has been as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand where she worked with local communities to develop sustainable businesses and as a youth educator. Though a native New Yorker, Welcome has established strong ties in the Bay Area. She lives in Oakland with her husband and two children.
Board of Directors
Courtney Alexanderson is an audit partner in the EisnerAmper LLP financial services practice (2006 to present) with responsibility for the audit and accounting needs of over 70 domestic and offshore hedge fund clients. Courtney’s expertise includes financial statement preparation, partner capital letters and performance statistics reports. As a member of the Firm’s audit committee with responsibility for oversight of the Firm’s entire audit practice, Courtney develops and implements audit, accounting and quality control policies to ensure the Firm meets or exceeds the requirements of generally accepted auditing standards.
Courtney began her career in the asset management practice of Ernst & Young (1996 to 2006), where she managed audit and accounting deliverables for hedge funds, advised clients on initial public offerings, performed SEC quarterly reviews and prepared “comfort letters”. Courtney has been a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 2000 and is licensed to practice in California. Courtney graduated from the University of Washington in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
Geri Granger is a Senior Human Resources Information Systems Analyst with East Bay Municipal Utilities District. Geri has 25 years’ experience in the Administration of Information Systems that support HR, Payroll, and Retirement units in private and public entities such as Engineering/Construction, Judicial Council of California, and A C Transit. Geri holds a B.A. in Human Development from Cal State Hayward. Geri has been a CEP tutor since January 2015 and loves working with her student and being the liaison between him and his teacher, which has really helped him progress in school.
Catherine Jarett is an attorney at Grifols Diagnostics Solutions Inc (formerly Novartis Diagnostics). Catherine is educated as a chemical engineer, receiving a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a J.D. from Concord Law School and was admitted to the California Bar in 2010. She has spent most of her career (other than the Mad Science years) working in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in a variety of roles.
Catherine has been interested in education since establishing Mad Science of Mt. Diablo in 1996. Mad Science sent instructors to schools around the East Bay who offered enrichment science classes and workshops to elementary and preschool children. Catherine was particularly moved by the eagerness to learn, and the lack of educational resources available to, students in the lower income communities around the Bay Area. Working with these students turned out to be one of the most personally rewarding aspects of her Mad Science experience.
Catherine has also served on a variety of non-profit and corporate boards, including the Society of Women Engineers, Diablo Valley Quilters, and Entrust New Direction IRA. She has helped organize national conventions, steered organizations out of financial difficulty, and understands how to start and organize a business. She also volunteers regularly at the Bay Area Crisis Nursery.
Randall Sakamoto is Executive Vice President and Director of Research for Rosen Consulting Group, a leading real estate economics consulting firm located in Berkeley. Randall oversees the firm’s operations, and provides leadership for the delivery of strategic services to clients and business development. He is the team lead for real estate capital fundraising consulting, and has been involved with several of the largest successful public and private real estate capital raises in recent years. His fields of expertise include economic analysis, evaluation of strategic market opportunities, investment strategy and real estate market research.
Previously, Randall was Assistant Director of Research Services at Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc. There, he led a multi-office research team and was awarded several corporate commendations for developing and implementing new research initiatives. Prior to this, he held several leadership and management positions and began his career as a municipal English teacher in Japan.
Since relocating to the East Bay, Randall has been activity involved in mentoring and fundraising programs for several youth-oriented organizations. Randall received a dual B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College.
Ms. Tegan is a recently retired Employment Counselor with Alameda County Social Services. She worked with families on aid, many of whom were homeless. She held this position for 10 years, helping adults on aid to find employment and she provided all the supported services needed to keep their employment and eventually become self supporting. Prior to being a counselor, Ms. Tegan was a Eligibility Technician, placing people in need in various shelters, when needed, while establishing their eligibility for cash assistance. She also worked with the Social Security Administration as Alameda County's official liaison in helping adults on aid to become eligible for SSI. She held these positions for 11 years.
Emily Weigand is Director, Financial Planning & Analysis for Rovi Corporation, a leader in digital home entertainment technology. She is a trusted advisor to the CEO, CFO, EVP Strategy and EVP, Sales and Marketing, responsible for strategic planning, forecasting, budgeting and management reporting. Emily has vast experience driving business process improvement, enhancing business performance and supporting top line growth and profitability. She also manages the Company’s sales compensation strategy and administration, and she has a lengthy history of integrating large-scale corporate acquisitions.
Emily began her career at Network Associates, now McAfee (2000 to 2008), where she provided financial support to the Marketing and Support functions of the business. She is a Certified Public Accountant since 2012, licensed to practice in California. Emily graduated from Santa Clara University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting.