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October 12, 2018

Ed Cheveres, Beacon Director at Willie Brown Beacon Community School

We’re wrapping up our extended version of Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week with our last, but definitely not least Beacon Director! Ed Cheveres is the Willie Brown Jr. Middle School Beacon Director for Good Samaritan FRC. He is a Bay Area native with over 17 years experience in youth development. Ed has a diverse background in supporting and developing numerous

October 11, 2018

Merita Kaulave, Beacon Director at Bret Harte Beacon Community School

Hi my name is Merita Kaulave, I am Samoan, born in American Samoa. I left Samoa at the age of 4 and moved to Honolulu, Oahu where I lived there till I was 9. I moved to San Francisco and grew up in the Bayview District and have been here for over 30+ years now. I attended Woodrow Wilson High

Michael Plank, Beacon Director at Dr. George Washington Carver Beacon Community School

Michael joins Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco with several years of mentoring and program management experience. After graduating from Willamette University with his Bachelor’s in Sociology, he spearheaded the creation of the Oregon College Mentors in Salem, Oregon. The program brought tremendous support and resources for at-risk youth in the Salem-Keizer Public School District. Thereafter, he ventured into

October 9, 2018

Amelia Rudberg, Beacon Director at Marina Beacon Community School

Amelia grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota and attended Grinnell College in Iowa, where she majored in Sociology and Environmental Studies. After college Amelia provided case management for homeless adults in Berkeley and San Francisco’s Tenderloin Neighborhood for about four years, then transitioned into a support services management role with Tenderloin Housing Clinic. In 2016, Amelia started a graduate program

October 5, 2018

Dianna Caracoza, Beacon Director at Bryant Beacon Community School

Dianna is a native of Southern California. She attended the University of California Riverside where she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and in Women’s Studies. While attending UC Riverside she worked on campus as an academic counselor, where she found her passion for helping students succeed. After graduating she moved to San Francisco and attended San Francisco State and

October 3, 2018

Jibraan Lee, Beacon Director at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Beacon Community School

Jibraan Lee has been working in youth development and community organizing in San Francisco since 2009. During this time, he has taught in SFUSD classrooms and directed high quality and innovate afterschool and summer programs at Hillcrest and Visitacion Valley Elementary Schools. Through his experience, he has grown into the position of Beacon Director at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Ryan Campagna, Beacon Director at Visitacion Valley Beacon Community School

Ryan was born in South San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He specializes in Early Childhood Development and has been working with kids from the time he was 15 years old. Ryan worked at a sports and enrichment camp with the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department and was in

Sunny Zhang, Beacon Director at Aptos Beacon Community School

As a progressive educator with a background in social work and education research, Sunny strives to combine data-driven best practices with empathy work and design thinking from a lens of equity and cultural competency. These mindsets drive her to create sustainable foundational systems that support the needs of the youth and community at hand, and empower their voices. Sunny is

Alfredo Guardado, Beacon Director at Bessie Carmichael Beacon Community School

Alfredo “Fredo” Guardado – born and raised in San Francisco – has spent his professional career dedicated to enriching the communities he grew up in. Fredo joins us from the Urban Services YMCA where he spent last 5 years delivering high quality services to 4 of San Francisco’s public High Schools. He’s thrilled to take on the role of Bessie

October 2, 2018

LaSaundra Owens, Beacon Director at John Muir Beacon Community School

Born and raised in the Bay Area, LaSaundra is a vibrant character whose passion is to enhance the lives of young people by bridging innovative and engaging youth development strategies with tangible educational outcomes. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from California State University, Easy Bay and currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Management with a concentration in Public