Category Archives: SFBI Evaluations

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

September 28, 2018

Mia Tswago, Beacon Director at Presdio Beacon Community School

Mia was born and raised in southern CA, and has adopted the Bay Area as a second home. She comes into this role with 8+ years in education, ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade. Mia is excited to bring her experience to the Beacon at Presidio Middle School. Here are some appreciations from her Executive Director, and the San Francisco

Saul Anaya, Beacon Director at Cesar Chavez Beacon Community School

Saul Anaya was born and raised in San Francisco and has lived in the heart of the Mission District his entire life. After graduating from San Francisco State, he took different employment opportunities before landing a position with an after-school program at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in 1991. In 1996 the program merged with the Jamestown Community Center and Saul

Charlotte La Riviere, Beacon Director at Sanchez Beacon Community School

Charlotte La Riviere began working with Mission Graduates in 2014 after majoring in History at the University of San Francisco. She began as an Americorps volunteer at the Bryant Extended Day Program, before teaching the fourth grade after school class at the Marshall Extended Day Program for two years. Currently she is the director of the Sanchez Extended Day Program.

September 27, 2018

Mandy McGowen, Beacon Director at AP Giannini Beacon Community School

Mandy was born in the Bay, raised in Rocklin, CA, and matured in great cities all over the country. A BA in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine landed her a job at the Laguna Playhouse in the youth theater department and her time and experience there thrust her on to pursue a Masters in Educational Theater and English at New

September 26, 2018

Sherry Congrave-Wilson, Beacon Director at Paul Revere Beacon Community School

Sherry has over 12 years of experience coordinating and managing projects and educational programs in the Bay Area. She started her career as a secondary Social Studies teacher in San Diego and the East Bay. She earned her first masters in Educational Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State in 2010. She recently completed a second masters, an administrative

Alberto Martinez, Beacon Director at Buena Vista Horace Mann Community School

Alberto Martinez and was born and raised in the San Francisco Mission District, and graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Criminal Justice. After beginning his work with Jamestown , he realized that his passion lies within the work he does with his community to provide youth with the skills, that will help them succeed in life.

Melissa Alvarez, Beacon Director at Leonard Flynn Beacon Community School

Melissa is Bay Area local. She went to school at Sonoma State University, originally to study to be an elementary teacher, but after her first job with AmeriCorps at an elementary school in Santa Rosa, she fell in love with after school. After completing her B.A. in Human Development, she moved to San Francisco and joined Mission Graduates in December

September 25, 2018

Lorraine Orlandi, Beacon Director at Francisco Beacon Community School

Lorraine Orlandi joined the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center in July 2018 to become the director of Beacon programs at Francisco Middle School. Before that she spent seven years as the Community School Coordinator at Paul Revere K-8, where she built a network of community partners that helped to install gardening spaces and a soccer field, to strengthen family partnerships and

Jasmine Benton, Beacon Director at Dr. William Cobb Beacon Community School

Some fun facts about Jasmine: ♦ I graduated from the wonderful Florida A&M University with my Bachelor in Social Work, and Masters in Teaching from USC ♦ Ran track for 6 years (was 2nd in Nor. Cal in 200 meters while attending CCSF) ♦ Taught middle school for 1 year ♦ Love to listen to music, dance, travel, and sporty/fast