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November 18, 2017

Coming Full Circle

Meet Wilson Cruz from Mission Graduates. Wilson was born and raised in Guatemala and came to the Mission District in California in his early childhood. He attended Everett Middle School and Mission High School and currently works at Everett Middle School as the Assistant Director of the Mission Beacon Center. As the Assistant Director, he is responsible for ensuring the after school

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September 29, 2017

Maysha Bell, Beacon Director at Willie Brown

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Maysha is the Senior Director of Beacon and Youth Services with Bayview YMCA. She joined Buchanan YMCA in 2007. Starting as a Program Coordinator she advanced up the ladder to become Hub Site Program Director and ultimately, the Western Addition Beacon Director at John Muir Elementary School. Her passion, commitment and experience fostered a transition from Western Addition to Bayview

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Gina Patterson, Beacon Director of Visitacion Valley

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Gina has a diverse background that includes elementary and middle school education as well as program administration. As a native San Franciscan, she attended Aptos Middle School and Lowell High school prior to graduating from the University of California, Davis with a double degree in Psychology and Spanish. Gina served as a Spanish teacher for grades K-5 in Seattle, WA

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Chris Tsukida, Director at Richmond Village Beacon Center

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Chris is originally from the Peninsula and joined Richmond District Neighborhood Center in 2009, where he served as a Site Manager at Lafayette Elementary School, a High School Programs Manager at George Washington High School and climbed his way to Beacon Director. He served as a Site Coordinator for 1 year under the District of Columbia Public Schools and was

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September 28, 2017

LaSaundra Owens, Beacon Director at Western Addition

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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

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Francesca Gonzalez, Beacon Director at OMIE Beacon Center

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Francesca joined with Urban Services YMCA in 2006. Prior to becoming the Beacon Director for Outer Mission/Ingleside/Excelsior Beacon Center at James Denman Middle School, she was serving as the Director of Community Programs. She has a passion for providing quality programs for the youth and families in the community. Another passion of hers is photography, where she studied at Academy

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September 26, 2017

Annie Ma, Beacon Director of Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center

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Annie joined the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center Team in the fall of 2007. Before becoming the Beacon Director at A.P. Giannini Middle School, Annie was the Site Coordinator at A.P. Giannini and Francis Scott Key Elementary’s After School Program. Prior to that, Annie worked at Edgewood Center for Children and Families after graduating from SFSU with a BA in Psychology.

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Jora Atienza-Washington, Director of North Beach-Chinatown Beacon

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Jora has been a nonprofit leader with almost 20 years experience working in Bay Area public schools and social service organization. She served as Senior Program Director with Oakland Asian Students Educational Services and as an After-School Learning Site Coordinator with Mission Learning Center and the San Francisco Unified School District. Jora is proud to have been an AmeriCorps volunteer

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Sarah Ballard-Hanson, Bayview Beacon Director

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Sarah is the Senior Director of Beacons & Youth & Teen Services for the Bayview YMCA. Sarah previously served as the Director of Education at a Jamestown Community Center in the Mission, a teacher coach, and a SFUSD high school Spanish teacher. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs/Latin American Studies from Lewis and Clark College, as well as