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Executive Team

Jennifer Weiss | Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer has nearly 25 years of executive leadership experience with Boys & Girls Clubs in Sonoma County and San Francisco. Jennifer has a Masters in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley and a BA from University of Florida. She is passionate about leading with high expectations of excellence and maximizing every opportunity to change the lives of community youth. Jennifer has been a marketing leader at Gap, Inc. and an executive in Sales and Marketing for Shea Homes. Jennifer serves on many groups focused on at-risk youth and on the board of TLC Child and Family Services.

Michelle Edwards | Vice President of Youth Impact

Michelle has worked as a leader in Sonoma County community based organizations for 10 years. She is passionate about advocating for kids in our community through our Club programs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organization Development and received her BA from the University of Memphis. In addition to her work locally, she serves as a National Peer Consultant to help Boys & Girls Clubs change lives across the country.

Jason Weiss | Vice President of Special Projects

 

Lotasha Thomas | Controller

Lotasha Thomas oversees the financial and administrative divisions of the organization and brings over 10 years of accounting and non-profit experience to her current role. She began her accounting career in the public sector, with local accounting firm, Dillwood Burkel & Millar, LLP. Prior to Boys & Girls Clubs, she worked for six years as the Controller for Anova Education & Behavior Consultation. Lotasha holds a Master of Business Administration and BA in Business Accounting from Sonoma State University and is also a Certified Public Accountant. Lotasha is a Bay Area native and enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.

Jeanne Kearns | Vice President of Resource Development

Jeanne Kearns oversees the marketing, outreach, and fundraising strategies for the organization. Prior to joining Boys & Girls Clubs, Jeanne worked for seven years as Director of Development at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she most recently led the creation and implementation of the development program for the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. She also headed the fundraising alliance for the Science for Nature and People Partnership, a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the UC Santa Barbara. She has held Development roles with the Stanford Jazz Workshop, San Francisco Film Society, and the California Film Institute and brings over 15 years of non-profit fundraising experience in the Arts and Education to her current role. Jeanne has a Masters with Commendation in Irish Politics from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland and a BA in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara. As a Santa Rosa native, Jeanne is delighted to have relocated back to her hometown with her husband and two small children.

Area Directors

Alicia Morales | Area Director

Alicia Morales has been in the field of education since 2001. She attended Sonoma State University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. While attending Sonoma State, she worked as a preschool teacher on campus for 10 years before joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County in 2012. With many years’ experience working with young children Alicia enjoys mentoring our team how to best work with our youngest Members, focusing on developing the skills necessary to succeed in and out of school whether or not they had the opportunity to attend preschool. She is passionate about teaching our Members how to be resilient, caring, responsible and productive citizens. Alicia lives in beautiful West County with her son, who attends a local school.

 

Stella Gonzalez | Area Director

Stella is a native of Asuncion, Paraguay. She has 20 years of Fitness and Management experience combined. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with concentration in Marketing. Stella is passionate about helping others reach their true potential. She has been helping people reach their fitness goals for many years, and is excited to use her skills in a positive way to impact young members of our community.

 

Mike Gomez | Area Director

Mike has been a part of this community almost his entire life. Mike grew up in the town of Windsor and attended school in the Windsor Unified School District. Mike then went on to attend the University of California Davis and graduated with a degree in Economics. After graduating college, Mike explored the areas of finance, but would find his passion working with youth when starting to work for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. Five years later this passion has developed into a long term career aimed at changing Members lives and helping those who need us most.

Rebecca Carrillo | Area Director

Jade Weymouth | Area Director

Jade has worked with youth for almost 10 years. Her passion is supporting youth who need us most, in particular, empowering girls to follow their dreams. She received her BA from University of Santa Cruz, with an emphasis in Women’s Studies that focused on getting young Latinas college bound, she is currently enrolled at Sonoma State to receive her Master’s in Organizational Development. Jade currently lives in Cloverdale and ran the Healdsburg Boys & Girls Club for over 5 years; she believes in providing resources, creating learning experiences and opportunities for all of our North County families despite economic background. Jade oversees Boys & Girls Clubs in Cloverdale, Geyserville and Healdsburg. She works diligently to create robust programs, foster resiliency, and build community in North County.  

Katie Welch | Director of Program Services

Katie has over twelve years of experience working with youth in preschools, afterschool programs, and teaching in classroom settings. Katie received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Elementary Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. While Katie has spent the majority of her professional career working with children, she left the realm of education in 2009 to take a position in the corporate world as an executive team leader for Target. Finding that nothing for her was as rewarding as working with children, she is back and excited to help drive the Boys & Girls Club mission of impacting positive change in the lives of the youth that need it the most. Katie is most excited by the challenge of inspiring her team to develop high quality programs that incorporate fun and foster positive social relationships.

Olivia Bidaurreta | Director of Intervention & Diversion Services

Olivia, a Petaluma native, has 7 years of Programmatic experience in Sonoma County Boys & Girls Clubs. She attended Dominican University of California and graduated with a BA in Psychology. She has taught English as a Second Language abroad and has background in alternative education. A firm believer in living a whole hearted life, Olivia is passionate about expanding youth’s perspectives, challenging their current narratives, and empowering them to find their voice and their vision. She is committed to investing in her community and breaking down barriers in order to support youth on their paths to becoming not only the best versions of themselves, but also caring and productive community members.

Allison Nall | Special Events Manager

 

Meet the rest of our Team

Central Services | Cloverdale | Geyserville | Healdsburg | West County  | Windsor | Santa Rosa | Rohnert Park | Petaluma | Marin

Thank you to Michelle Feileacan Photography for generously donating your time and talents for our wonderful head shots.