Summer Search

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STAFF

Alexandra Bartz

national DIRECTOR OF IMPLEMENTATION

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Alexandra believes every person has an equal right to an affordable education. Her passion for educational equity stems from a desire to do justice to her parents’ example and sacrifice. Alexandra sees the best in others: their humanity, beauty, talents and courage. It’s her aim to help others notice, develop and unleash their gifts to impact Summer Search’s mission. Alexandra started serving others when she was a brace-faced, bi-focal wearing 14-year-old. She has been an AmeriCorps volunteer, secretary of a Board of Directors for an organization serving survivors of domestic violence, and a staff aid to a Member of Congress. For the past six years, she’s been a Big Sister to young man named David.

Alexandra graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University. She’s currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. She considers herself lucky to live in Santa Rosa, California with her husband Billy and their two-year-old Catahoula, Hooly.

Aubrey Beals

National Donor Communications Manager

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Aubrey is deeply committed to helping our nation achieve true education equity—optimistic for a world in which students overcome systemic barriers to thrive in school, in their careers, and as our next generation of leaders. She loves telling student and alumni stories that inspire donors to join our Summer Search community in making this vision a reality.

Prior to joining the Summer Search team, Aubrey served as a middle school teacher on the Zuni Reservation, as a manager at youth development nonprofits buildOn and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as a fundraiser at the University of Washington. These experiences ignited her belief in the power of mentoring and academic support as the keys to student success. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and a Master of Public Administration from the UW.

In her free time, Aubrey loves backpacking in Washington’s glorious Cascade Mountains, running and biking around Seattle, playing by the seaside with her daughter, and eating as much ice cream as she can get her hands on.

Nathan Becker

ART DIRECTOR

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Nathan believes in the power of creativity, technology, and design, and harnesses these tools to make a mission-focused impact at national nonprofits. He is the UX/ visual/ multimedia designer for national and regional Summer Search, responsible for digital, print, and brand guardianship.

Nathan worked as a magazine art director, before moving to NY for his MFA in Design and Technology from The New School. He worked at publisher Condé Nast as Creative Producer, before moving to CA.

He loves reading, and water polo—a team player who thrives on collaboration. In addition to his MFA, he holds a BS from JMU (VA) in Media Art & Design.

Antonio Brown

EQuity, diversity and inclusion MANAGER

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Originally from Harlem, New York, Antonio draws his inspiration from his belief that social justice is a collective effort. Antonio participated in opportunity programs as a teenager himself, and he knows first-hand the role that Summer Search can play in our students’ lives. As someone who attributes much of his success to the friends, family and mentors that he’s had the privilege of learning from, he believes whole-heartedly in the ability of students to cultivate and shape the world around them.

Antonio has a BA in African and African American Studies from Dartmouth College, and has dedicated himself to deepening his understanding of the obstacles facing underserved youth, particularly students of color. You’re most likely to find Antonio at a Billiards Hall after work or wherever you hear live music.

Alysa Delgado

National Implementation Manager 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Alysa is excited to be at Summer Search because it weaves together her passions for education, supporting high school youth, and nature.

Alysa did a service year with Americorps for Playworks, coaching and providing organized play and physical activity at an elementary school in Oakland. At Caritas Creek Environmental Education Program, Alysa saw the impact of bringing youth from diverse backgrounds into nature. She has also worked in a school-based Health Center as a Health Educator, and Counselor. 

Alysa holds a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a MA in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential.

Alysa was born and raised in the Central Valley of California and love to be near the ocean and play basketball.

Sharon de Oliveira

National Senior Development Associate

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sharon firmly believes that education enables people to lead happier and healthier lives with increased autonomy and opportunity. Working in the international development sector has deepened her passion for social mission driven work, specifically around programs that support individuals facing systemic inequities. Joining the Summer Search team in 2017, she is excited to focus her efforts domestically to impact the lives of the next generation of American leaders.

Sharon is deeply committed to Summer Search’s “pay it forward” mentality which allows for strong cross-sector partnerships with foundations, corporations, schools, summer programs, and alumni across the globe. Summer Search’s holistic approach and evidence-based outcomes motivate her to strengthen fundraising operations. With a strong background in accounting and project management, she is excited to work creatively towards new business development strategies for the continuity of these effective programs.

Sharon graduated cum laude from Northeastern University in International Affairs and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (French). She is a proud Bostonian who can’t seem to take the coordinator hat off outside of work. She enjoys planning snowboarding and rock climbing outings for her and her friends. She admits, though, that her first love is travel, and has been known to take off on a solo trip abroad to explore on her own from time to time.

Patrick Doherty

National Development Manager

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Patrick has a strong belief in the power of educational equity as a tool to unlock resources and opportunities for all youth. He is driven by the desire to break down barriers and support all youth to realize their full potential.

Previously a member of the Summer Search’s Bay Area development team and Reading Partners’ national development team, Patrick rejoined Summer Search in June 2017. As a member of the national development team, Patrick supports our development operations efforts, creating efficiencies and empowering development staff throughout the organization to maximize donor cultivation and stewardship. He brings a passion for systems, structure, and data to his everyday work.

Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree with departmental honors in history from Oberlin College. Outside of work, he loves reading, cheering for his favorite baseball team (Go Giants!), volunteering for Oberlin’s admissions department, and darting around the country to attend competitions for his favorite obscure sport: figure skating.

Seth James Ellis

National Director Alumni Relations & Development

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Seth is passionate about serving youth, building community, and developing a culture of philanthropy among young people. All of these have come together in his work at Summer Search.

Seth is the chief evangelist for engaging alumni in every facet of our work: as volunteers, as staff members, as donors, and as cheerleaders in their communities. In representing and engaging the voices from the most permanent stakeholders in the Summer Search community, Seth deepens the relationship between Summer Search and nearly 2,500 alumni.

Seth comes to Summer Search with more than six years of experience in alumni relations and development, most recently at his alma mater, UC San Diego.

Seth has volunteered for a number of organizations such as the New Leaders Council, the San Diego LGBT Community Center, the Trevor Project, and I’m From Driftwood.

In his free time, Seth loves to cook, practice yoga, sail the waters of San Francisco and San Diego, explore the beauty of San Francisco, and travel to exotic places near and far with his husband, Jared.

Ally English

National Summer Programs Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ally's passion lies in the connection between experiential education and personal growth, and she believes that all youth deserve equal access to these unique, transformative programs. She understands that these experiences empower individuals to overcome challenges in their lives, through the development of resilience, introspection, relationship-building, and effective communication skills. Throughout her personal journey and professional life in this field, Ally has learned that a sense of humor and authenticity with the self are the keys to genuine fulfillment, and she is excited to embrace this mindset in her work at Summer Search.

Ally's career has focused on nonprofit education in various capacities, from teaching at a high school to overseeing educational programs and global partnerships at a study abroad organization. Prior to joining Summer Search's National Program Team, Ally managed immersive learning programs for college students and post-graduate health professionals in India and the Philippines, through Child Family Health International. Ally's academic and professional background highlights the importance of ethical considerations in educational program development.

Outside of work, Ally dances for Salsamania dance company, and she can be found social dancing or performing at local venues, practicing at the studio, or listening to live salsa music. She is also an avid world traveler, bookworm, yoga teacher, writer, and lover of nature and the outdoors.

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Erica Erle

TALENT MANAGER

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Erica believes that all youth are entitled to quality education and personal development opportunities. Her belief in creating equity for the leaders of tomorrow led her to Summer Search.

Erica brings four years of experience at Bay Area non-profits serving local youth. She first worked at Seneca Center as a mental health counselor for foster kids of all ages. She then moved from direct care to support staff, and joined HR/Talent team at Reading Partners, a national literacy program. Joining the Talent Team at Summer Search, Erica works to attract and retain the excellent talent through talent acquisition, onboarding, training, and more. She is proud to act as a resource and partner for staff throughout the organization.

When she is not working, you can find Erica spending time in the great outdoors hiking, camping, and discovering the best hidden swimming holes in California. She also travels frequently to Chile to visit her in-laws.

Erica obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Oberlin College. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and their scruffy terrier.

Rangsiwan Fasudhani

Program Quality and Data Manager

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Believing in empowerment through education, experience and hard work, Rangsiwan is a natural fit in the Summer Search family. As the Program Quality and Data Manager, she ensures that Summer Search is equipped with tools and data systems to help students reach their dreams. She uses her analytical skills and keen attention to detail to produce and maintain organizational reports on student outcomes as well as oversee the development and maintenance of the student database to ensure data consistency.

Rangsiwan's career has been driven by data. Prior to Summer Search, Rangsiwan was the Community Information Officer at United Way of the Bay Area. She maintained key community indicators for and managed and supported the production of reports on United Way initiatives. She was also instrumental in the development, implementation and maintenance of the client outcomes and case management database for their one-stop financial education centers.

Rangsiwan earned her BA in Economics with a minor in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and her MA in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before parenting, dog-wrangling and meal planning became her daily triathlon, Rangsiwan completed an ironman in Canada and Brazil and numerous other triathlons in California. This San Francisco native still calls San Francisco her home and continues to find therapy in running, baking and crafting.

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Krysten Fernandez

Implementation Manager

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Krysten is committed to cultivating spiritual resilience in youth by seeing and supporting the fullness of their identities. At Summer Search, she strives to offer holistic support to her mentees as they move through the program and develop the skills they need to overcome adversity and succeed.

Krysten earned her B.A. in Sociology from Williams College and recently completed her Master's degree at Harvard Divinity School where she focused on Spiritual Caregiving and the Sociology of Religion. She has a range of experience working in education including: teaching ESL, serving as an adjunct faculty member at a local college, and mentoring students of all ages. Outside of work, Krysten enjoys all things Sci-Fi, doing art projects, and chasing experiences that are both spiritually fulfilling and fun—like dancing!

Samantha Harris

National Development Operations Associate

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Samantha believes that until equity is achieved for all marginalized communities, none of us are truly free. The goal to instill young folks with agency in the form of an education is what keeps her going. Joining Summer Search in 2018, Samantha leads central gift processing and assists in insuring data integrity. She brings to this position over five years of experience in the non-profit sector, the majority involving data entry and analysis. Samantha’s introduction to non-profits was in the Reproductive Justice movement, advocating for pregnant people’s rights. She served on the working Board of Directors for California’s ACCESS Women’s Health Justice from 2015–2018. Immediately prior to working with Summer Search, Samantha was the National Gift Processing Associate for Reading Partners, a childhood literacy organization.

Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. While she currently resides in Austin, Texas, Samantha is a proud Bay Area native and credits her Oakland roots with her love of day hikes, lakeside picnics, and strong cold brew coffee.

Brendan Hill

marketing & Communications Manager

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Brendan believes that everyone should have access to higher education, which is why he feels so honored to join the Summer Search team. He is excited to bring his creativity and passion to help promote the organization's mission, and to tell the many inspiring stories of Summer Search's students. Brendan's passion for higher education comes in part from his own college experience at the University of Miami. Go Canes! He developed an enthusiasm for summer educational programs in high school after spending four weeks away from home studying ancient Greek culture and literature. To this day, Brendan says that this summer program was one of the most enriching and inspiring experiences of his life.

Brendan also loves to explore the world. He has lived and studied in New England, South Florida, "Old" England, and now the Bay Area. He has backpacked through Australia and most of Western Europe, including Greece, of course. In his free time, Brendan enjoys playing basketball, watching English soccer, and performing with The Freeze, an improvisational-comedy-hip-hop band.

Shelby Lewis

national manager development data systems 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Shelby grew up in a household that fostered a passion for politics and social awareness. This interest, strengthened by working with youth during her high school and college years, led her to develop a strong belief in education and social justice. Prior to moving to San Francisco in 2008 to join the Summer Search National team, Shelby spent six years at the Western Divisional Headquarters of The Salvation Army in Omaha, Nebraska. It was here that she first worked in development and began her career in data management.

In her role as the Senior Development Database Administrator, Shelby leads the overarching strategy and optimization of Summer Search’s development data. She supports all development staff to increasingly leverage the database to improve fundraising strategy and donor stewardship.

In 2013, Shelby was among the very first users to become Blackbaud Certified in The Raiser’s Edge (bCRE) and now holds a Professional level certification.

Shelby is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she majored in English with minors in Biology, History and Political Science. She also holds an A.A. in Web Support Technology. Outside of the office, she can often be found cheering for Nebraska football (Go Huskers!), experimenting with vegan cooking, enjoying all of San Francisco’s best concert venues, or exploring Golden Gate Park with her bull terrier, Penny.

Matt Osgood

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF Summer Program 

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Matt has had the good fortune to travel abroad where he was exposed to the realities that many people face, leading him to become passionate about empowering others make changes in their lives. He learned what it means to live without electricity or running water, how to work with people who have differing perspectives, and what a blessing it is to be alive on this planet, right now.

Matt oversees the relationships with our Summer Program partners, and the many logistics for our students’ summer experiences.

Matt holds a BA in biology and Spanish from Hanover College. When he’s not at the office, Matt enjoys cooking, gardening, going to concerts, watching TV and movies, reading, playing video games, and expanding his vinyl collection. He currently lives with his partner in Walnut Creek.

For all summer program inquiries, Matt can be reached at mosgood@summersearch.org

Amanda Sayre

ASSOCIATE VP OF DEVELOPMENT

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Amanda Sayre is committed to addressing the inequalities within our communities and world. In college, she participated in global fieldwork and cultural exchanges in several countries such as Brazil, South Africa, Kenya and China. Amanda assisted local communities address challenges including hunger prevention, family planning and wildlife preservation. These experiences bolstered Amanda’s interest in a career to help others.

Amanda joined Summer Search in 2007 to support organization-wide development efforts. Amanda was our first dedicated development staff member and is the glue of our development teams. Today Amanda is responsible for the behind the scenes fundraising work that advances Summer Search’s long-term development work and overall strategy.

Amanda graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, DC with a BA in Business with a concentration in Marketing. When Amanda isn’t working, you can find her hiking or camping in Southern California, enjoying a meal with family, or reading a book quietly on her balcony.

Sylvia Starks

Accounts Payable Specialist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sylvia entertained being an Archeologist or Anthropologist studying ancient artifacts and societies in some remote part of the world, but instead has spent the past 20 years working in Accounts Payable at companies like Cost Plus World Market, and Petco Animal Supplies.

Working at Summer Search allows Sylvia to satisfy her desire to give back to her community, and attain personal value through her job. Sylvia is a great team player and works on many project teams.

Sylvia attended San Diego State University and the University of Phoenix in the ongoing pursuit of a BA degree in Accounting.

Along with her husband of 31 years, Sylvia has raised 3 children. When Sylvia is not working, she devotes most of her time with her family. Her passions include reading, watching movies, and planning the next trip to a white sand beach.

Lisa Strade

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Lisa is motivated by the belief that every individual deserves equitable access to educational opportunities. In her role leading our national development efforts at Summer Search, Lisa is energized by partnering with our generous supporters to create opportunities for our students and alumni.

Prior to joining Summer Search, Lisa served as the Associate Development Director for North America at Room to Read, a global literacy organization. She has also held development positions at Stanford University and the University of Virginia Law School Foundation.

In her free time, Lisa can be found indulging her passion of world travel, exploring new restaurants, hiking the incredible trails around the Bay Area, and cheering on the Golden State Warriors.

A native of New Jersey, Lisa holds an MA in education policy analysis from the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She lives with her husband in San Francisco.

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Stacey Thompson

Director of LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Stacey has Summer Search in her DNA. An alumna of our San Francisco program, she credits her experience as a Summer Searcher for her drive to help others use their unique gifts towards growth and positive change. Stacey graces our training program with her true insight and understanding about how and what makes Summer Search work.

Stacey spent three years as Program Director helping launch our New York office, before rejoining our team in her hometown of San Francisco. During her college years, she taught environmental education in Ecuador and served as one of our best interns ever, worked as a Project Manager with our North Bay team before graduating and being snapped up by our New York team.

The first in her family to graduate from college, Stacey holds a BA in Women and gender studies from Sonoma State University. When she is not serving as a shining example of the grit and determination we see in our alumni, Stacey is immersed in reading, exploring with her husband and children and scheming in the sunshine about rejoining the world of long-distance running and learning to build beautiful handmade furniture. Stacey and her family live in San Francisco.

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Maite Totorika

Data Systems Associate

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Maite is a bilingual, first generation Mexican-American that benefited from nonprofit organizations through her adolescent years. They served as mentors, a support system and cheerleaders in her path towards completing university and establishing a career. Because of this enriching experience, she believes everyone should have access to education, mentors, help and support—especially at the critical and often uncertain time of adolescence and young adulthood. 

Maite has worked for the Office of International Students and Scholars at the University of California, Davis, supporting foreign students with their acclimation to American culture. That experience evolved into her employment with Larkin Street Youth Services, an organization serving homeless youth in San Francisco, where she served as a database administrator and helped hone internal processes. Maite brings her twin passions of service to others and working with data to her position as Data Systems Associate at Summer Search. In this role she continues to bring forward her curiosity and attention to detail to ensure that our data systems meet the needs of our network.

During her free time, Maite loves to get out in natural settings with her golden retriever, cook plant-based meals, entertain guests and get competitive with a good board game.

Janice Yang

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Janice believes in the power of our students to dream big, and is committed to helping build an organization that allows them to do just that. A key player at Summer Search since 2003, she cut her teeth on our mission as a Mentor, moved on to become a Program Director and then led our New York chapter as Executive Director. Today, Janice works to develop and implement exceptional programming for our young people.

Her creative and insightful approach was honed in previous roles in the curatorial department of the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, California.

Janice holds a BA in art history from Cornell University and a MA from NYU. When she isn’t helping our students step into their greatest ambitions, Janice finds her bliss via classical piano music. She makes her home in Portland, Oregon.

Lindsey Roark Yee

national DIRECTOR OF program performance & IMPLEMENTATION 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

After years of working with youth in the outdoor education space, Lindsey Roark Yee realized she wanted to make a bigger difference in the lives of young people and Summer Search’s comprehensive program with insight-orientated mentoring spoke to her.

Lindsey led the North Bay Summer Search program team for five years where she cultivated a spirit of innovation, collaboration, and excitement – all of which she has brought to her current role. In her role on the National Program Team, Lindsey combines her deep understanding of the Summer Search program model with her management skills.

Lindsey holds a BA in Communication, a Masters in Organization Development, and a National Softball Championship earned while playing for UC Davis. More recently, she received the 2013 Summer Search ‘Laugh and Celebrate Success’ award.

Lindsey loves backpacking with her husband, visiting her family in Grass Valley, crunching autumn leaves underfoot, holding a warm mug of tea with both hands, and laughing with her new baby boy.

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