2012 Children's Summit Workshop Presenters

Workshop Presenters Bio's

Brett Barley is Education Policy Director for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and his work has been instrumental in the passage of key pieces of state legislation. Mr. Barley also serves on many community organizations, including the Mission College Center for Innovation and Technology, where he is president of the board, the Santa Clara County Local Planning Commission, and the Santa Clara County Committee on School District Organization. Prior to joining the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in 2010, Mr. Barley was a teacher with the Teach for America program in San Jose. Soon after graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2009, he worked as a deputy district attorney for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office and specialized in juvenile justice cases.

Susan Butschy is co-founder and President of Applied Survey Research (asr), a nonprofit social research firm. For over 30 years, Ms. Brutschy has conducted hundreds of program and community indicator projects, assessments, and evaluations. She also has conducted data-driven strategic planning processes related to education and social issues including early childhood development, domestic violence, child abuse and maltreatment, early literacy, K-12 education, and homelessness. Ms. Brutschy specializes in turning information into action by using Results Based Accountability (rba), pioneered by Mark Friedman of the Fiscal Policy Studies Institute. She is committed to working with program staff and community members to develop the best indicators and strategies to track progress toward the desired outcomes. She also provides trainings around the world on how to use rba. Ms. Brutschy believes that data should not sit in binders on shelves collecting dust; it should act as a catalyst for change in communities.

Lori Burns is Director of the Santa Clara County Partnership for School Readiness, which assesses how well local children are prepared to enter county Kindergartens. She is also co-chair of the Local Early Education Planning Council of Santa Clara County. Ms. Burns started her career in education after spending 20 years in engineering and management at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. While at HP, Ms. Burns became involved in K-12 community outreach, starting with a program that encourages middle-school girls to study math and science. Since then, she has been committed to helping provide more opportunities for business and education leaders to connect and learn from one another. She decided to leave high-tech in order to advocate full-time for building the academic and social foundations that elementary school children need to grow into successful students, including developing very young students into future engineers.

Hedy N. Chang directs Attendance Works, a national and state level initiative aimed at advancing student success by addressing chronic absence. A skilled facilitator, researcher and writer, she has written numerous articles about student attendance and co-authored the seminal report, “Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades.” Ms. Chang has spent more than two decades working on issues related to family support, family economic success and child development. She served as a senior program officer at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and as co-director of California Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization committed to building a more just and equitable society by drawing strength from cultural, linguistic and racial diversity.

Anne Ehresman, msw, joined Project Cornerstone as executive director in January 2008. Project Cornerstone is the premier youth development initiative in Silicon Valley, committed to building a community where all adults support children and youth. Project Cornerstone works within the ymca and with more than 200 schools and community partners to influence public policy, help adults engage positively with young people, and strengthen programs that serve youth.

Veronica P. Goei is an experienced leader in the nonprofit sector. She moved to the United States from Chile in 1988 and forged a strong commitment to creating social change through high-quality services that are geared toward measurable results. For the past 11 years, she has been Executive Director at San Jose’s Grail Family Services (gfs), which fosters empowerment of vulnerable families with young children through programs that educate, develop leadership skills, and build a sense of community. Ms. Goei also has expertise in curriculum development. She developed the Lee y serás®/Read and You Will Be curriculum, published by Scholastic, Inc. as a component of a National Early Initiative for Latino families. Her curricula have been implemented nationwide and around the world. Veronica also has served on the boards of several community nonprofit organizations.

Kristi Kelly is Director of Research at Applied Survey Research, a nonprofit social research firm focused on helping people build better communities. In her work at ASR, Kristi draws upon her background in research design, survey design, and data analysis to help community partners address issues that relate to children’s academic success and healthy development. She has co-authored a number of local reports on school readiness, including a recent study examining associations between school-readiness levels and children’s performance at third grade. Ms. Kelly and ASR have recently begun working with Hedy Chang and Attendance Works on a set of attendance-related projects, looking at the role of attendance in students’ success and developing tools for tracking chronic absence.

Kathy Lincoln’s journey into education began in 1972 with a major in home economics and early education. She spent the next 20 years in the business sector before she started working with Chaboya Middle School in the Evergreen district. Development of cross-curricular, project-based learning curriculum earned her a National Semiconductor Innovative Educator Award and an opportunity to develop curriculum for Apple, Inc. She also trained teachers through National Semiconductor and Symantec at local, state and national levels. After Ms. Lincoln received a Masters degree in administration from Santa Clara University, she joined Milpitas Unified School District and spent four years as an elementary school principal. She is now in her fourth year as the director of the district’s Child Development Centers and ases program. In addition to overseeing two home-care facilities, two pre-school centers, six school-age sites, and the Milpitas Family Literacy Project, Ms. Lincoln also coordinates the district’s K-12 New Teacher Induction (btsa) program.

Dr. Roxana Marachi is Associate Professor of Education in the Lurie College of Education at San José State University, where she teaches Educational Psychology and supervises teacher candidates in the Middle Level Emphasis Program. Her research is focused on school climate and safety, school violence prevention, and the implementation of prevention efforts. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences and currently serves as the co-chair of the Safe Schools and Communities Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Fernando Sanchez Mendoza is a professor and Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. He has also been the Associate Dean for Minority Advising and Programs at Stanford Medical School for 28 years. He is a national expert in Latino and immigrant child health issues and has been recognized for his work in the education of minority health professionals. He is a life-long resident of Santa Clara County and one of the founders of the Gardner Family Health Clinic.

Dr. Bonnie Scott is Program Specialist with the Thrive Foundation for Youth, which works with organizations locally and nationally to help youth reach their full potential. Trained as a developmental psychologist, Bonnie spent the early part of her career researching inter-agency collaboration efforts designed to better serve children and families. She has conducted a number of evaluations of Bay Area programs that seek to inspire youth, such as San Francisco’s Americorps program and the San Francisco Unified School District’s learning initiative, “Linking San Francisco.”