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Chief Executive Officer, Hae-Sin Kim Thomas
Hae-Sin Kim Thomas has 18 years of K-12 public education experience. Her recent focus before joining EFCPS has been in the turnaround space – working with school districts and charter management organizations to recreate their lowest-performing schools as the CEO of urbanED solutions. She was also the lead organizer and co-founder of Great Oakland Public Schools, an Oakland-based education advocacy group and watchdog. Before urbanED solutions, Hae-Sin worked for the Oakland Unified School District as a teacher, principal, school developer, and executive officer. She led a team charged with designing and leading two foundational tenets of OUSD’s nationally-recognized reform effort – creating quality school options for families in every neighborhood and ensuring high-performing, more personalized communities of learning for children. She facilitated the design and opening of 22 new schools, replacing 18 chronically-failing schools. A recent external evaluation of the new schools reform work in Oakland found that new schools more frequently accelerated math and English–language arts performance when compared to other district schools and that new schools significantly outperformed the schools they replaced in academic achievement, suspension rates, attendance rates, and overall student, teacher, and parent satisfaction.
Prior to that, she was the founding principal of ASCEND, one of the five original new small and autonomous schools opened in Oakland, California, a school recognized for accelerating achievement and engaging community. Ms. Thomas started teaching in Oakland through Teach for America in 1993 and continued teaching for six years before becoming a site administrator. During this time, she also worked as the Special Education school director for the Teach for America Summer Institute. She holds a B.A in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Francisco, and a Master’s in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University.
Jessica Evans, Chief Academic Officer
Jessica Evans was formerly the Director of Elementary Education for the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). Dr. Evans has focused on improving instruction in reading/language arts, English language development, and mathematics. She instituted site-based professional development through the Collaborative Inquiry Cycle and Lesson Design Study. Dr. Evans also served as principal of La Escuelita Elementary School. An experienced educator, Dr. Evans has served as a lecturer at UCLA in reading methods and as a research assistant in the education evaluation firm Education Matters, Inc. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University, a M.Ed. from UCLA, and a M.Ed. and doctorate from Harvard University. Jessica has a three-year-old son who makes her play garbage man every night.
Chief Operating Officer, Fabiola Harvey
Fabiola Harvey has been with Education for Change since 2006 and currently serves as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. Earlier in her career, Fabiola served as the Area Financial Manager for the Las Vegas cluster of Edison Schools. While at Edison, she led the start-up and transition of the business operations for 7 schools in Clark County School District. This was the first time the district had awarded a cluster of schools to be managed by one charter management organization. Prior to working in Las Vegas, Fabiola served as the Business Manager for one of the most troubled schools in San Francisco Unified School District, Edison Charter Academy, where she successfully revived the financial stability of the organization . Fabiola arrived at EFC with over 15 years of experience and a long standing commitment to urban education. She was born and raised in Mexico City where she earned a double degree from the Centro Universitario Anglo Americano in Modern Languages and English as a Second Language Instruction. Most of her family live in Mexico City but her mom and dog Gigi live in Las Vegas where she spends most of her free time.
Enikia Ford Morthel, Chief of Schools
As the Chief of Schools, Ms. Morthel supervises all principals within the EFC network. Before transitioning into her current role, Enikia was the principal of Cox Academy, an EFC school located in deep East Oakland that made over 200 points in state API gains under her leadership. Prior to joining the EFC team, Enikia worked for 8 years in the Hayward Unified School District where she held numerous leadership positions including a 3 year elementary school principalship. She has provided strategic educational consulting services for companies like ETS, LeapFrog Schoolhouse and Shakespeare Squared. Despite the variety of positions she has held, Enikia still identifies herself first and foremost as a teacher. Outside of work, Ms. Morthel enjoys public speaking, writing, serving the community and spending time with her family and friends. She received her Masters in Education from University of California at Berkeley and serves as the Education Chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Enikia also sits on a number of education boards and committees in the Bay Area.
Mical Caldwell, Director of Data, Systems and Analysis
Mical Caldwell is the new Director of Data, Systems and Analysis at EFC and has a 14 year career in education that includes teaching, coaching, and educational analysis in California and abroad. Mical earned her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.Ed from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. After teaching elementary school in San Francisco and San Jose, Mical joined the Peace Corps where she planned and administered, in Spanish, teacher training workshops for over 20 communities and 250 teachers. More recently, she worked as a School Improvement Coach at Oakland Unified School District and as the Manager of Data and Assessments at Envision Schools, where she cultivated the importance of data and its analysis by adopting and engendering usage of data systems.
Richard McNeel Jr., Controller
Richard McNeel has been with Education for Change since 2006 and currently serves as the organization’s Controller. While at EFC, he successfully implemented and now manages the Financial Accounting System. Earlier in his career, Richard was a Business Services Manager with Edison Schools, Inc. where he managed two school site budgets. He also work in the telecommunications industry with Metrocall, Inc. for 10 years. At Metrocall he served in a variety of roles, including Financial Analyst, Regional Operations Manager over Credit and Collections, Human Resources, and the Call Center. Richard holds a B.S in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He currently lives in Hayward with his wife and three children. They love to go camping around the Bay Area.
LaRayne Povlsen, Human Resources & Operations Manager
LaRayne Polvsen is EFC’s Human Resources and Payroll Manager. Prior to EFC, LaRayne served as the Site Operations Manager for Edison McNair/Brentwood Academies in East Palo Alto. She also served as the Interim Operations Manager for Edison Charter Academy in San Francisco, where she was instrumental in developing sound financial and operational practices and procedures. LaRayne has worked successfully in the field of education in a variety of capacities for over 30 years and was even responsible for establishing operating policies and procedures for one of the State Board’s first charter schools. She has an exemplary track record of budget management, systems improvement and financial reporting. LaRayne is a Bay Area native and currently lives in Concord where she enjoys working on her garden and spending time with her two sons and five grandchildren.
Rebecca Hall-Crosby, Director of Strategic Projects
Rebecca Hall-Crosby has been providing governance, management, and fund-raising leadership to non-profit organizations for over 10 years. She has proven expertise in board development, strategic planning, system and capacity building, marketing and communications, major gift campaigns, grant writing, and special events. Rebecca, through her work with multi-service and education organizations focused on under-served youth and children, has addressed community development and organizing, educational equity and reform, violence intervention and prevention, homelessness and housing, social and economic justice, and youth and family support. She has been an executive team member at PACT in San Jose, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Clara County, and YWCA in Santa Clara Valley, as well as an independent consultant. At PACT, Rebecca was part of a team who helped create three parent/teacher-initiated small schools in East San Jose, and a new organization dedicated to supporting these and future district-sponsored and charter schools. While pursing her degree, Rebecca interned with a grassroots womens’ organization in Nigeria, where she interviewed female micro-entrepreneurs and documented an indigenous micro-lending association. Rebecca has a BA in International Studies from the University of Oregon, and lives in Alameda with her two children. She enjoys gardening, cycling, and exploring new places.
Lucia Jimenez, Payroll and Operations Associate
Lucia Jimenez is the Payroll and Operations Associate at Education for Change. She has been with EFC for over 5 years, serving in a variety of roles such as School Service Assistant, Rif Coordinator, Afterschool Coordinator, School Office Support, Book Fair Coordinator and Student Recruitment. Lucia lives with her two children in the Bay Area and enjoys both cooking and outdoor activities.
Sandra Nava, Assistant Controller
Sandra has worked in the field of education for over nineteen years, six of which have been with Education for Change. Prior to joining the EFC team, Sandra was an Instructional Assistant within the Oakland Unified School District where she worked with students in grades K through 5. The knowledge and experience she gained in her many roles over the years have played an important role in her career at Education for Change. Prior to becoming EFC’s Assistant Controller, Sandra served as World Academy’s Business and Operations Manager, where she oversaw the after school program, facilities maintenance and the food service department. Sandra was born and raised in Oakland. She and her husband enjoy walks in the park and trips to the movies with their three children.
Nicole Williams, Office Manager
Nicole Williams is office manager at Education for Change. In addition to keeping our EFC home office running smoothly day-to-day, Nicole serves as the executive assistant to the both CEO and CAO. Nicole arrived at Education for Change with several years of management experience and has also worked as a cake decorator! Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her son, exploring the Bay Area and watching movies.
ShiowRong Lin, Accounts Payable Specialist
Shiow Rong Lin is the Accounts Payable Specialist at Education for Change. Prior to her role at EFC, she served as a staff accountant at Tyan Computers in Fremont where she specialized in inventory control and general ledge maintenance. Shoiw Rong earned her degree in accounting from Washington State University and is originally from Tapei, Taiwan. She is the proud mother of a 9 year old boy and spends much of her free time cheering him on at his basketball games. She currently lives in Hayward with her husband and son.