OurBoard of Directors


Super Stars Literacy is led by a dynamic group of individuals who devote their time, talent and resources to carry out our mission of empowering students through reading.


Jill Godsey has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years, including 18 years at Charles Schwab, where she ran call center operations, brokerage operations and regulatory controls as Senior Vice President. Jill is now Head of Operations and Service and the Bank Secrecy Officer at Varo Money, a startup mobile bank that helps millennials achieve financial success. Jill’s passion for early literacy stems from her own love of reading and her belief that education is the silver bullet for fighting poverty and achieving social equity. Jill was the first of her family to graduate college, and continues to mentor students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she earned both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Business Administration. Jill lives in Lafayette, California, with her husband Tom and teenage boys, Parker and Logan.

You can reach Jill at jill@superstarsliteracy.org.

Ms. Koren, who has been a Financial Consultant for over 31 years, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA (magna cum laude) and received her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She obtained her Certified Investment Analyst designation through the Wharton School of Business, is a member of the Association of Professional Investment Consultants (APIC) and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and has earned the designation of Corporate Retirement Plan Director- one of 135 such designees across the US for Morgan Stanley.

In addition, Ms. Koren is dedicated to community stewardship. Her volunteer work and speaking include:

  • Current Board Treasurer and Member of Executive Committee, Girls Inc. of Alameda County
  • Current Board Chair, The Super Stars Literacy Program
  • Past Board President, Junior League of Oakland East Bay, Inc.
  • Representative for the United Way Speakers Bureau

In her professional capacity, Ms. Koren has been a presenter for the Smith Barney Training on Business Practice Management, IMCA (Investment Management Consultants Association), the Women Presidents’ Organization, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, among others.

In 2014, Ms. Koren received the Jefferson Award, which is sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize for public service” because it is the nation’s highest honor for public service. Ms. Koren has received numerous other forms of recognition for her community stewardship including “Wealth Advisor with Heart” Award (2014) from WealthManagement.com, the Nonprofit Board Leader Award from The Volunteer Center in San Francisco in 2010, named a Thread of Hope (2010), Junior League Sustainer of the Year (2013), and Point of Light and University of Phoenix Volunteer Leader Award Honoree (2010).

John is a finance and operations executive with experience growing start-ups and emerging companies, as well as Fortune 500 companies in the financial and technology sectors. Prior to joining Prosper Marketplace, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Wells Fargo Securities’ prime services business. John brings over 22 years’ of work history specializing in accounting, operations, planning, strategy and governance of public and private companies. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Wildwood School Dads’ Club and previously served on the Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood. John is a Certified Public Accountant.
Kim’s dedication to Super Stars Literacy began in 2003, when she volunteered as a literacy tutor for kindergarten students at Super Stars’ first classroom in Oakland. Since that time, Kim served as Chair of several committees charged with managing Super Stars Literacy through its expansion and evolution from a volunteer project to an independent non-profit.

In addition to her work with Super Stars Literacy, Kim sells residential real estate for Pacific Union in Orinda, where she has developed a successful practice of doing business by referral. Kim earned her B.A. in French at U.C. Berkeley, and an Executive MBA from St. Mary’s College, during which she worked extensively with an Indonesian NGO dedicated to providing education and job skills training for street children. “Every child deserves an equal opportunity for education, development, dignity and hope for the future”.
You can reach Kim at kim@kimmcatee.com.

Tiffany currently is a Data Science Manager at Facebook. Previously, she a big data analytics consultant at Applied Predictive Technologies. Originally from New Zealand, she moved to the US to study at Wharton in Philadelphia. Tiffany has always been passionate about getting involved in the local community and is excited to be working with Super Stars Literacy because she thinks that it is essential to build a strong foundation of literacy and social-emotional skills in order to be successful in later life. As a self-described spontaneous explorer, secret dork and whimsical dreamer, she enjoys spending her leisure time hiking through the great outdoors, trying new things, visiting museums and distilleries as well as thinking about, talking about and eating food.
Matt leads the company’s legal, regulatory and risk management functions. He brings 15 years of experience counseling global companies and brings a passion for health, nutrition, science and technology to the team. Prior to Habit, Matt was VP, Deputy General Counsel at the natural nutrition company Shaklee Corporation and Senior Counsel at Bare Escentuals, a pioneer in the mineral makeup industry. He started his career in litigation at Shook, Hardy & Bacon before moving to a subsidiary of NASDAQ. Matt earned a J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law and a B.A. from St. Mary’s College.

Matt’s passions are in reading (which is what drew him to SSL) books about US history, autobiographies and Scandanavian crime novels. One of his favorite parts of the day is reading to his 3 kids – Lila, Sadie and Sam. As well as physical health and movement – Matt enjoys tennis, basketball and crossfit as well as coaching his kids’ teams.

You can reach Matt on Twitter at @Matt Town.

Elvia Villalobos is currently a Manager of Staffing Services at Google for their Learning Navigation Team. In her role at Google she leads a global team that oversees onboarding and training for recruiters and sources at Google.

As the first member of her family that attended and graduated from college, she understands the importance of getting a strong foundation in reading, which was critical in setting her on the right path to get an education. Elvia wouldn’t have been able to do that without the investment of a volunteer veteran (Mr. Ruiz) who donated his time to her 4th grade class and his belief in her made all the difference. Elvia volunteers for SSL because she wants to contribute in the same way that Mr. Ruiz did – help young children find their passion for reading/education and provide some support to the schools and communities that are most underserved.

In her spare time, Elvia really enjoys nature and loves hiking in the early morning. She lived in Spain for a year, and loves machego cheese, tapas, flamenco dancing, and a strong Rioja. She speaks fluent Spanish, understands basic French, and is now learning Italian. Her next adventure includes a trip to Argentina and learning Tango dancing!

You can find Elvia at elvimar@google.com, or connect with her on Instagram at @elvimar2017.

Amie Gray is the CEO N³ Innovation. The mission of N3 Innovation is to help corporations build enterprise value through innovation. They help large corporations engage with the startup ecosystem to accelerate innovation velocity and advance business strategies. Over the past decade in Silicon Valley, N3 has worked extensively with industry networks, accelerators, VCs, and investors on behalf of corporate clients. Their team has combined broad industry knowledge with fundamental innovation methods to help clients test new ideas and to realize millions of dollars by leveraging opportunities in new markets, for new products, and with new technologies. Amie brings insights from more than 20 years in high-tech positions and consulting. Her background includes international management experience with industry leaders Nokia, Inet Technologies (now Tektronix), Texas Instruments and Teradyne. She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Amie got involved in Super Stars as her family has first-hand experience with learning differences, reading delays and social-emotional concerns. The time, energy and money that it takes to overcome these issues for even one child is not trivial. In addition, the program must include intensive, specific intervention every day of the week to make a long-lasting and measurable difference. In her own experience as a parent, it’s a challenge to find an effective program that’s not only affordable but also nearby. Super Stars routinely proves that it can dramatically help the children that need it the most, at no cost to the family, and in the neighborhood schools. Super Stars is a unique, comprehensive solution to a very complex problem for the schools and families that we all are here to serve. She would like to thank those families for entrusting Super Stars with the education of their children, both learning to read now and building their success in the future.

Amie previously was an advisor for the Infuse Entrepreneurial Program and held a board position on the San Jose Unified School District Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.

You can reach Amie at amiejgray@hotmail.com or connect with her on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/amiegray

Joe works at eBay where he focuses on financial planning and analysis across eBay’s global businesses. Prior to eBay, Joe worked in the Markets Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and in the Financial Institutions Group at Societe Generale in New York. Joe and his wife, Mattie, live in San Francisco and spend their free time traveling, watching Bay Area and Philadelphia sports, and exploring the Bay’s best craft beer bars.

Joe’s interest in early childhood education comes from his mom, who is a pre-kindergarten teacher in the Philadelphia public school system. Joe graduated from Cornell University with majors in Economics and Psychology and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Lexi Mele-Algus is an internal consultant for Kaiser Permanente’s physician group, The Permanente Medical Group – working to improve clinical quality, service and operational processes within the organization. She first learned about Super Stars Literacy when she met the Executive Director at a networking event and was immediately taken by her passion for the work and the mission of the organization. She is inspired by the impact the organization is having early on in children’s lives and is extremely excited to be part of the board. Outside of work and non-profit involvement, she holds true to her Vermont roots and tries to take advantage of the outdoors as much as possible!
Suresh Sachdev is a global operations, supply chain, sourcing and procurement advisor/consultant and technology investor. He has worked in the semiconductor industry for 37 years. Most of his career was spent at Intel where he held multiple management positions in Engineering, Process Development, Factory Management and Sourcing/Procurement. He was also the Vice President of Procurement at Numonyx (Intel and ST formed company) where he managed global sourcing, procurement and related supply line support. Through post merger improvements he drove significant cost Savings. After Numonyx was acquired by Micron, Suresh worked as the Senior Director for Sourcing & Global Purchasing at Xilinx where he managed silicon suppliers and helped with the company move in a new supplier direction. Most recently Suresh was the Vice President of Procurement at Qualcomm Technologies where he managed one of the largest spends and number of suppliers in the semiconductor industry. He was a key player in many global deals on ensuring capacity, driving down costs and obtaining appropriate technology and business terms with suppliers.

Having see the significant difference education had made in his own family, Suresh’s work has always been to support the underprivileged in education and improving their lives. “Super Stars as the perfect initiative to support as the early literacy intervention can make a huge difference.”

You can reach Suresh at Sachdevstar@yahoo.com

Meghan Shah was introduced to Super Stars Literacy through Chevron’s Corporate Volunteer Week in 2014. Her work with the organization started as a volunteer after-school tutor in the Oakland Unified School District and she joined the Board of Directors a short time later. Her interest in working with children and literacy developed at an early age while helping fellow classmates in elementary school with their reading and this continued through college where she worked as a reading coach for International students. Meghan is currently a Media Director at Chevron, and holds a BS and MA from Indiana University. She lives in the East Bay with her husband and two rambunctious boys, who are now experiencing the joys of reading and literacy. Meghan is a self-described voracious reader, aiming to finish a book a week, and is reading at least 2-3 books at time.

You can connect with Meghan on LinkedIn or follow her on Instagram at @meghan_shah

Kellyn is an experienced Digital Solutions Architect specializing in innovative IT solutions for several industries including, but not limited to: healthcare, finance, manufacturing, retail, and cloud services.

Kellyn was first connected with Super Stars Literacy when volunteering at one of the after school programs.

Alice first learned about Super Stars Literacy at a nonprofit event in 2017. Her strong belief in the mission and desire to make an impact led her to join the Board of Directors shortly after. Originally from Taiwan, Alice moved to the US at the age of 11 with her family. Having to learn English as a teenager, Alice witnessed first-hand how education can be a powerful tool that transforms and builds communities. Alice is excited to be working with Super Stars Literacy to inspire future generations of youth.

As a 10-year resident of San Francisco, Alice enjoys spending time outdoors. On the weekends, you can find her hiking in Marin, sampling cheese at local Farmers Markets or eating her way through the Bay Area. Alice is currently a Marketing Director at RepairPal, Inc in San Francisco. Alice holds a BA from University of California, Los Angeles and MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Robin was born and raised in Berkeley, California, and is a partner at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, an international law firm. At Morgan Lewis, Robin’s work focuses on portfolio strategic development and on management and counseling in domestic and international issues, with an emphasis in emerging biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies. Her background includes patent prosecution, opinion work (freedom to operate, invalidity, and noninfringement), IP due diligence (financings and licensing), mining portfolios for licensing and interference opportunities, and working with business development personnel and licensing managers to maximize portfolio value. Robin has represented a variety of biotechnology clients including universities, start ups, emerging companies, and public companies. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a protein biochemist at Genencor, International for 6 years at the lab bench. Her interest in early literacy is based on the fact that one of her two sons was diagnosed as dyslexic in the first grade. She also serves on the Board of Stanbridge Academy, a K-12 school in the Bay Area for children with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

Virginia Chapman has been a member of the Board of Directors for Super Stars Literacy since 2017. In addition to Super Stars Literacy , Virginia is a member of the Board of Directors for Project Angkor Humanitarian Missions and the Santa Clara County School Health Clinics. Virginia has volunteered as an after-school tutor in Santa Clara County. Her interest in working with children and literacy developed at an early age while helping fellow classmates in elementary school with their reading and writing and this continued through college where she worked as a biology tutor. Virginia has also volunteered for the Santa Clara County Diabetic Society as a camp nurse, Sciencepoollozza in Santa Clara County as a judge, Project Angkor Humanitarian Missions as a Team Captain for the nurses, Courts4Kids Humanitarian Missions.

Virginia is currently a Registered Nurse and Director of Pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente and lives in the East Bay.

 

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