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.
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).
You can reach Jill at email@example.com.
Marcus is inspired by his grandfather’s impact in serving others and seeks to follow that example for his family and heritage. When he’s not spending quality time with family, Marcus enjoys DIY projects or playing a round of golf.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Super Stars Literacy engages a range of community and local advocates in twice yearly advisory council convening to discuss ways our organization can better connect and partner.
Larry’s family first emigrated and settled in the Oakland community in the late 1800’s and they have been involved in East Bay community work ever since. Larry is a business and tax attorney with over twenty-five years experience in business and corporate matters. Currently working for Epicor Software, Larry has represented clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. He has extensive experience advising business executives and has served as the in-house General Counsel and Secretary of both public and private companies. Larry proudly served on the board of Super Stars Literacy from 2008-2016, and is a champion of our cause today. He has worked with several non-profit community organizations in the Bay Area, and considers improving youth literacy an essential social mission.
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.
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 email@example.com, or connect with her on Instagram at @elvimar2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with her on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/amiegray
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.
Tom graduated from Brigham Young University in 2012 with his BS in Actuarial Science.
You can connect with Tom on LinkedIn.
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
You can connect with Meghan on LinkedIn or follow her on Instagram at @meghan_shah
Kellyn was first connected with Super Stars Literacy when volunteering at one of the after school programs.
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.
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.