Our TeamStaff Biographies

Super Stars Literacy has a dynamic staff committed to student success and community partnership.

Dr. Hollis Pierce is the current Executive Director of Super Stars Literacy. Prior to joining SSL, she was President of of St. Martin de Porres School in Oakland where her responsibilities included operation and sustainability of the school, development and enhancement of the faith community and the teaching-learning process. The President is the school’s primary leader and institutional spokesperson for the school’s constituents and worked collaboratively with the Principal. Hollis was an Educational Consultant for the 180-degrees program which focused on socio-emotional skills where her role was the Area Coordinator. She was responsible for 500+ students representing: San Francisco, Oakland, San Mateo, Alameda, San Bruno and Hayward.

In 2008, she founded Hollis Pierce & Associates, which focused on the professional development of leaders in both non-profit, charter and public schools. She is a leadership coach whose background in education includes: instructional leadership, data analysis, professional development for teachers and leadership teams, school culture, instruction and assessment and the overall learning environment. As a Life Coach she is poised to empower individuals to reach their highest potential. Hollis believes that it is imperative the community rally around its youth in efforts to create global citizens equipped with the 21st Century job skills required to compete in a global economy.

She has held positions in elementary school administration, and teaching positions (grades 4-8) as well as Development positions in private, faith-based elementary schools and a Social Enterprise/Non-Profit organization. Dr. Pierce holds a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, M.Ed in Curriculum Development from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, an Ed.D in Education (Organization and Leadership) at University of San Francisco. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ARISE High School in Oakland, California.

You can reach Dr. Hollis Pierce at hollis@superstarsliteracy.org.

Kim Caldwell is a native of San Francisco California. Kim fell in love with supporting her community as a teenager. She was first inspired by her Godparents Rev. Hannibal & Bettygene Williams of New Liberation Church who dedicated their life in service to The Lord, community, and empowering the disenfranchised. Kim quickly developed a passion for charitable work, and served, and supported various events and functions within the church, and in the Western Addition. This resolve stuck with her through college, leading her to get her BS in Human Development from Howard University. With the encouragement from Cathy Kornblith, Kim’s other Godmother, Kim continued her community work by volunteering at the local high schools, youth guidance centers, and foster care peer groups as a guest speaker. Her topics would range from life after high school, how to pick a college, to creating a budget. Having a passion for exposing students to higher education and other life skills, Kim began a career in motivational speaking in the Bay Area for over 10+ years. Being exposed to many opportunities being raised in the Bay as a teen, and having an incredibly talented artist Margaret Cresci as a mother, Kim developed a love for the arts, so throughout school, higher education, and her various careers she has always continued to express herself creatively. fast forwarding to 2018 she serves the community proudly through Super Stars Literacy as the Operations manager.
Rose Lynn joined Super Stars Literacy in 2006 and has carried the mission forward with energy and hope. She has over 13 years of experience teaching socio-economically and ethnically diverse students. Rose Lynn holds a Masters of Arts in Education from Claremont University, a B.A. in Sociology from Pepperdine University, and a Reading Specialist Credential from California State University of the East Bay, Hayward.
Malaysia Alcorn has recently joined Super Stars Literacy as an AmeriCorps member, and is our new dynamic Volunteer Coordinator. She is an Oakland native who is passionate about her community. She earned two Associate Degrees from Laney College and will soon be attending California State University – East Bay to obtain a BA in Social Work. She is committed to not only helping the students we serve on a daily basis, but also the communities that surround them.
Francesca Aspromonte joined Super Stars Literacy in 2017 as Grants Manager. She has worked in non-profit development for the last several years, including grant writing, marketing, and event management. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, for two terms, building capacity for educational access programs in New York City and Santa Monica. Her most recent position was as an English Fellow for the Colombian Ministry of National Education, employed at a highly impacted High School in Medellin. She attended Binghamton University (SUNY) for English Literature and received her MA in Corporate Communication from Baruch College (CUNY).
Dan’s career in community work has led him to deeply engage in both direct work and behind the scenes organizing in Southern New England, the United Kingdom, and the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of Brown University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dan’s professional work is to foster connected communities of social change and common purpose. At Super Stars Literacy, Dan’s portfolio focuses on individual giving, special events, and partnership projects and support for the VISTA team.
Prior to joining Super Stars Literacy, Katie spent two years serving with AmeriCorps*VISTA in Rhode Island, where she helped to create partnerships between higher education institutions and k-12 schools. Katie has a B.A. in Theater Design and Technical from the University of New Hampshire. Her passion for service and community building led her to the Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps Program.
Evan originally joined Super Stars Literacy in 2015 as a Group Leader and taught in the after school program for two years. He is now part of the development team and serves as an Americorps VISTA working on fundraising efforts, social media outreach, and development of the Young Professionals and Alumni Network (YPAN). Prior to his service, Evan worked in schools as a Campus Supervisor and Wrestling Coach. He graduated from Ashford University with a B.A. in English. Evan is passionate about supporting students and believes in equitable change.
Jenn Campbell is entering her third year with Super Stars Literacy, serving as a Group Leader for two years and continuing her service as the VISTA Program Associate. Understanding firsthand the growth a student can garner in small group reading, she is piloting the implementation of the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention. Her service aims to help Super Stars students fall in love and grow in their reading and empower them to share their stories. With a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Women & Gender Studies from Gonzaga University, Jenn is passionate about building intentional community and the power of transformative narratives.
Carly is a dedicated educator, committed to creating opportunities for young people and their families. Carly‘s work and interest in social change has taken her to Paraguay, the Plains, Georgia, and California. A graduate of the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education, Carly earned a Master’s Degree in Reading, Language, and Literacy at Georgia State University.
Jissel graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 with a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a minor in Education. During her time at Berkeley, she served as an AmeriCorps member for two years with Jumpstart, providing language and literacy support in preschool classrooms in her hometown of Oakland. After graduation, she was a program manager at Jumpstart for three years, serving low-income families in San Francisco. She is currently a graduate student at San Francisco State University’s MA in Education, Equity and Social Justice program. At Super Stars Literacy, Jissel continues to share her love of literacy, her dedication to serving diverse.
Claire joined Super Stars Literacy in 2017 as a Program Manager. She began her career in education as a Teach for America Corps member at an elementary school in Brooklyn. After receiving her Masters in Special Education she joined The New York Public Library’s founding education division to create the Literacy Leaders credit recovery programs for at risk youth. An avid reader, Claire is passionate about equipping all students with the tools and confidence to become lifelong readers.

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