Ryan has worked in the Special Education and non-profit communities for over 15 years as a teacher, administrator, and a leader in program development. Prior to AchieveKids, Ryan was the Division Director of Education Services for Hillsides in Pasadena CA, running a non-public school and educational contracting services for local districts and Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA). In that role, Ryan helped innovate an integrated social-emotional and academic program to enhance the outcomes for students with social-emotional disabilities. He has also worked as a teacher and administrator for a therapeutic day school in Boston MA, COMPASS, as well as a teacher and program developer for students struggling within the school system in Hawaii. Ryan earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California in Educational Leadership, has a Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts, and a BA in Special Education from Arizona State University. Ryan serves on the Board of Directors for California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES) and is a member of local and state advocacy groups focused on improving educational outcomes for foster youth. As an educator and a leader, Ryan has been driven to improve the educational experiences and education outcomes for students who have traditionally struggled in schools, or for those requiring more specialized programming.
Jean was originally hired by Peninsula Children's Center (PCC) in 1982 as Residential Director to develop and open Moving On, one of California's first community-based group homes for autistic youth. Jean's role expanded in the late 1980's to include program development and grant writing for all of PCC's programs. After opening a second group home, Jean shifted her responsibilities in the mid 1990's and became the Director of Human Resources when PCC merged with Zonta Children's Services.
As Director of Human Resources, Jean coordinated the human relations and labor relations aspects of agency merger, program closures, and collective bargaining. In 2003 Jean took on her current role of Associate Director. As Associate Director, Jean coordinates quality improvements and new program development. Jean holds her B.A. from Reed College and M.S.W. in Organization, Planning and Administration from UC Berkeley.
Prior to being promoted to School Director, Skye had been a teacher at AchieveKids for 24 years. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz and then went to graduate school at San Jose State University and obtained a teaching credential for severely handicapped students in 1982. A strong advocate who is devoted to the students, Skye uses a combination of methodologies including Special Education, Behavior Modification and Behavioral Psychology to help our students. She believes in providing AchieveKids students with many skills, helping them to stretch their abilities so they can live as independently as possible.
Tom has over 17 years of experience in teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. For the past ten years, he has managed the eight classrooms at AchieveKids Palo Alto campus. In this capacity, he has served as school director and as student teacher mentor to numerous AchieveKids instructors. Tom has a M.A. from the University of San Francisco's School of Education in Organization and Leadership, a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Communication Arts and History, and has teaching credentials in regular and special education.
Karin Klarreich has 20+ years' experience in the nonprofit development community managing strategic initiatives ranging from planning fundraisers to board leadership. She has proven expertise in running annual appeals, capital campaigns, special events and all aspects of donor relations. Karin also has an established track record of executing individual and major donor campaigns as well as board succession plans with several Bay Area organizations. She chose these organizations because their common thread, to raise funds to help children, matched her own personal and professional goals.
Jerry began his career working with emotionally-disturbed and delinquent youth as a residential counselor in rural South Carolina. Since that time he has worked with both children and adults in various clinical capacities, at agencies across the Southeast and in the Bay Area. These include residential and outpatient programs, correctional facilities, locked inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and non-public schools. He has also held administrative and management positions at many of these agencies during which he was tasked with supervision and training of direct care and clinical staff members. Jerry holds an M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology from UNC Charlotte, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and is actively pursuing BBS licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor.
Lalo has been with AchieveKids for the past 18 years. Before that he spent five years working with military family housing at Moffett Field, doing everything from maintenance repairs and inspections, to change of occupancy maintenance.
Lalo is in charge of all maintenance and facility issues at both our school campuses. He just finished doing major remodels at both sites. He worked with several contractors for the remodel projects and upgrades at both our schools. He is our "Jack of all Trades", serving as our fleet manager and supervising our janitorial and outside contractors. He does his best to keep both schools up and running smoothly.
Christian began his work at AchieveKids as a part time IT Assistant in 2008. Over the course of his career at AchieveKids he has grown into a crucial IT team member, working tirelessly to ensure that the technology is safe, secure, functional and user-friendly. He verifies that the technology available to the staff, faculty and students at AchieveKids is properly installed to better assist everyone at their jobs. Chris has led training sessions for staff using new devices and software, and has selected new PCs and other equipment that are user-friendly as well as budget-friendly. In addition to the IT duties, he has availed himself for translation services and event preparation.
Prior to AchieveKids, Chris worked in the computer lab of DeVry University at the Fremont campus, Fry's Electronics in Palo Alto and as an independent contractor for personal and business computer support. He received his degree in Computer Engineering with Honors from DeVry University and holds a prior degree as a Naturalist Guide from Centro Universitario Puntarenas in Costa Rica. In addition, he is certified in A+, Net+ and MCSA.
Chris celebrates his Costa Rican heritage by cheering joyfully each time his soccer team plays. At work, as on the field, Chris is often in many places at once, ensuring that all the phones, laptops, servers, printers, scanners, Apple devices and security software such as firewalls and antivirus protection are up-to-date and fully enabled.
Han has over twelve years of experience in financial management and is a certified public accountant (CPA). She is responsible for all aspects of the organization's financial performance as well as the annual audit. Han most recently worked at Tapestry Health Systems, a non-profit agency in Massachusetts, and was responsible for financial planning, internal controls and procedures, purchasing, audits, tax planning and budgeting. Han has a Masters in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts and a B.S. in Business Administration from Thunghai University in Taiwan.
Kerry has more than 25 years experience as a broad-based human resource professional and is now the Director of Human Resources for AchieveKids. She has worked for a variety of Silicon Valley companies including, start-ups, non profits and Fortune 500 technology firms. She has an established reputation of building strong relationships and ability to create a vision and influence HR strategies. Kerry has a degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco and is a member of the Bay Area Human Resource Executive Council.