Advisory Board

Jeff Key—Program Director, Media Enterprise Alliance

Jeff graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Communications and Public Policy, Fine Arts, and Education. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1972. From 1974-2010 he taught Media and Fine Arts at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California, where he served as chairman of the Fine Arts Department. In 2003 Jeff established the Head-Royce summer Art and Technology Institute in partnership with the Oakland public schools. The program offers classes in the arts and technology on a full scholarship basis to motivated middle school students in the OUSD. Jeff has also worked with Rebuilding Together Oakland for the past 20 years renovating community centers and homes of low income, elderly people, and for the East Bay Community Foundation on projects serving the arts and community organizations.

Mario Capitelli—Media/Communications —Manager KDOL/OUSD

Mario brings and extensive background working with older youth, ages 15-20, and media to his job as Station Manager at KDOL. Before coming to KDOL Mario was the director of Verge, a non-profit organization that presents music events and program training for youth. Mario was in charge of running music production and job readiness programs,as well as the development of new programs and funding sources. Previous to VERGE, Mario ran similar programs in San Rafael and San Diego, where he also worked with juveniles on probation, including facilitating juvenile visit and tours of San Quentin as part of a job training and life path exploration program. Mario graduated form the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy.

Sherry Hu, Director of OUSD Student-Produced Website in partnership with MEA

Sherry just retired from her 30 plus year career with CBS 5 Eyewitness News. Hu, an Oakland native, is an Emmy award winner, and three-time nominee. She has also earned first place honors from the Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California, The Northern California Radio-Television News Directors Association, The Peninsula Press Club, and The California Bar Association.

Hu is recognized around the Bay Area for her leadership and contributions to community events, fundraisers and organizations. She’s especially fond of groups that promote and celebrate education, animals and volunteerism. She has spent time as a classroom volunteer and reading tutor at Lincoln Elementary School in Oakland’s Chinatown. She is a mentor to students and aspiring journalists. Hu has been honored by the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute as a distinguished alumnus for her commitment to young people.

Prior to joining CBS 5, Hu’s media experience included work at KALX on the University of California Berkeley campus, KPFA in Berkeley and K-101 in San Francisco. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Oakland, Hu is a proud graduate of the public school system in Oakland. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley.

Jennifer Delgadillo Bevington, Executive Director of the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH), UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Jennifer has worked in youth program administration, education and fundraising for the past 23 years, primarily focusing on science and natural history museums in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. She has specialized in educational program planning, community outreach, partnership development, and fundraising. In her more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector, Jennifer has developed award-winning programs and directed education departments in distinguished natural history museums, including Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Northern California, as well as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Jennifer’s career includes educational programming for the California Museum of Science & Industry in Los Angeles (now the California Science Center), the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago, the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, Illinois, and the Putnam Natural History Museum in Davenport, Iowa. She also was a consultant for the national firm Museum Management Consultants, Inc., responsible for evaluation, audience research, facility and strategic planning, program development, and executive search.

S. Brooke Briggance, Program Manager for the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland FACES for the Future Program

Brooke provides support for all aspects of the FACES programs. She comes from a multi-sector background in health, direct impact programming for children, youth and families, and public education non-profit work. Her professional path began in healthcare in the Department of Neurology at SUNY Stony Brook, and continued as lead Administrator for a private practice in Neurology. She has previous experience in administrative leadership and public education advocacy, and served as Executive Director of the Alameda Education Foundation. Most recently she has worked as a consultant assisting in projects ranging from school district redesign, community engagement, best practices for non-profits and development strategy. Brooke became passionate about cultural competency when she completed a BA in World Religions from SUNY Stony Brook and her graduate work continued that work, focused on Systemic Theology and World Religions at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Originally from Michigan, she moved to California in 1999.

Kym Luqman-Executive Director Rebuilding Together Oakland

Kym brings over twenty years of business and non-profit experience to Rebuilding Together Oakland, including marketing, business development, project management, fund raising, and general management. She has also held leadership positions with a number of educational and community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the East Bay. She has a BA from San Francisco State University, an MBA from University of San Francisco McLaren School of Business and a Certificate of Non-Profit Management from California State University – East Bay.

Denise Jennings- Coordinator for the Career Technical Education Program in the Peralta Community College District

Denise is a media arts specialist committed to education and specifically media education. She is a coordinator for the Career Technical Education program in the Peralta Community College District. She is committed to serving the community through the fields of biotech, green jobs, youth media, and school to career opportunities.

Ms. Jennings was the founder and director of Youth Media, a community-based organization that helps youth, teachers and parents produce digital media productions and operate a homework help hotline. She is a former freelance media producer, high school media teacher, and Laney Community College teacher. Ms. Jennings worked as a production assistant on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and “Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She produced a documentary for PBS entitled “Listen Up.” Ms. Jennings is the recipient of awards from Met Life, the San Francisco Film Festival and the Oakland Unified School District.

Ray Louie—Director of Educational Technology, Head-Royce School

Ray is currently the director of educational technology at the Head-Royce School, a K-12 independent school in Oakland, California where he oversees all the technical requirements for the school of 750+ students. He is active in the Bay Area Independent Schools Network (Baisnet) of technology directors and Western Accreditation of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Ray has served on the Board of Directors as Conference Chair, of CUE, Computer Using Educators, an organization that provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in educational technology. He has served on advisory panels for Claris, The Learning Company, Maxis, and Computers in Education Certificate Program, and the University of California Extension, Berkeley. Past positions include coordinator of educational technology for Alameda County Office of Education, and coordinator of educational technology for New Haven Unified School District.

Aaron Sokol— OUSD and UC-Berkeley, Haas Business School Liaison to MEA

In 2005-06 Aaron began working for the OUSD as the Director of Operations for Think College Now Elementary School. In 2007 Aaron was an Operations Support Coach and Strategic Technology Program Manager for six schools located throughout the city of Oakland. From 2008-2010 Aaron was a Sr. Business Analyst employed by the $500M Oakland Unified School District. He was primarily responsible for researching and generating the ERP related business process analysis and workflow models required to maximize operational efficiency throughout the central office. Aaron is currently working toward his MBA at the UC-Berkeley Haas Business School, and is the liaison between the UC- Haas Business School and MEA.

Trevor Parham—Founder, Eklectyk Creative Media, Creative Director at KaporEnterprises.

As Creative Director, Trevor oversees media production for a variety of companies, including the Level Playing Field Institute. Trevor has been producing award-winning films since his days at the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Fine Arts. In 2005, his film, Look Right, was nominated for Best Short Film at the Independent Black Film Festival in Atlanta, GA. He won Third Place at the UPENN Student Film Festival and received the 2005 Fine Arts Senior Award for his outstanding digital media portfolio. Upon graduating in 2005, Trevor founded the production company Eklectyk Creative Media, which has produced both promotional videos and commercial websites. He wrote, produced, and edited the award-winning hip hop music video, Revolution, which received three awards in 2008 at the Hollywood Black Film Festival, the Sweet Auburn International Film Festival (Atlanta, GA), and the Rincon International Film Festival (Puerto Rico).

Dania Cabello—Outreach and Development Director, Education Without Borders, Oakland, Ca.

Dania graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in December 2006 with a B.A. in Development Studies with an emphasis in political and social development of Latin America. In 2007 she was a literacy intervention tutor at Acorn Woodland Elementary in Oakland, and also served as an International Conference Planner with the Caribbean Studies Association in Berkeley. In 2008 she was the Outreach Coordinator at Lockwood Elementary in Oakland where she worked with parents and teachers on student interventions, and worked with various agencies in Oakland to provide resources to the school community. She is currently assisting the director of Education Without Borders International in development and organization with the goal of providing international experiences for youth across all socio-economic backgrounds. Dania is also the Internship Coordinator at the Life Academy of Health and Bioscience in Oakland. She was the co-producer of a pilot project for the Media Enterprise Alliance that partnered students from the Life Academy with the Oasis Health Clinic in Oakland to produce a film for teens on infectious diseases.

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