Welcoming New Staff to the EBCF Family, Summer 2019

Welcoming New Staff to the EBCF Family, Summer 2019

 

Susan Goodwin joins EBCF as Receptionist. Susan has sound administrative skills and an excellent eye for detail and accuracy. She has honed her office skills since coming to the Bay Area from Atlanta seven years ago. While in Atlanta she worked as a Payroll and Billing Specialist at TRC Staffing Services, Inc., and also as an Administrative Assistant at Capstone Funding.

When she isn’t performing both reception and administrative tasks at a high level in our busy office environment, she reveals her great artistic talent as a portrait and fine art photographer here in the Bay Area. Susan graduated with a BFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, and also studied photography while attending the Study Abroad SCAD program in Lacoste, France.

 

Isaac Gonzalez comes to EBCF as IT Projects Coordinator. He has experience with many technologies and is a natural problem solver. He keeps future growth in mind while making well thought out technical decisions. Isaac is a people person who enjoys helping people and organizations grow and improve processes. He comes with a wide range of skills and technical experience gained while serving in a number of demanding jobs in the IT industry, including: Senior Project Engineer, Director of IT Operations, Systems and Network Operations Manager, and Systems/Network Administrator. He is MSCE certified in Windows 2000 and 2003 server, MCTS certified in SharePoint/Windows 2008R2, and is also an AWS certified Solutions Architect. He also has experience with: various Windows operating systems, plus Linux, ESX server, and  Mac OSX; Exchange Servers 2000 thru 2013; Cisco VOIP products; Knowledge Management applications (Confluence, SharePoint, Cisco QM); a number of various Networking/Firewall appliances (Cisco Meraki switches, Aironets, Fortinet, and Sonicwall,; database systems (MS SQL 2000-2014, MySQL 4.x/5); various IT administration/monitoring tools; some programming languages (Java Script, Matlab, HTML); a number of Cloud solutions (AWS, Azure, Egnyte, G-Suite, Office 365); and mobile device management (Sophos, Microsoft Intune). Besides his many IT related accomplishments, Isaac also has a BA in Applied Mathematics with Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

In his spare time, Isaac is a father and an outdoor fitness enthusiast. He enjoys summiting high mountains over 13K feet, mountain biking, trail running, and swimming. You will often catch him outdoors doing something active.

 

Brenda Laribee is a senior fund development executive who caught the fundraising “bug” towards the end of her graduate school tenure, especially in relation to social justice. The AIDS epidemic was her first call to action, first volunteering with the AIDS Action Committee in Boston in the early 90s, then transferring her passion to ignite a career in the AIDS community in the Bay Area. While several organizations Brenda worked for have merged or run their course, Shanti Project and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation remain, and continue their important work to cultivate compassion in our community and end the AIDS epidemic.

Brenda continued to build her fund development career in the Bay Area, holding positions at the Sierra Club, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and St. Anthony Foundation before launching her own consultancy firm, where she has brought her expertise in individual leadership giving programs, capital campaigns, annual fund development strategic planning, relationship building, mentoring, interim management, and project management to nonprofits that work towards social justice, provide affordable and accessible health care and social services, fight for human rights, promote the arts, protect the environment, and so much more. Recent clients include La Cocina, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Blue Bear School of Music, National AIDS Memorial Grove, Transgender Law Center, California State Parks Foundation, Alameda County Community Food Bank, SFJAZZ, Access Institute, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Raphael House and Year Up Bay Area.

Brenda holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Simmons School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire. She is a long-standing member of the Development Executives Roundtable in the Bay Area, and has taught and/or participated in several classes at The Foundation Center, now part of Candid. She is a volunteer host and member of the Circle of Advisors at Bread & Roses where she has volunteered in various capacities for 25+ years, and recently served as chair of the Development Committee of the Board of Directors at Civicorps in Oakland.

 

Wanda Scott brings over 17 years’ experience in nonprofit administration in key development and marketing roles. Prior to joining EBCF, Wanda led the Office of Institutional Advancement for Pacific School of Religion, a progressive interdenominational seminary committed to social change located in Berkeley, CA. There she led the fundraising, marketing and communications, and alumni relations team. Prior to Pacific School of Religion, she served as Director of Development at Case Western Reserve University, and held positions at John Carroll University, The Cleveland Orchestra and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Wanda served on the planning committee and led workshops for the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Annual Development Officer’s conference of over 200 attendees representing seminaries from the United States and Canada and held committee positions with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Wanda holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Cleveland State University, Ohio, and a Master of Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, where she focused on Biblical Studies and Feminist Interpretations of the New Testament. Wanda has served as an Adjunct Religion Instructor at John Carroll University, and also at Cuyahoga Community College. She has moderated and served on panels on interreligious dialogue and religious education and presented workshops on the topic. She contributed the chapter “The Religion Classroom as a Site for Justice” to the 2016 book, Comparative Theology in the Millennial Classroom: Hybrid Identities, Negotiated Boundaries (Routledge, 2016).

Wanda is native Clevelander who is delighted that she no longer has to survive Cleveland winters. Her background includes the performing arts as a trained ballet dancer and classical pianist. Although now she is only an admirer rather than a performer. She loves all-things Frida Kahlo, 80s music, traveling, and hiking. On any given weekend you can find her on a local trail or traversing the forest and coastline of Point Reyes National Seashore, her “happy place”.

 

Natalie Torres-Rosas joins the Donor Services and Administrative Support team at EBCF as a Donor Services Associate. She holds a strong interest in improving the criminal justice system given her educational and personal background, and is quite excited to have joined the team.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, and another in Sociology. Her interest in development peaked during her time with University Development and Alumni Relations at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. She hopes by helping EBCF with our mission, she can make her own contribution to help those that are justice-involved – big, or small.

She always knew she wanted to help and contribute to those that had been involved with the justice-system one way, or another. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to volunteer and intern with a variety of organizations that either worked with, or served, justice-involved individuals and families, such as Project Rebound, Glide, ROCK, Mission Girls, and Boys and Girls Clubs of SF. She has provided educational workshops in women’s facilities in San Francisco, San Bruno, and Oakland. She has also served on panel discussions relating to women empowerment, domestic violence issues, and social justice related phenomena, in hopes of providing a voice for those that are involved with the criminal justice system.

During her free time, she enjoys going to the dog park with her two pups, reading mystery and crime, listening to vinyls with her partner, and exploring Oakland. You will most likely find her at a taco stand.

 

We are thrilled to welcome Susan, Isaac, Brenda, Wanda, and Natalie to the EBCF team, and look forward to their contributions to our journey toward an inclusive, fair, and just East Bay.

 

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