BOOST Ambassadors are comprised of global leaders in the out-of-school time field to help support, promote, and bring awareness to services offered by the BOOST Collaborative. They are our biggest advocates, passionate about our brand, and are working hard to spread the word about the cause.
Interested in becoming a BOOST Ambassador? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Diego Arancibia, Director
ASAPconnect, Santa Clara, CA
Diego Arancibia has worked in the field of After-School for over 15 years. His experience ranges from working with elementary, middle school and high school students at the various programmatic and administrative levels. His innovative methods in marketing and programming have produced some of the most successful programs in the nation. Additionally, he has traveled across the nation training youth program advocates in consensus building, action planning, and programming. Currently, Diego is the Coordinator with ASAPconnect and lives in the Bay Area with his beautiful wife and his amazing son and daughter.
Gabriela Baeza Delgado, Program Specialist II
San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA
Gabriela Baeza Delgado joined the San Diego County Office of Education in 1999. As a Project Specialist for violence prevention programs, Gabriela assists schools with the implementation of youth prevention programs, school safety plans, and violence prevention strategies. She provides training in restorative practices, student engagement, student group facilitation, relational aggression, healthy relationships, body image and other gender-responsive topics to administrators and community agencies.
Gabriela has a Master of Arts in Education and School Counseling from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University. Gabriela is also an Adjunct Professor with Azusa Pacific University.
Sally K. Carter, Director and Founder
Tap In Leadership Academy, Champaign, IL
Sally K. Carter is the director and founder of Tap In Leadership Academy (Tap In). The academy is a relationship-centered after-school and summer enrichment program that creates communities of leaders and engaged scholars who think in a new perspective about themselves and their world. Tap In refers to its youth as scholars to affirm their knowledge, skills, and potential.
Through her practice as a youth advocate, and education trainer, Sally has experienced, first-hand, the challenges faced by youth within disadvantaged communities. She extracts from her professional and personal experiences to create programs that build upon existing community resources. Sally has constructed programs that serve as a vehicle for sustainable, meaningful collaborations.
Tap In continues to grow in the number of scholars and families served throughout Illinois including Chicago. Tap In is working to create a School Readiness Program designed for children between ages 3 and 5, before they begin kindergarten. The goal is to give them access to the same opportunities as children whose families are fortunate enough to afford preschool programs. The program will ensure that these children are entering kindergarten with the same skill set as their peers who attend private preschool.
Sally earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Kaplan University. She is a published author and has won countless awards for her work. Most recently, Sally was acknowledged by Illinois Lottery as a 2014 Illinois Trailblazer, http://www.illinoislottery.com/blackhistorymonth. She is also a licensed cosmetologist and successfully owned a hair salon in Urbana for many years. Sally continues to operate her skin care line, Mahogany Essentials, with her daughters. Her husband James is a University of Illinois Detective. They have two daughters, Jazzlyn and Jalyece, one son, James III, and a Chihuahua named Houston.
Julia Gabor, Director of Education
WRiTE BRAiN World, Los Angeles, CA
Lennox School District, Lennox, CA
Eddie Garcia has been the Director of the After School Program in the Lennox School District for the last 7 years, working to provide a safe environment for students to participate in a quality after school program that has a strong Youth Development focus. Prior to the after school program, Eddie was the coordinator of the "El Espejo" Mentoring program. El Espejo is a reputable program in the district that has been in existence for over 15 years. It matches middle school student with Loyola Marymount University students to provide academic mentoring and college awareness.
Eddie graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1999, where he received his degree in Liberal Arts. After raising his teenage nephew and niece because of the passing of his beloved sister, Eddie pursued a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He strongly believes that higher education is the key to success and continuously reinforces it with the students of Lennox. He is a Site Reviewer with the Los Angeles County Office of Education After School Division, a Youth Development Trainer with WestEd, and a member of the LACOE Work-Plan Advisory Group, which serves as the executive committee for after school programs in Los Angeles County. One of the experiences that he enjoys most is being a Site Reviewer because it allows him time to connect with other after school programs in the county to enhance the after school experience for student in the Southern California area.
Brad Lupien, Co-President and Co-Founder
arc, Inglewood, CA
Brad Lupien holds a Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Vermont and a Master's in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston, MA . While teaching in the inner-cities of the Boston Public School system, he developed the Outdoor Education Club. His extensive athletic and outdoor experience includes guiding month-long wilderness excursions through the Rocky Mountains and National Parks. Brad left teaching in the classroom to teach in the outdoors. In 2001 Brad met Gary Lipsky, a Los Angeles based entrepreneur, and they began Good Sports Plus, which incorporated later as arc. At arc, Brad currently oversees 32 after school sites, 4 PE sites, and Outdoor Adventure Clubs at over 70 youth organizations. arc older youth model has won city, state and national accolades in the past 3 years. Additionally, Brad is a board member for multiple CBOs including CORE Educational Services, Interfaith Family, SOS Classroom, and the Take Action Campaign.
Darlene Mosher, Program Administrator
The Learning Connection, Pomona Unified School District, Pomona, CA
Darlene Mosher has been working in the educational field for the past 15 years. She currently oversees the afterschool program for Pomona Unified School District supporting 21 school sites, approximately 150 staff members and about 2,000 students daily. Darlene began her educational career working as a classroom teacher in 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades. After running various District categorical programs for 5 years, Darlene began her work with afterschool programs in 2009.
Darlene truly cherishes the impact that expanded learning programs have on student success and well-being. She loves being an advocate for children and is excited about the future these programs hold in the educational field. Darlene has a bachelors degree in accounting from Cal State Fullerton, and holds a current CPA license for the state of California. She returned to school in 2000 and received her single subject math and multiple subject teaching credentials from University of La
Verne, as well as a Masters degree in Education. In 2005 she received her Administrative Credential from Cal Poly Pomona. Darlene lives in La Verne with her husband of 33 years, Mike and enjoys spending time with her two grown daughters, son-in-law and two grandsons, ages 1 and 3.
Erika Petrelli, Senior Vice President of Leadership Development
The Leadership Program
New York, New York
Currently a speaker, educator, blogger, and mother, Erika Petrelli has been in the field of education for more than 15 years, and she currently exercises her dynamic education experience as The Leadership Program’s Vice President of Leadership Development. In that role she is responsible for overseeing and supporting the development of over 200 employees, the creation of new and evolving content and curriculum, and the implementation of services throughout the country. Erika also travels to educational conferences across the country, presenting workshops on leadership, management, training, and motivation. While The Leadership Program is centrally housed in New York City, Erika lives in Indiana with her husband and two children. She holds her Masters degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University. Erika blogs regularly at http://theleadershipprogram.com/tag/wings-whimsy/.
San Diego, CA
Tiveeda is currently a national educational consultant. She conducts workshops and facilitates groups around youth community engagement, service-learning, diversity and inclusion in education, youth participatory action research, social justice in education, and non-profit development. In 2016, as a co-author, Tiveeda published an article on "Service-Learning and The Future of America and Education."
Tiveeda served for ten years as Executive Director/Founder of eXcel Youth Zone (XYZ), a California statewide nonprofit which engaged over 34,000 K-12 youth in service-learning opportunities and led the state certification training on service-learning for the California Department of Education. She has over 25 years of social work, counseling and consulting experience with children, adolescents, and families in community, educational and medical settings. Tiveeda has presented at numerous local and national conferences and has been a frequent guest speaker on San Diego's NPR and other local radio to discuss psycho-social, educational and engagement issues pertaining to youth.
Tiveeda received her Master's in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and taught as an adjunct professor in Sociology and Psychology. She is currently a student at Johns Hopkins University in the Doctorate in Education program. She is the past recipient of the Youth Award from Colorado Black Women for Political Action and was the recipient of the 2007 Congresswoman Susan Davis Award for an Adult Actively Engaging Students in Service.