We are pleased to announce the Advisory Board members for the Healthy Behaviors Conference. The Advisory Board members share a passion and commitment to meet the needs of the constituencies we serve. The goal for this meaningful and all-inclusive conference is to bring together key stakeholders in the field to share promising practices for the encouragement and development of quality programs and to create change in the communities we serve. While our Board guides the strategic planning process, they bring their own particular skill set and expertise to provide leadership to the overall event.
ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRS
Tia Quinn, Executive Director
Tia fell in love with after school programs in 1992 while working in Hartford, CT as an art teacher and later the Program Director in the Asylum Hill community. Tia spent the first part of her west coast experience working at an after school program and later as a Program Director, overseeing programming at 65 before and after school programs through Harmonium Children's Services, one of the largest after school providers in California. Tia also served for 5 years as the Co-Lead for Region 9 Technical Assistance Center, After School Programs at the San Diego County Office of Education. In this capacity, she supported over 600 after school program sites in San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties, serving over 100,000 students annually. While in this role, Tia managed numerous regional and statewide committees and after school initiatives.
In the regional lead capacity, Tia and her team were the 2005 recipients of the California School Board Association's Golden Bell Award for Partnerships and Collaboratives as well as the Cities, Counties, and Schools (CCS) Partnership Award 2005. Additionally, Tia is the recipient of the 2001 Director of the Year, awarded by Mentor San Diego; and the California School-Age Consortium's 2006 Award of Excellence, Program Administrator of the Year. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Collaborative Solutions, Sacramento, CA and believes in the CCS mission to help others discover innovative and effective ways to achieve shared goals. Most recently, Tia is a member of Entrepreneur's Organizations' Accelerator program and is eagerly pursuing her mission to take her ideas and company to the next level.
As an Out-of-School Time Consultant, Tia presents customized workshops and staff development seminars at numerous local, state and national conferences. Tia works closely with school district administrators, CEO's, non-profit agencies, program directors, supervisors, and line staff to increase student retention, promote academic achievement, and overall student success through quality, engaging staff development opportunities.
Tia is currently the Founder and CEO of the BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Collaborative, a purpose-driven organization supporting global out-of-school time professionals through state-of-the-art professional development opportunities, program and resource development, and community partnership advancement. BOOST advocates for quality out-of-school time programming, offers opportunities to share promising practices, and provides a variety of training and consulting services.
Tia is also the founder of the annual BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, California, the nation's largest conference for after school and out-of-school time educators, convening all levels of key stakeholders to initiate change and inspire successful programming. The BOOST conference includes over 150 workshops, 100 Exhibitors, Film Festival, 5-mile Tour de BOOST charity bike ride, Town Hall meetings, Master Classes, networking opportunities and special events.
Tia is passionate about creating positive change for today's youth as well as the people, communities, and partners supporting them in the out-of-school time hours. She loves her driving her golf cart around San Diego and seeking new travel adventures with friends.
Center for Collaborative Solutions, Sacramento, CA
Kathy Lewis is Vice President and COO of the Center for Collaborative Solutions (CCS) where she has managed the Healthy Behaviors Initiative since 2007. She passionately supports afterschool programs as key players in the fight against childhood obesity. Kathy serves on a variety of advisory boards and shares that afterschool programs are ideal venues for improving the health of our children. She serves on the Leadership Team for the CA AfterSchool Network as well as on its Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee; on the California School Boards Association’s School Health Advisory Committee; as the vice-chair of the CA Action for Healthy Kids executive committee, and on the ASAPconnect Advisory Committee.
Kathy first became involved with CCS when she was Deputy Superintendent for Child, Youth and Family Services at the California Department of Education, where she was responsible for afterschool programs. CCS served as the afterschool intermediary for the CA Afterschool Partnership, and helped new afterschool programs address all kinds of issues. After leaving the Department, Kathy joined the CCS Board of Directors.
Kathy’s background includes working in state government for 30 years, overseeing a variety of programs at the CA Department of Social Services and the CA Employment Development Department. After retiring from state service and before coming to CCS in 2007, Kathy returned to state government to work on numerous high profile projects at the Health and Human Services Agency and the CA Department of Social Services. She is passionate about helping government and the private sector work better through collaboration. Kathy has a BA degree in English from Indiana University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also completed the course work and qualifying exam for a Ph.D. in English at University of California, Santa Barbara.