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Our Team

Meet the Shine Team

Each and every member of the Shine team is dedicated to empowering young mothers and impacting multiple generations. Together, we bring decades of experience in youth and community services, social justice, and research and evaluation.

Cecilia Moreno
Advocate, San Jose
Isabel Chavarria
Advocate, San Jose
Vanessa Padilla
Advocate, Freshno
Jennaliz Blanco
Advocate, Bay Area
Alexis Dumonchelle
Evaluation and Learning Manager, Bay Area
Rosita Figueroa
Advocate, Fresno County
Adia Gipson
Advocate, Sacramento Valley
Kathy Koo
Bay Area Regional Director
Sara Reyes
Executive Director
Niki Singleton
Sacramento Valley Regional Director
Deyanira Tellez
Director of Development
Mai Townsend
Advocate, Sacramento Valley
Sarah Villa
Central Valley Regional Director
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Cecilia Moreno

Advocate, San Jose
(408) 593-0294
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Isabel Chavarria

Advocate, San Jose
(408) 593-0293
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Vanessa Padilla

Advocate, Freshno
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Jennaliz Blanco

Advocate, Bay Area
Fun Fact: Jennaliz has visited 4/7 wonders of the world
(408) 593-0296
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Alexis Dumonchelle

Evaluation and Learning Manager, Bay Area
Fun Fact: Alexis has over 500 books in her personal library
(916) 956-3677
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Rosita Figueroa

Advocate, Fresno County
Fun Fact: Rosita loves hiking and anything Marvel
(408) 685-7581
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Adia Gipson

Advocate, Sacramento Valley
Fun Fact: Adia is a huge Disney fanatic!
(408) 836-8445
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Kathy Koo

Bay Area Regional Director
If Kathy could eat one same dish for the rest of her life it would be chicken basil fried rice
(408) 892-7203
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Sara Reyes

Executive Director
(408) 263-8330
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Niki Singleton

Sacramento Valley Regional Director
Fun Fact: Niki loves to listen to various genres of music and to travel with her family
(408) 593-0298
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Deyanira Tellez

Director of Development
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Mai Townsend

Advocate, Sacramento Valley
Fun Fact: Mai enjoys listening to oldies hits that remind her of her childhood
(408) 230-3468
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Sarah Villa

Central Valley Regional Director
Sarah is a Disney fanatic and a SF Giants/49er fan
(559) 410-7022
Our Board

Meet The Shine Board

Our Board of Directors includes dynamic leaders highly engaged in social change. Each is passionate about our mission to build pathways to economic advancement for two generations: young mothers and their children.

Madonna C. Bolano
Co-Chair
CHRO, Applied Materials (Retired)
Ellen Moir
Co-Chair
Founder, New Teacher Center
Stuart Berman
Treasurer
Director, Bell Biosystems, Inc.
Aarti Chandna
Secretary
Strategy Consultant
Cathy Foster
VP, Global Government Relations, eBay
Leslee Guardino
Co-Founding Principal, Canyon Snow Consulting
Paulina Lin
Director of Technical Accounting, Palo Alto Networks
Brian Smiley
Director of Product Marketing, Apple Inc. (retired)
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Madonna C. Bolano

Co-Chair
CHRO, Applied Materials (Retired)
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Ellen Moir

Co-Chair
Founder, New Teacher Center
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Stuart Berman

Treasurer
Director, Bell Biosystems, Inc.
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Aarti Chandna

Secretary
Strategy Consultant
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Cathy Foster

VP, Global Government Relations, eBay
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Leslee Guardino

Co-Founding Principal, Canyon Snow Consulting
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Paulina Lin

Director of Technical Accounting, Palo Alto Networks
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Brian Smiley

Director of Product Marketing, Apple Inc. (retired)

Our Founder

Becky Morgan

A true social entrepreneur long before the term was coined, Becky Morgan has had a varied and distinguished career that spans politics, social innovation, thought leadership, and business. 

More than 10 years ago, Becky launched what is now the Shine program to help young moms complete their education, break the cycle of poverty and lead fulfilling lives.

Our Donors

Investors in Success

Thanks to each of our donors for your support in unlocking the potential of young mothers and their children! Your generosity empowers young mothers to dream big and break the cycle of poverty. Thanks to you, young families across California are thriving.

Donors

*Gift made as part of multi-year contribution
$100,000 up to $499,999

The Lemala Fund

Morgan Charitable Foundation

Younger Family Fund

$50,000 up to $99,999

First 5 Fresno

Becky and Jim Morgan

Amy and Brian Smiley

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health

Santa Clara County – Department of Probation

​$25,000 up to $49,999

Barnet Segal Charitable Trust

Bella Vista Foundation

The Bergstrom Foundation

The Callison Foundation

Christine Rammler

City of San Jose

Destination Home

Angela and David Filo

Mary Lemmon

Monterey Peninsula Foundation

Susan Packard and Lynn Orr

Quest Foundation

Santa Clara County

Sunlight Giving

Franklin & Catherine Johnson Foundation

​$10,000 up to $24,999

Madonna and Gabriel Bolano

Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation

The Campbell Foundation

Aarti Chandna

Jeffrey Dean and Heidi Hopper

William and Charlene Glikbarg Foundation

Sukey and Irv Grousbeck

Eva Grove

Carolyn Jones

Judy Koch

Gay and Bill Krause

Lee Lockie

Nancy Handel

Antje and Paul Newhagen

Nicholson Family Foundation

San Jose Mercury News Wish Book

State Farm

Linda Williams

Yellow Chair Foundation

$5,000 up to $9,999

1919 Investment Counsel LLC

Amie Chang

Donna Dubinsky and Len Shustek

Kelly Foundation

Mission City Community Fund

Tashia and John Morgridge

Nancy Mueller

The Nordson Corporation Foundation

Roslyn and Lisle Payne

William Reller

Union Bank Foundation

Lida Urbanek

Karen Wang and Michael Celio

$2,500 up to $4,999

The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation

Angie Cisneros

Fran Codispoti

Jan Collinson

Brian and Iris Croll

Frank Daley

eBay

Excite Credit Union

Cathy Foster

Carol MacCorkle

Carol Mills and John Eichhorn

William and Christy Neidig

Eliane and Armand Neukermans

Robyn Reiss

Sharks Foundation

Shirley Ely

Rhonda Stratton

Wendy and Harry Whitehouse

TE Connectivity

$1,000 up to $2,499

Apple Inc.

Jimi and Ned Barnholt

Lois Bridges

Susan and Douglas Chance

Anne Clark

Christine Clark and Vince O’Hara

Liz and Jim Cowie

DeBusk Household

Leslee and Carl Guardino

Kathi Gwynn and Jon Cosby

John and Michelle Hansen

Emily and George Jaquette

Greg and Liz Lawler

Connie and Bob Lurie

George and Judy Marcus

John and Dorene Masterman

Bill and Ella McGaughey

Intuit

Intuitive Surgical

Marilynn Handelman

Susan Hyatt

Martha Kanter

Paulina and Anthony Lin

Carol Mayer Marshall and Bob Williams

Lore McGovern

Natividad Medical Foundation

Palo Alto Networks

Saito Cleary

Samberton Family Foundation

John Sanchez

Maddy and Isaac Stein

Synopsys Inc.

Anthony Valdiosera

Linda and Rod Verhulp

Lee and Raymond Wareham

Mark Wilson and Deborah Dalzell

Sharon and Daniel Winnike

Mara and Russ Yarp

Caroline Zlotnick

$500 – $999

Stu Berman and June Bower Consolidated Communications

Barbara and Chris Creed

John Daly

Jane Decker

Lynn and James Gibbons

Daniel Gonzales

Larry and Un-Chu Harada

Wiley and Susie Hodges

Christopher and Holly Jones

Hon. Patricia Lucas

Jan and Steve Miles

Alicia and Merrill Newman

Julianne Leavy

Nancy and Larry Mohr

O’Gorman Household


Paula and Greg Orell

Sylvia Pagan

Amanda Renteria and Patrick Brannelly

Becka Ross

Lori Sharp

Jenna Wachtel and Robert Pronovost

Michaelin and Dave Watts

Gary Whizin and Alicia Garcia

Nancy and Robert Williams

$250 up to $499

Applied Materials Foundation

Hon. Franklin Bondonno

Gina Cassinelli

Susan Carey

Diane and Steve Ciesinski

Merritt Crowley

Wynne Dubovoy

Patricia and Jerry Einfalt

Victor and Melanie Espino

James Gable

Amy and David Harrington

Arielle Hendel

Stephanie Hewitt

Siobhan Kenney

Heather Kirkpatrick

Jennifer Kern and Chandler Mayfield

Catherine Mathews

Milbrey McLaughlin

Michelle Oceguera-Garcia

Marielena Scanlon

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California

Linda Raggi and Jon Craig

Sherri Sager

Erika Schillinger

Andie Sobrato

SV2

Robin Testa

Yael Valek

Beatrice Yu

In-Kind Partners

Bring Me a Book Foundation

Help a Mother Out

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Sobrato Family Foundation

In-Kind Donors

Jerry and Greta Frantz

Javier Guerrero

Diana and Christopher Heinrich

History Club of Los Gatos

Jenny Maehara

Ellen Meinelt

Melinda and Glen Morrison

PR Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

Phil and Dayle Ross

Letticia Settle

Natalie Ventimiglia

Jenne Wachtel and Robert Pronovost

Marci Weisblatt Gordon

Michelle Zeiler

Ways To Give

You Can Empower Young Families

Join the caring donors who invest in the lives of young mothers and their children to create thriving futures.

One-time Donation

Your donation will empower young mothers and their children.

Monthly Donation

Your monthly donation helps us with steady support to make a difference.

Check or Donor Advised Fund

Mail checks to Shine Together, 508 Valley Way Milpitas, CA 95035 or make a recommendation to your Donor Advised Fund

Wire Transfer or Stock

Please contact us to make a wire transfer or gift of stock.

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Employer Matching

Request a match from your employer, they often will even without a formal match program. Contact us for more information.

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