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.
Advocate, Bay Area
Fun Fact: Jennaliz has visited 4/7 wonders of the world
Evaluation and Learning Manager, Bay Area
Fun Fact: Alexis has over 500 books in her personal library
Advocate, Fresno County
Fun Fact: Rosita loves hiking and anything Marvel
During her free time, you can find Rosita having fun with her niece and listening to true crime podcast.
Advocate, Sacramento Valley
Fun Fact: Adia is a huge Disney fanatic!
Bay Area Regional Director
If Kathy could eat one same dish for the rest of her life it would be chicken basil fried rice
Office of Education and City of San Jose. She then worked for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County (CCSCC) for over 19 years where she managed a $19M+ department. Ms. Reyes held an Interim Executive Director position at CalSAC. She led the organization during the executive director transition and served on the Board of Directors for 5 years. She attended the National Hispanic University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and San Jose State University where she earned a Master of Public Administration. Ms. Reyes is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow.
Sacramento Valley Regional Director
Fun Fact: Niki loves to listen to various genres of music and to travel with her family
Director of Development
Advocate, Sacramento Valley
Fun Fact: Mai enjoys listening to oldies hits that remind her of her childhood
In a previous role, she counseled school-age children and Transitional Age Youth at Legacy. Mai brings excellent facilitation skills, ease in interaction, and creates a fun learning atmosphere when discussing difficult topics and learning about others' cultural values.
Many people have told Mai that she's an "old soul". Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her family and prides herself on being a good sister. She enjoys listening to podcasts/YouTube commentary, online shopping, trying new outdoor activities, and streaming on Netflix and Hulu.
Central Valley Regional Director
Sarah is a Disney fanatic and a SF Giants/49er fan
Sarah’s passion to serve young parents came from first-hand experience. She raised two children as a young mother and knows the importance of support, mentoring and education. Her experience allows her to tell a personal story of the journey of raising children and being a positive role model to her family.
Sarah has more than 25 years of direct, hands-on experience in providing education,support, and mentoring to young parents regarding family health, parenting, reproductive health, and the importance of continuing education.
Prior to coming to Shine Together, Sarah worked with Fresno Barrios Unidos for 11 years working directly with young parents, creating healing spaces for women and girls and leadership development.
Sarah also worked for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte as a Health Educator,
implementing medically accurate comprehensive sex education in schools and teaching parents how to talk to their children about puberty and tough subjects.
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-ChairCHRO, Applied Materials (Retired)
Co-ChairFounder, New Teacher Center
TreasurerDirector, Bell Biosystems, Inc.
Madonna C. Bolano
Co-ChairCHRO, Applied Materials (Retired)
Co-Chair Founder, New Teacher Center
“I’ve been on the Board since the very beginning and can attest to Teen Success, Inc.’s, now Shine's, impact on breaking the cycle of poverty for young families. I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue my involvement and support for young mothers and their children.” - Ellen Moir
Treasurer Director, Bell Biosystems, Inc.
He is currently a director of Bell Biosystems, Inc., where he assists in helping to get its breakthrough scientific technology to the commercial stage. From 1999-2005 he served on the board of the International School of the Peninsula where he led the school's construction of a new elementary and middle school campus.
Stuart earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
She is currently a strategic consultant and works with innovative EdTech companies. Also, given her deep passion for social change and empowerment, she mentors social entrepreneurs and invests in companies with social impact.
Aarti serves on the Board of Trustees at Case Western Reserve University. She is also on the board at Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund and Peninsula Bridge.
Aarti holds B.S. in Mathematics from Bombay University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University.
VP, Global Government Relations, eBay
Prior to joining eBay, Cathy was at Apple Inc. for 20 years in senior positions including Senior Director, Global Government Affairs, where she created the first global Government Affairs organization under Steve Jobs’ leadership. In this role, she led Apple’s global public policy and regulatory strategy with international, federal, state and local governments.
Prior to Apple, Cathy served as Director, Worldwide Government Affairs for National Semiconductor Corporation, where she oversaw regulatory, policy, and legislative issues. From 1989-1992, she served in the White House as Associate Director in the Political Office. In this position, she was responsible for developing and implementing President George H. W. Bush’s political and legislative agenda in ten western states.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Business Administration from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Cathy is a member of the UCLA Chancellors Society and the National Charity League. She is married to Andy Foster and has four daughters.
Co-Founding Principal, Canyon Snow Consulting
Before co-founding Canyon Snow, Guardino led government and corporate affairs for Solectron Corporation, a $16 billion electronics manufacturing and services company. Guardino formulated Solectron's legislative strategy and advocated on behalf of the company, its customers, and the electronics industry. She also helped lead all board administration and corporate governance activities for Solectron.
Previously, Guardino was Executive Director of the American Electronics Association (AeA), a trade group representing 900 technology companies. In this role, her advocacy activity was instrumental in passing three key bills which increased tax credits, improved education, and enhanced worker job flexibility. Before her time at AeA, Guardino was Vice President of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group where was a leader in a successful campaign to bring $1.2 billion in traffic relief projects to Silicon Valley.
She is Co-Founder of the Silicon Valley Housing Trust and Co-Chair of the West Coast Chapter of the Women's High Tech Coalition. She earned a B.A. from the University of California at San Diego and a master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Director of Technical Accounting, Palo Alto Networks
Paulina also worked in PwC’s National Quality Organization supporting teams through PCAOB inspections and advising teams through a variety of auditing consultations including topics such as revenue recognition, ICFR, reporting, critical accounting matters, business combinations and divestitures.
Paulina is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. Paulina’s deep-rooted passion for serving Teen Success, comes from her own personal experiences as a first-generation college student, who grew up in a low-income refugee community.
Director of Product Marketing, Apple Inc. (retired)
Brian currently serves as a Trustee at Wheaton College in Massachusetts where he chairs the Board’s Reach and Reputation committee and serves on the Executive, Investment, and Philanthropy committees. He also advises individuals and start-ups looking to develop their presence and brand.
Brian has received Bachelor of Science and Bachelors of Arts Degrees, with Distinction, in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Stanford University, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar.
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.
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.
*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
City of San Jose
Angela and David Filo
Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Susan Packard and Lynn Orr
Santa Clara County
Franklin & Catherine Johnson Foundation
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