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HWC Announces Formation of New Advisory Board

Homework Central is pleased to announce the formation of our new Advisory Board.  This board is charged with providing counsel, guidance, and making recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the strategic direction of Homework Central, its long range plans, and matters concerning fiscal policy.


Joining the Advisory Board as founding members are:


Cynthia Simms, Ph.D.   Dr. Simms is Superintendent of the San Mateo Foster City School District.  She brings over 26 years of combined experience as a superintendent.  Previously, Dr. Simms served as superintendent for the Walnut Valley Unified School District in California, Placerville Union School District in California, Mercer Island School District in Washington, and Steamboat Springs School District in Colorado.  In her words, “Our job as educators is to ensure that all students achieve at a proficient or advanced level academically as well as socially, emotionally, and physically---learning through programs of instruction that best match their interests and learning styles."  Dr. Simms received her Ph.D. in School Administration from the University of Denver.


Rose Castillo Guilbault.  Ms. Guilbault is among the most influential Latina women in California.  She is a former communications and public affairs executive who has been recognized for her significant contributions as a leader in business, media, and the community.  Most recently, Ms. Guilbault was a key member of the executive team and Chief Communication Strategist to the CEO and Board of Directors of AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah Insurance Exchange.  An expert in building relationships, inspiring collaboration and driving results, Ms. Guilbault currently serves as a director on multiple corporate and non-profit boards.  She is a published author, an accomplished public speaker and is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Emmy Award in Broadcast Journalism.  Ms. Guilbault holds MBA and MA Degrees from Pepperdine and the University of San Francisco, respectively.


Mary Woodward.  Ms. Woodward and her husband have been long time supporters of Homework Central.  Ms. Woodward has tutored students of Homework Central for 14 years, has tutored at three of our four homework sites, and recently assisted in helping us launch our newest site at Park Elementary School.  She has provided counsel to the operating board on initiatives including the introduction of technology, the development of our library, operations, and fund-raising.  The Woodward family has been a generous financial supporter of Homework Central for many years.  For 20 years, Ms. Woodward’s vocation was public relations, while her avocation throughout her life has been education, especially as regards to teaching methods and materials.  Ms. Woodward holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College in Minnesota.


Reverend Benjamin Meyers.  Reverend Meyers is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister.  He currently serves as the settled Minister at Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (“UUSM”).  His church is one of the three founding congregations that founded Homework Central 18 years ago.  Reverend Meyers is an impassioned minister who firmly believes in the inherent worth and dignity of all people.  He is a strong advocate of UUSM’s Social Justice Ministry which serves those in need in local and global communities.  Over the course of his life, Reverend Meyers has modeled his beliefs by putting his talents to work in community based and for-profit organizations plus serving on boards that have dealt with food procurement for those in need, affordable housing, and land preservation.  He brings additional expertise to Homework Central in organizational development, growth modeling, and business operations.  Reverend Meyers received his M. Div from Starr King School for the Ministry and MBA from San Francisco State University.


Charles Du Mond, Ph.D.  Dr. Du Mond and his wife have been Homework Central champions for many years.  They have served as volunteer tutors and have supported our program through their generous financial endowments.  Ms. Du Mond was also a member of our Board of Directors for several years.  Dr. Du Mond has served in leadership roles in several Silicon Valley biotech companies.  His technical expertise is in the fields of biometrics, statistics and biostatistics.  In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. Du Mond is a social activist who supports a number of organizations at the board level.  He brings great expertise in non-profit organizational development, strategic planning, operations, education, and philanthropy.  Dr. Du Mond received his Ph.D in Statistics from the University of Iowa.


HWC Announces New Collaboration With Net Impact

Homework Central and Net Impact Berkeley are pleased to enter into a collaboration set to commence during the Fall 2014 semester.  Members of the U.C. Berkeley Net Impact team will work on a semester-long project designed to help our organization increase, support, and retain our great volunteers.  The Berkeley team will build a sustainable volunteer model for tutors, explore ways to expand our Angels Program for non-tutor volunteers, and will look at ways to increase Homework Central’s outreach to new audiences via social media tools.  We look forward to working with the talented students from U. C. Berkeley as we seek ways to provide continued support to the children and families we serve in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. 

*Net Impact Berkeley is a student run, non-profit organization that provides professional consulting services to for-profits, non-profits and social enterprises.  Their expertise includes market research, growth and scalability, financial modeling, competitive analysis, and marketing.  Past clients include Wells Fargo Bank, Genentech, Kiva, Sungevity, and Junior Achievement.

New Site Coordinator for Park School

We are pleased to announce that Molly Wagner joins Homework Central as the new Site Coordinator at our San Mateo Park Elementary School location.
Molly’s introduction to Homework Central began in 2002 when she volunteered as a tutor while attending high school in San Mateo. The experience of volunteering ignited Molly’s passion for working with children, particularly ESL students. Molly has since held positions at various schools in California, including Glen Park Elementary and Mission Preparatory, both of which are heavily attended by children from the Latino community.

A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, Molly holds a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies. During college, Molly spent three summers in Mexico and Guatemala to improve her fluency in Spanish while working with local non-profits. Molly, along with a small group of students, worked for two years to raise money for Proyecto Luis de Lion, a rural after school arts and education non-profit in Guatemala.

In addition to her volunteer efforts in Central America, Molly has also volunteered with Amor Ministries, Green Light New Orleans, la Esquela Rural Mixta Francisco Marroquin, and she was president of the Loyola Society for Civic Engagement. Molly is committed to educational equity and believes that when communities come together anything is possible.
Molly looks forward to working with the students, their families and the wonderful tutors, teachers and principal at Park Elementary School.

HWC Welcomes Its Newest Board Member

Homework Central takes pleasure in welcoming William Swackhamer as a new member of our Board of Directors.  Bill is a Certified Public Accountant licensed by the State of California and has been practicing in the Bay Area for more than 25 years.

In addition to his work, Bill has taken an active role in his community by serving as a founding director on the San Mateo Public Library Foundation, a board member of the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce, and a member and past chairman of the City of San Mateo's Investment Advisory Committee.  Bill has also been involved with his family by serving in scouting and coaching youth baseball, softball and soccer.  Bill and his family reside in Foster City, CA.

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