BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Fred Finch has provided and expanded upon innovative, effective services to youth and families in California for 129 years. We are proud of our internal and external leadership, comprised of our staff, who make things happen on a daily basis, as well as our amazing Board of Directors who have given countless hours of their time, talent and commitment to our cause.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Elisabeth Jewel, CHAIR
Elisabeth is a partner in Aroner, Jewel & Ellis Partners, a government and community affairs consulting firm founded in 2003. The firm provides a full menu of lobbying and community outreach services, with clients ranging from large corporations to labor unions and non-profits. With long standing ties to East Bay government and politics, she works with clients to build relationships with local elected officials and other opinion leaders, and devises and executes strategies for government affairs and community outreach initiatives.
Greg Kershaw, VICE CHAIR
Greg Kershaw is the director of digital and e-commerce marketing at WD-40 Company in San Diego. Greg has experience in helping organizations with strategic planning, branding, media training, marketing communications, content development, video and social media. An alum of San Diego State University where he earned his BA in communications with an emphasis in public relations, Greg is also a graduate of LEAD San Diego’s EMBARK and IMPACT leadership programs and has earned his professional certificate in digital and social media from SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.
Matthew Williams, TREASURER
Matt serves as the Board Treasurer and on the Community Outreach Committee. Matt has been a registered investment adviser since 1991. He was elected to the board of the San Francisco East Bay Area’s mass transit provider, AC Transit, in 1994 and again in 1998, and served as president four times. He was also a member of the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency and helped put together the financial plan for the County’s half cent sales tax for transportation in 1998. He also worked to provide low income high school students in the East Bay with a free bus pass. Matt is also the chair of the Transportation and Compact Growth committee of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club and, in this role, works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving transportation and housing production in the Bay Area.
Nitin Karandikar, SECRETARY
Nitin Karandikar is an experienced technology executive who has held senior management positions at large and small health tech companies, including Epocrates, Intuit and DeVero. He has more than 25 years of experience managing software and data technology. In addition he is interested in business operations, process improvement and organizational growth, with a passion for Data Analytics and AI. Nitin is currently Senior Vice President of Technology at Verana Health.
Bishop Minerva Carcaño, EX-OFFICIO MEMBER
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño is a third-generation Methodist. She felt a call to ordained ministry as a child. Working alongside her father as he replaced the vinyl flooring in her church’s kindergarten classroom, she felt God swoop in and embrace her with perfect love and her heart filled with incredible joy. From that moment on she sought to live in God’s house. In the over 40 years since her ordination, she has served as a pastor, a chaplain, a lead organizer of an ecumenical parish, twice as a district superintendent in two different annual conferences, as a seminary program administrator and adjunct faculty member, and as a bishop.
Bishop Carcaño has shared her faith through her writings and through her preaching and teaching in many places across the U.S. and around the world. Ultimately, she has learned that living in God’s house means fully living in God’s amazing world.
Reverend Staci Current, EX-OFFICIO MEMBER
Staci Current is a native Californian born in Hollywood and reared in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos. Staci earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a 1998 graduate of Claremont School of Theology (CST), where she earned a Master of Divinity Degree. Prior to joining the cabinet in 2015 as District Superintendent of the El Camino Real District, Current served as the senior pastor of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco and was sworn in as Chaplain for the San Francisco Police Department in 2011. Pastor Staci has also served as pastor of Oakland's Shattuck Avenue United Methodist Church, and held pastorates in the North Georgia and Pacific Northwest Annual Conferences. On June 1, 2017, Current was appointed as the district superintendent for the newly established Bay District.
Duane is a research scientist with 15 years of pharmaceutical industry experience. He currently works at Gilead Sciences where he manages strategic partnerships and implements key initiatives for the commercialization of pharmaceutical therapies. Over the course of his career, Duane has worked at companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and Abbott Laboratories where he has built expertise in analytical sciences, strategic development, integrated project planning, and process improvement. Outside of work Duane has maintained a significant dedication to community involvement and equitable advancement of the underserved. He received his bachelors of science degree in chemistry from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a masters of business administration from Yale University in New Haven, CT.
Robert (Bob) Kamensky
Bob is a Federal Civil Servant currently working for the Department of the Navy at the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, CA. He is the command’s Contractual Services Manager and works in the program management competency specifically focusing on services acquisition reform initiatives. Bob is a retired Rear Admiral having served active and reserve over a 35 year Navy career specializing in U.S. Submarine Force operations. As a member of the corporate community and later as a civil servant, Bob was responsible for implementing and leading major change transformation initiatives utilizing Lean and Six Sigma methodologies and Balanced Scorecard (BSC). He became involved with FFY&FS several years ago to help operationalize BSC and has since become a strong proponent of the mission and services FFY&FS offers the local communities. Bob is a volunteer board member for FFY&FS and the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. He is also an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University instructing graduate students on the subject of organizational leadership in their Master of Arts Organizational Leadership program.
David has spent over 30 years in healthcare finance and is currently the CFO at San Mateo Medical Center. His experience spans an integrated healthcare delivery system, large tertiary academic medical centers, public health hospitals, district hospitals and community, non-profit hospitals. He is an Oakland resident and native Californian who received his BA in business/accounting from San Francisco State University and earned his CPA license while at KPMG. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Bruce A. Soublet
Mr. Soublet began his legal career in 1978, in private practice in Oakland, California, practicing in the areas of personal, injury, contracts and family law. In 1980 he took a part time job with the Berkeley City Attorney’s office to handle some long dormant personal injury cases. The position was slated to last for 6 months; it ultimately led to a twenty year stay in Berkeley. He was the City's claims adjuster and managed the tort litigation. In 2001, he left Berkeley to take a position with the City of Richmond. At Richmond he was initially asked to take over code enforcement activities but was soon back in the litigation arena, doing many of the things he had done while in Berkeley. In early 2003, he was assigned to the City's Human Resources Department to assist them on all of their legal matters. He currently serves as the City's in house labor and employment attorney. During that time, he has worked through a 35 million dollar budget deficit which resulted in massive layoffs and successfully negotiated with bargaining units to pay the EPMC of their CALPERS pensions starting in 2004. He recently helped negotiate contracts with public safety paying their additional share by 2016, two years before the PEPRA Requirements kick in. In 2009, he was appointed to the assignment of ADA Coordinator for the City. He was responsible for overseeing the completion of the City's ADA transition Plan and to ensure continuing City compliance with the provisions of State and Federal Disability Law. In addition to these duties, he continues to be involved in the tort litigation, serves as counsel to the City's Personnel Board and the Revolving Loan Fund Board.
John Steinfirst, EMERITUS MEMBER
A leader in the field of youth and family services, John Steinfirst is viewed by many as the founder of the modern Fred Finch Youth Center. Over his 20-year tenure, he transformed the agency from a small traditional residential treatment center into today's multi-faceted, community-based organization serving 3,000 children and families in the Bay Area and San Diego County. Mr. Steinfirst is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and serves as an expert witness in the children's medical health field.
Lacy Vong is a transportation consultant working with Bay Area agencies on tolling and emerging mobility solutions. She is passionate about public service and figuring out how to deliver services in a more efficient and equitable manner. Her experience ranges from continuous process improvement in operations to workforce development. Prior to her current role, she spent nearly 15 years with the federal government analyzing policy and auditing programs. Lacy holds a master’s in Public Policy and Management and a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Lacy enjoys cooking, supporting local restaurants, and volunteering at organizations that help communities and underserved residents.
Dr. Burt Yin is a second generation Californian born in Vallejo and reared in Oakland. He earned BA and MA Degrees in elementary education from San Francisco State University and a Doctorate in Education Degree from the University of San Francisco. Burt has been a member of the Oakland Chinese Community United Methodist Church since high school. He is a lay speaker who shares the Good News of Jesus Christ at every opportunity. He served as Co-Lay Leader of the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and also as a delegate to the General Conference. Burt currently serves on the Bay District Committee on Ordained Ministry. Burt was elected to the Fred Finch Board in 2015 and was re-elected to a second term in 2018. Burt enjoys initiating new contacts for Fred Finch through the community. He especially is looking forward to deepening ongoing relationships through many of the United Methodist Churches, who have had long standing connections with Fred Finch. In his spare time, Burt enjoys volunteering in several community events, singing, playing the ukulele and along with his wife, Jane, traveling and camping.