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

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Greg Kershaw, CHAIR

Greg Kershaw is the director of brand experience and engagement at WD-40 Company. He has served in a variety of marketing roles at WD-40 Company since 2016. He has a master’s degree in executive leadership from University of San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in public relations and political science from San Diego State University.

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Bruce A. Soublet, VICE CHAIR

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.

 

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David McGrew, TREASURER

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.

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Lacy Vong, SECRETARY

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.

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Kari Roesch Goodman

Kari is a product manager at Verana Health and a mom to two boys. She has a deep background in biology and data science, and loves to work at the intersection of biology, big data, technology and operations. She earned her PhD in evolutionary biology from UC Berkeley, where her research required analysis of large sets of DNA sequencing data and led to a transition into the healthcare technology industry as a data scientist. In her current role, Kari manages a software product focused on improving patient access to clinical trials and works to leverage data from electronic health records to understand patient journeys through our healthcare system. 

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Duane Jackson

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.

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Katie Jamison

Katie joined the Fred Finch board in the summer of 2021, and currently chairs the Community Outreach committee. She currently serves as a Senior Vice President at Blue State, where she's helped shape social impact marketing campaigns on behalf of notable brands and nonprofits, including Google, Patagonia, Monterey Bay Aquarium,  Airbnb, Mercy Corps, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. She resides in the Dimond District neighborhood of Oakland, just a few blocks from the Fred Finch Oakland campus. She originally hails from Raleigh, North Carolina and holds a B.A. from Kenyon College in Religious Studies and a M.A. in Communication from Johns Hopkins. 

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Elisabeth Jewel

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.

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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.

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Jennifer Sheldon

Jennifer Sheldon is currently serving as the Director of Revenue Cycle for Washington Township Medical Foundation. In the last 10 years, she has worked with for over 15 U.S. hospitals and multispecialty physician groups encompassing continuous improvement, revenue cycle optimization, and compliance management. As a leader, she is an advocate for equitable access to care and practicing lean six sigma. She strives to cultivate an effective and inclusive environment where team members and patients can thrive. Jennifer received her B.A. in Science & Technology Studies with a double major in Communication from the University of California, Davis and is pursuing her M.S. in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

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Burt Yin

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.