Elisabeth is a partner in Aroner, Jewel & Ellis Partners, a government and community affairs consulting firm founded in 2003. Based in Berkeley, the firm provides a full menu of lobbying and community outreach services, with clients ranging from Hewlett Packard and Safeway to non-profits such as Lifelong Medical Care and Center for Elders Independence. With long standing ties to San Francisco East Bay Area government and politics, she works with clients to build relationships with local elected officials and other opinion leaders, devises, and executes media strategies and community outreach plans.
Greg Kershaw is manager of digital marketing at WD-40 in San Diego. Greg has experience in helping organizations build relationships, create conversations and tell stories through 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, has completed the Word of Mouth Marketing Association’s community specialist certificate program and has earned his professional certificate in digital and social media from SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.
Matt serves as the Finance Committee chairperson and a member of the FFYC Board Fund Development 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 every low income high school student in the Alameda County area with a free bus pass. Matt is also a member of the executive committee of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club and, in this role, works to improve transportation in the Bay Area.
Brad is a software engineer specializing in web and mobile applications. Before he started writing software he held a variety of roles at several nonprofit advocacy groups, including founding an education-focused organization and building membership for an online journalism start up. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time in the Sierra Nevada backcountry on skis or on foot.
Tosan has dedicated his career to building and refining population health initiatives utilizing patient-centered and cost-effective principles. Born in Nigeria, then living and traveling across various countries, he is imbued with a unique perspective about how intersections within public policy and healthcare delivery impact the wellness of communities—especially vulnerable populations. Tosan is the chief operating officer of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He is board-certified in healthcare management as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has a Master of Public Health degree from Montclair State University.
In 2004, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. Today, she is one of 69 active bishops leading more than twelve million members of her denomination worldwide. She currently serves as Bishop of the San Francisco Area of The United Methodist Church after having served as the resident bishop of the Phoenix and the Los Angeles Areas. Bishop Carcaño is a graduate of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University.
DJ Chhabra joined Ascentis, a fully integrated human resources and payroll software company, in 2011 as the chief executive officer. Prior to Ascentis, DJ was president of Enwisen, a software-as-a-service provider of HR communication solutions. During his tenure, Enwisen experienced significant growth and was successfully acquired January of 2011. Prior to Enwisen, he held an executive position at Oracle Corporation. He has had almost 25 years’ experience in human resources. DJ holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Boise State University and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.
Nitin Karandikar is an experienced software executive, who has held senior management positions at health technology companies both large and small, including Epocrates, Intuit, and DeVero. He has more than 25 years of experience in professional software development and software architecture. In addition he is interested in the optimization of business processes and operations, and has a passion for Data Analytics and Machine Learning. Nitin is currently the VP of engineering at DigiSight Technologies Inc., a digital mobile technology startup in San Francisco that’s focused on ophthalmology.
David is a native Californian who received his BA in business/accounting from San Francisco State University. He earned his CPA (inactive) while at KPMG and has 20 years of financial management roles in complex health care organizations. His experience spans an integrated healthcare delivery system, large tertiary academic medical centers, public health hospitals, district hospitals and community, and non-profit hospitals. He is CFO at San Mateo Medical Center.
Sarah Pauter is a seasoned youth advocate with progressive experience in non-profit leadership. After spending 17 years in the foster care system before ultimately emancipating, Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts in social work from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts in public policy and administration from Northwestern University. Currently, Sarah is the executive youth partner of Family & Youth Roundtable in San Diego County where she works to improve public child-serving systems through advocacy and awareness. Sarah has co-chaired the County of San Diego’s Children System of Care Council and continues to serve as a representative of youth involved with juvenile justice and residential treatment. Her educational and professional achievements paired with nearly two decades of experience within the foster care system grants her a unique perspective shared by few in her field.
Reverend Schuyler Rhodes is the superintendent of the Bridges District of the United Methodist Church California-Nevada conference.
Assistant City Attorney/ADA Coordinator, City of Richmond, California.
United Methodist Church California-Nevada Conference co-lay leader.
Former FFYC President & CEO (1988 – 2008).