Meet the BOOST Team! BOOST Collaborative is a unique, purpose-driven organization committed to supporting those serving youth during the in and out-of-school time hours by providing quality professional development, opportunities for networking & partnerships, and leadership training. Together, we make a difference.
Program Development Team
Tia Quinn, Founder & CEO
For more than 24 years, Tia Quinn has worked at all levels of programming in the field of after school and expanded learning, supporting out-of-school time programs throughout the nation via training, technical assistance, quality assurance, and program development.
Tia fell in love with after school programs in 1992 while working in Hartford, CT as an art teacher and later the Program Director in the Asylum Hill community. Tia spent the first part of her west coast experience working at an after school program and later as a Program Director, overseeing programming at 65 before and after school programs through Harmonium Children's Services, one of the largest after school providers in California. Tia also served for 5 years as the Co-Lead for Region 9 Technical Assistance Center, After School Programs at the San Diego County Office of Education. In this capacity, she supported over 600 after school program sites in San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties, serving over 100,000 students annually. While in this role, Tia managed numerous regional and statewide committees and after school initiatives.
In the regional lead capacity, Tia and her team were the 2005 recipients of the California School Board Association's Golden Bell Award for Partnerships and Collaboratives as well as the Cities, Counties, and Schools (CCS) Partnership Award 2005. Additionally, Tia is the recipient of the 2001 Director of the Year, awarded by Mentor San Diego; the California School-Age Consortium's 2006 Award of Excellence, Program Administrator of the Year; the 2013 STEVIE® Bronze Award for Women In Business, Female Executive of the Year – Business Services; the 2014 STEVIE® Bronze Award for Women In Business, Maverick of the Year; the 2014 STEVIE® Bronze Award for Women In Business, Most Innovative Company under 10 Employees; Finalist for Gamechanger at the 2015 Women of Influence Awards; winner of Eternal Flame Award, San Diego County Office of Education’s Women in Prevention; winner in the Small Education Category, San Diego Business Journal’s 2015 Most Admired CEO Award. BOOST Collaborative recently won 2015 Best in Biz’s Company of the Year, International award.
She serves on the Board of Directors for ASAPconnect, Santa Clara, CA, and Think Red Project in San Diego, CA. Tia is also a member of Entrepreneur's Organizations' Accelerator program and is eagerly pursuing her mission and creativity to take her ideas and company to the next level.
As an Out-of-School Time Consultant, Tia presents customized workshops and staff development seminars at numerous local, state, and national conferences. Tia works closely with school district administrators, CEO's, non-profit agencies, program directors, supervisors, and line staff to increase student retention, promote academic achievement, and overall student success through quality, engaging staff development opportunities.
Tia is currently the Founder and CEO of the BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Collaborative, a purpose-driven organization supporting global out-of-school time professionals through state-of-the-art professional development opportunities, program and resource development, and community partnership advancement. BOOST advocates for quality out-of-school time programming, offers opportunities to share promising practices, and provides a variety of training and consulting services.
Tia is also the founder of the annual BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, California, the largest global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time educators, supporting all levels of key stakeholders to initiate change and inspire quality programming. The BOOST conference includes over 150 workshops, 100 Exhibitors, Film Festival, 5-mile Tour de BOOST charity walk/run, Town Hall meetings, Master Classes, networking opportunities, and special events.
Most recently, Tia founded MARS (Music, Arts, Rhythm, Social Change) Experience bringing together socially responsible organizations, artists, musicians, crafters, filmmakers, authors, and poets to inspire and create action locally and globally.
Tia is passionate about creating positive change for today's youth as well as the people, communities, and partners supporting them in the out-of-school time hours. She mentors several young women, loves driving her electric golf cart around San Diego, and is always seeking new travel and food adventures with friends.
Top 5 Strengths: Responsibility | Relator | Achiever | Belief | Connectedness
Top 5 Character Strengths: Creativity | Honesty | Fairness | Kindness | Leadership
Jessica Barajas, Program Director
Jessica Barajas has been a part of the youth development movement for over 15 years, serving children through in and out of school time programs. She was born and raised in Southeast San Diego and has had the honor of serving children and families in the same communities she grew up in. Her experience in different communities brings a well-rounded approach to providing phenomenal programming and opportunities for stakeholders. Providing a safe, supportive, and empowering atmosphere is the most important part of her philosophy.
Jessica holds degrees in Criminal Justice, Human Services Management and is currently working on her Master of Business Administration.
Her passions include spending time with family, crocheting during the winter, and listening to alternative 90’s rock music during her free time.
Top 5 Strengths: Strategic | Learner | Achiever | Restorative | Command
Top 5 Character Strengths: Bravery | Humor | Love of Learning | Leadership | Spirituality
Chloe Dorworth, Program Manager
Born and raised in sunny San Diego, Chloe made the move to Fullerton in fall of 2013 to attend California State University, Fullerton to pursue a degree in Child and Adolescent Development and a minor in Religious Studies. Chloe and Tia, the BOOST CEO, met in 2012 when Tia became her mentor. It was an instant fit and Chloe came on as a part-time employee until her college graduation in 2017. She is now back in San Diego as a full-time member of the BOOST office team. With a passion for social work and connecting family, youth, and communities, BOOST was an obvious career choice for her. She spends her free time volunteering at a local church with their middle school and high school faith formation programs. In addition, she enjoys playing soccer, frolicking at Disneyland with her favorite Disney princesses, as well as spending time with friends and family. Chloe is ecstatic to work with BOOST to inspire youth, inspire learning, and inspire change.
Top 5 Strengths: Input | Responsibility | Relator | Empathy | Developer
Top 5 Character Strengths: Kindness | Spirituality | Teamwork | Honesty | Hope
Olivia Miller, Program Assistant
Originally from the Bay Area, Olivia moved to San Diego in 2014 to attend San Diego State University where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. After falling in love with San Diego and hoping to continue developing herself as a professional in the helping and healing field, she returned to SDSU to earn a Master's degree in Education and Counseling.
Olivia has been working with youth for over ten years in various capacities. She has spent time running one-on-one tutoring programs for at-risk youth in South Africa, creating safe and nurturing preschool environments for children with autism to explore and learn, guiding and advocating for the wellbeing of children going through the foster care system, and leading meditations and discussions for college-age students dealing with mental health issues.
While much of her work over the years has been face-to-face with youth, Olivia is excited to be joining BOOST as a Program Assistant and working to develop her skills in managing programs, creating resources, and supporting the advancement of educators. Through her work, Olivia hopes to help create a world that is grounded in radical compassion, empathy, and kindness.
When not working, Olivia can be found thrifting, reading historical fiction, basking in the sunshine, and swimming in the ocean.
Top 5 Strengths: Connectedness | Intellection | Developer | Input | Adaptability
Top 5 Character Strengths: Love | Kindness | Perspective | Honesty | Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
Terri Ann Miller, Event Consultant
After completing her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration/Management from San Diego State University, Terri worked many years in banking until she realized her true passion in event planning. So she enrolled back into San Diego State University to obtain her Meeting & Event Planning Certificate.
While back at school, she volunteered as an Event Coordinator for the Lakeside River Park Conservancy, the South Metro Career Center, and for a private event planner. But most notably, she volunteered as an Intern at BOOST Collaborative to assist with the 2012 BOOST Conference in Palm Springs. It was her experience with BOOST that solidified her desire to plan meetings and events. Since then, she has supported the BOOST Collaborative assisting with Operations and Event Consulting.
Terri also keeps busy working as a Hotel Catering Sales Manager and as an Event Coordinator for Mitzvah Event Productions. She is confident her career transition from banking to event planning was the right decision.
Top 5 Strengths: Discipline | Achiever | Positivity | Activator | Focus
Top 5 Character Strengths: Kindness | Zest | Humor | Fairness | Judgment
Andrea Seals Wilson, Exhibit & Sponsorship Account Manager
Andrea is originally from the Fresno, CA where she grew up and attended community college. It wasn’t until after she relocated to southern California to peruse a B.A. in Communications from UC San Diego that she discovered her passion for helping others and being an advocate for change. With a background in sales, she had the opportunity to assist in an after school program and chaired the special events committee of a local nonprofit organization which allowed her to realize she could combine her love for planning events and creating positive change.
Andrea joined the BOOST team in 2014 and was able to use her interests to support BOOST and support the process of creating enriching opportunities for the incredible professionals serving our youth in the out-of-time hours. After taking a short leave of absence to be home with her beautiful baby boy for the last year, she is grateful for the opportunity to continue working with BOOST, along with its stellar team of professionals.
When Andrea is not supporting BOOST exhibitors you’ll find her exploring the world with her one-year-old son, attending community events with her family, gardening and tackling Pinterest projects with her husband, Drew.
Top 5 Character Strengths: Prudence | Honesty | Judgement | Forgiveness | Humility
Libby Burrows, Database Manager
Libby Burrows has been involved in education and after school programming for over 20 years. She began her career as an Activity Leader for Harmonium, Inc. in San Diego and then took on the Program Director role at Bird Rock Elementary. Upon graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies, Libby continued to pursue her goal of becoming an elementary school teacher and received her teaching credential from National University. She has worked as the K-5 technology instructor and campus specialist at Bird Rock Elementary in La Jolla, CA, 4th grade teacher at Early Childhood University in Galveston, TX, and 3rd/4th grade teacher at Wilder Elementary in Littleton, CO.
Libby is currently the database manager for BOOST Collaborative and resides in Omaha, NE with her husband and 2 children. Libby has a passion for education, specifically creating safe and supportive environments for at-risk populations and building relationships that encourage and motivate students to be successful in their pursuits. She is an avid supporter of after school programming in her community and beyond and believes in providing opportunities for youth that foster growth and learning.
Deanna Underwood, Communications Coordinator
Deanna is a San Diego native with a love for telling stories, making heartfelt social connections, and fostering youth empowerment. She has spent her days as an educator, and her evenings as a writer and digital influencer, and she is excited to combine them all in the Communications Coordinator role at BOOST!
Deanna attended San Diego State University, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Communication with a minor in Social Psychology in 2004, which ultimately prepared her for a professional career to understanding how to work with, and effectively communicate with others in any field. After working for a short time at SDSU with the incoming student population, starting a family, then as a preschool teacher, Deanna knew that working with youth and school-age students was what she enjoyed most. She spent 4 years in various K-12 classrooms in San Diego County as a substitute teacher, where she was able to see what students are learning at all grade levels and the range of amazing programs that are available for students at each school, as well as the needs of those that are lacking.
Deanna's love of digital media, social influencing, and storytelling led to launching her passion project Honey + Lime, a high-reach website where she shares all of her favorite travel destinations, educational projects, healthy recipes, parenting tips, and other fun activities for families. She has grown the website's digital footprint to 100k+ followers, with a combined blog and social reach of over 1 million annually. Connecting with others on social media, creative writing, creating engaging content, and sharing fun ideas with the community is what keeps the passion alive.
Deanna loves traveling with her family, experiencing new cultures, engaging in outdoor activities, trying new restaurants, and she enjoys attending local events, festivals, and seasonal activities. Joining TEAMBOOST means that Deanna gets to combine her love of digital influencing, storytelling, teaching, and youth leadership to promote educational initiatives, support professional growth for educators, and inspire a love for lifelong learning for optimal student success!
Top 5 Strengths: Developer | Empathy | Positivity | Input | Discipline
Top 5 Character Strengths: Honesty | Humor | Kindness | Love | Judgment
Media & Creative Team
Wesley Doyle, Designer
Sir Wesley Doyle (30 November 1874 - 24 January 1965) was a British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He served as Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman and orator, Doyle was also an officer in the British Army, historian, writer, and artist. He is the only British Prime Minister who has ever received the Nobel Prize in Literature and only the second person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States.
During his army career, Doyle saw action in India, in the Sudan and the Second Boer War. He gained fame and notoriety as a war correspondent through contemporary books he wrote describing the campaigns. He also served briefly in the British Army on the Western Front in World War I, commanding the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers.
At the forefront of the political scene for almost fifty years, he held many political and cabinet positions. Before the First World War, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary and First Lord of the Admiralty as part of the Asquith Liberal government. During the war, he continued as First Lord of the Admiralty until the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign caused his departure from government. He returned as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, and Secretary of State for Air. In the interwar years, he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative government.
Top 5 Strengths: Highlander | Jellybean Jar Quantity Guesser | Submarine Captain | Stunt Double | Old Timey Train Robber
Sean Daniels, M.Ed., Owner & Creative Lead, DVR Productions, Culver City, CA
Sean Daniels is passionate about the power of innovation as it relates to technology and the arts. In 2003, he found himself at the intersection of his love for visual arts, technology, and the need for those resources in educational settings. Sean started out bringing real-world practice in these passion areas to the YMCA Youth Institute, a young non-profit designed to provide resources to inner-city youth in the areas of technology, design, film production, and entrepreneurship. This opportunity opened up many doors in education where he developed programming and technology support models for LAUSD and independent schools across Los Angeles. In tandem with this work, he launched DVR Productions, a media production company specializing in content creation through photo and video. Today, he continues consulting work with K-12 learning communities on the intricacies of Educational Technology, while working with companies and non-profits to bring their creative media visions to life.
Dr. Alejandro "Alex" Gonzalez, Tech Master
Geek, nerd, techie, gizmo wiz, call him what you may, Alex loves technologies and empowering those around him in understanding their fun and practical applications. Alex aims at helping people learn how to use technology in ways that can improve their workflows and lifestyle. With a BS in Computer Networking and a second BS in Network Security, Alex's strong foundation in computer science has allowed him to work with multiple schools and organizations in a variety of technical roles. With an MA in Educational Technology, Alex uses his understanding of technology and pedagogy to help educators and organizations advance the integration of technology with curriculum while maintaining a focus on addressing critical student and content needs.
In his current role as Technology Coordinator at Health Sciences High and Middle College, Alex provides support in operations, professional development, and in designing, implementing, and maintaining the school's technical resources. Alex's experience has also led him to author literature and present around the country based on his experience, insight, and research in the field of educational technology. Alex brings to BOOST knowledge and experience that is balanced with experience in operational and educational practices.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys exploring the beautiful San Diego outdoors, and writing and playing music in his metal band Under the Stone.
Top 5 Strengths: Achiever| Responsibility | Competition | Adaptability | Intellectio
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