Our BOOST global street team of advocates and champions.
Brightpoint JAG, Fort Wayne, IN
Mono County Office of Education, Mammoth Lakes, CA
Gabriela Delgado, Senior Manager (she/her/hers)
San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA
Gabriela B. Delgado has served in education for 19 years. She has served in various roles including case management, intervention supports, counseling, crisis response, and grant writer. She currently serves as the Grants Manager for the San Diego County Office of Education. Gabriela is well versed in trauma-informed practices for schools; facilitation of student support groups; restorative practices; student engagement; and school crisis response. She is also an Adjunct Instructor and Fieldwork Supervisor for Azusa Pacific University.
Gabriela has a Master of Arts in Education/Counseling and Guidance with a PPS Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Criminology from San Diego State University. Gabriela is also an Adjunct Instructor for Azusa Pacific University’s Department of School Counseling and Psychology. She consults with districts and agencies throughout the state as well as nationally through her private business, Saving Our Starfish.
IAMIMPACT, Sacramento, CA
Nathan is the Founder of #iAmImpact as well as the Director of Youth Development in charge of training and Program Engagement for Mentor CA. Nathan loves facilitating workshops to help individuals become better and believes in the power of connectedness. Top Strengths are Connectedness/Context/Strategic/Ideation Adaptability.
Nathan holds over 18 years of experience with Expanded Learning Programs that serve diverse communities in Sacramento and California. Nathan possesses over 5 years of experience as previous Director of Professional Development at the Center for Fathers and Families. In addition, he worked on numerous committees with the California AftersSchool Network and California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division to increase the quality of youth programs. He has conducted trainings and multiple workshops and seminars that have focused on teaching Expanded Learning Program Quality Standards, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and the After-School Education & Safety (ASES) grant compliance to various organizations throughout California. Nathan now aims to help build the capacity of Mentoring programs throughout the state of California.
“As a former participant of a mentoring program, I recognize the profound impact that mentoring has in the lives of youth and their families. It is my personal mission to bring positivity and optimism to all of my workspaces. As much as it's about me, it's not about me"
– Nathan Houston
Gayle Hui, Supervisor of Student Services (he/him/his)
Arvin Union School District, Arvin, CA
Gayle Hui is currently working as a Grade 7 Teacher for the Arvin Union School District. Currently, in his 28th year in education, he has worked as an instructional aide, a classroom teacher, after school coordinator, and a Vice Principal. His personal mission is to use Expanded Learning as a means to closing the achievement gap. He enjoys observing young people having personal breakthroughs in their youth development. Gayle credits his professional relationships as one of his successes in networking and lifelong learning.
Claudine James, NBCT Teacher and Community Liaison (she/her/hers)
Malvern Middle School, Malvern, AR
National Board Certified Teacher, Claudine Sanders James, teaches 8th grade in Central Arkansas. She also has an (ESL) endorsement, Arkansas licensed Master and Leader teacher, certified by Advanced Placement Institute, and a member of the governing board on several organizations including the Arkansas Humanities Council. She was awarded the 2018 Penguin Random House Teacher Award for Literacy, the 2019 Sanford Teacher award, The Henry Ford Innovation Nation Innovative Teacher Award, and WeTeacher Award.
Brad Lupien, CEO & President (he/him/his)
arc, Inglewood, CA
Brad Lupien holds a Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Vermont and a Master's in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston, MA. While teaching in the inner-cities of the Boston Public School system, he developed the Outdoor Education Club. His extensive athletic and outdoor experience includes guiding month-long wilderness excursions through the Rocky Mountains and National Parks. Brad left teaching in the classroom to teach in the outdoors. In 2001 Brad met Gary Lipsky, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, and they began Good Sports Plus, which incorporated later as arc. At arc, Brad currently oversees 32 after school sites, 4 PE sites, and Outdoor Adventure Clubs at over 70 youth organizations. arc older youth model has won city, state and national accolades in the past 3 years. Additionally, Brad is a board member for multiple CBOs including CORE Educational Services, Interfaith Family, SOS Classroom, and the Take Action Campaign.
Eric Rowles, CEO (he/him/his)
Leading To Change, Huntersville, NC
Eric Rowles is a nationally recognized trainer, speaker, and consultant who has worked with over 200,000 youth, adults, administrators, professionals, and policymakers within the past 20 years. His presentations are legendary - by combining the energy and innovation of a master trainer, while at the same time reaching each of us through his stories, research, and on-the-ground strategies. One part inspirational speaker and published author, one part DJ, and two parts community organizer and parent of 2 daughters, Eric runs a customized consulting and facilitation practice that, through a network of over 20 dynamic and diversely talented trainers, works with for-profit and non-profit organizations to achieve progressive and dynamic change. Additionally, Eric is the founder and current Director of the North Carolina Youth Giving Network – a statewide association of over 1100 youth philanthropists that have granted over $400,000 to North Carolina communities since 2005.
Eric’s previous experience includes his work as Senior Director of Training with the Youth Leadership Institute where he designed a national training institute that provided over 1,000 days of training in five years to community organizations and coalitions throughout the country. Prior to his work with YLI, Eric was the Director of Leadership Development at Rutgers University (NJ), managed his own touring educational theater organization, Leadership Through Motivation Productions, was the Director of International Youth Summer Abroad programs, and spent five years as a substance abuse prevention coordinator in Southern California.
Additionally, Eric through his double bachelors and Master of Science degrees in Ethnic Studies and Educational Leadership, he has served as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte as well as Rutgers University (NJ) and has over a decade of innovative and cutting edge classroom instruction and facilitation experience. Eric has also been a volunteer trainer and partner for a wide range of social change agencies and organizations including the National Conference on Community and Justice, College Leadership Diversity Conference, and Teaching Tolerance Curriculum Instruction.
In addition to his training experience, Eric has also been a professional DJ and worked with artists throughout the entertainment industry, including Gwen Stefani, Billy Joel, Notorious B.I.G., Cypress Hill, Tribe Called Quest, The Fugees, Boyz II Men, Third Eye Blind, The Roots, George Clinton & Parliament, Henry Rollins, Radiohead, Smashmouth, Weezer, Edward James Olmos, Sinbad, George Lopez, Margaret Cho, and Maya Angelou.
Kristin Stayer, Content & Curriculum Specialist (she/her/hers)
Mizzen by Mott, Indianapolis, IN
Kristin Stayer, who manages conferences and events for Mizzen by Mott, has dedicated her career to education and community development. She loves championing leaders, launching new strategic partnerships, and creating inspirational spaces for student learning and staff professional development. Stayer holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Anderson University, a master's in urban studies from Eastern University, and a creative placemaking certificate from the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Before joining the Mott Foundation, Stayer was national manager of curriculum and content development for After-School All-Stars, working with a leadership team to deliver comprehensive afterschool programs that empower and prepare students for 21st century learning and careers. Prior to that, for a decade, she directed Park Place Community Center in Anderson, Indiana, partnering with the neighborhood to develop sustainable solutions to community needs in education, health, and food access. Stayer also has managed the Best Out-Of-School-Time Breakfast Club blog and now serves as a BOOST Ambassador.
She is married and with her husband is a foster and adoptive parent to five children. As a family, they enjoy traveling, playing outdoors, and going to baseball games.
Dr. Sonia Toledo, President & CEO (she/her/hers)
Dignity of Children, New York, NY
Sonia is a writer, speaker, researcher, and social entrepreneur whose primary focus is emotional intelligence, youth development, and organizational culture change. She has worked for Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, Children’s Aid Society, Child Care Inc., and has served as the President of NYS Network for Youth Success (formerly known as NYS School-Age Care Coalition). She holds a Ph.D. in education and has more than 25 years of experience working in the after-school field, building quality programming for students in elementary through high school during out-of-school time.
Interested in becoming an ambassador?
We are offering the opportunity to become a BOOST Ambassador. Our Ambassadors serve as a street team of advocates who spread the word about BOOST Conferences, online trainings, PD opportunities, and other initiatives in the field. Becoming a BOOST Ambassador will challenge and inspire you to build capacity in the after school, expanded learning, and in and out-of-school time fields. You are acting not only as a representative of your organization, but also on behalf of BOOST Collaborative.
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