BOOST Conference Leadership Team

The BOOST Leadership Team is critically important to the success and impact of the BOOST Conference. This amazing team has over 674 years of combined experience in the field and provides big ideas, new connections, and practical strategies while adding credibility to the planning and implementation process. This comprehensive Leadership Team represents the diversity of after school, expanded learning, and in and out-of-school time programs and includes representatives serving at all levels of the field. We are a high-quality conference truly planned by dedicated (and fun) educators, adding voice and value to the needs of the field.

Serjio Acevedo roundSerjio Acevedo, Lead, Employee Engagement & Experience (he/him/his) 2024 BOOSTer Since badge
Think Together, Santa Ana, CA

Serjio Acevedo is the Employee Engagement & Experience (EE&E) Lead at Think Together in Santa Ana, CA. Serjio creates, manages, and optimizes EE&E strategies to strengthen workplace environments within and across eleven Regional Hubs. With a 25+ year career in higher education, Serjio brings his DEIB and Engagement talents to our OST profession. Serjio earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Oberlin College and his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. In his free time, Serjio enjoys Latine/x/a/o dancing, Chicago sports teams (Da Bears!), and hosteling in cities across the globe. 

Top 5 Strengths: Woo | Input | Communication | Includer | Positivity

Alyson BryantAlyson Bryant, Program Director (she/her/hers)2022 BOOSTer Since badge
YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Alyson Bryant was raised in Long Beach. Alyson has learned and seen a lot witnessing first-hand gang violence and the effects it had on her friends and fellow classmates– from going to jail to being killed. As a result, she has a strong passion for at-risk youth and her community. She started her work with youth as a Youth Mentor for at the California Conference for Equality and Justice and focuses her work on Long Beach youth in schools and detention centers. Alyson than began her Y career in 2013. She quickly expanded her role with the Y she continues to advocate for urban youth with her mission to Motivate, Inspire, and Empower! 

Top 5 Strengths: Relator | Competition | Positivity | Significance | Activator
Top 5 Character Strengths: Kindness | Love | Spirituality | Gratitude | Hope

Delia ContrerasDelia Contreras (she/her/hers)2024 BOOSTer Since badge 
San Diego, CA

Delia is a caring, energetic, and knowledgeable professional with over 10 years of experience educating, guiding, and supporting diverse individuals and their families through their journey in education. In her most recent role as Manager of Research and Evaluation at Monarch School Project, she designed and implemented innovative data tracking methods to improve services for students and families and used her data analysis skills to highlight programmatic impact. In addition, she worked closely with the Jacobs Institute for Innovation and Education at the University of San Diego on one-of-a-kind research that measures the socio-emotional learning trends of unhoused youth. Her priority is creating educational programming that facilitates knowledge so that students can find their source of intrinsic power and make informed and intentional life-changing choices.

Top 5 Strengths: Context | Input | Achiever | Connectedness | Learner

Richard Gijon roundRichard Gijon, Community Schools Site Program Coordinator (he/him/his)2009 BOOSTer Since badge
San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA

Richard served in the expanded learning space for 17 years with the YMCA of San Diego County. Richard started as a front-line program leader, was quickly promoted, and eventually became the regional department head. As regional department head, Richard oversaw a region that included 26 ASES programs, licensed programs, days camps, literacy programs, summer learning programs, and physical education programs across 40 sites. Richard joined the San Diego Unified School District in 2016 and is now the Community Schools Site Program Coordinator at Mountain View School, one of five inaugural community schools in the district.

Top 5 Strengths: Belief | Significance | Harmony | Empathy | Restorative 
Top 5 Character Strengths: Kindness | Love | Spirituality | Gratitude | Fairness 

Kristen GonzalezKristen Gonzalez, Program Manager (she/her/hers)2018 BOOSTer Since badge
Harmonium, San Diego, CA

Kristen has been in the expanded learning field for over 25 years, what started as a summer job has turned into a passion and career. Her career started at the Boys and Girls Club of Escondido and took her to the YMCA of San Diego County, then to various agencies around San Diego County, and now a Program Director with Harmonium. Kristen has a wide knowledge of licensed programs, ASES program, and 21st Century programs but her true passion is the professional development of expanded learning staff. She is a CalSAC trainer and holds a BA in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.

Top 5 Strengths: Connectedness | Belief | Developer | Activator | Restorative
Top 5 Character Strengths: Humor | Kindness | Love | Gratitude | Fairness

Tia Gregory roundTia Gregory, Before/After School Program Director (she/her/hers)2024 BOOSTer Since badge
High Tech High, Chula Vista, CA 

Tia is a proud daughter of a veteran and has lived all over the US which allowed her to be exposed to many cities but throughout all of those she chose to see the best of every situation and it's made her a very resilient human being. She's worked with kiddos basically her whole life and it's always been a passion for her. Recently she's taken on the role of Before/After School Program director with the hopes of creating a program where all students feel safe and want to come every day! She feels she's well on her way based on feedback from staff and families but strives to make her program better and better for the kiddos.

Justin Griffin roundJustin Griffin, Owner (he/him/his)2024 BOOSTer Since badge
Pure Joy Basketball LLC, Corona, CA

Justin is a Captain, Leader, Mentor, and Coach who loves basketball and life. He has played in the pros for 10+ years and now is the owner of Pure Joy Basketball. ​Coach Justin graduated with a B.S in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from University of Hawaii, Hilo and was named Male Athlete of the Year and Big Island Athlete of the Year. His professional career includes playing in Germany, Romania, Puerto Rico, and Mexico where he finished his career with Soles de Mexicali as Captain and League Champions.

Top 5 Strengths: Belief | Responsibility | Learner | Positivity | Developer 
Top 5 Character Strengths: Honesty | Gratitude | Fairness | Humor | Love of Learning 
Kelly Griffin roundKelly Griffin, SEL Educator (she/her/hers) 2024 BOOSTer Since badge
Encinitas Union School District, Encinitas, CA 

As the 2023 Teacher of the Year at Mission Estancia Elementary, Kelly co-created the Encinitas District's SEL curriculum, TRAC, serving over 5,000 students annually. With 10,000+ hours of SEL experience, Kelly leads workshops for educators on emotional literacy & character development. Her goal is to provide practical SEL resources and activities that foster connection and positive culture. Inspired by L.R. Knost's words, "It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”

Top 5 Strengths: Ideation | Strategic | Activator | Individualization | Belief 
Top 5 Character Strengths: Curiosity | Humor | Creativity | Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence | Zest
Dana Lingard roundDana Lingard, Director of Event Marketing (she/her/hers)2024 BOOSTer Since badge
Elevo, San Diego, CA 

Dana Lingard is from San Diego, CA, and possesses more than 20 years of experience in marketing and event planning. Currently serving as the Director of Event Marketing for Elevo, she is dedicated to engaging students, exciting parents, and supporting educators through diverse in-school and out-of-school programs. In her spare time, Dana is actively involved in volunteer work on the board of youth football and rugby organizations. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and cherishing moments with her two sons and husband.

Top 5 Strengths: Relator | Achiever | Arranger | Strategic | Responsibility 
Top 5 Character Strengths: Judgment | Love of Learning | Leadership | Fairness | Perseverance

Virginia Mebane roundVirginia "Ginny" Mebane, Teacher Specialist - Expanded Learning Programs (she/her/hers)
TLC Expanded Learning, Pomona Unified, Pomona, CA

2023 BOOSTer Since badge

Virginia grew up in Inglewood, California, and has worked in out-of-school programs and education for over 35 years. She started working with youth at the age of 14 as a summer youth leader at Centinela Day Camp. Virginia has had great mentors including her mom, who inspired her to serve youth in her community. While raising a family and working part-time, Virginia earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Bachelor’s degree from the University of La Verne. After teaching for 10 years, she followed her heart and returned to expanded learning programs. Currently, she supports 26 after school program sites within the Pomona Unified School District.

Top 5 Strengths: Learner | Achiever | Arranger | Communication | Responsibility  
Top 5 Character Strengths: Honesty | Kindness | Love | Teamwork | Love of Learning 
Lillian Perez photo roundLillian "Lilly" Perez, ELO Director (she/her/hers) 2024 BOOSTer Since badge
Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, Fallbrook, CA

Lillian Perez’s career has spanned 30 years in K-8 and higher education. She has served as a classroom assistant, teacher, Assistant Principal, and site principal for 18 years. Under Mrs. Perez’s leadership, San Onofre School received the California Distinguished School title, Title I Academic Achievement, and the Purple Star Award. She is the Director and oversees the Expanded Learning Opportunities Department in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. As Director of the Expanded Learning Department, Mrs. Perez received the Innovative Leadership Award from the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Department.

Top 5 Character Strengths: Honesty | Love | Spirituality | Love of Learning | Gratitude

LynnMarie Perez roundLynnMarie Perez, Expanded Learning Program Supervisor (she/her/hers) 2024 BOOSTer Since badge
Placentia-Yorba Linda USD, Placentia, CA

LynnMarie has worked in the expanded learning field for over 25 years. She grew up in the Placentia-Yorba Linda USD and attended the before/after school program as a child. She has been part of the PYLUSD Expanded Learning Department for 20 years. She is a passionate individual who loves to explore new opportunities and learn new things and is dedicated to making a positive impact and helping others in any way she can. In her free time, she enjoys working with Girl Scouts, traveling, reading, hiking, and spending time with family & friends. LynnMarie believes that life is an adventure, and is always excited to see where it takes her next. 

Top 5 Strengths: Responsibility | Strategic | Belief | Communication | Achiever
Top 5 Character Strengths: Teamwork | Honestly | Kindness | Fairness | Perseverance 


Melissa Perez roundMelissa Perez, Manager, Policy & Outreach (she/her/ella)2017 BOOSTer Since badge
California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

Melissa is a passionate community educator committed to empowering children, youth, and families. Currently, she is a Manager in Policy & Outreach for the California AfterSchool Network (CAN). Melissa has 20 years of diverse experience in the OST field. Before CAN, she served as the ASES Expanded Learning Supervisor at the Fullerton School District, where her leadership elevated program quality and student engagement. Melissa studied Child and Adolescent Development and Chicano/a Studies at CSU Fullerton and is a Mental Health First-Aider, a Trauma-Informed Advocate, and a Compassionate Systems thinker.

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever | Strategic | Belief | Discipline | Arranger
Top 5 Character Strengths: Love of Learning | Gratitude | Kindness | Love | Leadership

beckyBecky Shultz, Retired (she/her/hers)2010 BOOSTer Since badge
Whittier, CA

Becky Shultz has recently retired with over 23 years of experience in the out-of-school-time field. She obtained a Master's degree in counseling and a P.P.S. credential in 2003 from California State University, Long Beach. Becky's job experience includes 20 years as a school counselor and 20 years as the Director of Expanded Learning for the Whittier City School District. Her committee and board memberships include Helpline Youth Counseling (board member), LACOE Group Advisory Group (GAG) and Region 11 Advisory Committee, WCSD management, and wellness committee, and the Whittier Homeless Student Coalition. Becky has been a member of the BOOST Leadership Team since 2010. She was honored to be named the 2022 BOOST OSTI Award winner. 

Top 5 Strengths: Input | Ideation | Connectedness | Learner | Belief
Top 5 Character Strengths: Gratitude | Kindness | Honesty | Perseverance | Spirituality

Jaron Williams roundJaron Williams, Director Of Student Programs (he/him/his) 2024 BOOSTer Since badge
Citizens Of The World Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Jaron is a tactful visionary leader with over ten years of experience in managing and developing youth programs across various platforms such as traditional K-12, charter, and non-profit youth development. Jaron has taken on leadership roles and has demonstrated his expertise in cross-functional team development, strategic planning, and management. He has developed frameworks for youth programming, and prioritized diversity, equity, and inclusion. His effective communication and public speaking skills have enabled him to drive continuous improvement and lead cross-functional teams in achieving goals.

BOOST Conference Implementation Team

Shanyce Blossom roundShanyce Blossom, Site Director (she/her/hers)2023 BOOSTer Since badge
Rainbow Rising, Irvine, CA

I have been working at Rainbow Rising Westpark since July 2016. While working with children I hope to help them cultivate interests they have while also encouraging growth in skills they still need to develop. I have an AS in Business Administration and am now working towards a degree in Child and Adolescent Studies. Working with children has been a joy and passion of mine even at a young age. My passion for working with kids comes from my mentor pushing me to see the amazing things they can bring to my life and me to theirs. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, being outdoors and spending time with my son.

Top 5 Strengths: Relator | Learner | Analytical | Responsibility | Focus 
Top 5 Character Strengths: Fairness | Honesty | Kindness | Gratitude | Judgement  

Erica Cardoso 2024 roundErica Cardoso, Risk Management Associate (she/her/hers)2022 BOOSTer Since badge
Think Together, Santa Ana, CA

Erica has been a part of OST for over 20 years and the last 18 years at Think Together; having held various positions from Site Coordinator to Regional Operations Analyst and is currently the Risk Management Associate. She received the "2024 Mike Frobenius Making An Impact" Award for her Service Above Self and dedication to her organization's mission. Erica has her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Minor in English from California State University, Los Angeles. In addition, she's held a Cosmetology License for 20+ years, loves to explore various creative talents, and is always seeking a fun new journey!

Top 5 Strengths: Includer | Achiever | Communication | Woo | Responsibility
Top 5 Character Strengths: Fairness | Bravery | Kindness | Creativity | Perseverance   

Ana Danielson round Ana Danielson, Program Coordinator (she/her/hers)2023 BOOSTer Since badge
Mono County Office of Education, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Ana has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature. She has lived and worked in many countries and thoroughly enjoys traveling, hiking, snowboarding and reading. She believes learning should be fun and strives to share her enthusiasm for languages and learning with others. Ana has worked in education and public libraries for years. She has served on non-profit boards, and state, and local committees and works to enhance community resources specifically related to lifelong educational opportunities, and continues to focus her energy on improving and enhancing educational resources for students and families.

Top 5 Strengths: Input | Intellection | Achiever | Responsibility | Learner
Top 5 Character Strengths: Kindness | Zest | Love | Fairness | Curiosity 

heatherDarlene Mosher, Retired/Consultant (she/her/hers)2014 BOOSTer Since badge
Rancho Mirage, CA

I worked in the educational field for 20+ years. I received my bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cal State Fullerton in 1982. After working as an accountant for 18 years and raising my two daughters, I returned to school and received my single-subject math and multiple-subject teaching credentials from the University of La Verne, as well as a Master’s degree in Education. In 2005 I received my Administrative Credential from Cal Poly Pomona. From 2009-2021 I oversaw the afterschool program for Pomona Unified School District supporting up to 28 school sites, approximately 150 staff members, and about 2,500 students daily.  I retired in June 2021 and now enjoy volunteering, vacationing, and spending time with friends and family. 

Top 5 Strengths: Analytical | Responsibility | Learner | Restorative | Focus
Top 5 Character Strengths: Creativity | Judgment | Teamwork | Fairness | Kindness
Nicolette Biagi roundNicolette Biagi, BOOST Volunteer (she/her/hers) 2024 BOOSTer Since badge
BOOST Collaborative, San Diego, CA 

Nicolette Biagi has recently begun her journey in the OST world and appreciates and respects everyone working with youth. She LOVES that BOOST is helping shape the love and care so many students will receive! Nicolette is a dog mom of an amazing Frenchie named Warner that brings her and others so much joy. Nicolette’s is currently on a journey to find her purpose and understand who she wants to be in this world. As a first-time volunteer at the 2024 BOOST Conference, she had never felt that kind of love and energy that is impacted on by supporting youth and is excited to work alongside of so many amazing people to create BOOST 2025 & many more! 

Top 5 Character Strengths: Love | Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence | Hope | Social intelligence | Zest

Blanca Orellana roundBlanca Orellana, Director of Middle School and Multigenerational Programs (she/her/hers)2023 BOOSTer Since badge
Bresee Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Blanca Orellana discovered her passion for OST while working for an after school program during her last semester at San Diego State. After college, she moved back to Los Angeles to help her parents open their restaurant and four years later was hired at Bresee Foundation where she’s been working for over 16 years. As the Director for Middle School and Multigenerational Programs, Blanca works with youth, parents and senior adults to bridge generational gaps. Through intentional programming, meaningful relationships, and resources, she strives to provide positive program experiences with lifelong memories.

Top 5 Strengths: Restorative | Responsibility | Deliberative | Consistency | Learner
Top 5 Character Strengths: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence | Judgment | Fairness | Honesty | Creativity

2007 BOOSTer Since badgeJames Stephens round James Stephens, Substitute Teacher (he/him/his)
San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA

James Stephens has worked in the OST field since 1978. In addition to undergraduate degrees in Child Development and Business, James has a Master's Degree in Education. He has been involved with the BOOST Conference since 2007. After more than 35 years working in the field of education, James “retired” and is working as a Substitute Teacher in San Diego. James is the father of two grown children, daughter, Waverly, and son, Spencer.

Top 5 Strengths: Positivity | Maximizer | Futuristic | Developer | Strategic

Top 5 Character Strengths: Humor | Fairness | Gratitude | Creativity | Forgiveness 

BOOST Conference On-Site Support Team

Nicole Baitx Kennedy roundNicole Baitx-Kennedy, M.Ed., Consultant (she/her/hers)2016 BOOSTer Since badge
Orange, CA

Nicole has worked in the Early Education and Expanded Learning field for almost 40 years. She holds two Associate degrees, a Bachelor's degree, and a Master's degree in Education and Early Childhood Development.  She also holds a Career and Technical Education  (CTE) Credential and Careers in Education and Child Development.  Nicole is most passionate about meeting youth's needs right where they are and giving them opportunities to explore the world.  Bringing equity and inclusion to everything we do is the rallying cry because "All means ALL!".  BOOST is the most amazing organization that she GETS to spend her time with and works hard for the educators we collectively support.  The out-of-school time field is crucial to the total development and support of youth!  It is imperative that those who work in the field know how important they are and the work they do will change the world. 
"It is easier to build strong children than it is to mend broken men." -Frederick Douglass

Top 5 Strengths: Developer | Arranger | Ideation | Connectedness | Empathy
Top 5 Character Strengths: Love | Spirituality | Gratitude | Honesty | Fairness

Eddie Garcia roundEddie Garcia, Director (he/him/his)
Think Together, Santa Ana, CA2017 BOOSTer Since badge

Eddie García has been in the educational field for over 29 years. He is currently the Director of Student Support Services for the Lennox School District. In this capacity, Mr. Garcia coordinates intervention programs and services to support students by addressing the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of children to maximize achievement and growth. Prior to working with the student support services office, Eddie was the Director of the Expanded Learning Program, working to provide a safe environment for students to participate in a quality after school program that included academic enrichment, physical fitness, visual and performing arts, college/career awareness, and provided a strong focus on Youth Development.

Eddie graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1999, where he received his degree in Liberal Arts. After raising his teenage nephew and niece because of the passing of his beloved sister, Eddie pursued a Master's Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He strongly believes that higher education is the key to success and continuously reinforces it with the students of Lennox. While Mr. Garcia has a wide variety of experience and knowledge, what he enjoys most is providing professional development because it allows him time to connect with other educational professionals in the county to enhance the school experience for students in the Southern California area.

Top 5 Strengths: Adaptability | Relator | Deliberative | Ideation | Belief

Christine LafontantChristine Lafontant, Regional Manager (she/her/hers)2010 BOOSTer Since badge
County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, San Diego, CA

Christine Lafontant is a Region Manager for the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation. She is responsible for managing park facilities including Waterfront Park, one of the county’s most significant outdoor event venues, and coordinating major special events such as community festivals and countywide movies in the park series. She was previously responsible for administrative and fiscal functions for all programs and activities targeting all age groups in 3 community centers and 2 teen centers, organizing major special events including health fairs and youth diversion programs such as the Outdoor Adventure Program for at-risk and foster youth. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and has over 20 years of experience in the field of recreation and youth programming.  She has been the program coordinator of after school and summer programs and has served as a consultant and trainer for over 300 after school programs in San Diego County. In addition, she served in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps for two years where she developed a passion for service learning. Christine is a Certified Festival and Events Associate through the International Festivals and Events Association and National Recreation and Parks Association. 

Caitlyn.rev2Caitlyn Monaco, CARES Program Lead Teacher 2017 BOOSTer Since badge(she/her/hers)
Orange Unified School District, Orange, CA

Caitlyn Monaco has worked for Orange Unified School District for the past 14 years. Her bubbly personality and commitment to family and children quickly moved her up the ranks and allowed her to attend the BOOST Conference where she fell in love with the positive atmosphere and networking which BOOST provides. Presently, she is working towards her Associate's Degree both in Childhood Education & Biological Sciences. She loves exploring the world, getting messy, great movies, and taking naps. Born in New York and raised in California, Caitlyn has a unique perspective to life: Enjoy it and don’t sweat the small stuff, just “Fugetaboutit Dude.”

Top 5 Strengths: Positivity | Strategic | Communication | Discipline | Includer
Top 5 Character Strengths: Zest | Kindness | Gratitude | Hope | Love 

Mike Mosher roundMichael Mosher, Retired/Consultant (he/him/his)2014 BOOSTer Since badge
Rancho Mirage, CA

Mike retired after a 37-year career in sales and marketing with the largest multinational food and beverage company in the world, Nestle SA.  Mike held increasing levels of leadership with the company working in the U.S. with national responsibility and international projects. After retirement Mike joined Fullerton College as an Adjunct Professor teaching business courses both on campus and remotely. Mike has a BA in Marketing from Cal State Fullerton and an MBA from the University of La Verne. Competencies that enabled strong results through others include coaching and development, energizing and engaging employees, and influencing with integrity, insight, and courage.

Dave Palmer roundDave Palmer, Founder/Chief Dunker (he/him/his)2010 BOOSTer Since badge
Dunk Tank Marketing, La Mesa, CA 

Dave has helped school districts, non-profits, and institutions with strategic marketing and communication campaigns for more than a dozen years. He has crafted campaigns to boost engagement with school nutrition programs and helped districts become more proactive with their messaging. At BOOST you’re most likely to encounter Dave in the exhibit hall where he has assisted our exhibitors for most every conference since 2010. He also drives the huge rental truck to and from San Diego out of love and respect for Tia.
Top 5 Strengths: Strategic | Connectedness | Ideation | Intellection | Input

ElizaBeth Phillips roundElizaBeth Parker Phillips, Deputy Director- Support Services (she/her/hers) 
Catalyst Family, Inc., Sacramento, CA

2012 BOOSTer Since badge

ElizaBeth Parker Phillips has been working in childcare and recreation programs for over 25 years. In her current role, she oversees the program quality and implementation of infant/toddler, preschool, school-age child care centers, teen services, day camps, and court waiting room programs throughout the state of California. In her free time, she is either working out, pretending to read music while playing in a handbell choir, volunteering as a Girl Scout leader for her daughter's Senior scout troop, exploring new foods with her son, or turning her house into a zoo.

Top 5 Strengths: Self-Assurance | Command | Maximizer | Activator | Arranger
Top 5 Character Strengths: Creativity | Humor | Perseverance | Love | Curiosity 
Tracy Ulibarri Vasquez round Tracy Ulibarri-Vasquez, Administrative Director (she/her/hers)2022 BOOSTer Since badge
Project Life Impact, Inc., San Bernardino, CA 

As the Administrative Director at Project Life Impact for 19 years, Tracy leads with innovation and passion, helping to transform the lives of students in San Bernardino and beyond. A veteran in the field, she leverages her extensive experience to enhance youth outcomes and support a dedicated staff team. With a dedication to expanded learning programs, Tracy strives to create lasting, positive impact in the communities she serves. Her greatest life accomplishment is her children and watching them become the amazing adults they are. Her greatest joy is loving and being loved by her granddaughter! 

Top 5 Strengths: Input | Activator | Command | Belief | Self-Assurance
Top 5 Character Strengths: Spirituality | Leadership | Love | Gratitude, Love of Learning 

Honor Roll

Mary Jo Ginty roundMary Jo Ginty, Region 11 Lead BOOSTer Badge 2007 2019
Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA

Mary Jo Ginty is the former Regional Lead/Program Coordinator at the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) After School Technical Assistance Unit. This Unit provides staff training and development, consultation, and technical assistance services to the 1300+ school sites that support after school programs funded through the After School Education and Safety Program (ASES) and/or 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. Over 130,000 students participate in these programs which also provide over 10,000 employment opportunities in the county. Ms. Ginty directed and oversaw after school programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She experienced the power of change that these programs brought to students and their families. Her professional experiences over the past years include: Owner of a successful consulting firm, high school teacher, high school principal, college professor, lobbyist, and community organizer. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from UCLA and a Bachelors's Degree in Business and Social Welfare Administration from Ursuline College. Her spare time is spent enjoying her family, leading a Junior Girl Scout troop, music, and cooking in all forms, and sitting on the Board of Directors of her 10-year-old daughter’s school. Mary Jo Ginty believed that after school programs have the potential to assist youth to gain the skill sets, tools, and knowledge and have the experiences necessary to make a life for themselves and their families.

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