Our Team

TGR Foundation is a team of dedicated individuals who are passionate about empowering students to thrive. We are deeply committed to every student who comes through our programs, and believe that the power of education, coupled with the right resources, will ensure lifelong success.



  • Avery Brown, Automobile Club of Southern California
  • Dennis Kuhl, Angels Baseball
  • Jason S. Mooneyham, AMD
  • Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., University of California, Dominguez Hills
  • Sudhakar V. Shenoy, Alyx Technologies, Inc.
  • Executive Leadership

    Gordon McNeill

    President and CEO

    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffet

    Katherine Bihr, Ed.D.

    Vice President, Programs & Education

    “Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.” Socrates

    Michelle S. Kim

    Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

    “Every decision starts with the decision to try.” Unknown

    Jin Thatcher

    Vice President, Operations & Administration

    “A woman is like a tea bag: you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Nancy Reagan
  • TGR Learning Lab

    Gyla Bell

    Senior Director, Programs

    “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

    Eric Moore

    Senior Director, Programs

    “Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” Robert Bresson

    Jason Porter

    Director, TGR EDU: Create

    “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie

    David Tong

    Director, TGR EDU: Create

    “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath

    Barry Christy

    Senior Manager, Facilities

    “If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.” Albert Einstein

    Yvonne Tello

    Senior Manager, Administration

    “It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up.” Vince Lombardi

    John Foster

    Senior Manager, Programs

    “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” Groucho Marx

    Holly Dennard

    Senior Manager, Programs

    “Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

    Jessica Kesler

    Professional Development Facilitator

    “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

    Hope Enyart

    Learning Facilitator

    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Saki Hashimoto

    Learning Facilitator

    “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs

    Doug Luong

    Learning Facilitator

    “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Confucius

    Christian Pinedo

    Learning Facilitator

    “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” Walt Disney

    Ashley Sutherland

    Learning Facilitator

    “When your life is on course with its purpose, you are your most powerful.” Oprah Winfrey

    Trinh Tran

    Learning Facilitator

    “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ” Viktor Frankl

    Tarica Jackson

    Student Support Manager

    “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Man Luong

    Part-Time Learning Facilitator

    “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” Joseph Campbell

    Jose Rivera

    Volunteer Coordinator

    “With great power comes great responsibility.” Voltaire

    Wendy Duran


    “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. ” Albert Einstein

    Carmen Gonzalez

    Administrative Assistant

    “"You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take."” Wayne Gretzky

    Andrés Cuamani

    Academic Support

    “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” Gabriel García Márquez

    Bryan Medina

    Academic Support

    “Only speak if what you are going to say is more beautiful than the silence.” Buddha

    Javier Sanchez

    Academic Support

    “The things you commit once don't define the person you are, but the things you do repeatedly.” Anonymous

    Ruben Triscareño

    Academic Support

    “The key to success is playing the hand you were dealt like it was the hand you wanted. ” Kaitlyn Walsh

    Albert Maeda

    Range Attendant

    “The potential to make yourself a better man, that is what it is to be human. To make yourself more than you are.” Captain Jean Luc Picard

    Desiree Dominguez

    Golf Coordinator

    ““ There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” ” Derek Jeter
  • Earl Woods Scholar Program

    Cristina Fernández

    Senior Director, Programs

    “In one soul, in your soul, there are resources for the world.” Emerson

    Denisse Jover

    Senior Manager, Programs

    “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller

    Lea Segura

    Senior Manager, Programs

    “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

    Alma Gutierrez

    Program Coordinator

    “The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn 

    Betsy Peña

    Program Coordinator

    “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene

    Leila Villacorta

    Program Coordinator

    “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton
  • Finance & Administration

    Joe Hsu

    Director, IT

    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

    Mike Stevens

    Financial Analyst Director

    “It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden

    Logan Lamson

    Office Manager

    “As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him...we need not wait to see what others do.” Mahatma Gandhi

    Bintu Njie

    Office Manager

    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

    Kristy Hwang

    Administrative Assistant

    “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” Walt Whitman
  • Fund Development

    Madeline Roth

    Development Coordinator

    “Let us try to see things from their better side: We can complain that rose bushes have thorns or rejoice that thorn bushes have roses.” Alphonse Karr
  • Marketing

    Dana Mariotti

    Director of Marketing

    “Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.” Brené Brown

    Reshma Melwani

    Director, Programs Marketing & Communications

    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver

    Amber Fuller

    Art Director

    “Design is so simple, that's why it's so complicated.” Paul Rand

    Brian Valdez

    Junior Graphic Designer

    “Digital Design is like painting, except the paint never dies.” Neville Brody

    Jasmine C. Tate

    Marketing & Communications Manager

    “Work hard, pray hard and when the door opens walk through it.” Dr. John E. Forde