Our Team

At TGR Foundation, we are champions for youth. Our team is passionate about empowering students through education. We are deeply committed to every student who comes through our programs, and believe that the power of education, coupled with resources and support, will learn, grow and thrive.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

COUNCIL OF ADVISORS

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

    Cyndi Court

    CEO

    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

    Christina Friend

    Chief Development Officer

    “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” Rosalynn Carter

    Jin Thatcher

    Chief Operating Officer

    “Every cloud has a silver lining, find hope in every bad situation. Silver line it!” John Milton

    Michelle Bemis

    President, TGR Live

    “THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT YOUR FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN

    Hrag Hamalian

    President, TGR Learning Labs and National Programs

    “Impossible is just a word thrown around by men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is potential. ” Muhammad Ali

    Mike Antolini

    Senior Vice President, TGR Live

    “LIFE MOVES FAST. AS MUCH AS YOU CAN LEARN FROM YOUR HISTORY, YOU HAVE TO MOVE FORWARD. ” EDDIE VEDDER

    Michelle S. Kim

    Senior Vice President, Advancement

    “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” Amelia Earhart

    John Lee

    Senior Vice President, Programs & Education

    “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Jackie Robinson 
  • TGR Learning Lab

    Gyla Bell

    Vice President, Programs, TGR Learning Lab

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

    Eric Moore

    Vice President, Programs

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

    Meredith Foote

    Executive Director, TGR Learning Lab Philadelphia

    “We have the opportunity to create the future and decide what that's like.” Mae Jemison

    Holly Dennard

    Director, Professional Learning

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

    Doug Luong

    Director, Programs

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

    Maria Stroup

    Director, Early Education and Community Engagement, TGR Learning Lab Philadelphia

    “Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. ” Desmond Tutu

    Hope Enyart

    Senior Manager, TGR Learning Lab

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

    Trinh Tran

    Senior Manager, TGR Learning Lab

    “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

    Man Luong

    Learning Facilitator, TGR Learning Lab

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

    Crystal Tran

    Learning Facilitator, TGR Learning Lab

    “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop

    Asya Wilbon

    Learning Facilitator, TGR Learning Lab

    “Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out.” Jermaine L. Cole

    Don Bell

    Learning Facilitator, TGR Learning Lab

    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Lao Tzu

    Kristen Shiraki

    Learning Facilitator, TGR Learning Lab

    “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

    Stefan Amzaroiu

    Facilities Manager

    “If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.” Roman Price

    Katherine Pham

    Student Outreach & Support Manager

    “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Henry David Thoreau

    Carmen Gonzalez

    Manager, Administrative

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

    Noemi Franco

    Receptionist

    “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

    Christine Perez

    Coordinator, Golf and Recreation

    “Having fun is the best way to learn." ” Albert Einstein

    Ashley Cortez

    Volunteer Coordinator

    “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A.A. Milne

    Kevin Tran

    Academic & Front Desk Support

    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

    Gabriela Ruiz

    Academic & Front Desk Support

    “Live with no excuses and love with no regrets. Laugh a lot and leave this life with nothing left unsaid.” Dan Dean

    Ethan Chen

    Academic & Front Desk Support

    “The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.” Thucydides

    Andrick Sauno

    Academic & Front Desk Support

    “You’re suffering from self-doubt while others are intimidated by your full potential. If you’re past self could see where you’re at today think about how impressed they would be.” Anonymous

    Alexis Medina

    Receptionist

    “As long as you live keep smiling because it brightens everybody’s day.” Vin Scully

    Marco Gonzalez

    Learning Facilitator

    “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Dr. Jane Goodall
  • Earl Woods Scholar Program

    Cristina Fernández

    Vice President, Programs

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

    Alma Gutierrez

    Director, Programs

    “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Audrey Hepburn 

    Juan Carlos Villanueva

    Manager, Programs

    “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” Kobe Bryant

    Andres Cuamani

    Program Coordinator

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

    Izabel Dallal

    Program Coordinator

    “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Mother Teresa
  • Finance & Administration

    Joe Hsu

    Senior Director, IT

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

    Mike Stevens

    Senior Director, Financial Analyst

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

    Yvonne Tello

    Director, Human Resources

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

    Logan Lamson

    Director, Executive Assistant

    “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

    Vanessa Topete

    Business Administration Coordinator

    “The problems we face today eventually turn into blessings in the rearview mirror of life. In time, yesterday’s red light leads us to a greenlight.” Matthew McConaughey

    Norma Partida

    Administrative Assistant

    “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou

    Brandon Medina

    IT Support Specialist

    “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” Tommy Lasorda

    Andrew Katnic

    Operations Manager

    “Strength does not make one capable of rule; it makes one capable of service.” Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

    Michelle Stablow

    Bookkeeper

    “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” Socrates
  • Development

    Elizabeth Hopkins

    Director, Advancement Relations

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

    Shahana Shah

    Senior Director, Development

    “If you're afraid to fail, then you're probably going to fail.” Kobe Bryant

    Katie Vazquez

    Advancement Manager

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

    Ida Tirimba

    Development Research Coordinator

    “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” Norman Vinvent Peale

    Ivy Craft

    Development Writer and Adminsitrator

    “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members” Coretta Scott King
  • Marketing

    Dan Scali

    Senior Director, Marketing

    ““PAY IT FORWARD.” ” WOODY HAYES

    Christy Ortiz

    Director, Marketing

    “You live but once; you might as well be amusing.” Coco Chanel

    Amber Fuller

    Art Director

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

    Jasmine C. Tate

    Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications

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

    Duy Mai

    Graphic Designer

    “I found that I could say things with color and shapes, that I couldn't say in any other way—things that I had no words for.” Georgia O'Keeffe

    Madeline Moreen

    Digital Marketing Coordinator

    “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” Amelia Earhart

    Roget Geoffroy

    Website Developer

    “If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?” George Carlin

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