Leadership

Julayne Virgil

Chief Executive Officer
(510) 357-5515 ext. 224
jvirgil [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

As CEO, Julayne Virgil leads Girls Inc. of Alameda County in pursuing its mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, through strategic investments in health, education, and leadership development for girls ages 5-18. In her role, she uses her vision and her voice to help Girls Inc. empower and inspire thousands of girls from under-served and under-resourced communities to navigate the gender, economic, and racial barriers they face so that they have an opportunity to realize their potential and thrive.

Julayne has nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors. Prior to this role, Julayne held a number of roles with Education Pioneers over seven years and played a critical role in scaling the organization from 24 staff, 5 cities, and a $5M budget to 80 staff, 20+ cities and a $12M budget. As Vice President of Leadership Development she oversaw the organization’s program redesign strategy and developed and scaled programs across more than 20 locations around the country. As Founding Managing Director, Chicago she launched and led the organization’s Chicago office where she realized 115% growth over two years.

Julayne’s experience also includes cultivating resources for community and school-based health centers with Access Community Health Network in Chicago, and managing social change communications on education, health, and public safety initiatives for national non-profit and federal agency clients of The Advertising Council in New York City. She is proud to have worked with girls and women designing and facilitating several cohorts of a life skills course for girls at The Prospect Park YMCA in Brooklyn and collaborating on a women’s health capacity-building project in Bamako, Mali.

Julayne received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California where she has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.  She is currently on the Board of Directors of Educate 78, an organization on a mission to ensure that every student in all 78 square miles of Oakland has access to world-class public school. An Oakland native and resident of the city with her husband and their two daughters, Julayne is proud to be changing the world for girls in her hometown.

Rebecca Cannon

Chief Mental Health Officer
(510) 357-5515 ext. 216
rcannon [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

Becky joined Girls Inc. in 1987 as the Clinical Director of Pathways Counseling Center. Her work is strongly influenced by her concern for child victimization and her clinical experiences treating youth impacted by child abuse, domestic violence, and other family trauma. She led significant growth in Pathway’s direct mental health treatment and case management services. She improved access to care by delivering flexible services, meeting needs where they appeared – in schools, homes, Girls Inc. offices, and in neighborhood and partner locations. Under her leadership, the Pathways team developed a consultation model used by youth development staff, school personnel, and Girls Inc. partners. Pathways also delivers community mental health training for CBO providers. Licensed as an MFT since 1981, Becky earned her M.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a member of the California Psychological Association and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Alejandra Villalobos

Chief Development Officer
(510) 357-5515 ext. 213
avillalobos [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

Alejandra joined Girls Inc. in 2016. A seasoned development professional, she brings extensive experience in major donor and institutional fundraising. Most recently, Alejandra served as Chief Development and Communications Officer for Thrive Networks, a $13M nonprofit pioneering evidence-based programs and technologies in health, water and sanitation, and education in Southeast Asia. She was the Executive Director of Embrace, an award-winning global health start-up focused on improving newborn care in developing countries. She has also led fundraising, strategic planning, and program evaluation initiatives at Partners in School Innovation and Net Impact. Alejandra holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University. Alejandra has served as a founding member of Full Circle Fund’s Rising Leaders Program and the Latino Community Foundation’s Latina Giving Circle.

Lisa Wanzor

Chief Financial Officer
(510) 357-5515 ext. 226
lwanzor [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

Lisa joined Girls Inc. in 2015. As CFO, she oversees the finance, IT, and facilities teams. Lisa has over 30 years of nonprofit and administrative management experience. Her experience spans from community organizer for refugee and immigrant women in the Boston area; to expanding jobs for women and people of color at Chinese for Affirmative Action in San Francisco; to Associate Director of Breast Cancer Action an independent and radical voice for all women living with or at risk of breast cancer; to CFO at Coaching Corps supporting their scale nationally. To all of these experiences, Lisa has brought an entrepreneurial spirit, strategic mindset, and genuine desire to add value to leadership teams. Lisa earned her B.A. in Religion from Princeton University. She lives with her spouse, daughter, and two dogs in San Leandro.

Melissa Bryan

Senior Director of Evaluation and Grants
(510) 357-5515 ext. 294
mbryan [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

With a commitment to leveraging resources for high quality programs for girls, Melissa became Senior Director of Evaluation and Grants in 2014. As a Development Studies major at UC Berkeley, Melissa had the opportunity to design Environmental Justice programming for children and youth. There she witnessed the critical and powerful role that out-of-school time programs play in leveling educational disparity. After 20 years of facilitating and directing programs for hundreds of youth across Oakland and Chicago, Melissa leads our continuous quality improvement process, ensuring that data both supports program staff to provide relevant, engaging programs and gives private and corporate partners confidence that their investments truly do impact the lives of girls.

Wendy Calimag

Senior Director of Community Programs
(510) 357-5515 ext. 230
wcalimag [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

Wendy is deeply committed to working in under-resourced communities with people highly impacted by inequities. She joined Girls Inc. in 2004 bringing with her expertise in creating and managing youth development programs. Since then she has successfully built and administered middle and high school programs in the areas of teen pregnancy prevention programming, comprehensive sexual health education, fitness, advocacy, leadership, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Her belief in the power of collective impact and social justice has driven her to help lead a number of initiatives and programs including East Oakland Building Healthy Communities (EOBHC), Bay Area Communities for Health Education (BACHE), and Building Blocks for Health Equity, an initiative of Alameda County Public Health Department. Prior to Girls Inc., Wendy served the community as a social worker in child welfare, juvenile justice, and housing and through crisis intervention for runaway/homeless youth. Wendy earned her M.A. in Social Work from Washington University- St. Louis and her B.A. in Social Work from the University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer Chapman

Senior Director of Human Resources
(510) 357-5515 ext. 245
jchapman [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

Jennifer brings her passion for Girls Inc.’s mission, as well as extensive private and nonprofit management experience to her role. She is a people champion and aspires to build workplace cultures where employees thrive. Prior to joining Girls Inc. in 2013, Jennifer served for 11 years as the Chief Operating Officer at Wild Planet Toys, and was Vice President of Social Venture Network, an organization comprised of private and social sector entrepreneurs committed to using business as a vehicle for social change. Other experience includes teaching and working in the private sector in Asia. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Social Sciences in Education from Stanford University, an M.A. in Anthropology and Education from Columbia Teachers College, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. She served as the founding Board Chair of Leadership High School in San Francisco. Other board service includes Social Venture Network, Net Impact and Ashoka Youth Venture.

Mariela Donis

Senior Director of School-Based Programs
(510) 357-5515 ext. 257
mdonis [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

As a native of Guatemala who made the Bay Area home, Mariela attributes her passion for working with students and their families to the support her family received from nonprofits and after-school programs. Mariela began her career at Girls Inc. as a Bilingual Literacy Instructor in 2001, then as a Program Coordinator for Girls Inc.’s middle school STEM program. Mariela left Girls Inc. in 2008 to manage literacy programs in San Jose, before returning to become the Middle School Manager and then Elementary Literacy Manager. Mariela currently serves as Senior Director of School Based Programs at Girls Inc., where she oversees eight school sites providing literacy intervention and enrichment programs to more than 800 students in Oakland and San Leandro. Mariela’s experience serving local communities, along with her Spanish bilingual skills, and sociology coursework from California State University, East Bay, helps her deliver an exciting and culturally-relevant program to students and their families.

John Henry

Outpatient Mental Health Services Director
(510) 357-5515
jhenry [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

John has worked at Girls Inc. of Alameda County/Pathways Counseling Center since 1992, initially as a mental health clinician, co-director of the clinical training program, and a clinical supervisor. John received his B.S. in Special Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. He became licensed as a marriage and family therapist in 1994. John has worked as a public school teacher and spent 12 years in Head Start, delivering services to pre-school children and their families. As a mental health clinician, John has a passion for supervising and training new clinicians. He has been trained in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) trauma-focused CBT protocol and he applies NCTSN principles while training and supervising clinicians. In addition, John has provided trauma-informed care consultation for Girls Inc. after school programs for 17 years. He is also a member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists).

Alex Mendez, Ph.D.

Community Mental Health Services Director
(510) 357-5515 ext. 215
amendez [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

Alex has spent 20 years providing mental health clinical and professional consultation services in various community settings and institutions. Through this work, Alex has a developed profound respect and appreciation for the challenges faced by consumers, collaborating partners, and fellow mental health clinicians, due to the disparity between the high need for community mental health services and limited access to such quality services. Alex leads Girls Inc.’s case management program, further enhancing family access to resources and services. Other aspects of Alex’s scope of work include psychotherapy and clinical supervision to pre- and post-doctoral interns placed in Girls Inc.’s internship program. He earned his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and completed his Ph.D. in Psychology from the Wright Institute Graduate School of Clinical Psychology, in Berkeley California.

Whitney Morris

Senior Director of Learning and Service Programs
(510) 357-5515 ext. 241
wmorris [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

For more than 20 years, Whitney has focused on building and leading programs and organizations that support the development of girls into strong, healthy, independent women. In her current role as Senior Director of Learning & Service Programs, Whitney oversees professional development and learning for Girls Inc. staff and a volunteer program that involves more than 700 community members annually. A member of the Girls Inc. team since 1998, Whitney’s past roles at the organization include overseeing the AmeriCorps program, developing curriculum, managing girls’ STEM programs, and serving as Girls Inc.’s first Volunteer Manager. Before coming to Girls Inc., Whitney helped develop the GreatSchools.org website, directed the For Girls Conference in San Francisco, taught history and French at an independent school in New Haven, Connecticut, and worked in development and alumni relations for Pomona College. She served on the board of GirlVentures for seven years. Whitney holds a B.A. in Government from Pomona College and an M.A. in Education and Gender Studies from Stanford University.

Odette Nemes

Senior Director of Development
(510) 357-5515 ext. 233
onemes [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

Odette is passionate about empowering girls, gender equity and social justice. She has over a decade of experience working in the Girls Inc. network and managing highly-effective youth development programs across the country. In 2013, she returned to Girls Inc. of Alameda County to launch programs at the new Simpson Center for Girls before leveraging her programming experience on the development team. At Girls Inc. of New York City she managed and directed programs at 13 school sites serving over 1,000 girls. When she first joined Girls Inc., she collaborated with Stanford Research Institute to design and pilot a federally funded STEM curriculum for middle school girls. Prior to working at Girls Inc., she worked at the Latin American Youth Center and LLEGÓ, the National Latina/o LGBT Organization in Washington, D.C. Odette has a B.S. in Psychology from Duke University.

Vicci Tibbetts

Clinical Training Program Director
(510) 357-5515 ext. 217
vtibbetts [at] girlsinc-alameda.org

Vicci joined Girls Inc. in 1992 and has been coordinating Pathways Counseling Center’s clinical training program since 2001. She has provided therapy services to children and their families, couples, groups, and individuals. Vicci has been an integral member of the Design Thinking Strategic Priority Team at Girls Inc. for the past two years. She is interested in organizational psychology and has used these principles to provide preschool consultation. Vicci is certified in biofeedback and has co-authored several articles on this subject. She has taught biofeedback at San Francisco State University for nine years. For 30 years, she has been involved in patient support, self-healing, and meditation and has facilitated week-long groups in the summer. Vicci graduated from San Francisco State University with a dual master’s degree and is now a licensed MFT. In 2016 Vicci was awarded the California Psychology Internship Council’s (CAPIC) first Distinguished Service Award for her contributions in training future psychologists.

Board of Directors

President

Robin Evitts
Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

1st Vice President

Christine Gouig
Executive Director, Housing Authority of the County of Alameda

2nd Vice President

Janet Loduca
Vice President, Investor Relations, PG&E Corporation

Treasurer

Carla Koren
Senior Vice President, Investments, Morgan Stanley

Secretary

Melvin Harrison
Retired, Commercial Real Estate Sales

Rebecca Alvarez
Entrepreneur, Women’s Health Products, and Girls Inc. Alumna

Julie Baeder
Senior Vice President, Cypress Group at Morgan Stanley

Charmaine Clay
Senior Vice President, Customer Services & Marketing, Wells Fargo

Tracy Craig
Principal, Craig Communications

Lois De Domenico
Philanthropist , Girls Inc. Board Member Emerita

Neelam Sekhri Feachem
Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Medicine Global Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

Lisa Gross
Vice President, Human Resources, Bayer

Mary Kay Huse
Senior Vice President Customer Success at Scale, Salesforce

Jennifer Miller, MD
Pediatrician, East Bay Pediatrics

Susan S. Muranishi
County Administrator, County of Alameda

Anne O’Neill
Principal and Co-Founder, Ignyte Marketing Group

Rhonda Ramlo
Vice President, General Manager Partnership, Strategy & Growth, The Clorox Company

DeLynn Senna
Executive Director, Robert Half Finance & Accounting

Rick da Silva
Partner at LOH Realty & Investments and Wellington Property Company

Julie Simpson
Brand Strategy & Marketing Consultant, Certified Health & Nutrition Counselor

Roseann Torres
Attorney, Torres Law Group

Ije-Enu Udeze Nwosu
Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente

David Valdez
Senior Associate, Pacific Union & Christie’s International Real Estate

Christina Villarreal, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Executive Coach, Professor

Glenn Voyles
Retired, Investment Management

Noël Wise
Judge, Alameda County Superior Court