Management & Administrative Staff


Stu SemigranPresident & Co-Founder

Stu Semigran has more than thirty years experience as an educator, developing and facilitating training programs for youth and adults in educational settings worldwide. He has trained thousands of youth, professionals, educators and parents in leadership development, dropout prevention, conflict resolution, violence prevention, teambuilding, self-esteem and service learning programs.

Mr. Semigran holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a California Lifetime Teaching Credential and Master’s Degrees in Theology and Psychology. Mr. Semigran has developed education curriculum, including Making the Best of Me: A Handbook for Student Excellence and Self-Esteem.

From 1995-2000, in his position as EduCare’s President, Stu was instrumental in implementing school reform at over 70 schools and children’s centers through the Annenberg Project; LEARN Reform of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mr. Semigran also currently serves on LAUSD Beyond The Bell’s Take Action Campaign steering committee. Under his leadership, EduCare has grown to serve over 25,000 students each year. Stu was a 2012 Humanitarian Award recipient, recognized by the David Chow Humanitarian Award Foundation for his service to youth.

 

Jill JacobsonVice President of Finance and Human Resources

Jill Jacobson has 20 years experience in finance, legal contract management / negotiation, project management, strategic planning and development, and regulatory compliance and audit. In addition to all things financial, as Finance Director, Ms. Jacobson is responsible for EduCare’s legal contract review and management, as well as fundraising including grant writing.

Prior to joining EduCare, Ms. Jacobson spent ten years in the institutional trust department at Bank of America, then five years at the Capital Group Companies doing emerging international market research and strategic penetration, and most recently at IndyMac Bank managing the settlement of mortgage-backed securities. Ms. Jacobson has a Bachelors Degrees in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and in Psychology from California State University at Long Beach.

 

George HernandezVice President of After School Programs

George Hernandez’s prior experience provides an excellent background for his current position, which is the overall management of the after school programs at ten LAUSD high schools that EduCare operates. Before joining EduCare, Mr. Hernandez worked for the Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley for three years, creating and then managing the after school program at Canoga Park High School.

At Canoga Park High School, Mr. Hernandez had more than 400 students registered with his after school program by creating an environment that was educational, enriching and fun. Within months, the program Mr. Hernandez created at Canoga Park HS had the respect of school administration and parents, and also served as a source of pride for the students. George believes that community development begins with the development of its youth, therefore it is critical that they become responsible members of society. The need for after school programming exists as it creates opportunities for youth development and challenges them to become better citizens. Mr. Hernandez graduated as a Merit Scholar from Whittier College in 2004 with a B.A. in International Business.

 

Katherine HallVice President of Operations

Katherine Hall has been EduCare’s Operations Director since 2006. Ms. Hall is responsible for the organizations operations, Human Resources and manages the large volunteer pool that keeps the ACE Programs running smoothly.

Ms. Hall has a B.A. in Education from USC, and taught elementary school. Ms. Hall has spent most of her career working with non-profit organizations. Prior to joining EduCare, she was the Operations Manager for Insight Seminars, and for 10 years the Director of another non-profit organization, the Institute for Individual and World Peace.

 

Armando DiazProgram Director

Armando Diaz has over 17 years of experience in non-profit management and youth development. He has worked to improve and expand the lives of families, at-risk and incarcerated youth, the underserved and victims of violence.

Prior to his role at EduCare, Armando was the Associate Executive Director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice. He was responsible for operations, grants management and the lead facilitator of community partnerships. Under his leadership, the Club received National Awards for its sailing program, arts program and family strengthening initiatives.

Armando is the past president and an active member of the Playa Venice Rotary Club. He serves on the Advisory Council for Communities in Schools Los Angeles. In 2014 he was elected on the board of the North Hills West Neighborhood Council. He was named Gondolier of the Year in 2014 by the Venice High School Alumni Association and in 2011 was selected Person of the Year in Venice by the Venice Patch. Armando completed the USC Marshall School of Business’ Management Development Program in 2014.

Armando lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife Michelle, son Mason, and daughter Olivia.

 

Lorena SanchezProgram Operations Director

Lorena Sanchez has 8 years experience in the youth development field as a former Camp Director for the City of Los Angeles Recreations and Parks. Mrs. Sanchez continues her work today as the Program Operations Director planning and initiating grant-based programs for EduCare’s after school programs. Prior to joining the EduCare administrative team, Lorena was an EduCare After School Site Coordinator at San Fernando High School.

Mrs. Sanchez has a B.A. in Psychology from California State University Northridge. She joined EduCare in August of 2009.

 

Gerardo MungarayRegional Manager

Gerardo received his Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the California State University of Los Angeles in 2008, where he also completed a Credential Program in 2009. In 2009 he joined EduCare as a Program Lead where he oversaw the implementation of day-to-day core program activities at a school site. In less than a year, he was promoted to Site Coordinator for a school site until he was promoted to a Regional Manager for After School Programs in 2014. As a Regional Manager, Gerardo is responsible for the overall management and implementation of programming at six of EduCare’s Los Angeles Unified School District Beyond the Bell school sites.  Gerardo has helped grow EduCare’s STEM programming; and has been instrumental in the creation of the STEM Pilot Project.

 

Jeanaah SampsonRegional Manager

Jeanaah Sampson is one of EduCare Foundation’s Regional Managers for our After School Programs. Before joining the EduCare family, Jeanaah worked in the after school field with non-profit programs such as STAR, LA’S Best and Richstone Family Center. During her 15 years of service in the field, Jeanaah was able to cultivate her programing and coordinating skills giving her the ability to build programs for grades K – 12 from the ground up. It was from this experience she was able to create a pilot Middle School program for EduCare. Currently, Jeanaah is supervising 5 High Schools and 1 Middle School for EduCare. She has also been given the charge to manage, create content, facilitate trainings and coordinate large events through EduCare for Beyond The Bell’s Take Action Campaign Middle School Unit.

 

Victoria LantryEvent Production Manager

Victoria Lantry’s prior work experience as an established Human Resources Director with an Educational Company and also a Volunteer Coordinator/Event Planner at a local Mission, lends itself nicely for the position of Event Production Manager at EduCare Foundation.

Ms. Lantry is a graduate of Purdue University with a BA in Psychology. She has worked for several non-profits over the last 10 years , increasing awareness with volunteer involvement,  team building, and staff development.  Ms. Lantry has extensive experience in project management, volunteer development, and event planning.

As the Event Production Manager, for EduCare Foundation, her goal is to create strong relationships with schools, the school staff and students.

She enjoys hiking, tutoring students, and volunteering for the Red Cross, and several homeless shelters.

 

Chelsea AikenCommunications Manager

Chelsea Aiken received her B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Development from Georgetown University. Originally from Hudson, Ohio, she moved to Los Angeles in August of 2010. Ms. Aiken has over 7 years of experience working with underserved youth from Washington, D.C. to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Prior to joining EduCare in 2013, Ms. Aiken worked for a negotiation consulting firm and two Los Angeles-based non-profits supporting children with autism and their families. She now manages communications and marketing at EduCare, and assists with the Foundation’s fund development efforts.

 

Ivan HaroCompliance Manager

Ivan Haro received his B.A. in Sociology from California State Northridge and has been involved in the non-profit sector since 2003. Ivan first gained experience in After School as an athletics instructor at Dyer Street Elementary School, where he coached the baseball team before being promoted to Playground Supervisor. Youth Services (YS) continued to elevate Mr. Haro’s role, eventually promoting him to manage and supervise the Middle School Unit for the Valley region of YS’ Beyond the Bell schools.

Ivan brings over 10 years of experience in After School to the EduCare Foundation as the Compliance Manager for 19 schools sites where EduCare manages and runs After School Programming.

 

Missy NietoHuman Resources Administrative Coordinator

Prior to joining the EduCare team, Missy Nieto spent many years as an Office Manager and Human Resources Generalist in the entertainment industry, where she has organized large and small-scale events, overseen Human Resource processes, and managed staff for production companies, marketing firms, and startups.Here at EduCare, Missy brings her organization and administration knowledge to the new Human Resource department.

Missy earned her B.A. in American History and Performing Arts from the University of Redlands, Johnston Center for Individualized Learning. In her time outside of the EduCare offices, she sings with Vox Femina Los Angeles, LA’s premiere women’s choir, volunteers on their committees, and organizes the yearly auditions.

 

Carlos HernandezSpecial Projects Coordinator

Carlos Hernandez graduated in 2014 from California State Northridge, where he earned his B.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. As a high school student at San Fernando High School, Carlos participated in EduCare’s After School Programs before returning to his alma mater as an EduCare tutor in 2010.

He then joined the EduCare team full-time as Special Projects Coordinator. Carlos enjoys playing basketball, finding alternative fashion trends, and helping others.

 

Robert GonzalezEvent Production Coordinator

Robert Gonzalez first started at EduCare as a team captain for the Language in Action Program before joining the staff full-time.

As Event Production Coordinator, Robert provides logistical support for EduCare’s Achievement & Commitment to Excellence (ACE) Program and other events.

 

 

Kahoku HensonAccounting Manager

 

Kahoku Henson received his B.A. in Business & Accounting from the University of Phoenix and has over 10 years of experience working as an accountant.  Prior to joining EduCare's Finance Department as the Accounting Manager, Kahoku spent 5 years working as the Finance Manager for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. 

In his spare time, Kahoku enjoys volunteering and coaching volleyball. 

 

LaNell WilliamsFacilitator

LaNell Tyrone Williams is an internationally recognized, leader in transformational business & organizational development, creative corporate fundraising and purpose driven relationship development, cultivation & integration.

LaNell is Co-Founder of: TMG Global Strategies, a venture acceleration & business development company; The National Foundation for Urban Excellence, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization; St. Lawrence Equities, a private venture capital syndicate. For many years, he has served as an advisor to several successful local and global for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, local governments, United Nations Non-Governmental organizations, and has served as a United Nations Fellow from 2000 – 2002.

 

Bryn DrescherFacilitator

Bryn Drescher is a Life coach, Actress, and Speaker. She hails from the Chicagoland area and currently resides in Los Angeles California. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Political Philosophy.   She specializes in helping people discover their true passion and achieve more than they though possible.

Bryn has dedicated the last 5 years of her life to personal development. She has mentored with some of the country’s top coaches, speakers, and authors. Bryn strongly believes in life long education and constant personal improvement.  Her favorite activity is in mentoring youth as we have a lot to learn from them and helping them get set up for the achieve the brightest future possible.  Bryn’s passion and gifts have found the perfect mix with EduCare.  Her favorite part of working at EduCare is witnessing the brilliance of the students and the transformations that take place through the workshops and programs.  She is extremely grateful to work for a company that puts heart and people first!

 

Margalit WardFacilitator

Certified Empowerment Coach and entrepreneur, Mrs. Ward is passionate about supporting teens and their families. She is the co-founder of Get Up Girl Women’s Coaching & Conscious Parenting Workshops. A native of Los Angeles and graduate of Los Angeles School District schools, Mrs. Ward understands the needs and challenges facing young people. She is a graduate of the University of Santa Monica’s Counseling Psychology Program and has started and grown two successful graphic design companies.

Margalit enjoys art, gardening and long walks in nature. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son who attends UCLA as an Fine Arts Major. She is also is a contributor for the Huffington Post, ModernMom, and LifeByMe websites.