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.
Lorena SanchezVP of Program Operations
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.
Armando DiazProgram Director
Armando Diaz has over 19 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.
Denise DunbarFund Development Director
For 20 years I have been dedicated to working with communities in need. I believe if we want to create change, it is vital to provide quality services and education to empower individuals to make informed, positive decisions. My work at the Campaign for College Opportunity ignited my passion for youth development and college access and success. While at the Campaign, I gained valuable experience in financial management and fund development. I composed foundation grant proposals, created program and organizational budgets and managed several programs and events across California. In collaboration with the Executive Director, we were successful in raising $1 million in funding for higher education policy work. At PUENTE Learning Center, I managed a vast array of funding opportunities for the Center’s two Los Angeles campuses and successfully raised $800,000 in individual, corporate and foundation funding. My work with Constitutional Rights Foundation has afforded me the opportunity to continue exploring individual and corporate philanthropy, cultivate meaningful relationships with a 73-member board of directors, strengthening relationships with individuals invested in funding civic education and youth development. I value teamwork, integrity and a commitment to a better world.
Robert UnderhillFinance Director
Robert Underhill has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance working with financial statements, budgets, and forecasting. Prior to joining Educare Robert spent 24 years working for the Walt Disney Company’s Cable TV division as an accounting manager. He earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from California State University at Fullerton.
Robert has a passion for working with at-risk youth and has been volunteering at Sylmar Juvenile Hall for the past 20 years running a group mentoring program and spent 15 years coaching youth basketball at Ritchie Valens Park in Pacoima.
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.
Ivan HaroRegional 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 Regional Manager.
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.
Coila RomeroSenior Finance Coordinator
Coila Romero joined the EduCare team after 23 years working as the Finance and Benefits Specialist for a large private school system in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. She now brings her experience to EduCare's Finance Department as the Senior Finance Coordinator.
Thomas BerumenFinance & Administrative Coordinator
Thomas Berumen graduated in 2017 from California State University, Northridge where he earned his B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology. He takes pleasure in working with the community and empowering the youth. Thomas participated in EduCare’s After School Programs. He came on board with EduCare in 2015 as a STEM Tutor and Flight Instructor at Sun Valley Magnet High School. Followed by the Finance Intern for several months before becoming the Assistant Site Coordinator at Cesar Chavez Learning Academies in 2016. Now he has joined us full time as the Finance and Administrative Coordinator.
Joseph MontesdeocaHuman Resources Associate
Joseph Montesdeoca began working with EduCare in June of 2010. He started off as a tutor at Sylmar high school and slowly moved up to Dj instructor and eventually became the Assistant Site Coordinator. His passion for working with teens was carried over from his time working with teens through youth ministry with high schools in the San Fernando Valley. He began helping with programming and established the afterschool culture at Sylmar High School. He was later promoted to Associate Site Coordinator at Esteban E. Torres High School then to Abraham Lincoln High School In Lincoln Heights.
He now brings his experience to the Human Resources department as the Human Resources Associate.
Holly EngelmanAdministrative Assistant
Holly Engelman brings to EduCare over 25 years of experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit field. Her volunteer work has taken her to Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Vietnam. She has been recognized and honored by the Mongolian government for her long-term work with their pediatric and disabled communities.
Prior to joining the EduCare team, her jobs included: Executive Assistant to the President and Vice President at a nonprofit University, and Director of Programs and Projects at a nonprofit that ships wheelchairs to developing countries to be distributed at no charge to the disabled.
Carlos HernandezSenior Special 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 a Special Projects Coordinator and was later promoted to a Senior Special Projects Coordinator.
Carlos enjoys playing basketball, finding alternative fashion trends, and helping others.
Geneva BarbaTake Action Campaign Coordinator
Geneva Barba first joined EduCare in 2014, as the Assistant Site Coordinator for EduCare After School Programs at Cesar Chavez Learning Academies. She now brings her program and site experience to the main office, where she works with more than 30 LAUSD schools as EduCare's Take Action Campaign (TAC) Coordinator. Prior to EduCare, Geneva coordinated daily activities, camps, and special event logistics for the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Colin BrooksLogistics and Supplies Coordinator
Colin Brooks joined the EduCare team after relocating to California from Ohio, where he attended Wright State University and majored in Motion Picture Production.
As the Logistics and Supplies Coordinator , he assists in the logistical and physical support of the Achievement & Commitment to Excellence (ACE) Program and is incredibly grateful to be helping at risk youth.
Rassha WilliamsLogistics and Supplies Assistant
Rassha Williams has been with EduCare Foundation for seven years as an instructor at Washington Prep High school and now the Logistics and Supplies Assistant in the ACE Department. He also worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2007, as a site coordinator for Beyond the Bell Civic Center program. Additionally, he has been with the Community College School District for over 10 years at Los Angeles Southwest College in the athletics department. He’s worked with various Community groups and organizations as a mentor.
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 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!
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.
Jennie RosenbaumACE Initiative Site Administrator - SJHA
Jennie has been in the field of education, youth development,leadership, and community development for over 17 years as a tutor,teacher and as a volunteer to nonprofits focused on youth development,leadership, and social entrepreneurship; immigrant parent engagement;empowering young Latino males; college access; and community schools.
She has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an Ed.M. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Rafael RomoACE Initiative Site Administrator - CATS
Rafael Romo has commitment to child development and youth advocacy for more than 13 years. In 2002 he was involved as a youth minister at Our Lady of Talpa Catholic Church where he directed retreats, mission trips, and youth leadership development programs. Rafael then moved on in working with nonprofit organizations such as LA’s BEST as a Traveling Staff supporting 6 elementary schools in Lincoln heights and South central LA. After working with elementary level for about 10 years, he then moved on in working for the Salesian boys and girls Club and directing the after school program at Roosevelt High school in 2013-2015. In 2015 started working for EduCare at Diego Rivera Learning Complex managing, and building program design.