Our Leadership Team

 
 
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Steve Good, Five Keys Charter School Executive Director

Steve has more than twenty years in school leadership, including as a Vice Principal, Principal, Executive Director, and Corporate Officer for the nation's largest operator of private schools. He provides strategic vision and executive oversight of all of the school's project activities. Under Steve's leadership, Five Keys was named Hart Vision Charter School of the Year for 2014; was the 2015 finalist for the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Governance: Innovations in American Government Award; received the 2015 award from the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy and Research Better Government Competition: Reducing Recidivism Through Education; and the Smart on Crime award from the California Attorney General. During his tenure, Five Keys has expanded from 175 students to 3,000 per day, with further expansion in the works.

In 2012, Steve was invited by the US Department of Education, Office of Vocation and Adult Education to serve on their Correctional Education Reentry Program Model Panel. He was recognized by University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education for inclusion in their Compendium of Promising Practices in Education, and was named School Master of the Year, by Sonoma County Office of Education. Steve has written several articles for the Charter Journal, was a Keynote Presenter at the Charter School Leadership Summit. Steve has fiscal and data management experience managing both state and federal funds. He holds a city commissioner position, appointed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and is also a member of the Community Correction Partnership.

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Elyse Graham, Deputy Executive Director

Elyse has over 6 years of successful Education Management experience and 20 years of experience working in incarceration settings. In her capacity as Deputy Executive Director for Five Keys, Elyse is responsible for oversight of all operations for Five Keys' three distinct charter schools operating in the San Francisco County and Los Angeles County Jails as well as the community partner sites in Northern and Southern California. Elyse has a wealth of experience designing and overseeing successful community and re-entry programs which have provided direct service, education and counseling to support clients addressing issues of homelessness, poverty, substance use, violence and domestic violence. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certificate.

  • (415) 821-2400
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Clarece Weinraub, PhD, Director for the Southern California Region

Clarece D. Weinraub spent the last decade working in education, first as a founding teacher at a charter school, then as a lead teacher and a curriculum co-chair, before moving into administration. Clarece has dedicated herself to improving educational opportunities for underserved communities.

Clarece has a masters degree in educational leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and completed her doctorate in urban education from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education in the Fall of 2015.

  • Region: Southern California
  • (415) 424-3975
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Sunny Schwartz, Co-Founder, Board of Directors, and Consultant

Sunny Schwartz is a nationally recognized expert in criminal justice reform who has devoted her three decade career to reforming traditional incarceration well characterized by the stereotype of "idle and wasted down time." Ms. Schwartz and Sheriff Hennessey founded Five Keys Charter School in 2003, the first in the nation Charter School for incarcerated and post release adults.

Ms. Schwartz is the author of the bestselling book, Dreams from the Monster Factory, a personal memoir that highlights the Resolve to Stop the Violence Project an internationally recognized, award–winning restorative justice program that brings together traditionally opposing groups in order to comprehensively confront the costs of violence.

Ms. Schwartz and both the RSVP and Five Keys initiatives to stop crime have been featured on national television including The Oprah Winfrey show, PBS, and Larry King Live, and both programs have been the recipient of the prestigious " Oscars in Government" Innovations in Government Award, sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and the Ash Institute.

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Kelley Alley

Principal of PDC

Kelley began working as a teacher at Five Keys in 2013, and became an administrator in 2015.

  • Region: Southern California
  • (661) 294-6491
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Elizabeth Arnott

Director of Human Resources

With more than 17 years of experience in human resources, Elizabeth leads the Human Resource team at Five Keys. Elizabeth is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has a BA in English.

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Desi Overdal Barbour, PhD

Director of Solano County

Desi has been an educator for 13 years, beginning in 2002 when he began his career as a substitute teacher in the Rocklin Unified School District. The next year, he became a full-time special education teacher in a non-public school environment, specifically working with students with severe emotional disturbance. Desi then moved into an administrative role in the same non-public school environment and worked in that role for three years. Subsequently, Desi moved into higher education and served as a full time faculty and General Education Program Director at a career college. Desi has a doctorate degree in Leadership in Education Administration, a master's degree in Education-Curriculum and Instruction, and a bachelor's degree in Economics.

  • Region: Northern California
  • (415) 926-9775
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Dave Bates

Director of Re-Entry

Dave Bates has 26 years of law enforcement experience. During his law enforcement career, he has worked as a deputy in the jail, patrol for 7 years, an educator in the public and private schools, public relations division and fundraising for the department. The last 10 years of Dave's law enforcement career focused on transforming the hearts and minds of the incarcerated. Currently Dave is assisting the previously incarcerated men and women who are re-entering back into society from the Five Keys Charter School programs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, specifically targeting vocational assistance in addition to job placement and monitoring development in the work place.

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Amelia Birch

Data & Systems Manager

Amelia began at Five Keys teaching ESL in the San Francisco County Jails in 2008, and continued on to work as a teacher at both In Custody and Community Sites, before moving into a position as the SIS Administrator in 2010.  As the school has grown, she has been instrumental in the development of much of the internal tracking systems and data architecture, and currently manages the data systems and reporting for all of Five Keys.  Under her supervision, the school has received the CALPADS Data Management Recognition, recognizing the school's commitment to high quality data for each year since the award's inception.

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Rachel Dalton

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Southern California

Rachel began working as a teacher at Five Keys in 2010, and became an administrator in 2016.

  • Region: Southern California
  • (661) 294-6491
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Efrain Diaz

Principal of Community Sites

After a 12 year journey in the United States Army, Efrain began a new mission in education. He began his new career as a history teacher, allowing him to teach students in a wide variety of subjects and settings. His strong belief in social justice and educational equality has brought him to the Five Keys family, where he now leads a team of educators in the LA region Community Sites. Efrain's motto is: "Together we serve people in reaching their life goals, and that's 'Outstanding'!"

  • Region: Southern California
  • (415) 697-5553
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Chris Faucher

Assistant Director of Career Technical Education

Committed to Teaching Hearts, Opening Minds and Changing Lives, Chris has worked with diverse populations and age groups during his career. Inspired by the dynamic synergy between Education, Transformation and Transition, his path has taken him on a journey through teaching, curriculum development, organizational leadership and community outreach. Chris is driven by a passion to creatively connect ideas, people and experiences. He holds Master's Degrees in Organizational Leadership/Administration and Education, and is currently the Assistant Director of Career Technical Education & Life Skills at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, CA.

  • Region: Southern California
  • (661) 753-6197
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Mick Gardner

Assistant Director of Keys to Change Program

Mick has worked twenty-eight years in the fields of corrections, substance abuse, workforce referral, and public health. Through his work with underserved communities, i.e. pre and post-released women and men and their families, veterans, transgender and HIV-positive populations—Mr. Gardner has established extensive experience as well as documented evidence in employment placement, programs development, organizational management, fund raising, community mobilization, and advocacy. He currently leads Programs and ReEntry in the San Francisco Mens Jail.

  • Region: Northern California
  • (650) 266-1727
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Joanna Hernandez

Assistant Director of Reentry Services and Operations

Joanna Hernandez has over 16 years of experience in the field of criminal justice and reentry and workforce development. Her primary work focus has been assisting young people finding employment and to overcome barriers such as, gang and criminal activity, and involvement within the criminal justice system. Joanna is also the founder of Young Queens on the Rise a support group for system involved girls. Joanna has a true passion in helping people overcome barriers and helping give second chances.

  • Region: Northern California
  • (415) 575-8876
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Colleen McGee

Assistant Director of Operations, CTE

After many years of doing Private Investigation work, Colleen began working with Five Keys when it opened at the San Francisco County Jail in 2003. Passionate about the Five Keys mission, Colleen started as a volunteer and worked her way up to the Coordinator of the largest San Francisco site at County Jail #5. When Five Keys expanded to Los Angeles in 2012, Colleen relocated to support the school expansion in Southern California. In her current role with the school, Colleen manages the Career Technical operations in the downtown jails. Additionally, she facilitates new student orientations and acts as the Liason with all Los Angeles Custody staff.

  • Region: Southern California
  • (661) 713-5213
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Shanley Rhodes, PhD

Chief Academic Officer

Shanley Rhodes has been an educator in Los Angeles for 15 years. As both a teacher and an administrator, she has worked with some of the city's most underserved populations. She has helped found charter schools in South Los Angeles as well as a high school affiliated with Homeboy Industries. She holds a B.A. in English from Brown University, an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics from National University, and an Ed.D. from UCLA.

  • Region: Southern California
  • (661) 294-6378
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Patricia Richard

Director of Community Sites

Patricia coordinates with Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Five Keys staff, and other stakeholders to create and maintain collaborations between education and community partners. She provides leadership for our teachers and staff working with CBOs and acts as the school's liason with our partner CBOs and City agencies in our San Francisco region.

  • Region: Northern California
  • (415) 297-9887
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Gale Rosboro

Assistant Director of Special Education

Gale has 20 years experience in the area of education. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, Lead Teacher, Education Specialist and Assistant principal, receiving the “Star” Award for her reconfiguration of the high school program at a previous school. At Five Keys Charter School, Gale initially served as a teacher at County Jails 2 and 5 and conducted several Professional Development and New Hire trainings.  Gale also wrote Five Keys curriculum in the area of Literacy and English before accepting the role of Assistant Director of Special Education.  Gale has an undergraduate degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, an Education Specialist Teaching Credential, and Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University.

  • Region: Northern California
  • (415) 821-2400
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Amerika Sanchez

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Northern California

 Amerika has over 10 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, having worked for public, independent, and charter schools, with students ranging from preadolescent to adult. She is credentialed in history and English, and has a passion for instructional practices that engage all students.  Her quest for authentic learning experiences for students had lead her to various educational experiences outside of the classroom: she has participated in teacher study tours outside of the United States, served on WASC visiting committees, and had held membership with multiple professional organizations for educators. In her current role as a Director of Instruction, Amerika coaches and supports teachers, oversees the school's WASC accreditation, the BTSA induction program, and provides opportunities for teachers to participate in professional development. She also trains and mentors other administrators with the school's teacher evaluation process.

  • Region: Northern California
  • (415) 821-2400
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Dorick Scarpelli

Director of Workforce Education

Dorick Scarpelli works with the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development building networks with the city's workforce development providers. Dorick was one of the original instructors for Five Keys Charter School when it first launched in 2003. He earned his bachelor's degree from Brown University, a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Goddard College, and a secondary education teaching credential in English language arts from San Francisco State University.

  • Region: Northern California
  • (415) 547-9275
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Cynthia Scott

Assistant Director of In-Custody

Cynthia began working for Five Keys as an administrator in 2015.

  • Region: Northern California
  • (650) 266-7611
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Noel Scott

Principal of Community Sites

Noel Scott began her work with the Criminal Justice system in 1998 as an intern for San Francisco Sheriff's Department Community Parole. After completing her Masters in Social Work, Noel moved to New York. Noel was chosen as a New York City Teaching Fellow and received her Masters in Education with a specialization in Special Education. Noel served as an educator and social worker in New York Department of Education for eight years. Noel spent the majority of her tenure in NYC Department of Education at Horizon Academy at Rikers Island Correctional Facility where she developed a high school graduate track to a GED program. Noel currently serves as the Assistant Director of Projects and Training at Pitchess Detention Center in Los Angeles.

  • Region: Southern California
  • (415) 638-1285
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Julia Seymour

Director of Special Education

Julia has worked in the field of Special Education for over 13 years; creating and implementing Individual Transition Plans (ITP), Behavior Support Plans (BSP), Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), and Individualized Education Plans (IEP). Julia has led trainings and workshops in the areas of social skills instruction, differentiated instruction, Social Thinking, reinforcement delivery and differentiation, individualized instruction, IEP writing, delivery of standards based assessments and on Applied Behavioral Analysis principals and methods. Julia continues to work closely with related and direct-service providers and a variety of district leaders to ensure that all students achieve at their full potential.

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Mario Silano

Assistant Director of Post Release and ReEntry

Mario Silano is an experienced educator who specializes in the field of creating quality educational programs, curriculum development, and maintaining quality community partnerships. Mr. Silano oversees Five Keys academic programs located in the SF Adult Probation Department, Community Assessment & Service Center (CASC), Women's Resource Center, and Community Programs. In 2012, Mr. Silano was awarded the Tim Fitzharris Award, a statewide recognition given by the Chief Probation Officers of California to a non probation employee who has made a significant contribution to the criminal justice system. In 2014, Mr. Silano earned his Masters of Arts in Education, with emphasis on Education Administration and received the distinguished Achievement award for Academic Excellence. He is committed to building and developing diverse academic environments where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.

  • Region: Northern California
  • (415) 971-7324
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Brian Williams

Principal of Community Sites

Brian Williams has been in education for over 10 years, teaching in inner city elementary schools, serving on school site committees and holding leadership roles throughout those years. His years of teaching experience range from elementary schools in Oakland, CA to high school independent studies courses in Los Angeles, CA. Brian joined Five Keys to follow his passion for changing the lives of underserved communities, and he has focused his efforts on inspiring and supporting the students we serve. His leadership and his dedication to our school, staff and students is a reflection of his passion in his position of Assistant Director of Education, Career Technical Education and the Independent Study Program.

  • Region: Southern California
  • (661) 294-6379
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