Team

Management

Tessie Guillermo, President & CEO
Elaine Carpenter, Vice President of Business Development & Communications
Betty Hong, Managing Director of eHealth
Lina Sheth, Vice President of Strategy & Operations
Dave Veneziano, CFO/COO

Staff

Man Chung Yeung, Controller
Judy Felipe, Operations Assistant
Brian Gallagher, Program Manager
Nasser Halteh, Technology Engineer
Julia Indovina, Senior Marketing Manager
Kathy Jimenez, Executive Coordinator
Rick Johnson, Director of Technology
Vanessa Mason, Senior Manager, eHealth
Frieda McAlear, Program Coordinator
McCrae Parker, Senior Program Manager
Amro Radwan, Director of Technology
Jessica Rothschuh, Business Development Manager
Mike Rubio, Senior Program Manager
Renaissance Journalism Team: Jon Funabiki, Executive Director, Renaissance Journalism
Renaissance Journalism Team: Valerie Chow Bush, Deputy Director, Renaissance Journalism

Tessie Guillermo, President & CEO

Tessie has been involved in technology adoption since 1987, where she had her first experience managing the installation of a patient information management system at a community health center in Oakland, CA. Prior to working at ZeroDivide, she served for 15 years as CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a leading national health policy/advocacy organization with offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. In 2000, Tessie was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to serve as an inaugural member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She currently serves as Board Chair for The California Endowment, the Board Secretary for Dignity Health and is also a board member of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, and Northern California Grantmakers (NCG). Tessie is an alumna of the University of California, Berkeley and California State University, East Bay, with a B.A. in Economics. She is a graduate of the Gallup Leadership Institute and was a 1997 Fellow of the Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute.
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Elaine Carpenter, Vice President of Business Development & Communications

Elaine leads our efforts to develop partnerships with the philanthropic, private and public sectors, as well as our marketing and communications strategies. Before joining ZeroDivide, Elaine was the Executive Director of School2Home, a program designed to help close the achievement gap by integrating technology into teaching, learning and parent engagement. Previously, she served as Director of Technology Policy at The Children’s Partnership and worked as a public policy consultant to a variety of government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Elaine served as Chief of Staff of the United States Telecom Association, responsible for coordinating regulatory and legislative activities. Before that, she was the Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications, Planning and Public Policy at Aliant Communications.

Betty Hong, Managing Director of eHealth

Betty is an accomplished health care professional with diverse executive management, health care consulting, managed care, and nonprofit sector experience. In her role with ZeroDivide, Betty manages and constructs the eHealth program, addressing and complementing current capacity building practices to leverage technology for the safety net and underserved communities in the health care arena. Previously, Betty was a Program Manager at Kaiser Permanente Information Technology Risk Office where she managed all phases of the technology governance structure to achieve improvements in decision-making of risk management, compliance, and security across technology. She also served as the CEO of the Asian Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS), an outpatient clinic addressing the mental health and developmental disability needs of underserved immigrant and refugee Asian populations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and Executive Director of Operation Access, a nonprofit that provides free surgical care to the uninsured across six counties in northern California. Betty earned her M.P.H. from Boston University, School of Public Health and her undergraduate degree in physiology from UC Berkeley.

Lina Sheth, Vice President of Strategy & Operations

Lina’s role enables us to further our strategic goals, products, and overall impact. She brings over 25 years of executive leadership experience working in community to improve health outcomes for communities of color to shape her approach to the work. Prior to coming to ZeroDivide, she led a national and regional capacity building assistance program for over 12 years enabling nonprofits, local and state governments and community leaders to maximize their potential to achieve their mission. With A&PI Wellness Center, she worked to align HIV and health programs through strategy and change management in a primary care clinic in the poorest neighborhood in San Francisco. During her tenure, she worked to link innovative technological solutions to the most underserved communities to promote health and wellness and integrate clinical care coordination. She is a certified leadership coach that believes the power of leadership drives creative solutions to further social justice innovation. She earned both her M.P.H. and a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Boston University. 

Dave Veneziano, CFO/COO

Dave has more than 27 years of financial and operations experience in corporate banking, investing and nonprofit finance. He served for seven years as CFO of Women’s Initiative, the largest nonprofit in the country dedicated to business training and lending for low-income women. Before transitioning to nonprofit work, Dave held several positions at Schwab & Co., including Vice President of Strategy & Planning for the High-Volume Trading Division, Vice President of Electronic Brokerage, and Assistant Controller for Schwab’s Online Trading Division during explosive growth of Schwab’s Internet trading business in the late 1990s. Dave currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee for Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and as Treasurer of the Social Enterprise Alliance, San Francisco Chapter. He holds a B.S. in Finance & Real Estate from Colorado State University.

Man Chung Yeung, Controller

Man Chung is responsible for ZeroDivide's accounting, treasury and regulation compliant functions. Prior to ZeroDivide, Man Chung was a Finance and System Consultant for various small to fortune 500 companies. His in-depth accounting, system and database management knowledge and experience have helped him complete efficiently and successfully all his client’s process improvement, system integration, report automation, database management, and ERP system design and implementation projects. Prior to being a consultant, Man Chung was the Senior Hyperion Analyst for URS Corporation and the Corporate Controller for Pacific American (Real Estate) Group. A cum laude honor graduate of University of San Francisco, Man Chung has a B.S. in Accounting and was the recipient of the Arthur Andersen Scholarship.

Judy Felipe, Operations Assistant

Judy works closely with ZeroDivide’s Operations Team to provide cross-team support to ensure all staff and partners meet their objectives. She supplements the HR, finance and operations functions of the organization, and provides seamless coordination between team members. Judy has extensive experience in finance and operations within Silicon Valley’s semiconductor industry, and applies this tech background towards her role within ZeroDivide. She has previously worked as Finance Accountant with Advanced Micro Devices, the world’s second largest supplier of microprocessors, and as Tax Accountant and Financial Analyst with Spansion, LLC, a developer for Flash memory. Judy is also a part-time floral designer, a function that goes a long way in brightening up the ZeroDivide offices. She holds a B.S. in Health Sciences from San Francisco State University, and originally hails from Hawaii. 

Brian Gallagher, Program Manager

Brian works across the Program Team to coordinate all aspects of project work, focusing especially on tech capacity building projects with cohorts of organizations. As a Salesforce administrator, he facilitates ZeroDivide's internal data management, and provides trainings and mentoring for nonprofit partners. He currently oversees the work with the Community Leadership Project (CLP), and previously managed ZeroDivide's general grantmaking, our Mozilla Popcorn project, as well as our Digital Storytelling and Z Fellows initiatives. Brian previously worked in grants administration and membership management at the University of California, San Francisco. He also spent time providing constituent services as an intern for U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson in Washington, D.C. Brian is a Bay Area native and received a B.A. from UC Berkeley.   

Nasser Halteh, Technology Engineer

Nasser is responsible for ZeroDivide’s in-office tech support and administration including network, hardware and software issue resolution. He is also instrumental in ZeroDivide’s technology capacity building work within the nonprofit community, using his experience to perform tech assessments and facilitate technology trainings. Nasser has a strong background in network security and software development from a previous role as a software tester at SureCircle.com. As a volunteer, he provides technology support for local nonprofits such as the Arab Cultural and Community Center, the St. Nicholas Church of San Francisco and ASK Academy. Nasser is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Computer Science.
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Julia Indovina, Senior Marketing Manager

Julia is our Senior Marketing Manager, a role that works across teams and functions to provide critical communications and marketing insight on all projects and for the organization. She has extensive experience in the social impact realm, and has worked for more than 10 years at the strategic level with foundations, policymakers, nonprofits and corporate social responsibility partners to implement systems of effective communication towards positive change. She has worked with associations of grantmakers, policymakers and cultural workers to develop communications and policy platforms for broad sector impact. The reach of her work allows her to use her skills to develop strategies across many issue areas, though her personal investment has been in food security and she currently serves as Board President with City Slicker Farms, an urban farming organization in West Oakland. Julia holds both a M.P.A. and B.A. in Sociology/History from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kathy Jimenez, Executive Coordinator

Kathy provides administrative and development support to the Executive Managament Team at ZeroDivide. Prior to joining the staff, Kathy worked for the federal government. In 1989, she began working as a Resource Coordinator for the San Francisco Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of California. In this role, she was responsible for process documentation and training facilitation for new employees, judges and attorneys. She also provided leadership and oversight for the implementation of the court’s electronic filing system. In 2003, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Property Management, General Services Administration. Kathy is a proud Bay Area native with five children and four grandchildren.

Vanessa Mason, Senior Manager, eHealth

Vanessa manages the eHealth project portfolio, contributing to design, development, and adoption of products and services that promote eHealth equity. She also identifies opportunities and resources for partnership development and policy advocacy within eHealth. Vanessa began her career facilitating strategic partnerships and organizational development for CDC- and NIH-funded projects. She has led global health capacity building efforts in Mozambique, Argentina, and Brazil and supported mobile health product development for projects in west and east Africa. As an early employee of PAIR, a nonprofit startup that provides educational enrichment for resettled international refugee youth, Vanessa led program development & strategic planning. She conducted market opportunity assessments and product commercialization planning for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Prior, she directed XX in Health, a nonprofit initiative that connects and empowers women innovators to drive change in health care. Vanessa earned her B.A. from Yale University and her M.P.H. from Columbia University. 

Frieda McAlear, Program Coordinator

Frieda’s role serves across teams to provide instrumental coordination and efficient project management on all partner projects. A part of the Operations Team, she brings her skills as a social science researcher and her passionate support of working with underserved and indigenous communities worldwide to her role of project coordination. Frieda has nearly a decade of experience in managing logistics, research methodology and client relationships with socially progressive partners in the Bay Area, Europe and South Africa. Most recently she was working as an evaluator for an HIV/AIDS clinic serving villages in Lesotho, and as a cultural competency consultant for HIV/AIDS clinical research in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a M.Res (Research) in Geography from Queen Mary, University of London, and a B.S. in Computer science from Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. 
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McCrae Parker, Senior Program Manager

McCrae currently manages tech capacity building and broadband expansion projects for clients including the National Technology Information Administration (BTOP), Wells Fargo and Sierra Health. He has 20 years of experience in the youth development, workforce development and media education fields through his work with organizations such as Just Think!, Children Now, the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the San Francisco Conservation Corps. Most recently, McCrae was the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Youth Radio. McCrae studied Comparative Literature and Film at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

Amro Radwan, Director of Technology

Amro supports IT infrastructure management, technology innovation and training for ZeroDivide and its grantees. With more than 14 years experience building and supporting technology infrastructures, Amro delivers quality services that fit the needs of social impact organizations. His experience spans supporting some of the first corporate Windows NT and Unix based systems to consulting on Internet-based systems for large .com companies. Amro helped start ASK Academy, a volunteer based organization that works to transform the educational, juvenile justice and foster care systems. Amro also engages at-risk youth around the San Francisco Bay Area by helping them tell their stories through digital storytelling, music and other forms of art. Amro is currently developing an anti-bullying resource for teachers and parents. 
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Jessica Rothschuh, Business Development Manager

Jessica serves the central and essential role of focusing on identifying, developing and securing new business opportunities, and cultivating and managing client relationships. She works across teams to articulate strategic planning goals and undertake partnership development and detailed project assessment while providing cross-functional capacity-building and business process support. Jessica is a committed public service professional with more than eight years of policy, development, capacity-building and programmatic experience, including, most recently, two years overseas with the U.S. Peace Corps. She has exceptional analytical and writing skills and a solid technical background in qualitative methods. Jessica is experienced in planning and managing projects, building strong teams and cultivating external relationships. She holds an M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis & Management from The New School in New York, and a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kent State University. 
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Mike Rubio, Senior Program Manager

Currently, Mike is responsible for executing projects with The California Endowment. He brings more than a 15 years of experience in youth development and youth organizing, cross-sector collaboration, and planning and implementation of large scale efforts to this role. Prior to joining ZeroDivide, Mike established Poder Solutions, LLC, a consulting business that supports nonprofit organizations with program development and design, strategic planning and organizational development. Mike has held key positions at Youth Radio, Youth UpRising, and most recently, he was the Healthy Richmond Youth Organizing Hub Director at the RYSE Center. Mike currently sits on the Board of Oakland Dollars for Scholars.
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Renaissance Journalism Team: Jon Funabiki, Executive Director, Renaissance Journalism

Jon, whose career spans journalism, philanthropy and academia, is both the Executive Director with Renaissance Journalism (a fiscal partner incubated at ZeroDivide) and a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. He joined the university after an 11-year career with the Ford Foundation, as the deputy director of the Media, Arts and Culture Unit in New York. Jon is the former founding director of San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism and a former journalist with The San Diego Union, where he specialized in U.S.-Asia political and economic affairs. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Jon was awarded the John S. Knight Professional Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University; the Jefferson Fellowship at the East-West Center of Honolulu; and a National Endowment for the Humanities Professional Summer Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to running Renaissance Journalism, he is the founding executive director of San Francisco State’s Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture.

Renaissance Journalism Team: Valerie Chow Bush, Deputy Director, Renaissance Journalism

Valerie Chow Bush is a former journalist who has more than 15 years of experience in communications, media relations, writing and editing, and project management. Prior to joining Renaissance Journalism, Valerie was the communications and marketing director at California Institute of Integral Studies, where she spearheaded the university’s integrated communications strategy and new brand identity and Web site. Her experience includes serving as the executive director of the Asian American Journalists Association, as well as working as a reporter for the Marin Independent Journal, an assistant editor at The Village Voice, and as the editorial director for the Maynard Institute. Valerie is the editor of four books of creative writing by at-risk youth, published by WritersCorps, and co-editor of Jump Write In! Creative Writing Exercises for Diverse Communities, Grades 6-12, published by Jossey-Bass. She was a criminal justice advocate for battered women and a co-founder of the San Francisco-based Asian Women’s Shelter before pursuing a career in journalism and communications. She holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a M.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Rick Johnson, Director of Technology

Rick is a seasoned web professional with a reputation of creating and effectively managing online products that delight their end users. Rick comes to us with 15 years of Software Product Management experience from both small and Fortune 100 financial companies. At Bank of America he was the recipient of the World-Class Customer Experience Award for driving significant user experience improvements to their Online Banking website. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge about product management and Lean software methodologies as a lead instructor at General Assembly. Rick helps us identify and implement innovative solutions that leverage technology to solve for the needs of the underserved communities we support. Rick holds a B.S. in B.A. Finance from Auburn University and has completed executive coursework at the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.