Staff

  • A former elementary and middle school speech-language pathologist, Kacie is passionate about developing leaders in underresourced communities.  She has a strong vision for coming alongside whole families and assisting them to achieve their full potential.  Before coming to Harbor House, she was the founder of The GreenHouse, a nonprofit organization in Sacramento where she served as Executive Director for ten years.  She and her husband Steve have three teenage sons who keep them busy with soccer games, baseball games, and concerts. 

  • Ashly is an Oakland native that is passionate about empowering young people in Oakland to use their God-given gifts to become agents of change in their communities.  As licensed minister in the Assemblies of God fellowship, Ashly is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.  When she's not at Harbor House, you'll probably find Ashly at Oakland's street fairs and festivals, eating out with friends, or reading and journaling by the water at Jack London Square. 

  • Tsehai found her way to Harbor House because she is passionate about development work that can bring change in people's lives. She has worked in various international organizations, including the United Nations, and has a Masters in Economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Tsehai's youngest son is an enthusiastic participant in our programs at Harbor House.  Her husband and other three children are still in Ethopia and we eagerly anticipate the day when they will be reunited.  

  • Maria, who was once a youth in the afterschool program herself, has been at Harbor House longer than any other staff member.  She attended Laney College and would like to see all of the Harbor House youth get a college education. Maria and her husband have four children: one college graduate, two currently in college, and one in high school.  Maria also likes to volunteer with her church and her son's school to help the kids of Oakland flourish.

  • Laurie taught our ESL class for adults for three years as a volunteer before becoming part of our staff.  She has degrees in Special Education and Design and has always delighted in teaching children, but never imagined she'd be teaching adults.  Now she enjoys the diversity of her students and admires their eager determination to learn English. Laurie is married to Dennis and has two grown sons.   

  • Bethany first came to Harbor House as a summer intern and stayed on for the academic year working with our fourth and fifth grade students.  After graduating from Oakland High, Bethany started classes at Laney College.  All the while, she participated in opportunities at Harbor House to grow in her relationship with Jesus, including The Mix Youth Group and Ladies Summer Soul Care.  Bethany now serves on our staff and is also continuing her studies in Business Administration at Laney College.  

Board of Directors

The Harbor House Board of Directors is entrusted with the advocacy, governance, and sustainability of the organization.  The Board meets monthly to pray, hear from the Executive Director, review financial statements, and attend to other tasks related to the health of the organization.  Here are the current members of our board:

  • Marcus Amaro (Treasurer), Investment Manager at Real Estate Investment Management
  • Mike Bandrowski, Retired from Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ginnie Daniel, Finance Manager at Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church
  • Esther Li-Bland, Family Physician at Asian Health Services
  • Karen Parnell (Chair), Retired CPA and Attorney
  • Mitali Perkins (Secretary),  Children's Book Author
  • Tracey Saephan, Realtor at EXP Realty, Harbor House alumni
  • Perry Sakai, Pastor at First Covenant Church of Oakland's Cambodian Ministry