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 whose life motto is "Love God, Love People, Love Oakland." She is passionate about empowering young people in Oakland to use their God-given gifts and talents to be agents of change in their communities.  A pastor in the Assemblies of God denomination, 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, playing board games, eating out with friends, or helping churches reveal God's love to their communities.  

  • Chelsea hails from Atlanta, Georgia, where she completed a B.S. in Early Childhood Education at Georgia State University. She has a passion for social and emotional wellness and healthy eating. She hopes to continue the Harbor House legacy by serving our students holistically - mind, body, heart, & spirit. She loves to dance, garden, and eat good food. After work, she enjoys watching sunsets with her new husband and being with her new baby boy!

  • 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.   

  • Martha is former special education teacher with 32 years of teaching experience.  Her degree in Special Education as well as her experience working with young children who have special learning needs is an asset to our learning pods.  Martha is also our liaison to the missions team at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley and has been volunteering at Harbor House for many years. Born and raised in Oakland, Martha has a deep love for our community. She and her husband Blain live only a few miles from Harbor House.  

  • Born and raised in the San Antonio neighborhood, Lana is an expert on all things Harbor House (and all things Oakland).  Lana first came to Harbor House as a child in our elementary and middle school programs.  In high school, she served as one of our all-star youth interns.  Now, she's excited to be the newest member of our staff.  Lana loves working with children and giving back to the program that helped make her who she is today.  Lana is currently a college student at American River College and one day hopes to become a home stager.  

  • Haley has been a teacher for the last five years in East Palo Alto.  Currently, she is studying to get her Master's degree in Literacy while also leading one of our Learning Pods.  Haley is excited to be teaching and guiding learning for our youngest students in the K-4th Learning Pod.  Haley and her husband Andy live in Oakland.  

  • 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.  

  • Rebecca started her career in education 20 years ago as the Youth Program Coordinator at Harbor House, where the kids, families, and work brought joy and purpose.  Since then, she's worked as a middle school teacher, reading specialist, instructional teaching coach, and school administrator in Oakland schools.  Rebecca is excited to be back at Harbor House, leading our Learning Pod for 5th and 6th graders. She and her husband Mark have three children and love living in Oakland.  

  • Tim enjoys helping our struggling learners to build their skills in literacy and math.  He earned a B.A. from St. Mary's College of California in Sociology and has a heart for working with children and teens.  In his free time, he likes to walk his two dogs, go to the gym, and play video games with his friends.

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