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The Spark Team

We are a passionate, innovative and collaborative team focused on celebrating students and promoting possibility.

Salina Yun
Robin M. Keefe
Nicole Bruno
Asaundra Dalton

Salina Yun
Program Fellow

Salina is a UC San Diego alumna with a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology and a minor in Education Studies. During her undergraduate years, she gained experience working closely with young students as a mentor and a teacher’s aide. After returning to the Bay Area, she began her career as a Registered Behavior Technician in providing direct therapy to children with Autism. Salina values the opportunity for growth and continuous learning, and is excited to be able to develop her skills and follow her passion for developing students with Spark. She hopes to attend graduate school in the near future and investigate the intersection of psychology and mental health in the education system.

 

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Robin M. Keefe
Executive Director

Robin M. Keefe was the founder and President of BookEnds. Through her passionate and focused leadership, Robin developed a community of people to grow BookEnds as a distinguished Los Angeles leader in introducing children to philanthropy as they worked to fill the barren bookshelves in their neighborhood schools and youth organizations. More than one million children learned the power of community service through the donation of over three million books to create nearly 700 libraries throughout Los Angeles.

BookEnds’ programs were successfully transitioned into three nonprofit organizations in 2015 to drive scale and economy in support of the national initiative for sustainable nonprofit organizations.

Robin then assumed the position of Interim CEO for The Beauty Bus Foundation and then for Karma Rescue, tasked with reorganizing these emerging nonprofit organizations to position them for strength and scale in the delivery of their missions.

Robin’s early career was in the real estate development and finance field, including industrial brokerage, corporate site acquisition for a national bank and a national restaurant chain and commercial real estate development. But she found a growing passion for philanthropy and children as she served on numerous community boards of directors. Robin joined these passions in 1998 with the founding of BookEnds.

Robin continues to focus her passion on the development of our youth in community service.  She is an active participant and guest lecturer at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Policy and Pepperdine University’s School of Business and Communication, engaging students in entrepreneurial nonprofit leadership. Robin has served on the boards of directors of 14 diverse nonprofit organizations.

Among her numerous honors is her most cherished:  “The Angel Award for Service” presented to Robin by Oprah Winfrey.

Robin graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Finance and a minor in Art History.  Robin joined Spark in the Bay Area as Executive Director in 2018.

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Nicole Bruno
Development Specialist

Nicole is a New York native, who came to San Francisco in July of 2018 after graduating from Binghamton University with her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. She will also complete her M.A. in Public Administration in December 2018. Nicole has worked in development in a variety of capacities, including fundraising for her alma mater. She hopes to one day attend law school and continue working to promote a more equitable society. 

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Asaundra Dalton
Program Fellow

Asaundra is a Detroit Native, who came to San Francisco is 2013 after being recruited by the USF Dons for track and field. Since then, Asaundra has graduated with her B.A. in Sociology from the University of San Francisco and is currently finishing her last year of her Master's Degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs. Asaundra is very passionate about social justice, especially in the areas of work representation, education equity, and making inclusivity for all a norm in every space. Asaundra has previously worked at Johns Hopkins for Talented Youth and volunteered with Girls on the Run Bay Area, SF RBI, and Reading Partners. She hopes to continue to create change for youth with Spark.
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Tran Tran
Lucy Brennan
Samantha Scheetz

Tran Tran
Program Fellow

Tran Tran recently graduated from Amherst College with a major in Sociology and extensive experiences in working with international youths. She was instantly drawn to Spark because of her shared belief in the life-transforming power of intergenerational mentorship and experiential learning practices. As a Program Fellow, Tran hopes to contribute her program planning skills and unwavering adoration of middle schoolers to ensuring another successful year of Spark programs. Outside of Spark, Tran can’t wait to explore and indulge herself in all the Bay Area’s delicacies, from a zillion types of bubble tea to breath-taking hiking trails. 
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Lucy Brennan
Senior Program Fellow

A Chicago native, Lucy moved to the Bay Area to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout her four years at Cal, she worked closely with the Youth Support Program, an organization that builds one-on-one mentoring relationships between UCB and Willard Middle School students. While at YSP, her eyes were opened to the multitude of opportunities mentoring introduces not only to the students being mentored, but for mentors as well. She is passionate about bridging gaps between geographically near, yet culturally disparate, communities, and believes strongly that increasing exposure and familiarity within diverse spaces is critical to promote social change. So, when an opportunity at Spark popped up on her computer screen, she knew this was the place she wanted to be!

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Samantha Scheetz
Program Manager

Sam is an East Coast native, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and began her career as an AmeriCorps Urban Education fellow in New York City. Then she packed her bags and shipped off to the Bay Area where she worked as an Account Coordinator at a PR agency, honing her skills as a communicator, problem-solver and corporate partner liaison. Her experience with youth spans tutoring, after school program instruction and teaching yoga. She’s passionate about the power of education and relationship-building to bridge communities. She’s eager to spread her zest for social equity to the West Coast and to Spark stakeholders.

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Bay Area Board Members

Executive Board
Alan Braverman, Founder & CEO, Textline Amanda Valentino, Head, Talent Acquisition and Mobility at Genentech, Inc. Anjai “AJ” Gandhi, Vice President, Sales Strategy & Operations at RingCentral Christina Kosmowski, Head of Customer Success at Slack MR Macgill, President, MRM Consulting Prakash (Venkataraman) Raman, Senior Consultant, Executive Development at LinkedIn Susan Salop, Director, APAC and Japan Advertising Cloud, Adobe
Advisory Board
Anthony Overstreet, Product Specialist, Facebook Ashley Quintana, Community Outreach Coordinator, Facebook, Spark Alumna Brendan Chan, Program Manager, Google Garen Corbett, Board Chair; Director, California Health Benefits Review Program, University of California Jennifer He, Program Manager, Visa's Innovation Center Kalpana Chandrasekhar, VP of Customer Experience, HotelTonight Michael Davis, Healthcare Risk Advisory Manager, Wipfli LLP Odette Go, VP and Treasurer, Lam Research Shireen Javandel, Research Coordinator, UCSF Spencer Anderson, Business Operations, Atrium LTS Tom Yankowski, President, Center for Career Evaluation

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