A fantastic team — each bringing their experience and gifts to support our work.
Rolando Zeledon, Executive Director
Rolando has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. In 1999 after completing his undergraduate and graduate work in engineering from Stanford University and successfully launching a small business, Rolando joined the Schools Online development team. As Regional Program Director, he later coordinated the installation of thirty-eight Internet Learning Centers in under-resourced urban and rural schools in Spain, India and Latin America.
Before coming to BCM in 2006, Rolando was Executive Producer at Plugged In, an East Palo Alto nonprofit that empowered people “to produce, create and contribute using technology.” There he led the growth of a community portal, EPA.net, and re-launched the teen youth media program, Young Producers. He joined BCM after his tenure there, quickly filling the role of Director of Operations. In 2008, he became the Executive Director.
On a personal note, Rolando and his wife, Dolores, are proud parents of Sophia, Raquel, Christian, and Paulina.
Amy Joh, Director of Partner Development
Amy Joh has served BCM in a variety of capacities since moving to East Palo Alto in June of 2000. She directed StreetWorkz, BCM’s teen ministry, for five years and then served as BCM’s Director of Ministries. Amy is currently the Director of Partner Development, overseeing the training and support of BCM’s staff, interns, fellows, volunteers, parents and short term mission groups.
Amy grew up in McMinnville, Oregon and graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington before moving to California. She and her husband, Steve, have two daughters, Bethany and Kyra. Amy enjoys reading, gardening, camping, running and playing soccer in her spare time.
Cassie Arnold, Director of Ministries
Cassie is excited to be the Director of Ministries here at BCM. Cassie has spent 10 years in vocational ministry in various capacities, the most recent being an associate pastor at a church in Dublin, CA. She is also a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God.
Cassie left her hometown, in rural Southern Idaho, to attend Northwest University in Kirkland, WA, and graduated with a BA in Psychology. She has had the opportunity to travel and serve people in various places and stages of life. She has worked with teenagers, college students, and adults of all ages. She has traveled to New Orleans, Mexico, Israel, El Salvador, Philippines, and Hollywood on missions trips. Cassie is married to a wonderful man who is a middle school music teacher. She enjoys serving the community of East Palo Alto and the families of BCM.
Diana Liggs, KidSmart Program Manager
Diana Liggs was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania; one of twelve children. She moved to California in 1973 and began her career in banking, which lasted 30 years until she retired. After retiring she volunteered for one year at CityTeam Ministries (a nonprofit organization serving the poor and homeless) then worked in the accounting department a year before her passion for education for children in need drew her to BCM. She has a daughter and son, and is a grandmother to three. Her hobbies are reading and walking/jogging, and she loves BCM and the community we serve.
Jeremy McCants, Middle School Spiritual Program Manager
Jeremy J. McCants is a native of Senoia, Georgia. He is a 2013 Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts in Religion. At Morehouse, he served as president of the Morehouse College Glee Club and served with the Morehouse Chapter of the NAACP. While at Morehouse he decided to surrender his will to God’s Will and pursue the call to ministry and service.
God graced Jeremy to attend The Divinity School at Duke University to pursue his Master’s of Divinity. While there he served as a Roger William’s fellow of the Baptist House and as Treasurer of the Black Seminarians Union. Jeremy completed his M.Div. with a certificate in Baptist Studies in May of 2016. He was also licensed and ordained as Baptist preacher at Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Harry L. White Jr.
Jeremy served as a Pastoral Fellow at First Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC, and also as a Site Director for Operation Xcel, an after school program in High Point, NC. He is ecstatic to be back at BCM working as the new Spiritual Middle School Program Manager and even more excited about how God is getting ready to move through East Palo Alto!
Leslie Tuakalau, Bible Club Program Manager
Leslie was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Maui. Her family is of Tongan decent. She comes from a family of 7 kids, with 3 brothers and 3 sisters. She moved to California in 1995 and has been here since. She serves her Tongan Community as a Children's Ministry Leader for the past 10yrs. She is a Certified Minister and is currently working on becoming a Licensed Minister. She has 5 kids of her own 3 boys and 2 girls.
Leslie joined BCM staff in 2016. She loves the Lord and is passionate about serving kids and youth.
Waniya Bryant, Middle School Academic Program Manager
Waniya grew up in East Palo Alto. She attended School Of Wisdom and Knowledge College Preparatory Academy from Pre-K through Seventh Grade. When the school moved to Atlanta, Georgia, she attended Costano Elementary in Ravenswood City School District. She went on to attend Carlmont High School in Belmont, CA. After graduating from Carlmont she went on to attend Foothill Community College and transferred to CSU East Bay. After college Waniya started co-teaching at Costano Elementary.
Waniya loves serving the community she grew up in and is passionate about serving God. In her spare time she loves reading, traveling, and watching basketball. She may or may not be The Warriors biggest fan!
Ariana Yee, High School Program Manager
Ariana grew up in the Bay Area serving in youth and worship ministry and was connected to BCM while tutoring in East Palo Alto. She attended the College of San Mateo before transferring to Azusa Pacific University where she completed a Bachelor of Music. During college, Ariana worked with different non-profits and participated in missions in Mexico, China, and Thailand, which led her to attend a training program with Youth With A Mission in Hawaii and the Philippines. Currently, Ariana is a student at Fuller Theological Seminary, and when she isn’t working or studying, she’s probably doing something with music and also loves rock-climbing, eating, exploring, traveling and going to the beach. Ariana has a passion for missions, social justice and ministry and has a heart to see EPA youth empowered as they grow in their identity in Christ.
Kim Shimazaki, Volunteer Coordinator
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Kim earned a B.A. in English from UCLA. After working in Japan for three years, she forged a career in technology and nonprofit sectors. Married and pregnant with her first child, Kim’s path led her to accepting Christ. She enjoys volunteering for local youth-oriented causes and is excited to support all the fantastic volunteers at Bayshore Christian Ministries.
Among the activities Kim enjoys doing in her spare time are exercising, learning the guitar, and spending quality time with her husband and three daughters. A maxim she tries to follow is "Live an intentional life."
Jose Talavera, EPA Fellow II
Jose was born in Esteli, Nicaragua and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica. His past experience in youth ministry includes serving as a group leader with Royal Rangers International and as a camp counselor with the Roblealto Child Care Association. While studying topography at the University of Costa Rica, Jose worked in campus ministry with an extension of InterVarsity called ECU. He also attended the Latin American University of Science and Technology where he pursued a major in Business Administration and participated in the Dramatic Arts as both an actor and collective playwright. After completing five years of college experience, Jose began working for Scotiabank Costa Rica. In June 2016, he moved to the United States and married his wife Skye, a wonderful woman who is studying at Stanford University. Jose plans to transfer his college credits from Costa Rica and complete his bachelor's degree here in California. He also hopes to one day attend seminary and pursue an M.A. in Global Leadership.
Jose enjoys outdoor activities, playing soccer and baseball, music, and, most recently, Broadway performances. As an EPA Fellow at BCM, Jose works with Bible Club, the O'Keefe tutoring program, and Streetworkz. He loves forming relationships with the families and youth of EPA and desires to create opportunities for the kids to develop their spiritual and academic gifts
Jordan Dennen, EPA Fellow II
Jordan grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Along with her three younger siblings, she was home schooled through high school. She then attended Hope College in Holland MI, where she received degrees in Dance and Business Management. After graduating, Jordan moved to East Palo Alto to work at BCM with Streetworkz. Jordan has been dancing since she was seven and is passionate about the power of the arts, especially in worship contexts. She loves kids and youth, and continues to teach dance at a local studio in addition to her role at BCM. Jordan likes tea, anything chocolate, Jane Austen, Marvel movies, conversations, the beach, and most of all Jesus. She may or may not be obsessed with the color pink.
Pastor Marcus Givens, Development Officer
Marcus has been part of the BCM family since volunteering for a personnel committee in the early 1990’s. He says he is a proud member of the can’t-get-rid-of-me club! Marcus went to Milpitas High School, studied electrical engineering & ended up with a B.S. in mathematics from Morehouse College, and then received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. He has served in youth missions and pastoral ministry roles at several churches and ministries, including BCM. Currently he serves as a Development Officer and has been in that role since December of 2014.
He is happily married to Jeannie, and they have two adult children, Joey and Taylor. Marcus loves teaching God’s Word, learning about new languages and cultures, and playing board games with his family. He counts among his hobbies solving Sudoku puzzles (conquering the “Evil” ones); watching classic war movies; reading espionage, submarine warfare, and techno-thriller novels; and watching his favorite show, Star Trek (Original Series).
Dyimah Ansah, Development Associate
Dyimah was raised in Dos Palos CA, a small farm town in the Central Valley. She was homeschooled through high school and went on to obtain her AA in Sociology from Merced Community College and her BA in Economics from UCLA. During her college career Dyimah enjoyed tutoring and mentoring middle school and high school students. During college, she also was an active member of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship which lead her to strengthen and renew her faith.
Now Dyimah lives in Merced and is happily married to her husband Bernard. Dyimah enjoys painting, baking and bike riding. She also loves roller coasters and hopes to, one day, visit all of the amusement parks in the US.
Roberto Mendoza, Sr. Facilities Associate
Roberto Mendoza was born in Michoacán, Mexico, but was raised in East Palo Alto, where he has spent most of his life. At BCM, he serves by maintaining our facilities, translating, greeting everyone, and making sure the building is secure at the end of the day. A self-described “fishing kind of a guy,” when he’s not going out to the shore to catch some salmon, Roberto enjoys cooking tacos and spending time with his beloved family: his wife, two daughters, son, and grandchildren.
Holly Meyer, Operations Manager
Holly has been serving at BCM since 2013. She is a Bay Area native, living in Sunnyvale and Redwood City while growing up. She graduated in 2010 from North Park University in Chicago with a double major in Biblical & Theological Studies and Psychology. She now lives in East Palo Alto. She enjoys reading, spending time with family, and traveling the world, especially Latin America.
She is a fan of the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors.