A fantastic team — each bringing their experience and gifts to support our work.


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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.


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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.


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Cassie Arnold, Director of Ministries

Cassie is excited to join the staff of BCM as the new Director of Ministries.  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.


Program Staff


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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.


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Kris Smiley, High School Program Manager

Kris was born in California and raised in the Middle East. After spending some time in healthcare and missional settings he graduated from high school in 2006, and received his BA in politics from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, in 2010. Post-graduation, Kris first volunteered at BCM through through an internship with his church, Highway Community. His experiences and time spent at a number of non-profit ministries in East Palo Alto led him to begin his seminary degree at Fuller Theological Seminary (which continues to this day!). His heart for BCM is intimately rooted in a passionate curiosity for what the Lord is doing among the youth in the Bay Area. Kris loves to read. boxing, praying, singing and making good company laugh.


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Alyssa Lorenzo, Create Academy Manager

Alyssa is originally from Austin, Texas, but going on 6 years now, the Bay Area has become a new home. In June 2015, Alyssa graduated with a Bachelors in Medical Anthropology from Stanford University, which fuels her interest in and heart for relational work and holistic healing. She first heard about BCM through a Christian fellowship on campus and was encouraged by BCM's community oriented vision and Christ-centered work. Alyssa loves working and growing as part of the genuine and joyful BCM family and is looking forward to what's to come.  Alyssa is serving as an EPA Fellow in our middle school programs.


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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.


Operational Staff

 

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).


photo by Alex Vakulin www.alexvakulin.com

photo by Alex Vakulin
www.alexvakulin.com

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. 


Photo by Alex Vakulin www.alexvakulin.com

Photo by Alex Vakulin
www.alexvakulin.com

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.


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Ariana Yee, Development & Operations Associate

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.