Anne Ehresman—Executive Director
firstname.lastname@example.org — 408-351-6424
Anne joined Project Cornerstone in January, 2008, bringing 20 years of non-profit leadership that includes fighting childhood hunger, preventing child abuse and developing housing and programs to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency. Anne was previously Senior Vice President of InnVision the Way Home, overseeing programs serving 15,000 homeless and low-income families and individuals throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Anne is a member of the YUSA Family Strengthening Expert Panel and in 2011 received an award from the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission. Anne holds a Master’s in Social Welfare from University of California at Berkeley and Bachelor’s degree from Brown University. Anne is an avid reader, loves spending time with her family and is an active volunteer in her children’s schools.
Linda Silvius—School Partnerships Director
email@example.com — 408-351-6482
With over four decades of experience in the education and non-profit sectors, Linda leads Project Cornerstone’s School Partnerships program. In her prior role as educational consultant, she helped guide the original process to develop and establish Project Cornerstone. Linda and her team assist, support and guide more than 200 schools in asset-building strategies and programs by working with students, parents, teachers, school staff, principals and district administrators. Her career has led her from teaching high school to entrepreneurial ventures to developing programs for Goodwill Industries of Atlanta and back to California and Project Cornerstone.
Brenda Serna—Los Dichos Program Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org — 408-351-6462
Brenda manages the Los Dichos de la Casa program and our ever-growing work in supporting the Spanish-speaking community. She also leads Take It Personally parent groups and leads workshops and conducts presentations in Spanish and English. She holds a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science and Psychology from San Jose Sate University. She is passionate about serving the Silicon Valley Communities and being a positive role model for youth. Brenda has prior experience in the non-profit sector and working with the Latino population, as an after school program coordinator for the Cesar Chavez Foundation.
Elizabeth Franco - Director of Development and Communications
email@example.com — 408-351-6425
For the last several years, Elizabeth has worked to establish Project Cornerstone at her children's school, working with the ABC program, Expect Respect and the middle school book clubs program. She has a passion for building strong communities and worked for over a decade with at-risk children and families as both an educator and a social worker. She has worked in elementary schools in East Los Angeles and San Jose, where she first began partnering with Project Cornerstone. Elizabeth has a Master's degree in Social Work from San Jose State University and a Bachelor's degree in history from Loyola Marymount University. In her position with Project Cornerstone she works to secure continued funding for our programs and to maintain communications with our community.
Lori Maitski—ABC Program Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org — 408-351-6457
Lori Maitski first became involved with Project Cornerstone as a parent facilitator for Taking Asset Building Personally (now known as Take It Personally) study groups in 2002, and joined our staff in 2004. She works with adult volunteers in the Asset Building Champions (ABC), Los Dichos and Lunch Time Fun programs and trains parent facilitators for Take It Personally study groups. Lori’s prior experience includes teaching a bilingual kindergarten/first grade classroom and more than ten years of active volunteerism in her children’s schools. Lori enjoys helping other parents learn more about the asset approach to parenting, keeping track of her two adult children and spending time with her husband.
Mary Crum—Youth Services Coordinator
email@example.com — 408-351-6498
Mary's professional career began with an extensive background in high tech sales and marketing, but when she began to volunteer in elementary, middle, and high schools, she found her passion in mentorship with youth in health, fitness and educational access in the nonprofit world. Inspired by the potential to be unleashed via partnerships between youth and their adult and peer mentors, Crum believes strongly in the developmental asset model. Mary joined Project Cornerstone in 2013 and her primary responsibilities are focused on the Expect Respect anti-bullying workshops. She earned her BA and Master of Public Administration degrees from Texas A&M University.
Kelly Noftz—Special Projects
firstname.lastname@example.org — 408-351-6482
Kelly first became involved with Project Cornerstone as a member of a Taking Asset Building Personally (TABP) study group in 2003. In 2006, Kelly joined the School Partnerships team at as a facilitator for Expect Respect. In these workshops, Kelly helps students understand how to identify and address bullying, and work together to create a supportive environment on their campus. Kelly currently works on special projects for Project Cornerstone.
Michelle Onishi—Administrative Assistant
email@example.com — 408-351-6482
Michelle joined Project Cornerstone after serving as the ABC lead volunteer at her children's elementary school for five years. With a degree in business administration and twelve years of experience in database management and customer support, her skills help keep Project Cornerstone's countywide programs running smoothly. In her free time, Michelle tutors elementary school students in a math enrichment program and enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.
Caitlin Bitcon — Thrive Champion
firstname.lastname@example.org — 408-351-6419
Caitlin joins Project Cornerstone after working for the YMCA for the past nine years. She has worked for both summer camp and after school programs and most recently as the Thrive Champion. For the past two years, Caitlin has piloted the Step-It-Up-2-Thrive Curriculum with YMCA Teen After School and Summer Camp Programs. She has also been a mentor to at risk youth at California Community Partners for Youth for a number of years and has a passion for volunteering at both the local and international level. Caitlin has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish from San Jose State University. She grew up in San Jose and is thrilled to be part of an organization that is improving the lives of the families in her community and beyond.
Hoang-Anh Nguyen — Vietnamese Outreach Specialist
email@example.com — 408-351-6482
Anh started as an ABC parent volunteer at her daughter's school when Project Cornerstone was first implemented in the Evergreen school district. This introduction to Developmental Assets complimented her strong commitment to helping young people. This commitment was fostered by the hardship of her youth which lighted in her a passion to become a successful citizen with a drive and deep commitment to community service. In the Vietnamese community, she incorporates the developmental assets of family support, positive adult role models, and cultural identity through literature and activities. In 2008, Hoang-Anh Nguyen was selected to be 2008 Project Cornerstone Volunteer Of The Year. In 2009, she was one of ten volunteers to receive special recognition by the Junior League of San Jose as a Crystal Bowl Winners at the 40th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.
Claudia Rossi — South County Outreach Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org — 408-351-6482
Claudia was born in Colombia and moved to the United States as a child. As an adult she earned a degree in nursing and worked as a nurse. She has spent time living in Mexico City where she volunteered for the United Way/Fondo Unido. When she returned to California she settled in Morgan Hill and has been very involved in the Morgan Hill community. In 2010, she was elected to serve in Morgan Hill Unified School District's Board of Trustees where her 2 children attend and she is currently serving in that position. In 2013 she received the California Peace Award from Assemblyman Luis Alejo. She also started Project Roadmap along with other community leaders and educators to support students who would be first in their families to go to college. Working for Project Cornerstone "is an honor that gives me the opportunity to put to work my skills and passion for community building. I have been overwhelmed with a feeling of solidarity and support and am grateful to be part of this wonderful organization."