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James Taylor

Vice President 
James Lance Taylor is author of the book Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama, which earned 2011 “Outstanding Academic Title” -Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (January 2012). He is currently serving as associate professor and Chair of the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco.

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Moreover, he is a member of the USFFA Policy Board, and current Chair of the Arts Council (committee of College Chairs). Taylor has also served as a policy consultant for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and San Francisco Board of Supervisors. James earned his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University and his graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC).

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Nancy George

Treasurer
Nancy George brings twenty five years of accounting experience to SF Achievers. After receiving an MBA from Rice University, in the 1980’s she moved with her husband to the Bay Area and worked as a Healthcare Consultant at Ernst & Whinney accounting firm.

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Following public accounting, Nancy began her own practice of providing accounting services to small businesses which included non-profit organizations, commercial firms, and service providers. Currently she is semi-retired and holds a CPA (Inactive) license.

As a volunteer, Nancy has served on a number of local boards and organizations, often in a financial capacity.  Before joining the SF Achievers Board, she has helped out over the past four years in both a professional and volunteer capacity. Nancy and her husband love the Bay Area where they raised their two grown sons and are committed to giving back to the community. She is delighted with the opportunity to continue her involvement with SF Achievers.

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Phyllis Culp

Secretary
Phyllis Culp is a member of the Ohio and California Bars. She retired from the State Bar of California where she was employed for many years. She is a former member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Specialization, former member of the California Supreme Court’s Judicial Council’s Access and Fairness Committee and past chair of its Education and Gender Fairness subcommittees, past president of Black Women Lawyers of Northern California, and a current member Board of Directors of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Margaret Chiu

Margaret Chiu is Assistant Superintendent Emeritus of SFUSD (San Francisco Unified School District). She has a bilingual and multicultural background. She was born in Macau, grew up in Hong Kong, and after immigrating to the U.S., she received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco respectively.

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She has over two decades of experiences working in public schools in San Francisco. During her tenure, she served in positions as:Assistant Superintendent (Pre K and K-12), High School Principal, Middle and High School Assistant Principal, Elementary School Principal, and Teacher (Immersion Education and English Language Development Specialist) She has been a longtime community supporter and social justice advocate for youth and children in San Francisco.

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Tarrell Gamble

Tarrell Gamble has over 10 years of experience specializing in the placement of corporate and municipal securities as well as trading government securities for institutional accounts. Additionally, Tarrell is responsible for relationship management and business development with corporations across all areas of the firm. Tarrell completed the Tuck Executive Education program.

Stephanie Gee

Stephanie Gee is a San Francisco native who has witnessed the city change and grow. While she embraces many of the developments, she also cares about preserving San Francisco’s identity and advocating for those who are marginalized. She first joined the SF Achiever family through the mentorship program and loves it.

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Stephanie graduated from the University of California San Diego with a B.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in German Studies. After ten years working in online advertising at Google, she left to travel the world and volunteer at local and international communities. She’s excited to be a part of the board and for the future of SF Achievers.

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Aklil Ibssa

Aklil Ibssa is a first generation Ethiopian-American working at LinkedIn in corporate development (M&A), responsible for acquisitions and corporate strategy.

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He was previously an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and received his B.S.C. in finance from Santa Clara University. Aklil is passionate about equality of opportunity and, in his spare time, fancies himself a would-be tech historian and stand-up comedy enthusiast.

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Anthony Patterson

Anthony Patterson is a first-generation Jamaican-American from Bridgeport, Connecticut that moved to the Bay Area in 2014 for graduate school. He has a B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley-Haas.

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 Anthony has extensive experience in the education sector, both on the instructional and strategic/operational side, focusing on helping underserved minority students transition into college. He’s currently a Senior Consultant at Deloitte in the San Francisco office and makes music in his spare time.

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Jacqueline Young

Jackie Young has served on several Nonprofit Boards where she exercised her leadership talents. She served as the Board President/Chair  The Foundation for San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage from 1983-1986.

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She also functioned as the President for the Alumnae Resources from 1986-1989;  the San Francisco Ministry to Nursing Homes, President, 1988- 1991; Bay Area Health Ministries, 1992-1997; Member of the Board San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Vice Chair, 2000 – March 2005; Meritus College Fund, 2006 to 2012; VP for two years Community Service San Francisco Grand Jury, 1988-1989 Golden Gate National Recreation Area Advisory Commission, Commissioner, 1995-2001; Charitable Contributions Services, Partner, 1991 – 12/31/05; Education: Masters of Public Administration – Nonprofit Organization Management,University of San Francisco, 1986.

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BOARD EMERITUS

Sheila Antrum

Sheila Antrum is the Chief Nursing Officer and Executive Director of Patient Care Services at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. She has overall responsibility for nursing practices within the organization, including UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus and Mount Zion, Home Care, and Ambulatory Services.

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Her responsibilities also include Pharmacy, Perioperative Services, Patient Transition Management (i.e. Case Management, Social Work), Respiratory Care Services, Adult Clinical Nutrition Services, and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital & Clinics. She serves on the Medical Center’s Executive Medical Board, chairs the Committee on Interdisciplinary Practice, and is an integral member of many Medical Center-wide committees within the organization.

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Paula Morgan

Board President  2014-2016
Paula Morgan is a Registered Nurse and a licensed pilot, but she makes the disclaimer that you would not want her to nurse your grandmother or fly her anywhere.   While she loved being a nurse, her career took her into healthcare administration in the eighties.

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After a long love affair with San Francisco, Paula moved here with her late husband, Jack Coyne.   In 1989, she started her Executive Search career and in 1995, Founded Morgan Consulting Resources, Inc., an Executive Search Firm dedicated to improving healthcare in the US one successful placement at a time. Paula has served on several Not For Profit Boards including St. James PreSchool and the California Counseling Institute.  She joined the Meritus College Fund Board in 2005 where she developed an active program to raise money and support for San Francisco students with an interest in nursing and health care.  She joined the San Francisco Achievers board in the spring of 2013 and is served as Board President from 2014- September 2016. She is passionate about the mission of assisting young African American men toward a better life through education.

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Gregory Toler

Gregory L. Toler is a native San Franciscan. He holds a BA in Social Sciences from UC Berkeley and MA in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco. He is an experienced human resources professional. In addition to being an avid sports fan, Gregory officiated at the Division 1-AA, Division II, Division III, and Junior College football levels. Gregory and his wife, Delana, have one child.

Helene Wright

Helene is a transplanted New Yorker ex- film sound engineer and teacher. She’s been practicing law in San Francisco since 1990, Estate Planning and Business.  She is semi- retired but still dabbles in her practices. Helene is married to artist Charles Wright with two kids and one granddaughter. Previously, she served as Treasurer On the Board at The San Francisco School. She has volunteered as a CASA ( Court Appointed Special Advocates ) for children in foster care and spent 5 years as a Hospice volunteer.

Debra Caywood-Rukas

Board President 2016-2017
Debra Caywood-Rukas, PhD., moved to San Francisco from Chicago in 2011 with her husband and son. She has a B.S. degree in Social Work and earned her M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

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Debra was employed as a school psychologist where she evaluated children with academic, behavioral and social-emotional challenges in determining special education eligibility. She also trained teachers and administrators in implementing the Problem-Solving model and Response to Intervention (RtI) in 3 school districts. As an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago she taught Cognitive Assessment of Children and Adults and Educational Psychology to graduate students. Debra was also a member of the Illinois Board of Education Parent Task Force that collaboratively wrote the Parents Rights and Responsibilities Handbook: Understanding Special Education. 

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STAFF DIRECTORY

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Gregory Collins: gcollins@sfachievers.org

FUND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Kevin Carroll: kcarroll@sfachievers.org

OFFICE MANAGER
Deanine Wheeler: dwheeler@sfachievers.org

SCHOLAR SUCCESS PROGRAM MANAGER
Christian Price: cprice@sfachievers.org 

HIGH SCHOOL SUPPORT COORDINATOR
David Miles: dmiles@sfachievers.org

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