Meet The Team
In the past I led an innovative Chicago community youth center for those most at-risk to challenges including poverty, violence and hunger. The greatest lesson I embraced was bringing adults, civic leaders, teachers, your and organizations together in one voice. This is what I look forward to continuing and expanding here in my new home, and I am grateful for the hospitality and support.
Justin Woodard, Ed.D
I have a great passion for empowering and developing young people’s self-leadership skills and personal development, while also trying to strive towards constant professional development and holistic growth. I have worked with low-income, first generation college-going students for almost 10 years. My areas of professional research and study have focus on student equity, access, and retention. I am excited to join the team.
David Miles III
High School Advisor
David G. Miles III joined the team in 2016 as the High School Support Coordinator. Prior to joining Achievers, David received his B.A. in Communication Studies from San Jose State University. Following that, he served as a Site Coordinator with the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center where he designed a dynamic after school program centered on academics, enrichment, and recreation.
Deanine R. Wheeler
Deanine R. Wheeler, Operations Manager has over 15 years of experience working in the healthcare, customer service, and management. Her personal qualities combined with her diverse experience are a great contribution to our organization. Deanine’s experience leading a team, being a productive team member, experience multi- tasking in a highly productive in a fast-paced environment and dealing with youth, adults, donors and board members are good attributes to bring to our team. Outside of her vast work experience, just being a mother of four boys with four varied backgrounds and success she also brings an untapped resource and perspective to the organization. Deanine’s willingness to do whatever needs to be done to make sure SFA remains successful add fulfills its mission is her driving force.
Amber Childress was born and raised in the East Bay, where she attended public schools and Mills College. She has spent the majority of her career in business development, marketing and working with schools and community partners to improve education outcomes for students. From her school-age years through adulthood, she has benefited from programs, much like SF Achievers, focused on academic achievement, community support, college and career readiness and giving back. Those experiences fuel her passion to work for more equitable communities and quality education for all students. She embraces the idea that “it takes a village to raise a child”. Amber is excited about SF Achievers and its future.
High School Advisor
With experience in different aspects of education over the last seven years, I have worked with youth from diverse backgrounds across both the Bay Area and Central Valley. In my work I have focused primarily on developing character, life skills, self-discipline and advocacy. By engaging youth on three levels of identity (individual, familial, and community), I strive to empower youth to be progressive agents of change in their own lives as well as within their communities. I hold a B.A. in English and an M.A.Ed. with an emphasis on social justice and equity. “It only takes one person to make a stand, but a community to make a change.”
Scholar Success Coordinator
Danielle Adams was born and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated with her B.S. in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and M.A. in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine. She is currently a high school varsity girls basketball coach. She has worked as a Intervention Specialist with OUSD, College and Career Technician with HUSD, and an Academic Counselor at a local University. She is very passionate about working to help students achieve the there education, life, and career goals. Danielle is excited to be apart of SF Achievers and help support students in any way possible.
Tye graduated from the University of Iowa, with a double major in Management and Marketing from the School of Business. After college, Tye traveled extensively before settling in Los Angeles. There he started his first business in freelance bookkeeping.
Eduardo started volunteering at SF Achievers in 2015 as a web developer helping SF Achievers have a better presence on the web. He has worked for SFUSD, SFPL, San Francisco Food Bank, and has done freelancing for most of his time since graduating from Full Sail University.
STAFF DIRECTORYEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Duane Wilson: [email protected]
Deanine Wheeler: [email protected]
Amber Childress: [email protected]
Justin Woodard: [email protected]
SCHOLAR SUCCESS COORDINATOR
Danielle Adams: [email protected]
HIGH SCHOOL ADVISOR
David Miles: [email protected]
HIGH SCHOOL ADVISOR
Kiani Shaw: [email protected]