Our TeamStaff Biographies

Super Stars Literacy has a dynamic staff committed to student success and community partnership.

Dr. Hollis Pierce is the current Executive Director of Super Stars Literacy. Prior to joining SSL, she was President of of St. Martin de Porres School in Oakland where her responsibilities included operation and sustainability of the school, development and enhancement of the faith community and the teaching-learning process. The President is the school’s primary leader and institutional spokesperson for the school’s constituents and worked collaboratively with the Principal. Hollis was an Educational Consultant for the 180-degrees program which focused on socio-emotional skills where her role was the Area Coordinator. She was responsible for 500+ students representing: San Francisco, Oakland, San Mateo, Alameda, San Bruno and Hayward.

In 2008, she founded Hollis Pierce & Associates, which focused on the professional development of leaders in both non-profit, charter and public schools. She is a leadership coach whose background in education includes: instructional leadership, data analysis, professional development for teachers and leadership teams, school culture, instruction and assessment and the overall learning environment. As a Life Coach she is poised to empower individuals to reach their highest potential. Hollis believes that it is imperative the community rally around its youth in efforts to create global citizens equipped with the 21st Century job skills required to compete in a global economy.

She has held positions in elementary school administration, and teaching positions (grades 4-8) as well as Development positions in private, faith-based elementary schools and a Social Enterprise/Non-Profit organization. Dr. Pierce holds a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, M.Ed in Curriculum Development from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, an Ed.D in Education (Organization and Leadership) at University of San Francisco. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ARISE High School in Oakland, California.

You can reach Dr. Hollis Pierce at hollis@superstarsliteracy.org.

Kim Caldwell is a native of San Francisco California. Kim fell in love with supporting her community as a teenager. She was first inspired by her Godparents Rev. Hannibal & Bettygene Williams of New Liberation Church who dedicated their life in service to The Lord, community, and empowering the disenfranchised. Kim quickly developed a passion for charitable work, and served, and supported various events and functions within the church, and in the Western Addition. This resolve stuck with her through college, leading her to get her BS in Human Development from Howard University. With the encouragement from Cathy Kornblith, Kim’s other Godmother, Kim continued her community work by volunteering at the local high schools, youth guidance centers, and foster care peer groups as a guest speaker. Her topics would range from life after high school, how to pick a college, to creating a budget. Having a passion for exposing students to higher education and other life skills, Kim began a career in motivational speaking in the Bay Area for over 10+ years. Being exposed to many opportunities being raised in the Bay as a teen, and having an incredibly talented artist Margaret Cresci as a mother, Kim developed a love for the arts, so throughout school, higher education, and her various careers she has always continued to express herself creatively. fast forwarding to 2018 she serves the community proudly through Super Stars Literacy as the Operations manager.
Prior to joining Super Stars Literacy, Katie spent two years serving with AmeriCorps*VISTA in Rhode Island, where she helped to create partnerships between higher education institutions and k-12 schools. Katie has a B.A. in Theater Design and Technical from the University of New Hampshire. Her passion for service and community building led her to the Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps Program.
Sabrina Mah joined Super Stars Literacy as a Program Manager in 2018. She began her professional career teaching English as a Second Language in South Korea for two years, and proceeded to earn her Single Subject California Teaching Credential from Mills College to teach high school English Language Arts in Oakland. Sabrina has extensive experience managing various youth non-profits in the Bay Area. In her spare time, you can find her re-reading The Lord of the Rings for the millionth time or walking her Rottweiler, Hero around Lake Merritt.
Ja’Melia Pugh joined Super Star Literacy as a Program Manager in 2019. Ja’Melia is a proud Oakland, California native. Prior to moving back last year, she taught and coached in Maryland and Washington, D.C. for 8 years. The breadth of her educational experience spans both traditional and charter schools. She graduated from Florida A&M University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Of Science in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on social justice. Ja’Melia taught, coached, led and mentored throughout Maryland, DC, and California. She is committed to creating greater equity for all children and aims to empower those individuals who want to make a difference.
Yvette Thompson-Echevarría is a nonprofit leader with professional experiences as a consultant and program manager for community-based, national, and international organizations focused on education and family engagement. Her desire to continue growing as a nonprofit leader and produce long-term positive social change inspired her to pursue a Master of Nonprofit Administration degree at the University of San Francisco, where she is currently a part-time student. Before beginning a career in the nonprofit sector, Yvette graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico.
Lucille joined Super Stars Literacy in 2019 as a Group Leader on Special Assignment at Markham Elementary. She now serves as our Program VISTA driving the Leveled-Literacy Intervention program in our schools. Growing up in Oakland she feels an especially deep connection to her community and is excited to combat the local education crisis. In her spare time you can find her at the park with her two loving daughters or reading a fantasy novel.
Francesca Aspromonte joined Super Stars Literacy in 2017 as Grants Manager. She has worked in non-profit development for the last several years, including grant writing, marketing, and event management. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, for two terms, building capacity for educational access programs in New York City and Santa Monica. Her most recent position was as an English Fellow for the Colombian Ministry of National Education, employed at a highly impacted High School in Medellin. She attended Binghamton University (SUNY) for English Literature and received her MA in Corporate Communication from Baruch College (CUNY).
Evan originally joined Super Stars Literacy in 2015 as an AmeriCorps Group Leader and taught in the after school program for two years. He then served in the AmeriCorps VISTA program supporting SSL fundraising and communications. He now drives our efforts through fundraising campaigns and events as our Development Manager. Prior to his service, Evan worked in schools as a Campus Supervisor and Head Wrestling Coach. He graduated from Ashford University with a B.A. in English. Evan is passionate about supporting students and believes in community growth through equitable change.
Born and raised in Oakland, Tierra has been passionate about serving communities since she saw the happiness it brought to people’s faces. After years of working with community service organizations and nonprofits, Tierra now serves Super Stars Literacy as the Americorps Development Associate VISTA. Her job includes social media outreach and development on Super Stars Literacy’s Young Professionals and Alumni Network. Tierra graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in English and American Literatures, and finds herself always a student in the art of storytelling.
Marwa joined Super Stars Literacy in 2018 as a Group Leader at Aspire Monarch Academy and now serves as the AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator. She works with volunteer recruitment for classrooms and community event coordination. Marwa is currently a student at Berkeley City College, balancing political science with community activism. She has a background in community non-profit work as a volunteer for Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments and as the secretary for Asian American Millennials for American Advancement. She is actively engaged in enhancing education in the state of California through her political activism and work in student-led grassroots campaigns. In her free time you can find her at a second hand bookstore in Berkeley or at a local foodie festival, living her passions of exploration and learning.
Rahima joined Super Stars Literacy last year in 2018 as a Group Leader. She has always had a strong will to work with kids and to be a positive role model for young students. Rahima brings her bright smile and very outgoing personality to interact with students at Super Stars Literacy. Rahima came back for a second year but as a Recruitment Coordinator.

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