Super Stars Literacy is led by a dynamic group of individuals who devote their time, talent and resources to carry out our mission of empowering students through reading.
In addition, Ms. Koren is dedicated to community stewardship. Her volunteer work and speaking include:
- Current Board Treasurer and Member of Executive Committee, Girls Inc. of Alameda County
- Current Board Chair, The Super Stars Literacy Program
- Past Board President, Junior League of Oakland East Bay, Inc.
- Representative for the United Way Speakers Bureau
In her professional capacity, Ms. Koren has been a presenter for the Smith Barney Training on Business Practice Management, IMCA (Investment Management Consultants Association), the Women Presidents’ Organization, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, among others.
In 2014, Ms. Koren received the Jefferson Award, which is sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize for public service” because it is the nation’s highest honor for public service. Ms. Koren has received numerous other forms of recognition for her community stewardship including “Wealth Advisor with Heart” Award (2014) from WealthManagement.com, the Nonprofit Board Leader Award from The Volunteer Center in San Francisco in 2010, named a Thread of Hope (2010), Junior League Sustainer of the Year (2013), and Point of Light and University of Phoenix Volunteer Leader Award Honoree (2010).
In addition to her work with Super Stars Literacy, Kim sells residential real estate for Pacific Union in Orinda, where she has developed a successful practice of doing business by referral. Kim earned her B.A. in French at U.C. Berkeley, and an Executive MBA from St. Mary’s College, during which she worked extensively with an Indonesian NGO dedicated to providing education and job skills training for street children. “Every child deserves an equal opportunity for education, development, dignity and hope for the future”.
You can reach Kim at email@example.com.
As the first member of her family that attended and graduated from college, she understands the importance of getting a strong foundation in reading, which was critical in setting her on the right path to get an education. Elvia wouldn’t have been able to do that without the investment of a volunteer veteran (Mr. Ruiz) who donated his time to her 4th grade class and his belief in her made all the difference. Elvia volunteers for SSL because she wants to contribute in the same way that Mr. Ruiz did – help young children find their passion for reading/education and provide some support to the schools and communities that are most underserved.
In her spare time, Elvia really enjoys nature and loves hiking in the early morning. She lived in Spain for a year, and loves machego cheese, tapas, flamenco dancing, and a strong Rioja. She speaks fluent Spanish, understands basic French, and is now learning Italian. Her next adventure includes a trip to Argentina and learning Tango dancing!
You can find Elvia at firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect with her on Instagram at @elvimar2017.
Joe’s interest in early childhood education comes from his mom, who is a pre-kindergarten teacher in the Philadelphia public school system. Joe graduated from Cornell University with majors in Economics and Psychology and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
You can connect with Meghan on LinkedIn or follow her on Instagram at @meghan_shah
Kellyn was first connected with Super Stars Literacy when volunteering at one of the after school programs.
As a 10-year resident of San Francisco, Alice enjoys spending time outdoors. On the weekends, you can find her hiking in Marin, sampling cheese at local Farmers Markets or eating her way through the Bay Area. Alice is currently a Marketing Director at RepairPal, Inc in San Francisco. Alice holds a BA from University of California, Los Angeles and MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Virginia Chapman has been a member of the Board of Directors for Super Stars Literacy since 2017. In addition to Super Stars Literacy , Virginia is a member of the Board of Directors for Project Angkor Humanitarian Missions and the Santa Clara County School Health Clinics. Virginia has volunteered as an after-school tutor in Santa Clara County. Her interest in working with children and literacy developed at an early age while helping fellow classmates in elementary school with their reading and writing and this continued through college where she worked as a biology tutor. Virginia has also volunteered for the Santa Clara County Diabetic Society as a camp nurse, Sciencepoollozza in Santa Clara County as a judge, Project Angkor Humanitarian Missions as a Team Captain for the nurses, Courts4Kids Humanitarian Missions.
Virginia is currently a Registered Nurse and Director of Pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente and lives in the East Bay.