OurBoard of Directors

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.

Ms. Koren, who has been a Financial Consultant for over 31 years, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA (magna cum laude) and received her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She obtained her Certified Investment Analyst designation through the Wharton School of Business, is a member of the Association of Professional Investment Consultants (APIC) and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and has earned the designation of Corporate Retirement Plan Director- one of 135 such designees across the US for Morgan Stanley.

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).

John is a finance and operations executive with experience growing start-ups and emerging companies, as well as Fortune 500 companies in the financial and technology sectors. Prior to joining Prosper Marketplace, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Wells Fargo Securities’ prime services business. John brings over 22 years’ of work history specializing in accounting, operations, planning, strategy and governance of public and private companies. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Wildwood School Dads’ Club and previously served on the Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood. John is a Certified Public Accountant.
Kim’s dedication to Super Stars Literacy began in 2003, when she volunteered as a literacy tutor for kindergarten students at Super Stars’ first classroom in Oakland. Since that time, Kim served as Chair of several committees charged with managing Super Stars Literacy through its expansion and evolution from a volunteer project to an independent non-profit.

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 kim@kimmcatee.com.

Tiffany currently is a Data Science Manager at Facebook. Previously, she a big data analytics consultant at Applied Predictive Technologies. Originally from New Zealand, she moved to the US to study at Wharton in Philadelphia. Tiffany has always been passionate about getting involved in the local community and is excited to be working with Super Stars Literacy because she thinks that it is essential to build a strong foundation of literacy and social-emotional skills in order to be successful in later life. As a self-described spontaneous explorer, secret dork and whimsical dreamer, she enjoys spending her leisure time hiking through the great outdoors, trying new things, visiting museums and distilleries as well as thinking about, talking about and eating food.
Elvia Villalobos is currently a Manager of Staffing Services at Google for their Learning Navigation Team. In her role at Google she leads a global team that oversees onboarding and training for recruiters and sources at Google.

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 elvimar@google.com, or connect with her on Instagram at @elvimar2017.

Joe works at eBay where he focuses on financial planning and analysis across eBay’s global businesses. Prior to eBay, Joe worked in the Markets Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and in the Financial Institutions Group at Societe Generale in New York. Joe and his wife, Mattie, live in San Francisco and spend their free time traveling, watching Bay Area and Philadelphia sports, and exploring the Bay’s best craft beer bars.

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.

Lexi Mele-Algus is an internal consultant for Kaiser Permanente’s physician group, The Permanente Medical Group – working to improve clinical quality, service and operational processes within the organization. She first learned about Super Stars Literacy when she met the Executive Director at a networking event and was immediately taken by her passion for the work and the mission of the organization. She is inspired by the impact the organization is having early on in children’s lives and is extremely excited to be part of the board. Outside of work and non-profit involvement, she holds true to her Vermont roots and tries to take advantage of the outdoors as much as possible!
Meghan Shah was introduced to Super Stars Literacy through Chevron’s Corporate Volunteer Week in 2014. Her work with the organization started as a volunteer after-school tutor in the Oakland Unified School District and she joined the Board of Directors a short time later. Her interest in working with children and literacy developed at an early age while helping fellow classmates in elementary school with their reading and this continued through college where she worked as a reading coach for International students. Meghan is currently a Media Director at Chevron, and holds a BS and MA from Indiana University. She lives in the East Bay with her husband and two rambunctious boys, who are now experiencing the joys of reading and literacy. Meghan is a self-described voracious reader, aiming to finish a book a week, and is reading at least 2-3 books at time.

You can connect with Meghan on LinkedIn or follow her on Instagram at @meghan_shah

Kellyn is an experienced Digital Solutions Architect specializing in innovative IT solutions for several industries including, but not limited to: healthcare, finance, manufacturing, retail, and cloud services.

Kellyn was first connected with Super Stars Literacy when volunteering at one of the after school programs.

Alice first learned about Super Stars Literacy at a nonprofit event in 2017. Her strong belief in the mission and desire to make an impact led her to join the Board of Directors shortly after. Originally from Taiwan, Alice moved to the US at the age of 11 with her family. Having to learn English as a teenager, Alice witnessed first-hand how education can be a powerful tool that transforms and builds communities. Alice is excited to be working with Super Stars Literacy to inspire future generations of youth.

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.

Robin was born and raised in Berkeley, California, and is a partner at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, an international law firm. At Morgan Lewis, Robin’s work focuses on portfolio strategic development and on management and counseling in domestic and international issues, with an emphasis in emerging biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies. Her background includes patent prosecution, opinion work (freedom to operate, invalidity, and noninfringement), IP due diligence (financings and licensing), mining portfolios for licensing and interference opportunities, and working with business development personnel and licensing managers to maximize portfolio value. Robin has represented a variety of biotechnology clients including universities, start ups, emerging companies, and public companies. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a protein biochemist at Genencor, International for 6 years at the lab bench. Her interest in early literacy is based on the fact that one of her two sons was diagnosed as dyslexic in the first grade. She also serves on the Board of Stanbridge Academy, a K-12 school in the Bay Area for children with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

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.


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