BAYCAT is modeled after Manchester Bidwell Corporation, a ground-breaking social enterprise based in Pittsburgh, PA and founded by Bill E. Strickland, Jr. in 1972. We acknowledge with deep gratitude the affiliation we share with Bill and his organization.
BAYCATís ongoing success results from the efforts of our students, their families, and the networks of support and encouragement we forge together. None of this would be possible without the dedicated efforts of a core group of individuals who have worked on the BAYCAT team.
- Zara Ahmed
- Jose Alfaro
- Katie Cruz
Program & Project Manager
- Ariel Dovas
- Arlene Hale
Admin & Program Assistant
- Tim Harrington
Art Director & Instructor
- Brittany Janis
- Villy Wang
President & CEO
- August Zajonc
Zara has a BFA in Documentary Film Production from Chapman University. After working in production in Los Angeles for a few years, she moved to San Francisco to teach filmmaking. She loves sharing her passion for storytelling and making movies!
Jose graduated from SFSU with a BA in Broadcasting, and has been a filmmaker and media producer for the past 7 years. He first joined BAYCAT as an intern while in college and is now a mentor for the Internship program and BAYCAT Studio Producer.
Katie has a BA in Theater from SFSU and is very passionate about youth and their exposure to the arts. When she isn't at work she's either volunteering at an after school program or working in the Theater.
Ariel is an independent filmmaker who brings to BAYCAT both his technical skills and passion for youth education. Prior to BAYCAT he co-founded the nonprofit youth Shakespeare theater company "No Holds Bard."
Arlene has administrative vocational training and a certificate in Microcomputer Applications. Drawn to BAYCAT by her shared belief that every person's story matters, she is optimistic to see more meaningful opportunities provided to her community and utilized by underserved youth and families.
Tim has an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and over ten years experience as a graphic designer for local and national clients. He also teaches graphic design at City College of San Francisco.
Brittany has a BA in Theatre, Political Science and History from Case Western Reserve University and a MA in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Maryís. After three years as a Development Director in NYC, she relocated to San Francisco and joined BAYCAT'S mission of supporting youth empowerment through the arts.
Villy brings a unique 20-year background in education, arts programming, nonprofit business and law. Villy has a BA in Engineering and Economics from Brown University and a JD from Northwestern.
A graduate of Pomona College, August worked as a Program Finance Officer for 4 years at a Social Finance Foundation supporting a portfolio of $38 million. He has a passion for turning the accounting function into a source of support for nonprofits in their missions.
**Annoucement** - BAYCAT Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled for December 13, 2012, 4-5pm.
Check the BAYCAT blog for updated date and time.
Eric Pearson, Chair
Todd High, Treasurer
Linda Pettus, Secretary
Joe DeLucchi, Chair, Finance Committee
Herbie Hancock, Emeritus Founding Board Member
Keith Kappmeyer, Emeritus Founding Board Member
THANK YOU for helping us be who we are today
Aaron Ackerman, Adam Langton, Alia Curtis, Andy Donner, Atiba Phillips, Barb Crist, Ben Landers, Bill Strickland, Carole Bailey, Carolyn Alexander, Chad Grochowski, Charles Ward, Dan Brandon, Dan Perkel, Dave Yanofsky, David Waisman, Debra Dunn, Dolores Gray, Erica Deiparine-Sugars, Ernest Jackson, Fedele Bauccio, Gemmie Jones, Gina Guttierez, Hollis Pierce, Isabel Yrigoyen, Jade Green, Janet Davis, Jennifer Severin, Jesse Madway, Jim Losi, Joseph Mouzon, Joseph Pinto, Joseph Simon, Julie Obbard, Judd Antin, Kenya Davis, Kimberly Brandon, Kyle Salyer, Lorelei Goll, Lynette Sweet, Mari Mielcarski, Mark Habib, Marty Ashby, Morry Hermon, Ray Hildreth, Rene Govanucci, Sandra Geiger, Shane King, Sharon Wamble-King, Sonali Joshi, Sophie Maxwell, Sue Sacks, Suzanne Di Bianca, Tara Beyhm, Walter Johnson