PPSC’s Director of Youth Services, Yensi Jacobo, joined Mentor Me in May 2020. Yensi has an MA in Educational Leadership and Societal Change from Soka University of America. Prior to joining Mentor Me, Yensi served as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. As International Director for service-learning trips in Costa Rica, Peru, and Ghana, she encouraged students to step out of their comfort zone as they learned about the world around them. As Academic Coordinator for the University of San Diego’s Upward Bound program, she supported students to become the first in their family to attend college. Yensi has over 12 years of youth development experience supporting young people achieve their goals and is passionate about ensuring young people have the resources, support systems, and spaces they need in order to succeed and feel seen. Yensi can be reached at email@example.com.
Administrative Operations Manager, Darlene Barrett-Garrahan has served as administrative staff for Mentor Me since September 2008. She previously held the positions of administrative assistant, office manager, program director and operations director. Darlene attended UC Berkeley, majoring in psychology. Before working for Mentor Me, she volunteered in the Petaluma City Schools as the Valley Vista Enrichment Program coordinator for seven years, was a PTA board member and also a teachers’ aide. Darlene can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Site Coordinator, Kesa Labanowski is the School Site Coordinator at La Tercera Elementary School, Sonoma Mountain Elementary School, Kenilworth Junior High School, Casa Grande High School, Petaluma High School, all Petaluma Alternative Education Schools and our Academic Mentoring Program. Kesa is a second-generation San Franciscan. She earned her master’s degree in social work from San Jose State University. She worked as a social worker for the San Francisco VA and ran a pilot program for homeless women veterans. Kesa worked for 7 years for the Waugh School District as a one-on-one in classroom aid and joined Mentor Me in August of 2018. Kesa has always been an advocate for children, and a strong supporter of Mentor Me. Kesa can be reached at email@example.com.
School Site Coordinator, Kathy O’Sullivan has been a part of Mentor Me since 2007. She is the school site coordinator at Corona Creek Elementary School, Grant Elementary School, McDowell Elementary School and McKinley Elementary School. Kathy holds a dual appointment with the Petaluma City Schools District in special education and is the McKinley library coordinator. She was part of the Early Mental Health Initiative at McDowell Elementary, as well as a physical education specialist at Penngrove Elementary for many years. She is proud to be associated with a program that is so essential to our community. Kathy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Site Coordinator, Joe Cervantes joined Mentor Me in August 2021. Joe is the School Site Coordinator at Mary Collins Charter School at Cherry Valley, McNear Elementary School, Miwok Valley Elementary School, Penngrove Elementary School, Valley Vista Elementary School, Petaluma Junior High School and Technology Middle School. Joe is originally an Oregonian that was born in Portland, Oregon. He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Sonoma State University. Prior to joining Mentor Me, Joe worked for the Boys & Girls Club for 8 years. He started at the Boys & Girls Club as a Program Coordinator and then worked his way up to become director of his own site. He says that the most rewarding part of all those years working there was seeing the kids and teens he worked with flourish into mature responsible individuals. Joe believes that the best way to see positive change in our community is to be the change that we want to see in the world. Joe can be reached at email@example.com.
Facilities Manager, Chris Bell has been a mentor almost as long as Mentor Me has been in existence. Since graduating from Sonoma State in 1994 with a B.A. in creative writing and a film minor, he has dedicated his life to working with the children of Petaluma. He served as Student Advisor at McNear Elementary School from 2001 to 2008 and then again from 2011-2016. Chris also had roles as both Program Director and Athletic Director for Boys & Girls Clubs from 1994-2011, including a stint at our Cavanagh Rec Center from 1997-2000. In addition, Chris has coached over 100 teams in baseball, basketball and volleyball over the past 20 years. Contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.