MEET OUR STAFF
Erica Roetman Sklar
Executive Director, ext. 234
Erica Roetman Sklar comes to AND with more than 21 years’ experience in community planning, nonprofit housing development and family services. Prior to AND, Erica was executive director of a Napa Valley-based affordable housing developer where she advocated for worker housing and ran a volunteer-driven repair program to help low-income seniors. Erica’s commitment to lifting families out of poverty started with her work in child and maternal health in West Africa while in the Peace Corps. It continues today through Erica’s work in housing and in her role establishing a Family Resource Center in St. Helena. Erica has a Master’s Degree in Community Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland.
Administrative Specialist, ext. 200/204
Lilia has over 20 years experience working in the non-profit sector. She joined AND in 2000 as Office Manager, eventually becoming Administrative Specialist in charge of all essential administrative, human resources and payroll functions. Lilia wears many hats for the organization, which allows her to interact with everyone from clients to staff members. Most importantly, she maintains a sense of humor despite the day-to-day challenges of working at the front office.In her free time, Lilia enjoys trips to casinos, playing mahjong, and spending time with her grandson, Jovani.
EMPLOYMENT TRAINING CENTER
ETC Director of Programs, ext. 218
ETC Director of Programs , Jamie Fountain, has extensive experience managing multi-faceted programs for high-risk populations. He previously served as Program Director for Larkin Street and worked directly with the reentry population as Director of Adult Services & Employment at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center. Prior to coming into the non-profit arena, Jamie worked at a number large corporate businesses such as AT&T where Jamie held the position of division Manager of the HR training department. As well as Strategic Marketing and Research technologies, where he held the position of Director of New Project Development.
Carpentry Instructor, ext. 205
John Cothran combines over 10 years residential building experience (Certified Green Building Professional and CHEERS certified HERS rater) with over 10 years counseling education expertise and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has developed curricula and taught in residential treatment programs, and has solid experience in case management and mentoring with economically and culturally diverse individuals with barriers to employment. John obtained his MS in Counseling from San Francisco State University and BA in Social Psychology from New College of California, and is the Owner and Operator of JConstruction in Fairfax, California (www.jconstruction.4t.com). John views training AND students for employment in the Green Collar Economy as social, environmental and economic justice. He personally finds his role at AND a unique and rewarding opportunity to synthesize carpentry, green building, and counseling skills.
Case Manager, ext 202
ETC Case Manager Derrie McClure has 10 years of case management and counseling experience with an emphasis on substance abuse and mental health from Walden House, a comprehensive statewide substance abuse treatment center. Derrie is a certified drug and alcohol counselor with various certificates for at-risk populations and CAARR Institute Diploma. He is also a certified trainer for the nationally accredited Roots of Success environmental justice curriculum.
ARCHITECTURE + COMMUNITY PLANNING
Co-Principal Architect, ext. 220
Steven Suzuki has been with Asian Neighborhood Design since 1982 beginning as a project manager, then architect and eventually Principal Architect; he served as its Executive Director from 2008-2013. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Architecture, he has over 30 years of professional experience on a variety of projects including low-income housing renovation, new construction, community facilities design, and supportive housing projects. Steve was Board President of Kokoro Assisted Living Inc. from 1998-2006, and served on the boards of the Japanese American Religious Federation – Housing Inc., Break the Silence Coalition on Anti-Asian Violence, African-Asian American Roundtable, Nihonmachi Little Friends, the Japanese Community and Cultural Center of Northern California, and the Chinatown Beacon Center. In 2005, he was awarded a Certificate of Honor from the City and County of San Francisco's Immigrant Rights Commission. An Oakland native, Steve now lives in San Francisco with partner Esther Leong of Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach and their two college-aged daughters.
Babette Jee LEED BD&C
Co-Principal Architect, ext. 213
Bringing nearly 4 decades of broad technical community design experience in Architecture, Planning and Development, with the past 30 years in private practice throughout the Bay Area, Babette’s projects have included new and renovated low-income housing, supportive and transitional housing, homeless shelters, community facilities and services.
A licensed architect and graduate of UC Berkeley’s Department of Architecture, Babette has served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, chairing the West Berkeley Area Planning Committee; co-authored ‘Sober Housing a Case Study for Affordable Housing’, and has been deeply involved in Green design including Sankofa House and Rosa Parks House-with Build it Green, the Strawbale Residence- a Build America Case Study, and recently the Santa Cruz Live Oak Resource Center which received LEED Platinum certification in affiliation with Boone Low Ratcliff Architects.
With a deep commitment to community-based organizations and services, including a long time affiliation with AND, Babette also coordinates the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design - Alumni of Color insuring the inclusion and education of future generations of community based designers and planners.
Architect Project Manager: ext 221
Prescott Reavis has over 17 years of experience in architecture, planning and youth engagement. Prior to AND, Prescott spent thirteen years at the international acclaimed firm of Ashen + Allen Architects (now known as Stantec) where he was elevated to an Associate and served as the firm wide manager of internships. Prescott has spent the majority of his career focusing on the programming, planning, designing and the construction of buildings which enhance the community in areas of healing, learning and discovery internationally. Prescott is LEED accredited, certified in Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED), a former national board member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and a founding member of The San Francisco chapter of NOMA. Prescott has a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Education from Howard University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Urban Planning at San Jose State University where he is concentrating in Community Planning & Engagement.
Job Captain & Project Coordinator, ext. 227
Elizabeth’s passion for architecture originated from growing up in an economically disadvantaged community in Southern California. Her exposure to the way in which her father, grandfather and uncles redesigned and transformed a garage and small living room to serve as a multi-functional and comfortable space for their family sparked her interest in solving design problems and creating meaningful places. Elizabeth attended the University of California, Berkeley – College of Environmental Design where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Minor in City and Regional Planning.