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, non-profit housing development, and family services.  Prior to AND, Erica was executive director of an affordable housing developer in Napa Valley 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 her work in housing and 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.  

 

Lilia Arellano

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


 

Jaime Fountain

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.

 

John Cothran

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.

 

Michael Lafaso

Job Developer, ext 216

Michael has experience working within the non-profit community in Berkeley and Oakland. With Options Recovery, a substance abuse treatment center, Michael served as the Coordinator for a program that collaborated with B.O.S.S. and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care to assist an at-risk population in ending the cycle of chronic homelessness by providing wraparound services individualized to the clients’ needs. Endeavoring to contribute to the success of AND students is the most rewarding work of his career. 

 

Derrie McClure

Outreach Coordinator, ext 202

ETC Outreach Coordinator Derrie McClure has 17 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. 

 

 

Andra Gadson

Vocational Counselor, ext 203

Andra is an AND graduate who worked in the construction field for six months before being injured. He then returned to AND in December 2016 to work as an ETC Intern and then promoted as the Vocational Counselor in July 2017. After serving thirty-two years in prison, he is proud to have turned his life around and to be someone his family can be proud of. To Andra, this is was a dream come true since he has always wanted to do work were he could help others. On his free time, he writes short stories and poetry. He considers himself an actor and has been a part of two plays in 2017. He hopes to one day be on the big screen.  

 


ARCHITECTURE + COMMUNITY PLANNING


 

Steve Suzuki

Co-Principal Architect, ext. 220

Steve has been with AND since 1982 beginning as a project manager, then Project Architect and eventually the Principal Architect. Between the years of 2008-2013 he served as the Executive Director of AND. 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 has served as a board member on various organizations such as Kokoro Assisted Living Inc., Japanese American Religious Federation Housing Inc., Break the Silence Coalition on Anti-Asian Violence, 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.

 

Prescott Reavis

Architect Project Manager: ext 221

Prescott has over 20 years of experience in architecture, planning and youth engagement. Prior to AND, Prescott spent 13 years at an internationally acclaimed firm, Ashen + Allen Architects (now known as Stantec), where he was an Associate and served as the firm wide manager of internships. Prescott has spent the majority of his career focusing on the programming, planning, design and construction of buildings that enhance the community in areas of healing, learning and discovery. 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.

 

Elizabeth Lagarde-Leonardo

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. 

 

 


LANDSCAPING + HORTICULTURE PROGRAM (GROWTH)


 

Anandi Gandhi

Horticulture Instructor, ext. 211 

Anandi comes to AND with over 7 years of teaching students from children to adults. She is passionate about regenerative design and sees the GROWTH Project as an example of such work. Prior to AND, she managed an organic farm, worked with tribal communities in India for forest conservation, headed the maintenance department at a landscaping company in Oakland, installed roof-top solar systems for low-income families in SoCal, researched urban land-use policies in NYC, and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from University of Toledo, Ohio.