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Advisory Board

Anik Guha
Anik is a partner at Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe law firm. Prior to working as an attorney, Anik served youth as a teacher in Summerbridge, as well as working at City Year San Jose.

Brian Fox
Brian Fox is the Director of Innovation for San Francisco Unified School District. Brian has a long history with Peer Resources, founding the Peer Resources program at Lowell High School in 1994, coordinating the program at Mission High School in 1998, and then serving as Director of Peer Resources from 2001-2007. Brian has also served as the administrator for the SFUSD Public Education and Enrichment Fund, as well as the Director for Strategic Partnerships for the San Francisco Education Fund. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College.

Hayin Kim
Hayin Kim serves as the Director of Community Schools for the San Francisco Unified School District. Hayin is a trained educational researcher and evaluator, with a focus on community based programs and partnerships that support healthy development of youth and their communities. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University School of Education.

Lorne Needle, Chair
Lorne Needle is a Curriculum Development Manager at Google.  Formerly, Lorne was the Chief Community Investment Officer at United Way Bay Area, and leading United Way’s programs and partnerships in seven Bay Area counties. Lorne serves on the Executive Committee of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, chairs the Youth Council of the Workforce Investment San Francisco board, and is also a mayoral appointee to the Citizens Advisory Committee for the S.F. Department of Children, Youth, and Families. He has worked for over twenty years in youth development, prevention and health, workforce development, school-linked services, and other areas. Lorne was the Director of Peer Resources in the mid 1990s. Lorne holds a BA in Public Policy and MBA from Stanford University.

Mary Ellen Muckerman
Mary Ellen is the Vice President for Brand Strategy and Services for Mozilla.

Michael Essien
Michael is the Principal of Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in San Francisco Unified School District.

Michael Youngblood
Michael is a design anthropologist, who employs ethnographic research and close engagement with target audiences to help for-profit and not-for-profit organizations around the globe understand their toughest challenges and define new solutions that are uniquely usable, useful, and desirable.

Patricia Barraza
Patricia is a 20 year veteran alumna to Peer Resources 1992-2012. Patricia serves on the Peer Resources Advisory Committee because, as she says, “Peers was always a way for me to advocate and have a voice for youth that hadn’t found theirs yet.” Patricia is currently the After-School Coordinator at John O’Connell High School in San Francisco.

Pui Ling Tam, Executive Director, Peer Resources
Prior to joining Peer Resources, Pui Ling was a high school English teacher in New York, and led Youth Empowerment Programs at a community-based organization in Chinatown, San Francisco. She is a core member of Teachers 4 Social Justice, has served on the Board of Directors of LYRIC, an LGBTQQ youth organization, and the Board of Directors for Parents for Public Schools San Francisco. Pui Ling graduated from Brown University and has a master’s degree in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education from Stanford University.

Samantha Sherman
Samantha Sherman has been a part of Peer Resources from middle school through high school and college. As a Junior at SF state, she is interning with Peer Resources at Balboa High School. Her involvement in peer programing ranges from mentor to youth council member to volunteer.

Vicki Abadesco
Vicki Abadesco is the co-founder and director of Soul Shoppe, an organization that teaches character education and life skills to elementary school communities. Last year Soul Shoppe served over 75,000 students through interactive workshops and assemblies. Vicki is an award-winning creator of compelling curriculum for adults and youth, spotlighting communication skills, conflict resolution, bullying prevention and peacemaking tools. Vicki recently became a fellow for the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.