JobTrain is a large, complex organism, and we couldn’t carry out our important work without strong, visionary leadership.
As a result, this page has a long list of worthies! Click the items below to jump to information on the branches of our leadership tree:
Ruben Abrica, Council Member, City of East Palo Alto
Jesse Cool, Restaurateur (on-leave)
Teri Eyre, Human Resources Executive
Richard Hanley, Principal, KPMG LLP
Jerry Hurwitz, Co-Founder, J & J Air Conditioning
J. Scott Kaspick
Wade W. Loo
Tara VanDerveer, Director of Women’s Basketball, Stanford University
Rita C. Williams, Award-winning KTVU reporter
Chairperson: Tamar Pichette
1st Vice Chairperson: Teri Eyre
Past Chairperson: Wade Loo
Secretary: Clay Jones
Treasurer: Jerry Hurwitz
Steven E. Schmidbauer, Interim President and CEO, and Chief Operating Officer
Steve has a rich background including over 25 years of experience in programs, operations, and nonprofit leadership. Early in his career, he was repeatedly chosen to develop innovative pilot programs, as well as to move pilot programs into full implementation. For this work, he was chosen to help represent the San Francisco Bay Area on a state-wide working group charged by Governor Gray Davis over three years to make recommendations for a redesign of the child welfare system in California. As a Senior Manager of Community-Based Programs at FamiliesFirst in the San Francisco Bay Area, he oversaw a variety of innovative programs with a number of teams totaling more than 60 staff. He was recognized for maintaining the best staff retention rate in an organization of over 800 employees. He was then tapped to be the Executive Director/CEO of Child Family Health International (CFHI), where he was responsible for all global operations. He doubled the number of programs, implemented new ways of charting impact, published the organization’s model and standards in respected publications, and spoke at medical schools across the United States, Canada, and Australia. He was able to attain Special Consultative Status as a Non-Governmental Organization for CFHI at the United Nations. In 2010, he initiated and convened a Forum on the Empowerment of Women at the UN in New York titled “Success and Challenges of Women in Leadership Roles in Traditionally Male-Dominated Environments.” Back in the Bay Area, Steve consulted with other nonprofits on management/program design and developing brand identity through stronger development of an organization’s mission. Steve came to JobTrain in 2014 as COO, and worked closely with then CEO Nora Sobolov to continue and further develop the organization’s rich half-century of solid programming. During this time, JobTrain has increased its programming and footprint while continuing to achieve excellent outcomes. JobTrain has also heightened the awareness of its mission by commissioning the report, The Broken Pathway: Uncovering the Economic Inequality in the Bay Area in 2016, and by holding the first ever Bay Area Economic Opportunity Awards in 2017 -recognizing companies whose hiring practices encourage the success of people who are talented and skilled but who may not have the benefit of extensive education or who have barriers to employment.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Broadcasting and Speech from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, a Master of Divinity from the University of Toronto, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from California State University East Bay.
Susan Boiko, Director of Development and Marketing
Susan has been with JobTrain since 2006 and was appointed Director of Development in 2011. Prior to that she worked as a grantwriter in the Development Department. Susan oversees and participates in fundraising activities, including research, writing, materials design and relationship-building. Prior to joining JobTrain, Susan worked as a program officer for an educational foundation.
Susan has a Master’s Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Politics of Education.
Christal Lee (Min Choo Lee), Director of Finance
Christal was appointed Director of Finance for JobTrain in July 2006. She is responsible for the organization’s financial operations and executive financial management. Prior to her Director of Finance appointment, Christal was an accountant with JobTrain. Prior to joining JobTrain, Christal was an accountant with a local CPA firm where she specialized in outsourced bookkeeping, payroll and tax filing.
Christal graduated with honors from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance. She later earned a Masters of Accounting from the University of Western Australia and Masters of Science in Computers from Santa Clara University. Christal is a Certified Practicing Accountant of Australia (CPA Australia) and also a Certified Public Accountant.
Art Taylor, Chief Program Officer
Art has over 25 years of experience in program design and development, strategy and planning across multiple sectors, including large private corporations, philanthropic organizations, local and federal governments, civic groups, educational institutions, and healthcare administration. He thrives on developing the operational processes and procedure required to make organizational leadership and management a success. He specializes in strategic and long-range master planning, space planning and design, policy and program evaluation and analysis, operational and organizational development, staff reorganization and alignment, board/advisory committee development, and leadership and change management.
Prior to joining JobTrain, Art served as Chief of Staff for a bay area professional service firm specializing in project management, development and administration of communication strategies, analysis of client/customer satisfaction and creating public engagement campaigns for complex projects and initiatives. His greatest assignment with this firm was when he served a project manager on an assignment where he was charged with drafting the strategy and implementation plan for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) Community Benefits Policy Catalyst Programs. Art worked with and coordinated the community benefits investment strategies for companies and organizations providing professional services on several of the city’s multi-billion dollar public sector infrastructure projects. As Director of Strategic Projects and Development with another professional services firm in the bay area MK Think, Art managed the division staff with a portfolio of consulting projects addressing the development and strategy for adopting new policy initiatives; understanding changing demographic trends and how to design programs and services to meet the needs; designing public funding requests for bond measures; and developing and implementing strategic master plans for school districts, college campuses and healthcare institutions. A sampling of projects include: Oakland Unified School District’s Strategic and District Facilities Master Plans and General Obligation Bond Strategy; Stanford University at Porter Drive Change Management and Workplace Relocation and Space Planning Strategy; Emeryville Unified School District Project Team Recruitment and Planning for the Emeryville Center for Community Life; Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Needs Assessment and Capacity Space Analysis; and, Hawaii Department of Education Community Engagement and Donor Relations Campaign Planning.
Throughout Art’s career he has held leadership positions working with a diverse in the social services and education field including: training parole officers and parolees in trauma informed counseling and vocational education strategies in Watts, California; designing large scale mentoring programs and services for at-risk youth in Los Angeles County; and managing the selection and distribution of $22 million yearly in college scholarships and grants with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Art holds a Bachelors of Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelors in Urban Studies and Planning and a Master’s in Public Administration and Public Policy both credentials awarded from San Francisco State University.
Frank Caufield, Co-Founder, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Paul Chamberlain, Committee Chairperson, Fmr. Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Paul M. Cook, Co-Founder, Raychem Corporation
Susan Ford Dorsey, President, Sand Hill Foundation
Dick Gould, Director of Tennis, Stanford University
Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall of Fame
John Lovewell, President, The Lovewell Company
Duncan L. Matteson, Chairman, The Matteson Companies
Hon. Becky Morgan, President, Morgan Family Foundation
Dean Morton, Former COO, Hewlett-Packard Company
Russell Pyne, Managing Director, Atrium Capital
John Sobrato, Chairman & Founder, Sobrato Companies
John Volckmann, Chairman & Founder, J. Volckmann & Associates, Inc.