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About Us

Our Team

 

Staff

Vinney Arora (He/Him) | Executive Director

 

Vinney is proud to work with My Digital TAT2 to help students, families and communities use technology in safe, ethical, and kind ways. In addition to his role at My Digital TAT2, he’s the Founder of The Arora Collective, a boutique nonprofit consulting firm. In 2014 Vinney co-founded PartyChild.org, a grassroots organization that hosts birthday parties for homeless and low-income children. In 2015, he was awarded the “Young Innovator” award from the Thrive Alliance for his work in leading donor engagement at StarVista. 

 

Vinney started his career in education teaching preschool at the Peninsula JCC and he is proud to come full circle and empower the youth voice at My Digital TAT2. He’s celebrating his 22nd year in nonprofit work and speaks nationally about fund development, being an introvert, and being a leader of color in the social change space. 

Lillian Hom | Director of Operations

 

Vinney is proud to work with My Digital TAT2 to help students, families and communities use technology in safe, ethical, and kind ways. In addition to his role at My Digital TAT2, he’s the Founder of The Arora Collective, a boutique nonprofit consulting firm. In 2014 Vinney co-founded PartyChild.org, a grassroots organization that hosts birthday parties for homeless and low-income children. In 2015, he was awarded the “Young Innovator” award from the Thrive Alliance for his work in leading donor engagement at StarVista. 

 

Vinney started his career in education teaching preschool at the Peninsula JCC and he is proud to come full circle and empower the youth voice at My Digital TAT2. He’s celebrating his 22nd year in nonprofit work and speaks nationally about fund development, being an introvert, and being a leader of color in the social change space. 

Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, LCSW, PPSC | Co-Founder and VP of Curriculum and Research

 

Gloria is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and co-founder of My Digital TAT2. She has been a program developer, school social work educator, practitioner and professional presenter with over 30 years of experience in multiple community settings. She was a lecturer at San Jose State University Graduate School of Social Work for twenty years. Gloria has been involved in the creation of comprehensive school based mental-wellness programs, bullying prevention programs, teacher in-service, and professional workshops. 

 

Gloria is the co-author of “It Rained Warm Bread”, a book about her father’s Holocaust experience. It won the Parent’s Choice Magazine Gold Award and was a Kirkus Best Book of 2019. She is passionate about helping young people use the power of digital technology to stand up to social cruelty and for social good. Gloria is bi-cultural and the parent of three young men. 

 
 

Erica Pelavin, PhD | Co-Founder and VP of Teen Engagement

 

Erica  is an educator, public speaker, and Co-Founder at My Digital TAT2. Working from a strength-based perspective, Erica has expertise in bullying prevention, relational aggression, digital safety, social emotional learning, and conflict resolution. Dr. Pelavin has a passion for helping young people develop the skills to become their own advocates and cares deeply about helping school communities foster empathy and respect.

 

In her role at My Digital TAT2, Erica leads all programming for high schoolers including the youth led podcast Media in the Middle, our teen advisory boards and an annual summer internship program. Her work with teens directly impacts and informs our developmental school based curriculum.  She is the mother of two boys and married to a techie. Erica is also a therapist at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, CA

 

Omar Rivera | Program Associate

 

Omar joined My Digital TAT2 as an intern in 2018 and has since grown to be our resident renaissance man. From helping with marketing and design to supporting our youth advisories, Omar is nourished by the interactions he has with young people (only a few years younger than him!). He cares deeply about building community and when he’s not teaching a workshop or designing a flyer, Omar studies Filmmaking at Foothill College.

 

Tobi Elman | Educator

 

Tobi has over 25 years of experience leading teams in youth development and camp programs, as well as educational curriculum development. She has delighted in mentoring young people, fellow educators, and volunteers both in Canada and the US. She served as a teacher for seven years working with 3rd, 5th, and 6th graders at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto. Most recently she developed curriculum and directed a family education program at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos. Tobi’s passion is building community through youth leadership and collaboration. Being a parent of a tech savvy son, she knows the challenges of parenting in the digital age and is excited to be an educator at My Digital TAT2 to engage with and learn from the students that we work with. When she’s not busy as a volunteer at her 9 year old son’s elementary school, Tobi also song-leads with a guitar and grows fruits and veggies in her garden. Tobi is originally from Calgary, Canada where she gained her B.A. degree in Physical Education with a minor in Education. After moving to California she earned an M.A. in Jewish Non-Profit Management, followed by a certificate in the DELET Education Program from the Hebrew Union College campus in Los Angeles.

 

Angela Lee (she/her) | Research and Educator

 

Angela  is currently a second-year PhD student at Stanford University in the Department of Communication, where she studies the impacts and implications of social technology in the Social Media Lab. Her research focuses on understanding how social media use affects well-being and designing interventions to try to leverage its benefits while minimizing harms, especially among children and teens. 

 

Nina Nathan | Educator

 

Nina is from Toronto, Canada but currently lives in Antigua, Guatemala. She has experience working with children of various ages and various backgrounds, as she was a camp counselor as a teenager in Canada, and lived in Korea teaching English to young children in her early twenties. Now, she is working in communications, and also teaching English to children in China online part-time. She came to Guatemala a few years ago to work for an NGO empowering indigenous women to become entrepreneurs, and fell in love with the country. She has a degree in Philosophy and Psychology from York University, as well as a certificate in Digital Marketing Management from the University of Toronto, and a Postgraduate in International Development from Humber College. She is passionate about communications, marketing, youth development, and women’s empowerment.

 

Mayra Vega | Educator

 

Mayra has been working with families and their communities helping them achieve productive lives for the last 10 years. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University and her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She continues to work with non-profit organizations carrying out purposeful programming.

 
 

Board of Directors

Melissa Johns | Board Chair

 

Melissa is an impactful advocate for equity in education, and is currently the Executive Vice President at Pivotal, a nonprofit that helps young people in and from foster care realize their career goals through access to education and employment opportunities that ensure equal opportunity for success. Before this, Melissa was the Executive Director at Breakthrough Silicon Valley, a successful college access and teacher training program, offering six years of academic enrichment and college preparation to middle and high school students with high potential but limited resources and/or opportunities.

 

Prior to her leadership roles, Melissa successfully advanced in development roles at The Girls' Middle School and Eastside College Preparatory School, where she worked alongside dedicated, talented educators who were committed to creating learning environments in which all students could thrive.

 

Melissa holds a BS from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. 

Dana Fenwick | Treasurer

 

Dana has been the Board Treasurer for both CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth) and Palo Alto Community Child Care.  She is currently the Treasurer and a Board Member of Pursuit of Excellence  Scholarships, and she serves on the Silicon Valley Executive Committee of Human Rights Watch.  Prior to moving to Palo Alto to raise three children, she had a 12-year career in finance as an analyst and banker.

 

Jennifer Van Natta | Board Member

 

In addition to serving on the Board of My Digital TAT2, Jennifer Van Natta is engaged in San Francisco-based community work for children. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and most recently served on the Board of Trustees of CuriOdyssey from 2010 to 2016. She attended Parents Nursery School with her children from 2003 to 2008, where she taught and served as President. Early in her career, Van Natta worked at PC Magazine and PointCast before pivoting to a career in education. Van Natta’s passions include early childhood science education, marine biology and healthy technology integration into families.

 

Ei Ei Samai | Board Member

 

Ei Ei uses neuro, social, and design sciences to grow agility, resilience, and belonging in social impact groups. Her skill-building as a mindful facilitator began when she learned Vipassana insight meditation as a 4 year old.

 

She began her journey with justice work as a working class immigrant teen at a Silicon Valley High School in the 90s, later participating in student and women of color spaces in college to learn from liberation movement builders such as Angela Davis, Grace Lee Boggs, Yuri Kochiyama, and Vandana Shiva. She gained her aptitude for system and pattern thinking through a combination of oppression analysis, a Pre Med major, and a Religious Identity minor. 

 

In addition to holding a Master of Science in Organizational Management and Transformative Leadership, she is certified in advanced facilitation, experiential training, community mediation, conflict transformation, restorative justice, ecological model of leadership, human system design, motivational interviewing, and in Conversational Intelligence® by the late Judith Glaser. In 2019, she was chosen as a Courage Catalyst in the first cohort of Brené Brown's Dare to Lead™ Facilitator Training.

With over 20 years of experience in social impact, Ei Ei holds grounded expertise in shaping bold conversations in areas such as educational equity, diversity and inclusion, social and environmental justice, trust recovery, client experience, team dysfunction, collective impact strategy planning, program and service design, family and community engagement, collaborative partnerships, knowledge management, and organizational culture. 

Ei Ei co-founded Seedles, LLC, which inspires kids (and their grown ups) to positively impact the planet they are inheriting. Seedles has made possible the growing of millions of wildflowers for pollinators across the US through collective action. In 2017 she was recognized by Congresswoman Jackie Speier for her accomplishments as an immigrant entrepreneur.

 

She has lived, studied, or traveled in 6 continents and identifies as a global citizen. As a mom of two, her primary professional mission is to make the world a safer, kinder, fairer place for all children through her contributions.

 

Christine Wang | Board Member

 

Christine is a long time advocate for the wellness of young people. She’s a social emotional learning consultant and most recently was the Project Director for the Teen Mental Health Initiative at Children's Health Council. Prior to working in nonprofit, Christine successfully worked in a variety of educational organizations, including Assistant Principal at Jordan Middle School, Dean of Students at Gunn High School, and as a Resource Specialist at Terman Middle School. Her work in social-emotional learning was instrumental at The Nueva School, and she continues to focus on this important work.

 

She holds a BS in Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters in Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Christine engages in a variety of initiatives in the teen community and volunteers as a Youth Team Mentor for the Stanford Mental Health Innovation Challenge. Christine also serves on the Board of Life Services Alternatives in San Jose.

 
 

Community Leadership Advisors

Geoff Chang | Community Advisor

Geoff Chang is the Director of Federal, State, and Strategic Programs at Mountain View Whisman School District. Among other projects, he oversees the school district's parent education efforts. Throughout his career as a teacher, school administrator, and district administrator, Geoff has always been keenly interested in the intersection of technology and education.

Sharon Greenstein | Community Advisor

 

Sharon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently working as a psychotherapist in

private practice with individuals, children, and their family systems. Her experience includes

working at Community Health Awareness Council in Mountain View providing on-campus

psychotherapy and parent groups and clinic-based psychotherapy for children, adults, families,

and groups in Mountain View, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale.

 

Sharon is a long-time admirer and supporter of My Digital TAT2’s work with youth and parents

and is very excited to be able support the important work of the organization as part of the

Community Advisory Board. As a mental health youth advocate and practitioner, she finds

meaning in providing preventative services to systems that support the wellbeing of youth.

Sharon has a long history of supporting parents in their journey, including being the driving

force behind the creation of the MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series, where she brought

international and local experts to talk with parents, educators, and students on topics that

expand awareness of mental health challenges. Sharon gained additional experience supporting educators while working as a Resilience Consultant for Acknowledge Alliance. Prior to graduate school she worked for the Stanford University School of Education Challenge Success Program, supported mental health providers and educators as the Program Coordinator for the Santa Clara University School of Education and Counseling Psychology Center for Professional Development, and students as an Art Docent and substitute teacher for the Los Altos School District. Sharon’s undergraduate degree is in Information and Communication Studies and she had a career in the telecommunications industry prior to starting a family. Sharon is a proud Bay Area Native and the parent of two young adults.

 
 

Cathy Rettberg | Community Advisor

 

Cathy has been the librarian at Menlo School in Atherton, CA for seventeen years, working with students in grades 6 - 12.  Cathy also has served on several national book award committees with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), selecting quality literature that reflects the lives and experiences of teens from diverse backgrounds. At Menlo, Cathy enjoys both the educational and casual aspects of her relationships with students, and can be found either in front of a class teaching how to search for an obscure primary source, or sitting on the floor helping a student select a book about unicorns. She believes that children are inherently curious and that the job of educators is to feed that curiosity while promoting critical thinking and ethical use of the many resources that are available online and in print. 

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