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About Us

Our Team

 

Staff

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Jennifer Mineer | Executive Director

 

Jennifer has a long history of curriculum development, team building, and education partnership. She was most recently Senior Program Manager at the Community School of Music and Arts, and she has managed private contracts for education initiatives as a vendor at Google and Facebook. She held positions at Reed College, University of Oregon and Oregon College of Art and Craft, and has been an avid metalsmith for nearly 20 years. Jennifer is excited about expanding the MDT2 work and furthering opportunities for creative ideas that support the mission around thoughtful technology integration at My Digital TAT2.

 
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Lillian Hom (She/Her) | Director of Operations

 

Lillian joined My Digital TAT2 at its infancy 8 years ago. She has helped the organization navigate through programmatic expansion and ensured operational excellence. Lillian works collaboratively with our partner schools to bring our cutting edge workshops and training to schools all over the Bay Area. Prior to MDT2, Lillian had a long career in publishing and production management. Lillian and her family recently adopted a new family dog, Beowulf!

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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. 

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

 

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

 
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Omar Rivera (He/Him) | Program Coordinator

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.

 
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Angela Lee (She/Her) | Research Associate 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. 

 
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Alicia Purpur (She/Her) | Research Associate

 

Alicia is a rising Senior at Stanford University simultaneously majoring in Communication and pursuing her master’s in Media Studies. She’s endlessly curious and seeks out learning opportunities where she can be in awe of new technology and communication. Her research focuses on the impact of identities (such as class and sexual orientation) on the ways people interact with media. When she graduates in 2023, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Communication to continue her research. She is passionate about uplifting and empowering young people as she knows that internal fortitude is what makes change-makers, and could not be more thrilled to be a part of the MDT2 team!

 
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Geetha Chandroth (She/Her) | Educator

 

Geetha is a fourth-year Psychology major at UC Riverside. Geetha is always looking to make a difference in her community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Mustard Seed Project (MSP). MSP Is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting low-income and unsheltered individuals to services and programs in the San Diego, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Orange County areas. Geetha's role in this organization is to recruit and train volunteers from different universities to start new chapters to support more communities. She is also an Academic-Intervention Peer Mentor through the Academic Resource Center at her university supporting students by giving them study tools and providing one-on-one counsel to help them navigate their undergraduate careers. 

 

During her free time, she enjoys singing and writing music. Geetha has been singing since she was six-years-old and hopes to continue to perform with local choirs. Geetha hopes to become a clinical psychologist, working with children in underserved areas for she believes that there should not be as many barriers to seek out mental health support. She is so excited to work with MDT2, encouraging children to use their voices for social good!

 
 

Board of Directors

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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. 

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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
 
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Michelle Pollard | Board Member

 

Originally from the Central Valley and currently residing in Portland, Oregon, Michelle has been a leader in the online Trust and Safety space for nearly a decade. She currently serves as Associate principal for YouTube Trust and Safety and manages a complex landscape of sensitive issues for the platform, always with an eye on operational sustainability and empathetic people management. Additionally, Michelle has been a featured speaker for the MDT2 Summer Internship program since 2018, meeting with students and MDT2 members to share her experience in Silicon Valley, her non-traditional path to Google, and her passion for Diversity and Inclusion work within these spaces.

Michelle holds a Masters in Professional Communications from University of San Francisco.

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Deborah Whitman | Board Member

 

Deborah Whitman leads the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Stanford GSB. CES provides programs and resources to enhance entrepreneurial learning at Stanford GSB, including support for the popular Startup Garage course, the Stanford Venture Studio, and the Entrepreneurial Summer Program. CES also works closely with faculty members to create cases that highlight the challenges facing entrepreneurial companies, and to coordinate research on entrepreneurial topics.

Deb is a senior business leader with more than 20 years of experience in consumer and small business technology companies. She has held leadership roles at both startup companies and well-known consumer tech firms (Adobe, Intuit, and Microsoft), where she’s driven business growth, developed and launched new products, and built and led creative and capable teams. She holds an MBA from Stanford GSB and a BS from the University of Michigan.

 
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Lucy Shark (She/Her) | Youth Representative

 

Lucy Shark is currently a sophomore at Henry M. Gunn High School. She has been involved with My Digital TAT2 for many years, starting as a middle school advisor and later became an intern in our summer 2020 program. She currently serves on the high school advisory and is the teen liaison for MDT2's Board of Directors. She is a frequent contributor on our podcast Media in the Middle. In her free time, Lucy enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends, and cooking food.

 

Community Leadership Advisors

 
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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.

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Brianna Green | Community Advisor

 

Brianna Green is a Community Educator at Safe and Sound. She spends most of her workday teaching elementary age students how to keep themselves safe, focusing on sexual abuse prevention. She also assists with curriculum development and scheduling. Prior to working at Safe and Sound Brianna was a Program Director at the YMCA of San Francisco. She oversaw 3 Afterschool programs and 1 summer enrichment program. Brianna has made lasting relationships with the families that she worked with while at the YMCA. 
She is excited to work with the My Digital TAT2 team. 


Brianna likes to spend her free time cooking or dancing. She resides in San Francisco where she was born and raised.

 
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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. Sharon is a proud Bay Area Native and the parent of two young adults.

 
 
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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.