Alissa Abdo, M.A.
Alissa has been with On The Move for over 11 years, building her expertise as an effective and passionate nonprofit leader in various capacities. She began her career as the founding Director of VOICES, the first youth-led community center for current and former foster youth in the nation. Alissa oversees all seven of On The Move’s initiatives and currently serves on the board of Foster Kids Fund.
Did you know . . . Alissa grew up in a small town in southern New Hampshire?
Amber Twitchell, M.P.P.A.
Amber has been with On The Move for nearly five years and works in partnership with Alissa to oversee the overall functioning of the organization. Amber works closely with several of the OTM programs as well as acts as the lead for the OTM Fund Development Team - she specializes in the strategic development of programs and initiatives.
Did you know . . . Amber drives an average of 1,500 miles per month commuting between the various OTM locations?
Chief Operating Officer
Diana is co-founder of On The Move and brings over 30 years of experience to the organization, including program development and implementation, financial management, and organizational systems development to name only a few. Diana and Leslie Medine have co-founded a number of programs together, including Alternatives In Action, HOME, On The Verge, and Moving Forward Towards Independence, which Diana currently serves as President of the Board of Director.
Did you know . . . Diana enjoys weaving and woodcarving?
Leslie Medine, M.S.W.
Leslie is the co-founder of On The Move, but her passion to promote young leaders and create programs that address critical issues and inequities in our country started long before then. Since 2004, Leslie has played a variety of roles within the organization, including Executive Director. In her current role as Senior Fellow, Leslie works closely with On The Move’s Innovations Community Center and consults other OTM programs to help raise up the next generation of leaders within Napa and surrounding communities.
Did you know . . . Leslie loves to look at British editions of interior home magazines?
Lindsey Gonzalez, M.A.
Annual Fund Coordinator
Lindsey has been with On The Move for seven years and works part-time with our Fund Development Team to sustain and expand On The Move programs and initiatives. She is the lead of our Annual Fund Campaign and works specifically with individual and corporate donors, as well as coordinates community events and fundraisers.
Did you know . . . Lindsey is a fiction author who writes under her maiden name, Lindsey Pogue?
Abigail Gonzalez, B.S.
Fund Development Manager
Abigail has been with On The Move for three years and is an integral part of our Fund Development Team. She started as the Marketing Coordinator for our Parent University program and has since moved into managing the ongoing implementation and maintenance of all organizational grant and government contracts for On The Move.
Did you know . . . Abigail enjoys signing, dancing and writing music lyrics as a hobby?
Stephanie Davis, B.A.
Stephanie has been a part of the On The Move team for two years and provides administrative support to OTM executive staff and program directors. Stephanie plays a key role in organization-wide communication and manages special projects.
Did you know . . . Stephanie was a rotary youth exchange student and lived in Finland for a year?
Special Projects Consultant
Steve has been with On The Move since its inception in 2004. He has managed and supported the organization in a number of capacities, lending his expertise in youth leadership, engineering, and project management. Today, Steve works as a staff leadership coach and manages special projects for all of On The Move’s initiatives.
Did you know . . . Steve is a world-class swimmer?
Nick has been with On The Move for ten years and works with our Fund Development Team by managing and writing the wide-range of grants for On The Move's programs. Before acting as the Development Manger, Nick also led On The Verge leadership cohorts, developed Human Resource systems for On The Move, and coached Youth Leadership Academy students.
Did you know . . . Nick loves surfing and can sometimes be found breakdancing with his son, Mateo?
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Leadership Dynamics Inc.
Nancy has over twenty-five years of systems, operations, and change management experience. Nancy dedicates her efforts to helping clients anticipate, prepare, and transition their organizations for the future. Prior to opening her own consulting firm, Nancy was a principal with Arthur Andersen. She led the Northern California Enterprise Consulting Practice and also served as the Western Regional Director of Arthur Andersen’s School of the Future effort. Her passion is to help public and private education by bringing her organizational development skills to the learning industry. In particular, she worked with the Alameda Unified School District in the planning and implementation of the Arthur Andersen Community Learning Center, a collaborative learning environment that combines the best educational practices with state-of-the-art technology. She has consulted to Los Angeles Unified School District (1.2 million students), San Francisco Unified District, Orange County Department of Education and other school systems.
Nancy has served as a member of the Industry Education Council of California and its Blue Ribbon Technology Committee; she has presented to the Governor’s Council on Information Technology and she is frequently requested to speak at education and business conferences. She was part of the team that was honored with the 1996 Conference Board’s “Best in Class” award for her work with Alameda. She previously served as the President of the Board for Alternatives in Action and the Bay Area School of Enterprise (BASE), and currently is the Board President for On The Move. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of California, Davis, and a MBA degree from the University of Santa Clara.
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Senior Planner, Tipping Point Community
Mitchell is a seasoned project manager with expertise in youth engagement and youth-led program development. At 17 years old and while still in foster care, Mitchell became one of the original Founding Members of VOICES (Voice Our Independent Choices for Emancipation Support). In more than 11 years with VOICES, Mitchell helped to implement and develop programming for a total of four youth-led community centers in Northern California. In each of these counties (Napa, Sonoma, Santa Clara, Monterey), Mitchell established himself as both a mentor for the next generation of youth leaders and as a lynchpin in the creation and development of youth-led culture and youth-focused practices. In 2009, Mitchell became a National Training Team Member of Foster Youth in Action, the national extension of California Youth Connection. Mitchell collaborated with partners across the country to successfully implement and reach program goals around advocacy and youth empowerment and was the lead staff for programs in Nebraska and Massachusetts. In 2012, Mitchell was selected to serve on the inaugural National Foster Youth and Alumni Policy Council, hosted by Foster Care Alumni of America and FosterClub. Through his involvement, Mitchell traveled to Washington DC to advocate on behalf of foster youth across the United States.
Most recenty, Mitchell was awarded a contract through the Sonoma County Human Services Department and the Family, Youth, and Children’s Services Division to step into the role of Director of the Sonoma County Coalition for Foster Youth. This public/private partnership seeks to implement recommendations as established by former foster youth in Sonoma County.
Chief Operating Officer, On The Move
Diana brings 30 years of experience with schools, both public and private, in the areas of development and implementation of programs, financial management, fund raising, media management, organizational systems development, legal and regulatory requirements, facilities management, recruitment and admissions, team building in training and supervision of staff. Diana co-founded with Leslie, Alternatives In Action, HOME, the Bay Area School of Enterprise, HOME Sweet HOME Preschool, Moving Forward, On The Verge and On The Move.
Senior Fellow, On The Move
Leslie brings 30 years of community organizing, organizational and administrative planning, coaching, and direct service to youth. She has served as executive director, primary development officer, board president, recruitment and admissions director, financial manager, and community builder. Leslie is the co-founder of Beacon Day School, Beacon High School, and Educational Implementers Inc. Additionally, she and Diana co-founded Alternatives In Action, HOME, Bay Area School of Enterprise, HOME Sweet HOME Preschool, Moving Forward, On The Verge, and On The Move.
Brad Nichinson, MD
Psychiatrist & Mental Health Educator
Brad is a psychiatrist who had a private practice in La Jolla for 20 years before moving to the Napa Valley in 2008. In addition to his training as a psychopharmacologist he has extensive Cognitive and Analytic training as a therapist. While in San Diego, he was on Clinical Faculty at UCSD School of Medicine, and served as the Psychiatric Consultant for UCSD’s Student Health Service and Psychological and Counseling Center. He has extensive clinical experience working with a diverse population of young adults as well as training and teaching non-MD clinical staff.
Brad maintains a small private practice in St. Helena and has been a mental health consultant and resource for the staff of VOICES Napa since 2011. He is also working closely with OTM on the Napa Innovations Mental Health Services Act Project. In early 2013 he started consulting in a support role with the St. Helena Family Center. Brad was named to the Board of Directors of The Napa Valley Community Foundation in July, 2013. Brad grew up in Great Neck, NY and is a graduate of Haverford College. After a year of research at Harvard Medical School he attended the Medical College of Virginia, where he received his MD. He completed his residency at UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and is Board Certified.
Chairman, Shafer Vineyards
Over the course of his life, John Shafer embraced a number or fascinating jobs – in World War II he piloted B-24 bombers in Europe, then for a time he put his Cornell University engineering degree to good use, and later moved into publishing. Shafer made his defining career choice in 1972, moving his family from Chicago to California’s lush Napa Valley. He purchased a hillside vineyard in Stags Leap and set to work replanting the vineyard’s 30 acres and began establishing new vine plantings on the hillsides. In 1978, John made the first Shafer Vineyards wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the hillside vines. In the years after, he organized neighboring vintners and petitioned the government to designate their region as an official American Viticultural Area (AVA). Once his business had grown, it allowed Shafer to get more involved in philanthropy. Both as a board member of Clinic Ole and with his work with Auction Napa Valley, Shafer saw a need in the local nonprofit world. In 1999 Shafer led an effort to create today’s Napa Valley Vintners Community Health Center. Shafer has been the recipient of numerous awards for both wine quality and his work in philanthropy.
Attorney and Mediator
Betsy Strauss is in private practice specializing in local government law with an emphasis on land use law and municipal finance. She represents cities on a special project basis and is developing a northern California mediation practice. As part of her private practice, she serves as special counsel to the League of California Cities on a variety of municipal finance and land use matters. She was the League’s principal legal consultant on the development of e recent ballot measures relating to the state/local fiscal relationship. In addition she has taught State and Local Government Law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.. Betsy has served as the city attorney for the cities of Napa, Fairfield, and Rohnert Park. In addition to her work as an attorney, Betsy has a Masters in Jewish Studies and is working on a book called Stay for the Blessing which uses ancient stories from the Bible and the Talmud to resolve today’s conflicts.
Management Consultant & Executive Coach
Sue is an Executive Coach and Management Consultant. She helps leaders improve their organization’s effectiveness. She is highly skilled in team building, approaches to change management, organization survey processes and meeting design and facilitation. Sue has over 30 years of experience in coaching, organization and leadership development. She has worked in leadership capacities at Pan American World Airways and at Levi Strauss & CO. where she worked for 21 years, serving as the Director Human Resource Development. Sue started her executive coaching practice in 1997. The focus of her work is helping leaders understand the impact of their behavior on the way their organization operates. A graduate of Arizona State University, Sue has a Master of Science degree in Organization Development. She is a graduate of the Advanced Program in Organization Development at Columbia University and is a certified Executive Coach through The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. She has served as an adjunct professor at Holy Names College, Golden Gate University, and is currently teaching in the MSOD program at The University of San Francisco.
Treasurer, Audit-Finance Committee
Rick Turko “retired” in 2005 after almost 30 years of work in Accounting and Information Technology positions at various companies, includingAmazon.com, Oracle and Dun & Bradstreet. Following his relocation to Napa from Seattle in 2007, Rick became an active member of the Napa Valley Unity League as well as a significant contributor to Napa Valley LGBTQ Pride and the Napa Valley AIDS Walk. In 2009 he founded the Napa Guerilla Gay Bar – a not-for-profit social and philanthropic organization with the purpose of building community and supporting Napa Valley businesses and organizations. He currently works with the Tech Connection – a joint program of NapaLearns, the Napa Valley Education Foundation and Napa Valley Unified School District – which helps put technology into the hands of Napa County students. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Accounting, Rick is also a voice actor and enjoys Facebook, wine tasting and entertaining friends in the home he and his husband Rob recently purchased in Terrace-Shurtleff neighborhood of Napa.