Staff and Board

Kirsten Pickering
Research and Program Fellow

Anila Yadavalli
Math Program Coordinator

Amy Jamgochian
Chief Academic Officer

Mauricio Avello
Program Manager

Makenzie Means
Development Director

Kevin Milyavskiy
Academic Affairs Assistant

Jen Juras
Chief of Institutional Effectiveness and Research

Dmitriy Orlov
Office Manager

Michael Howe
Chief Advancement Officer

Marvin Mutch
Program Assistant

Arthur Jackson
Program Clerk

Molly Parent
Communications Manager

Corey McNeil
Alumni Researcher

Jacob Kernodle

Priya Kandaswamy
Academic Program Director

Jody Lewen

Wendy Quezada
Executive Assistant

Amy Shea
Writing Program Coordinator

Richard “Bonaru” Richardson
Office Manager & COVID Response Program Assistant

David Durand
Registrar Generalist

Marcus Williams
Office and Facilities Assistant

Dani Shocron
Senior Grants Officer

Denisse Manrique
Development Associate


Mount Tamalpais College students are humbling with their thirst for learning. Society has left so many of them behind, but education is transforming them, helping them to realize their potential!”

Theresa Roeder

Professor of Decision Sciences
San Francisco State University

To instructors at Mount Tamalpais College, it becomes abundantly clear that our incarcerated students have vast potential and deep passion for their education. It is my hope and belief that the college courses offered enable our students to become change-agents for their communities and for our society more broadly.”

Will Bondurant

Chief Financial Officer
Castlight Health

Education opens a path for incarcerated people to move forward to self-respect, opportunity and fulfillment. Beyond that, education is proven to be the single most effective means of reducing recidivism. Thus, Mount Tamalpais College changes lives and is helping to change the world. Who would not support this work?”

Larry Norton

Trustee Emeritus
California State University System

My experience working with graduates of the program has completely changed my perception of the talent, drive, and potential of incarcerated students.”

Lilly Fu
Senior Director of Finance and Administration
The George Lucas Education Foundation

I support Mount Tamalpais College because its work is life-affirming, liberatory, and engenders dignity. I’m motivated to see this model expand beyond San Quentin.”

Jeff Feinman

Vice President of Partnerships
Springboard Collaborative

I’m honored to share in Mount Tamalpais College’s work. I have witnessed our program offering hope and possibility, along with dignity and respect, and often new ideas for incarcerated people.”

Connie Krosney, EdD
Professor of Education (Retired)

I am drawn to Mount Tamalpais College because  it resists the notion that some of us don’t deserve the transformative power of education and learning. I want nothing more than for our graduates to continue disrupting the status quo in criminal justice from within the walls of San Quentin, and beyond them.”

Patrice Berry

FUSE Corps Executive Advisor
Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland

We’ve become adept at throwing certain people away, depriving society of their unique gifts and wisdom. Mount Tamalpais College reaffirms the humanity and incredible potential of hundreds of ‘thrown away’ students.”

Sia Henry, JD

Senior Program Specialist
Impact Justice

What I love about Mount Tamalpais College is that it increases the number of people in the world who approach life with curiosity, confidence, and ambition, rather than with trepidation, resentment, or helplessness.”

Maddy Russell-Shapiro
Freelance Education Consultant

Mount Tamalpais College takes the simple proposition that all students deserve a quality education and extends it to those most overlooked. Creating an environment that challenges students to make connections to the world outside the classroom, the program provides space for dynamic conversations, while building students’ confidence in their own abilities.”

Haley Pollack, PhD

Director of College and Career Pathways
Five Keys Schools and Programs

Mount Tamalpais College changed my life. I have witnessed how education brings hope to the hopeless, a voice to the voiceless and opportunity to those who seek it out.”

Aly Tamboura

Prison University Project Alumnus, Manager of Technology and Program Delivery
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Loni Hancock
Assemblymember (retired)
California State Assembly

Scott Kernan
LEO Technologies, former California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary

Jennifer Lyons
UC Berkeley

Timothy White
California State University System

Sean Mendy
Entrepreneur in Residence
Sixth Street Partners, Founder of Concrete Rose Capital

Jennifer Eberhardt
Social Psychologist
Stanford University

Rich Lyons
Former Dean and Cronk Professor
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

David Stiepleman
Co-Founding Partner, COO
Sixth Street Partners