Staff and Board
Arthur has been a student with Mount Tamalpais College since 2016 and joined the staff as a clerk in 2019. He served as a teaching assistant for English 99A and currently serves on the student-led academic conference committee. Arthur presented a paper at the 2018 conference at San Quentin, “Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reform: 21st Century Solutions for 20th Century Problems”. Outside of academics, Arthur is training to become a yoga instructor and working to develop a peer mentorship program for incarcerated youth.
Amy Shea has a PhD and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, where she has written a collection of essays titled, Not All Deaths are Created Equal. Her work has appeared in the Portland Review, The Massachusetts Review, Spry Literary Journal, Fat City Review, From Glasgow to Saturn, & the Journal of Sociology of Health & Illness. As an avid hiker, she likens her doctoral experience to that of her climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro – both immensely challenging and rewarding.
Corey has been a student since 2011 and joined the staff of Mount Tamalpais College as a program clerk in 2017 until recently when he became MTC’s Alumni Affairs Assistant. He graduated in 2019. He enjoys studying languages, theology, and history.
Richard Bonaru Richardson
Before graduating from Mount Tamalpais College in 2012, Bonaru first joined the staff as a program clerk in 2008. Inspired by the teachers at MTC, Bonaru wanted to give back to his community which led him to becoming the Editor-in-Chief of an award winning newspaper called the San Quentin News. He is now the Communications Associate at Mount Tamalpais College.
Molly brings to Mount Tamalpais College a decade of experience in nonprofit communications and education. She previously worked at 826 Valencia, where she led communications and developed programs to help young people build writing skills and share their stories. Molly is also the co-owner of Point Reyes Books, a local independent bookstore. She holds a degree in Literature and Writing from UC San Diego, and is thrilled to be part of this powerful and impactful organization advancing equity and lifelong learning.
Volker Kirchharz received a business degree from a professional academy in Germany and started working with non-profit organizations until he moved to the US over 20 years ago. He continued his work in non-profit administrative and finance with a variety of human and social service agencies, mainly in the Bay Area. Most recently he was the school administrator for a German Saturday school, responsible for the entire operation of the school. He enjoys working in teams and likes to apply his experience to strengthen organizational structures.
In addition to being a student at Mount Tamalpais College, Carl Raybon has been a Teacher’s Aide and an ORST Clerk at San Quentin. Prior to his incarceration, Carl served in the U.S Marine Corps and worked as an electrician, and received his Industrial Technology diploma from Columbus Technical Institute in 1991. As Program Clerk, Carl assists with coordinating classes, supplies, and keeping the program smooth and organized.
Amy brings eight years of experience in public libraries to her role at MTC. She was instrumental in establishing outreach services for incarcerated people during her time as a Community Services Librarian at the Suffolk Public Library in Virginia. Most recently, Amy served as a Teen Services and Digital Media Lab Supervisor at the Henrico County Public Library. She earned her BA in English from Arkansas Tech University and her MSIS from the University of Tennessee. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, obsessing over The Bachelor franchise, and walking her dog, Joy.
Marcus Williams is a former student of Mount Tamalpais College and proud to continue his involvement as a returned citizen.
Before joining Mount Tamalpais College, Denisse worked as the Development Coordinator for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco for five years. She has been involved with several organizations, including WashPIRG, La Voz Latina, and Glide. She brings with her a passion for equity and creating community. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Sociology and Philosophy.
Kirsten is a former philosophy instructor and tutor at Mount Tamalpais College, where she co-taught her first course in 2011. She served as the college’s first Accreditation Liaison Officer in its successful candidacy application in 2019. As the Research and Program Fellow, Kirsten supports college staff as they restart in-person courses, and carries out research projects aimed at strengthening the field of higher education in prisons. Outside her work for Mount Tam, Kirsten is a co-founder of Mourning Our Losses, a national memorialization project to remember people who have passed away behind bars during the COVID-19 pandemic. She enjoys thinking about ethics and political philosophy, watching movies, and reading mystery novels.
Jen brings a unique blend of community research and higher education institutional research experience to Mount Tamalpais College. She began her career in Michigan, where she earned her PhD in Community Psychology with concentrations in evaluation research and statistics and methodology. While in graduate school, she was the research director for a statewide nonprofit focused on criminal and juvenile justice reform. She has focused her career on research, evaluation, and participatory action research to create healthier and more equitable communities. Before joining the staff at Mount Tamalpais College, she was the Director of Institutional Research at California College of the Arts for five years. She served on the American Public Health Association’s Book Publications Board for eight years and often speaks at conferences and writes about community driven change efforts.
Mauricio brings more than 13 years of experience in leadership and higher education in Chile and the US. Before joining Mount Tamalpais College, he worked in community colleges serving economic and academically underserved students. He received his BS from the Pontific Catholic University in Chile and holds a Master’s degree in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco.
Bekki has dedicated her career to supporting organizations that work to benefit marginalized communities. She hopes to bring the best of her experience to her work for MTC’s students.
Dmitriy started taking classes with Mount Tamalpais College in the fall of 2013. Encouraged by the teachers and tutors who volunteered at San Quentin, Dmitriy wanted to find a way to give back to the program and was hired on as a program clerk in 2015, helping to manage supplies and the library inside San Quentin. Prior to his current position as office manager, he served as program assistant coordinating class registration, credit requirement analyses (CRAs), and grades. He is currently taking classes at the local community college and plans to continue his pursuit of a higher education.
Jacob joined the staff at Mount Tamalpais College after working for nearly ten years serving students and staff in higher education. Through his work as an educator and manager of student systems and records, he has developed a keen devotion to student needs and well-being. He is dedicated to serving marginalized students, especially in the creation of policies and procedures, so he is thrilled to contribute to the Mount Tamalpais College team in their mission. He holds an interdisciplinary BA focused on ethics and leadership from California State University, Monterey Bay.
Wendy has more than twenty years’ experience in non-profit management and administration. Prior to joining MTC as its COO, she consulted with smaller organizations in helping them to better understand and manage their financial resources. Prior to her consulting career, she was the CFAO of Children’s Council of San Francisco, COO of the Jewish Film Institute, and Associate Director of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. She has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She hopes one day to get back to finish her MA in geography, which she began a few years ago with classes at City College and at San Francisco State, and has not seen the world in the same way ever since. She believes that all students deserve that opportunity and is excited to be a part of MTC.
Windy Franklin Martinez
Windy Franklin Martinez brings more than 24 years of professional experience as a faculty member and administrator of student services in the California community colleges. She received a BA in Economics and an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Francisco State University, and a PhD in Adult & Higher Education from Oregon State University. Her teaching interests include student development, administrative leadership development, and the psycho-social aspects of disability.
Danielle brings seven year’s experience in grant writing to Mount Tamalpais College. Prior to joining the Development team, she served as the Director of Institutional Giving at Jewish Family and Children’s Services and as the Institutional Giving Manager at Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. A lifelong student herself, she is passionate about the power of education to expand possibilities and enrich life. When she is not fundraising, you can find her in a local park walking her beloved bulldog, Ruby.
Jody Lewen is the founder and President of Mount Tamalpais College.
Jody’s involvement dates back to 1999, when she started working as a volunteer. Over the years, she has served as a thought leader in the field of prison education, advocating for the values of high academic quality and inclusivity, as well as serving as a resource to policymakers, practitioners, academics, and the administrations at San Quentin State Prison and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She was the 2006 recipient of the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from the University of California, Berkeley, and a 2015 recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in recognition of her work to support higher education for incarcerated people in California. In 2016, the organization received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.
Jody received her BA from Wesleyan University in Modern European History; her MA from the Freie Universität, Berlin in Comparative Literature and Philosophy; and her PhD in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. Her publications include “Punishing Evil: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Spectre of Inmates in the Public Imagination” (in Evil, Truth, and Reconciliation, Rodopi, 2004) and “’So eine Gemeinheit’: On the Use of Irony in Hugo Bettauer’s Die Stadt Ohne Juden” (in Austria and Austrians: Images in World Literature. Stauffenburg Verlag, 2003).
Amy Jamgochian is the Chief Academic Officer and Accreditation Liaison Officer of Mount Tamalpais College. She received her BA in English from Mills College, her MA in English from Auckland University in New Zealand, and her PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. She taught in the Rhetoric Department at UC Berkeley for almost 15 years, first as a graduate student and then as a lecturer. As a lecturer in the Rhetoric Department, she ran the pedagogy seminar for graduate student instructors, and taught all levels of courses, with topics ranging from freshman composition to introductory rhetorical theory to hermeneutics. Amy’s research interests include the 19th and 20th century British and American novel, ethics, political theory, and pedagogy.
Carson brings five years of development experience to Mount Tamalpais College. She previously worked as the Development Coordinator at At The Crossroads, and prior to that as the Intake Assistant at the New England Innocence Project. She is passionate about permanent criminal justice reform and ensuring every person has access to high-quality higher education. She graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Criminal Justice and Political Science. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and finding the best nachos in the Bay Area.
Makenzie brings over seven years of experience in nonprofit fundraising to Mount Tamalpais College. Prior to joining the team, she worked in development operations and management at several organizations around the Bay Area. Most recently, she was director of development operations at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and many of her previous roles were similarly focused on education and community-building. Makenzie holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University, San Marcos and MA’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the University of Southern California and Hebrew Union College.
Marvin Mutch is a formerly incarcerated prison reform activist and co-founder of the Men’s Advisory Council, a prisoner advocacy group first established inside San Quentin to represent the collective needs and grievances of California’s prisoners. Mr. Mutch served 41 years of an indeterminate seven year to life sentence for a wrongful conviction suffered in 1975. He was freed in 2016 due wholly to the tireless efforts of Professor Heidi Rummel of the USC Post Conviction Justice Project, Professor Emerita Susan Rutberg from the Golden Gate University Innocence Project, and attorney Michael Snedeker of Snedeker & Short.
After a lifetime of experience in this work, Marvin is now set to apply his deep understanding towards advancing the rights and needs of underserved populations everywhere.
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.”
Vice President of Partnerships
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.”
Senior Program Specialist
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.”
Professor of Education (Retired)
“Mount Tamalpais College has created an exceptional educational environment within a correctional setting; one where learning is accessible to all, where the curriculum meets the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds, and where academic programs foster personal growth and professional development.”
Employee Relations & Investigations at Tesla
Camille Woods, Esq.
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.”
Director of College and Career Pathways
Five Keys Schools and Programs
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.”
Chief Financial Officer
My experience working with graduates of the program has completely changed my perception of the talent, drive, and potential of incarcerated students.”
Senior Director of Finance and Administration
The George Lucas Education Foundation
“Mt. Tamalpais College is about equity; it sees no color, class, age, gender, criminal conviction, or infirmity. The learning environment, along with the education I received, transformed my life and placed me and so many others in a better position to succeed upon returning home.”
Reentry Success Center
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!”
Professor of Decision Sciences
San Francisco State University
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?”
California State University System
A social psychologist at Stanford University, Jennifer Eberhardt investigates the consequences of the psychological association between race and crime. Through interdisciplinary collaborations and a wide ranging array of methods—from laboratory studies to novel field experiments—Eberhardt has revealed the startling, and often dispiriting, extent to which racial imagery and judgments suffuse our culture and society, and in particular shape actions and outcomes within the domain of criminal justice.
Jennifer Eberhardt received a BA (1987) from the University of Cincinnati, an MA (1990) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. From 1995 to 1998 she taught at Yale University in the Departments of Psychology and African and African American Studies. She joined the Stanford faculty in 1998, and is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology and co-director of SPARQ, a university initiative to use social psychological research to address pressing social problems.
Loni Hancock has spent nearly four decades as a forceful advocate for open government, educational reform, environmental protection, economic development, and social justice. Prior to her election to the California State Senate in 2008, she served three terms in the California State Assembly (14th District). She also was the first woman elected mayor of the City of Berkeley (1986-1994), the Executive Director of the Shalan Foundation, and served in both the Carter and Clinton Administrations. From 2008 to 2016, Hancock represented the 9th District in the California State Senate. The 9th District includes the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, Rodeo, San Leandro and San Pablo.
California State Assembly
Scott Kernan served as secretary of the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) and Rehabilitation from December 2015 to August 2018 and currently serves as CEO of LEO Technologies. Kernan began his career with CDCR as a correctional officer in 1983 at San Quentin State Prison. He went on to serve as warden at California State Prison-Sacramento and Mule Creek State Prison, and became deputy director of adult institutions in 2006 and chief deputy secretary of adult operations in 2007. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Kernan as undersecretary of operations for CDCR in 2009. After retiring in 2011 and pursuing consultant opportunities, he was called back to public service in 2016 and appointed secretary of CDCR by Governor Jerry Brown. In this role, Secretary Kernan was responsible for more than 200,000 inmates, 69,000 employees, and a $12.5 billion budget. He retired in 2018 and joined LEO Technologies in 2019.
LEO Technologies, former California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary
Sean Mendy is an entrepreneur In residence at Sixth Street Partners and the founder of Concrete Rose Capital, an investment platform closing the financial and social capital gap for underrepresented entrepreneurs. He previously worked to close the opportunity gap for low income students of color in Silicon Valley at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP). At BGCP, he led fundraising initiatives generating $50 million to grow the organization into the largest youth serving education nonprofit in Silicon Valley.
Mendy has additional experience in the technology and philanthropy sectors through roles at Causes and as an advisor to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He earned his BA from Cornell University, then advanced degrees in education policy and business from Stanford and the University of Southern California. He sits on the Board of Directors of StreetCode Academy, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, and the University of Southern California’s Masters of Science in Social Entrepreneurship graduate program.
Sixth Street Partners, Founder of Concrete Rose Capital
Dr. Timothy P. White is chancellor of the California State University, one of the largest and most diverse systems of higher education in the United States. As chancellor, White leads a university of 23 campuses and a global community of 479,000 students, 50,000 faculty and staff and more than 3.3 million alumni.
As the seventh chancellor to lead the CSU, White is a champion of inclusive excellence and student success, and a proponent of bringing individualized education to scale through the expansion of proven best practices. The CSU is also positioned as a state and national leader in promoting and protecting federal Title IX rights, environmental sustainability and diversity, which is reflected in the CSU’s diverse campus leadership.
White also leads the CSU as it embarks on an ambitious systemwide plan–Graduation Initiative 2025–to increase graduation rates, decrease time to degree and eliminate achievement gaps for all students by recruiting more faculty, hiring more advisors and student-support staff, providing new tools and adding thousands of more classes over the next decade.
Prior to joining the CSU, White held senior academic and administrative positions at the University of Michigan, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and at University of California campuses in Berkeley and Riverside.
White deeply believes in and is a product of California’s Master Plan for Higher Education, having pursued his higher education from Diablo Valley Community College, Fresno State, California State University, East Bay and the University of California, Berkeley. Like many CSU students and alumni, White was the first in his family to attend college and earn a degree.
California State University System
Jennifer Lyons has more than 25 years of finance and investments, teaching, and education administration experience. Her professional background includes money management, investment banking, equity research, real estate finance and public accounting. She has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BA in Business/Economics from UC Santa Barbara, a teaching credential in Mathematics and a CPA. At UC Berkeley Extension, she served as program director and oversaw curriculum and online course development for the math and statistics courses. She has taught mathematics and finance to high school and adult college learners in a variety of settings and currently teaches an applied finance/MBA prep class at UC Berkeley Extension and a similar course for UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) for accelerated high school students, where she also serves on the advisory board. She volunteers actively, teaching for Mount Tamalpais College, and co-developed a financial literacy and job skills series of workshops at the prison. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Cal Performances, a judge and mentor for UC Berkeley’s Big Ideas social entrepreneurship competition, and has served as a team liaison for UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business Social Sector Solutions program. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and support of the arts. She lives in Berkeley.
David Stiepleman is co-President and co-founding partner of Sixth Street Partners, the global finance and investment business with over $47 billion in assets under management. He has been a cross-border corporate lawyer, senior executive, and business builder for over 20 years, starting and running businesses, and representing clients in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Stiepleman received his BA in French and Political Science from Amherst College, and his law degree from Columbia Law School.
Sixth Street Partners
Rich Lyons was recently appointed chief innovation and entrepreneurship officer for the Berkeley campus. In 2018 he concluded eleven years as dean of Berkeley’s Haas School. His early research was in international finance; recent work explores how leaders drive innovation and set culture. From 2006-08 he was Goldman Sachs’ chief learning officer. Changes at Haas under his deanship include a new building, a suite of dual degrees with STEM fields, and a focus on culture. Haas drove a set of Defining Principles – Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, Beyond Yourself – deeply into admissions and other processes.
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley