Social entrepreneur and business development consultant Terri Khonsari is a compassionate humanitarian with a heart for children and education and a great ambition to create lasting change. Her leadership and management experience together with her compassion for the less fortunate led to the creation of Families Without Borders.
The success of Families Without Borders comes as less of a surprise when you consider Terri Khonsari’s background as coach, consultant, CFO and a bestselling author. Terri Khonsari, who is recognized as a productivity expert in national media, holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Hanover in Germany.
Arthur Bart-Williams has founded 4 technology companies in the last 20 years, including Canogle, which owns Point, a smartphone-based storytelling platform that is used by the San Francisco Bay Trail, National Park Service and John Muir Land Trust.
Arthur was a practicing licensed civil engineer, earning his BS from U.C. Berkeley after emigrating from Sierra Leone. As a child he primarily studied in London and traveled extensively with his parents who served in the diplomatic service. Today Arthur is expanding his latest venture, Vizzit, a mobile platform for destinations and venues to share stories about the places they love. Arthur lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three daughters.
Katy Dickinson – Secretary
Katy Dickinson makes mentors shine. She is the Founder of Mentoring Standard and an award-winning Process Architect. Katy Dickinson has designed and managed successful mentoring programs in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia – while holding a variety of senior executive roles in the Silicon Valley. At Sun Microsystems, she created and managed the global Engineering mentoring programs for 10 years, after creating and managing the Sun Labs archiving system, the Software development life cycle process, and other large corporate infrastructure. Katy Dickinson is an Accredited Mentor by the University of the South, was the Process Architect for the first class of the U.S. State Department’s TechWomen mentoring program, a member of the TechWomen Alumnae Council and the Anita Borg Institute Advisory Board, and a lecturer for 12 years for a University of California at Berkeley Engineering class on entrepreneurship. She is part of the team that created the Notable Technical Women cards and posters. She is an author, speaker, and popular blogger on Katysblog.
Valerie Gospodarek – Treasurer
Valerie Gospodarek, CFA is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of VG Financial Consulting, LLC.
Valerie has over 20 years of investment experience, including managing individual client investment accounts, providing advice on asset allocation, portfolio construction and investment selection, and managing a multitude of financially-related projects. Valerie holds a bachelors degree in mathematics, a masters degree in finance, and the CFA designation, one of the the most respected and recognized investment management designations in the world.
Valerie is bring her passion for her vast financial experience, and her desire to help people to the FWB family.
Hamid M. Khonsari, M.D.
Dr. Hamid Khonsari has been working as a board certified family physician since 1989. Dr. Khonsari has his private practice in Antioch, CA. Additionally, he offers his time and free medical services to Rota Care, a free clinic for the less fortunate and uninsured patients in the Pittsburg area every other Wednesday.
Dr. Khonsari graduated from Ross University, School of Medicine, in New York in 1984 and completed his residency at Jamaica Hospital. Dr. Khonsari earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Adelphi university in Long Island, New York.
Jack Canfield is the Founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Self-Esteem seminars and the Foundation of Self-Esteem. He is the author and editor of more than 200 books and audio programs including The Success Principles and over 100 Chicken Soup for the Soul titles.
Affectionately known as “America’s # 1 Success Coach,” Jack Canfield has also conducted intensive personal and professional development seminars for more than a million people worldwide. Many more millions have seen him through the national media, as well as through the movie and the book The Secret, in which he was featured as one of the teachers. Mr. Canfield holds a BA from Harvard University and a Master’s Degree from University of Massachusetts.
Jessica Dickinson Goodman
Jessica grew up in East Palo Alto and San Jose, CA and graduated from Harker High School in San Jose, where she was captain of the wrestling team. As an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, Jessica led a student movement that made Pittsburgh, PA the first mid-sized US city to introduce legislation aimed combatting a particular sex trafficking network; her legislation was later passed in two states. After college, Jessica spent two years running online communications for a national anti-human trafficking nonprofit in Washington DC, raising $500,000/year online and recruiting tens of thousands of people to work to end human trafficking. After finishing her time in DC,she spent the 2015 legislative session working for the chair of WA House Appropriations Committee. From summer of 2015 to January of 2017 Jessica was honored to serve as a scheduler for then-California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. In 2017, she helped recruit hundreds of children in foster care connect with great Court Appointed Special Advocates as Child Advocates of Silicon Valley’s Outreach and Marketing Coordinator. Since 2009, Jessica has traveled to a third of the countries in the Middle East and in summer of 2017 she traveled to Sierra Leone to teach at Families Without Borders.
Keyur Desai has focused 24 years of his career on bringing to market innovative Analytics and Big Data solutions that enable corporations and consumers to thrive with Data. As Executive-In-Residence at Ascend e-Ventures he is responsible for developing and funding technology entrepreneurship in emerging African economies, driving pro-tech agendas with National Government ICT Councils and large multi-nationals, as well as educating entrepreneurs on technology and business operations via Ascend’s technology incubator. Keyur has held several senior leadership roles in technology companies prior to his current position.
Keyur was born and raised in Zambia, Central Africa. He is a member of the Board of Advisers for Springbuk, the leading U.S. based provider of population health analytics for employers, brokers and onsite clinics and Chicago Technologies Corporation, a U.S. based pioneer in big data scale text analytics. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Linda Herkenhoff is currently a full professor in the Graduate School of Business at Saint Mary’s College where she teaches Leadership and Organizational Behavior and Quantitative Analysis. She serves as the Director of the Global MBA program where she supervises social service projects in countries at the base of the economic pyramid. These projects strive to balance people, planet and profit.
She is the past Executive Director of Human Resources for Stanford University. Linda’s university degrees include: B.S. in Geophysics, from the University of Western Ontario in Canada/ MBA from Saint Mary’s College/ Masters in Engineering from the U.C. Berkeley and Ph.D. is from the Graduate School of Management at the University of Western Australia.
Ibrahim Kalokoh was the first beneficiary and first college graduate of the organization’s scholarship program in Sierra Leone, is an active entrepreneur in Sierra Leone, and was the data manager for the Human Trial of Ebola Vaccine in Sierra Leone. He is also country manager for Families Without Borders programs in Sierra Leone. Ibrahim oversees the college scholarship program, village literacy program, community service programs and all other activities of Families Without Borders in the country. He launched Families Without Borders’ high speed internet café and technology center which is the very first in Makeni.
Ibrahim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from University of Makeni (UNIMAK).
Chike Nwoffiah is the founder and executive director of the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF). He is an award-winning filmmaker and the president of Rhesus Media Group, a full-service media production and consulting firm in California and South Africa. Chike was named as one of the “Top Ten Most Influential African Americans” in the San Francisco Bay Area by CityFlight Magazine in 2000.
Chike Nwoffiah has been a guest lecturer and key note speaker at many universities, conference and events. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business INM program, and the Hollywood Film Institute. He is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley and serves on multiple advisory boards.
James P. Reber
A leader in the Bay Area’s nonprofit community for over three decades, James Reber is currently the Founding Executive Director of San Jose Parks Foundation. James Reber – the author of Creating a Signature Even, a book written for fundraising professionals – provides ongoing management and fundraising consulting services for non-profit organizations.
As a non-profit entrepreneur, Mr. Reber has started a number of non-profit organizations, raised more than $23 million in Silicon valley over the past 20 years, and has produced more than 200 successful special events. James Reber has a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and was listed by the San Jose Mercury News as one of the Silicon Valley’s 100 people who have made a significant contribution to life of Silicon Valley.