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Board Members

Eva Marlatt
Eva Marlatt, EdD has been in education for over 20 years, with teaching experience at all levels from pre-school to college. She holds multiple-subject and special education credentials, a master’s in foreign language acquisition, an MBA, a master’s in Special Education, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Eva is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives for an educational non-profit organization, Citizen Schools, which supports underserved and underfunded public middle schools. Eva also owns an educational consulting practice where she specializes in supporting students with atypical learning profiles and their families through academic coaching, college counseling, school advocacy, and more. Eva’s involvement in AccessED represents her commitment to the value of education as a universal right in a diverse society.

Adina Nystrom
Adina Nyström has a son and a Viszla with similar energy, temperaments, and beauty, whose names she regularly confuses. She is an interaction and web designer with experience designing complex consumer internet products since 2000. Originally from Belgium, now a proud American, she’s lived on four continents, is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Farsi. With a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, strong problem solving skills, and a keen eye for details, she is now the director of operations for AccessEd and its bookkeeper. She strongly believes in equal education for children; volunteering at AccessEd is her way to make a difference, and bring a little goodness to the community.

“If we want America to lead in the 21st century, nothing is more important than giving everyone the best education possible — from the day they start preschool to the day they start their career.” —President Barack Obama


Tatiana Guerreiro Ramos
Tatiana Guerreiro Ramos graduated Cum Laude, too many years ago to count, from Monmouth University, where her mother taught Political Science. With a B.A. in Communications in hand, Tatiana headed off to New York City, where she worked in advertising for many years, most of them as a creative department manager. Following 9/11, Tatiana decided a career change was in order, and followed in her parents’ footsteps to become a teacher. After just a year in a third-grade classroom, Tatiana found herself in a family way and she and her husband decided she would stay home with their son. Almost a decade later, Tatiana is thrilled to be back in a teaching role. Her strengths are supporting K-8 students in math, language arts, humanities and foreign languages. A polyglot (English, Portuguese, French and Spanish) and a three-time National Memory Champion (the only woman to win the US Memoriad in its 15-year history), Tatiana enjoys crosswords, KenKen, keeping up with the news from her home country of Brazil, writing, and, most of all, spending time with her children.

Chalyn Newman
Chalyn Newman is an educator with a Masters in Education from Mills College.  She has taught in K-12 classrooms across the state of California. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Chalyn has conducted professional development workshops for California teacher as well as teachers abroad in Brazil and Australia; and authored curriculum for the California International Studies Project at Stanford University, and local non-profit sustainability projects. Chalyn currently co-teaches a course at SFSU for students interested in becoming teachers and has begun to work with The Girls Leadership Institute as a teacher educator. Recently, Chalyn has combined her educational career with her passion for food and nutrition. Nutrition and health have become an integral part of her life both personally and professionally thanks years of childhood spent living in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the birth of her children. Chalyn’s passions for education, family, nutrition, & health, have combined to hone the professional direction of her career as an educator.  The broad experience in education and health with students, teachers, and parents, provide Chalyn with unique skills as a board member. She will seek opportunities to provide educational support with an emphasis on health as it relates to student success.

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Courtney Smith has worked in education for over 12 years, as a private tutor, teacher, and workshop director. She worked as the tutor liaison and workshop coordinator at Classroom Matters for three years, where she managed the tutor base and developed study skills curriculum. She specializes in workshops and in standardized test preparation. She also worked for several years as the Director of Outreach for a scholarly publisher and software company supplying to university libraries where she regularly wrote and presented at conferences and library workshops (see selected works at: http://works.bepress.com/courtney_a_smith/). She holds a degree in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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David Simpson’s work experience includes founding a communications company (PointAcross), investigative reporting (New Orleans Times-Picayune), policy and regulatory legal work (SimpsonPartners) and extensive non-profit governance in the field of youth development and education. (Aim High & Back on Track).   A father of three adult children and a long-term mentor to three young men, David has lived in the Bay Area for more than 25 years. He holds a BA from Williams College, an MA from Oxford University and a JD from Golden Gate University.

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Suzanna Aguayo was born in Houston, Texas, the ninth of ten children.  She grew up in Los Angeles where she studied theater and acted in plays, TV and commercials. She attended the California College of Art where she studied fine art, and later graduated from the University of California, at Berkeley with a degree in art practice and a minor in education. While at UC Berkeley Suzanna helped develop and teach art programs for K-8 students in Oakland public schools and the Museum of Children’s Art. More recently Suzanna co-produced the 2016 documentary film, ON HER OWN, the story of a family who fought to hang onto their fifth generation farm in Bodega, California. She currently volunteers as a programmer for the Slamdance Film Festival.  As a parent of a Berkeley public school educated student Suzanna is acutely aware of some of the complex challenges that public school students and their families face,  and she is pleased to serve on the AccessEd board to help give more students access to a more equitable education.